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Sat, May 22, 2021, 7:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

I'm not a fan of Troi, and this episode is a good example of why. She's EXTREMELY immature and self-centered in her behavior here. The way she talks down to Guinan when she mentions her interest in the open role of counselor is very off-putting to me - she's very arrogant and thinks that someone like Guinan can't possibly do what she's done.

I think she's always exhibited a smug, self-satisfied air, like she naturally just knows better than you. She represents to me the worst aspects of the therapy profession - her behavior reminds me of the worst members of that group - she talks down to people, like "oh, how simple you are". When placed under ANY pressure, however, she always behaves selfishly and tends to lash out at others. I strongly agree with a lot of what Riker says to her in this episode about her "aristocratic" bearing and aloof nature.

Basically, her snooty behavior is irritating, but the hypocrisy implied in her smugness towards other people's emotional reactions when juxtaposed with her repeated emotional fragility really bothers me. I don't see a single redeeming quality in her personality - Beverly, while she can be annoying, exhibits a strong, sincere desire to help others that I find admirable, however Deanna's personality is nothing but smug arrogance, judgement of others, and myopic, self-centered petulence. I can't stand her.
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Sat, May 8, 2021, 4:21am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: The Schizoid Man

Strong idea, weak execution.

The theme of Data's personhood is, of course, handled much better in Measure of a Man just a few episodes later, and honestly, only really gets a few lines here. It's certainly not what changes Graves' mind - even at the end, he sees nothing wrong with overwriting Data.

Honestly, the whole idea that he would give up the body because he hurt a few people is absurd - the will to live is a powerful motivator, and is something that had consumed him for years (hence his "put my mind in a computer" research, which must have been a long term goal). Data is my absolute favorite TNG character - indeed, one of my all time favorite characters in anything - but if I was facing death, and could escape into his (superior) body, I think it very likely I would be willing to erase Data to live. It's just not believable that a couple of oopsies would make Graves give up like that.

Narratively, it might have been more viable to do something that caused Data to be the dominant personality, with Graves the one tucked away. This would give us back Data (all hail the mighty Reset button), but could open up future plot points involving Graves impacting Data's behavior in some way.

There's some excellent humor in this episode - Spiner must have had a lot of fun whenever he got to break the rules of Data's character like this. The eulogy and insubordination were both enjoyable, if overdone. The "stroke my beard thusly" bit was actually the highlight for me, and the final throwaway line was a perfect ending.

A passable hour of entertainment, but lacks the depth it wants to pretend it has, and is resolved far too easily, simply because they wrote themselves into a corner and needed Graves to have a change of heart - they didn't even understand how he did it, so there was little to no chance to UNdo it. Then again, maybe that's for the best - if he didn't give Data up, we may have been forced to watch Wesley suddenly become a cybernetics expert for an episode.
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Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 9:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Maybe a dumb question: If Commodore Oh knew that a First Contact mission from the Vayt Sector would contain androids a decade ago, why hasn't the Zhat Vash been able to discover the android homeworld in the meantime?
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Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 3:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Tsunkatse

Watching this 16 years ago, who would have guessed that The Rock would one day become Hollywood's top box office draw?
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Mon, Jan 26, 2015, 2:47pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Why play for the bullseye when playing for triple 20 would be better?

I always wondered this and especially now when apparently Julian "played" properley at end of episode.

If you're playing days properley you would be going for triple 20 not bullesye as bullseye is only 50.
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Wed, Jan 25, 2012, 5:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

Actually they said that the baby was almost a month old, while Bashir was in the POW-camp over a month.
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