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DJ Worf Nuts
Sun, Jan 10, 2021, 2:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Also dudes, there’s literally a decade of projected misogyny in this thread around unresolved issues with women, using Keiko and Lwaxana as placeholders. Ouch. Go sit on a fuckin chaise longue and do better.
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DJ Worf Nuts
Sun, Jan 10, 2021, 2:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Anytime I see a 1-star review I know that it’ll be a terrible bottle episode that I’ll love just as much as the more ambitious, multi-faceted intergalactic story arcs that occur throughout the series (and it usually is). What a welcome diversion from time to time, lest we get 20 straight episodes of Odo in therapy trying to become a fuckin chaise longue.

Wait no that sounds pretty great actually
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djkazaz
Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 4:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

So far it seems STD season 3 is based on a ripoff of Andromeda, with the usual Kurtzman Trek sloppy nonsense. I have to fast forward through the episodes and honestly its just too much of an effort to put up with it. I don't have the energy anymore.
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djkazaz
Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 8:29am (UTC -5)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 13: The Jedi

@Elise

I think Jason Isaacs will make a fantastic Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Bradley Whitford is too much of a nice guy.

For the benefit of those who asked, Thrawn is the key character from a trilogy of novels called "Heir To The Empire" which were supposed to take place after Return of the Jedi. He was an Admiral who started to put the empire back together after their defeat and a very compelling character.

Dave Filoni used him in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon (also featuring Ahsoka) which took place prior to A New Hope.

His presence in the Madalorian suggests he is behind Moff Gideon's actions and will become increasingly important.

Ahsoka's presence links with the previous backstories of the Clone Wars, where she starts out as Anakin Skywalker's padawan and ends up leaving the Jedi disillusioned, to Rebels where she comes back to start the rebellion and protect them from Vader.

For my money, this is a much better sequel to star wars than the simply horrid trilogy Disney gave us. I hope they continue down this path without ever linking to that dumpster fire.
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bewodjthjdoirldbnoasknvi
Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 12:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

I'd assume he is, he's been commenting on the Picard trailers on his blog as they've come out.
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Kerschdje
Sun, Mar 11, 2018, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

My Friends and me have been cursing the soulless minions of orthodoxy ever since we first saw this episode! - So awesome!
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djkazaz
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 4:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Yanks

I would actually agree with every one of the points you make in 'where discovery fails'. Same for your comments on TNG as well as on how the more sophisticated we get, the less we can enjoy an hour of simple TV ;-)
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djkazaz
Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 7:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Yanks

I understand the rationalizations the show makes for the events in the plot - why Georgiou decided to save Michael and why Michael saved Georgiou etc. But ultimately I find the arationalizations hollow. I mean I get it, but it doesn't work for me. I felt like I was watching Revenge of the Sith, where Anakin is a nice guy with insecurities who suddenly decides to murder children. It just fails to convince.
The pacing is very good and the visual very attractive so you get carried away, but ultimately, these motivations are just spurious.
Maybe they should have made MU Georgiou a bit more sympathetic, a bit less awful...

As for my "pointless'' remark - if you spend 10 episodes building my interest about a character, only to waste him in a few minutes as a 2-dimensional baddie, then the whole show feels pretty pointless.
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djkazaz
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 4:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

So, I thought about it some more and I have to emphasize my point - this was awesome but not good. In fact, it was pretty bad if you stop following the breakneck action, sit back and think.

The Empress (no I refuse to call her emperor!) suddenly decides to make a heroic last stand and sacrifice herself for Michael. Right. A woman who rose to the top on assasination and betrayal, suddenly becomes selfless. OK.

And Michael is swayed by her 'heroic' act and decides to save her? Isn't this the same woman who was eating a PERSON last night? I mean how much more iredeemable can you get!

And back to the question of Lorca, there had better be a PU version of him coming up soon, or the whole series will have been an exercise in pointlesseness.
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djkazaz
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 4:22am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

So, I thought it was awesome, though not great.

I mean it was a damn good conclusion to this story arc (even though lots of people guessed that Lorca was from the MU - not like there weren't hints all along).
It's been a while since I watched a Trek episode and felt it was awesome.

On the other hand there's still several weaknesses like what's happening with Voq/Tyler, what about the nice dead doctor and can we please have some more character development for Michael?

An another note, how do we know for sure that our Lorca is dead? I mean MU Lorca somehow crossed over but we have no clue what happened to 'nice' Lorca, right?
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djkazaz
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 5:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

Like a lot of old trek fans I was a bit ambivalent when DSC started but overall I find myself pleasantly surprised.

But Star Trek hasn't been on TV in so long and the last time it was (enterprise) it was already really behind the times, that I feel its unfair to judge this show with only four episodes in. The producers are having to re-invent a lot of story elements to make the series both trek and successful by modern standards.

So far I feel they're getting it mostly right. The idealism is there, even in the face of terrible circumstances, the passion for discovery and exploration and the moral conflicts. On top of which we get updated visuals and designs (that I mostly like), modern direction and pacing and very good acting.
I honestly don't know what people who slam the acting are talking about and who they're comparing it to. I often found the acting in old trek shows to be very stilted.

True this episode was weak, I personally liked ep3 a lot and eps1-2 quite a bit, this one not so much. Gaping plot holes that other have pointed out, left much to be diesired. And I also find myself bored by the klingons because of the language/subtitles thing. I guess it does make them more truly alien, but at some point they need to let the actors speak english and move.

Overall though DSC still holds my interest and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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DJ
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 5:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

"And nobody wants to watch miserable people."

Clearly you are unaware of how popular The Sopranos was.

I for one am enjoying this series so far. It's different, but still has a Trek feel to it. I wouldn't want to see a new series try and emulate what's already been done, and I hope the writers of Discovery try to avoid that as much as possible.

Too many people seem to be in a rush to judge this only a few episodes in. I can't help but think of how this would have worked out for the first season of TNG (which is almost unwatchable now, and was tough to get through back then).

DS9 got a lot of "this isn't Trek" criticism as I recall, and turned out to be amazing. I'm hoping Discovery does the same.
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djgylend
Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

This episode is an all time family favorite. The scene midway through I could watch over and over and over.

La Forge: The Pakleds seem pretty sincere.
Pakled Captain: We want what we want.
Riker: Our computer banks are non-negotiable.
Pakled Captain: We want them.
La Forge: Believe me, they're nothing if not persistent.
Pakled Captain: We want to be nothing if not persistent.
La Forge: Nobody ever said they were great conversationalists.
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DJD
Mon, Oct 5, 2015, 6:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I agree with the general consensus of the comments: stupid episode. EVERYTHING is contrived.

1. The premise. The Klingons know that Worf is commanding the defiant. They engage in an elaborate hit and cloak game that goes on for minutes - that despite the Defiant having proven itself to be just about the deadliest ship outside of the Borg or Species 8472 - just to set up a pattern and finally draw Worf to fire on a decloaking fake ship. Oh p-uh-lease. Bond villains have less elaborate plans.

2. The trial. The Federation and the Klingons are at war. Nothing else. The Defiant escorted a couple of Cardassian ships. It was then attacked without warning. That is an ACT OF WAR. Nobody on the Federation's side would have agreed to a trial after that.

3. The Klingon argument. The Klingon lawyer makes the case that Worf must be handed over because only Klingons could judge an act of bloodlusty killing. What?! The Vulcan should have shot him down on the spot! It's like Nog cheating on a stock deal and Liquidator Brunt arguing only the Ferengi could judge him for that.

4. Fake dilemma. Everybody agrees that if you fight Klingons/Romulans, if you want to survive, you have to shoot at decloaking ships. If some civilians transport were to decloak in the heat of battle, that's just bad luck for them.
And O'Brien disagrees? O'Brien???

5. Worf predictably going nuts. Like calling George McFly "chicken".

6. Odo's timing. So he checked up all the passengers' backgrounds and couldn't find anything halfway through the episode. Five minutes before the end he found they all had "survived" a crash 3 months ago. What the hell was the good Constable checking beforehand?!?!

7. Brooks' acting. My god, he is seriously the worst actor in all of Trek when he has to act emotional/excited/angry. It's immersion shattering.
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dj_lucas
Fri, Sep 4, 2015, 11:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Evolution and adaptation of the human species has always been a featured component of Star Trek episodes, Tuvixian Lives Matter!
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djay
Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 4:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

so this episode wants me to believe the cardarsians built a missile that even a star ship as advance as the voyager cannot take out, why didnt they build a bunch of these and win the war easily against the federation?. maybe someone can explain that to me.
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Jdjdbc
Wed, Jan 15, 2014, 5:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

I'll take Trek's too human aliens over Farscape's muppets any day.
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DJS
Mon, Sep 16, 2013, 11:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

While I enjoy the episode, there's a huge continuity problem that bugs me. How did they *get* here in Before and After? The manner in which they crossed Borg space, was Kes Zip-zoop-zoopity-bopping 10 years off their journey. But we know that Kes didn't turn into a big funky energy thingamajig in the B&A timeline, so how did they get to Krenim space in the B&A timeline?
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DJ
Wed, Jan 19, 2011, 2:09am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

One of the little things I like about the space battle is that the Enterprise and the Excelsior combine forces to take out Chang's ship. Always thought it was a nice way of coming back to the "rivalry" between the two that was presented in ST3. And of course, the scene at the end in which the two ships are flying together was perfectly done.

Also a nice touch to make Sulu captain of the Excelsior, given how much he seemed to admire it.

I do wish they'd found a way to bring back Robin Curtis as Saavik rather than create a new character.
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OddJohn
Thu, Dec 3, 2009, 9:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

"The question no longer is whether Phlox can cure them (he can), but whether he should, and as a scientist, Phlox realizes that he shouldn't interfere with the natural development of an isolated society. When he explains his reasoning to Archer, there's a new tension where Archer finds that his human belief to help the Valakians must be weighed against the moral questions of interfering in a natural process...

"This episode stops and listens. It hears. It observes. It has a true understanding of human nature. It has perspectives of a kind that I want to see more of. And it believes in an audience that is interested in the true spirit of Star Trek and exploration rather than selling out in the name of being the hip flavor of the week."

Seriously?
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OddJohn
Tue, Dec 1, 2009, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

I'm surprised you didn't go more into Janeway's bizarre Prime Directive fundamentalism in this episode. Janeway uses the Prime Directive as a reason to not save this episode's SOTW from extinction. But considering the Voyager is so far from Federation HQ and the Prime Directive has been routinely skirted around by previous captains with little consequence, it's hard to not see Janeway's behavior here as borderline psychopathic. Kirk wouldn't have given a damn about the PD in this situation. Picard would have expressed reservations but found a way to save the species anyway. Janeway just condemns them to death without a second thought.

Her reasoning (beyond just 'the PD says so')? That it's impossible to know what consequence saving them would have. Really!? According to that logic, it's immoral to save ANYONE from ANYTHING! After all, you never know who will end up giving birth to the next Hitler after you save them. Simply preposterous.
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TheLordJesusChrist
Mon, Sep 21, 2009, 12:00am (UTC -5)
Re: CNN Is a Joke

CNN? A joke? I think the joke's on you.
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DJ Bladdered
Sat, May 10, 2008, 6:57am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me

Reviews or not Jammer
I hop you agree is kicking some serious DARK ASS man
I thought it went off the boil a bit for long periods in Season 3, but its all rocking again now.
Baltar to do a Jim Jones.....?
Peace Bladdered
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