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Eddie
Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 7:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

Lesbian Kiss: Let's be honest, it's a ratings grab. This is a business and they're in it for the money. They don't care about you they just want your eyes on the screen and cash in their pockets. Let's not be naive; this is not about some social movement. It's about profit. They were just as glad when people who hated homosexuals watched in outrage and never changed their minds. As a wise man once said, "Dolla Dolla."

Terry Farrell: Her acting was, to put it politely, not up to the task. Maybe the writers are also to blame but she simply couldn't carry her scenes, especially at the end. Her opposite did great but that only makes Farrell's poor performance more pronounced.

Writing: Speaking of the writers, they certainly phoned this one in. The whole "taboo" thing is obviously contrived. Especially when the punishment is essentially the death penalty and not just re-assignment to a different location. Jesus, Trill society is apparently now on par with Saudi Arabia or something.

So far, this only makes a bad episode. That's not really too big a deal; every series has it's share of weaker episodes and that's certainly no reason to go nuts. But there's a much larger problem here.

Jadzia Dax: In the episode "Dax" it is established that when a Trill joins with their host a new personality is formed. While the personality has memories of the host and the Trill it is still considered a new, unique person that is, in effect, neither the host nor the Trill. In this episode, it is explicitly shown that the Trill's personality still exists and exerts massive influence. We now have a contradiction.

This is a serious problem that only a couple people here have taken note of. I no longer know what Jadzia Dax is, how they think, or even who they really are. If I don't know them I can't relate to them. And they're no minor character in DS9. Imagine if you couldn't relate to Spock or McCoy. If you couldn't understand Riker or Data. At this point the problem extends beyond just one bad episode and the entire series is put in jeopardy. Honestly, for me, it never fully recovers. You can't just throw a lead character into the blender like this and not suffer any consequences.

In a way, this is exactly how things work today. Corporations or Governments (what's the difference am I right?) go on about how they love LGBT folks and use that as a smokescreen to hide their deep, far-reaching flaws. A spokesman virtue signals on TV and while everyone's talking about how good that makes them feel companies assemble their products with slave labor in China and bureaucrats erode our freedoms. You know what? I take it all back. The production of this episode is a perfect unintended analogy for modern times. You can't hide bad writing and terrible character development with chicks kissing. 10/10.
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Eddie
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 4:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

I think DS9 suffers from some seriously lazy writing. I understand the Bajorans seeing the Prophets in religious terms. If some incorporeal alien that could tell me the future showed up I'd probably think they were God, too. But the Starfleet crew (especially Sisko) shouldn't be feeling this religious awe that the writers are so desperately trying to force.

Starfleet has tons of experience with incorporeal lifeforms, energy beings, etc... all the way back to TOS. And beings that can tell us the future or are weird about time? Tons of those on record, too. Remember that guy Q? He's been around and well documented for years at this point. Sisko talked shit to him and punched him! Now I'm not saying Sisko and crew should ignore the Prophets. If someone is trying to relay future intel to you, even if it's heavily couched in metaphor, you wouldn't just ignore it. But the sense of religious awe is completely misplaced.

No Starfleet officer would give this subject matter a second thought in religious or spiritual terms; everyone's used to various intangible time-aliens by now. This is all probably required first-year reading at the Academy or whatever. The idea that anyone other than Bajoran civilians would have this wide-eyed look of mysticism on their face as they wonder to themselves "Maybe they really are divine?" is absurd. It all seems forced and that's not a good way to develop characters.
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Eddie
Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 5:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

I like the idea of the Federation being forced into morally ambiguous situations. That's why I don't like this episode. There was no ambiguity at all. The writers tried to pretend like there was, which only makes it frustrating, but there wasn't.

FEDERATION: Those planets are in disputed territory. Cardassians live there, too. No one knows who will own them. We don't recommend going there; they could legally become part of the Cardassian Empire. You have freedom of movement though, so we won't stop you.
MAQUIS: We're going there anyway!
FEDERATION: Ok, they're part of Cardassia now, like we warned before. That's not too good, but we can help you leave anytime you want.
MAQUIS: We're not gonna leave!
FEDERATION: Ok, like, you know we can't send our police over there or anything, right? That territory is part of a foreign country now; we can't apply our laws and courts and whatever there.
*Cardassia does what Cardassia always does*
MAQUIS: The Federation is a jerk!

Sorry, but I call complete BS. The Maquis knew the risks and took their chances. They don't get to force the entire Federation's hand (to break their own laws, violate a treat, and start a war) based on their whims. Colonists now dictate how the Federation negotiates treaties? The entire premise is almost childish. And of course, when Sisko explains this to Kira she has to scream and yell and make it all about her even though this political situation is nothing at all like the Occupation. Seriously, if an officer can't keep a lid on their emotions during a crisis they need to be dismissed.
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Eddie
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 10:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

This episode is primarily about the rights of citizens verses refugees. Can refugees make a claim on land in a foreign Nation-State? This can get emotionally charged, so I suggest preforming this simple thought experiment. Pretend that several hundred thousand poor white people from Appalachia suddenly demand that Japan give them land to use as their own. They have no claim on the land, none of their ancestors ever lived there, and Japan never did anything to harm them; they just sail over one day and say "Give us land or you're hateful because we're broke and your country is wealthy."

Be honest, you would think they were entitled beyond words, probably racist, or even outright insane. And that's without perfectly fine land being offered to them from somewhere else.
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Captain EddieD
Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 9:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Been watching this with jet lag and I keep falling asleep, and have now seen the first two acts like 30 times. And I still love it!
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CaptainEddieD
Sun, May 12, 2019, 8:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

Could barely even watch this one

(also I just saw a dead body on the street!)

(when someone reads this months from now, they will be like wow, I wonder what the story with that was)

- Captain Eddie D
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CaptainEddieD
Sun, May 12, 2019, 5:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Prophet Motive

I love Quark and especially Nog, and really enjoy when they are the focus of the B story. But as much as I wanna like Wallace Shawn, these episodes are always kinda a looking at my phone the whole time situation.
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CaptainEddieD
Sun, May 12, 2019, 5:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Always read these reviews (on my very, very slow watch of this) but have never commented. This was a pretty good episode. I feel like this is the point in the show when I need to start actually getting into it cause it feels like it's getting good.
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Eddie
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

A lot of people commenting on the privacy issue but every time someone went into Barclay’s holodeck program, he was supposed to be working. Both Dereliction of duty and being AWOL can be court martial offenses.

Instead of personally getting him, his commanding officers could had just sent security personnel to drag his butt to the brig pending disciplinary measures that could have included rank reduction, confinement or getting kicked out of star fleet. He was basically a wanted criminal when Geordi and Riker went looking for him. He didn’t have any right to privacy at that point.
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eddie
Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 1:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

Don't have much more new to add. But didn't see anyone comment on the fact that Quark sold Odo a sentient being. Dr. Mora should have had them both arrested for it and take custody of the changeling child.
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Eddie
Fri, Jan 8, 2016, 8:38am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: The Haunting of Deck Twelve

I like this one. Particularly since some details that don't add up may be attributed to Neelix making them up to jazz up the story for the kids. And speaking of details that probably don't add up, Tuvok claims he doesn't sweat until the temperature hits 350 kelvin. That's about 170 in Fahrenheit. I know Vulcans are tough but that seems a bit much.
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Eddie
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 11:05am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

Yay, you know all those loose ends and unanswered questions? God did it, yep god that's right. By the way stop using your brains and go sleep in the mud because technology is evil m'kay. Aside from those two major grievances I quite liked it.
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Eddie
Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 9:46am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: The Hub

Now with Roslin having visions from god I have to wonder why god only talks with the most unethical and immoral people available.

I mean Balthar needs no explanation, Roslin fixes elections and throws people out of the airlock and Caprica six where responsible for genocide. Geez I guess if you wanna be up close and personal with god you should be a generally shitty person.
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Eddie
Fri, Nov 13, 2015, 6:47am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Faith

@Michael, @zzybaloobah:
About free will and an eternal god zzybaloobah gave this example, "flip a coin, and they say "I've seen this, it comes up heads", that doesn't change the physics or make the flip any less random.".

I would like to point out that while it doesn't change the physics it does change the nature of the flip. Since you know what's going to happen (you being god in this instance) you have in fact made the outcome predetermined by observing what will happen.

That's the essential problem, if you can observe the future there can be no free will because the future has been set before you've made any choice. The solution to this would be to have god exist eternally in all possible outcomes of everyone's choices and thereby god would have an infinite number of plans for the universe but that would be quite pointless.
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Eddie
Thu, Nov 12, 2015, 8:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Escape Velocity

@Michael: Your comment both amused and depressed, it's funny because it's true and sad because I have to share the same universe as them.
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Eddie
Tue, Oct 13, 2015, 9:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

I have to say that it's even more horrible the second time but I also have to defend it somewhat. It's about Warp 10 so to speak or at least about being everywhere at once.

I think they took it from how travelling at light speed would be perceived at least from a relativistic point of view, we know that time moves slower and slower as you reach higher speeds. Now as you approach the speed of light you would also approach a standstill of time and when reaching the speed of light, time would cease to progress (at least for you that is). This would mean that if time is not moving for you and you're moving at the fastest speed possible you would perceive yourself as being everywhere because from your standpoint you are everywhere.

At least I think this is where they got the idea from but how it relates to warp I don't understand.
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Eddie
Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 4:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

Am I the only one who find it very implausible that they haven't perfected contraceptives to the degree that there would be no accidental pregnancies? Of course the other option would be that she knowingly stopped taking those contraceptives which has me wondering over her reaction to being pregnant...oh well.
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Eddie Ballard
Tue, Jul 28, 2015, 2:46am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

This was a great episode- but ultimately I found myself distracted by the opportunity for transwarp tech.
How many times can Voyger encounter a Q or an ally with superior tech (a friendly Saurian scientist for example) and not get a boost? Doesn't make any sense!!
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eddie
Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 8:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

I liked this episode. Not groundbreaking but I found it entertaining even on rewatch. I didn't like the adaptive tech. If Cardassians had the tech to adapt to federation weapons, why didn't they use it on their ships? If the writers had been more clever, they should have had the missile outsmart the crew as its path to victory. Lying to Torres was a thing that didn't require technology and gave Dreadnought a momentary edge. Or maybe since it is the size of a ship but doesn't need a crew, a lot of shield generators and armor were put on it and the issue for voyager is that penetrating the shields is beyond what a single intrepid class ship can do in the amount of time that it would take the missile to reach the target.

the space inside the weapon was an interesting issue. i remember watching this one as a kid and thinking that janeway was crazy to want to dismantle it for spare parts. Take out the warhead (yes), get some supplies for voyager (sure) but you have a new vessel. Was it too big to fit in the shuttle bay? If it didn't, then it should just follow along as a support ship. Maybe it didn't have crew quarters or bathrooms but people serving shifts would live on voyager and beam back and forth.


the running into alpha quadrant stuff eventually got too lame.
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eddie
Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 8:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

i really like this one. one of the best voyager episodes... I wish they had kept the guest character longer. having a serial killer psycho type locked up in one of the rooms of voyager is actually kinda cool. Remember when Neelix tell the Borg kids the story of the nebula alien in the cargo bay. Can you imagine how scary it would be for the borg kids and naomi wildman growing up in the ship and knowing that there is a killer in room 237. They totally needed an episode where the kids dared each other to walk by and touch the locked door to Suder's room.
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eddie
Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 7:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Alliances

The peace conference thing was such a long shot, even if it hadn't been sabotaged. Janeway should have told the convoy to contact the other Trebe in the region and give them coordinates to meet along the way to the alpha quadrant. They could have traveled together like Janeway suggested and find a planet on the way. But to sweeten the deal, Janeway could have offered to find them a new home world in the federation if they made it all the way. Janeway is a good friend of Admiral Owen, his son serves with her... she could swing giving away a free planet after returning from the Delta Quadrant. Her ship is by itself, traveling in dangerous space and has limited resources. But a free planet IOU, when used smartly, can potentially buy friends and protection along the way. Maybe she gets in trouble for making such offers without the permission of the federation council but it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission and these are special circumstances. The Council wouldn't refuse.
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eddie
Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 7:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Prototype

The problem with Voyager is that no one stops to think things over. Janeway took all of five seconds to decided that she wasn't going to allow helping the robots reproduce and that's that. She had good reasons... there was a lot they didn't know. But how about stopping for five minutes and asking the robots some questions (i know that ruins the SURPRISE that they killed their masters and were still at war but who didn't see that coming...)

Someone above mentioned that their first question after learning The Builders were dead would have been "what happened to them?" Even though the answer is pretty obvious in tv land, one could also see a scenario where The Builders died from war attrition and depletion of their resources. The next question should have been about what the robots had done since The Builders died. Maybe you find out they are fighting a never ending war with the other robots. Maybe you ask the robots what they expect would become of them if Voyager helps them reproduce and they win their war against their enemy... suddenly, the robots realize how empty their existence would be without their enemy. Without Builders to give them a new purpose what would be the logic in continuing to exist. Now you trade the tech to help the robots to reproduce and offer to become their New Buiders. stick around, help them destroy their enemy so that when they are done, you can step in and give them purpose... YOUR NEW ENEMY IS WHOEVER WE SAY IT IS. Now Janeway has an armada of ships crewed by killer robots to escort her all the way to the alpha quadrant. When you get to the alpha quadrant you offer them a some planets in the federation... they don't need M class atmospheres. Sure... there's some ethical and prime directive issues here. But it's Janeway. She's done far worse for less. Hell Janeway could have shown up in the final season of DS9 and have her killer robots wipe out the Breen, Dominion and more importantly Cardassians, thus the Maquis crew achieves vengeance against their enemy.
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eddie
Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 8:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I agree this episode turned out pretty pointless. Amelia Earhart was underused. There should have been some good scenes between her and Janeway or Paris.

A few things: janeway considers staying for a hot minute because the planet is a human civilization. But what about the crew members that aren't human? No one ever brought up that.

if they stayed, that would have probably meant advancing that human society's tech.

I know they mention that the Briori ship was destroyed in the uprising. But these people were less advanced than Star Fleet. They didn't even know really understand cryogenics. Janeway should have asked to check the wreckage out... there could have been a transwarp coil just sitting
at the Great Uprising Museum.

I wish they had picked up a couple of passengers here. A big deal was made about people staying but this society didn't have space travel. I'm sure some people would have gone with Voyager.
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Eddie
Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 5:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Hope that a lot of short horror filmmakers will make hundreds of neck or throat bulging, parasite makeup special effects horror shorts and will make new parasitic body inflation special makeup effects films real soon like hopefully this year or next year.
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eddie
Thu, Jun 13, 2013, 6:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Faces

I agree with Sintek's comment. I hated the Klingon Torres. The episode had some interesting ideas, but I didn't like the execution.

A couple of people mentioned the Think Tank and the distance issue. I never thought of that as a problem. they had technology that was more advanced than the federation. maybe they had some propulsion faster than regular warp or had mapped anomalies to make their travel faster.
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