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EventualZen
Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

@Leif
>Do people agree with that at least that the episode wasn't derivative?

I think this episode shares similarities with TNG 4x14 "Clues". I only gave this episode a 3/10 but don't have notes explaining why.
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EventualZen
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Would anyone like to theorize which episodes between "Demon" and "Course: Oblivion" actually happened to the doomed/cloned Voyager crew?
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EventualZen
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 2:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Does anyone else think Leah is a little young to have designed the Enterprise's engines? She only looks about 30 years old and the Enterprise had already been around for a few years before the episode "Booby Trap". I would have thought someone in their 60's would have designed the Galaxy Class engines. Is she supposed to be a genius like Wesley?
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EventualZen
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

@Adara
>I know I'm in a minority though... I thought "Move Along Home" was greatly entertaining, but no one else seems to feel that way.

I liked "Move Along Home” too but I think “If Wishes...” was the worst DS9 episode of any season. 1/10 for such a lame premise & even lamer solution. Episode's idea was stolen from TOS which isn't necessarily a bad thing but what did it add?. The only good thing to come from this episode was that iconic baseball. Best line @15:36 Kira says "Yellow alert? Against our own imaginations".
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EventualZen
Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
>If the first image that comes to my mind for "the wife of a guy of ethnicity X" is a gal of ethnicity X, does that make me a racist?
No but I can understand why someone would want Jake to be married to a white Bajoran given that most Bajorans were white. It's like saying he can't marry outside his race. I have to admit I never noticed it before but now that it's been pointed out I can understand why someone would object.
@John
>I mean, if we're going to take depiction of race seriously, which is something I think DS9 aspires to, shouldn't the number of Chinese we see outnumber the whites 2:1?

How come we don't see more Indians on Star Trek? (not native Americans)

@Elliott
What does the percent mean on your reviews? Like Act 1 : ***, 17%

At first I thought it meant the fraction of the overall score that the act contributes to but the numbers don't add up.
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EventualZen
Fri, May 29, 2020, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Private Little War

Forgive my puerile adolescent comment but that Nona is a babe, she's so seductive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCJ1Fs5YQtE

3/10 The Klingons are providing increasingly advanced weaponry to primitive tribes & Kirk is injured on the planet. The discussion of the Vietnam war and the importance of balance of power were good but this episode didn't have anything else to offer & didn't feel like sci-fi. The whole Spock being injured b-plot was pointless. You could argue this episode is pro 2nd amendment rights because Kirk says both sides should have equal weaponry, however I may be stretching the definition a bit too far there.
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EventualZen
Thu, May 28, 2020, 8:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

Only a 5/10 for the disappointing ending.
@4:00 Uhura says Kirk's subspace message will take over 3 weeks to reach Starfleet, I'm sure that violates continuity some how with the Enterprise D travelling further but never mentioning comm-range.

@10:05 The energy being Sargon said his species once seeded the galaxy 6000 centuries ago & his ancestors could have been Adam & Eve. This explains why there are so many humanoid species in the galaxy better than the TNG episode The Chase.

Every time Diana Muldaur (Ann) spoke I couldn't help imagining her as Dr. Pulaski, she actually looks beautiful here, she really changed in the 20 years between this & TNG season 2.
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EventualZen
Thu, May 21, 2020, 7:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

@Mal
>Glad to see everyone is coming together in civil discourse. This truly is the unique magic of @Jammer's website.

Does anyone want to join me in a nagging campaign to get Jammer to review more sci-fi and add new comment sections for us to debate and appreciate?

I'd love to discuss shows like Sliders, Quantum Leap, Babylon 5, Futurama, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone with you guys.
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EventualZen
Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 2:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

@Yanks

>I think this could have been a better two-parter allowing for more of the crew paranoia/inter-reaction etc... this did seem rushed at times.

Agreed and I'll add that this could be said for other episodes such as DS9's 2x23 Crossover, 3x09 Defiant or 4x08 Little Green Men.

@MartinB

>Tuvok group stunning the entire bridge was funny though and makes me wonder why that setting wasn't used more, like defending the ship from Kazon boarders or maybe defending a Dominion comm relay from advancing Jem'Hadar soldiers...

I often wondered about this too, I guess it would ruin the suspense and story in most cases.

@Daniel B

>It's amazing how many people keep saying this. He's out. He can't take over a body and make it do something it can't normally do - for example, reviving an unconscious person.

The Organians could revive a body in the Enterprise episode “The Observer Effect”.
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EventualZen
Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 5:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

@Elliott

>...the inevitable ending that repeats Kol and Arridor's fate from “The Price” while keeping the Voyager stuck in the DQ. What a waste.

I think I've mentioned this elsewhere but I'll say it again: If Janeway had prevented Voyager from getting stranded in the Delta Quadrant or let them jump 40,000 light years closer to home, she would have never liberated Seven of Nine and would have never defeated species 8472 thus saving the galaxy.
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EventualZen
Mon, Apr 13, 2020, 8:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

@Skeptical

>Honestly, I sort of wish that she had stayed on. After all, being a Cardassian spy doesn't make you a traitor... And hey, having a lone Cardassian stuck with the humans worked on DS9, maybe it would work here?

Really good idea, I would never have thought of it. New conflict between the Maquis and Seska could arise. Apart from season one's "Learning Curve" were the Maquis ever against Tuvoc?
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EventualZen
Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Emanations

@Yanks

>Can anyone hear Picard talking like this? Relating a possible scientific release of energy to confirming a religious belief? I like it, she's her own self/Captain.

In TNG 2x02 “Where Silence Has Lease” Data asks Picard "What is death", Picard replies with an almost religious answer, "Considering the marvelous complexity of the universe, its clockwork perfection, its balances of this against that, matter, energy, gravitation, time, dimension, I believe that our existence must be more than either of these philosophies. That what we are goes beyond Euclidean or other "practical" measuring systems, and that our existence is part of a reality beyond what we understand now as reality."

@MartinB

>The Klingons for one don't give a crap about the bodies after they die.

Not unless you count Discovery as canon (which I don't).

@TB

>Harry basically breaks the prime directive by showing/telling a society that all their beliefs are nonsense and they just rot in a cave. It would have been better to show the society wide repercussions of that and how ridiculous it was that people were choosing to die for their blind faith.

Agreed

>Should Harry lie to them to avoid breaking the prime directive? Is lying to them about their religious beliefs moral?

Usually he should lie due to the prime directive but I think he had interfered enough already just by being there. So like in TNG 3x04 "Who Watches the Watchers" where they accidentally contaminate the culture of a primitive society, Picard chose to reveal who he was.
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EventualZen
Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Eye of the Needle

@Pete328

>It's funny that Star Trek characters have less of an issue respecting sentient nebulas, nannies, and space whales than their own crewmembers
>Correction: that was "nannites" not nannies. There was a TNG episode where Wesley created nannites that started eating the ship's circuitry and it was realized they were living things.

When you said “Nannies” I immediately thought of the TNG episode “The Bonding” where an energy being takes the place of the mother of that little punk from Robocop 2. If you google TNG Robocop 2 the first result is that actor's IMDB page.

>He says good night and I wondered how he knows it's night on Voyager unless he can secretly see Janeway in her pj's.
This reminds me of a common problem on Star Trek, the fact that nearly everything happens during the day shift of the ship or station. I remember in one episode Harry Kim is saying how nothing happens during the night shift – there is no night time in space.

@Ildaf

>I don't recall Data treated anywhere like that on the Enterprise, even in the early episodes.
Dr. Pulaski was pretty rude to Data.

@Springy

>How could they do that? Assume the Romulans kept up their end of the deal. What would happen when the crew woke up - would it be after Voyager disappears? Would there then be two Janeways (e.g.)? One in the Alpha quadrant, and one in the Delta quadrant? Or do you wake them up before Voyager disappears, and both Janeways stay in the Alpha quadrant,

There would be two Janeways until the original leaves for the Delta Quadrant, unless that is they change history by warning Voyager not to leave, in which case the frozen Janeway and her crew would disappear.

If I remember correctly the crew's messages from this episode weren't mentioned when they finally made contact with the Starfleet which I found disappointing.

Overall an average episode 5/10.
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EventualZen
Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

@Jamie Mann

>And High Command decided to let this pair of loose cannons go ahead with this extremely unethical and incredibly high risk plan? It’d be one thing if Sisko had decided to proceed with this plan by himself...

The way I remember it, Sisko was acting as a rogue and did not have Starfleet's blessing. He even deleted his log at the end.

This episode is what got me in to DS9. Previously I could never get in to DS9 despite loving all other trek franchises, I always found it cheesy. Then I read the article for In The Pale Moonlight on Memory-Alpha and was hooked.

This episode really shows the dark side of Roddenberry's usually utopian vision of the Federation. 10/10 - One of Star Trek's finest.
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EventualZen
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 9:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

An enjoyable episode - 7/10. I agree with those who say the fact that it's a reset episode makes it a tragedy because Neelix loses a friend.

The translation of Sunday/Sundae wouldn't be a pun in Talaxian or Vulcan. So unless Tuvok and Neelix learned English, this wouldn't work. Similarly in VOY 5x22 (Someone to Watch Over Me) Paris' joke about the psychologist telling the hologram "you're projecting" wouldn't make sense in an alien language.
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EventualZen
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 2:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Terra Nova

This episode is average. It makes me think of future human colonies and how they will evolve separately in isolation. Think how differently they could become in a 1000 years or even longer. Think how different countries are on present day earth even without isolation. Who knows, may be they (or what ever they evolve in to) will wage war on us.

Star Trek and sci-fi in general is about making you think of possibilities, and this episode does just that. 6/10.
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EventualZen
Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 3:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

This is not only my favourite episode of TNG, it's not only my favourite episode of Star Trek, it's my favourite episode of any TV show ever.

It's interesting to see how different Picard was in his youth. This episode makes me think about how our actions in the past shape who we are in the future. We get to see a different side of Q in this episode, his encounter with Picard seems laudable helping Picard see how the mistakes of his youth forged his destiny in a positive way. This episode strikes a chord with me because I really want to go back in time and change the mistakes of my youth. This episode explains why Picard told Wesley in 2x17 (Samaritan Snare) that he laughed when the Nausicaan stabbed him through the heart.

10/10 for philosophical value.
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