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Davd H
Mon, Oct 28, 2019, 2:20am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

Just about wrapping up what I believe is my fourth trip thru the Voyager series, and this episode remains one of the show's most impressive achievements. And then I come back here to experience once again how difficult it is to get any unequivocal praise from Jammer about a Voyager episode.

"Not groundbreaking, but..." How much series television in or out of Trek really qualifies as groundbreaking?

"Not a great or inspired episode of Voyager, but..." Oh, for heaven's sake. Yes, this was a great and inspired episode of Voyager, not to mention the show's last outstanding moment before they failed to stick the landing.
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Dave in MN
Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 7:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The first Short Trek was just released ....

Why is the turbolift a roller coaster instead of a vertical shaft?

What's the deal with all cavernous empty space in the ship?

They really needed an expert rock climber to save them? How could they design their turbolifts this way and have no contingency to rescue people .... unless you consider using THE TRANSPORTER!!! Bad scripting!!!!

Why is Spock so emotional?!

Yikes, this was .... not good.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 10:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

I don't think we need to worry about it changing a bunch. They might push the envelope slightly more here and there with storytelling options, but Tom Cosentino has been pretty consistent in saying the show isn't going to be drastically changing its vibe.
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David
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 10:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Also, shouldn't introducing a phaser into 1986 have massively changed the timeline they returned to...
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David
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

So Kirk gets demoted and takes off in the freshly built Enterprise-A that same day?

If the ship was built and ready to go, it must have had a captain assigned to it.

Looks like another command officer got Captain Decker'd by Kirk.

Also, Scotty gives away transparent aluminum, and Chekov gives away a phaser, so whoever invented those in the prime timeline got royally screwed by this time heist.
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David
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 4:05am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

Watching Star Trek TNG for the first time starting with season 1 episode 1, and I found this episode ridiculous and terrible enough that I had to do an internet search to confirm that I had just watched something so poorly written and thought-out.

None of the premise or explanation of this episode is rational or believable:

- A planet which has figured out space travel hasn't figured out how to examine and understand chemical compounds and has no conception of what drugs are?

- An entire planet is addicted to a drug and nobody on it has even been separated from the drug long enough to realize that withdrawals pass? Nobody on this planet ever gets lost in the wilderness, doesn't have the funds to acquire the drug, or any of many other scenarios where they'd inevitably get over the withdrawal period? How do newborns come to be addicted to the drug? Nobody ever just wilfully refuses to take it either out of protest or with a goal to suicide, or some other motivation?

- Picard and his crew violate the "prime direction" worse than speaking simple truth to these people all the time. And Picard violated the prime directive worse than telling the 'drug addicts' the truth when he saved them from their decaying ship - that interventionist action ensured that the entire planet would continue to be drugged, while if Picard hadn't done that they would have been forced to go through withdrawal with no alternative. Picard obviously violated the "prime directive" to save Wesley Crusher... but he wouldn't save an entire planet filled with teenagers of Wesley Crusher's age, and of children and babies younger than him?

- Picard gives utmost hypocritical speeches on the prime directive and how critical it is in an episode where he violates it multiple times, including wilfully and knowingly by giving the inhabitants of the drug-using planet the coils they need to fix their cargo ships. Picard later reverses that decision, but not for the sake of the prime directive, but because he wanted to cut their supply of the drug - and he openly acknowledges that he's flip-flopping and being selective in where he applies the prime directive by responding to the drug seller's "that's absurd!" comment by saying, "you did not think so when it worked in your favour". There is just 1 minutes and 50 seconds between Picard selectively applying the prime directive as a tool for ulterior motives and openly acknowledging that he's doing so, and him giving Dr Crusher a lecture on the prime directive's importance in the elevator. This is stupid.

- The planet that makes and sells the drugs to the other is 100% filled with evil persons who eagerly exploit the other planet's people and feel no compassion or sense of humanity towards them? Not one of the people on that planet cared to send a message to tell the other planet that they're just addicted? An entire planet's population has no compassion, doesn't regard other people are equal to themselves? How could that planet then care for each other? They couldn't, they would inevitably rationalize betrayal of each other just as they do the people on the other planet.


These are just some select major issues with the episode, while I think I could point out a dozen more. This whole episode's premise and execution was completely stupid, and it shouldn't have been done. The episode also is entirely ignorant of the topic of drug use and portrays out-dated (were they ever in-date?) tropes of people who use drugs, and is like watching a very old film that features extreme racial prejudices that were normal at the time, but which reeks of ignorance when watched today.

I would not be surprised to find out that this episode was sponsored by the US government or some other third party - though, the DEA seems a very likely possibility.
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Dave in MN
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 11:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

^
There's something about euphonius and ear-catching about their names.

I'm 99% I remembered their monikers the first time I encountered that part of history.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 12:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

^

Not like I particularly care very much (I'm no PC warrior), but I find it ironic that if commenters were making similar comments about Beverly's breast size, the condemnation here would be swift and brutal.

It's petty and sexist.
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jun 11, 2019, 10:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@ Jammer

Aah.

I actually had a similar reaction as you did on my first viewing.

It was only when I watched it many years later did the ethical and moral problems (with the script) bothered me.

As always, I enjoy your reviews and the community you cultivated. Have a good one, sir
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jun 11, 2019, 9:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Hey Jammer,

I'm a little curious. Have you rewatched this in the time since your initial review?
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 9, 2019, 11:30am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

@ RDP

I didn't catch your comment until now, but that was a wonderful summation/ encapsulation of what I was fumbling to say.

Excellent point!
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Dave in MN
Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 7:15am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@ Slacker

After listening to that podcast, I'm pretty sure that Seth has been here reading reviews and comments. It's kind of weird to think of the creator actually reading what we write!
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Dave in MN
Wed, Jun 5, 2019, 9:44am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

Voyager's not perfect, but other than Enterprisesl's last season and The Orville, it's the last produced Trek show I've watched and rewatched from beginning to end.

The crew are like a family which makes it fun to visit with them, and there's a great balance of cheesy bad-Trek and intellectual good Trek. I liked your description: it is the popcorn-munchingest Trek show there is.
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jun 4, 2019, 8:49am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

When this was filmed, movie's like "Disclosure" were just starting to penetrate mass consciousness.

I think it's sad that behavior like Geordi's used to result in no repercussions at all (and that someone would wistfully yearn for the halcyon days of sexual harassment being the norm).

My feeling is this: if one can't control their animal urges in a professional setting, then they deserve some kind of corrective repercussion to learn the error of their ways.

I don't know what's appropriate for Starfleet , but they don't have money. The only punitive options available are a suspension of duty/ privileges, termination or the brig.

I don't think completely getting away with such behavior is appropriate and it sends the wrong message.

Geordi should have been punished (or at least sent to Troi for extensive counseling).

PS-

where was Troi? Normally, she seems to get off on other's psychic pain. You'd think she'd be all over the Leah situation (just to get her jollies, if nothing else).
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David H
Tue, Jun 4, 2019, 2:52am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

Very fine episode - underrated by Jammer (though that's almost a given when it comes to Voyager). I especially enjoyed its puncturing of the arrogance of scientism - not science, but scientism, which if anything has only become more prominent since "Sacred Ground" was first broadcast.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Is realism the opposite of implausibility?

Whatever the antonym is, that's what I wished the episode did.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 10:18am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

And imagine being in her shoes.

Skipping through hours of footage, watching this 10% incorrect version of yourself sharing your intimate details, parading about in a sick pantomime of yourself as your copy grows romantically close to a guy you thought was a stranger.

It's really perverse.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 10:16am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Doesn't the holodeck usually restart a program where it's left off?

I always thought Geordi had already created a playback file that he'd watch from time to time ... and that Leah happened to start it near the end because Geordi had already time-stamped it.
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Another David
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 7:52am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

I'd give the show four stars also because it was well directed/acted/written and I enjoyed it. But I have the same problem as I do with all time travel stories. I don’t need to reiterate what the problems are as I’m sure they’ve been mercilessly expounded upon. I just wish they’d leave the time travel stuff in a box in their garage!
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 8:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Why would Geordi, his superior, tell a teenager about his dating life? An implausible assumption.
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 7:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

In "Sarek", Wesley called out Geordi in a negative way for messing around with holo-Leah, the implication being that his dalliance was common knowledge and the crew frowned upon it.
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

What? Haven't you seen Booby Trap?
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 1:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

He MADE OUT WITH A FACSIMILE OF HER and then used the biographical tidbits learned from that facsimile to try to rope the "real her" in.

He also lied when he angrily said he was "just offering friendship". He WANTED her, and not in a merely friendly way.
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 10:49am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I appreciate the thoughtful reply.

I guess, to me, it strikes me as being no different than harassing someone working for a vendor partner. I mean, she heads the design team of the most advanced starship in the Federation, she's not there to water the plants.

And, even if she WAS just watering the plants, her position in society/ Starfleet should have no bearing on how she's treated.

You know what would've made this episode SO much more realistic?

After the apology, they should've shown her walk into the transporter room alone and tell Chief O'Brien "I'm ready to go". Before the transporter initializes, Leah gives a little shudder as she exhales deeply and says "energize".
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 9:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

They are in a quasi-military organization, not at a campfire workshop about feelings.

She has the absolute right AND DUTY to expect professionalism.

I don't care what anyone says, no one should have to apologize to someone who is sexually harassing them just to smoothe things over, especially at WORK!
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