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Chris Lindsay
Wed, Nov 18, 2015, 8:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

I agree with your comment: "The Cold War allegory was certainly timely." The Romulans represent the Soviet Union in this episode; however, "Balance of Terror" has more parallels with The Enemy Below (1957) than Run Silent Run Deep (1958). I read somewhere that the script was loosely based on the Robert Mitchum film. I wrote a short essay on Balance of Terror called "The Doctrine of Proportional Response." If you would like to read it, here is the link.
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Chris L
Fri, May 22, 2015, 12:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

I TOTALLY agree Steve!

WTH is the point of a Prime Directive that allows entire species to die off?

Stupid in the extreme!

I didn't mind the episode as entertainment, but I really got hung up about the PD in this case and I'm irritated through the entire show because of the nonsensical nature of it's interpretation.

Like Jammer said originally... Beam the entire lot into space...
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Chris L
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 12:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I'm with dlpb, comparing The Visitor to The Inner Light is a joke. The Inner Light absolutely blew my mind. The Visitor had a thin, predictable, and far fetched plot that was poorly acted. Avery Brooks is an unmitigated disaster. Commenter above had it exactly right, instead of watching a character, I feel like I'm watching someone trying to act. I can't get over how bad it is. So distracting. I've seen TNG, and all of DS9 up to The Visitor, and I'm finding it harder and harder to keep watching this garbage. TNG was fantastic, DS9 makes me want to scissor kick the entire cast and writing staff. Sorry for yelling, and thanks for letting me vent. At least Worf just showed up, hopefully that'll help this dumpster fire along. Only reason I force myself to continue to watch is because I'm a trooper on a mission to watch the entire franchise. Please pick up during Season 4 DS9!!!
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Chris L
Sun, Jun 1, 2014, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I think we've dissected this movie as much as we can for the moment. I'm in agreement with others who think we should just use this place as a general discussion of Trek until Jammer posts his review, if that's all right with Jammer of course.
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Chris L
Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Wolf in the Fold

This one produced a moment of unintentional humor the first time my wife and I watched it together. There is a scene on the ship where the killer is revealed and a fight ensues. The character was being played by a short (not much over 5 feet I'd say) actor, but the stunt double in the fight was well over 6 feet tall. This discrepancy led to my wife (who didn't know about the limits of 1960's TV production) to shout "Look honey, he's changing!" After I stopped laughing, I explained to her that it was a problem of bad editing, though her idea would have been a lot cooler. Yes, bad editing can be funny.
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Chris L
Mon, Jun 1, 2009, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek (2009)

Latex Zebra,
The Tribble was fixed. :-)
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Chris Langert
Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 9:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resolutions

"So all the episode comes down to is characterization, but the creators botch it because they so carefully tiptoe around the interesting subjects for fear of having to actually deal with them later."

B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o!!!

VOY pulls that crap like no other trek series did, not even ENT. (ENT's speciality was in destroying continuity.) No trek series was immune from it, but DS9 was more immune than all others by many light years.

Anyway, when it comes to tiptoeing and then ignoring and resetting, this ep of VOY may be just about the worst ever (though "Human Error" gives it a run for its money). The greatest offense though, is in *how much* potential was lost. It would have been absolutely grand to see a Janeway-Chakotay romance develop (and in "Human Error" and "Endgame" Seven could have been with Harry instead of Chakotay, and much more believably). Oh well, at least it wasn't utterly godawful, and I can certainly imagine lots of ways it could have been. Not a total waste of time, but god, what it *could* have been...
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