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Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

Data detected 1011 individual lifeforms on the ship. Considering at least twelve of those are the aforementioned male felines, 1 is spot and 5 are the kittens...
I figure the Worfmonster must have eaten close to 2 dozen people in 3 days. I can't imagine how hungry a metamorphosis like that would make a person.
I think a better episode would have had Data manage the zoo while he flies the ship to a starbase.
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Thu, Aug 24, 2017, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I wish future Kim was still an ensign.
That would have been worth 5 stars.
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Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 1:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

The beauty of trek is watching the strong left confronted by their morals and having to suffer to uphold them. The high road isn't free. It's also really preachy.
Libertarianism doesn't get starships built. No institution left big enough to want or pay for it.
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Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 11:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

This movie has many of the same things going for it that the other prequels had: Ewan McGreggor and Ian McDiarmid.
The prequels had me rooting for Sidous. His climb to power, the politics and the fumbling, complacent, cardboard jedi getting killed wholesale.
I thought the end fight had some good, to the point, action and lots of flashy "watch me spin my lightsaber behind my back" pointlessness. "Oh yeah? Watch me spin MY lightsaber behind my..." - *chop*.
And from my point of view the younglings are evil.
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Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Not much to say that hasn't been said already. I liked the scene where he slaughtered the sandpeople but thought it was too convenient that he found his mother just alive enough to die in his arms. The arena scene was beyond stupid and neither Yoda or Sidious should have ever picked up lightsabers. They're grandmasters! Granted, a "Scanners" type scene between the two of them where they look constipated and try to blow each others' heads up by thinking hard would have looked silly, I still feel they took so much away from the characters and made them mundane. Lee as Dooku was well cast and he should have been promoted to Duke Dooku.
If they had cast a better Vader and made the love story not just believable but strong, the entire franchise would have been much better off. People say, "come on, it's star wars". I say "It's a space opera! Where's the emotion?"

Worst episode ever.
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Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

The best thing about this movie is it has the least amount of dialogue between Padme and Anakin, enough for me to consider it only slightly worse than ROTS and leagues above AOTC.

Before the prequels, the star wars casual racism was much more limited. Here it's obvious and ridiculous.

I hate overly flashy combat scenes. Kendo was a far better base for lightsaber battles because it has a tension where they're sensing (force anyone?) each other's energy before they attack. The attacks are serious and decisive, not twirly and visually impressive for the slow-eyed. Swordfighting is as much a battle of the sensitivities, perhaps moreso, than it is about speed and strength. Acrobatics are non-sequitur. I would have preferred an evolution toward iado (look it up).

Battle of the fates was a little too obvious for me, so I prefer to think of Qui Gon knowing he's going to die and coming to grips with it rather than meditating like master splinter *cheese shudder*), while Maul plods back and forth impatiently. I still think it was a good scene and a good way to contrast the characters but the main reason everyone else seems to like it is the main problem I have with it, flips and twirls. Never cared for the double lightsaber either.

I do like the ho-hum looks on their faces when they kill droids reflexively.

The droid banter gets to me.

The obvious casual racism offends me and I'm not really the type to be sensitive about these things but I find it embarrassing.

They could have picked a better child actor for Anakin, maybe a few years older but they needed to impress us with a mere child beating everybody (I think his age was the target demographic).

The stuff I enjoyed the most seems to also be what everyone else enjoyed the least, the political intrigue. It's a shame it had to be done through so much exposition.

All in all, I think this movie suffers from not being able to figure out if it's a kid's movie or an adults movie and leans heavily toward the kid's side of things, namely the under-ten kids, while the political machinations are over many adults' heads, let alone those of the younglings.

I think it could have been a lot worse though. I've had to accept the tone they decided on.
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