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David
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 10:27pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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David H
Tue, Jun 4, 2019, 2:52am (UTC -5)
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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Another David
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 7:52am (UTC -5)
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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davidw
Fri, May 17, 2019, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

"Are the Discovery producers just messing with us now?"

Absolutely. This show is a farce.

Who the f cares about 'The Red Angel'? Are we 10 or something?

Character flipping is not the same as character development.

Does everyone who dies come back to life? WTF???

This show is stupid. Period. End of Story.
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David
Thu, May 2, 2019, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

Luke, when a white man makes the haughty presumption that his cultural practice or morals are somehow superior that is racist garbage. Who are you to tell someone else that their custom is wrong? What makes your morality superior to someone else’s, aside the fact that you’re white and therefore more moral according to your own beliefs?


Yes Luke, I do think that you belong in jail, or better yet you and your progeny should be put in the service of the coloured people who you think yourself superior to. That is the real future, Luke my boy, not this racist Star Trek nonsense. Whites are dying out and losing more power everyday, the rest of the world no longer has any reason to hide our hatred of you, and there is already talk of dispossession and punishment for your lot which will only get stronger as the years go on. It will be delicious irony when your grandchildren are made to work for the benefit of black and brown people, that is if your children are even allowed to breed :)
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Davidw
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 8:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Wolf Inside

'Every revolution begins with one man trying to make a difference"

Remember folks? The original Mirror Mirror? Is there anything like that here?

A character dies and is brought back to life but dies again maybe and lives again and who cares?

A character is good in one episode and bad another with apparently the only purpose to defy expectations that the writers begin with originally. Aren't they so clever?

How did the Klingons lead the resistance? Oh by leading? How profound.

Isn't it cool? All the explosions in the flashing lights and the blinking lights and the fight scenes and the phasers?

And hey, this character in the Prime universe now is different in the Mirror universe! Can you imagine it? Isn't it cool?
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Davidw
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 12:15am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

Very good episode. At last Orville can take it's place among high quality Star Trek.
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David S
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

SlackerInc wrote:

“"I was under the impression that Disney doesn't have all of Fox's assets, that Fox still exists as a broadcasting network, so maybe the Orville still falls under that umbrella."

You are correct.”

The thing is, that The Orville is produced by 20th Century Fox TV Studios, which is now owned by Disney. So it’s very much Disney’s call whether to keep production going.
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David
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 3:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

Michael, I went through your comments.

In some you say that you’re black, in others you say that you are Jewish, in some you say you’re a lawyer, others you say that you’re in finances regardless you always say terribly racist, bigoted garbage, like right here. To be honest I think that you belong in jail.
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another david
Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 12:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

re DLPB and others, it wasn't "akin to rape" it was rape. Riker wasn't consenting, he was clearly coerced into agreeing by his need to escape. The failure to escape nearly cost him his life and would have if left to the Malcorian level of technology. Consent means freely agreeing: Riker was a prisoner and desperate to escape. That's not consent.
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david x
Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 8:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Yes, I noticed that too - that really is the transporter effect on the planet, right? Maybe it's the sound of the Enterprise beaming those test objects up and down somewhere in the distance ;)

Spock's decision to go look for Gaetano doesn't strike me as especially human *or* Vulcan - it's a guy under his command, period. I would expect that from any Starfleet officer. What's really illogical and overly heroic is to leave the phaser behind. Scotty can only work with one phaser at a time, and what the hell was your plan going in there unarmed?ë

Anyway the final scene is great 20th century television. Kirk fails miserably in his attempt at a racist joke - all he can come up with as an insult is "you're a stubborn man" -, and then everyone is just laughing hysterically for like 20 minutes straight. As the camera pulls away Scotty can be seen laughing so hard he has to lean against the turbolift door. Meanwhile, two people are lying in their cold graves on a distant, barren planet, never to see Earth again. Oh well.

(By the way for me it's original effects all the way. That really takes me back to my childhood, and they are often surprisingly good. And yes, if anyone's asking, the blu-ray box set does give you that option.)
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David from AUS
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 3:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

Luke, why do you think Mullibok is an asshole? He isn't, he's putting up a front/facade. We can clearly see that the guy is intelligent, witty, has charm and a (dry) sense of humour. Yet you say he has no positive qualities? Seriously, if someone came to force you from your home, would you act any differently?

Also, by having Mullibok forced out of his home at the end, the episode isn't sending us any "message". It's simply telling a story. Seriously, I think you people look way too deep into some of these episodes. From the very beginning, we know that there's no way the episode can end any differently than it does. Therefore, the interest lies in how it plays out, and I found it entertaining. There's nothing wrong with a slow pace, either.

Overall, I give it a 3.5 out of 4.
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David F
Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 5:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

I started re-watching TNG a while ago and and I am going to re-watch all of the episodes in order. I jotted down some ideas, but as it progressed it got much more in depth. I feel at this point I jotted down (what I thought was) funny ideas. Is it campy? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I randomly watch it unless I was re-watching it in order from the premiere? No. However, the performances were all on point and the actors, who had to act out of character but still within character nailed it (especially Gates McFadden - I loved her performance this episode and her body language with Patrick Stewart). Wesley Saves The Day [TM] had its premiere in this episode and it was acceptable here, and the tension at the end was actually built up when the Enterprise had to destroy the asteroid. Tasha Yar does have the best line: “Helping people is better.” Some of the lines were incredible corny and over the top - not sure who wrote those in? However, it is still an enjoyable episode that showcased all of the characters and that is where TNG worked best - when it was an ensemble show. ***
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David F
Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

A good, not great opening, for the TNG crew. A lot of the terminology used is different but it does a good job of establishing all of the characters, except Beverly Crusher (who was far better established in the next episode). Marina Sirtis’ performances were thankfully reigned in for the remainder of the series. However, on a re-watch is it me or was the focus moreso on Riker than Picard? Riker seemed to get the best lines. Furthermore, what’s up with the Bandi village looking like the middle ages next to the station. Did the natives still live there? A lot of questions that would make this episode not plausible in later Star Trek, but it’s the premiere twenty-one years after the premiere of the original show so it definitely would need work. The performance of Patrick Stewart was as usual on point. The effects of the re-mastered were amazing and really gave this episode new life. Overall, I may be in the minority but I actually really enjoyed this premiere.
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David
Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 2:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Context Is for Kings

Did anyone else think it was unusual for a security chief (Landry) to have long hair tied back in a ponytail? Women in the military and police usually are required to have short hair, or tie their hair up in a bun. Think back to Tasha Yar in TNG, with her short hair. Janeway also had her hair tied back or cut short. Anyway, Landy only lasted for 2 episodes, so it's not a huge issue - just something I noticed now after re-watching the episode.
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David
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 5:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

I only wish that Q and Odo had a scene together in this episode - that would have been amusing to say the least.
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Davidw
Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 12:30am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

There's simply no place for these kind of juvenile sexual jokes and relationships that really are harassment. People should be thrown in the brig for.

The jokes can certainly be in place in a sitcom environment (I am a fan of South Park) but not on the job and certainly not in the military.

I guess he's just running out of ideas.
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Davidw
Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 1:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Collaborator

I just can't understand why people like this soap opera stuff. Ooh... there's a twist! Really? There has to be a plot twist since they can't afford to do real action or develop characters by showing instead of telling.
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David
Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

I saw this in cinemas back in 1999 (when I was in 12th grade), with 3 friends. After the movie was over, we all agreed it was a good film. Even to this day, I still see it as a solid 3 stars. The special effects were amazing for the time period and hold up well today. The action sequences were never dull. The only negative for me was Natalie Portman's acting, which was a bit wooden. Anakin's acting was acceptable (mediocre acting in children can be forgiven, to a certain extent). Jar Jar never bothered me either.
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David
Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 1:01am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

I'm not sure whether or not to give this episode a 1.5 or a 2. For one, it makes the huge mistake that Star Trek does, of assuming that an entire planet only has one ruler - i.e. one country. However, the major issue I have with the episode is that the aliens want to imprison the officers on *their* planet. Why wouldn't they hand them over to the Orville crew for prosecution? Mercer could just play along, telling them that they will be imprisoned on their own world. Problem solved?
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David Ellis
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 3:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

A minor point: I'm disappointed Wilson Cruz was dropped from the title credits after having been added just the previous week.
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David
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Yes Gary, I’m sure you’re a black person...funny that. In real life one never meets black people who bend over backwards for racism and tell the world how great of Uncle Tom they are, but online they’re everywhere. Lol
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David
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Luke, you can’t be racist against a white person, just like how a black person can’t be a ‘colonist’ racism and colonialism are things that whites do to others intrinsically.

However, you can be prejudiced against whites and there’s nothing wrong with that, just like there is nothing wrong with being prejudiced against the influenza virus. It’s natural to despise something that has bring nothing but destruction and pain.
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