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Delta Radiation
Sat, Jun 20, 2020, 11:08am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: No Exit

Typing from my phone so please excuse typos and possibly wandering commentary. A little hard to edit.

Good episode and I only have one minor point to add. Though I doubt the writers had this in mind, it seems that Cavil has committed two genocides. The Human genocide was the second, Daniel/7 was the first.

Regarding Daniel, this was more than murder. Cavil did not kill an individual, nor even a “version “ (We have at least two versions of 8 and who knows how many of 6). This was not a boxing like D’eanna. Cavil permanently ruined the whole line of 7/Daniel’s. At best this is mass murder and arguably genocide as the clear intent was to purposefully eliminate an entire line of opposition, all of whom are related to each other. It seems to me that each model is far more than an individual, more like an entire race, given that there are different versions of each model. They are even capable of having internal dissension, witness the 8’s. Thus, eliminating the Daniel/7’s is far more than just murder and really more than mass murder. It was the destruction of an entire related group of people.

I think the Daniel backstory really gives us an idea of just how twisted, evil, sadistic Cavil has become. If he can turn on one of his own, why not commit a second genocide as well.

Great insights into the arch villain of BSG.
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Delta Radiation
Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 12:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

Jammer rated this as a poor episode thus only giving it two stars. I must respectfully disagree with his assessment. In my mind it not only has no redeeming qualities but loads of bad, insulting ones. I did not watch Voyager during its original run and only now I am watching re-runs. I have tried several times to watch this episode, but until today never succeeded. It genuinely took real effort to sit through the episode. I was worse than bored with the episode. I was downright irritated, insulated. I think that a better title for “Fair Haven “ would have been “Fetid Vomit from the Future “.

First off, I personally can’t stand a holodeck episode. It is terribly overdone in Star Trek. The whole idea of safety protocols going off line is completely unbelievable. Worse, I find it ridiculous that one cannot just turn the holodeck off. I don’t believe any of the holodeck romance stuff. I get that Janeway is lonely, but I cannot believe that she would even remotely fall for a holodeck character. Worse, I would never believe that Janeway (or any of the Starfleet captains we have ever met) would ever risk one of her crew in order to save a holocharacter. Absolutely nothing about this episode works.

And really, how are we supposed to care about holodeck characters that will inevitably be deleted at the end of the episode or at least we will never see again. And talk about stereotyping! Holy cow does this one ever insult the intelligence! The whole Irish country folk trope is insulting to everyone watching, the Irish in particular!

Nothing about this episode works. It is terrible and should never have been produced. Other reviewers have this episode negative stars. Generally I think of these types of reviews as hyperbole, but in this case it is appropriate as it so bad that it actually degrades the value of the series as a whole. It degrades Janeway. It degrades Star Trek. It is episodes like these that Star Trek critics love to pan.

It is one of the worst episodes of any Star Trek episode ever, right up there with Spock’s Brain.

Awful.
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