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Chip
Tue, Jul 17, 2012, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

A little bit of Janeway's "being true to our rules and to who we are" would have been OK. But her going on and on with it at every turn became a bit much. I couldn't help thinking that this was really a STNG episode; Picard would have fit in perfectly saying Janeway's lines about adhering to principle, no matter what.

It was also rather interesting that the aliens on the survey vessel look almost exactly like the evil Sontarans on Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures. Was someone on Voyager a DH fan?

2 1/2 stars. Now having Kirk in this situation would have made for a very different, and probably more interesting, episode.
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Chip
Tue, Jul 17, 2012, 8:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

P.S. Re the comment above about (Troi) Sirtis' age: She was 45 when the episode was filmed.
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Chip
Mon, Jul 16, 2012, 10:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

This episode was a nice mixture: Star fleet HQ, , a beach resort, two Barclays and, perhaps best of all, Deanna Troi. The leadup of believability of the "barclay-gram" worked. But the quickness in which the real Barclay discovered the Ferengi was the problem, and how Voyager figured out what was wrong, leads me to bellieve a few scenes wound up on the cutting room floor.

Nevertheless, a ege-of-the-seat and enjoyable episode. 3 1/2 stars.
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Chip
Sun, Jul 15, 2012, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Thoroughly enjoyable episode - 4 stars! It was great to see snippets of Voyager's past (and a bit of the future). The interaction between "past" Janeway and "current" Chakotay was written, and acted, with just the right light touch.

And seeing Chaotica, again threatening to use his "Ming the Merciless" death ray, was a treat, with Janeway "adlibbing" her Queen Arachnia part as she went.
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Chip
Tue, Jul 10, 2012, 10:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Bride of Chaotica!

Well produced and well written episode. A very nice change of pace episode.

This was indeed homage to Flash Gordon serials. Chaotica acting like, and looking like, Ming the Merciless; Constance Goodheart a copy of helpless, screaming Dale Arden, and of course Captain Proton being Flash.

And Janeway getting a chance expand herself, and vamp, was a lot of fun.

A most enjoyable episode.
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Chip
Tue, Jul 10, 2012, 10:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Light, fun episode. The duet of the Doctor and Seven was worth the price of admission.

The best episodes are the ones about people and character. The actors, and the director, handled this with just the right touches.

Definitely one of the best Voyager episodes of any season.
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Chip
Tue, Jul 10, 2012, 10:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

This was a great episode. It was great seeing a show that wasn't all about the alien of the week, the attack on Voyager of the week, or "they're going to somehow destroy voyager again" story of the week.

This was about people, their interactions and their finding themselves. And it was good getting away from the ship for a change, into a normal. real world.

I admit that their wasn't real chemistry between O'Donnell & Janeway; they needed to have something more substantial before the "cookie affect". But episodes are not perfect and, despite that failing, this episode was most enjoyable.
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Chip
Wed, May 18, 2011, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Plan

Jammer's too nice here; it was ultimately pointless. Almost every "revelation" was something we could already infer (some conclusions would have been very debatable, but that's part of the fun) given how the series played out. And it shows us too much we don't need to know. It reminds me of the director's cut of Donnie Darko, which tried to explain way too much when the original was satisfyingly ambiguous and open to interpretation.
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Chip
Wed, May 18, 2011, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

The pigeon works on several levels:

a) It's clearly a stand-in for Kara, showing how she'll never be permanently with Lee and how you'll never be able to predict her movements (as she comes and goes as she is bidden)

b) It's a tip of the hat to Roy Batty's (Rutger Hauer's) death in Blade Runner, when he lets loose a dove into the sky

c) As in Blade Runner, it's a tip of the hat to the symbolism of the dove in Christianity

There's one other Blade Runner homage in "Daybreak Part 2": Adama's interrogation (i.e., job interview) deliberately echoes the opening scene in Blade Runner
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