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David G
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

Good episode, terrible review.
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David Greven
Tue, May 24, 2016, 2:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

Tom, this is one of the episodes I discuss in my book "Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek." I agree with you that the exchange between Tuvok and Guill is very homoerotically charged.

Mr. Jammer, I must disagree with you: "I only wish Wayne Pere (who played Guill) had been a little more effective; his performance is a tad bland." I think Pere is great here. It's his very smooth, affable demeanor that makes his black market dealings and willingness to hurt Tuvok so chilling. Pere performs the scenes of the meld with feverish intensity.

This was certainly a terrific Tuvok episode despite the wobbly premise.
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david g
Mon, May 23, 2016, 1:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Although it's sad she's having such problems in her personal life. Hope she gets help and gets better soon.
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david g
Mon, May 23, 2016, 1:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Jennifer Lien's acting in this was embarrassing at times.
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david g
Wed, Apr 6, 2016, 1:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

I think it's incredible that so many commenters, who I'm sure are white, have a problem with Sisko's questioning of the airbrushing of history going on in Vic's holodeck program.
If, for some reason, there was a program set in a Berlin bar circa 1940, would you expect a jewish character to not have a problem with it?
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david g
Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 6:48am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

A beautiful, subservient woman falls in love with a middle aged man.
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David Galvan
Fri, Oct 18, 2013, 10:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Great review!

One point I'll add:
The idea of Iko's lack of conscience being a physiological trait that predisposed him to violence is not so "sci-fi" as we might originally think. I think it may be relatable beyond the idea of those who are "mentally ill".

From what I have heard/read about the psychology of "psychopaths", the distinguishing feature of a psychopath is that they do not feel empathy. That is, they cannot emotionally understand how their actions hurting other people really feel to those people. The idea that this lack of empathy may be linked to a neurological condition (or even a genetic trait) where a certain part of their brain is not active is within the realm of scientific plausibility. I saw this Voyager episode as exploring that possibility. (You might argue that a "psychopath" is someone classified as "mentally ill", but I think that is currently a gray area. Maybe in the future the psychological diagnosis of a lack of empathy will indeed be classified as "mentally ill".)

Anyway, I thought it was a very thought-provoking episode. Glad they made it!
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