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Proud Capitalist Pig
Wed, Sep 8, 2021, 9:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

@Greg:
"If anything this is a comment on the fact that women overwhelmingly seek riches when husband shopping. And men seek youth and beauty when wife shopping.
But of course we all know that rich men can sometimes be assholes that are control freaks and trophy wives are frequently selfish, vain and useless. So this episode is telling us we will all be better off if we don't set out sights so high."

Well stated summary, Greg.

Judging from the comments above it seems that folks tend to judge this episode with their "2021 eyes," which I'm not sure is fair to it. An interesting thing to think about is that wife-shopping and husband-shopping hasn't changed much since, judging by what's on reality television these days. We all know that plenty of women (and men, by the way) would love to take those magical pills to make them look more beautiful if we're being honest with ourselves.

BUT also, I think the main point that "Mudd's Women" tries to make is that there's no shame in individual choices. (And by the way, it doesn't begin to address that there's also a third option--obviously a wife can be both the stereotypical trophy wife and still "cook and clean"). Sure, sometimes "choice" is a privilege. Lots of people have no choice. But that's another topic, and another episode.

Not much more to say. The episode is clunky, Carmel's portrayal of Mudd is obnoxious, and the writing is pedantic (Kirk states at least three times that he can't figure out why these women are having such a hypnotic effect on the male crew members--My God, nights on the Enterprise much be lonely).

But I see what they were trying to say.

By the way, I need my computer to angrily huff, "INCORRECT" to check my work, just like that magic lie detector on the Enterprise. Do your stuff, Google.

Best line: "You'll find out that ship's captains are already married, girl, to their vessels." -- Mudd

My Grade: C-
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Fri, Sep 3, 2021, 11:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

@Rahul

You said, "This can also, obviously, be overlayed as the need for capitalism to actually create jobs, economic growth, improve the standard of living etc. while socialists would try to dismantle/besmirch all the benefits by pointing to some of those left behind (as a facade for more nefarious objectives -- but that's a different subject)."

Hey, you and I would get along just fine! I originally wrote two more paragraphs in my comment, one of which directly mentioned what you just said. Then I read it over and decided it might not be pertinent/appropriate to start going off on huge political tangents in the commentary under a guy's Star Trek episode review, but what do I know, I'm a newcomer to this board. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 12:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

We're all conditioned to hate the Wild Man in our modern 21st century society. We put him in a box, deny he exists, blame what he does on other people, but we'd be damned to admit we need him. And to me that's the central message of "The Enemy Within." The trick to the Wild Man--our unfettered passionate side--isn't to ignore him, but placate him with safe outlets because without him, we suffer as we aren't complete.

The two Kirks here--let's call them "Wild-Kirk" and "Meek-Kirk" because "Good-Kirk" and "Evil-Kirk" belies the point that the show is trying to make--start to crash and burn without each other because we see that a leader can't function without a little reptilian hostility and alertness, and also see that the things missing in a perpetual psychopath, beyond any hope or help, are temperance and compassion--all this brilliantly spelled out by Spock. Meek-Kirk becomes an utterly ineffectual commander without any strength of will, and Wild-Kirk a raging, raping, dangerous threat to his crewmates. Spock essentially states that both the Meek and Wild sides are present in everyone--the danger is imbalance.

I liked the personal stakes here. The build-up to the crew realizing what's happened to their Captain is brief but tense. There's a disturbing, heart-wrenching scene when Janice confronts Meek-Kirk when she believes it was he that assaulted her, and another crew member confirms it (I know I've made fun of Janice before, but this episode did have me feeling for her.) Janice was clearly traumatized, and Meek-Kirk's expression after she left the room was absolutely devastating. William Shatner really sold the captain's anguish--dismay that Janice was attacked, and horror that anyone could believe he'd be capable of such an act.

The episode got repetitive and obvious after a while, but it's the best episode yet of this show. I cracked up when Wild-Kirk was beamed in the first time. That hammy expression of Shatner's, coupled with the ridiculous music, was 60's Gold.


Best line: "You can't afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect." -- Spock to Meek-Kirk

My Grade: B+
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Wed, Sep 1, 2021, 9:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Justice

Here are ten ways to have fun with “Justice” instead of just watching it (which isn’t fun):

1.) UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP -- If there’s one television episode that’s crying out for an edited version with plenty of bleeps, it’s this one, particularly in the first couple of acts when nearly every verb actually *is* a double entendre. It works beautifully.

Favorite results / examples:

- Rivan: “Come! Our people will want to [bleep] you.”
- Liator: “Rivan, perhaps they can’t [bleep].”
- Wesley: “Can’t [bleep]?! Of course we can [bleep]! Right, Commander?”

- Rivan: “Everyone! We’ve [bleep] the visitors.”

- Data: “Enterprise to object off our starboard bow. Request that you [bleep] yourself.”

- God Globe: “DO YOU PLAN TO [bleep] LIFE-FORMS HERE?”

- Worf: “For what we consider love, sir, I would [bleep] a Klingon woman.”

- Wesley (worried): “Captain… are you going to let them [bleep] me?”

2.) DRINKING GAME: Take a shot whenever you hear the term “Prime Directive.” Trust me, you’ll be blackout-stupid halfway through and won’t have to slog through the rest of it (or at least you won’t remember it).

3.) FUN WITH IMDB -- Search for what the vaunted guest stars of “Justice” have been up to lately. I’d be amazed if any of these bargain-basement schlubs are still acting.

4.) THIS LONG AND THIS THICK -- Watch Wesley’s description of a baseball bat again, and you’ll realize immediately what he’s *actually* talking about. For God's sake, Worley.

5.) SECOND OPINIONS -- Jamahl's review is sublime. But I’ll bet there are forums and other review sites out there that trash this episode equally inventively.

6.) SPEED IT UP -- When you watch it at Netflix’s 1.5x-speed, it’s far more entertaining and obviously doesn’t last as long.

7.) THREATEN TO SLOW IT DOWN -- I’ve warned my children about the best punishment ever: forcing them to watch “Justice” at Netflix’s 0.5x-speed the next time one of them one of them needs to be grounded. Now *that’s* justice.

8.) WIL WHEATON’S COMMENTARY -- Apparently this exists. Years later, Wil Wheaton watched "Justice" live, recording his commentary and memories of filming it. I definitely think I might listen to it. [Honorable mention: Watch the movie “Stand By Me” instead of this episode. Wheaton is not as bad of an actor as you may think he is.]

9.) TALLY IT UP -- Count how many times the word “God” is spoken in “Justice.” Then count how many times the word “God” is spoken in the horror movie “Jesus Camp.” Divide each count by running time and see how the percentages hold up.

10.) MAKE A LIST OF YOUR OWN -- Trust me. This was therapeutic. Special thanks to my daughter for contributing #8.

Best Line: "Life itself is an exercise in exceptions." -- Picard.

My Grade: D-
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 1:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Naked Time

All I have to ask is, "Where do I get some of those funky water molecules?" I don't even think the comparison to alcohol intoxication even describes what I saw here. They weren't just "drunk," they were DRUNK! They were zonked out of their minds. Take Sulu: After he bursts out of his closet with that epee and starts parading around the ship looking to duel with everybody, he seems to be almost in some sort of psychotic euphoria. If he were "drunk," I'm sure he would have fallen on his ass a lot more (Great McCoy line by the way: "Take D'Artagnan here to sickbay.") And maybe "Captain Riley" would certainly be endlessly singing Irish shanties while drunk, but could he really isolate computer systems and sabotage the communications network if he was stumbling-down stupid? No, Dr. McCoy: this was more like super-cocaine or bath salts, haha.

But I digress. Basically, everything about this episode, with the exception of maybe one or two lines, was absurdly awful. The commenters above, waxing poetically about things like character revelations and Spock's emotional turmoil (an aside: I have already seen the recent STAR TREK movies so I already knew about his inner Human/Vulcan calisthenics, admittedly), are giving the show far too much credit. I agree with Jamahl: the scenes were goofy and meaningless. They were a way for the cast to have fun so that NBC could sell cars, beer and (back then) cigarettes.

The mess hall scene, with Joe's freak-out, was ridiculous. Could the prop department have come up with a less threatening-looking knife? Wouldn't a galley at least have a steak knife or two? That butter knife that Joe used looked like it couldn't even cut butter. The "blood" after he stabbed himself looked worse than cheesy. A high-school student filming in his backyard could do a better fake than that, even back then in the 60's. And why didn't Sulu and Riley just SHOOT Joe? They could have even used the stun setting.

Anyways, someone settle an argument for me. My son spoke the episode's title aloud as The NAKED Time, probably hoping for some certain shenanigans among the crew as they all went batshit crazy. I read it as The Naked TIME. (Point in my favor: As I told my kid, "No one got naked on network television in the 1960's. Janice isn't going to rip off her clothes for you tonight.")

So who's right? Where does the emphasis go? This is about the only ponderous dilemma I could salvage out of this claptrap.

Best line -- Spock, to Dr. McCoy: "The readings are perfectly normal for me, Doctor. Thank you. And as for my anatomy being different from yours, I am delighted."

My Grade: D
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

I know that it was made in the 60's, so I won't insult this episode's comically goofy eye effects, ridiculous music or dreadful "exterior" shots made on a painfully low budget (you could probably slam every Star Trek episode for that). This was actually quite good. With no salt-sucking psychopaths or whiny teenage brats in sight, it had at least one or two interesting--albeit obvious--things to say about people becoming too powerful before they're even slightly ready for it. Kirk has a pointed line at the end where he tells Dr. Dehner that even though Mitchell has become a completely advanced being, he's still an ugly human below the surface. ("A god but still driven by human frailty." Satan, basically! Bwahahah!)

The direction, writing and acting in this episode were often, pardon the pun, stellar. There's a somewhat intense scene in the conference room where Kirk berates Dr. Dehner for neglecting to mention the full extent of Mitchell's newfound superhuman abilities, and she then argues that this could be a good thing for humanity--a better, superior person. And then the entire room goes uncomfortably and tellingly SILENT for a good long beat. At the end of the scene, Spock and Sulu lay out the ugly truths about how such a "superior" man would eventually come to regard other people--"white mice." I think it's a proud, probing moment for Star Trek, and it's only the third episode.

I even liked William Shatner's hammy performance on the planet during the showdown with Mitchell and Dehner. It was goofy and hysterical, sure, but pretty damned entertaining. My only complaint was that the whole scene was drawn out for too long, and the psychic wrestling match between Mitchell and Dehner was atrocious. (At least it was necessary in order to take Mitchell down a peg for his inevitable fisticuffs with Kirk).

And did I miss something? Why couldn't the Enterprise just beam up Mitchell and Dehner right after they got loose on the planet, and then beam them out into space? Asking for a friend.

Best line -- Mitchell: "Command and compassion is a fool's mixture."

My Grade: B+
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 4:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

"Charlie X" -- It should be called "Charlie Z," because the titular brat is clearly a member of Generation Z: spoiled, whiny, "wanting a million things that he can't have," and throwing a temper tantrum when he is rejected or stymied. I should know; I parent three of them. What struck me as especially true of most contemporary teenagers was that he craves nothing but instant gratification without doing any work. He refuses to listen to Spock while he tries to explain three-dimensional chess, just wanting to play without learning the rules and caveats. And then later, he doesn't care to learn the initial wrestling and falling techniques Kirk is patiently and amicably trying to teach him because he wants to get right to the sparring. Seems to me that the Giant Heads who raised him should have spanked him on the backside a lot more. Maybe then he would know not to play grab-ass with the older officers (Kirk trying to explain to Charlie why he shouldn't be slapping Janice's ass was priceless). Poor Janice. The look on her face, after Charlie's incident with her, had my son and I bursting out laughing.

So then they realize Charlie has incredible superpowers. He made a crewman disappear right in front of Captain Kirk's eyes. He transformed a junior yeoman into an iguana (what torture that must be). It was inevitably established that force fields and bulkheads will NOT hold him. And yet no one thought to SHOOT him? Or beam him into oblivion? They could have at least tried! Something tells me that despite having superpowers, he was still a human being (as Dr. McCoy basically reported), and probably could have been neutralized.

One other thing confused me--at the end, with Charlie clearly not able to live among human beings, why didn't the Blob Head aliens simply take his powers away? Then Kirk could have thrown him back in jail with no fuss or muss.

I did enjoy the little spots wherein we get to know the characters more. Uhura is still wanting some serious Vulcan Dick, and the scene of her singing while Spock accompanies her on the harp (trying not to grin) was delightful. William Shatner was admirable again as Kirk, this time the reluctant father-figure to the worst possible teenager who's ever lived. He brilliantly exerted Kirk's bemusement, patience, and calm authority throughout the episode.

Best line: "There are a million things you can have, and a million things you can't have!" -- Kirk, a truism that ought be plastered on every billboard from Portland, Maine, to San Diego, California.
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 1:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Man Trap

So "The Man Trap" = "Woman." And Uhura is completely creeped out by the salt-sucker posing as a crewman, who has her cornered up against a bulkhead, but then is swooning over him in two seconds once he starts speaking Swahili. I love the 60's!

I thought Captain Kirk came off well here--competent and decisive. While Bones McCoy is nostalgically fawning over his lost love Nancy, Kirk snaps at him to shut up and remember that there's a dead crew member lying on the sick-bed next to him and that they need to find out how he died. Then later, when he and McCoy are on the planet, he correctly points out that their ship has far greater scanning technology at its disposal than two guys with phasers and that they ought to get the hell out of there. And I loved it when he accused Professor Crater of being too soft when Crater objected to hunting down and killing the damn salt-sucker. If it were my ship and there was a shape-shifting salt-sucker from the Planet MS-13 aboard, you're damn right I'd track it down and slaughter it.

Overall I thought "The Man Trap" was passable. I was digging the slow tension and Twilight Zone vibe once the salt-sucker was on the ship posing as various crew-members, and especially when it took on the appearance of McCoy himself. My 11-year-old son was mostly bored out of his mind throughout the episode (he probably hoped it would be more like the Star Trek movies), but my older son and daughter were riveted.

I did think that if the creature was so "intelligent" and worthy of survival, why was it so stupid as to not simply ask for salt politely? I guess it's probably because it was just a purely evil, salt-craving, psychopathic lunatic (that description fits my mother-in-law actually, and my wife would agree with me), so there's probably no more explanation needed as far as its thought processes or motives were concerned.

Best line -- Janice: "Why don't you go chase an asteroid?"

My Grade: B
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Capitalist
Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 3:20pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Sacrifice

Billy Dee Lee? I expect someone to break into honky-tonk country tunes any second...
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Capitalist
Wed, Jul 15, 2015, 3:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

True! I was afraid you were this guy:

h t t p://dilbert.com/series/67-Dick-from-the-Internet

But I see I was mistaken, lol.
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Capitalist
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 2:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Iknewthat. ahem.. (sheepish grin)
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Capitalist
Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

@William B.

Way to miss the essence for the concretes.

There may be no guns, but there an awful lot of dead main characters.
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Capitalist
Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: The Farm

Two minor points on this one.

First, I got taken out of the episode right in the teaser when the resistance leader says "...watch the perimeter, and pay special attention to the flank." Ummm, if it's a PERIMETER, then how is there a FLANK exactly? And why just one? THEORY: maybe it's a mobius strip shaped perimeter? Then I guess the single edge would be the flank. Seriously though, words mean things. You'd think a writer would know that.

Second, I've seen a few references to possible inspirations for the human baby factories. Star Trek, The X-Files, The Matrix. Ok, I suppose those are all reasonable, but let an old fogey clue you kids in on some classic Sci-Fi. This concept came straight out of DUNE, specifically the last 3-books in Frank Herbert's original series.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read these:

A society called the Bene Tleilax can create human clones (called gholas) from the cells of the dead. They do this with technology called Axlotl Tanks. Much later you find out what the tanks are. They're living human women, wired and tubed up as baby factories for life. Nice.
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Capitalist
Wed, Jul 8, 2015, 1:25pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Scattered

You want plot holes? How's this for a plot hole...

Dee, not once but at least TWICE in this episode says, (and I quote), "four, three, two, Jump!"

What happened to one? One comes after two in a countdown!! ONE!

Now THAT'S a plot hole.

That is all.
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Capitalist
Tue, Jun 30, 2015, 11:44am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

My gut reaction to the shooting: "WTF is THIS?? Game of Thrones??!!
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Capitalist
Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 5:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Colonial Day

Surprised no one mentioned the interesting statement by Roslin that she had TWO unpleasant matters to take care of on the resort ship. One of course was the dismissal of her original VP candidate. You could argue that the other was the meeting with Baltar and bringing him on as a VP candidate.

But could the other task have been the killing of Valance? Not that she personally did it of course, but she could have arranged it. We've already seen her throw one prisoner out of an airlock.

And the little comment by Zareck about how he didn't kill Valance, and wondering who did...just plays into this.
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Capitalist
Wed, Jun 24, 2015, 6:57pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Drunks aren't funny. 1-star.
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Capitalist
Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 2:43pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Six Degrees of Separation

Ok, two comments on this one.

1. Am I the only one who found this episode somewhat surreal? I suspected all the way through it that the end would be some kind of "it was all in Baltar's head" reveal...like Six had manipulated his perceptions to make him finally break down or something. When he yanked out all the power cords in the lab and the monitor still showed his face, I was convinced. But nope. Hmmm.

2. Never thought I'd be envious of a hulk of metal and gooey biomass...then along came Grace Park. Wowza.
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Capitalist
Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 9:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

"She puts the "ho" in Hoshi."

Aaaaaahhhhahahahahaha!!! Jammer's Best. Line. Ever.

But ho or no, Empress Hoshi was hawt hawt hawt! :-)
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Capitalist
Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@ Demosthenes

Ahh, having skimmed over most of the debate, I clearly didn't understand the "ground rules" as you pointed out. I thought posters in this thread were coming at the moral dilemma from their own real-life moral principles. But you're saying we're all supposed to pretend to accept the moral code which "is extant on the various Star Trek series." I didn't realize that.

If that's the case, then I guess I can't add anything at all, since it's pointless and distasteful to pretend to accept the absurd leftist utopian moral code of Gene's vision for the series.

Of course, not everyone "in universe" accepts that code do they? My favorite line of the entire DS9 series is when Nog asks Jake, "Well if you in the Federation don't need money, then why do you need MY MONEY?"

So as a representative of the Ferengi point of view, I still offer up my own solution. Rendering aid is neither morally compulsory, nor is it morally prohibited. It's a matter of individual choice. Not under Gene's code, but under the moral code of Quark, Nog, et. al. (notwithstanding the writers' slandering of that moral code as exemplified by the silly Rules of Acquisition, etc.).
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Capitalist
Sun, Mar 22, 2015, 3:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Bound

One thing is clear.

Jammer doesn't ship
T'Pol + Trip. ;-)

As for the episode, meh. Kind of slow and predictable. I was really hoping for Hoshi and T'Pol to team up and take down the Orion girls on the bridge near the end there. A little Vulcan nerve pinch and an open can of Hoshi-whoop-ass would have gone well together. On the positive side:

-The mention of the Gorn at the start of the dance scene ("the less said about the Gorn the better" ... hahahhahhaa!! )

-T'Pol and Trip together again!!! Yay!!!

-Fun with Vulcans tribute to TOS at the end

-The interesting reveal on Orion society

2.5* from this Cap.
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Capitalist
Wed, Mar 18, 2015, 9:52am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

"If Section 31 is supposed to be such a smart, skillful organization that survives for centuries in secret, they should not be so easily thwarted the way they are here by Krell."

Well you see, they haven't survived for centuries YET have they? They got to be such a smart, skillful organization in your precious DS9 by making mistakes early on and learning from those mistakes over the centuries...as depicted in this (at least) 3* episode.
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Capitalist
Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 11:32am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: E2

@Hasjtracker from 2010:

"I hope someday in the future someone will come back a couple of thousand years to show us that time itself is always clean and cant be contaminated"

It doesn't work. I tried it. No one in this time period believes that I'm from 2688.
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Capitalist
Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 2:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

Yep, saw it coming but not immediately.

When T'Pol first appeared, I was just like "wtf?" However as the show proceeded I could see that she was never interacting with anything, and she wasn't telling Phlox anything that he didn't already know, etc. So I guessed that she was just in his mind and that they were going for the Sixth Sense ending.

Jolene's befuddled bubbleheaded facial expression when she's supposedly trying to find some control in engineering was PRICELESS! I almost had to pause the ep, I was laughing so hard.

3* indeed, agreed.
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Capitalist
Tue, Feb 10, 2015, 12:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

Ha! I knew it!

Back in the comments for "Unexpected", the fourth episode of the first season, I predicted that the writers were setting us up for a T&T match. This started wayyyy before the neural therapy sessions.

Loved all three subplots in this one. And the Malcolm/Hayes fight was extremely well done.

3.5* from this Cap.
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