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Ferdinand Cesarano
Thu, Apr 13, 2017, 4:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

What I thought was incoherent was the nature of these people. Are they space-faring? At first it seemed not, as Kelis apparently thought that the references to "captain" and "ship" were nautical. The whole notion of considering the Voyager crew to be mythic creatures ("Eternals") would suggest an unfamiliarity with the concept of space travel.

And B'Elanna seemed at first to be playing along with this idea. But then she said the words "starship" and "Starfleet". So does Kelis actually understand that Earth is another planet, and not some land across the eastern sea?

There was a more practical problem: if the Delta Flyer' s power was failing, how was the universal translator operating? We just had an episode in which Ballard was speaking Kobali on the ship, and B'Elanna couldn't understand her (which raises the separate question of why the translator wasn't working then). So how could B'Elanna and Kelis understand each other on a powered-down shuttle? Do the com badges have this translating function? Even if they do, that doesn't explain how B'Elanna could read the note that Kelis wrote in his own language.

I am perfectly willing to accept the ubiquity of the universal translator. But there's no way to reconcile this story even with that.
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Ferdinand Cesarano
Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 5:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Faces

The performance of Roxann Dawson in this episode was nothing short of remarkable.

Each of the two halves of B'Elanna was a distinct character; and each of those characters had her own personality. Yet each was recognisable as something that we see in B'Elanna normally. 

Not only did Dawson affect different (yet recognisably B'Elanna-ish) speech patterns for the two halves of B'Elanna, but her gait and her body language were different for each character. 

On the question of body language, particularly interesting were her hands. B'Elanna's normal hand gestures are authoritative.  But the hand gestures of human-only B'Elanna were noticeably dainty.  I marvelled at the subtlety.  That kind of control of her body was a breathtaking display of an actor's talent.
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Ferdinand Cesarano
Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Unity

I enjoyed this episode tremendously. The nuanced portrayal of the people on the planet -- sympathetic overall, but not without areas for critique -- was an example of excellent storytelling. Each viewer is left to decide whether and to what degree the actions of this "new collective" were appropriate.

I don't mind techno-babble or medico-babble one bit; and I find the constant mention of this as a negative to be wrong-headed. The slinging of jargon promotes the suspension of disbelief, and helps the viewer buy into the scenes.

The only quibble that I have with the episode is with the scenes on the powered-down Borg cube. If there was no power on that ship, there should have been no life support or gravity. So the away teams should have had to wear space suits and magnetic boots.

But, even with that flaw, this episode delivered.
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Ferdinand Cesarano
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resistance

"as so" --> "and so"
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Ferdinand Cesarano
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 8:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resistance

If the man in the blue vest was wearing military boots as so was a trap, does this mean that Neelix's contact double-crossed Janeway?

Or, does the fact that the blue-vest guy was so late indicate that he was an imposter, which would further imply that he incapacitated/killed the real contact and took his vest?
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Ferdinand Cesarano
Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 1:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: North Star

So many missed angles in this episode.

For one, the Enterprise crew should have mentioned how this mass abduction of humans by Skagarans was recorded by comtemporary Earth historians. A reference to some Earth event (perhaps called something like "The Great Disappearance of 1863") would have been nice.

But the episode's oddest quirk was its total ignoring of the race question within human society. We got to hear the descendents of the white American abductess wax emotional about their ancestors' abduction and enslavement. Because of this, the show would have benefitted from a scene showing some discussion amongst the humans about the existence of black slavery in their anscestors' homeland -- and possibly even about their anscestors' own slave-owning practices. (We don't know what state the abductees were from, whether it was a slave state or a free state.)

How would these humans, who have a deep hatred for human slavery as practiced by Skagarans, have regarded human slavery as practiced by humans? Unfortunately, the episode never explored this.

The exact year that the abduction occurred is never stated. If it was after 1859, then the human abductees and their descendants would presumably know about John Brown's raid. I would really have loved to hear some mention of this somewhere within the dialogue about the humans' liberator Cooper Smith.

Finally, it is really too bad that Mayweather, the only regular character who is black, was totally absent from this episode. But, in light of the episode's avoidance of the issues pertaining to race within human culture, I suppose that it isn't too surprising that he was left out -- it was just easier that way.

While this episode looked great, its conceptual holes ultimately became distracting, and overwhelmed the initially-promising story that this episode presented.
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