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Fabian B
Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

@ Nick P

You rightly comment that "getting into [TV] arc shows is hard."

However, a short brief story arc could be done--as TNG did for Picard when it portrayed the Captain as a Borg in the 2 episode series of 'The Best of Both Worlds' and followed up with 'Family' which showed him as a badly disfigured figure struggling to come to terms with his new experience with the Borg while also still battling with his brother. But Voyager was the worst of the 3 seven episode Trek series since there were just no consequences for the crew if Janeway made a bad decision. Its as if the Voyager producers hit the reset button at the end of an engrossing episode--and everything went back to normal. So, what was the point of the episode then if there are no consequences?

We never see any of the Equinox crew struggle to adapt to life on Voyager--after The Equinox episode was filmed. They just disappear into thin air. There are just no consequences shown on Voyager. At least we see formerly disgraced Sito Jaxa from the TNG episode 'The First Duty' regaining her self respect and self-confidence in the season 7 episode later in 'Lower Decks' and Nick Locarno reappears on Voyager as Lt. Tom Paris. Voyager seems like a missed opportunity here in contrast.
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Fabian B
Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 12:59am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

The most accurate comparison would be to compare DS9, TNG and Voyager shows since all three series had 7 full seasons unlike TOS or ENT. Overall, DS9 I felt either had better writers and superior scripts to merit more 3, 3.5 and 4 stars ratings than TNG and definitely Voyager by Jammer.

Perhaps DS9 benefited with the involvement of more experienced sci-fi writers after the creation of TNG and the extensive involvement of Ronald D Moore. Voyager, in contrast, was a disappointment and there were almost no story arcs in its series unlike TNG or DS9...and no consequences for a past wrong decision as Jammer notes. (Everything goes back to normal and we have a happy crew again--like the ending of 'Year of Hell') Voyager's finale was a disappointment while DS9's finale was quite good but there should have been a reference to Bajor's acceptance (at least) to the Federation given its importance to this series. After all, the Cardassians had no say now here given their dire situation. So, yes TNG's finale was clearly the best of the three even though, DS9's final season was still superior to TNG's final season. Perhaps this was due to the fact that DS9's producers didn't have to turn their attention to making a future movie unlike TNG.
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Fabian B
Sat, Mar 23, 2013, 12:07am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

I agree fully with Jammer's reviews of Journey's End, Firstborn, Bloodlines, Emergence and Preemptive Strike.

Just one comment. In Preemptive Strike, one gets the impression that the reason Picard is putting so much pressure on Ro to betray her Bajoran compatriots in the Maquis and fulfill her mission is because Admiral Nechayev made him promise her to make Ro do it. So, having made this promise, Picard can't back off and let Ro to quit the mission. The Federation's Admirals are just as stubborn and scheming as its Captains sometimes.
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