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Nicsha
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 6:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

@Booming

That was a gorgeous riposte to @Trent's hyperbole. When you want your criticism to reek of unearned authority, cite to philosophers and be sure to use their abstruse references as abstrusely as possible (those philosophers' observations could be used to indict a Kubrick or a Tarkovsky; the observations speak to nothing about Discovery in particulalr and everything toward satisfying a need to make one's criticism more "wordly" than yours or mine and therefore more "correct." Nothing says critical sophistication like launching a missile to kill a mouse.
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CS
Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part II

@Charles J.
"The Admiral just acquiesces to Ed's offer to take responsibility of Isaac. The security of the Union is outweighed by Ed's impassioned speech."

These are all valid points - but I don't see how The Orville is much different than actual 90s Trek in terms of how swiftly all these world changing events are swept under the rug. I mean, Captain Picard is assimilated by the Borg, and almost succeeds in wiping out all of Earth. But then they capture him, yank out the Borg "implants" and everything's back to normal the next episode (after some messing around in France).

In reality, you'd expect Star Fleet command to relieve Picard of duty and force him to undergo intense therapy for months, perhaps even years, before allowing him on the bridge of a Starship again. They'd also probably keep him on Earth indefinitely, trying to get whatever intelligence he might have about the Borg left in his brain.

Honestly, the way everything resets with Isaac doesn't feel any more ridiculous than what we've come to expect from episodic television with a status-quo to maintain, including actual TNG. (DS9, to be fair, was way better at carrying over actual conseqeunces into future episodes)

If anything, I'm actually surprised that this Orville two-parter wasn't resolved using some kind of "trick" like putting all the Borg (I mean Kaylon) to sleep using some computer hack, or a computer virus, or something along those lines. I'm surprised they actually defeated them the hard way.
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Penguinphysics
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 10:42am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

I almost never comment on these episodes, but I want to express how impressed I am with the treatment of this topic. I am reminded of the TNG episode The Outcast, which presented this idea with the subtlety of an atomic blast. Trek, and now The Orville, has never shied away from social commentary by way of allegory and I think this is one of its strengths. However, it is usually best when the implications are subtle and demonstrate the consequences in a realistic fashion, rather than a deus-ex-machina that fixes all with an unrealistic panacea.

This one made it clear which side it focused on, but also treated both sides with respect, even though the majority of the crew disagreed. Also, I really appreciate that it didn't feel forced to conclude with the obligatory 'happy ending' and make things all better. These are complex issues and having a simple ending where everyone is satisfied does nothing to help the issue.
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dan macstar
Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

The only thing that gets me about this superb episode, is how did it affect Picard afterwards? When he woke up "back" on the enterprise after all those years, did he have the whole lifetime of memories from his mental time there...or did he just live through/remember the snippets that WE saw? Surely he would have been tremendous traumatised, confused and scarred from a full life in "that time".......his time there shouldve been mentioned in further episodes.

As said though what a terrific piece of TV, no alien rubber masks, no wars, just good tv. Margot Rose's speech at the end.. "now we live in you, tell them of us, my darling" is highly emotional and moving. One last thing....this couldve been a 2 parter or a feature film, im sure.
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dacsus
Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 11:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

They created a hologram of Cardassian, and they also receive all the information about the Cardassian technology that knew the original Crell Moset? On what basis has been able a hologram of Moset make that calibration on tricorder? - and if they has that information in databank, cant their computer do those changes automatically?

Ok, then why they do not create some Romulan? Getting information about cloaking device could never be easier (irony).
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dacsus
Sun, Jul 3, 2016, 7:58am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Waking Moments

Harry Kim - one of worst characters of all times on TV, and in this episode it is obvious. Garrett Wang is simply unable to act anything.
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Eeqmcsq
Sun, Aug 30, 2015, 4:35am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

WyldRykers, during the meeting, they weren't 100% sure that Data was the cause of all of the 3's. All they knew was there were a bunch of unexplained 3's, and that there was some modulation in Data's subprocessors. They did guess that the number 3 was a message from themselves, but they didn't know how the message was actually received from the previous loop.

Separate question: In this episode, the Enterprise explodes 4 times - teaser, act 1, 2, 4. At the end of act 2, the explosion is different than the other 3 explosions. In the other 3 explosions, the Enterprise turns and then explodes. But in act 2, the Enterprise flies straight forward into the explosion. Anyone know why that explosion is different?
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Eeqmcsq
Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 12:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

During the play where Vulcan #11 is at bat, when he hits the ball, the music during this play suddenly made me think of ST Voyager episode Dark Frontier, when the crew boarded the Borg ship to steal a transwarp coil.

It turns out both episodes were scored by David Bell. Nice little piece of music trivia there.
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Flying Tiger Comics
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Dear Doctor is evil pablum but it would at least have been cool if the race wasn't the Menk but a race that in the later shows had turned into an existential threat, like the Cardassians...

Law of unforeseen consequences and all that.

But no.

Waayyyy too smart for this show and its pathological hatred of not just TOS but also the normal rules of storytelling in prequels.

Lucasian in its level of fail.
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Flying Tiger Comics
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 10:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

Any captain who didn't lobotomise the obnoxious, wasteful and irritating picardogram after this little effort should be put up for general court martial herself.

Absolutely ridiculous stuff and when you think what this show could have done... Gah.
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Flying Tiger Comics
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 3:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

I'm rewatching Voyager and recently passed this episode.

I didn't hate it, but the massive number of wasted episodes is heart breaking.

Voyager should have bitten the bullet and said no holodeck eps.

It would have made it better. Imagine if they used the Equinox crew thingy- and people got addicted to it like an electronic narcotic?

The show starts pretty strong and it has a restrained gothic horror edge with its multiple Frankenstein tropes- Borg, Vidiians and such- but man did it blow it all on the jog to Endgame.
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Penguinphysics
Wed, Apr 25, 2012, 12:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Operation--Annihilate!

Although it is by no means canon, Kirk's nephew is given a large part in the episodes from James Cawley's PHASE II episodes.
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penguinphysics
Mon, Sep 21, 2009, 10:49am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Catwalk

I, for one, found it surprising that Maris....er....Chef wore white rather than Starfleet blue/grey. Who knew that Captain Stubing would moonlight on this show?
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penguinphysics
Fri, Mar 27, 2009, 1:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Flesh and Bone

I know this is a tiny nit-pick, but I think that Jammer misspelled something in paragraph 14. He metions that "...Starbuck beings empathizing..." which I think was meant to say "...BEGINS empathizing..."

Otherwise a fantastic review and analysis.
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