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Eric Saavedra
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 10:44am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

Lol how many time must Quark be in financial trouble. I guess he isn’t a good businessman. He doesn’t even pay rent or maintenance.
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Eric Saavedra
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 12:08am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Rewatching this now and Dr. Bashir really got on my nerves here. He was being extremely rude to his father.
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Jeffrey Bedard
Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 8:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

Things certainly progress quickly in the TREK universe. Zimmerman's disease must also cause rapid aging, because he appears significantly older here than when he visited DS9 just three years prior. And he truly must've been whipping through those EMH redesigns and upgrades. It was only about two years ago that Voyager's EMH encountered the EM Mark II of the USS Prometheus and Starfleet is now already using a Mark IV. "Life Line" never fails to impress me on that score.

On another note, it fascinates me that Janeway (after some convincing) allows the EMH to risk his program and the lives of his Voyager crewmembers to take the trip to Jupiter Station. Paris is a medic. He is not a doctor. He is certainly not a surgeon. Even the EMH comments on this, after the fact, on Jupiter Station. If TREK were real, I can't see Janeway agreeing to this. How can she or the EMH predict what will happen to the ship and crew in the month that the EMH is gone? It would've been nice to see the EMH training volunteers to become nurses and doctors. He had started with Kes. I always thought having Paris share double duty as helmsman/medic was a touch non-sensical.
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d-maxsted
Sun, May 31, 2020, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Boldest Trek Of Them All

Of everything that is Star Trek this is without a doubt the boldest voyage the Starship Enterprise has ever taken. A Machine Planet Sending A Machine To Earth To Find Its Creator and not till the final 20 minutes does the absolute WOW factor reveal itself as to who this machine is. As a lifelong Star Trek fan I really appreciate this film and the more times I watch it I love it even more as this film has every element that makes Star Trek the incredible story that it is and yes there is still a lot of hate out there towards this film but for me it is simply the perfect Trek of all,the return of Kirk,Spock,McCoy,Sulu,Chekov,Uhura and Scotty,the incredible intorduction the the new Enterprise,the magnificent new theme and incredible score by the legend himself Jerry Goldsmith,Douglas Trumbull,John Dykstra creating simply amazing visual effects throughout the entire film that give Star Wars a run for its money any day and at the helm none other than director Robert Wise who shows why he is the legend he is as a director,every shot in the film is so beautifully crafted and shot,I cant say I think its long overdue that Paramount release this film in 4K with a Dolby Atmos Soundtrack but I imagine it will happen sooner than later.
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Chilledfish
Sun, May 31, 2020, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

I think that it's clear that Spock is a bad leader in this episode, but more importantly I think, the episode demonstrates that he doesn't understand logic.
When his plan, which was based on limited information and assumptions fails, his brain seems to break down. In his mind he applied "logic" to the problem, so it "logically" couldn't fail.
He goes on and on about logic, when all it does is make him seem heartless and pompous to his subordinates. Not very logical.
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Disappointed
Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 12:54am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

The writing in Picard and Discovery is terrible. And I can just never understand why. Discovery was meaningless drivel but Picard had within it several premises that could have been developed into an engaging story. A Federation who had lost its way and was decaying and insular and crying out for a leader and orator of Picards quality.

Instead we got another poorly managed series of action sequences strung together with random events and magical objects that force the next meaningless action sequence.

The plight of the synthetic life forms never felt like a strong enough driver to take Picard on this journey and his end goal was never clear. And of course, if you think about it for a moment, was really a complete failure. Yes, he saved the small android colony of about 30 individuals, but the price was the horrendous slaughter of what appeared to be thousands of the former Borg. And it was Picard who condemed then all to death on his pointless quest to find someone who might be related to Data.

They could have died a valiant struggle and could have formed part of the larger narrative arc about the Federations selfishness and insular nature. Instead, after building up the size and horror of the Borg cube, of reminding us of the Borg's terrible power, they were all flushed into space and then, after gaining control of it (a terrible weapon and the use of which might have had consequences for the Federaton and Seven of Nine) it was immediatley crashed into a planet, taken out by a plant.

What's with the need to have massive fleets of spaceships in Startrek now? It's like they are trying to turn it into Star Wars. The original premise of Star Trek was that space was massive and the spaceships, like a battleship or submarine, were on their own in the expanse dealing with problems they found there. So Star Fleet can now magic up 300 battleships for a situation as minor as saving the lives of 30 androids, something the Federation aparently cared nothing about for the last 10 years. I am now surprised they had any problems fighting the Borg or the Dominion previously with these kinds of resources! Where was the impassioned speech to the Federation Council, where Picard alone managed to change opinions to save the day?

Finally, the whole premise of this last episode was ridiculous. Am I the only one who thought that the Romulans were actually in the right?! The warning they had seen was true, the efforts they put into maintaining their vigual was justified in the end when we saw what was the end of the signal. The means they employed had much to be desired but Picards crew seemed to be intent on sacraficing all organic life for the sake of these 30 individuals, none of whom seemed to deserve the efforts being expended on them.

I just wish the creators of these shows had more respect for the audiences and their ability to follow a more complex story. Given the swearing and gore in star trek now it seems that its targeted at a more grown up audience but the story is juvenile so I don't really understand who they are targeting any more. Gone is the science storys and technology and just a focus on poorly managed action sequences. Given the quality of actors, set designers and special effects staff they have, it just seems crazy the writing is as poor as it is.
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FedBinasf
Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Perhaps there should be a corollary to Jammer’s rules, as there was one for the Monroe Doctrine: constantly complaining that you have been “offended” by someone’s alleged rule-breaking (sometimes in the very same message in which YOU are breaking the rules or are otherwise acting rudely).... knock it off.

I wouldn’t myself ban anyone from this group, but it is indeed a group. Not a Festivis airing-of-grievances-circle-jerk

There are people who go to this site to express comments about episodes and themes of Star Trek with their fellow fans. These people have the right to be heard, too, without being called names or otherwise dragged in to the circle jerk.

And don’t blame mental illness on your behavior. I am severely mentally ill as are many people I know, and being mentally ill does not give one license to engage in unsurceasing whining. Life is too short, anyway
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Ghosted
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 8:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Oh dear, that was..not the best. I respect the posters who enjoyed it, but overall the season fell very flat. It felt out if character for Picard to accept 'cheating' death without consent and a so readily be accepting of a robot body given his locutus experience. The data scenes I'm not sure about, I like the sentiment of a send off but it didn't feel totally like that was 'our' data. I'd echo startrekwatchers first post points which have been my bugbear throughout. Lots of promising avenues for the writers to use, but disappointing that this was the best they could come up with. Oh and I didn't like the warp jumping effect and too many ships just looked a bit too busy for the screen. I like the crew though so if there is a S2 also hope they use a more episodic format.
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phaedon
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Filip

A quick word about "plot is paramount." I'm dating someone 10 years my junior and she can barely make it through shows produced in the 90's. I'm a little older, and I notice this when I watch movies from the 40's. Thirty minutes in and I'm wondering when something's going to happen. Picard's not that great, but it's possible age is also a huge factor when it comes to finding this show palatable.

Truth is, there are far better sci-fi shows out there right now with broader appeal that aren't as dumbed down. If this is the type of schlock CBS is going to drive their online brand with, they should be worried.

So Picard ended up being a multi-million dollar, VFX-driven, integalactic trial about the humanity of androids. And yet at no point did it stack up to the emotional tension present in the paltry courtroom in "The Measure of a Man."

Great to see Riker in the chair again. Unfortunately not nearly as great as they did it in "All Good Things."
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phaedon
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Star Trek: High Fructose Corn Syrup
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phaedon
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 1:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

I can't get over how similar and much better of a show Westworld is.
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Lodged Snorpedo
Sun, Mar 22, 2020, 7:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Hi @Leif!

“I, Picard” isn’t as much a reference to “I, Borg” as it is to Asimov’s “I, Robot”. Picard is a potential candidate to have a mind transfer into Soong’s golem, hence the allusion!
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Ghosted
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

On the 'I can tell if you are lying' aspect I put that down to being similar to when narek was asking for water and the Android said she could detect changes in heart rate, pupil dilation or similar if he was trying to deceive her.

@lynos, I fully agree about the cube facility workers, etc. The whole 'what are they doing on the cube?' was part of the mystery, but thus far has been a let down. Maybe Narek is off to let loose some borg related thing to tie in with soji's work on the cube. Maybe.
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Ghosted
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 11:11am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Probably the most disappointing episode of the season from my perspective and anti-climatic after the previous 3 EPs. The rather flimsy plot did seem to unravel here too. It just seems a bit dull and dumb ultimately.

I did like the orchid scenes and the cube burning through the atmosphere looked awesome, but then the AI planet.. eesh. A commune was not really what I expected. Data must have enjoyed his time with the Edo! Also, unless Brent's character is lore (which is still a bit lame) then it's such a retcon/mistep to have him play soongs biological son. He was fine as an ancestor in enterprise, but...again?? Surely he could be better utilised. Hope there's an answer to why soji and dahj are not 'gold' unless I missed it?

I'm also not sure of the relevancy of the Borg elements at this stage and wonder if there is any. If so, it's a shame as the setup earlier in the season had some intrigue, but again nothing that worthy has come out of that. Please prove me wrong next week PIC!
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Lodged Lorepedo
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 11:13am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Sorry fo the nitpick but I was taken out of the episode briefly when a huge Borg cube crashed onto a planet and there were only 2 small streams of smoke coming from not even the cube but to the side of it. And everything landed right side up (it landed the same direction it seemingly flys through space?).
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Lodged Warpedo
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 3:41am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

I, Picard
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fevredream
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 9:15am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Man, this show has had a real streak of winners for these past three episodes. Really getting me into the show with nicely played character moments, great callbacks, and a surprisingly engaging plot. Not perfect, but very good stuff. Hope the two-part final sticks the landing.
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phaedon
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 1:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

My review for this episode is only going to be 4 words.

Star Trek: Dark Fate.
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Eddie
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 6:43am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

i know i’m thinking too much into this....but the romulan butthurt over the existence of synthetic life really bugs me.

They’ve got this centuries long crusade against synthetics. Ok. Great. Let’s say they can even alter the course of events in the little know area of space they have access to and knowledge of. Fine.

But what about the endless endless endless expanse of space unexplored and unknown? What’s stopping a civilization on the other side of the galaxy that they have no knowledge of from developing synthetics that can eradicate all life everywhere? The entire premise of the Zhat Vaj is ridiculous.
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Lodged Lunch
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Gooz is a loser and should be banned or at least put on probation from commenting for starting the whole fat-shaming that others have pounced on. Asian hate, too. Take control of your thread, Jammer, and hold posters accountable for their lack of respect, class, and humanity. It’s very anti-ST and I don’t see how you can support such crassness. It will make many others including myself not stick around; all I want to do right now after reading the comments since Gooz started to ooze his rudeness, is go hang out on trekmovie.com where there seems to be much less toxic vitriol all the time. Please moderate better so I can enjoy the discussions here instead of wanting to press permanent snooze on this site cause of posters like Gooz’ mean-spirited ‘tude. Vile, to say Frakes should be on a diet. People like Gooz make me want to lose my lunch.
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Lodged Torpedo
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 11:53am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Yesterday I showed The Inner Light to my sixth graders, an annual tradition! Yes, moist eyes even after a couple dozen viewings. I love the STP theme song and heard the composer added the flute as a callback to TIL and the person Picard used to be in the past, but it's obviously not the main theme flute music. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and actually shocked to realize that when Batai, the son, is playing the flute, right before he tells his father he is leaving school to focus on his music, the melody he is playing actually IS the theme song for STP. Astonishing.
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Edward
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 10:33am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Maybe the tracker didn't stop working because she was in a coma or 'mostly dead', but because maybe she knew how the tracker worked and specifically injected herself with a compound that would counteract it, despite knowing what the consequences of that might be for her health.

The fact that she had to chew and ingest the tracker suggests it wasn't a sort of RF transponder, as in a bugging device sending out a signal, but more like a specific rare isotope of something that would be absorbed into her bloodstream and could be picked up at long distances by a suitably sensitive sensor suite.
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fevredream
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 2:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Mostly echoing what other people said - great episode only somewhat marred by Hiugh's unnecessary death and Rizzo continuing to feel like a terrible stereotype out of a worse show. Everything with the Riker/Troi family was wonderful, and overall the episode just felt *right.* In other words, two big wins in a row for the show.
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Lodged Torpedo
Sun, Mar 1, 2020, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

What a milestone! Congrats on a quarter century! That’s half of all ST 🖖
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Ghosted
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

A solid episode I thought. I think Stewart's acting was excellent in conveying his fear and apprehension. Even in first contact where he was fit and able, Picard was still in a state of trauma for the most part though he got through it (despite breaking his little ships). He is now an old man with all of the frailties that come with it and i thought Stewart played 'the frightened old man' brilliantly.

The reunion with Hugh was touching and despite Hugh's close friendship with geordi, I think it's natural that Picard embraces him as they have both suffered and have come back from it. In I, Borg Picard is still suffering the after effects more acutely and does not see him as the individual he is initially.

Narek was a plus too this week I thought and some subtle further gelling between the crew, elnor and Picard felt more natural together for instance. Only minor gripe is that the Borg cube looks too modern and pristine, the 'Tron 2.0' alcoves take a little getting used to.
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