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Circasian
Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 8:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Accidentally or otherwise, this seems to be about the flamebaitiest episode of Star Trek. The Internet Tough Guys (tm) come out in force for this one! Which is fascinating in its own right, and not, I think, to the episode's credit.
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Circasian
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 9:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Yeah, you can't really pull "now that your existence has proven inconvenient to us, we have decided that your personhood was never even real!"
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Circasian
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 5:19am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I think people tend to forget the interesting moral issues raised towards the end of the episode and not the something like full act of technobabble at the beginning. This could have been a classic if there had been more space for the latter and less of the former.
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Circasian
Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 9:39am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Many people seem to have trouble with the fact that Picard seems convinced that Ardra is a con artist from early on. I think that the episode justifies this reasonably well through this exchange:

RIKER: Could she be another refugee from the Q continuum?
CRUSHER: For that matter, could she be Q?
PICARD: Q would never bother with contracts.
TROI: Or economic forecasts.
PICARD: I noticed that too, Counsellor. I had the distinct impression of in the presence of a flim-flam artist.

So the episode acknowledges that there are powerful entities who could do what Ardra is doing, but that their motivation is likely to be different (earlier Ardra asks for "a full census of the population, with emphasis on productivity and economic forecasts"). So Picard intuits from the situation that this is probably a mortal alien using technologically in specific ways to pose as a godlike being, and runs with that intuition, which turns out to be correct.
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Circasian
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 9:35am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Solid Voyager issue episode, one of the times it tries to be TNG and more of less succeeds. I don't think I understand the title, though. None of the players in the episode's moral dynamic are human (save for half of Torres, I suppose), and if it's a commentary on the alienness of the alien attacker, it's a weak thing to focus on. Not a big deal, however.
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