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EdmondWherever
Wed, Jul 8, 2015, 1:37am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

And I forgot to mention, it was "Capitalist" above who mentioned the outstanding special effects involved with the "roll of quarters" coming straight out of their heads. I remember watching this during the original 2000 air date, and being amazed by that. They did it no less than three times! That's another thing sci-fi TV is all about, showing us the things we've always imagined but have never seen. It doesn't matter if it's "cliche". The human imagination renders it all "cliche". Our imagination is better. At least someone spent some budget on making it visual, visible. Thank goodness for sci-fi TV. Compare your damned "star rating" against the Real Housewives. Five for five, every time.
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EdmondWherever
Wed, Jul 8, 2015, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

My favorite VOY episode, featuring my favorite character, Icheb. I cry my eyes out every time I see it. I watched it tonight (and sought out your lovely blog), and I'm glad I had a napkin.

You can focus on the "cliche" every time if you want to, but then, why enjoy Star Trek? It's not perfect. It's the TV expression of "everything we've already been saying about sci-fi". At least it brings it to life, at least it brings it to the masses. What else have we GOT? Doctor Who? That's ONE.

I went straight to "Drive" after this, and yes, it seems to better explain the Delta Flyer in that order, and Netflix streams them in that order. Oh well.

The scene in sickbay where Icheb forces the issue just kills me. He's so right, and it says so much about the human condition. As Alice says, in Wonderland, "I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it". Seven "knows" the best behavior for everyone else to follow, but she's not so good at following it herself. Seven brought a lot of what this show needed, but Icheb brought the rest. This episode allows him to deconstruct what she's all about. One of the biggest parts of Star Trek is having that one character who can act as the "audience surrogate", like the Vulcan, or the android. Seven was it for VOY, but here, Trek goes a step beyond, and surrogates the surrogate. "Eighty six percent?" "Point nine." Suddenly SOMEBODY is listening to logic. THANK YOU, doctor, for listening. Icheb is too awesome. He even gets a Q episode of his own! Can't wait for that again on the stream schedule, should be soon.

In short, thank you for loving Star Trek enough to blog about it, thanks for the comment space, thanks for sharing a love for this genre. There's not enough of it.
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EdmondWherever
Thu, Jun 18, 2015, 10:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I just re-watched this episode while running through the series on Netflix, and I'm struck again by how much I disliked the ending. As preposterous as the whole idea was, the actor did a fine job of portraying aspects of both characters. But they slipped into the "this is murder" idea so quickly, and their only resolution was to go through with it, by force. Many have commented here about how out-of-character it was for everyone (save the Doctor) to go along with it. I think it would have been much more interesting if Tuvix had made the noble CHOICE to willingly participate in his separation (even if reluctantly), seeing that everyone missed their old friends. As it stands, everyone acted deplorably. And the ending was far too rushed, with Janeway giving her restored crewmates a friendly "Good to have you back", with no further discussion. This was a major decision, carried out ruthlessly, and should have major psychological impacts on everyone, but that isn't explored in the slightest. For such a wild idea, it was quite a let down. I'd have a hard time giving this 3 stars.

But that's okay... I'm in third season now, and Seven is coming!
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