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Douglas
Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

The generation ship gone wrong story was also done in a rather more horrifying way in Space:1999 with the episode "Mission of the Darians". You should watch that.
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Douglas
Sun, Jan 19, 2020, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

I think the Holiday Special is on Youtube...I watched about 5 minutes, that was enough.
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Douglas
Sun, Jan 5, 2020, 3:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

One of the things that bothered me with this film was Padme/Amidala. We don't have any great amount of supplies on this ship, but we seem to have enough outfits to do the Queen for a year. Just how many, and god, there was some really ridiculous looking outfits does she need. Worst of all was the one she wore in the Senate hearing.
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Douglas Schmidt
Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 9:24am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

I mean they don’t even show 7 of 9 getting back to the ship from the escape pod. They don’t explain what happened to the Ferengi. And how did an escape pod shake the Ferengi ship like that? Nothing about the ending made sense. Perhaps the reruns cut out scenes that aired during its initial run??
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Douglas Schmidt
Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 9:21am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

I really felt it ended abruptly without any real explanations. I feel like I wasted an hour of my time for absolutely nothing at all
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Douglas
Mon, Jul 15, 2013, 5:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

I just watched this episode again. While I enjoyed it and thought it was a great hour of TV, it actually damaged the show, I thought.

To this date in DS9, Dukat had been one of the most clever, ambiguous, and most importantly, nuanced characters in the show. His wit, and his ability to retain diplomacy in the face of anger is something I have always loved about his character.

I felt like this episode did a disservice to him. His character has always been so complex, giving the watcher enough tether to really make a case for him as a "grey guy", someone who might have been good in another life. However here, he acts so out of his character that it's almost implausible. The episode could have been saved if they would have really examined the struggle Dukat was facing -- he had just suffered the greatest military and political defeat of his career, followed by watching his own daughter get murdered. Even the most rational person under those circumstances would have been taxed well to the limit, if not completely past the breaking point.

I think Ds9 could have shown a LOT of character here if they would have recognized just how far gone he was -- the acute hallucinations he experienced would have been enough of a symptom alone to show that his mental faculties were dire -- and they could have even shown Sisko as a person who's a little more willing to seek the truth.

Instead, we have + and - roles painted for us, with Dukat being a genocidal madman, and Sisko sitting back on his pedestal and judging him (Dukat was spot on with that, by the way).

Were I to direct this episode, I would have liked to see Dukat put Sisko into his shoes as a Cardassian and really force Sisko into some hard choices: Kill some terrorists and you maintain power. Choose not to kill them, the government deposes you, installs a new dictator who's 5x as bloodthirsty as you. There was a lot of room here to make for political discussion, and since Dukat is Cardassian, he would have a huge advantage of being "in the know" versus Sisko. It would have been equally as dramatic and highly vexing to have Dukat put Sisko into an unwinnable circumstance and then screw him into making a hard decision. At which point, Ben would have had to concede that the situation is incredible taxing and that he didn't always have an answer, or he could have challenged Dukat to "be the bigger man". Then Dukat could have hit Sisko with the entire situation involving Eddington as a method of knocking Sisko down a peg. It would have been a marvelous exchange to see.

Then, afterward, if absolutely necessary, Dukat can have his manic episode, but it would have been veiled by the preceding events, and Sisko could have reflected on how obviously deranged Dukat was at this point and yet still managed to make a convincing argument. I think it would have been a 4 star episode if this had transpired, and while it might not have resulted in physical confrontation, the entire crux of this series of exchanges is all mental anyway. The fight was incredibly superfluous, and Sisko's comment at the end about how some men are pure evil robbed a classic Star Trek antagonist of his ability to be anything more than something to be fought, not understood, rather than a living breathing person with his own desires and wants. They showed how relatable Dukat could be when his daughter was killed, and then they completely destroy that in the very next episode he's in. A pity, really. Dukat was to this point one of the most nebulous, charming, *interesting* characters in Star Trek history. An "enemy" who purports himself to be a positive force for change, and shows a tendency for both. Sad that the writing had to resort back to basic "good guy bad guy" philosophies.
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Murray Douglas
Sun, Sep 14, 2008, 6:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

Awesome review of an awesome episode, I still dont understand how some people did not like this show. DS9 is amazing.
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