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Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: Return of the Anykey

Happy to say I have been collecting the GW2k keyboards for many years. I have worn through a few, but still have a minimum of six working units.

I have to use the PS2-USB adapters, but so far they have all worked even when changing between keyboards. Some of my laptop docks still have PS2 ports making connections very sweet.
Best of luck to other users, maybe someday a cool replacement will be put on the market. When they do, I will start with a six count order.
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Doug Willis
Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 4:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Anyone hate that fucking Elliott guy and his childish comments about DS9?
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Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 12:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Squire of Gothos

I would visualize this as Q having a daydream, as a young Q. Specifically our De Lancie Q so as to keep the theme working later in development. Otherwise there’s no real place for this in the modern Star Trek galaxy. Q would need to be looking at Trelane in a snow globe, ready to shake it. Similarl to his absence during Species 8472, I think it’s more a convenient writer miss.
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Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

Strange how something can just strike a person so funny:

Kardashian War...

I had to take off my glasses, wipe my eyes, take a sip of coffee, all before I could continue.

I'm picturing nice-looking but largely expensive, useless ships; with huge engines.

Enjoy the day everyone... RT
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Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Paradise Syndrome

@Brian S.

Wading through pages of bonfires, wasted pixels, repeated blather of the Nth by the same characters using different handles AND THEN I FIND YOUR GEM.

Thank you for the best funniest comment - in years.
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Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 8:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

There’s a lot said and I think NoPoet captures it best:

“This episode is hard to enjoy because it is a tragedy. And it hits very hard. There are some things you can't win. That's life. No-one survives life. Within a few decades of an average person's death, there will be no-one left who remembers them. Does that mean nobody's life has any context? To even suggest that reeks of nihilism, and misses the point of life: do the things you enjoy with the people you love in the time you have. If you do this, does it matter if no-one else will ever read your diary? Really?”

Looking past any writing problems, the episode causes one to explore their own situation - and how closely our lives resemble theirs. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 7:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

The only redeeming part of the show, was the pairing of Vash and Quark. They make a good conniving pair. And save for a couple of witty lines from Q, the show was a rather uneventful and silly effort. The station in danger plot is tiresome and frivolous and Q had no chemistry with the DS9 crew. To be fair though, he spent most of the time chasing skirt. Which makes no sense at all but that is just one of many problems with this insignificant episode.

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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

Captive Pursuit is another mediocre by the book episode. Besides the good makeup, and Meaney's performance there is not much else to this show. The Plot is unoriginal and underwhelming. The alien hunters are silly and Tosk's line delivery is not all that convincing.

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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Babel

Babel is a formulaic beat the clock, ship/station in danger sci-fi plot, that is somewhat entertaining with a good performance by Colm Meaney. For a predictable show like this to be successful the execution has to be really good and in the case of Babel, it's only ok. For the second episode in a row, the abrupt ending hurt the show. A mediocre effort.

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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 3:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: A Man Alone

The murder mystery plot of A Man Alone is a mixed bag. The murder investigation is handled well in the beginning and is interesting but falters toward the end with an abrupt and underwhelming conclusion. Also of note was the mob attitude towards Odo, which felt completely contrived. On the positive side, we get a lot of small character moments that hit more than they miss. Overall, A Man Alone is an ok show with some nice characterazation.

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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 12:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Past Prologue

Formulaic and predictable but entertaining. Past Prologue is a good character development show for Kira. But I believe it was too early in the season to put her in the situation where she had to choose between her new commander and her former comrade. The outcome was predictable but it was still a fun show. An added bonus was the introduction of Garak, which was the highlight of the episode.

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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

Emissary is the best Star Trek pilot. It sets the tone of the series as a more mature, darker and grayer Trek. The show does a good job of introducing the main players and has high production value. The performances range from good to poor. From the main cast, Meaney was the only solid performer. Brooks and Visitor were mixed. I like their respective characters but their acting needs a little work, especially Visitor. Her overacting was a bit too much. Odo is an interesting character but he does not get much to do in this episode. The supporting cast was hit and miss as well. Jennifer's performance was dreadful. As far as the plot is concerned, it's main purpose was to introduce the characters and the premise of the show and did a fairly good job at that. My only problem was the wormhole alien scenes, which were a bit repetitive, overlong and did not make much sense. A flawed but respectable way to kick off DS9.

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Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Second Season Recap

DS9 Season 2

1) The Collaborator - 9
2) Necessary Evil - 9
3) The Wire - 9
4) Whispers - 9
5) Cardassians - 8
6) The Homecoming - 8
7) The Circle - 8
8) The Siege - 8
9) Crossover - 8
10) The Maquis Part 1 - 7
11) The Maquis Part 2 - 7
12) The Jem'Hadar - 7
13) Shadowplay - 7
14) The Alternate - 6
15) Invasive Procedures - 5
16) Blood Oath - 5
17) Tribunal - 4
18) Armageddon Game - 3
19) Profit and Loss - 2
20) Melora - 2
21) Playing God - 2
22) Second Sight - 2
23) Rivals - 2
24) Rules of Acquisition - 2
25) Paradise - 1
26) Sanctuary - 1

Season Average - 5.4
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Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 9:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: First Season Recap

DS9 Season 1

1) Duet - 10
2) In The Hands of the Prophets - 9
3) Progress - 8
4) Emissary -7
5) Dax -7
6) Past Prologue - 7
7) Vortex - 7
8) A Man Alone - 6
9) The Forsaken - 6
10) Babel - 5
11) The Passenger - 4
12) Captive Pursuit - 4
13) The Nagus - 4
14) Battle Lines - 3
15) Q-Less - 3
16) Dramatis Personae - 2
17) Move Along Home - 2
18) The Storyteller -2
19 If Wishes were Horses - 1

Season Average - 5.1
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Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 6:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Hello Everyone

From the time I watched this first run, to the last time a couple of years ago, I always thought the way he malevolently said "peaceful co-existence" meant that was the last thing they wanted. He said it to mock the Feds, not offer the hand (heh) of peace. Federation sentient beings were taken over and at least one ship was destroyed along the way, with the loss of all hands. This was an invasion, pure and simple, and they stopped it.

I do recall being a bit surprised they made it all explody, instead of beaming it to a holding cell, but I think it is a case of shoot first/remove the threat, and figure out the rest later.

Regards... RT
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Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 8:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Bobbington Mc Bob

Heh, I liked how you put that, at the end. And two manly things I can still do, as well. :D

Regards... RT
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Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 10:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Hello Everyone!

My main concern was with helping the Kraylor get their cloaking device. We've seen races in ST who were destroyed, or nearly so, because they were "bad" and there was a good reason for them to be confined to their own world.

In Voyager, we've had the Trabe be homeless because they'd been jerks, and we've had those few thousand folks in the 800-year-old ships who'd been naughty in the past as well (not on my normal computer, so I'm not looking the names up today). Now these folks with Sheppard Book (he even had the same haircut as on Firefly!) ask for help to escape their world, which is under blockade. Until I knew if the blockade was bad, or for the good of the galaxy, I'd not help either one of them.

As far as promotions, it has been noted here and elsewhere that there were only two that we ever saw/noticed: Paris and Tuvok. I don't really believe those count. Paris had no rank when he started, and flipped back and forth between Ensign and Jr. Grade, while Tuvok started out as a Lt. Commander. I think they just fouled up by giving him Lieutenant pips and kept him there, and fixed/retconned it later.

I figured since we didn't see anyone else ever get promoted, they decided to leave everyone where they were at, and if/when they got home, the ranks could be adjusted. I mean, if it were to actually be 70 years to get home (as originally postulated), who'd care what your rank was when you retired on the generational ship? That was how I thought of it anyway. :)

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 3:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I like your read. I’m generally not a huge fan of this episode, although precisely because it’s cringeworthy. Personally I don’t think Geordi would have made it to a senior role with his relationship issues. Psych evals would have revealed this blind spot long ago.
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Thu, May 30, 2019, 1:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

2.5 to 3 stars.

This was a lighthearted comedy, not intended to be serious drama or examination of the meaning of what it would mean to encounter an omnipotent being, and you people are judging it as if it were the latter. That is an absurd category mistake.

The Q storyline was always meant to be funny. There is no way you could take any of it seriously in any of the series.

It would have been great if Voyager had been written to be a serious drama like BSG or even DS9, but since it wasn’t, you should take it for what it was and judge it episode by episode. Some episodes were meant to be taken seriously and some were not.
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Thu, May 23, 2019, 6:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

So the Picard teaser:

It's fine. It's a teaser. There's obviously a mystery about where Picard's been. He's no longer in Starfleet. He's downcast. It's beautifully shot. Didn't make me more or less excited for the show.
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Thu, May 23, 2019, 5:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@William B, it's amazing how many people forget that, but it's so true. Reboots can actually be good if you actually get good writers and have some good ideas. Battlestar Galactica and Rise of Planet of the Apes are to me the gold standard for reboots.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 5:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Chrome, yes, that's the one. I tuned in because I was a Darkwing Duck fan, but came away very impressed. It also had some interesting things to say about what it means to be a fan. I agree, it's a bit puzzling that Ducktales has better social commentary than the current Star Trek show.
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 10:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi, absolutely. I've been really frustrated with the hypocrisy in fandom. I've seen people who claim to just want a "genuine dialogue" with fans who disagree, and then turn around and trash those fans when they do disagree. People are far to ready to dismiss any opinion that doesn't line up with theirs.

@Chrome, I just watched the most recent episode of Ducktales and you're not wrong. I hadn't been watching that show, but it's actually quite good (and clever). If I had more time I'd dig into it.
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Sun, May 19, 2019, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

"I want an explanation Mr LaForge. Picard out. "

No shit! Their technology is soooooooooo flaky!

Picard's reaction after hearing about the Theta buildup and the mysterious force that saved their lives is every IT manager's life....

clearly the writers of this had no technical background if they think the shite systems could form an intelligence

I'm all for science fiction but this isn't consistent with the shitty (did I mention that?) systems as they are...

4/10 the lowest of the low
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Sun, May 19, 2019, 9:22am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Booming, at the end of the day, I do tend to err on the side of giving fans more rather than less freedom to voice their opinions. Disney, HBO, and CBS are massive corporations and already have a lot of power to shape the public discussion about their products. The actors and writers give interviews, hold events at cons, etc to promote their work. Your average fan on Twitter or Youtube is nothing compared to that. I do worry about a world in which these corporations deliberately whip up fans of their works to shout down fans who are more critical. I think we already saw a bit of that with The Last Jedi, which was a PR disaster. I refrained from talking too publicly about certain parts of that film for months because I didn't want to get labeled as a sexist or racist manbaby. Now, a worrying trend on the other side is that in aggregate fans do seem to have increasing power to shape the public discourse on the other side. I do think part of that is the media attention the most extreme parts of fandom get. If mainstream media outlets hadn't covered the GoT or Last Jedi petitions, I doubt they would have gotten nearly as many signatures. The outrage industrial complex shines a spotlight on fan outrage, increases fan outrage, and so on.
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