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Christian de Jong
Tue, Sep 29, 2015, 9:52am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

I liked the tragic love story, but I didn't like the presumptions, and especially the take on the Taboo. First of all, most taboos does not extend to actual law, but are merely social taboos. Secondly, the reason for the taboo seems legit (that one should cast away the connections from a previous life, to prevent aristocracy and power/wealth accumulaiton in Joined Trill only), but the taboo including only lovers whilst ignoring comradeship and old family ties, makes the argument for the taboo go away, and leaves no taboo for lovers. This means for Dax not being able to pursue a romantic relationship with someone from a previous life, but being able to pursue other relationships (like with Sisko f.ex), is totally inconsistent, illogical and unrealistic.
Third, the punishment stated for pursuing love is unrealistic (that the symbiant would lose the right to be joined again, and not merely be excluded from seeking power/influence etc). Especially when reconnecting of all other kinds gives NO consequences.
Fourth, the actors did a good job and were convincing in their love and frustration. I understand why the writers wanted this to be an allegory to homosexuality in out own society, but the taboo is about aristocracy, not sexuality and making it about that made it unrealistic (although it does point out the absurdity of homophobia).
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Christian
Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 3:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: The Augments

Ditto the above question: why are the brilliant augments not-so-brilliant. Brent Spiner shines nicely, though. (I busted a gut during the gag where he's watching the Big Show sway, and finally fall. Watch Spiner's face. Might be worth the whole arc.) Also agree with the disease torture scene, which raised the level of the whole arc.
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Christian
Wed, Sep 19, 2012, 8:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S3: A Measure of Salvation

(Even if Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks posed exactly the same question in more extreme terms. I mean, Cylons are
more sympathetic than Daleks right? :-))
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Christian
Wed, Sep 19, 2012, 8:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S3: A Measure of Salvation

Tell you what, the writers have sparked a debate. It pisses off some people, other people defend it. Would be a boring show if everyone agreed wit it don't you think? That's the best SF - provokes people, asks questions and can do so 'under the radar.' I say BSG win, hands down. I can't imagine Star Trek getting people so hot & bothered.
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Christian
Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 9:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: You Can't Go Home Again

On the subject of the hole plugging, Kevin Grazier, the show's science advisor is pretty adamant that it would work. From my own background in Astrophysics, it seems like a long shot, but I can't in principle see why a space suit wouldn't plug the hole nicely - the pressure differential should keep it in place once she's in space (think of a jammed vacuum cleaner.) There are questions regarding the thickness of the moons atmophere etc, and exactly how hot the ship gets as it leaves it - but I'd personally be more worried about the cold. If this moon is like Titan as Grazier has commented with similar atmospheric chemistry, the surface temperature would be -180 C, although this doesn't appear to be the case from the condition of Kara or the Raider. *Shrugs* Give them the benefit of the doubt?
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christian
Wed, Oct 27, 2010, 1:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

I think you should have given the episode at least half a star just for those revealing outfits of Dax :) But otherwise I agree, absymal episode of an otherwise fine season of an otherwise fine (my favorite) Trek series
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Christian Hengstermann
Wed, Jun 10, 2009, 1:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

A great review as usual. I'm currently rewachting the whole series and find this episode is well-done Star Trek: Though hardly outstanding itself, it does manage both to show fine character interaction and deal with a deeper issue.
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Christian
Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 8:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Absolutely brilliant end to the best start trek series ever....
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