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Etou
Wed, May 1, 2019, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I think I don't get it. Why didn't they use symbols, pictures or gestures to communicate? They are mandatory to differentiate between aggressive behaviour (like preparing for an attack) or neutral / friendly behaviour (like putting the weapon down, retreating), but some how, no one cares or even tries to use that. Something like "shooting the phasers into space once means yes / good, shooting twice means no / bad". Or turning the lights on and off.

The whole plot seems constructed just for the sake of creating a problem that shouldn't exist like that in the first place.

I would more likely buy that episode, if they were non humanoid beings without two eyes, arms, legs and a mouth, but rather completely different to humans. But they aren't. I like the general idea, however I find the execution poorly handled at best.

1.5 out of 4 for me.
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Etou
Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

Why is there no sort of protection for vital parts of the ship? There don't even seem to be security doors or some authentication system. Any drunken idiot can potentially enter and blow up the whole ship with a single shot of his phaser. And you don't even consider sending security teams to protect these crucial areas, even after a breakout of dangerous suspects and at least one security officer killed in action?

I really enjoyed the episode, but these security measures are ridiculous. It's the bad guys in general being that incompetent.
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Etou
Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 4:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

"Plus, at the end of 11001001, they say they took Riker along because they would need "someone" to reactivate the planet in case they died, but it took both Riker and Picard, so there really are lucky that Picard "happenstanced" by."

I don't think this is actually a plot hole. When we get first introduced to the Bynars, it's said that they are always around with their partner. So out of their point of view, they might (falsely) assume human race to have similar relations.

Second is the scene Data stating, the captain in general being the last person leaving the ship. Which means as long as Riker is still on board, Picard should be as well. Even in a case of evacuation, it is his responsibility to monitor it and to make sure everything is going as intended, until the end.

Last but not least, we don't really know if two people were really necessary. Without Picard, no self destruction activated. Without self destruction activated, no reason to deactivate it later. And there isn't really that much hint that decrypting these files requires input from more than one user at the same time. Picard implies something like that, but to me it seems more like speeding the process up. (Another miscalculation by the Bynars?)
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Etou
Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 3:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

Dr. Crusher being seemingly immune to the virus doesn't really make sense. After all, she is the person having direct skin contact with infected all the time and it spreads pretty aggressively.
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Etou
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

The whole plot of the movie doesn't make up to me. It starts with the mysterious energy cloud, they decide to fly right through. Shouldn't safty always be top priority? Shouldn't the crew have learned from earlier episodes, that their scanners can't always detect threads?

So why don't they fly over or below it? Or make a turn. It sounds odd to not taking into account even the slightest risk, when it's so simple to avoid. Similar to how planes avoid storms. Is that really what they teach students in their academy? Is that how they educate their captains and head staff? Then how did humanity survive for so long in space?

Another major issue I have is about how the crew deals with mind controlled captain situation. They know that something's going on and suspect it to take control over people. Geordi even spots this energy emerging with Picard with his own eyes (not really), leading to Picard making irrational decisions, further risking the wellbeing of the ship and its crew.

What exactly more proof do you need to take actions? Why doesn't Riker execute his plan to temporary unseat Picard, due to his odd behaviour and recent events? There seems to be a consens along the officers to do such.

I just don't buy it.
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