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Fakery
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 12:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

The actor is good, and so is Mulgrew, who really carries the dramatic weight of the episode (unfortunately, it tells us little about either Tuvok or Neelix). Garrett Wang seems to be having one of his hangover days.
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Fakery
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 9:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

On the evidence of here, they never explain what they're talking about.
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Fakery
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 9:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Am I alone in thinking this a pretty mediocre episode? "Good for Voyager," I suppose. It has the ingredients for a classic like "Duet" or "Measure of a Man" but is half-baked, so bogged down with technobabble and tedious explanations that it has almost no time to let the meat of it, its moral debate, unfold properly. In fact, there's scarcely any debate at all, in the episode -- fans have done with the work instead. So you can say, "Good that it's inspired discussion" -- well, better than nothing, but so much of this discussion owes precious little to the episode itself (and in fact frankly often reads like it's being written by people with very faint recollections of the episode itself). It's like someone took the structure of a patented TREK MORAL ISSUE EPISODE but knew the notes but not the music.

I hate to say it, but Enterprise did it better with "Similitude."
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Fakery
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 2:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Who Mourns for Adonais?

I wish there would be some mechanism here for people to fork off into heir own private nattering back and forth off topic ramblings of brain-vomit and not clutter up these comment sections with irrelevance.
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Fakery
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

Colourful off-format episodes. It doesn't fit with TNG really comfortably but at least it tries something different, this rollicking B-movie format, where most of the late-term episodes are stolidly familiar.
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Fakery
Mon, Jun 3, 2019, 4:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Kolbe's quote about Prussians is interesting coming from a German (not sure what part of Germany he was from).
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Fakery
Mon, Jun 3, 2019, 7:26am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

And it proved to the Star Trek movie for nobody...
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Fake
Thu, May 16, 2019, 6:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

I guess you can call me “it” since the vasectomy.
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itsafake
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 12:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

Who can forget the scene in DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight" with Sisko and Senator Vreenak? The entire episode was brilliantly scripted by Ronald D. Moore, but this scene in particular percolated with wit and tension. T

Sisko and Vreenak are drinking Romulan ale, which Sisko had replicated. Sisko then tries to convince the Romulan that a Federation-Romulan alliance is a good idea, because if the Dominion wins - thereby gaining control of Cardassia, The Klingon Empire, and the Federation, the Romulans will be.... surrounded.

It is right after the utterance of this word when the Romulan says, about the replicated ale, "It really is a good replica. The aroma's starting to grow on me. For a moment there I almost forgot that it wasn't the real thing, but only for a moment. "

So it goes with Discovery. Tonight's episode moved incrementally closer to the feel of a TOS or DS9 or TNG episode, but it did so... mostly superficially. Words about religion versus science were uttered. Quotes from Arthur C. Clarke about extraterrestrials being God evoke the days of TOS in which every other episode seemed to feature a God entity presiding over an alien race. There is even a character - a naysayer - who believes that the Discovery crew does indeed exist, and travels through space on a starship. These plot components, or ones like them, were staples of TNG/DS9/TOS fare.

What Discovery has never learned (and I fear never will, despite the writers' obsession with the word "context") is how to slow things down to the point where any of the lines, or images, or references, are allowed to germinate and develop into an actual scene that lasts for three minutes. Serialization has already presented problems for the show (Stamets' mourning Dr. Culber was all Stamets was given to do, and the character deserves better than having to play the same simply plotted beats over and over again; conversely, some storylines have simply been confusingly plotted over the course of several episodes); a serialized show that plays as if every second must be dialed up to 11 does not work; there is an enjoyment moment to moment but nothing to ponder when the episode ends.
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