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sjdrake2006
Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 2:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

With such unlimited power- and one presumes an intellect to match - could he not simply have deweaponised their ships and sent them straight back home to Planet Husnock with a strong warning?
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sjdrake
Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 12:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

An excellent episode, full of action, suspense, comedy- and entertainment, which is what it's all about after all. Yes, you can pick holes in the plot, as you can with just about every Trek episode ever screened.

Though I often agree with Jammer, on this occasion - and like many posters on this thread- I feel he has been much too harsh.

Seven's walk through the decks, trying not to let the aliens realise she can actually see them, was wonderfully played, with a good score to accompany it. The climax, with Janeway losing it and pushing to the brink, was also excellently done.
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sjdrake
Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

I agree this was great fun to watch with a high entertainment value.

There are however a number of discordant points.

The introduction of Sonia Gomez was amusing but played no subsequent part in the story. I really don't think her presence was allegorical; it's not the Trek way, their social messages are pretty 'in-yourface' rather than allusive allegories more appropriate to a Tudor period portrait. It might have carried more punch if she'd been one of the 18 lost in the incident, but actually I saw she was engaged for three stories and dropped after two.

Guinan's prior relationship with Q was hinted at but sadly, never picked up which makes you wonder why the scene was there at all. Her odd defensive stance makes it seem more like a Harry potter type battle. Even more strange, Guinan knew all about the Borg but despite her close relationship with Picard, never saw fit to mention them or give the Federation a heads-up on them!

If Q hadn't taken the trouble, The Fed would have had no warning of them at all. Two years journey sounds a lot, but to a collective bent upon adding new species to their flock, it's nothing. If we could send a ship to the next star on a four years round journey, there would have been no shortage of volunteers and it would have been long accomplished.

Q always seems to me overall a beneficial entity, but the attitude of the Enterprise (and later Voyager) is quite unbelievable. Despite his incredible powers, he is always treated with undisguised contempt. Is that wise? Quite apart from the benefits he could confer (and which are almost always pointlessly spurned by the needy beneficiaries), he is one of the few beings (like the Dawd) with the power to annihilate at will. Remember what Kevin did to the Husnock? Presumably Q could do the same, so why not take the trouble to show a little respect? (It's pretty worrying to discover that teenage Q are no better than human teenagers....bye bye, world?)

The trouble with beings with virtually infinite power is what to do with them. In trek, they never seem to have wisdom appropriate, despite the fact they presumably have a several billion years head start on us. There seem to be few other Organians...
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Drake
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

Was this the episode where Kirk said, "Alas, my ship, whom I love like a woman, is ... disabled."?
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Drake
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Imagine if instead of the time travelling, the crew discovered the transwarp nexus themselves. Janeway still regrets her decision from seven years ago decides they can do both - go home and destroy the nexus but with the sacrifice of one person. Who will it be? Seven, the former drone looking to repent? New-daddy Tom with the best chance of piloting the Heisenfram resonator to the right spot? New mommy Banana Torres with her engineering skills or her friend Tuvok with his tactical skills? Or does she sacrifice herself leaving maquis-Chacotey to take them home (Starfleet would love that).

None. 7-year ensign Harry Kim who has shown he's not cut out for command twice before steals the Delta Flyer to save his friends.
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John Drake
Fri, May 26, 2017, 1:07am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

I'd caught the tail end of this one a couple of years ago, so I knew how it resolved going in, but it was somewhat better than I'd expected. Agree that it's a mashup of "I, Borg" and "The Offspring", and that it combines three whiz-bang improbable, problem-spewing Treknologies (transporters, Borg nanoprobes and the mobile emitter) into a single ridiculous result (One), but they *almost* pull the thing off, and Jeri Ryan is dynamite as 7 (once again).

The biggest problem with the episode is there just isn't enough time for One to become enough of a part of the crew for his actions - or 7's reaction - to make much sense. They probably should have skipped the silliness with the nebula and began the episode with 7 trying to fix the Doctor's malfunctioning mobile emitter with nanoprobes. It would have appeared to have been a success, and 7 would have left it overnight in the science lab for a full diagnostic - right before the credits rolled we'd have seen it do its Borg thing...

Either that or expand "Drone" to a two parter, or even a loosely-connected set of "One" themed episodes. They could have been in the process of slowly removing what implants they could as they tried to make One more human, somewhere along the line triggering the regeneration of his signaling apparatus. Or maybe they'd have just encountered the Borg in some other unrelated circumstance and One could have sacrificed himself as part of an attempt to defeat them...

The final bit with One's death and Jeri Ryan's last scene was excellent - really powerful stuff - but it's unfortunate the process of getting there was somewhat unoriginal, uneven and terribly rushed. Unfortunately that describes most of the better Voyager episodes - this franchise really needed new blood, and instead Paramount let the same tired hacks run it straight into the ground.
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