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Michel Filion
Wed, May 22, 2019, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resistance

It got me all sad at the end when the poor man dies with his head turned towards the camera and then on the wide shot 2 seconds later it is turned away from the camera... I doubt very much Janeway flipped it! I liked the episode. Pretty great acting from Joel and Kate.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 5:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Chrome, yes, that's the one. I tuned in because I was a Darkwing Duck fan, but came away very impressed. It also had some interesting things to say about what it means to be a fan. I agree, it's a bit puzzling that Ducktales has better social commentary than the current Star Trek show.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

'No use crying over spilt milk.'
In this quite decent tale we are reminded of something all of us know instinctively-that everything that happened to us led us to who we are now.

Stewart and De Lancie are great in this one and the story resonates in 'All Good Things' later on.
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Lizzy DataLover
Wed, May 22, 2019, 3:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

@Peter G.

Thank you for your thoughts I believe they have given me a better perspective on the matter. I just always thought it was like he had literally just experienced a thirty year gap from his regular life and would have a hard time readjusting to the Enterprise. And then I thought about all the future episodes where someone mentions a past event from a previous season and laughed to myself, thinking (as Picard) "oh, you mean the Farpoint mission? Oh sure! It's been three decades, but I definitely have a very clear memory of that day." But your explanation makes more sense.
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Peter G.
Wed, May 22, 2019, 3:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

@ Lizzy DataLover,

Your objection about the 30 year gap has occurred to me before, and the way I've decided to understand the story is that Picard was zapped with 30 years of memories all at once, and the way the episode play we're shown the memories chronologically as if Picard himself is remembering them as quickly as he can. If you think of it like The Matrix the episode makes a lot more sense, and Picard's time lying on the deck is the upload time of the data. If 30 years really have passed from his perspective, in actual flow of time, then it would certainly be strange that he even remembers his command codes or how to operate all the ship's systems. But if it felt like he lived a whole lifetime in just an instant he'd presumably be overwhelmed by all the new memories, but his actual post and duties would also still be fresh to him.

At least, this is the head canon I choose to go with because otherwise we get into Uhura-syndrom from The Changeling where he would need massive retraining and refreshers that are certainly never alluded to. It's a high concept episode so I'll take the literal premise with a grain of salt, knowing it's just a chance for us to see Picard get the life he knew he was never going to have.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

The first half of the episode had several laugh-out-loud moments and so I'm very glad I didn't skip this one (going through and watching the highly rated episodes listed on this site). The second half had the bulk of the innocent young love story which was rather boring (though slightly better than the overly dramatic teen romances on tv/film these days). Anya mostly outshined Salia just from having more personality (or the Salia actress being directed to just stand there and look pretty?). Would have liked the story to show more about the shapeshifters and their world; sounded biologically, climatalogically, and politically complex. And I did appreciate that the aliens of the week were not, in essence, humanoid.
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Lizzy DataLover
Wed, May 22, 2019, 2:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

I'm just gonna come out and say it, I never loved this episode as much as everyone else seems to. Don't get me wrong, I understand the appeal and it is a good episode, I was just never a huge Picard fan. But mostly the problem for me was that there's this plot hole type thing which has always bothered me. Allow me to explain:

When Captain Picard wakes up from his journey, everyone tells him what happened and he explains what he experienced and all is well correct? But my problem is... how in the world does he still remember these people?? I know they're his friends and they've served together for a while now, but remember, he spent 30 years on that planet. I know it hasn't actually been that long, but for him it has. He's just woken up from a literal lifetime of experiences and he's like "oh hey everybody, it's nice to see you all again. Welp, I'm off to play my new flute." When he really should have been like "oh, where am I? *gasp* Beverly? Beverly Crusher is it really you? You're just as beautiful as all those years ago. *gasp* NUMBER ONE! it's been so long! Such a good officer.. *gasp* DATA! my old friend! You're even more human than I remember." *looks around for a good ten minutes absorbing everything* "I'm finally home.." Seriously this was just odd to me. I mean come on dude it's been 30 YEARS and he acts like he just woke up from a freaking nap! *which he did, but again, he doesn't know that.* It would be like trying to remember all your old high school friends from back in the day. He'd have the whole nostalgia feelin' going on. I don't know. This has just always bothered me. You'd think Starfleet would at least have him go thru some tests or something to make sure he still remembers what everything is and what it does. But this is just my honest opinion.

All in all a good episode and I don't mean to stomp on it, I just hate plot holes as much as every other true fan. Please forgive. :)

Also I read Luke's comments from years ago and I have to sort of agree with some of the things he said. It really would have better if they had just asked Picard if he wanted to experience that life. But whatever. And I didn't read all the other comments *coz there are a lot* but if someone has already addressed the issue I brought up earlier then I'll be sure to ponder their thoughts. Thank you for not hating me. ^-^
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William B
Wed, May 22, 2019, 11:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spectre of the Gun

The episode gets points off for not making a "Chek[h]ov's gun" joke.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 10:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2


If the episode you're talking about is the one I'm thinking of, there's some insightful commentary about directors with creative visions who are totally out of touch with the fans and make a mess of the franchise. I'm sure this could be applied to a lot of series, but they seemed to be poking The Dark Knight trilogy the hardest for making things too "dark and gritty" and pushing actors to weird places.

It's funny how DuckTales is a really simple show, but they work hard to make it smart. This is a stark contrast to Discovery which is an extremely elaborate show, but showrunners actively dumb it down.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 8:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Always enjoyed this one back in the 90s when originally watching and rewatching TNG episodes as a teenager. In my mind, it's associated with the other time loop/alternate reality/someone cut off from the rest of the crew in some way stories like Cause and Effect, Parallels (Worf there, Crusher here... love watching those 2 back to back especially), Timescape, and the Next Phase in particular. A great fivesome, those.

I just happened to turn on BBC America a day or two ago when this was airing and something struck me near the end that I don't believe I had ever noticed before in at least 3 or 4 previous watchthroughs:

The Traveler and Wesley are hard at work trying to use the force (apparently) AND science together to rescue Dr. Crusher, but in the meantime, the Enterprise is going to dock in the exact same position it was located at during the initial warp bubble experiment gone wrong that disappeared Beverly. I think someone on the bridge even says they're in the same position as before after they finish docking. The implication being that by being in the same exact spatial location, opening a bridge/portal/doorway to the warp bubble to allow Crusher to leap out will be easier or possible in the first place or make the connection stronger or something.

There's just one problem: the space station itself is of course not in the same place as before. I believe they show it over a moon or planet, which means it's in some sort of orbit. And whether polar, geosynch, or whatever other orbital variety, there's no way the celestial body itself is in the same spot as it was when they were first docked there. Not to mention the solar system and galaxy themselves also being in motion, so even if the space station was keeping itself "still" in a specific spot in that system with constant RCS corrections, that still wouldn't check out.

Just a little nitpick, but one I had a fun time suddenly noticing, and after reading all the comments in here, it doesn't seem anyone else has mentioned it. Kicking myself for not noticing it years ago on a previous rewatch, though!
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 5:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spectre of the Gun

Quite a bit of silly - no explanation as to the Federation's ridiculous demand that the Enterprise make contact "at all costs."
Also why was Scotty not affected by the fumes? Didn't he believe they were real? I guess he doesn't have much faith in the Doc or Spock. And Chekov! And some other minor stuff.

But suspension of disbelief is a requirement for being an ST fan, and comes into play often, sometimes for favorite eps. And closing my eyes to all that, the ep is decently entertaining (a like slow) and well acted (exceptions for preachy Kirk and smitten Chekov).

I did like Kirk making them test McCoy's contraption. Paralleled and foreshadowed the whole idea of testing - and WHY you do it, why the aliens were doing it.

Average offering overall.
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

A funny romp, but that ending … ugh. There’s just so many things wrong with it:

• How is Christopher’s memory wiped? They just hand-wave it away as “those things haven’t happened yet, so you won’t remember them”, but by that logic, the entire crew should be amnesiacs.
• How do they beam him back into his fighter jet? They destroyed the jet. They would have to radio the other Enterprise and tell them “hey beam this guy out, we’ll beam him back in, and for god’s sake don’t use the tractor beam”.
• The guard on the base — ditto. This one makes even less sense, since they beam the guard out/in at a point when he hadn’t yet found Kirk and Sulu. (In fact, this suggests that the poor guard is now caught in a time loop where he keeps finding Kirk and Sulu, getting beamed out, getting beamed back in a few minutes earlier, finding Kirk and Sulu again, etc.)
• The chronometers going backwards again. That’s not how chronometers work, damnit. (And I always wondered why people on Quora asked silly questions like “if I went backwards in time, what time would my watch say it was?”)
• Seriously, if time travel were this bloody easy, all wars would be time wars and things would just get very ridiculous very fast.

The entire ending of this episode made _no_ sense. I realise this is Trek, and Trek always puts the “fiction” in “science fiction”. But usually they at least try to have some basic consistency in their plots.

Even in that wacky episode with Alice and the White Rabbit and the samurai and the strafing WW2 planes, they wrapped it up nicely with “well your thoughts became real, so weird stuff happened”. This one just seems to give up and go “we’re out of time, let’s just handwave everything away”.
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

I never understood why so many people dislike Troi, she can be too much of a nosy and overvearing counselor, but I thought she was fine, mostly innofensive due to her rather passive and flat nature, that's why I enjoy this episode, it gives her a bit more depth, letting us see more into her character and her arrogance over humans because of her empathic abilities. I feel like people are biased towards this episode because they simply don't like Troi as a character, which is fine, but a tad unfair. This episode ain't exactly all that great, a tad uneventful perhaps, but to me it's a solid 7/10
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Sleeper Agent
Tue, May 21, 2019, 2:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Brian S. nailed what was going through my mind most of the episode.

Solid one, but nothing that will stick in my mind for particularly long, I bet.

2,5 Stars.
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William B
Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I'll add, under normal circumstances the natural move would be to make the weird EM crystal thing Wesley figures out block the Enterprise's scanners. But it was wise to not have the Enterprise crew working on the same problem as Wesley, so as to avoid the s1 trap of Wes solving the problem faster than the entire rest of the ship working together.
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William B
Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

It's true they need some contrivance (I'm not using "contrivance" pejoratively here) to keep the Enterprise away, either some reason they are unaware of the crash or some urgent business away. But I don't think they had to spend any time on it after setting it up. That said, if it were better executed it wouldn't be a problem to have a problem-solving B-plot.
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi, absolutely. I've been really frustrated with the hypocrisy in fandom. I've seen people who claim to just want a "genuine dialogue" with fans who disagree, and then turn around and trash those fans when they do disagree. People are far to ready to dismiss any opinion that doesn't line up with theirs.

@Chrome, I just watched the most recent episode of Ducktales and you're not wrong. I hadn't been watching that show, but it's actually quite good (and clever). If I had more time I'd dig into it.
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Rick S
Tue, May 21, 2019, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I just saw this episode and was blown away by how relevant it is to these modern times. Perhaps my favorite episode of Trek for me so far (TNG, now DS9). Wow.
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Dave in MN
Tue, May 21, 2019, 8:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

Man, I am EXCITED about this (and I'm extremely happy Seth & Co. are taking a inclusive approach to fan projects). I may have to buy a VR headset!

The Orville, The Interactive Fan Experience
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 7:02am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

I loved The Orville and it's whacky indulgent and slightly unbalanced workplace comedy feel right from the start, and it looks like Jammer and some other people are coming around.

Some of the comments re comparisons with MASH are surprisingly illuminating, although I"m not a MASH fan or expert myself.

It's Seth's "love letter" to the Trek universe but still quite surprising how much heart shines through, the juxtaposition of Dolly Parton music over a routine hand to hand combat scene was inspired.

Thank God for Seth showing us that Sci Fi can be "fun" - something that only a few Trek episodes and Red Dwarf and maybe some Dr Who have pulled off,
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 12:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I'm pretty sure they needed the B plot about the space trash because it without it the crew of the enterprise would quickly find Picard and Wesley, I mean, without it, the enterprise crew would look pretty incompetent if they can't find the missing crew on the planet's surface, uness you wanna pull a "electromagnetic disturbance" out of your ass as to why they couldn't user their scanners to find them right away.
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Mon, May 20, 2019, 10:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Is There In Truth No Beauty?

Plusses: Some nice performances from Muldaur and Nimoy; Nice surprise reveal regarding her blindness.

Minuses: Kirk trying to distract Miranda with the power of his irresistible sexiness; some very boring stretches.

An average offering.
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Casey Argall
Mon, May 20, 2019, 8:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

Trills are parasites and would never gain entry to the federation.
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Mon, May 20, 2019, 8:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Demons

I saw this episode a million years ago, and again just recently..same question now as then: can somebody please just tell me where the baby came from? I heard the word 'clone', but from where? How would someone get samples of T'Pol's and Reed's dna if that was the method?
Thank you..
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Mon, May 20, 2019, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...


I am looking forward to this series finale and will be sad to see my review of TNG at an end...

Stewart does a good job of acting an aged Picard complete with the higher pitched whine old men get when they are upset (Buckle up gents, old age is coming for all of us). But with his fitness regime etc he seems more like 85(not 72). So was he 60 at the end of the 7 year run? I was thinking he was 40-47, no that isn't right is it?

Wait! how did Picard (in the past) know Q was involved???

We are a dangerous savage child race indeed...

After watching seven years, there is no way humans are inferior to Ferengi, Romulans, Cardassians, Klingons, Bajorans, etc. Not better but not worse...

I shall miss Riker shouting "Red Alert!"

This certainly has more of a movie feel to it: where they pull in all the old bridge crew through often bizarre tangents (We're getting the band back together). For example, I hope that medical globe ship didn't have any patients in it. Hey where did they put the patients?

I like the idea of time travelling for the series finale. It shows the past we experienced, where the ship and crew are now and then the future possibilities. But a big minus for me was how much this focussed on Picard. Yes he pulled this series along with his acting, but surely there could have been more of an ensemble plot. I know there was the Worf/Riker spat, seeing Beverly divorced from Jean Luc, Troi dead but these were minor minor vignettes.

It wasn't even a good episode for Stewart acting besides the old man behaviours I spoke of earlier. And my god, his early behaviour asking the crew to trust him when he as taken them on a series of actions without explanation and with certain peril. He comes across as a cult leader frankly.

I did like Q's little speech although I thought Picard was always telling Q how they were improving as species, developing as beings and not just exploring.

I did like the poker game and I am sure it is difficult to write a series finale. This one had its good elements. The ultra focus on Picard just put me off it.

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