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Dougie
Tue, Jan 14, 2020, 3:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

I tried to get through this once again, and between this episode and the last 30 minutes of Ad Astra? I’ll take Hot Boiling Oil for $1000, Alex. Insufferable. I used Threshold as creme freche
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Dougie
Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 8:27am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

@sergei, happy new year - never live in an effeminate and lost culture against your will. Get back home to mum. Haha!
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Dougie
Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 8:17am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

if We look at the case going on in Florida right now with human trafficking and rub and tug massage shops, the comparison is appropriate. There is almost no difference between the forced labor those women lead in those massage shops, and the lives lead by the people in Workforce. The slight difference is the mental manipulation - it’s just done differently on our world. Here it’s done through complete financial control of the person.
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Dougie
Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 7:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

We see today some Chinese physicians sentenced to prison for gene editing, and it raises a larger question of whether China has proper oversight of its emerging scientific bioengineering research and ethics. This episode deals with gene editing and how it occurred accidentally, and what the appropriate response of the local society ought to be. Today, for the first time, we saw an authoritarian militaristic closed society, not unlike Voyager, have a response for genetic manipulation. If they could have undone the manipulation, they would have, but as we’ve noted before, real gene manipulation is not a hypo spray away.

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/30/792340177/chinese-researcher-who-created-gene-edited-babies-sentenced-to-3-years-in-prison
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Dougie
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 5:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

I have already named my next German shepherd based on a commercial I saw for kibble food a decade ago. Saxon. That dog was 12.5 years old in that commercial, and i’ll take that as a good sign.
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Dougie
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 8:46am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

“When I think about the bigger scope of my job, I like to think I'm doing something useful and worthwhile.”

Here was the laugh I needed to end this decade.
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Dougie
Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 4:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

If Lien’s current situation is relevant, then potentially problems started even back then. I’d always thought this - at what point did those problems really first materialize, and as I always have Voyager on rotation I’m looking for the turn.
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Dougie
Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 9:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Garret as beautiful? I figured he just didn’t share generously or something.
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Dougie
Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 2:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

The name “Endgame” has been around in literature for a long time. If one were to examine the script by Beckett, for example, to which I have actors in my family that had been part of such productions, and also cross over to Trek famous episodes, you would find Janeway’s actions steeped in philosophy of the absurd.

I’ll leave you magpies to your wire.
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Dougie
Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 10:36am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

“ It may be that depraved men are drawn to the limelight or it may be that being in the limelight is corrupting.”

From Oscar Wilde to PT Barnum to DJ Trump, everyone finds their footing in life including a huckster like myself. Careers are made. I sell my wares like anyone else. Am I 100% honest in every minute of production to my bosses? If not, of course I’m guilty of honest service fraud so I darn well better be. That’s why Lundgren was such an asshole about TPS reports.
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Dougie
Sun, Oct 27, 2019, 2:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

Wouldn’t they have at least genetically sampled the troutfish? The EMH never gave up a chance for gene manipulation, you’d think he’d be all over this.
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Dougie
Fri, Oct 25, 2019, 9:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

@Top Hat,
I would think an autopsy would be of significant interest as would collecting blood, semen, urine, bone, brain, and any organ samples. The level of diagnostics that any modern doctor would want to run, including this EMH given its propensity for “genetic solutions” is beyond question. As part of ordering Tuvix to undergo the final transporter Solution(tm), we must assume that a full clinical evaluation was ordered, with Tuvix objecting.
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Dougie
Sun, Sep 29, 2019, 11:16am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

The most interesting aspect of this episode is Q Sr handing Janeway a tablet with course adjustments on it that she looks at and turns to him and says “not that I don’t appreciate it but this will only take a few years off our journey, why not send us all the way?”

One expects in the next scene to see Voyager warp off — no doubt on an adjusted heading. But we do not. It sits stationary in space for the long pause.

Therefore, Q Sr apparently knows of Endgame, and the rollback of the Universe, and even no Starship Relativity interference for a TPD violation.
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Dougie
Sun, Sep 29, 2019, 5:40am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

I’m with DLPB. After a rewatch last night, the Klingons are a supposed “Master Race” yet what we witness is really a crude regurgitation of Might Is Right philosophy. Their code of honor is a patchwork of contradictions and failed ideologies centered around individualism, sexism, racism, and xenophobia yet it requires allegiance/obedience to a hierarchy.

Their scientists would stab and kill each other designing the console layout on the bridge.

Their doctors would kill each other trying to decide symptoms of cold vs flu.

Family honor killings for 10 generations would ensue over naming rights for whether it was Kor Beer or Korath Beer.

I could do this all day. The single tone writing of TNG Klingons is pure crapulence on display. I actually prefer TOS Klingons. There’s a clear indication that Pakled genealogy at some point intermingled with the Klingon genome. Im guessing about 20 generations prior, some massive extinction level event took place and Pakleds saved the last few remaining Klingons, forever adding their stupidity to Klingon evolution.
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Dougie
Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 12:17pm (UTC -6)
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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Dougie
Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 3:26pm (UTC -6)
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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Dougie
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 8:41pm (UTC -6)
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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Dougie
Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 3:58am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

FutureQ,
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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Dougie
Sun, May 12, 2019, 1:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

/ˈ(h)yo͞obrəs/
On a dark night, during a violent storm over the ocean, some people on shore observe the oscillations of a floating collection of many colored electric lamps, connected with each other at long intervals and at the ends with two wires.
Although these colored lamps draw their current from one and the same source, yet since their rays pass through changing conditions of various kinds, some shine out to a distance, others affect each other as they interpenetrate, still others are completely swallowed up either mid- way or at the very place of their arising.
If two people are together, the closer they are to each other, the more intimate is the mixing of their atmospheres, and therefore the better is the contact achieved between their specific vibrations.
The blending and fusion of the specific vibrations given off by different people take place mechanically, depending on their situation in relation to each other and on the conditions they are in.
And so, among the people with whom I come in contact, the formation of the psychic factors necessary for the manifestation of attitudes diametrically opposed to me must inevitably occur in the following way:
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Dougie
Sat, May 11, 2019, 6:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

@Karl
Solipsism, and it's variants, is the philosophy of which you speak, and it is my philosophy. In my form, I believe only I exist - everything is an aspect of me. People might translate this as 'I am God'. It's more like: I am all and everything. It is not a narcissistic view. Actually, I've debated long and hard with my best friend whether it's really his universe, and I'm just an aspect, and would he please just relent and like tomatoes already.

The philosophy is considered "non verifiable." I have been trying for all my years to find the edge, peel it back, and find if it's real. This includes some very extensive experimentation in the 80's and 90's with the Dead. Extensive.

I admit that it can be just a feeling, but then life things happen that reinforce it. It falls in line with my death belief, so I think on the continuum, it all works out.

As for any alleged meaning to all this (waves arm), as it's my universe, I think Jerry and Bob said it best (by the way, one of my greatest creations) - we're going to hell in a bucket, shall we at least enjoy the ride?
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Dougie
Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 10:20am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

@Sleeper
I’d always felt they wrote Neelix as suffering from personality disorders associated from the war on Talax and his isolation in space. He has some pretty classic B cluster type stuff going on and when you view him this way, on multiple repeat, the character fits a little more. He’s always still an annoying space chicken though.

I never liked any of the Kess/Neelix/Tom arc.
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Dougie
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 2:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

One thing I really wish this forum did, is if you click on a comment in the Comment Stream, have it take you to THAT COMMENT in the actual Episode posting. Come on, these are anchor links with a div. html 1.0. By making me scroll and find the comment within the episode post, knowing there are probably a hundred plus, it discourages me from doing that and reduces page views.
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Dougie
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 2:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

Having just watched this with @Sean Hagins and @Peter G comments in mind, it sure seems that this is meant to give the flavor of the Bible’s Genesis beginning redone through Star Trek.

In the beginning
There is darkness
The emptiness of a matrix
Waiting for the light

Then, a single photon flares into existence
Then another
Soon, thousands more
Optronic pathways connect
Subroutines emerge from the chaos
And a holographic consciousness, is formed

Darkness to light, chaos to order, something from nothing.

At the episode start, the doctor sees himself as a biblical figure, an entity of A Creation, of such importance he requires his own Genesis introduction. Through the episode, we see him take on so many human traits that he becomes fallen man as he gets his doses of “the way things work.”

He becomes part of a parable in many parts. Treachery, avarice, love, hate, friendship, trust, it’s all here. Betrayal, makes a strong appearance, with the publisher playing many roles including his eventual Judas.

The holodeck rewrite by Paris - some of the best writing of the series. I’ve always said, the cast and writers were at their best when they were playing caricatures of themselves.
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Dougie
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 1:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

I’d always struggled with Tim’s singing. Makes me shiver. Thanks Elliott wish I could follow you or you had a section for these.

Would you consider Author! Author! From S7?
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Dougie
Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 11:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

@gerontius
It’s possible to have dozens of IP addresses through a day, and with Tor it would be impossible to block someone via IP. I can get a new one on my phone by power cycling over LTE. User agent trapping doesn’t work they’re not unique. Dont minimize it, users walk away. They take thousands of pageviews per year with them.

If you knew the lifetime value of a visitor to a site with advertising and it was your retirement, you’d get it. It’s an important analytic. After all, this is a business designed to look like a forum.
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