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Sun, Sep 3, 2017, 5:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

Worst episode ever for the entire Trek franchise?

Not so sure of that...

Try "Profit and Lace" or "Threshold" and maybe "Let He Who Is Without Sin" as either those eps were just as inane, or had an interesting idea but was too half-baked to begin with, unless the writers were already baked to begin with...
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Wed, Jul 2, 2014, 8:33pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

I just saw this, and all of Bashir's dialogue would have made more sense coming from Geordi. It's nice to see Bashir, but they were shoehorning the role in an artificial way. Like making rebel Chekov into the idea lapdog in "The Way to Eden" (TOS)

Having said that, Data's story is magnificent and the music almost has a Ron Jones style to it...
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Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 12:39pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Cold Fire

Everything about this episode was great - until the quickie lockup of Susperia. And her release. And her being quick to learn, trust, and forgive.

Especially when it's revealed that Kes didn't have any powers after Tanis leaves.

I took it at face value that this Ocampa colony wanted to take her in, to save her when they let Susperia enact her revenge. But here's Tanis, teaching her how to use powers he was giving her (as opposed to training her to use any innate powers SHE had), and she uses them on him so conveniently yet he doesn't throw his off switch?

Such wasted potential... more time, more thought, maybe a 2-parter as most of the material was built up extremely well, just to be unraveled at the end out of convenience.

Part of me was hoping Tanis would get her to apply to the ship what he trained her to do with the plants - fry 'em with kindness. Again, a 2-parter could have fleshed out so much more.

And, yup, how could Tuvok - or any organic life form - sustain a 30 degree (celcius) change instantly and for that long... it was a chilling scene, but - yup - all is well.

Voyager definitely was influenced by TOS, including the scribbled writing and "next scene later, we're all fine" routine. ("The Deadly Years" being a perfect example, or the number of times Scotty gets killed only to be revived in an instant...)
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Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 5:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

They could have called this one "Non Sequitur" because it made no sense.

The cliche of "spatial/dimensional anomaly" being the cause of the ship being turned into a labyrinth would have been better than a space critter that swallowed the ship, made space bend in impossible ways, crush the hull (yet it clearly didn't), made people act slow, gave Janeway the big-O, et cetera, only to have the very end reveal the twist (no pun intended) that ruined the whole episode... complete with magical data exchange between both 'vessels'... really?

Kudos, in a way, for trying to do something other than a spatial distortion, but it just doesn't work. But at least they kept the big revelation to the very end... which seems a trifle unfair, now that I'm thinking about it, but if it were revealed earlier I would have changed the channel...
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Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 5:18pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Parturition

I went into this episode out of boredom, expecting to hate it.

It grew on me.

I didn't expect Neelix and Paris' argument to continue on (though they do make up at the end, go figure), much less be a fresh take...

But what I really liked was the M-Class planet fooling their sensors into thinking they were finding humanoid-compatible food when what they were reading was the food the lizard creatures ate.

Loved the ending as well.

And, yup, the tricorder problem was grating... It's amazing, where they put in some thought -- and where they overlooked detail just to keep suspense going...

3 of 4 stars, and a lot of it has to do with the quality of the acting drawing and maintaining interest... but - yeah - in 1995 I would not have cared for this episode at all...
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Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 10:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

as with "Demon", "Course: Oblivion" is a bizarre, technobabble-laden, plot hole-ridden, yet engaging and entertaining slice of innovative sci-fi because it's not derivative (that I know of).

It's novel to have taken the end of one story and make something new out of it. Or certainly not typical, for Trek or most shows in general.

It makes sense that the ship is a duplicate, it was exposed to the same silver goo - and I'll pretend all the crew and ship were submerged to allow the duplicates to be made, since "Demon" had some silver touching B'Elanna's thumb and only the thumb was duplicated.

It's nice to see there can be civilizations on planets other than class-M types.

Characters realizing they're duplicates and the resultant arguments works sometimes, but fails at others.

The plot holes and cons to the story are BAD. Kim whines about "being ourselves" - except they're duplicates that will delay in the normal environment. Even Janeway orders a simulation of their class-Y (class-Why?) environment just to prolong a life that, well, isn't.

Chakotay was given some of the best dialogue, as was Janeway's assumption-driven response to counter his claim that they shouldn't be there (and her opting not to destroy the alien ship out of 'misunderstanding').

Futility, entropy, etc, are rarely covered in Trek due to its optimistic tone. Segues into episodes like "Course: Oblivion" are refreshing because there's no reset button to return to the status quo (unlike "Year of Hell", which is a far better episode in all aspects).

And seeing the crew die en masse is grizzly. Especially slowly as everyone gets tired from the disintegrating.

Great f/x as well...

The ending where the real Voyager finds it is poignant. They don't know what the ship was, and our knowing what it was... but yet, they couldn't scan the "wreckage" (silver balls) and determine the origins being a class-Why planet and realize it was their own duplicates all along?

And Jammer's points are all well-made. The most poignant (IMO) being the logs not being available for the real Voyager to get. It'd be an interesting experiment in how the real characters would respond.
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Fri, Oct 4, 2013, 8:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Definitely siding with EP on this one... and this episode, clunker or not, is far better than "Jusice" (the TNG episode with the Edo and magical god thing that protects them and is never explained... at least "Natural Law" didn't borrow other aspects from that story...)

I just saw this episode for the first time.

It has potential, it's conceptually true for TREK, but the slow pacing - which feels natural and right for the story - somehow doesn't work.

Janeway applauds Chakotay at the end, even though what he and Seven did violated the prime directive (a law that Janeway would sternly upheld in the past and still does by and large).

Tom Paris' subplot may have helped the story's pacing if his scenes were more evenly spaced.

It's unfortunate that the primitive race was protected by a force field that never gets explained (e.g. motivations for it being put there to begin with.)

It's awesome how Chakotay and Seven work together, but even better is when he questions her reasoning - since she was brought into a more technologically advanced collective but later separated from it.

And the more advanced race - it's a little heavyhanded that they come across like typical European venture capitalists. Ironically, that aspect hasn't dated and feels far more creepy in 2013 than it did in 2001. But it's still heavyhanded (but most drama is.)

So much potential yet so ultimately shallow a story.

Paul York's comment is pretty great as well - to protect from more industrialized nations (or all involved to some level, technically.) It's similar to the concept of a republic style government - where the minority can be protected against the majority.
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Tue, Oct 1, 2013, 7:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

It is derivative to TNG's TMoaM, but it is highly innovative - and enjoyable.

The continuity to previous EMH stories was pretty well handled.

The alterations of the characters are fantastic in of themselves, made even better by the quality of the actors doing these wonderful alternate takes.

The poignant nature of the "mobile emitter" being an allegory from the EMH's POV was rather good, as was the follow-up to previous EMH episodes where our EMH finds out that his mark I brethren ended up as disposable janitors...

What bugs me, albeit slightly, is that a computer program could be so creative to begin with. But I've handled more illogical premises (e.g. "Space 1999") and enjoyed what those shows had to offer, and in all honesty the bulk of "Author, Author" revolves around the altered versions of the crew (yay!).

Pity we didn't get to see 7 play the holo-book, but then we wouldn't have the courtroom drama (which is the only real sub par aspect to the story, which feels overly long and clearly derivative of the TNG episode. But I did like how Seven discussed how the EMH helped her improve her social skills...)

It's still 3.5 or 3.75 of 4 stars, given how well-executed the story is, even with the nitpicks. Most of the nitpicks are easily forgivable or easy to overlook. So much of the story is otherwise rock solid perfect.
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Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 8:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

"This turns out to be an implanted memory from one of Iden's own people. There's perhaps nothing quite like living through the plight of someone else to possibly understand where they're coming from (cf. last season's "Memorial")."

Very true. Recall in TOS, "The Immunity Syndrome", when Spock tells McCoy about "suffer the death of thy neighbor" and how if humans had their history would be less bloody? This VOY episode reflects on that and takes it to a personal level. The EMH loathes the instilled 'torture', but it is a thoughtful and complex episode.

And it's nice to see repercussions from Janeway bending the prime directive in ways she thinks will help her but, oops, really don't.

The EMH's fast one to give the other holograms an edge came out of nowhere, as what he did damaged a lot of equipment and hurt and almost killed many. Did the EMH learn "the hypocritical oath", perhaps?

The only thing that bugs me is that they're holograms. I usually love high concept stories, but the premise takes much disbelief to suspend. Manage to do that and it's a 5/5 story. I still can't help but to rate it 3.5 or 4, despite a very worthy and complex topic, mostly because I can't see the Doc risking others' lives as such and that using holograms is a trifle convenient. It's easier to forgive the latter than the former...

But even season 7 of VOY does have much life in it, despite these more extravagant episodes having as much to nitpick as there is much to wholly admire in attempting to say.
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Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 1:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

Good episode, but it's hilarious that farming is used as an example of a more valuable contribution - a decade later and so much farm land is being abandoned or sold just to build shopping malls.

"Critical Care" was a daring episode, but nothing's changed much since then.
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Wed, Sep 25, 2013, 3:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

Best of all, the Starfleet guy (Barclay's supervisor who is still there despite being proven wrong time and time and time again) says it takes about 2 hours to go 7.8 light years. 30,000 light years away is Voyager. A high school algebra problem will readily prove it will take about 7692 hours to reach Voyager. Now I'm no expert, but 7692 hours does not translate into 30 years...
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Tue, Sep 24, 2013, 7:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

At first, I thought this episode was lame -- the EMH's code being assimilated into 7's borg technology thus controlling her mind is almost too much to swallow... but Jeri Ryan nails Robert Picardo's acting style for the EMH.

Never mind the freshness of the plot using the "body swap" trope and I found this to be 44 minutes of a slickly paced near-masterpiece in what it's trying to accomplish.

As usual, VOY takes Vulcans to a new level - Tuvok often comes close to beating Spock as the best Vulcan ever, but this episode puts in much tact for Pon Farr and his controlling it. Using the holodeck for romance has been done so many times in TNG, et al, that a practical use for Tuvok is more of a relief than a creepy gross moment -- anyone recall a person named Minuet that Riker fell for in "11001001"? Great story, but his asking her how far things could go was really -- ewww...

As a non-heterosexual, some dialogue was carefully chosen (e.g. why the lady's brother would not care for the doctor - the doctor being a "photonic".) And it didn't offend me - most heterosexuals, even those that are supportive of GLBT people will react with discomfort on a personal level.

If anything, it bothers me that a species is so anti-hologram that it will go after anyone or anything with such technology, without being bothered to listen. The Voyager and crew are not in their realm of space... yet at the same time, Earth's own history is replete with such examples of prejudice.

As for the TNG episode that deals with test tube babies, it would have been a GLBT allegory only if the asexual alien was a male (not female as demonstrated in that story...)
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Sun, Sep 15, 2013, 2:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Flashback

In 1996, I saw the preview and decided to give it a chance. Shoehoring in Tuvok was a joke and the acting of everyone on the Excelsior felt like they were reading their lines off of cue cards as if they were bored.

Fontaine being killed was an obvious gaffe.

Janeway discussing Kirk and the gang felt like a slam against TOS.

The precipice stuff was nothing.

I felt the episode made a mockery of Trek VI.

1 of 4 stars

Fast forward to 2013:

The Excelsior acting: It felt like a rehearsal at least up to the point where Sulu sees Janeway, when Sulu really comes alive. It's as if they all read the script and decided they were supposed to play it out like a dream as well. Noting the difference, I do wonder how much better the Excelsior scenes had been if the director (who had some great shots of an ailing Tuvok) had reminded the Excelsior crew to try to act as if the events really happened. Takei in particular steals the show the moment Tuvok's meld goes awry and he can see Janeway.

Kang's appearance is a cute bit of continuity, and Michael Ansara (RIP) puts in some flair - good to see him again. Sulu's jibing with him feels very TOS-like. More was desired (good f/x in the nebula, too.) Though, without oxygen, there would be no big explosion...

In 1996, I did NOT watch the story to the end - when Tuvok and Janeway discuss the veracity of those memories, it is a very brief scene but does adequately write off the inconsistencies with Tuvok's memory, and Tuvok makes it come across like they did turn around and head back home in the end - because the Excelsior looked pristine when it battled General Chang at the film's finale.

As with 1996, Janeway and Tuvok hopping back between memories to re-live things differently was cornball and convenient.

But at least they're not doing time travel (yet again).

I liked the sci-fi revelation of a virus that lives in a memory, preferably one that the host doesn't want to remember. That was clever. Kudos.

When the virus jumped from Fontaine to Tuvok, there appeared to be physical touch. But not between Tuvok and Janeway. That was an eyerolling moment.

In both viewings, then and now, I did miss out on continuity fluffs (e.g. 2 days vs 2 months re: Kirk being captured, etc). However, this does tie into the end where it's said that we really don't know what happened thanks to how the virus was acting. Given Tuvok's loose associations with the nebula, Klingons, etc, the virus was probably using the Trek VI memories and its effects were distored by Tuvok's attempt to remember. It's woolly, but it's the only way to make the story work. Especially as it's a throwaway line at the end. But it was said; if it wasn't then the whole piece would be a turkey.

In short, there were many interesting points but there was some sloppiness and missed opportunities. :(

3 of 4 stars
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Sat, Dec 29, 2012, 6:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

Bizarre episode.

Lwaxana Troi's humor is a little better in this script, but she feels out of place in the new style season 2 puts in for the show... later episodes treat Lwaxana more blandly, which doesn't help matters either.

Mick Fleetwood is the second rock star (Michelle Phillips being the first, in "We'll Always Have Paris") to appear in TNG. What's nice is that you're waiting all 40 minutes and then realize he plays a fish that not only Worf finds handsome, but proves Russell T Davies was not the first sci-fi writer to come up with inter-species lust. Worf's reaction was pretty solid, and kept sufficiently brief. A whole episode devoted to such soap opera would fall flat, and it would be heavyhanded as well. This story has Worf appreciating the form and letting the audience viewer decide if he's hornball or not. Which makes that scene more mature than any number of later TNG episodes that would play this card and heavyhandedly so...

Data's laugh was an attempt to use rote to repeat a process other people were using. Until season 3, it wasn't really said that Data being an android meant he was not programmed to imitate. (Ditto for "Measure of a Man" where, in a scene cut from the final presentation, Data exclaims "I am pleased!" to Picard in his ready room over the legal battle to follow...) And, in this episode and "Deja Q" (where Q lets him laugh like a real person), both scenes are well-thought out in context, and well-realized by Brent Spiner.

The plot, where Lwaxana is chasing Picard is played up both comedically and seriously. I'm not sure what to think of it. In the right mood, it's a funny story, but in many ways it's just bizarre and feels out of place.

Especially as half the jokes from Lwaxana's original story are repeated here. Only without Yar's friz hair stealing the show in the process. But this time around, it's Data and his technobabble that steal the show, as does Majel Barrett for her top-notch performance.

How come Lwaxana cannot figure out that Picard has zero interest in her, despite her reading his mind without his permission?! Perhaps she is saving face by lying to everyone, but the acting suggests otherwise (even after dinner when she tells Troi how he was thinking of dirty things).

Interesting, both of the early-era Lwaxana stories were written by Tracy Torme but were so heavily rewritten that he demanded a pseudonym be used instead.

It's nowhere near as bad as "The Okona" story, though...

Of course, Picard goes and hides in the holodeck, so she goes after Riker (who, oddly, doesn't accept the advances, despite his hitching with everyone this side of Riza... and the other side, and every side in between...)

You're definitely right; once Picard gets to the holodeck things really fall apart. Nothing happens, except Lwaxana drooling over everybody.
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Sat, Dec 8, 2012, 9:23pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

In the 1960s, the counterculture movement (which shared some of Roddenberry's ideals, albeit not all), was omnipresent. Many shows wanted to have their own 'hippie' episode. Even "Get Smart" had "The Groovy Guru".

"Trek", mixing a moral play with sci-fi, making it experimental for the time, did clearly stretch things too far. I can handle a bunch of rogue malcontents being led by another, stealing a ship, et al, but the hippie allegory is way too direct.

Chekov is rewritten as a lapdog for Kirk, obeying every order like a good little tin soldier. This is at odds with his previous persona of being a loose cannon, campily championing Russia at every turn. Chekov as a serious character without the camp was great, but this episode altered his personality solely for the sake of the story. Stories are made for characters; not the other way around. Especially in a long-running show with established character types, even in the 1960s when each episode ending was its own 'reset button', meaning there was no real continuity to move forward with.

On the plus side, when the full TOS soundtrack comes out, the music from this story is the first I will be listening to. :)

I liked the inconsistency of Eden. It meant Spock had to do research and for Kirk to take a chance on such information. It sweetened the pot that the planet was, you guessed it, in the Neutral Zone, but given the pacing of the story there was no time to fill it with angry Romulan birds...

I also enjoyed Jeffrey's analysis above on the miscreants. While I disagree re: Chekov's newfound personality, I do like how he pointed out the side of people we don't see...

He nailed the point of Severin perfectly. The story itself is almost a scary precursor to AIDS in a way, and Severin himself is a proto-TNG villain (shades of gray; a villain having a sympathetic side is not easy to do, and TNG would often play with this sort of moralizing.) With Severin, as he said, there was potential for a good story, which failed to materialize.

I too wish the facade of love and peace was explored more; especially as that was one of the goals to this story and discussing the hippie movement. John Lennon was not identical to the songs he wrote for sure, and the counterculture participants were - arguably - too idealistic. Or, perhaps, high at the time. Real peace takes commitment and effort. Drugs are means to escape commitment and effort.

As such, Rad does make for an interesting - and dangerous character. Had this story, here we go, been a two-parter and given some gravitas, the creators could have really put out a strong story. Season 3 often put out very strong messages with strong contention-based concepts ("Battlefield", "Cloud Minders", "Plato's Stepchildren", etc), but "Eden" was a missed opportunity to really say something. Sadly, a certain affair at Kent State University a few years later would have - more loudly - end the counterculture and, perhaps, evolution as we know it...

Adam definitely comes across as a total acolyte, devoted to the cause. He hides behind his music and, man, does he have a good signing voice. But that's Charles Napier, a known character and voiceover actor. And even as a mixed bag of a story, the coherence of Adam being the total acolyte of this Severin cult figure and being the only one dying does pack a certain punch.

Picard, the one who fired a volley of photon torpedos over a planet just to inanely scare the entire inhabitants of the planet, wouldn't entertain any ideas.

While I adore the music, the ideas in this story could have been better if the story was not so strongly hippie-themed, without the padding of the music, some of these ideas could have been a little more effectively explored...

Still, it's not bad because it's mere rubbish, it's bad because the ideas could not be fully explored.
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Sat, Dec 8, 2012, 9:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

It's a daring episode, and it's also an influence for the to-be sitcom "Herman's Head" that would be created some 4 years later...

Some conflicts on Earth have lasted decades or longer as well - nobody's managed genocide quite yet...

I do agree; Riva's solution is too simple... But the overall concept was novel and innovative for sci-fi, right down to the name of Riva's trio, that of "Chorus" (which could have had been influenced by Greek myths)...

Yeah, it could have been better... 2/4 stars is definitely a good rating, but something about the story hits not the wrong spot for me as well...
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Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 7:20pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

Spiner should have won an award.

With his dual role with Lore, he's always top-notch. As a triple role with Lore and Soong, he excels.

Patrick makes a good point as well - while TNG season 1 was bad, it was how they relied on the early year's concepts and did something *better* with them. Yar, the one Data beds (!!!) is referred to several times, and each time she's referenced it's a home run.

With Lore and Soong, it's no different (though "Descent" would be the one exception...)

The Soong/Lore subplot is a half-cliche (Seigfried from "Get Smart" had a similar background, as would Darth Vader, Davros, and others - they all would later use the same "I was abused as a kid so I will become the most evil being in the universe, have pity on me now instead of before I wanted to wreak havoc and we'd all be licking ice cream cones in perfect harmony instead" trope... of course, everybody forgets that bit... trying to fix problems before they begin...)

The story has some conveniences but so much more makes the whole story that much better in the end. "Chain of Command" would be similar in that regard; contrivances that can be overlooked because the overall effect was a success.
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Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 11:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

Oh, the blu-ray has a problem:

They had to recreate the whole scene from scratch, with the Q forcefield disappearing. The Enterprise's lights come on slowly, and then Picard and crew state how everything's acting as if they never stopped. So why the CGI that shows the ship in a powered-down state, with lights coming on in sections, and the ship being the wrong color as well? It's the only real nitpick I've got for what is otherwise a fantastic remastering process. And the nitpick is there mostly for plot logistics, but I've not seen the old DVD or VHS copies in years -- if the same issue is there then the remastering team stayed true to the original team's mistake. :)
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 9:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Haven

Every time I try to watch the dinner scene between the families, the moment they put the camera on Yar, I start thinking of the song "Hair" by the Cowsills. (Oh, this episode is telling in that "Yar" is a diminutive of "By'ar'F")...

This is the sort of drippy drama seasons 5-7 would descend to, but at least it's not as preachy.

1.5 of 4. The opening bit with the silver box and dialogue-driven head does plenty to knock it down...
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 9:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

Nice Afterschool Special, there...

Yar's performance is great, but... until season 5, TNG would rarely be so one-dimensional and excessively preachy.

The baddies are indeed nasty pieces of work and I like the ideas, but the execution is simplistic.

Still, the use of solar flares to knock out electronic equipment is a nice bit of realism...

2 of 4
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 9:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

Ms. Sheear's stories for TNG were different.

But not in a bad way.

They're (IMHO) refreshing, exploring venues of sci-fi not really touched on.

Calculus in the 7th grade? Cool!

Abducting kids as means to get around a sterility problem? This is remarkably adult sci-fi, and not a stupid sexcapade as so many earlier TNG episodes devolved into.

But the Aldeans would not make good parents. They're too hyperfocused on art and forgot how to build the tools they use, much less in discipline - the one aspect of raising children that is completely ignored, apart from Harry's father, and how did Riker know Harry's name? Anyway, that trope (forgetting how to build things) is not uncommon in sci-fi, but the application in this story is novel.

Even WESLEY WONDERBRAT isn't the cure-all. Okay, the children do start to get upset toward the end, at least the girl who played the music. Wes did seem to have to tell them all not to comply, and is having difficulty convincing them as to why...

But a cloaked planet -- cool idea, but surely a starship traveling at warp or impulse might go *SMACK* into it, since it's only rendered invisible -- it's still there, and ready to be the proverbial car that the starship (or, in this case, the proverbial deer) is waiting to greet... without the headlights.

3.25 of 4 stars from me, despite my nitpicks.
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 8:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

They are cliches yet the story feels oddly innovative.

Wisely, the "fountain of youth" trope would always be a cliche, so they kept that aspect shallow while focusing on other events. Which is best, the more they discussed the de-aging Admiral's love life with his wife the more I started to cringe, but they kept the thought minimal. So it's realistic (for the scope of the concept) without descending into the drivel other S1 stories would descend into. Thankfully.

The hostage crisis/arms dealing was one of the "real life" things TOS was known for. It feels like it's trying to be a reversal of what TOS' "A Private Little War" was doing.

Admiral Jameson's makeup was very iffy at times, but the younger he got the better he got...

Michael Pataki excelled as Karnas...

I then just read Nic's response above. It's cool to know the story started as a sequel to "A Private Little War". At the time, Shatner wasn't wrong (but his ego, "GET A LIFE!!!" bit notwithstanding, wasn't why he claimed the show was trash, if he had indeed do so...)

I rate it 3 of 4 stars.
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 8:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

P.S. Great bit about the boobs; Yar did have the best...
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 8:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

Armus is a novel adversary.

Yar's death comes almost too soon and is unexpected. But voltage (microvolts)??

If anything, Yar's prerecorded message that assumes nobody's moved to new assignments is a tad contrived and mawkish... and, of course, has the Windows XP wallpaper in the background... TNG really was ahead of its time.

The questionable pacing between the mush-fest with Troi, Picard's stern attitude, and Armus' trickery with the crew, and not to mention newly-appointed Worf coming across a little too cowardly to be believed...

2.5 of 4 stars, despite being remarkably watchable...
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 8:49pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

One of Yar's better stories, it's a tad cheesy but not in a bad way. It's engaging, entertaining, and the saucer separates.

Loved how Crusher (not WESLEY WONDERBRAT) tells Picard just to shut it off.

And why the remaining weapon still fires on the Enteprise after that when a simple edit to deal with the Enterprise finishing off the weapon before Picard shutting it all off would have perfected that bit...

Loved the Geordi/Logan bits as well.

3 of 4 stars
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