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Christopher
Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 5:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

I kept thinking: Why am I watching this? I have no interest in the mirror universe at all. Whatever was fun about it got killed by Discovery long ago and trying to make it meaningful is just a waste of time. How can this show get distracted so easily, what exactly are the showrunners trying to accomplishing? It’s a mystery to me.
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Christopher Pike
Tue, May 12, 2015, 6:09am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

William B, thank you for your thorough and thoughtful analysis! I'm watching TOS for the first time; this is certainly one of the more complex episodes and very worthy of the time and effort you've clearly put into your discussion of the episode. I wish I had something fresh to add, but as a Star Trek newbie I think I'll be in read-only mode for some time yet.
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ChristopherA
Tue, Apr 23, 2013, 6:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

I quite liked the general execution and feel of the episode. And I thought the specialized language was great. Coming up with imaginary jargon is hard, I can’t remember hearing it done better and I’ve certainly heard it done a lot worse.

I’m not sure how to evaluate the surprise twist. On the one hand, it was totally surprising, yet logical, clever, and thought-provoking. On the other hand, it is just so disconnected from what happened earlier in the episode that in some sense it is never really explored on-screen. You’ve got this whole episode about Chikotay falling into the middle of a war zone and bonding with one side, then a revelation “It was just a dream!”, then Chikotay saying “Huh, it was just a dream?” and then the episode is over. So it is really clever in terms of setting up a mystery and then providing a surprise ending, but a bit odd that in terms of story and character development that the ending doesn’t really climax the story so much as suddenly change it to a different story.

I guess my overall reaction is “The story about Chikotay in a war zone is well-executed and interesting to watch. The idea of being tricked into hating an enemy, by being put through an elaborate virtual reality backstory that gives you good reason to hate the enemy, is a really interesting idea. Somebody should write a story that really explores that idea.”
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Christopher
Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 3:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

The reason this episode is stupid - A society advanced enough to invent a polymer with 200 naturally occurring elements and a shuttle that can fly into a star would easily be able to synthesize an enzyme in astroglide or other personal lube to make cogenitors unnecessary. Thus, the cogenitors could spend their lives pursuing life as they chose.
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Christopher
Sat, Feb 4, 2012, 5:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Oh God- just terrible. I have really been enjoying season 4 (apart from the terrible opening crap that finally killed off the temporal cold war and that snoozefest about the transporter guy that noone knew or cared about), but this one takes the cake for worst of the season. No surprises, boring storyline and just the most idiotic homage to TOS with Vulcans joke followed by fake manic human laughter- it was like something out of the Brady Bunch movie.

As I watched the rest of the season I was genuinely sad that the show was cancelled as it seemed to be finding its niche and then I saw this written by the show runner and was kinda glad that there will be no more insults like this.
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Christopher
Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 6:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

I cried too- inside and how goddamn awful this episode was- the science was a complete joke but I just couldnt care less about SIM- it was fodder from the teaser for God sakes. And Archer was a monster.

I am considering giving up on this show again (I dedided to back and watch from season 2 onwards to see the supposed improvements) but I just find the main characters so horrible- there is no one with any true trekkian morals, they are all self serving George Bush types. Archer was monstorous in this episode, he is no role model for any viewer- even Janeway was more thoughtful than this.

Tuvix was a masterpiece compared to this dull and ludicrous episode.
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Christopher
Mon, Nov 28, 2011, 6:29am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

I really dont understand how this episode warrented a 4 star review. The characters actions made no sense (Trips facination for the cogenitor, the aliens complete disregard for it even though they seem so enlightened in other ways, the cogenitors sitting around all day long and doing nothing, Archer taking the moral high ground when he has done so much WORSE).

My main problem is this- the cogenitor killed themself because it didnt want to live the way it was- could anyone really say that the cogenitor was properly alive as it living was before Trip intervened? I think I would rather live for a weekend and die than live out my existance as a pet. The only people inconvienced were the Vissians not being able to have a kid.

And as said above, this show's problem is that the characters are so unlikeable and are not good as role models like you would see on other ST series over the years.
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Christopher Null and David Bezanson
Thu, Jan 28, 2010, 1:23am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released at a time when sci-fi movies were expected to be long, sluggish, arty epics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Dune. To achieve the desired length and artiness, the producers of Star Trek: TMP hired director Robert Wise -- best known for overlong, dull classics like The Sound of Music -- and chose a script which was long on dialogue but short on action or character development.

All told, the movie is one of the few imitators of 2001: A Space Odyssey that achieves the same feeling of mystery and danger. Partly this is due to Goldsmith's excellent score; partly it is because the slow pacing and dark, gloomy sets succeed in conveying the slowness and suspense of space travel, as well as its emptiness.

So is Star Trek: The Motion Picture worth renting? Yes.
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Christopher
Sat, Jan 24, 2009, 6:10am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Sometimes a Great Notion

Dee's suicide was probably the most intense (and brilliantly constructed yet unexpected) tv moment I've ever watched. I was literally in tears and that doesn't happen often. This series has come a long way to make episoded like that possible. In Jammer's words: stellar!
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Christopher Alexander
Thu, Feb 7, 2008, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Prototype

While it is a Star Trek tradition that internal security is very poor, I felt this episode was ridiculous. It was OBVIOUS that the robot posed a grave threat - the survival of its race was at stake - but the crew seems totally oblivious and allows it to kidnap Torres with ease. At least they could have assigned a couple token redshirts to guard it!
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Christopher Alexander
Sat, Jan 26, 2008, 12:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

I enjoyed Tuvok's handling of the murder mystery, but the ending was terrible. The smuggling idea was just ludicrous, and the dog was indeed painfully hokey.
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Christopher Alexander
Fri, Jan 11, 2008, 5:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

This episode (like many of the less successful Star Trek episodes) takes an excellent idea and squanders it. The idea of the probe causing an unintended tragedy is a good one, but it is basically only mentioned, not effectively conveyed to the viewer. Instead it is overwritten with a lame hostage plot, with a villain so inexplicably irrational that we have no sympathy for him, just a desire for Voyager to get things over with and move on.

The manufactured danger at the end (risking the ship to enter the atmosphere and fire magic photon torpedoes) was too tired and trite to have any interest.

Actually, I liked the initial exploration of the planet, before the crew was captured - it was moody and mysterious. But I thought it strange that the crew were so workmanlike and didn't seem to share my curiosity about what happened.

I totally agree about Janeway's end line being absurd.
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