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Neelix's spots
Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 5:49am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Okay, I'm going to give this ranking thing a go. I also thought ENT had a strong first season. It was later on I got bored with the Xindi and time travel stuff. And I absolutely loved VOY's first season, the potential was staggering and only when you think about how they wasted it does the show sink in my estimation.

1. VOY
2. DS9
3. ENT
4. TOS
5. TNG
6. LD
7. DIS
8. PIC

It's been way too long since i've seen TAS but I like the animation better than LD so I'd probably put it just below TNG.
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SS Elim
Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Improbable Cause

"The truth is usually just an excuse for lack of imagination." This may be my favorite, and the definitive, Garak quote.
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SS Elim
Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 10:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

Tuvok's cameo is so pointless that I completely forgot he had ever been on DS9. Made for one heck of a surprise in the opening credits, though.
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SS Elim
Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 10:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Can't really say it better than MikeyZ.
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Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 2:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

OK, 20 years later I feel compelled to weigh in.

First off, regardless of the morality of the ending, the episode was very good. The acting was good. The dialogue was good. The music was good. The story was good. They really put you into an alien mind, which is no small feat. I feel like the episode works on a lot of levels.

That being said, Phlox and Archer definitely were wrong, in my opinion. In fact, I'm contorting myself to try to come up with a way that this can be viewed as morally gray, in even the smallest respect, but I just can't do it.

So how does the episode try to justify it? I'll sum it up:

1. The disease is genetic, not an outside agent
2. There's another developing species on the planet
3. They are a pre warp civilization
4. It's an alien world and we shouldn't interfere

The episode tries to disguise the fact that these are terrible reasons by combining all of them into one big confusing argument. But when you break it down none of them make any sense.

What the hell does it being genetic matter? We fight against genetic diseases all the time NOW, we don't stop people with Sickle Cell from getting bone marrow transplants because it's "the natural evolutionary process." By the logic of the commenters above, what right do we have to interfere?

Oh, but it's an alien planet! ...And? Like, what does that have to do with anything? The prime directive only emphasizes non-interference because of cultural preservation and the safety that comes with a slow, natural development. It's not because other planets aren't as worthy of life or whatever. Would you argue that doctors shouldn't treat patients from other countries? Other ethnicities? What's the difference between that and other planets? Some arbitrary technological red line?

The only factor that might've made for an interesting moral dilemma is the Menk, but the only way that would work is if they were actively being persecuted, and if the diseased party were generally the bad guys. As it stands, that argument could apply to any species in the ST universe. Oh, Humans are holding Klingons back from their true potential. We should let all of them die! It's ridiculous, and tries to hide that behind some mystical worship of "evolution." It doesn't change the calculus at all.

The prime directive is about cultural preservation and the understanding that slow, self-generated progress is beneficial to a society as a whole. Not from some aversion to playing god.
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SS Elim
Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 9:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

"There I was, patrolling the Demilitarized zone, when I received a distress signal... from me!"

I definitely rate this one higher than you. I love this episode. The absurd escalation of the counter-insurgency measures is a wild ride. And you can't beat Dukat getting locked out of his own program.
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SS Elim
Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 9:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

I can get behind this one. Silly and lightweight, sure, but inoffensive overall and even charming at times. Picard's pained expressions at the novel's terrible dialogue are wonderful. Plus big-time gambler Data is adorable. "Baby needs a new pair of shoes!"
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SS Elim
Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

Even an episode this pedestrian could not stand in the way of O'Brien making a name for himself... literally!
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SS Elim
Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 8:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

The opening scene is not only completely disconnected from the rest of the episode, but hokey as all get out. Riker does battle with a goon in a rubber suit, and Worf is fighting Skeletor!

I did, however, dig Picard listening to Erik Satie while waiting for the ship to self-destruct.
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Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

This episode is a gem for one reason and one reason only: the way Riker has no idea how to interact with the dog and ends up awkwardly clobbering the poor thing’s muzzle every time he tries to show it affection. It gets worse each time he does it and everyone just continues on with a straight face as if he didn’t just do an extremely strange thing to a dog; it’s hilarious.
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SS Elim
Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

If nothing else, this episode has the comedy gold of a jilted Harry Kim catching his holo-crush in the act* with Tuvok.

*of playing a board game
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SS Elim
Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 9:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

Not a great episode, but worth it for seeing Wesley get skewered.
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SS Elim
Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

Half a dozen episodes in and they are already comparing Wesley to Mozart. Did they really expect people NOT to hate this little shit?
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SS Elim
Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

Rough stuff. Hard to believe they really thought the Ferengi would be the big baddies for TNG. Although they did start off with more of their DS9-era characteristics than I remembered--the capitalist culture, the women staying at home and not wearing clothes, etc. (But whatever happened to the laser whips?)
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SS Elim
Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 9:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

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Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

It seems that I am coming to this from a different point of view than most: I watched all of TOS a few years ago, but had never seen TNG before a couple of months ago. I started with season 3 because of all the warnings about the first two seasons. I decided to watch this episode — my very first from season 1 — after watching season 4’s “In Theory” (which I did not like) and hearing that Data’s character had originally been played as far more human, a possibility that made questions about his personhood seem more interesting to me.

As someone who watches the show mostly for the hypotheticals/moral dilemmas and not so much for character drama, I expected to hate this episode, but I actually rather liked it. A smiling, biologically vulnerable, and perhaps quietly emotional Data who is so tantalizingly close-but-not-quite-there in human terms is more interesting to me than the Data at the conclusion of “In Theory,” where the writers seem to definitely proclaim that Data is merely a computer we love to anthropomorphize (it is also annoyingly inconsistent with his behavior in other episodes). On top of that, this was my first introduction to Tasha Yar who seems like someone with an interesting background who I would’ve liked to get to know better — with her tough exterior and vulnerable inside she’s far more interesting than either Troi or Crusher. Her seeking out Data reads more genuine and compelling than the random coupling we see in “In Theory” — imagine we’d had a storyline about Tasha’s mixed feelings about having, well, _feelings_ for a robot, and how much more that could have propelled Data’s story too, instead of the rather limp one-off we get in “In Theory.” It seems clear that originally the writers were envisioning a long-term storyline as with Troi/Riker and Crusher/Picard and I think that could have been more fun to watch than either of those two couples.

I’m glad the show ultimately moved away from Geordi’s eyesight being a source of consternation for him though — I always thought it was nice how his eyesight is a non-issue for most of the series, with neither Geordi nor others making much of a big deal about it. Geordi is just Geordi: excellent engineer, endearingly unlucky in love, and all around nice guy. We are aware he is blind, and it’s not hidden from us or without its challenges, but that’s not the most prominent or deepest part of his character.

Riker gets a nice turn to shine here — his ability to keep in control after being infected is both a comment on his strength of character and on how different he is from his colleagues: he seems to be the only member of the crew who’s not really hiding anything and who wears his heart on his sleeve. His relative sobriety is perhaps also a tacit indication about how “out of control” everyone else really is. The contagion is repeatedly compared to a state like drunkenness, and it’s not altogether uncommon for genuine drunkenness to also provide a cover for knowingly engaging in behavior that will later be excused. Picard, Crusher, and Troi may be inebriated, but whatever logical part of them that’s left (and there is some since Crusher, for example, manages to concoct a cure, etc) also knows that they can say or do anything while infected and it won’t “count” against them later.

Most of the other characters (Crusher, Troi, Worf) are surprisingly consistent with their later characterizations given what I’d heard about the unevenness of season 1. The only person who comes off a bit more poorly in this episode is actually Picard, who, whether he’s dislikes children or not, seems too genuinely flustered by Wesley, and without the calm and cool so familiar in later seasons. I’ve never understood the Wesley hate, so his prominent presence in the episode is not a problem for me either.

All the complaints about cringe-inducing dialogue detailed in other comments certainly stand, though. I couldn’t watch Crusher’s horribly on-the-nose comments about Picard being attractive complete with the cliched unzipping of the top of her uniform without some definite squirming. But because I already knew the characters far better by the time I got around to this episode than I think most viewers did when they first viewed it, the episode overall mostly played for me the way it was supposed to: a fun way to watch the crew let their hair down.
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Elise Kehle
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 10:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

I think Worf improvising as a shaman is funny enough to bump it up to 2 stars, but not a great ep.
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Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I really don't like what they did to Seven. You can make a change make sense, but that doesn't make it a good change.

My issue isn't "Seven would never do this," it's "The writers shouldn't have done this." They completely changed the heart and soul of the character OFF SCREEN. This could've been any generic ex borg and they'd barely have to swap some names out. That's unacceptable for a character with so much history. If you want to use Seven, use Seven.

She was unrecognizable, and that's not something I can forgive.
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Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

I am still wondering what happened to the Remans
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Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

@Jammer, I didn't see Raffi living in a trailer as motivated by hardship, but more of her being relatively paranoid after what she went through and wanting to live as close to off the grid as she could while still being on earth. It'll be interesting to learn more about how she got there.
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Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 1:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Maps and Legends

I've only seen episode 1, as I'm saving the rest to watch with family, but I see a trend in these comments that I want to address.

Just because it could happen doesn't mean it should happen.

Yes, it's possible that humanity reverts itself to a nastier time, or becomes less idealistic or whatever. Sure. I just think that it's a stupid direction to take Star Trek.

Q could've destroyed the enterprise in episode 1, yet it still wouldn't have liked that twist.

Star Trek has always had a distinct vision. An optimistic outlook that yes, is challenged, but still defines the whole future it tries to present. Sure, we've known criminals and murderers exist in the ST universe, they're bad people, but they certainly don't define the tone or message of the story being told.

Star Trek has also always been theatrical. It's about quiet moments and big characters. It's about people living in a sci-fi setting, not the setting itself. This understanding ties together TOS, TNG, DS9, and VOY. Despite their differences. I feel like they're losing their soul with these recent additions.
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Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Didn't someone say in the show that there were two duplicate paintings, and Data gave Picard one of them?
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Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 4:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

I wonder what effect the "Romulan" supernova had on the Remans?
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Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Trials and Tribble-ations

Love this episode, but noticed something in the comments from the posters Mad and Paul Allen. Of course you're so concerned about *slut shaming*, or maybe you get your rocks off on the idea of sexed women unrealistically drooling over men. As a feminist, let me let you in on a secret, there is no such thing as female sexual liberation in capitalist society, it's a way that men reframe treating us like pieces of meat, sexual objects, by pretending that it is liberating instead of humiliating, and it's a lie that many women convince themselves of to cope with the constant degradation of being viewed sexually by men.
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Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 3:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Behind the Lines

This episode illustrates an issue that bothers me about the Jem'Hadar and the Changelings: neither alien seems to require a source of energy. In my view, this creates at least two problems. One, it's extraordinarily implausible that any life form wouldn't require a source of energy for growth, maintenance and reproduction. Two, neither alien has problems to solve that define their existence. This is a dead end creatively, as both aliens seem to sit around doing nothing when not antagonizing the Federation or their other enemies. This issue specifically arises in this episode when Quark complains that the Jem'Hadar are bad customers because they simply stare at the walls, and when the Female Changeling explains to Odo that Changelings spend most of their time simply chilling in the Great Link. If the writers wanted to think outside the box they could have given either species a different source of energy other than food, like sunlight or some other chemical source. Learning about how they solve their day to day problems could have informed their respective cultures.

I should say I enjoy Deep Space Nine and think the Jem'Hadar and the Changelings can be interesting aliens in various episodes. However, I felt the need to point out this deficit (in my view) in their development as characters.
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