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Dark Kirk
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

Like other commenters noted, Sheldon Cooper and Harren are practically twins. Was that just coincidence? Zoe McLellan did a good job with Celes. I would have liked to see her grab Harren by the shirt collar and snap at him "Watch your damn mouth with the captain!" It seems like Celes might have been a good fit in security.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 11:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

I disagree the Prophets intervening was deus ex machina or lazy writing. The Prophets did not want to intervene in "corporeal" matters. Sisko forced them by being willing to sacrifice himself. He demanded they stop the Dominion and they complied to keep them alive, and maybe because they cared about Bajor, but were offended by his aggressiveness and demanded a penance. It showed how Sisko was too important to the Prophets, and we only learn how and why in the series finale. There was a plan all along.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

It turns out the intense Stiles was terrifically played by an actor named Paul Comi. He received a Purple Heart three times in Korea, which he must have been able to draw on for this performance. One quote is "You just gotta hang in there and survive. (on sustaining a successful acting career over a long period of time)". He died on 8/26/2016, not all that long ago from this date. Too bad he wasn't around more. Rest in Peace.
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Dark Kirk
Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 11:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

Also to agree with a comment above, it's a shame Shannon Fill stopped acting in the mid 90s because she was good, but wish her well in her current position.
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Dark Kirk
Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 11:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

I'm seeing a lot of the stages of grief in the discussions about Sito Jaxa's fate. Shock reflected in the "punch to the gut" types of reactions, denial in speculation she could have somehow survived especially in Star Trek and which is what I personally wish as well, anger reflected in a lot of 'she was manipulated' comments, a little bargaining in a lot of 'where was Ro', but not much despair or acceptance because she was a fictitious character. I feel a form of grief too, and I would like to find some story about her fate and how she managed to survive, maybe in a novel. Losing a fictitious character is in some ways harder than losing a real person, which is why good fictitious characters never seem to stay dead.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

Just re-watched the pilot. Two things really irritated me that no one seemed to discuss. The first was the Temporal Cold War, because seriously??!! They're exploring space for the first time and that worn-out plot device is what you introduce??!! Even to the main character? The 2nd thing is Hoshi and Archer's dialogue in the Klingon capital, after Klaang completes the mission. The Klingon chancellor or whoever says something to Archer, and Archer says "I'll take that as a thank-you." Hoshi says "I don't think they have a word for Thank You." He asks what he said and she says "You don't want to know." What a lazy, cliche response! We know the Klingons, come up with something! How about "Drink well your enemies' blood" That sounds Klingon. Then Archer could have looked at Hoshi astonished, and she would shrug and respond "That's what he said!"
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Dark Kirk
Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 8:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Soldiers of the Empire

Saw this again the other day. This was one of Terry Farrell's best episodes.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 11:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Sacrifice of Angels is the Star Trek DS9 equivalent of Avengers: Endgame.
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Dark Kirk
Thu, May 23, 2019, 6:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Babel

Rewatching this episode, I'm struck at two things about Sisko. He is O'Brien's antagonist, right up to the last piece of dialogue in the episode, and often is O'Brien's antagonist throughout the series. Also, when he authorized Kira to talk to the Bajoran scientist even though she said would not set foot on Bajor, it was played as if he realized what she planned to do. It was an early instance of him being desperate enough to cross an ethical line because everyone on the station, including his son, was in jeopardy. Good writing.
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After seeing this movie several times with my sons, I just realized the writers developed Chewbacca's character more in this movie than in any others. He may have a life debt to Han and may be his best friend, but he does not revere Han. Great moments when Finn asks Chewie if Han was a war hero, when he disagrees Han talks his way out of jams, when he confirms that Han twice stiffed the two gangs before, and when he was getting treated and called brave by the medic. And Chewie was the one who ultimately blew the charges on the Starkiller base.
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 8:45am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Blood of Patriots

The writers are intentionally creating mediocre episodes (in a strong continuity) so they can be referenced when the characters enter the real world and discover they are just characters in a fictional universe, a la John Scalzi's Redshirts.
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Dark Kirk
Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Also, Rose was the most memorable part of The Last Jedi. She projected harmlessness but proved to have potent fierceness.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: For the Cause

I agree Eddington's betrayal seemed abrupt, although I don't know how it could have been written otherwise. Nowadays DS9 might have been written with some prequel/flashback scenes portraying the characters, like The Gifted does well. But in the 23 years since I first saw this episode, (my god, was it that long?) the paranoid/conspiracy-nut mentality he displays definitely seems more believable. And Sisko's response is more believable too. He realizes arguing with Eddington would be futile, so he basically just says "Screw you, Eddington. You betrayed your job, your oath, and me. I'm taking you down."
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I think the concept that a Klingon would choose to indulge his thirst for battle by becoming a courtroom lawyer is a lot of fun.
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Dark Kirk
Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 9:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: A Happy Refrain

It must be hard to write and act this show and prevent it from turning into parody.
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 11:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Everyone ignored me.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

John Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel! John Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel! Seth MacFarlane, who I want to commend for writing Orville episodes like this one, INTENTIONALLY wrote this Orville episode with ridiculous plot points, because this and the other episodes are not SUPPOSED to be thought out! The characters will discover they are part of a mediocre, (yet compelling) television show in a made-up universe, just like the "Redshirts" characters. Whereas "The Orville" has the Planetary Union, "Redshirts" has the Universal Union.

No one would make the decisions in the real world like they do in the show. The characters will discover for example: Ed begging for a Xelayan - who does that, and in what universe would that actually work? The only answer would be The Orville universe. The characters will discover the writers hastily had to write Halston Sage's Alara out of the show, but they had episodes written that hinged on Alara's Xelayan heritage and they couldn't change them, so rather than trash all that work, they had to come up with a flimsy excuse for a replacement Xelayan.

The admiral being a jerk, the lack of research before making first contact, the way the dilemma was concluded, and past plot points like John LaMarr suddenly revealing he hid his genius and Ed inappropriately pining for Kelly, will all be discovered as examples of a sloppily written show.

Now, this could mean Seth MacFarlane is blatantly ripping off Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel, and I don't know how that plays out in the real world. Maybe he never knew about the novel, which is hilarious in its own right.

I am still a fan. For all the plot problems, the episodes are fun to watch, and the actors do a great job with the material they have. They give no hint that they think the show is a parody, and that has to be a tough challenge for a performer.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I get tired of the superiority attitudes of those who call films like this just money-making stunts or 'insipid garbage'. Sure, that can happen, but it does not have to, and on second and third viewings, that's not true here. The first time I saw The Last Jedi, I felt toyed with, as someone above said, and right off the bat, I hated how Hux walked right into Poe mocking him in front of the whole bridge. That was not believable. But on the second and third viewings, I really liked it. It expanded the enormously fun Star Wars universe. I caught important lines like Ren telling Rey in their first long-distance force-encounter that she could not be causing it, because the effort would kill her. It explained Luke dying and passing into the Force at the end. And I caught better how Luke was scared that Rey did not even try to resist the darkness. I think the movie delivers as a second chapter, and for anyone arrogantly proclaiming that it's not real art and just exploiting for money, remember that for a franchise as popular as Star Wars, money can also mean a lot of people wanting to spend a lot of time to craft the best movie they can. You can still care deeply about the quality of your work, even if you work for an enormous corporate enterprise.
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Dark Kirk
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

This episode is the strongest evidence yet to bolster my this-is-a-meta-Redshirts-ripoff series and the characters will discover that they themselves are just nothing more than characters in an intentionally cliche and/or poorly written pseudo-science-fiction television series. It's the only explanation for Ed's extremely inappropriate personal feeling for Kelly (in no serious situation should this ever be a possibility), the ridiculously snowed parents, the Ja'loja pee gag, and the teacher taking credit for Ed's suggestion about Journey. The characters will meet the 'actors' soon enough.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Oct 9, 2018, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

It's so much fun to see how weirdness leaves Worf all flustered. I don't think we every found out why Worf and Troi never ended up together. And it was never acknowledged. In fact, this whole "Parallels" episode was never referenced on DS9. I would have loved for Worf to tell the rest of the DS9 crew "I have had experience with parallel universes. The realities must have no bearing on choices in this reality." And I think that means... DS9 is a parallel universe! And so are all the movies! Parellels never happened in those universes! *Gasp!*
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

The chase and the hiding in the Kuiper belt ice-asteroids was a compelling, fresh twist. Plot holes are plot holes. Sisko is a jerk simply because they needed some sort of antagonistic force driving the Nog/O'Brien story, which for me dominates the episode because Nog's full, unknown, story is so tantalizing. I would love to read a novel telling Nog's entire adventure in all this.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 6:41am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

At least two elements look like they were inspired by Diane Duane's TNG novel Dark Mirror. The captain's chair on ISS Enterprise was large and plush, more like a throne. And Phlox compared the literature between the two universes, but noted how Shakespeare seemed the same, like Duane's book.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Sometimes I think people like to trash an episode because they get an ego boost from being contrarian, not because the episode deserves it. Like this episode, which is a tragedy that's perversely enjoyable, cast well, and executed well. I do agree there should have been at least ONE other escape pod that got away safely. I agree Ashley Brianne McDonogh was great. Finally, Courtney Peldon plays a much different character than her apparent personality on IMDB. I would think the military-fascistic role was an interesting change for her, even if you agree with III's assessment above, which was hilarious.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 12:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

Some interesting Louise Fletcher background: http://www.startrek.com/article/winn-ing-with-ds9s-louise-fletcher

Considering how complex the whole Bajor-Emissary-Prophets-religion-politics storyline was, what, if anything, did the producers do to help you prepare?

Fletcher: They just sent me the script. There was never a discussion. I never met Rick Berman.

Really?

Fletcher: Really. That’s not just Star Trek; it’s television. You get the script (and do your job).
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Inquisition

I was bothered by the sudden introduction of Section 31 in the same way that I was bothered by the sudden revelation of Bashir as genetically enhanced, as Rom as a technical genius, and Klingons as intolerant to cold. It's a dramatic change in canon. If they had thought ahead, they could have hinted at all of these earlier. It would have worked better even if they just hinted that Section 31 was responsible for some of the stranger and darker episodes we've seen in both TNG, DS9, and even TOS. Like maybe the TNG Enterprise crew kept inadverently disrupting Section 31 operations, so Section 31 tried to sabotage the Enterprise, like in "The Game".
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