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Sun, May 26, 2019, 5:39am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Recycling previous stories or concepts but giving them a new twist is rich ground for sci-fi, I thought this episode did that and a lot of the credit should go to Adrienne Pallecki for giving such warmth and humanity to her depiction of the older and younger Kelly Grayson. Also some great supporting scenes with the other main cast to explore the characters of Grayson and Mercer.

Wonderful special effects and camera work with a nice twist at the end to keep the audience on their toes.
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Tue, May 21, 2019, 7:02am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

I loved The Orville and it's whacky indulgent and slightly unbalanced workplace comedy feel right from the start, and it looks like Jammer and some other people are coming around.

Some of the comments re comparisons with MASH are surprisingly illuminating, although I"m not a MASH fan or expert myself.

It's Seth's "love letter" to the Trek universe but still quite surprising how much heart shines through, the juxtaposition of Dolly Parton music over a routine hand to hand combat scene was inspired.

Thank God for Seth showing us that Sci Fi can be "fun" - something that only a few Trek episodes and Red Dwarf and maybe some Dr Who have pulled off,
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Mon, Jan 28, 2019, 5:44am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

Seth Macfarlane and everyone else involved in making this episode absolutely nails it here with biting absurdist satire that asks a lot of questions and allows the audience the intellectual space to really reflect on some deep issues in society here.

Easily the best Orville episode made and possibly could be included in some of the best Trek episodes ever made.

I think time will be kind to this episode and it will gradually gain more respect among critics and fans as the years pass.
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Mon, Jan 28, 2019, 5:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

Fairly solid episode with some nice twists to the typical holodeck run-amok device that keeps the audience off-balance long enough. Cast coming together really nicely and the deadpan humour is really timed , this lovingly made deadpan comedy/homage and genre crossing experiment is really coming together in my opinion.
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Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 7:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: If the Stars Should Appear

Have held off commenting on The Orville until now, but as a McFarlane fan this has surpassed my own high expectations. After seeing the Family Guy homages to Star Wars it was pretty obvious that The Orville was going to be a loving homage to the Star Trek franchise, the only real surprise was the choice not to animate it and adopt all the Star Trek visual techniques, sets, costumes, music etc and put his own nudge nudge wink wink irreverence into this very "trekkian" looking universe.

I agree with other posters that the plot referencing is totally deliberate and inspired. There are wall-to-wall insider jokes everywhere , the cast show great potential, the special effects and music is superb and this show is really only to be fully appreciated by dedicated Trek fans who would have seen most of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT.

It's not surprising that that some of the humourless Trek fans don't appreciate this (and presumably missed all of the great comedy embedded in The X Files, DS9 & VOY) but in my opinion it's a lovingly crafted but also intelligent love letter to the genre.
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Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 5:31am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

One of the finest EPs of Voyager that I had managed to miss until now. Quality and relevance of the story even more obvious 20 years after being made, and still feels fresh and even more relevant today.
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Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 4:39am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S1: Prime Factors

One of the few Voyager S1 episodes I had missed and just caught it recently, overall not very impressed with Season 1 but this one is a standout episode in my opinion, it all works really well and shows a lot of thought, it's the first time where the characters really open up and the situation of Voyager being stranded in the delta quadrant is used to motivate a good story with a nice 'prime directive' dilemma turned completely on its head in that the Starfleet crew are on the receiving end of a law/directive that it always a good way of introducing and exploring moral dilemmas, it's all really tight and nicely paced writing and plot development that stays true to the developed characters which are all performed well, but especially Roxanne Dawson, Tim Russ and Kate Mulgrew.

Nice work - it's a pity there wasn't more of this in Voyager.

Still stands up as quite a decent bit of TV 20years later and that's a credit to the writers and cast and crew.
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Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 9:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

Finally just watched this for the first time working through to the end of Enterprise, although I hadn't been spoiled or knew exactly what to expect other than a vague idea that the fans weren't happy about the finale of Enterprise, I was pleasantly surprised when watching this episode. I can understand a lot of the criticism and won't repeat the shortcomings highlighted by many here. As Eli said years ago - "In general, insufficient time was allotted for characterizations in this episode." is the most insightful and accurate criticism of this episode, and of ENT in general.

As I watched it I realized that this was the last piece of Branon and Braga Star Trek TV ever made, but I could sort of see what they were trying to do, they were attempting to spin 'the end of Voyager' into the fabric/history of the whole prime universe and I thought it was logical to try to paint in some details about the crew of the historic NX-01 and link it back into the Star Trek timeline. Who knows - maybe trying to do too much?

Thangs that worked for me were, lots of funny little 'meta references', wonderful scenes between T'Pol and Archer and T'Pol and Trip. In the TNG framing device - although clunky I could beleive that Riker was struggling with a dilema and sought guidance about what 'the right thing to do' was. There were some playful and good moments of dialogue in the kitchen between Riker and all the NX-01 cast that could have been expanded greatly, some decent writing for both with the NX-01 crew and seeing two of the TNG crew re-united was also good, final montage was well done.

Bit of a shame to see the Branon and Braga era of Star Trek on TV end up this way and we can only ponder that if they had maybe had a more elegant "hand over" to other people, we might still have had Trek being made now...

After having now seen most of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT would like to thank Jammer and all the other contributers here for a fascinating and enjoyable companion to watching Star Trek.
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Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 4:27am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

Gotta agree with you there Skeptical, despite all the nit picking I personally loved this episode, and I haven't been a huge fan of TOS until this. The whole thing just worked, from the wonderful interplay between the characters of Spock and Kirk, and the magnetic performance of Joan Collins . The entire episode is so simple and "human' with wonderful tones of romance, humour and a slow building of tragedy that is resolved in a totally unexpected yet somehow humanly tragic way that says something about the absurdity and senselessness of mortality.

One of the few Eps of TOS that still stands up watching today and will continue to do so. Haven't seen them all yet but am not surprised that other fans rate this as one of the high water marks of TOS and you can honestly say that this episode is a very strong piece of TV considering it was made in 1967
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Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 4:39am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

Lame repetitive boring sequences of SFX tied together by random generic thoughtless technobabble topped off with such obvious incredulous leaps of logic?

This is categorically the worst ep of Trek ever put together, an unredeemably sloppy lazy hot mess that must have been "phoned in" and then half heartedly put together in a week that the the technical department were all on annual leave and left it to the work experience kids

Commits the two worst sins of simultaneously boring and confusing it's audience without any unintentionally comedic moments.

Negative 5 stars
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Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 7:35am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

Agree that without Billingsleys efforts and a partially well written bunch of scenes on the Klingon colony this is a pretty empty flimsy by-the-numbets technobabble set of arbitrary set piece action scenes, very routine stuff and surprisingly boring to watch despite all the noise and movement.
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Sun, Jul 31, 2016, 12:24am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

Wow - brilliant, 4 out of 4 stars for me! Pretty much the same opinions as Zane 314 commented on. I was enthralled from beginning to end with this witty, intelligent and rather complex episode that rewards the viewer with a great script, solid acting and heaps to say and think about with a lot of the Prime Directive issues in the ST universe.

Although on the surface it may appear a rather conventional "bottle episode" the more you look into it the more I got out of it. In my opinion.

Like chalk and cheese compared to the woeful episode that preceded it.
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Sun, Jul 31, 2016, 12:16am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus

Unrealistic leaps of logic? Tick
Ridiculous premise? Tick
Predicatable? Tick
Lazy writing? Tick
Poor continuity? Tick
Misuse of guest actors? Tick
Bad direction? Tick
Un-necessary scenes that went nowhere? Tick
Lame laughable action scenes? Tick
Bad SFX? Tick
Been done better and before by DS9 or another ST franchise? Tick

Totally illogical episode that would have seen Archer relieved of command and in the brig for the second half of the episode. At least that would have been more interesting than this steaming pile of excrement.

As Chris says a stale, shambolic, lethargic effort which was very poorly written and it totally shows through with every facet of production. Sets a new low for Enterprise and no real excuses for this considering the general improvement and higher standards seen in S4 so far.
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Sat, Jul 9, 2016, 1:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

Agree with a lot of the posters here, some massive plot holes and logic fails that are almost impossible to surmount, saved a bit by the shock and novelty factor of seeing Brent Spiner play Dr Soong. The Augments stuff is mostly scenery chewing and quite a lot of brainless exposition and set-up for future episodes - although I personally thought the stuff with the Orion Syndicate somehow pulled it all off at a pure entertainment level and a nice nod to TOS - which is what Enterprise should have been doing in its first 3 seasons!

You can see some sort of attempt here in this S4 of Enterprise at improvement after the debacle of the wrap-up of S3 and start of S4....
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Sat, Jul 9, 2016, 12:49am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Home

Well for me that was a bit of relief that the show may be turning around, but maybe only because the previous two episodes of Stormfront PtI and II were so bad.

It was all very much more understated with more stuff that worked than stuff that didn't. Personally I wasn't taken much by the internal mountaintop ruminations of Archer, and thought the debreifing could have been elaborated a bit more, nice scene between Soval and Archer to wrap up that story. The Trip/T'Pol B story was interesting to me if only because it was a closer look at T'Pol's past and a bit of a look at Vulcan. It was diverting enough to guess whether T'Pol would go through with the wedding (or not) and the script and acting all sort of worked for me. I liked that they inserted a bar brawl into Enterprise - a bit of a nod and a wink to other "bar room brawling" scenes in TOS.

As a lot of others have commented on - some nice character development and some nice setting up stuff for the future.
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Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 11:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part II

Thanks for the heads up Nolan, I didn't realise that Rick Berman and Brannon Braga were given the "ejector seat from Enterprise (although upon viewing Stormfront 1 and 2 one can see why!) - will continue throuth to Terra Prime now.

It was a messy but probably necessary effort by Manny Conto to wrap up the awful temporal Cold War arc but after seeing Conto's post Enterprise work in the form of various seasons of 24 and Dexter.

Bit of a shame that Coto wasn't brought in earlier to "save" Enterprise - might have been an interesting show if he had been given more time and a bit of leeway.
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Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 12:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part II

Well about 12 months ago I threw the remote at the TV at the end of Stormfront Pt1 in frustration.

Since then I have had the pleasure of watching the entire Battlestar Galactica set on DVD (never made it to air here in Australia) and after that was working my way through Defiance - but a few days ago I did notice that unloved and unwatched Season 4 of Enterprise sitting there on the shelf laughing at me, so I dragged it out of storage to see Stormfront Pt2. Not. A. Good. Idea.

I don't know if I've been spoilt by BSG but this felt even more hollow and by the numbers than it did a year ago. I still have the rest of the box set but am I safe in assuming that "this" is rock bottom and the only way from here is up?

So far Andromeda and smoking are the only two thing I've ever actually "given up" on, hoping not to add Enterprise to that short list !
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Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 10:23pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Agree that Baltar's interrogation scenes were the highlight of this brilliant episode (let down a little bit by the B-story). James Callis' performance was excellent and it was very cleverly written how they wrote the outcome that the persecutors/interrogators came out of this worse than Baltar did.
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Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 9:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: A Day in the Life

Agree with a lot of the posters here - on working through the DVD set this is the first episode of BSG that actually felt like a bit of a fail for me, until now I have found all the episodes compelling, exciting and unpredictable in some way. Although as Jammer says - the worst ep of BSG should be put in perspective if you have recently seen bad bits of Star Trek Enterprise or bad parts of Andromeda!
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Wed, Sep 9, 2015, 8:10pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Zero Hour

**Throws remote onto floor*

Thats it! I give up! I already am part way through Battlestar Galactica on DVD box set and I think Brannon and Braga are trying to tell me something!

They may as well have got the Fonz on his motorbike and launched him over the set of Enterprise!

From what others say I may come back after completing BSG to see S4 Ent just to see how they can possibly extract some sort of plausible storyline from here.
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Wed, Jun 24, 2015, 11:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

If I had to summarize this (and the 2 preceding episode) I would agree with most of the comments here but with the emphasis on "Understated but effective". A very solid episode where everything is constructed to take you where the plot needs to go. All the characters and written dialogue is believable and natural. A rather grim but interesting turn of events.

Nice little scenes everywhere such as between Trip and Phlox, Trip and Archer, Trip and Degra and even Trip and T'Pol, (wonderfully understated and they reseisted the temptation to throw them into each-others arms) - all well written to allow the actors to work and even used the guest actors well. Also the first time in the Xindi Arc where it seems that its all starting to pay off and begining to build towards something really interesting.

Not as good as BSG (which I am also working through) but definately a step up from some of the earlier Enterprise stuff.
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Fri, Jun 12, 2015, 12:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Colonial Day

What more could you want? A bar fight and a political thriller in the same episode? Some nice political background and setting the scene for other stuff to come I guess. Really expands on the character of Roslin and maybe making some back-handed commentary on politics itself.

I think its highly instructive that human politicians still resort to populism, personal agendas, economizing the truth, posturing, quid-pro-quoing and their typical shenanigans even when the species is under existential threat, with their planets destroyed and on the run from a superior enemy! I think that was the point.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2015, 11:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: The Hand of God

Definately one of the best BSG episodes I have seen so far, as Jammer says, everything works in this one - from the smaller character pieces to the big battle scene it all just came together here. I was genuinely on the edge of my seat...
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Thu, Jun 11, 2015, 11:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

A much maligned episode that I really enjoyed - a very successful and unusual episode mixing comedy with more serious matters and pulling it all off.

Watching the whole series on DVD (our part of the world wasn't good enough to get BSG on TV) and a few things stand out already.

1. If theres a chance to do it different to Trek - they take it - from productions design onwards - everything here is different to TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT.
2. Script and storylines - complex, evolving and lots of continuity which I have found pretty involving.
3. Characters - fleshed out and explored well, characters often surprising, actors given a lot of latitude to actually act!
4. Cinematography - now highly copied but very individual, special effects pretty good considering budget and even still look OK today.
5. Sound and score - unique, sometimes quiet when you expect things to be 'noisy'
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Tue, May 26, 2015, 5:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

Provided you switch off your brain at the door before entering this was actually OK but had some dubious character motives. Some nice little moments which I did enjoy:

1. Plox's mischevious suggestion to T'Pol to "undo" thje damage that Trip did
1. Archer gets to chew out Reed and co.
2. Nice snappy dialogue written for T'Pol and Tucker

I second the notion that Archer had much more important things to do than endanger the ship and crew pull an alien out of the anomaly/goop, an alien whom never looked like offering any useful information and once again, endangered everyone aboard Enterprise
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