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Frank Wallace
Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I could NEVER grasp the fondness for this movie. People always said "it's the good TNG movie". They are all equally bad to me, but for different reasons. RedLetterMedia's review of this DOES explain quite a lot that I agree with. It's not just the minor nitpicks like the stupid pointless window room, or the Defiant not having her actual captain, or this anti Borg ship getting its ass handed to it by the Borg, only to surely be destroyed by the explosion or stuff like that.

Picard already dealt with his Borg issues in the show. Quite definitively. Data already dealt with temptation of more human like qualities previously. Picard is MASSIVELY out of character this whole film, and he's not the only one. Worf was willing to ram the Defiant into the cube, and die in battle like a Klingon, but later WON'T die on the Enterprise? Time travel plots are stupid for so many reasons. They always open the colossal door to "why didn't they do that before?" type questions.

I can't watch this movie and pretend not to be a Star Trek fan. I re-watched it a couple of weeks back on Film Four. The whole opening segment is contrived retconning nonsense to create false tension and conflict. You basically have to switch off the Trek part of your brain to just sit back and enjoy a reasonably well put together action adventure in space. The fight sequence was nice to see, but there are too many little holes in the film that annoy me and make me cringe, and too many big holes in the plot and characters to just forget 7 years of TNG. And we know now in retrospect how studio influence led to the Borg Queen, taking the first step towards ruining this uniquely interesting Trek villain species.

No, sorry, as a Star Trek story, with these characters, they've had to basically gut the whole meat and bones from TNG to make this work, and I find it hard to watch. It's only better than the other 3 because it's not boring.
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Frank Wallace
Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 8:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

The things that bother me about this otherwise interesting episode are:

a) It doesn't actually "happen", and I always dislike that in a sci-fi show, or any show really. One of Voyager's several flaws was the need to make an episode a dream, or a projection, or a pretend future reality, or whatever. It always has more meaning to me to see the actual characters IN continuity doing something.

b) Normally when Star Trek does the anti racism bit (other than the constant focus only on white on black racism and little other bigotries) they do it through the alien lens, an allegory or metaphor or whatever. It might be paper thin, but it's not literal. In this case however, it is literally "These white people are bad to these black people". It's a legitimate message, but it's not overly clever to just flat out say it like that, rather than make people "learn" it subconsciously.
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Frank Wallace
Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 2:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

Trek never does sex stuff particularly well, and it doesn't do comedy particularly well. When you put both issues in the same episode, you are in trouble.
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Frank Wallace
Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 2:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Why would anyone need to excuse him? The reason the episode works is because the lead in this episode ISN'T as heroic and calm under pressure as the normal TV star is. Sisko sails through this kind of situation, like any action man captain would. The whole idea that cowardice and courage are seperated by a fine line is an interesting one, and we rarely see this side of it.
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Frank Wallace
Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

A great episode. But for me, the problem is that each time the Borg were used afterwards, except for Best of Both Worlds, they got less and less worthwhile. Voyager just totally destroyed most of what was interesting and good about the Borg as a villain and as a species. First Contact as well established some real stupidity with the Borg Sex Queen.
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Frank Wallace
Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 9:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

Wonderful episode.

I never saw any reason to question the legal elements of the episode. For one, Starfleet officers are multi purpose types, given that the Federation doesn't have "police" or "armies" in the truest sense. Secondly, The reason for Picard being involved is explained early, and the other captain is a JAG member.

Lastly, the person that wrote the episode has actually trained and practiced law as a career for several years. She will know enough about it to make it believable, and it DID seem believable. Plus, it's the idea behind the episode that matters. :)
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