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Fanner
Tue, Mar 26, 2013, 10:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

At the very end, after they say "End Program" and the Holodeck finally shuts down, why do the champagne glasses remain?
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Fanner
Sun, Mar 3, 2013, 1:06am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Ahhhhhh.....THAT'S right! THIS was the episode that m made me hate Janeway with a HOT, burning passion.
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Fanner
Tue, Jul 12, 2011, 6:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Just reading the above comments - which I greatly enjoy - it seems to me that possibly many hany confused what the so-called ''Morality Debate'' actually was centered on. Not to end a sentence on a preposition - which I just did.

It was not ''Is it wrong or right to kill an entire race of beings?''

It was ''Is it wrong or right to use this ONE being (Hugh) as the tool to achieve that goal''

Noone ever seemed to beat up over the possibility of possibly wiping all Borg out of existence, the dilemma was if it was ok to use HUGH to do that...because, what WAS Hugh? Individual entity - or collective piece? If the latter, you can really more easily ignore any whispers of conscience about wiping out all Borg by using Hugh...if the former, those whispers of doubt get murkier - and louder.
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Fanner
Tue, Jul 12, 2011, 4:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

@Chris''One of the most frustrating things about Voyager was the complete lack of actions having real consequences. Episodes which set up interesting avenues for the future were rounded off with "I'll give you my report in the morning"....ponderous expression on other character's face....CREDITS". And then when the next episode came along, it was as if nothing had happened.''

Sums up my Voyager feelings exactly. Loved the first two eps. The rest - BORING. ... Even in TNG's early years with the ATROCIOUS episodes you could be entertained by the vileness and laugh at their absurdity. Not so, Voyager.

@ all those arguing Chakotay was a better leader and more interesting character than Janeway that was shockingly underused......I agree completely.
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Fanner
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 9:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

I tend to be much less impressed with Part TWO of BOBW which opened Season Four of TNG, than most people, but this episode, Part ONE still holds up under age beautifully (watched it the other day) unlike many other early series TNG episodes.

If television can be an artform, then it is a masterpiece.

As a kid, I remember literally jumping up and down on my bed during the last scene then feeling mind-numbingly blown away by the very end of the episode.

Part of what made it so awesome had nothing to do with the actors or dialogue. That score. That SCORE! And that ''To be continued'' flashing across the screen.

At the time (well, I still do, lol) I had a much older brother, a career man, took himself VERY seriously...first time I saw him that summer the first thing out of his mouth was ''Oh my GOD!!! Did you SEE it??? Do you think they're gonna kill the captain???!!!''

That is, in itself, a nice memory created by this one hour of television.

Another thing that added to the sincere summer suspense was...remember...back then we didn't have the instant access to information we do today, and even if Stewart WAS under contract beyond the third season, the studio could still have fired him. There was also talk (though much had disapated by late season three) that Stewart was very unpopular as the captain and questions of just how long the already much accomlished Stewart intended to do Trek. There were rumors that some young hollywood hotshot like Rob Lowe was secretly already in talks to be more ''Kirk-Like.''

The point, is that all of the above factors made it possible for REAL doubt to exist all summer long as to whether the captain was going to die or not. Tremendous episode and one of the best hours of tv of any genre ever.
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Fanner
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 7:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

Loved Royale. And Captain's Holiday. And the one where they are in Sherwood Forest. And Elementary My Dear, Data.

I sense (and I may be very wrong) a strong dislike from our host here against eps off the Enterprise/Space.

When I was younger, I was the same way. I now really like those eps. Maybe I do BECAUSE they are only twice a season, or thereabouts. I would hate them if they were more common - that wouldn't be Trek.

But as far as the Enterprise, we get being on her bridge and investigating spacial anomilies almost EVERY week. Every now and then a Fish Out Of Water ep is fun and enjoyable to see the actors enjoy doing something a little different. Variety is the...
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Fanner
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 6:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

I have always felt that this episode has been SLIGHTLY over-rated. It is still, to me, a very, very, very good episode.

I have several reasons why I think Inner Light is SLIGHTLY overrated but my biggest would be this:

* The episodic nature of TNG proves here to be both a blessing and a curse. I would be remiss to point out that if, as is suggested, Picard really returns at the end of this hour exactly as if it's been half a lifetime since he last was himself, then he should be a fundamentally different person forever. Basically, everything before this episode took place more than 30 years ago from his perspective, and there should be psychological consequences to his life as Kamin.*

I don't know if that paragragh is Jammer's own, or from another critique (I only wonder because of the different font) but if it IS Jammer's, then he states a HUGE reason for me only being insanely in love with this episode rather than super insanely in love with this episode.

I disagree slightly with the notion that episodic series which feature many ''stand alone'' episodes can not show lasting consequences without bogging down into an overall mytharc and sacrificing the stand alone aspect.

The Moffat Reboot of The Doctor (not Davies', but Moffat's the past season and a half) is a master at this. EVERY episode shows or mentions (even if its brief) a consequence to actions in the prior episode even in the ''stand alones.'' Moffat has the most deft touch at this admittedly tricky to balance problem that I have ever seen.

I also have to say that, as I have recently begunmy first TNG re-watch in a LONG time, that there is MUCH more ''continuity'' and arc than I remembered which inspires me to give it big props. It is NOT quite as mostly stand alone as I had seemed to remember from long ago and that makes me happy.
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Fanner
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 3:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

Arguably my favorite alltime non-myth arc episode.

I even forgive the absurdity that Riker's (a normal HUMAN being solution would be more correct than DATA'S (a SCIENCE android capable of seven million calculations per second lol)

Also, I can't remember if it is this one or not, but I think this is the one where I think all throughout, Gates just looks beyond lovely.
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Fanner
Mon, Jul 11, 2011, 2:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

The Loss: Marina was never (imo) effective conveying shock/startled loss, spontanaiety etc ... Where she WAS good was doing her job as a counselor (except on the bridge where she was atrocious) ... When someone actually had an appointment with her to be counseled, Marina posessed a calm competence that I liked ... when they needed quick reactions from her, it often came across as vapid/

Data's Day - One of the funniest things ever in television is when Beverley has just finished working so hard with Data on tap dancing (because he had said he needed to learn 'dancing') and then he concludes that he is fit for dancing at the WEDDING! Gates' reactions are HILARIOUS!!!
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Fanner
Sun, Jul 10, 2011, 10:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Thanks a lot, Jammer! I definitely plan on hanging out! Yove done some amazing work here.

I remember the old saying that the secret to Trek Films was that the ''Even Ones'' were the good ones. I have to admit, I disagree with you on your affection for the Motion Picture (1) and your critique of Nemesis. On the other nine reviews you have, I think you hit many nails on many heads.

Two points then I'm out:

1 I think I am the only person on EARTH that not only thought nemesis was good, but thought that it was BRILLIANT. (I have many reasons for that, and as someone who has seen every ep of TNG many times - definitely enough to make me geek royalty) I'd love to share my thoughts on that sometime.

2 If you want to see a MASTERFUL example of how to reboot/reinvigorate a franchise, go talk to Russ Davies, Steve Moffat, the BBC and gang. I had never seen an episode of Doctor Who in my life before 2005 and am now scarily addicted, lol, and in posession of a severe mancrush on Matt Smith who has held the fort down the past season and a half as The Oncoming Storm (an alias for The Doctor).

I'm sorry I strayed from STFIVE and thanks again for the welcome!

- Fanner
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