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Dennis
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 9:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

I think i read somewhere that Roddenberry was on Vacay, or something like that, when this episode was being shot, and when he got back, and found out that Riker killed Yuta outright, he had a cow.......

Totally ridiculous ending. As others pointed out, there were numerous methods to either restrain her, or get her target out of the way.
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Dennis
Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 11:19am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

@Changling:

"But Lars speaks in racist tones that are not a predilection for him and only come about because of the racism he has faced."

Or maybe Laas was just a smug a-hole with superiority complex from the start which caused the people around him to want nothing to do with him. Of course Laas (and you) would never admit to be part of the problem. It is just too easy to blame others, isn't it?

"Consider for a moment that Lars has lived among humanoids. He finds they are not very tolerant of shape shifters. He further finds out that his own people are determined to control humanoids. So the founders, one day just got up and said "Let us control all these humanoids around us"? No. Their desire to control humanoids is an act of self-defence. They never attacked humanoids as a whole people. Only when the humanoids persecuted them for thousands of years and fail to accept them as life-forms, do the founders resort to war."

Again, you place all the blame on one group. Is it really that hard to understand that a bad relationship between changelings and humanoids could be caused by the actions of BOTH humanoids AND changelings acting like dicks to eachother? We witness this with Laas in this episode. He has a horrible attitude toward people who he has never met before and have done no wrong to him. He is clearly part of the problem, yet places all the blame on others.

"Wherever the white man has gone, he has tried to wipe out the native populations."

So have muslims, Africans, Asians, etc. Have you really never opened a history book or are you just shifting blame again?
Laas blames humanoids for trampling animal habitats, but conveniently forgets that his own race has trampled half the gamma quadrant. I do see the similarity between you and Laas; you are both hypocrites.

"The founders wage a war to control solids. This is similar to how the Nation Of Islam feels that the only way for the world to be secure is to exterminate the white race."

'Islamic State' actually kills more muslims than white people. Still, I don't see how comparing the Founders to extremist terrorists helps your point in any way.

"There is only one race that segregates races to such an extent, and that is the white race."

There you go again, pointing the finger at white people. What about the violence between Shia and Sunni muslims, Arabs vs Israelis, Asians (Chinese vs Japanese vs South Korean) deeply hating eachother, the caste segregation in India? Discrimination happens in every culture. You are just too blind to see it.

This is also my main complaint of this episode. Laas is just too narrow minded and prejudiced to be sympathetic. If the writers tried to give a balanced perspective, they did not do a good job.

Regarding the fight with the Klingons:
The Klingons were not 'annoyed' by Laas because he was a changeling. Odo is also a changeling and they did not target him. They did not insult him and label him a "Founder". They thought he WAS a Founder and attacked because they assumed him to be the enemy. They were clearly not aware that he was not part of the Dominion.

Laas, however, was fully aware that there was a war going on with the Founders and that he might be mistaken for one. Yet he does nothing to try and de-escalate the situation. He could have turned into a bird and flown away or something, allowing security and Odo to calm down the Klingons and explain the situation to them. Instead he 'draws' a weapon and taunts them. Killing the Klingon was also totally unnecessary. Even if they did try to draw a disruptor, Odo and Laas could have easily disarmed them. Laas killed him because he wanted to, not out of self-defense.
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Dennis
Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 7:07am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

I feel that Threshhold was a rip-off of an Outer Limits show called The Sixth Finger starring David McCallum with a little of the short story on which it is based thrown in.
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Dennis
Tue, May 12, 2015, 10:50am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Computer change visual and personality parameters of Krell from Cardassian to Ferrengi.

Crisis averted, Hilarity ensues.
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Dennis M.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 7:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

I quibble with the wording of this criticism: "... all of it is based on pure fantasy rather than sci-fi." I don't take TNG as science fiction, certainly not in the terms of someone like Arthur C. Clarke. Where is the science when the crew can breathe without space suits on every planet, everyone speaks English, and all aliens are humanoids with bumpy heads? Space is really kind of a McGuffin; the real final frontier is (at its best) good storytelling, human nature, imagination, ideas, those sorts of things. I agree with the criticisms here on this episode, and it could have done a better job with some ideas that themselves aren't really so silly. The nature of thought is intriguing coming from Plato or the Kogi Indians of Colombia.
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Dennis
Wed, Jul 25, 2012, 4:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

DS9 finale unfortunatelly didn't meet my expectations. I believe it was overly dramatic just for the sake of it without any real substance and the closure of some of the storylines was terribly rushed and in some cases too convenient.
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Dennis Murphy
Sun, Aug 28, 2011, 11:27am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Death Wish

It is certainly possible that the new Q was imprisoned in the comet 300 years ago and he could still have been free. Time has no meaning to the Q, having Janeway at the Big Bang didn't really pose a serious paradox even though it was quite a few billion years before her birth. Its a plot device convenience, but its not necessarily a plot hole.
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