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Dash Rendar
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Tim Lounibos, your open armed swan dive into the fuzzy light was impressive and I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for that. You definitely knew what you had to do! There were a few stand out moments in this one, and that was definitely one of them. (Another was your on-screen girlfriend saying "It's not like him to take his own life." A wonderfully emotionally vacant line that made me chuckle.)

Also, It looks like botched collagen lip injections are still a thing in the 24th century.
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Dash Rendar
Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

So, Troy tells hologram Jordie to go crawl up a Jeffries tube and die and gets a commander pip for the jolly good effort. Right-o. Probably one of the most dog shit writing decisions of the series.
I really enjoyed the Data storyline though. All of that scientific methoding made me remember my school science experiments with a fondness. Wish they focused the whole episode on him.
I'd give the Data plot 3 stars, and the Troy plot -1, so I reckon Jammer's score is spot on.
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Dash Rendar
Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 6:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Loved this one!

There were a few odd bits. The idea that a 60 year old man, the local GP and, well, I'll give them Worf, but only just (I mean, he's hardly subtle) are suddenly the best crack special ops team that the federation can muster is unbelievable, but not unenjoyable. Perhaps there's more to it than meets the eye! I'll have to wait and see in part 2! What a cliff hanger! It's been years and I can't remember how this story goes, which is great!

Jellico was a refreshing addition. I did get the feeling that Cohaagen had trouble remembering some of his lines, but by the by, I thought he gave the crew the good shaking that they needed. Seems like they've all been sat in the comfy chair way too long.
I'm sad that Riker was portrayed as such a whiner. That's 2 episodes in a row that the writers have muddied his good name. Got it done, he should have.
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Dash Rendar
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 6:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

Not sure which I was hoping for most.. Seeing Rikers baby face again after all these years, or seeing Crusher as a brunette. Disappointed that neither happened!
I liked the episode. There seemed to be more of an authoritive tone to Data's voice and demeanour than usual. Particularly at the beginning when he was talking to Geordie.
Some interesting moments, although a little goofy. I think the story deals well with Data's logic in not sacrificing potential intelligent life forms who aren't given a choice in the matter to save the lives of Starfleet officers who have chosen a particularly dangerous career. I don't think many humans in those same circumstances would reach that same conclusion and that works for me.
I think Riker was unfairly used as a bit of a dullard to force the point forward.
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Dash Rendar
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 7:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Nearly dead alien becomes Captain Marigold and flies off into the night. I think I've seen funnier looking supersuits, but not many. Bananaman perhaps..
John Doe is less funny, unfortunately. He's almost as offensively benign as Vedek Bareil from DS9.
Apart from the (unintentional?) comedy, there isn't much going for this one. The dialogue in the end scene made me chuckle because the spandex suit made him sound gagged. I don't know why they didn't record the actor saying the lines without the rubber over his face. It's not like lip syncing was going to be a problem with the overdubbing.
Underneath the nasty production techniques is the idea of species evolution and transcendence, which is captured best by Arthur C. Clarke in his book 'Childhood's End'. All of the ideas that make that book iconic are missing from 'Transfigurations'.
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Dash Rendar
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 4:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

A suicidal extra-galactic giant space hedgehog destroys a baddy Romulan ship, assimilates an obnoxious telepathic man with questionable mental health and they both live happily ever after (I think). Not the greatest hour of TNG.
I did enjoy Data's interactions with Tam and the closing scene with Troy though. Brent Spiner is fantastic as always, and for me, salvages an otherwise dull episode.
I'd give it 1.5 stars.
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