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Debra Petersen
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

I never went for Worf and Jadzia as a couple in the first place. He often seemed too controlling toward her, until she would assert herself and he would grudgingly back down. I always thought it was Julian that Jadzia really belonged with, that he was the one who truly cared about her the most. But she never really gave him a chance. It was a little startling to hear Ezri tell Julian that if Worf hadn't come along it would have been him. She apparently hoped that would make him feel better somehow, but the actual effect was just the opposite. The idea that it COULD HAVE BEEN, but wasn't, was clearly hard for him to take. Worf was cruel in telling Ezri he didn't want to know her. And the way he threated Julian for even talking to Ezri was way over the line.
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Debra Petersen
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 8:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Is There In Truth No Beauty?

Just finished watching this one again on H&I and I have to agree that it's better than 2 stars. I'd give it 3. The scene where Spock and Kollos have melded is worth an extra star in itself, for Nimoy's performance and for the aptness of the literary allusions. The look on Spock's face when he backs out from behind the barrier after seeing Kollos without the protective visor is just remarkable. And the way Kirk forces Miranda to confront the ugliness of her jealousy is pretty impressive too. I've always appreciated Diana Muldaur as an actress, and she does a fine job here.
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Debra Petersen
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Apple

Seeing this one again for the first time in a long time I just couldn't believe how childishly naïve the people of Vaal came across. They seemed actually incapable of thinking on their own. Even the spokesman, Akuta, merely passed on what he was given and didn't originate anything. It strikes me that they wouldn't be able to get along without some major help...for quite some time. They would have to be taught about raising their own food. Even the very natural physical aspects of man/woman relationships had been suppressed among them for so long that they would need some guidance to rediscover them. Not really a very viable society.
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Debra Petersen
Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

I've often wondered what happened to the Romulan Commander after this. The cloaking device was a major advantage for the Romulans against their enemies, and the theft of it, on her watch, would have been a BIG deal. If she were returned to the custody of the Romulans I can't imagine that she wouldn't have been...at the least...stripped of all rank and position and permanently exiled. She could have easily faced execution. It would have been especially bad for her if it came out that she had been "fraternizing" with a Starfleet officer (as her Subcommander could have testified) and that contributed to what happened. Knowing what could be in store for her, I'm guessing she would do everything in her power to avoid being sent back. So would the Federation have continued to detain her? For how long, and under what conditions? (I have actually seen fanfic where she somehow had worked her way back into a position of command...which I really can't buy.) I'm very curious to see others' thoughts about this.
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Debra Petersen
Mon, Jul 23, 2018, 7:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I find the struggle of Picard and Dathon to break through to an understanding to be quite moving,, and I agree that the episode deserves a high rating...with one reservation. While the Tamarians' form of communication based on metaphors may serve for many purposes, I just can't see how it could work for scientific, technical or scholarly subjects that would require a different kind of precision and specificity. This surely czn't be their ONLY form of communication.
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Debra Petersen
Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

Definitely a strong episode, but I do question Jadzia's apparent willingness to reject her responsibility to the Dax symbiont. Oh there's no question her feelings for Lenara would cause her a great deal of conflict. But if she should pursue her desire to stay with Lenara, that means her action would be directly responsible for the death of Dax. How could she deal with that? And Sisko...when Jadzia comes to him for some "friendly" advice he starts putting it to her pretty strongly about that responsibility. But he winds up going back on that and giving in to the "feelings above all" argument. So why is this aspect of the situation dismissed that way?
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Debra Petersen
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 8:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

Just finished watching this one again on H&I. Isn't it a little odd that Kirk would say Nomad "thought I was it's MOTHER"? Wouldn't a man more naturally say FATHER? I guess the writer was going for some humor and thought it sounded funnier that way, but to me it just sounds...strange.
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Debra Petersen
Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 10:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Amok Time

I love this episode, but there is one thing I've wondered about that I don't think I've ever really seen addressed. Maybe it's been missed because people are so taken with T'Pau's presence and impressive air of authority. The fact is that she allows Kirk to make his decision about accepting the challenge KNOWING he doesn't understand that the fight is to be to the death. Spock had broken through a condition that should have made him incapable of speech to tell her so and to plead with her to "forbid", but she dismisses him. Even when that fact comes out and Kirk and McCoy start to object, she basically just cuts them off and tells them to shut up. So what's going on with her? Is it simply that, if someone is going to die, she would rather have it be a human than a Vulcan? That would seem to be an objectionable attitude, and it would make her statement to McCoy that "I grieve with thee" hypocritical. But then there's the fact that she seems to have forced Starfleet to accept the diversion of the Enterprise to Vulcan. And there is never any later indication that Kirk's still being alive is a surprise to anyone on Vulcan. So did she somehow know what McCoy would do, or even influence that in some way? In any case, Spock's reaction on discovering that Kirk isn't dead after all is a truly classic Trek moment.
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Debra Petersen
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

My favorite TOS episode (with Amok Time being second). The moment that just gets me every time comes right after Kirk has stopped McCoy from trying to save Edith. McCoy unbelievingly and harshly demands of Kirk "Do you know what you just did?". And Spock responds "He knows, doctor...he knows"...as Kirk stands there trembling with pain and grief. One of the most moving moments in Trek.

The developing relationship between Kirk and Edith was beautifully done. When Edith first encountered Kirk and Spock she could easily have dismissed them as common thieves. But she seemed to instinctively recognize that they were much more than that, and to understand their closeness, even though there were things about them that puzzled her,

There is one thing I wonder about. The whole premise behind Kirk's dilemma is the idea that Edith's pacifist movement would delay the entrance of the United States into WWII, allowing Germany to win and conquer the world. But the entrance of the U. S. into the war was directly triggered by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the original declaration of war was against Japan. The alliance that Japan had with Germany and Italy then quickly brought them in against the U.S. Given the devastating direct attack by Japan, I doubt that any pacifist movement could have kept the U. S. from responding and being drawn into the war both in the Pacific and in Europe. The premise has to be accepted for the story to work, but it does seem questionable in light of the actual history.
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Debra Petersen
Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 8:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

I have a special memory connected with this episode. At the time it first aired I was living in NJ and was able to get into NYC frequently to attend the theater. Later in that summer of 1990 I was attending a Saturday matinee of a play titled "Lettice and Lovage"...and I saw that Patrick Stewart was in the audience. (That was likely because Maggie Smith was the star of the play.) At intermission I found myself walking up the aisle next to him and had the chance to speak very briefly with him. I simply said how much I appreciated his work on Next Generation and commented on what a terrible position his character had been left in. He agreed with that comment with a smile. That was all. But I was grateful for even that much of a brief encounter.
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Debra Petersen
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

I'm feeling like Bashir's role in this situation and his effort to save Jadzia are not getting the proper attention. This is only one of a number of episodes where he really comes through for her. He (along with Sisko) was there for her when the violent previous host emerged and the the experience threatened to destroy her. He did his best to try to help her when she decided she wanted to stay on the disappearing planet Meridian with the guy she had just met...and he was the one who comforted her when that didn't work out.

Forgive me, but I have to bring up my major DS9 "pet peeve" here. Jadzia fell for the guy on Meridian awfully fast. Worf turned up on the station and started flexing his muscles and Jadzia immediately went gaga over him. But she never gave Julian, the guy who behaved the best toward her, a real chance. I've often wondered why the writers never allowed that to happen. Instead, they put her together with Worf. I've never understood what people saw in that relationship. The pattern in that pairing seemed to be that Worf would act controlling toward Jadzia, wanting her to behave according to some Klingon norm, Jadzia would object quite strongly, and Worf would grudgingly back down. Also, Julian,with his enhanced intellect and other abilities, as well as his medical knowledge of Trill physiology might have been a better match for her in many ways. IMHO Julian and Jadzia were the ones who belonged together.
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