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Bill Badford
Wed, Jun 9, 2021, 4:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

An almost completely worthless episode - definitely the worst of the first season. Bad editing, bad script, bad direction, bad everything. A 10-minute story padded out to fill an hour, it is laughably bad. How many times does this Lazarus guy fall off a cliff anyway? My only suspicion is that the production team was so heavily involved with the subsequent episode (City on the Edge of Forever) that they flung this one out without any thought. Even the original actor, John Blythe Barrymore, didn't show up to play the part so Robert Brown was hastily cast as the annoying "Lazarus."
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Bill Badford
Mon, Jun 7, 2021, 7:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: This Side of Paradise

I've always enjoyed this episode on a couple of levels. First, the "science" of it isn't stretched as much as ANY episode with human aliens speaking English with a California accent, and there are too many of those. Second, the dramatic scenes in the transporter room were exceptionally scripted and directed. One of the my top 5.
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Mon, Feb 8, 2021, 10:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

Solid 3 stars for me. Nice character work...and let's face it, Harry is likable but emotionally immature and his reaction was spot-on. The smiling hula girls viciously fighting and strangling Torres with a lei had me laughing out loud.
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Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 5:16am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Parturition

Very enjoyable. Completely predictable, but at least we've now resolved the silly Neelix jealousy thing. 2.5 stars.

One note - since I'm covid-binging this series on a large 4K TV in 2021, I'm disappointed this it hasn't been upgraded for HD like TOS and TNG.
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Fri, Jan 22, 2021, 2:42pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

Despite a couple of annoying things about this episode (Fred with the gun, the cities not seen), I feel like there was a great deal of value here and two wonderful moments: the revival of a Earhart (and Janeway's look of awe), and the cargo bay scene. These moments deserved a more epic story, and presentation, surrounding them. As it is, the episode feels underbaked - I felt while I was watching that it would have worked better as a two-parter, or even a feature film, with bigger strokes, better developed characters, a section with our crew falling in love with the city and society these people built, more about the Japanese soldier and the black farmer and the implications of race no longer playing a factor, more build-up to the final emotional payoff ...there is so much untapped richness in this story and it feels like a woefully missed opportunity. It's as if we are watching an extended trailer for a much longer film.
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Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 11:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

Rewatching Voyager for the first time in 15 or so years. I don't know, I don't disagree with the criticisms leveled against this episode. I don't even remember it from my first viewing. It doesn't make a lot of sense, and the reset doesn't affect the characters in the long run.

And yet...

I find something totally haunting about it. Perhaps it, like some of the other time travel episodes, gives the audience a "god's-eye" view of the characters, rather like the view Tom and Janeway have during the time they are with this society, knowing it will be destroyed. At the end, WE are the ones who know something that our characters don't, and I find that kind of powerful.

The moment when Tom turns to the boy and says "I'm sorry" is very poignant.

Despite the logical fallacies, and Tuvok being rather dickish, I would give this one 2.5 stars for it's emotional impact...on me, at least.
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Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 10:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

The issue AT HAND is Hagins keeps calling in His Supposed God as a personal weapon to
Smite any of us who would talk against him or his ilk. With every comment he intones “well me and my god will smear ye because we’re in the know, so neener neener” and that’s quite the bulls hit.

After seeing what the jehovah are doing to that young girl, and have done to others in similar circumstances, I’m not inclined to listen to a word from this Hagins character.
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Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 3:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Finally, the actors are figuring out that they can leave their personal biases off-camera instead of throwing the story too far off-balance.

And I loved watching Sonja Sohn in this one. They could probably have thrown in some technobabble explanation, like “quantum entanglement between family members” instead of spending time on some other scenes, but I really did love how Sohn spoke truth.
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Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 5:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

Hagins, so you’re threat is not “yours” you simply deliver an existential threat on behalf of your cult. You take no responsibility for the garbage leaking from your lips, the havoc you wrought upon your fellow woman in the name of the cult, nor the misery, suffering, or beguilement of others when the rest of the country looks at your fascism, racism, and illegitism and decides to shine sunlight in.

Hey thanks. But no thanks. You take your kingdom of crap and go castrate bunny rabbits. When your “ilk” decide to join the rest of secular society with laws and rights for all people, especially women and children, we can rationally discuss things. Until then, take your threat, and go have a nice hug filled colonizer Christmas.
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Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 10:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Second Contact

Jammer hasn’t been relevant since he submitted half baked mostly lifted scripts to the voyager writers. He’s been in some bullshit mode of half hate for almost 3 decades. This site is a high school reunion of old writers, staff, fans, and alcoholic wreckage from prior times. It reads like the left over cheerleaders from your highschool yearbooks. Being stuck T a reunion 25 years later at one of their tables as they make fun of anyone successful.
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Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 9:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Second Contact

I’d watch ST:OB
This place still sucks
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Sun, May 31, 2020, 7:04pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

I think that it's clear that Spock is a bad leader in this episode, but more importantly I think, the episode demonstrates that he doesn't understand logic.
When his plan, which was based on limited information and assumptions fails, his brain seems to break down. In his mind he applied "logic" to the problem, so it "logically" couldn't fail.
He goes on and on about logic, when all it does is make him seem heartless and pompous to his subordinates. Not very logical.
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Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:21pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

The episode was just a bit of silly fun, come on.

1) Worf actually drives the action for a change, and he also has a bit of an arc in which he starts out dreading Holodeck time with his son, takes a liking to it, and then (despite the Data mishap), suggests he’ll do more even though Alexander disappointedly expects him to have soured on it. The slight smile on Alexander’s face when Worf says something like “they’ll need a sheriff...*and* a deputy” was sweet.

2) Data is a rather fenced-in character. There’s entertainment value in having Brent Spiner do *anything* outside of Data’s little behavioral box (we get to see him, I believe, *moseying*).

3) May I just say how gorgeous Marina Sirtis is in this episode? The cigarillo-smoking aside (which I personally find a total turnoff), she never looked more attractive in a TNG episode. And by the way, if you ever get to meet her, Marina Sirtis is much cooler to be around and much more engaging than Deanna Troi, the character, ever was. In this episode a little bit of her natural personality comes through.
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Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 1:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

Alan Roi, how much does CBS pay you anyway? Good god, keep it in the STD comment sections at least.
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Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 2:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: A Happy Refrain

I also hate Isaac's suit. If Data had been in that suit instead of his emotive makeup I think TNG would have been much less interesting in general since data was such a big part of TNG for me. I see it as that important. I'm hoping they find some way to simply allow Isaac to attain his human form outside of the simulator. Something akin to the upgrade VOY did for their doctor.
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Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 2:42am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Premise was pretty weak and I don't like the new security chief. Her pronunciation of words beginning with vowels after "the" sounds horrible. It's not "THUH interstellar." It's "THEE interstellar."

But overall I thought it was a good episode. Much better than the gay porn episode a few weeks ago anyway.
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Mon, Apr 10, 2017, 3:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I just discovered this excellent site, so apologies for the late comment. This episode led to similar debates elsewhere. Count me among those who think Picard was wrong, but I'd like to raise a couple of other points. First, I agree with many who have commented that Dr. Marr was badly scripted . The crazy lady vs the noble captain was too one-sided. In fact, it would probably have been more effective to leave out her character all together and let Riker carry the "kill it poaition, where he could have made arguments about Starfleets duty to defend federation lives, and explained why he felt that communication was not a viable action. Second, why is it that Federation colonies apparently have no planetary defenses whatsoever? Can you imagine a governor of a colony of, say, tens of thousands of people in an obviously dangerous galaxy being content with the hope that there just might be a starship in close proximity when something like the CE comes at them?
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Wed, Sep 2, 2015, 3:49pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

Speaking as a geology graduate, i can confirm sisko's plan wouldnt work!
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Sun, Jun 7, 2015, 1:10pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Am I the only one who wanted Nog to lose his leg and maybe stay in a wheelchair? Ha. I know that may sound cruel but everyone tells me ds9 is different because it doesn't hit the reset button. That ds9 has characters deal with past episode issues. Yes I know that this episode deals with his emotional issues but I just KNEW that they wouldn't let him remain handicapped. I can't stand how the character developed from the early seasons. If they were gonna develop his character they should have developed him into a more devious ferengi working at quarks. In fact I can't stand how they change almost every main ferengi character except for quark. I can't stand when Star Trek turns every alien species into humans. At the beginning of ds9 Rom is sexist and tries to kill his brother. By the end he's a good little human who is no longer sexist and loves his brother over profit. The grand negus goes from being a good greedy sexist ferengi to being a good human who wants females to wear clothes in public and work and he even lets Rom lead the ferengi. How is rom going to deal with the economic situation when it's been established he's an idiot when it comes to finances. If ferengi were real I would want them to not be sexist but that is one of the things that makes them different so I don't like that they changed it.

Just like if Klingons were real I wouldn't want them to kill their superiors if they showed cowardice but it's a show so I want them to remain the same. Some people will say it's chracter development but that is weak. Rom is an idiot yet they try and say he was always a secret genius just a little insecur. SURE. he still acts like an idiot most of the time. See emperors cloak episode in season 7 when he can't grasp the concept of an alternate universe for almost the entire episode. I just hate what they did to rom and nog and the entire ferengi culture. They didn't do it to Klingons so I don't know why they destroyed the ferengi. They should have given quark the job of grand negus at the end. He held true to the sexist greedy ideals that have defined the ferengi.

And this episode was just OK. Just because nog cries doesng make it good except for the part where he punched jake and treated his girlfriend the correct ferengi way. That was true to Star Trek. I love ds9 but it's episodes like this and the Visitor that I just don't see why people gush over them
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Sat, Nov 8, 2014, 5:29pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Message in a Bottle

True, but a Spanish-speaking person would say "ro-DEH-oh".
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Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 9:56pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

Oh come on. I can't be the only male, post-adolecent trekkie that doesn't find Jolene Blalock + Decon gel hard to look at. Not all trekkies are sexless prudes.
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Peter Bradfield
Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 2:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I agree with some who have said the biggest problem with this episode was that this should have been Voyager's first two-part episode with Sharon Lawrence's Amelia Earhart being an unintended and even unwittingly first true protagonist to Janeway in the Delta Quadrant -- perhaps even giving us shades into how Janeway would have to deal with Seven of Nine.

Just imagine if much of the the crew had wanted to stay on the planet -- with an actual view of that city -- instead of trying to get back to the Alpha Quadrant via some things Earhart says that she didn't intend or were taken out of context by much of the crew? I think that would have made a much more interesting story as well as good basis for Voyager's first two-parter, instead of waiting for season 2's finale and season 3's opener.
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Fri, Apr 5, 2013, 2:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S1: Learning Curve

I absolutely despise this episode. I've worked for someone who acted Tuvok in this episode, and it wasn't very long before I quit and went to work somewhere else where I would be treated with more respect.

This episode is an excellent example of what's wrong with this series. It's supposed to be different than all the others, and yet here we are, witnessing Tuvok's efforts in forcing everyone to follow the same Starfleet rules that they have. The only two options seem to be 1) join Starfleet or 2) go to the brig.

Let's assume the brig just isn't big enough. Well, why isn't it? Wasn't Voyager's original mission to track down the Maquis and apprehend them? Shouldn't the ship have a brig large enough for all those Maquis? If that's not the reason why you can't just throw everyone in the brig, then why not? The way Tuvok was treating the Maquis reminded me of the argonizer in the Mirror universe. Maybe if they had one of those, they wouldn't need a brig at all.

But back to the point. Why are these their only two options? Why not allow the Maquis to stay on board as civilians? Aren't there things that need to be done on the ship that can be handled by civilians? Or here's an idea - why not allow them to colonize an M-class planet that they find along the way? They could have stayed on that planet that had the 40,000 LY transporter. Or maybe Janeway could have allowed them to take Dr. Jetrel's ship that was left in the shuttle bay after the previous episode. Then they could go off on their own and have their own adventures. If this series is really supposed to be different, why not take some risks?
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Tue, Jul 26, 2011, 12:27am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

So... what if they used /multiple/ holosuites in the game? It could also be that each person is sort of divided from each other in a sort of holographic box, with each having a different image from that person's perspective projected...
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Wed, Dec 9, 2009, 10:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: The Aenar

I feel sorry for you, it must be painful to analyze everything. This episode certainly wasn't as bad as you make it sound.
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