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Carly
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 12:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

The opening was intriguing but quickly became gross and dumb, with Worf belching crudely over his heaped plate of animal parts.

I don’t mind the wacky DNA science. I mostly mind the tedious expository device of Data and Picard walking slowly from room to room, pointing, describing, and painstakingly explaining the plot to each other and the unfortunate audience.
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Carly
Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 10:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Guess I’m alone in liking the transformation of Jean-Lic to Barush.

I was touched by handsome little Jean-Luc’s tragic story of losing his mother and growing up alone in a false paradise. I wanted to hug the kid - until he turned out to be a big-eyed freak, at which point I shrank back in horror and wanted nothing to do with him. I truly expected Riker to flinch and stammer amd rescind his offer. But clearly he’s a better person than I am.

In an instant, I came face to face with how unfit I am to live in the 24th century. That made the whole episode worthwhile.
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Carly
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 9:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

Side note: I would have eagerly donated my genetic material to the colonists. Am I really the only one who thinks it would be fascinating and fun to have a thousand clones of myself running around on a distant planet?
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Carly
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

Most irritating part of the episode was the portrayal of the put-upon woman (Brenna) who does all the work and organizing and thinking - ie, the actual leading - while the men who call themselves leaders act like (drunken) little boys. Why isn’t she the leader, and why does she dutifully clean up after the idiots rather than deposing them? The fact that she keeps spelling out her disdain for the men while continuing to serve and placate them, doesn’t make her lot any more palatable.

Picard’s polygamy solution was fine until Brenna - unable to envision a society that granted her freedom and equality - reinterpreted his meaning as “three husbands, you say?” and turned her gold-digger gaze on the lead clone. I’m pretty sure Picard just meant to encourage casual or transient partnerships among the colonists. This would be a far more pleasant and flexible way to shake up the genetic pool than shackling everyone in triple-matrimony.

(Assuming that males and females are roughly equal in numbers, the only way to give each woman three husbands would be to form 6-person marriage units of 3 men and 3 women. Emotionally arduous, and genetically confining.)
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Carly
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

Addendum: Better yet, it would have been interesting to see Harry go from delight at his good fortune to a gradual realization that the ‘perfect girl, perfect life back home’ that’ he’s been missing while on Voyager... no longer suit him. He finds Libby seems a bit saccharin, the admirals grate on him, and his parents baby him in a way he used to like but now finds irksome. He chooses Voyager, falsely telling Libby that leaving her breaks his heart - and on his return he wonders whether he’s fit for an Earth life anymore, and whether he even cares if Voyager ever reaches home.
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Carly
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

The opener was gripping, the middle decent, but the explanation and resolution were shrugworthy.

I would have liked it better as a character episode in which Harry figures out the way back, but is torn over whether to leave paradise. It was strange that he never seemed at all tempted to embrace his situation and leave poor baffled Danny Byrd in his place.
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Bobby Carly
Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 1:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

Yet *another* hour in which we have to sit through one of the main cast members trying to prove to themselves, by using US as innocent-victim vehicles, that they really ARE actors, who, you know, can act, and have range, and do voices, and things and stuff.

J**** effing C*****!!

Patrick Stewart doing his ludicrous Cockney-peasant-with-a-broken-nose-that-never-healed routine a few episodes earlier didn't suffice, I guess. Spiner YET AGAIN had to show us his, uhh.....gifts? Bloody narcissists.

And and awful and boring incoherent total-clusterblank of an episode. What were they thinking?!! Zero point two-five stars.
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Bobby Carly
Tue, Jan 22, 2019, 2:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

The Troi plot was...Utterly...Absurd. It should have been given to us gradually over a five-year arc, with, finally!, completed requirements, tests passed, and a promotion granted. The facts that she's promoted to Commander, and that she outranks Data, and that Data has to call her "sir" are all laughable, and actually damaging to the spirit of the show.

The entire episode should have been the Data story, with significantly more time spent showing us (a) Data slowly recovering, regaining his capacities, and actually realizing that he's regaining them---How DID he recover, anyway? Did his diagnostic and repair routines eventually auto-engage?---and (b) Scientist Data deducing the cause of the illness and concocting the cure. And perhaps even (c) Data continuing to impress (and frighten?) the villagers with his abilities. That would have been fun.

Unforgivably, at the end, the viewer is TOTALLY screwed out of the satisfaction of witnessing the recovery of the villagers and, foremost, the villagers' subsequent shame upon learning the truth about Data and about what actually had been occurring:

-Did Gia, her dad, and the teacher/doctor hold a meeting and offer a heartfelt explanation and debriefing to everyone?

-Was the obnoxious fat blacksmith who years later would buy Frank Costanza's moth-ridden beachwear charged with murder? Did learning the truth and realizing that he had jumped to conclusions and had killed an innocent man who was actually trying to save everyone's lives shatter him to his core and result in him rebuilding himself into a better man?

-Did Gia grow up happy and healthy and name her son Jayden after the noble misunderstood creature who saved her father's life?

-Did the teacher/doctor patent the microscope ($$$!) and "discover" and become her planet's leading scientific mind and authority on radiation?

This episode was very interesting and entertaining, but it could have been so, SO much more.
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Bobby Carly
Tue, Jan 22, 2019, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

The climax is utterly absurd. As others surely have questioned (I'll vent first and peruse after), isn't Riker guilty of employing excessive force against Uta, and therefore guilty of murder? Why not continue to stun her. It clearly was affecting her. Keep zapping until she collapses. Or perhaps direct Worf to enclose her in a containment field. They've done this with other humanoids. And the guy that Uta was trying to kill: why didn't he run away, and why did Riker emplore him to sit still?! And why do most of the gatherers look, dress, and act just like Bender from The Breakfast Club?!
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Bobby Carly
Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 2:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

@Paul: "Marina Sirtis is clearly the worst actor in the cast (possibly in all of Trek)" - July 6, 2012

Not a chance. Marina is not a talented actress (and she's a dimwitted nutball away from the camera!). But in TNG alone, Denise Crosby, Levar Burton, and Gates McFadden, when at their worst and cheesiest, are all much worse actors than Marina is at *her* worst.

I would vote Denise as the worst actor in all of Trek. MANY of her scenes are cringeworthy. Levar shines frequently, but, oddly, he's also ridiculous and almost unwatchable frequently. He's an enigma.
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Bobby Carly
Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

This movie is bad.

Not bad because it's slow. (It is). Not bad because nothing happens. (Nothing does). Not bad because there's almost no action, drama, violence, or gadgetry. (There isn't). Not bad because it's boring. (It's painfully so).

It's bad because it's dumb.

(That's also why soccer is bad---not because no one ever scores or fights).

The writing is awful. Very little makes sense, is interesting, or matters.

The acting is atrocious. You liked Kirk in the 60's? Fine. You liked him in '79? Fine. But by the 90's, now you've seen Patrick Stewart...and you can STILL stomach Shatner?? How??!!

Three stars out of ten.

But it's still better than literally any of the Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, or any other high-profile superhero or Sc-Fi offering of the past 10-15 years. Except Ant-Man, which, SHOCKINGLY, was awesome.
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