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Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 5:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

Despite some credulity problems, this show is a good example for a particular strength of DS9: repeated guest starring. (Due to their way of serialization, TOS, TNG and VOY can hardly compete with this.)

I will always enjoy John Colicos in this role. Does anybody but me have this "Grandfather-tell-me-a-story"-feeling during the first scene? Although he only appears in three eps (I believe), his character is fleshed out surprisingly well, and Colicos' acting adds a lot to it. It's one of the reasons why I prefer DS9's Klingons to TNG's ones.
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Fri, Aug 30, 2013, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Real Life

This holodeck story reminded me a bit of "Pleasantville", especially the scenes before B'Ellana changed the program. (That family was so unbearably smarmy I would hate to be one of the actors. Fun to watch, though.)

To some of the messages above: We are talking about TV characters in a fictional story. The holo-stories are just one level further away - the story *inside* of the story. What makes it so much more difficult to sympathize with them as we do with the, um, "real" Voyager world?
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Mon, Apr 29, 2013, 5:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

A small comment about Geordi/Leah:
I remember "Endgame", when The Doctor comes to the arrival anniversary with his wife. So it is/will be possible for holograms to have a flesh-and-blood spouse. Now, since we know that Geordi has created a Holo-Leah...
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Mon, Nov 5, 2012, 4:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

The real paradox in this episode is that the oh-so-brilliant Serova proved her theories the practical way. Using her as an allegory for present environmental problems, consider her an anti-nuclear activist causing a radioactive meltdown (in her vicinity) to prove lacking reactor safety. Yeah, brilliant indeed!

(I admit, I essentially quoted Phil Farrand here. But come to think about it, he does have a point.)
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Sat, Oct 27, 2012, 6:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

I'd say they tried to save Majel Barrett's grace by giving Lwaxana a better backstory. And to me, it worked, both because it had a credible climax I didn't see coming, and because some of her earlier exaggerations made more sense to me after this (like the obsession to get Deanna married to whomever - she already lost two out of three family members, and if Deanna dies in this risky starfleet business without offspring...)

Granted, I haven't seen this ep recently, and I understand your concerns about exaggeration, wooden acting and your dislike for Lwaxana/Barrett (both?). But I remember enjoying this one more than I did with last week's what-did-they-smoke-Phantasms.
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Thu, Jun 14, 2012, 5:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

From the first time I've seen this two-parter, it did not feel original to me. As I'm familiar with a few Jules Verne novels, many scenes on the Krenim Time Ship seem blatantly plagiarized from "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". Anybody familiar to the story cannot neglect the parallels of the three main players in those scenes:

Nautilus - Krenim Time Ship (vessel isolated from and far superior to the world around it)
Cpt. Nemo - Annorax (dedicated leader of the crew, admirable villain, genius gone awry after losing his home and his family, killing for the sake of a felt necessity)
Ned Land - Tom Paris (rude, freedom-loving mutineer, refusing to adapt to a forced situation in contrast to the Other Good Guy)
Prof. Arronax - Chakotay (admiring and defending his opponent, trying to reason with Nemo/Annorax and to calm down Ned/Tom against any common sense)

It's been quite a time since I read the novel, so I cannot recount each and every parallel convincingly. But they go far deeper than I just described (Hell, they even - sort of - copied one of the names.)

Granted, transforming a (popular) classical story into a new context can lead to amazing results. But if it stays _this_ close to the original, it becomes annoying.
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