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Cory
Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

I wonder if this episode was partially inspired by the case of Russian serial murderer Andrei Chikatilo. Reportedly, after his arrest, he was interviewed for years by ONE psychologist, who (not surprisingly) later suffered a complete mental breakdown and lifelong PTSD. I've read it's part of the reason why psychologists who interview serial murderers are now routinely "switched out"--so they don't suffer damage to their own mental health by getting too involved with these individuals (similar to what happened with Tuvok).

Also, I like the subtle touch that Tuvok seems receptive to executing Suter (to the point of almost arguing for it) within hours of melding with the latter. Suder's psychosis clearly had an immediate impact. That's great writing!
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Cory
Sun, May 17, 2020, 11:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

This episode holds sentimental value for me because when it first premiered, I erroneously thought "Ensign" was a name and not a military rank. So when Chakotay was trying to reach "Ensign Mulchaey", I thought Chakotay was addressing the crew member by his full name.

I was not a smart 15 year old.
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Cory
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Singularity

Also, one more thought I had about this episode:

I wonder if it serves to show us, the audience who are used to seeing the Enterprise crew behave "normally", what humans behaving "normally" look like to the stoic Vulcans. As I was watching the episode, I had a moment where I thought: "Wow, how I feel about the crew's behavior right now must be EXACTLY what Vulcans 'feel' when they interact with humans when we're supposedly at our best."

Maybe that's a little too layered for Enterprise's writing, but this episode definitely helped me empathize with why Vulcans regard us as they do.
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Cory
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, 1:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Singularity

Did anyone else notice the sound that Reed selected as his "tactical alert", for all the crew's talk of how unbearable it was, is very similar to the sound Picard's Enterprise used for its own red alert?

"And if I have to listen to that alarm one more time, I'll have YOU taken out and shot!" -Archer, seizing Reed by the throat.

LOL.
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Cory
Sun, Jun 9, 2019, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

I was an on-again, off-again ENT fan while the show's first season was originally airing, and I have to say THIS was the episode that convinced me to tune in every week. I thought it was cute, and I still love it 17 years later.

Dare I say, this episode is the main reason ENT holds more "sentimental value" to me than even TNG or VOY. I love the latter two shows and watched them fervently as a boy during the early '90s, but today I keep coming back and watching ENT almost every day--whereas some episodes of TNG and many episodes of VOY seem like drudgery to sit through a second time. Maybe I'm just a shallow viewer, or I'm losing my attention span as I grow older. But I digress.

The one MAJOR plot hole that my brain refuses to ignore is the setting. I've passed through towns like Carbon Creek and spent enough time in them to know there is NO WAY three individuals who are "new in town" would be able to keep such a low profile for so long. They would've been invited to dinner, church, sports events, etc. by half the families in town AT LEAST several times a week. To refuse and stay cloistered in their apartment would invite extreme suspicion--and, during the '50s, murmurs of espionage or illegal activity from the townsfolk.

Maybe the writers were trying to move in a different direction, but if you're going to make the scene a small American town and keep it believable, there are certain things you just CAN'T leave out. A more believable setting might've been a location that in the '50s was "out of the way", but still heavily populated enough for the Vulcans to interact with only a chosen few people as they did in this episode without being suspicious--Staten Island, NY comes to mind.

That minor gaffe aside, it still gets 3.5 stars from me.
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Cory
Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 11:59am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

The only thing interesting about this episode--and the only think I'll comment on--is the trivia behind it.

Apparently Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played the Xindi who always talks to Loomis from the shadows, nearly quit acting altogether because of his experience with Enterprise.

Morgan would go home every night on the verge of tears because of how "uncomfortable and suffocating" the costume he had to wear was (reportedly, as part of the mask, plastic tubes had to be inserted into his nostrils just so he could breathe). Good to know he stuck with the craft despite this terrible experience.

Morgan truly made the last few seasons of The Walking Dead great with his skill at playing Negan.
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