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Dave in MN
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 11:01pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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Dave in MN
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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Dave in MN
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

It was an interesting read (I never noticed the casual sexism in the dialogue about poor childless Ice Queen Leah mothering her designs), but at the end of the day, I don't believe that one of the brightest minds in the Federation (female or male) would apologize for overreacting (after meeting their fantasy avatar on the holodeck).

It's beyond implausible to me.
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Dave in MN
Thu, May 30, 2019, 10:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Mirror, Mirror

Chase's Tweet has footage of her being verbally abused that's kind of disturbing, FYI.
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Dave in MN
Thu, May 30, 2019, 10:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Mirror, Mirror

I wasn't sure where to post this, but I am VERY worried about Nichelle Nichols being abused by her son. Both Shatner and Chase Masterson have been tweeting about their concerns.

https://www.cbs46.com/investigations/the_bulldog/exclusive-star-trek-star-nichelle-nichols-screams-for-her-life/article_d3a6ca22-81ae-11e9-8c1d-3bc1068f17ae.html

https://mobile.twitter.com/ChaseMasterson/status/1133827184068419584

https://mobile.twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1133749594943188992

I don't know if anyone who posts here is in law enforcement, but there has to be some way we can help her!
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Dave in MN
Thu, May 30, 2019, 8:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

I haven't seen this in years, but I actually think this a better episode than most give it credit for. Is there any other TNG episode that dissects the violent dissolution of a relationship? I can't really think of one.

Also, the nerd in me LOVED seeing the inside of the nacelles.

This is due for a rewatch.
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Dave in MN
Wed, May 29, 2019, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Other than American football (and chess, if you count that), I can't really think of a sport that I didn't intuitively grasp on my first watch.
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Dave in MN
Mon, May 27, 2019, 11:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@ Kyle

Would you like it if someone was posing as you online and catfishing innocent people?

It's wrong to use someone else's image and personal information for sexual and emotional self-gratification.

In "Booby Trap", Geordi could have easily paused the holodeck program and asked the computer to tone down the romance so he could concentrate on keeping everyone from dying .... but he didn't. He went right along with it, kissing and touching her.

Also, the computer told him that the holo-Leah facsimile would be about 10% inaccurate.

I don't know if that means 1 out of 10 reactions wpuld be incorrect or the computer had to make up 10 % of her personality since it was undeterminable from her posts and speeches .... but that's MORE than enough variance for Geordi not to make assumptions about the "real" Leah.

His lies about "making a great fungili" (using her private info just to get her to think they had something in common) is extremely cringy and deceptive as well.

I'm sorry but I think it's creepy: he used her once without her knowledge/consent and then tried to do the same thing to the real her. It's wrong.
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Dave in MN
Sat, May 25, 2019, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/seth-macfarlane-podcast-interview-20-years-family-guy-oscars-orville-1205766

This is an excellent interview with Seth. I'd recommended listening to the entire thing, it's a fascinating walkthrough his life by a knowledgeable interviewer .... while there are little tidbits about The Orville sprinkled throughout, if you're pressed for time, the last 8 minutes are focused exclusively on the show.
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Dave in MN
Sat, May 25, 2019, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Troi and Yar have the cringiest dialogue of all the characters in Sesson 1. It's doubtful that someone of Glenn Close or Meryl Streep's ability could have made something of that material.

Crosby was hamstrung by bad scripting, I actually don't fault her for being annoyed by how Yar was written.
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