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Bright future dude
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I don't know how the comments were before since I've just gotten round to watching the episode and did not read any comments.

The thing is: I could live with dystopia, with cash economics and all, even though I prefer the positive outlook on humanity of earlier incarnations of Trek. But I have come to ask myself how the writing of the series can be so bad.
Maybe I should not mix watching Picard with TNGs fourth season, but compare episodes like Reunion, The Wounded, Clues, hell, even Devils Due or The Loss to this wannabe-mystery-vigilante-episode and you'll spot the difference qualitywise.
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Bright future dude
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag - I had such high hopes for this series and they are being sqashed and trampled upon.

I'd like to say, that this was the worst hour of Trek I've ever witnessed - but that would mean recognizing this as Star Trek.

I am glad for everybody who likes Picard i general and this episode in particular - I don't.

Star Trek used to make me dream of a brighter future, of a grown-up humanity. The 22nd and 23rd century was a time and the Enterprise(s) and DS9 fictual places I'd actually like to LIVE. Not anymore, not in the slightest.
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Dude wut
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 1:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

"If Star Trek TNG was a robber needing money and you it's victim, he would approach you calmly on the street, explain that he needed money for drugs, he didn't like robbing people but he really had to, and he needs $40 that's all, if you just give it to him he'll go on his way. You hand him the $40. TNG was successful. "

what a bizarre analogy
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Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

Loved this episode. The music was beautiful, and the romance. Seems to me the "folk tune" Picard played was a lovely reworking of the "Skye Boat Song", the old Scottish classic.
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Sat, Jun 11, 2016, 1:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Cold Fire

i did love that there was some kind of character development with neelix.
he didn't feel jealous of kes and tanis even though their from the same race, can speak with each other trough their mind and i felt that he was a bit to interested in her.
and neelix even left them together in one room.
so far he was always way to jealous but now he isn't
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Tue, May 26, 2015, 9:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

I'm glad so many fans enjoyed this episode, but definitely not me. The two most annoying characters in the Trek universe (Neelix and Barklay) in yet another holodeck malfunction episode...
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Fri, May 8, 2015, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Gotta give up my man card on this one. Made me all misty, not ashamed to say.
TNG has "Inner Light", DS9 has "The Visitor".
Both shows have the same wonderful message, that we all need to hear once in a while.

Don't take life for granted, especially when those you love are concerned.
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Tue, May 5, 2015, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

With all respect to the memory of Majel Barrett, any show the writers create with her in it is a dud. They always cast Lwaxana in the same role, be it with Picard, Odo, or whoever, as a desperate over the hill slut.
It's a shame, Majel deserved better.
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Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 3:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

I could take or leave these episodes. But that's the great thing about Trek, it appeals to a wide audience, and it seems to have struck a chord with so many here.

The only great thing about this alternate reality is they s#!tcanned the opening theme song.

Evidently the Evil Starfleet has better taste in music.
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Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 2:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

I'm tired of these alternate universe / alternate timeline episodes.
I am thinking that maybe the demise of the entire Star Trek franchise had less to do with poor writers, but with the poor decisions of their Marketing Overlords.
At this point in the season, there is definitely a lowering of thoughtful scripts, and a focus on target markets. Ill conceived, but very apparent.

Anyway, I agree that the female uniforms were pretty silly.

But also pretty freaking hot.

Damn you, male hormones! !
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Mon, Apr 27, 2015, 12:47am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: The Aenar


This is the first episode that I disagree with you on. I do feel you got a bit too cerebral on this one, a bit too analytical.

I really enjoyed this episode. if I use this kind of analysis when I sat down to eat I probably never would eat. Thinking about where food came from, the processing, the poor animals that gave up their lives for my meal; well it just be too much.
Sometimes, simply put, a good steak is a good steak. Just enjoy.
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Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus


I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed this glaring lack of continuity.

ENT certainly isn't the shining star in the Star Trek universe, but the shows have been getting better, like a light bulb getting brighter before it burns out.

But, evidently, the powers that were didn't even watch their own shows.

A pity. I'm sure I'm not the only one going through Trek withdrawal. Thank goodnes for Amazon Prime, and the ability to catch up on shows I wasn't able to watch the first time around.
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Sat, Apr 25, 2015, 12:51am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

I just realized, not everyone knows who Seth McFarlane is, he's the creator of "Family Guy". Funny seeing him on the show!
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Sat, Apr 25, 2015, 12:48am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

I agree with Jammer, except I would give it four stars!

Not much to add, except did anyone else catch Seth McFarlane as the crewman who got chewed by Tripp, at 14.08?
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Fri, Apr 24, 2015, 8:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Hatchery

Wow, I must be really smart. Yep, the alien egg peed on the Captain and turned him into Mr. Mom. Wow, never saw that coming.

On a side note, I'm catching up on Star Treks I missed when I was in the Air Force for 22 years. TNG is ny favorite series, although I was stationed in England when it came out, and assumed it was a British produced show because of Picards accent. No Google back then to educate me.

Enterprise is dissapointing, to say the least, but it is satisfying my Trek cravings. I just lower my standards.

So many here like DS9. I never cared for it, but maybe I'm missing something. I'll revisit.

Anyway, I feel so much better getting these random musings off my chest.

Thanks Jammer!
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Fri, Apr 24, 2015, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Hatchery

I just started watching this episode, only 10 minutes into it. Haven't read the comments yet, but Archer just got sprayed.

I've always wondered why, when there's a breathable atmosphere in a potentially hazardous situation, they upen their helmets.

I'd be the crewman that says "that's ok, I'll just keep mine on."

We'll see if I'm right. Resuming the episode. ..
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Fri, Apr 24, 2015, 6:40am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Often maligned as “slow and boring”, in my opinion, this is actually the best Trek film.

The human adventure is just beginning

I’ve had the argument for years. Most people think Star Trek: The Motion Picture is plain boring. I recently saw it described as “the motionless picture” in a writer’s blog. It’s considered slow. Ponderous. Monochromatic. Humorless.

The conventional wisdom holds that the second movie, The Wrath of Khan, is not only the best Star Trek film, it is also one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. But I have to admit that — while I really enjoyed Khan — ST: TMP is, by far, my favorite of the eleven Trek movies.

Before you roll your eyes, please let me explain. For me it all boils down to one unifying idea — Star Trek: The Motion Picture is on a very small list of modern films that depict a powerful, beautiful, and original view of the future. I may not change your mind, but I hope you can experience the film through my eyes.

December, 1979

Think about the time when it was made.

It was 1979. Star Wars and Close Encounters graced the screen two years earlier. Superman: The Movie made us believe that a man could fly in 1978 and The Empire Strikes Back was just around the corner in 1980. For anyone with an imagination, it was a tremendous time to be alive and the golden age for blockbuster sci-fi cinema. But none of the aforementioned films mattered to me as much as Star Trek.

As a wide-eyed, twelve-year-old seventh grader, I probably had built up more excitement and anticipation for The Motion Picture than any other event in my entire life. My childhood heroes — Kirk, Spock, and McCoy — were about to grace the big screen! What would the Enterprise look like? Would they change it? How would it look flying through space with modern visual effects? I was so excited to see what they would do with a big budget.

Once I started seeing the commercials, I went nuts. I remember the voice of Orson Wells: “It will alter your perception of the future by taking you there.” That was what I wanted to hear. The FUTURE. Finally, a film about the future!

Star Wars took place “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” What did that have to do with me? I felt like I was finally going to get what I wanted from a film: a real depiction of human potential hundreds of years in the future.

I had seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a few years earlier. It was the first honest tour of tomorrow that I had ever seen. It seemed very possible and right around the corner based upon what had been happening with NASA’s space program. Krypton in Superman was really, really cool. But again, that was an alien planet with magical technology. I wanted to see something that connected to Earth and, ultimately, to me.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture delivered exactly what I was looking for. While 2001 showed me the world that I expected to live in as an adult, Star Trek promised to reveal a future of my dreams.

Finally, It Arrives in Theatres

When I saw the film with my cousin James, we were mesmerized from the first moment. Seeing the camera do a 180-degree pan of the updated Klingon cruisers as they approached a huge blue luminescent cloud blew my mind. Once we were inside the ships, I was sucked in by the production design. Clear screens with data projected on them. Actual Klingon language graphics on screen — not English! Then we moved on to the Epsilon 9 space station with astronauts jetting around outside. I was blown away, and this was just the beginning.

After a quick and epic stop at Vulcan to visit a hippie version of Spock, I finally got to see what I had been waiting for: Earth in the future. You see, when I watched the original Star Trek as a child, I always wanted to see what Earth looked like in the 23rd Century.

Yes, it was cool to travel around the galaxy seeking out new life, but I wanted to know what it was like at home. It always felt like they avoided it due to budget or something. And, no; visits to Earth in the 1960’s didn’t count.

Earth in the 23rd Century

Now, here was Starfleet Headquarters in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge covered by pneumatic travel tubes. Shuttles flitting across the sky as routinely as a buses travel the streets. We then move to an orbiting office complex bustling with traffic; followed by an extended drydock sequence that reveals the Enterprise in all of its futuristic glory.

Speaking of the Enterprise, Andrew Probert took Matt Jeffries’ original design and blew it out of the water. The clean lines and details make this still the best ship to ever grace a Star Trek film or TV series.

For the first time, we’re able to ascertain the actual size of the ship. As Admiral Kirk and Scotty circle in a travel pod, the front window is large enough to see them inside. This — when mixed with the floating astronauts and traffic — gives us a real sense of scale. It was like going to the airport, and watching the airplanes and ground crews. There is something magical about it.

The ultimate sequence was the launch of the Enterprise. A tiny astronaut waving goodbye. The sun rising as the ship cruises away. Seeing Earth dwindle in the viewscreen as Sulu takes them to impulse. Shooting past Jupiter and its moons was awe inspiring. All of these aspects felt like a love letter to us from the future. I felt like I was finally there.

The sets and costumes were amazing. Every aspect felt rich and fully realized. The visual effects were spectacular. Each time the Enterprise went into warp speed, I was left speechless. It was even more amazing than watching the Millenium Falcon jump into hyperspace.

The icing on the cake was the final reveal of who/what V’ger really was — an evolved NASA space probe that had returned home after a galaxy-spanning adventure. The fact that the core concept was about exploration and connected to Voyager — a real planetary mission at the time — was validating and inspiring.

The only complaint I had about the film was that the plot reminded me of the Original Series episode called “The Changeling” where the Nomad probe went through a similar conversion. But I could forgive this.

A Futuristic Work of Art

All in all, seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the greatest experience I had ever had at the time. My cousin James and I were blown away when it was over. As this was not the time of instant mp3 downloads, we drove back from the theater singing the theme over and over in an attempt to remember it. We must have driven my Aunt Cecelia crazy.

The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith remains legendary to this day. Few sci-fi films have ever topped it. In fact, I was ecstatic when Gene Roddenberry chose to use the theme for The Next Generation in 1987. I still listen to it often.

Roddenberry wanted to tell this story. He was inspired by the future and wanted to share that vision with the world. He finally had the budget, and the team to do it right.

Director Robert Wise, the actors, and the production staff — which included effects wizards Douglas Trumball of 2001 and John Dykstra of Star Wars — crafted a beautiful journey to tomorrow. It moved at a thoughtful pace so that the audience could take everything in. There was art transpiring on the screen; it like a classic painting — you don’t just scan it for two seconds and walk away.

All I ask is that you revisit the film and give it another chance. This time, look around. Take it in. You might find that you like it a little more than you expect.
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Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 2:27am (UTC -5)
Re: Interstellar


Another great review, and I'm also impressed, as always, by the reader comments. This is a great forum!

I'll make my comment brief: I watched Interstellar twice, I loved it. Real Einstein science (although black holes are probably the least scientific movie plot devices available, they do keep the story going) blended with fine moviemaking. And yes, with a soppy sentimental ending. Perfect.

And yes, I stealthily cried when I saw "Up", and even less stealthily when Old Yeller died.

And I will not give up my man card for that, thank you very much.
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Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 2:05am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

This is the first comment I've made on this outstanding blog.

But oh my god, this show had to be the most painful show of the series to watch. That's saying a lot, considering the lack of writers on this series. Or I should say, the lack of writers that know how to write. Or think.

I'm not saying that watching this show was as painful as, say, being water boarded or some similar torture such as bamboo shoved under my fingernails. I have yet to experience these tribulations, but if I am ever forced to endure them, rest assured I will recall the hour I spent watching this episode, and compare.

If I do, I'll let you know which is worse, but I'm sure it'll be a close call.

I really expected one of the mutants to start asking "where is my precious?? " ala Gollom in the Lord Of The Rings. No disrespect to that bug eyed little creep, he's much more dignified than Starfleets finest with DNA issues.

And LeVar Burton directed this.

I'll forgive him, he had only so much to work with.
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Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

"Well, definitely a 4-star simply from how much discussion it's provoked!"
Well, it would be if the discussion weren't incredibly one-sided. I have not yet seen an argument from the side in favour of genoci- err, "non-interference" that wasn't poorly thought out and/or easily taken apart and shown to be ridiculous. Not to mention the science behind the dilemma is fundamentally flawed and the rest of the episode is rather plodding and boring as well.
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Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 2:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

"If Starfleet is going to venture out, it must be prepared to grow up and react with logic rather than raw emotion."
So, daring to defend yourself against pirates that attack you constantly = reacting with raw emotion.
And sitting back and letting them kill you while you twiddle your thumbs, shrug your shoulders and say, "ah, c'est la vie, I suppose!" = LOGIC
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Wed, Mar 12, 2014, 3:02am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

I finally felt immersed in the 23rd Century when I watched the first Star Trek film. While I liked the design of the original Trek, it clearly was built on a shoestring budget. The Motion Picture was the most expensive movie ever made at the time — and it showed.

Huge sets. Amazing visual effects. The future imagined. I loved the dark corridors with lighting near the floor. The immense new engineering set with glass catwalks and open elevators. The sleek cool bridge and sickbay were clean and efficient looking.

I also liked the way that the outside and inside of the ship matched up. Seeing ships dock, and then understanding where the ports were in relation to everything else was so cool.

While most people like the other films in the Trek canon because of the acting and sense of camaraderie (and I agree on that), Star Trek: the Motion Picture is the only one with truly visionary design. It’s worth another look if only from that standpoint!
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Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 2:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Clearly, producer Gene Roddenberry and director Robert Wise were creating their own vision of the future. With a story focused on amazing visuals and intellectual exploration, it’s more 2001 than Star Wars. Perhaps that’s why it’s one of the least-liked movies in the Star Trek canon.
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Illinois Dude
Sat, Jan 25, 2014, 5:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

Gotta love how the inside of this automated missile had more empty space than most luxury hotel rooms, lights, heat, oxygen, etc. Almost looked like a set in a mediocre television series.
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Ill. Dude
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

This episode sinks for me on the basic premise of the need to evacuate the entire station...except for the entire cast...I mean command crew. Oh ya and allowing Quark to remain on the station. He should face felony charges and spend seasons 2-7 in a Bajoran prison.
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