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CJB
Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 6:46am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

Clearly these Millennium Gate folk never played SimCity...
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CJB
Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 6:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

I've been doing the Star Trek Chronology Project, and I gotta say: this episode loses some luster, especially after watching the DS9 finales.

I realize I'm years late to the convo, but I can see how 21st century viewers (like John up there) see this as really dated. But that's viewing it through the lens of NOW, outside the context of when it was written and aired, twenty years ago.

And there always seems to be the issue of writers telling stories based of their personal experiences, leading to anachronisms. A view of the 24th century, written by someone who came of age in the 1970's.

Add all those gaps up, and yeah, some dissonance is gonna happen. The 2010's were not the 90's were not the 60's, and none are gonna have the same outlook on 2374 or whatever.

Consider: the gap between Voyager airing and present day is now as large as the gap between TOS and TNG. Some cracks are bound to start showing in the social and cultural norms of the era.

In 1999, this ep comes across as a bittersweet tale of unrequited affection, a nice My Fair Lady homage.

In 2019, (to me) it starts to look and feel a bit like a hokey 80's sitcom plot. Or Daphne and Niles Crane IN SPACE.
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CJB
Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 2:41am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Disease

Wow, 2031 is only 12 years away now.

Nice Disney prediction, Jammer!
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CJB
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 12:59am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Watching this episode from 2019, some of it feels like it's not aging well.

"Voyager partitions its harddrive, creates a new MedTalk AI app, and argues about deleting the wiki article about vivisections."
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CJB
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 10:28am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

As much as I liked the creepy visuals, I wish they'd done more with it than just having "Larry" Tuvok (as we call him) and Seven yelling MULDER!!! and SCULLY!!! at each other across a chasm.

Also, I had to chuckle at some of the "convenient" framing of those Sickbay shots.

The Doctor, with Picardo really selling the concern:
"Seven? Are you okay?"

Seven, with Ryan crushing it conveying the distress:
"Please help me!"

Seven's Boobs, filling up 1/4 of my screen:
**HEAVE*HEAVE*HEAVE*HEAVE**
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CJB
Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 11:39am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

Coaxial Drive, I snicker and make jokes every time I hear it.

"Coaxial is failing!"

" Shunt power to the Blu-Ray conduits, and re-route the signal tto the HDMI relay!"

"I can't get an RCA cable lock!"

"Computer, access Special Features Audio Commentary, authorization Kim-Four-Seven-Delta-Berman, enable."
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CJB
Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 4:56am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Ten years worth of arguing about rights, repressed memories, false accusations, and rape. All from a Voyager episode that aired twenty-one years ago...

I think we can all agree, we are a LONG ways away from a 24th century utopia at this rate. :-(
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CJB
Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Hey, an alien race that can only communicate by punching Chuckles in the face?

I'm all for it. :-)
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CJB
Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 4:28am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Something that HASN'T changed, sadly; the outrage at the perception that an attractive white woman can get whatever she wants, at the expense of a man's self-worth and reputation.

I remember being super angry at that kind of idea in the 90's; but I was also a hormonally-charged, socially-inept and sexually frustrated teenage virgin at the time.
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CJB
Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 4:20am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Just a thought: If Kovin lives in a society where even an accusation of misconduct will destroy his business, why is he so poorly equipped to defend himself?

It feels like Russian dash cam scenario, where you want incontrovertible proof of all interactions.

Like others here, I think VOY tried to do a "your memories of trauma can deceive you" story, but fumbled it (as usual). And in the process, they accidentally wrote a prescient allegory about the current climate of "believe victims" and "false accusations."

We should all try to remember that twenty years ago, victim-blaming and false rape were not the headline grabbing hotpoints they are now.
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