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George Monet
Fri, May 24, 2019, 10:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

Another episode ruined by nothing being logical.

It has already been determined that Androids have all the rights of every other sapient species in Starfleet. Starfleet is thus precluded from treating Lol as property it can control. So the entire stupid B subplot about a Starfleet admiral ordering Data to turn over Lol not only makes no sense but is simply a repetition of an earlier episode which suffered from the same problem. And now there have been two rulings that androids have all the rights as every other sapient species. Since Starfleet is a rule of law government then issue preclusion applies.

Secondly if Starfleet really wanted an android to study then Data could have made a second android or simply given Starfleet the plans he used to manufacture Lol and then Starfleet could print all the Lols it wanted.

Thirdly, this episode was the most elementary, basic, and surface level manner of handling Data creating a child android. Especially since Lol was both programmed to think and know perfect English and to be able to analyze and determine which body she preferred but not know something such as basic biology? I was dumbfounded that they would have Lol ask a question involving basic evolution (why do we have two hands instead of three) even though she knew perfect English and already was able to decide which body she preferred and why she preferred it. HUH? WHAT?

Finally, DATA WOULD NOT CREATE AN ANDROID ON HIS OWN WITHOUT PICARD'S PERMISSION. Right from the beginning I knew this episode would not work because this was already a violation of Data's character and how he would act. Especially after the whole Lore episode where Lore almost killed Wesley Crusher and the entire crew of the Enterprise.
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George Monet
Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

I'm only 2 minutes into the episode and already turning it off.

Not even 30 seconds after the station explodes the head examiner is already beaming up to the Enterprise to accuse Riker of murder saying that two witnesses came forward to accuse Riker AND that he had reviewed Starfleet regulations regarding jurisdiction, choice of law and extradition? BULLSHIT!

At this point I know to stop watching the show because the writers always do an absolutely horrible job when it comes to anything involving legal matters to the point where I simply cannot stand to watch it. Let's start with something as simple as the Rules of Evidence. Or what about criminal procedure? What are the criminal laws on the planet? What defenses are allowed? What is the standard of evidence? Jury selection? Is there a jury trial? What about appeals? What is the case law? Does the Federation have a clause about refusing to follow other law when their officers would not receive a fair trial or when the laws of the planet are clearly ridiculous and stupid or when certain defenses or appeals or claims would not be avaiable? Nobody would EVER have a regulation so broad as to always follow other law over federation regulations because there is simply too much stupidity in the Star Trek galaxy.
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George Monet
Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 9:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

The very first I thought of when watching this episode was: "Beam the fing survivors to sickbay instead of treating them on the dirty street." Like fing duh.

The next thing I thought was how much I did not like the episode. Anyone who engages in terrorism is an immoral extremist whose arguments no longer have any validity. You cannot claim to be a man for the people when you are a murderer of the people. Why would anyone want to let you be a part of their country when you have done nothing but target and kill innocent people? You gave up your arguments and cause when you chose to be a mass murderer and that is all you are now. I have no sympathy for people who choose evil.

Finn is absolutely wrong and the claim that he is like George Washington is stupid. Washington obeyed the rules of war. George Washington was not running around London killing every innocent citizen in sight. George Washington was engaging British soldiers. King George sent British soldiers to fight the American army. There are very specific rules of war. There is an entire system of ethics and morality governing how and when was is allowed to engage in war and how they can morally engage in war. These rules arose to protect civilians. Let's suppose George Washington did attack civilians in London. Would the war have ended when it did? Would Washington have been supported in the Americas as he was if the colonists viewed Washington and the army as terrorists instead of soldiers? You must remember that there were still many colonists who supported Britain and if Washington lost support in the Americas then America would return to being a British colony. Washington engaged in a just war and followed the rules of war. He didn't engage in a terrorist campaign targeting innocent civilians.

Finn's side lost and they have to accept to accept that loss. The needs of the many, the winners, outweigh the needs of the few, the losers. And if their situation is so horrible then they should stop breeding and the situation will resolve itself in a single generation. This might seem callous and cruel but this really is the optimal resolution which is certainly a more moral approach than targeting and killing innocent people.

It's too bad for the people of the Gaza strip that they lost. But they did lose. Instead of trying to spend all their effort to get back what is no longer theirs and what they lost the rights to, they should try to make what they can of what they have now. The Israelis would be harmed by letting them back in as the interests of the two peoples stand in direct opposition. The Palestinians want back the property and political power they had before, but that property and political power now belongs to the Israelis.
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George Monet
Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 8:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

This episode was ruined by bad writing. Every other second something impossibly stupid was always happening which caused the story to collapse. The writer was constantly ignoring that the Federation had technology which worked certain ways and could do certain things. The writer ignored that the Danar didn't. A person can't have no life signs because a person is still made up of organs and fluid transport systems, atoms, heat, gases, etc. A ship with no warp drive and rudimentary propulsion, with no cloak, no deflectors, barely above where we are in 2019, cannot elude the Enterprise, cannot evade the tractor beam, cannot do anything.

I hate when the writers refuse to acknowledge that there is technology and they have to write based around that technology. Every time the writers do something like conjuring up a lightning storm to render the Enterprise's sensors unusable causes me to facepalm. Everytime someone dies from a gun shot or a knife in Star Trek or a virus I face palm. Too many of the writers for TNG are simply either unwilling or unable to accept the level of technology in TNG and write a consistent story.
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George Monet
Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

This was a good idea that stumbled at the last minute because the writer didn't even talk to anyone involved in transactional work.

Firstly, there is no government in the world which only assigns one person to work on such a huge transaction.

Secondly, no company assigns one single person to work on getting a big.

Thirdly, no bidding process, especially for such an important and value limited resource, would only last a couple of days. This bidding process would take YEARS.

Fourth, the ability to provide a navy to defend an important transportation route and domestic security in a galaxy full of hostile enemies hiding in every shadow is absolutely vital. Being a peaceful species with no discernible navy would rule your species out. The wormhole is right near a habited planet. You can bet your britches that they don't want enemies flying out of that wormhole with nothing standing between them.

Fifth, no one would ever make a deal with the Ferengi, ever, because they are obvious scum. In fact the Ferengi could not possibly have ever achieved space flight in the first place because they are dumb idiots who could never pull together to push the boundaries of science and engineering. They would never have bothered doing something that had no chance of producing profit, and they never could have produced spacecraft as it is impossible that the Ferengi produce goods which don't breakdown after two seconds of use.

Sixth, the Federation and most species in the galaxy obey the rule of law. If the wormhole turned out to not be stable and the contract was for rights to a stable wormhole then there would be no contract as there would not have been a meeting of the minds. The Chrysalians would not have to pay or uphold an agreement because there would not be an agreement. This isn't a situation where a jeweler offered to buy an interesting stone from a grandma for $1 which may or may not have been a valuable gemstone. This is a situation where parties are submitting bids for the right to operate a stable wormhole. The nature of the wormhole is vital to the purpose of the transaction.

Transactions like this are not games of poker. They are a bunch of people with calculators looking at tables and data, conducting investigations, raising funds, getting permits, being on the phone for hours, going to meeting after meeting to hammer out an agreement over a period of months or years.
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George Monet
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

I strongly dislike this episode for multiple reasons.

However the biggest reason is that the booby traps makes no friggin sense no matter how you try looking at it. One of the biggest reasons why it makes no sense is that booby trap doesn't seem to have any actual mechanism at all. It's just deus ex machina and lazy writing. There is no such thing as "energy". There are electrons, photons, protons, neutrons, subatomic particles, chronitons, tetryons, gravitons, etc.. But there is no epiphanous generic "energy". So what exactly does this booby trap act on and how does it get through the shields? Shields which by the way are capable of even stopping changes in the timeline by running chronitons across the shields.

How could it possibly prevent the ship from creating a warp field and also prevent the ship from generating thrust by heating up matter until it is a plasma at a high temperature with a high velocity? Those are two completely different forms of travel. Even when you apply the science of Star Trek this episode makes zero sense and cannot possibly work the way the write says it does. The writer has completely failed in this episode.
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George Monet
Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 5:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

There was an interesting A story about loss and grief which was ruined by trying to tie a B story into the A story. This doesn't work emotionally. The B story needed to be completely independent of the A story and involve a different set of characters. I don't want to nitpick the same way twice in a row but Voyager actually did this better where it put Naomi's mother in danger and made the A story be about Naomi and Neelix confronting the potential loss of Naomi's mother while the B story was about the away team trying to save themselves.

In order for the B story in this TNG episode to work it would have to focus on someone who has lost their loved one a long time ago rather than ten seconds ago before the audience had time to decide how they feel. For instance if Jeremy had lost his mother two episodes ago this story might work, but he just lost his mother ten seconds ago. It was simply too confusing.
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George Monet
Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 4:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

This really should be a five star episode. They did the best they could given the limited time allotment.

Sure it would have been nice to have a discussion about the hypocrisy of having a Prime Directive but also constantly risking cultural contamination by studying the species that Starfleet views as inferior savages devoid of rights. However that simply wasn't possible while also having to resolve the plot about the actual contamination which did occur. Sure that resolution wasn't that great either because Picard basically went down and told these people that their gods don't exist at all instead of saying that Starfleet has no way of knowing whether their gods existed as Harry would do on a similar episode of Voyager. Sure this episode was an attack on religion. Sure that one scientist who wanted to pretend to be a god and give actual commandments in complete violation of the Prime Directive was a big WTF moment that shouldn't have been in the episode at all.

But overall the episode was a profound success in terms of laying out a problem, escalating the conflict and then resolving the conflict. The episode was emotionally satisfying even if it wasn't necessarily logically satisfying as there was no discussion of how it is wrong to view non space faring species as primitives devoid of rights to not be studied like animals.
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George Monet
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

I had a lot of problems with this episode.

Problem 1: What is the treaty? What were the rights each party had?

Problem 2: Was this even a treaty at all? According to the Shelliac it wasn't a treaty but a contract. According to the way each party is flaunting their rights under the document it is also a contract and not a treaty.

Problem 3: What are the rights of each party? What are the responsibilities? You can't have an episode about a contract but then not once discuss the actual contract itself until 5 minutes before the episode is over when the entire issue at stake depends entirely on the contract itself.

Problem 4: Why didn't Data ask the colonists how they plan on fighting the Shelliac? The colonists do not appear to have any weapons at all. They certainly don't have a standing military or even conscripts or police.

Problem 5: The writing. Golshevik spends his time trying to convince his fellow colonists that their essentially isn't going to be an invasion at all but that isn't the issue. If Golshevik had a plan for how the colonists would resist the Shelliac then we could understand why some colonists might be going along with Golshevik. But he has no plan. The writer is confusing denying that there is an invasion coming with a governor's inability to correctly analyze his own ability to resist an invasion. The writer is trying to have Golshevik deny an invasion by having him say that the colony can resist the invasion despite having no weapons or military or plan of any kind. If he doesn't have a plan then clearly he should actually be denying the invasion if the first place.

Problem 6: How can there be no other Starfleet ships in range? Aren't there other ships with warp 9.5? They don't even have to be Starfleet ships. Just hire some mercenaries or something.
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George Monet
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

Just to add, this episode was so bad I came here instead of watching more of the episode. This is one of the worst episodes in all of Star Trek because of the Pakled plot AND the Pulaski plot. I cannot stand Pulaski. She is a passive aggressive bitch.
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George Monet
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

The Pakleds are too stupid to exist. They are too stupid to have developed ANY level of space travel, too stupid to domesticate animals, too stupid to learn how to farm, too stupid to avoid predators, too stupid to make tools. There is absolutely no way that a bunch of slow down syndromed bipeds could evolve and exist. Their entire species would have been destroyed faster by a group of predators than a single cat once destroyed an entire species of flightless birds.

Also Riker's decisions in this episode make zero sense. Why does he send over his CHIEF ENGINEER all alone? Why does he send Geordi over at all? You send a red shirt and maybe some security officers. Nothing about the Pakled works or make a lick of sense. This episode is way too full of constant deus ex machina INCLUDING no doctor on an ENTIRE station being able to install a simple implant? WTF? That makes no sense! The doctors in Star Trek aren't performing open heart surgery using scalpels and rib splitters. This is routine surgery that any doctor of that time period could handle including handling any complications that could arise of which no complications should occur because what complications could possibly occur?
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George Monet
Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

What ruins this episode for me is that each of the "regulations" that were created for this episode are more stupid than the last one and not one single person ever makes the most simple argument, "if Starfleet has recognized Data as an officer then it has recognized Data as an individual being with the same rights as every other member of Starfleet and thus has waived the right to argue that Data is not endowed with all the rights of every other member of Starfleet."

The JAG regulations about court procedure are also completely ludicrous. If Picard is representing Data and filed a claim with the JAG office AGAINST Starfleet
and Starfleet did not appoint a representative then the summary judgement would not be entered against Data but against Starfleet as it would be Starfleet who failed to showup in court. The state doesn't automatically win a case when the DA fails to showup in court to represent the state. If the state could automatically win a case so simply then why would it ever showup in court?

Secondly Riker would not be chosen to represent Starfleet because he is unqualified, biased and there is already a more senior member of JAG present in the form of Louvois herself. As per the above lunacy, if Riker really wanted to represent Starfleet then he should have simply failed to showup in court because apparently that would cause Dumbvois to enter summary judgement for Starfleet. Do you see why this was such a stupid thing Catch 22? Also Riker is a LIEUTENANT. CAPTAIN MADDOX IS A CAPTAIN. SINCE CAPTAIN OUTRANKS LIEUTENANT THEN MADDOX WAS THE SECOND MOST SENIOR MEMBER OF STARFLEET ABOARD THE STARBASE. Failing that Riker could have had an in camera meeting with Dumbvois where he told her how biased he was and Dumbvois could have moved to the third most senior member, then the fourth and so on down the line. Or she could have simply waited two hours for someone from another JAG office to take a shuttle to their starbase to represent Starfleet, something which would happen in the real world.

The only way that Data could make a claim is if he had the same rights as every sentient member of Starfleet. If Data was a machine then he could not make a claim stating that he has all the rights of every sentient member of Starfleet. Thus if Data can file a claim then he cannot be property. QED.

This is an episode with an amazing idea that is completely ruined by the horribly stupid execution which makes the entire episode unwatchable because every second I need to stop the episode so I can facepalm.
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George Monet
Tue, Nov 21, 2017, 8:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

There was no murder. Tuvix isn't a real single being. Tuvix is the combined molecules of Tuvok and Neelix, molecules which never should have been combined and which can now be seperated back into the proper places. Fixing the glitch restored two lives that otherwise would have been lost had nothing been done.

Refusing to treat the problem would have sentenced Tuvok and Neelix to death whereas fixing the combined molecules didn't kill anything.

Plus, Tuvix to me came across as the ultimate self important ahole. I simply could not stand him.

I love Tuvok and I understand how Neelix is necessary to the series. I also think that the actor does a great job playing Neelix.
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George Monet
Fri, Nov 3, 2017, 12:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

The problem with this episode is that it is stupid and puerile in every place. For one thing, warp does not produce velocity so warp 10 could not provide infinite velocity. From the ship's perspective, it remains still while space moves around it. So a ship could never have infinite velocity because a ship traveling by warping space doesn't move. That is how the ship is able to change locations faster than if it were traveling at the speed of light.

Second, the attempt to create a connection between traveling and warp speed and having your DNA get frazzled is stupid in the extreme because there clearly cannot be a connection. Especially since, as I said earlier, the ship isn't moving.

The writers clearly demonstrated that the understand neither the pseudo science of Star Trek nor how that pseudo science functions or would logically function.

If we look at the conversations the writers had then we see exactly why this episode was stupid and puerile. "Gene [Roddenberry] made the determination at the beginning of Next Gen that warp ten would be the limit, and at that point you would occupy all portions of the universe simultaneously, which always seemed like a wonderfully provocative notion. Then the question is 'What happens if you do go warp ten, how does that affect you?' So we all sat in a room and kicked it around and came up with this idea of evolution and thought that it would be far more interesting and less expected that instead of it being the large-brained, glowing person, it would be full circle, back to our origins in the water."

As we can see, the writers were on a ship without a rudder. And this ALWAYS happens when you have artsy fartsy types who want to deconstruct conventions. They always ruin everything and make something completely illogical and unnecessarily stupid. The technology in Star Trek works the way it works for a reason. The use of the technology and its results should always work the same and work as should be expected. Trying to make something completely unexpected simply to make something completely unexpected shows you are a failure as a science fiction writer.

If there was a problem with warp 10, this problem should have been a problem with subspace because in Star Trek there is a very close connection between warping space and subspace. When subspace is damaged too much it is impossible to warp normal space. Conversely warping normal space damages subspace. Since warp 10 is the ultimate threshold then warp 10 should have produced irreparable damage to subspace so extreme that it stranded Voyager and Paris inside a part of space where the subspace had been damaged by the warp 10 flight.

That is how you properly write a science fiction story based on necessary cause and necessary effect. The technology works a specific way, should work that way all the time, and the result of that technology should produce the results necessitated by the explanation of its function.

By completely failing to grasp how the technology works, failing to try making the result of that technology a necessary result of that technology, the writers showed that they are failures when it comes to sci fi writing.

The writers failed to write a Star Trek episode because they weren't trying to write a Star Trek episode. They were trying to write a M Night Shyamalan movie with a plot twist.
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George Monet
Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 3:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

Not to belabor the point, but where is Kes? Before and After only occurred because Kes was irradiated by chronitons from a Krenim torpedo. Kes only left Voyager because the Kes that was left behind from Before and After was now mentally unstable and much more prone for taking on the large risks involved with her experimenting with her telekinetic powers. The Kes from before Before and After would have shied away from taking those risks. If the Krenim encountered by Voyager initially didn't have Chroniton torpedoes then Kes would never have been irradiated with chronitons and never would have been flung backwards through time (which didn't make any sense because is she was traveling back in time then her body would also have been traveling back in time so she would still be old time meeting new Kes instead of taking on the body of the Kes of that point in time) and would have already been married to Tom and would have a daughter and would still be on the ship during this episode. However since Kes ISN'T on the ship then Kes DID go through Before and After so Kes did warn Janeway about the Krenim and DID tell Janeway how to protect against the Krenim chroniton torpedoes by creating time shielding which Janeway would have used BEFORE entering Krenim space and would have been protected against the incursion that changed the Krenim into weaklings and still would have had the time shielding to protect against the time changed Krenim and wouldn't have a damaged vessel that was inside Krenim space for absolutely no goddamned reason.

Everything about this episode is just so mind boggingly stupid that you can tell no one put any thought into it whatsoever.
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George Monet
Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

"I think that's the idea. The timeship was "erased" because time was altered so that he never built it. The incursion is what caused him to not go back to his work. That's how I take it anyway."

Does the time ship alter time by removing objects from reality or by mind controlling people in the past? How can the ship mind control Annorax by making him put down his starship blueprints when the only thing that happened to the ship was that its time core exploded? The whole two part series makes zero sense. It doesn't even explain how something can be removed from time space because an object isn't an object, it is a collection of objects which just exist as a thing we interpret as an object in that moment in time. But a comet might have once been a piece of a star, and might become part of a planet or split into two. The comet itself is just a bunch of atoms. So how exactly would you remove a comet from time? Pushing the comet out of time couldn't possibly push all the atoms from the sun that would produce the comet out of time. It could only push the thing as it existed at that point in time out of time. So it is impossible for the timeship to cause Annorax to not build the timeship as the timeship does not have past mind controlling powers.

Many of the problems with Star Trek: Voyager stem from the writers not understanding how the tech is supposed to work and not wanting to deal with the tech they have. Thus we so often see teleporters and sensors not working for completely bogus reasons. We see a failure to make use of medical technology which can sometimes bring someone back from the dead and sometimes can't save someone who has just been shot and is still alive even though Neelix was kept alive for days despite not having any lungs...The use of technology is completely arbitrary. They use it when using it furthers the plot but then either completely forget about it or shut it down when they want to just phone the episode in.
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George Monet
Wed, Sep 21, 2016, 1:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

The premise was ridiculous and impossible. Violent thoughts are not the result of passing a meme back and forth. Violent thoughts are the result of evolution. It is therefore impossible to solve crime problem in your city by criminalizing violent thoughts because violent thoughts arise as a result of uncontrollable neurons firing as a result of environmental stimuli which cause those neurons to fire.

Also the thought of Neelix getting it on with any attractive woman is disgusting.

I know Star Trek likes to say that it would respect the laws of any planet, but let's be realistic, no one would ever propose forcing people to obey batshit crazy laws without any real moral background or pressing need. Wesley was never in any danger in TNG and Belana was never in any danger here. No Interplanetary organization would ever hold such an idiotic and small minded view. It is very easy to judge cultures, find them wanting, and refuse to obey with their immoral laws.

Also, we know for a fact that Starfleet doesn't obey stupid rulings or laws. Tuvok, in the first or second season went against the decision of the ruling government to try getting technology that would allow Voyager to return home. There is clear precedent that stupid laws from other species cannot be imposed on outsiders and there should and would be no expectations that other species visiting the planet would be held to laws they could not predict running afoul of. For one thing, this is a diplomatic exchange between the Federation and the new species, a first encounter situation. Thus the Voyager crew are diplomats and would be given a certain level of diplomatic immunity. There are many other precedents against the upholding of unexpected immoral laws.

Considering that Starfleet looks for legal precedent based on legal decisions from all planets in the Federation then we can say that there is likely precedent that allows Starfleet to perform any action or refuse to obey the ruling of any government during a first contact situation.
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George Monet
Tue, Sep 20, 2016, 12:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

Just to add one final thing, either Annorax would always build the ship or Annorax would never build the ship. The only thing that could possibly change that event from occurring is interference from a time traveler. A person's decisions are the sum total of all that person's experiences up to that point in time, so that absent any changes, a person will always make the same decisions. A decision is not a coin flip, as a coin flip is not a decision but a random event, it is a deterministic event which is determined by the states prior to the event and is capable of being predicted because it is the natural progression of the change in matter involved in making the decision.

And time travel is such that absent any changes, time always proceeds the same way, in fact every moment in time is a separate encapsulation, a photograph of that moment. Photographs cannot change themselves, the only way they can be changed is if someone comes along and paints them.

The timeship, which shifts matter outside of time, would not mind control Annorax and make him decide not to build the time ship. It would shift Annorax outside of time so that no Annorax ever existed. Annorax couldn't return to his wife and the life he left behind he no longer exists and never existed once the weapon was turned on him. That also means that the time ship which blasted Annorax outside of time was never built so Annorax was never blasted outside of time so Annorax built the time ship. Do you see the Catch 22 the writers wrote themselves into and why plots involving time travel can only work when the writer is competent and pays close attention to details?
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George Monet
Tue, Sep 20, 2016, 12:03am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

"Did you miss the last scene, where Annorax's wife lures him away form his work, presumably a change from the way the earlier history unfolded?"

You clearly don't understand time travel, neither do Voyager's writers.

The only way that time doesn't get caught in a loop with events like this is if time had to proceed this way. That is, time was always supposed to follow the path where Annorax doesn't invent the time ship and Annorax's inventing the time ship was actually an event that only ocurred because someone went into the past and altered history by forcing Annorax to build the time ship when he actually didn't during the first pass of the timeline.

Otherwise what we have is the situation I wrote about above. Annorax is mind controlled by the time ship into not building the time ship. However since Annorax doesn't build the time ship then there is no time ship to mind control Annorax and prevent him from building the time ship so Annorax builds the time ship. This will cause an infinite loop as Annorax only builds the time ship if he doesn't build the time ship and only doesn't build the time ship if he does build the time ship.

If time is proceeding beyond this loop in a timeline where Annorax doesn't build the time ship then it is quite clear that during the first pass through the timeline that Annorax didn't build the time ship and Annorax building the time ship never should have happened and could only happen because someone from the future went back and made Annorax perform an action he wouldn't have performed absent interference from the future.

So Voyager had no repercussions. The only repercussion was the time traveler not going back in time to alter the timeline to a different timeline from the first pass timeline.

I'd also like to ask how it is that the time ship having its own weapon turned on itself and forcing every atom on the ship to no longer have ever existed (including the people on the ship) caused Annorax to be mind controlled into not building the ship instead of not existing? That makes zero sense and is internally inconsistent. The weapon works by forcing whatever it is fired on to cease existing for all time. That means everyone on the ship must also cease existing for all time. The weapon turning on itself could not possibly cause the Annorax of the past be mind controlled into not building the time ship. The writing could not possibly be worse.
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George Monet
Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

A final thought, everyone on the Krenim ship died 140 years ago from old age. Since the people on the ship are mortal and the people on the ship don't exist in a state of temporal stasis as they are moving around the ship, talking to one another, eating, shitting, sleeping, then they are still moving forward in time otherwise they would not be moving. Since they are clearly moving forward in time and 200 years have clearly passed inside the Krenim ship, then everyone on the Krenim ship is 200 years older than they were when the ship was launched. Furthermore, the Krenim ship isn't cloaked and is visible to every other ship in the region. This means that time on the Krenim ship is the same as the time outside the ship. Otherwise light from the suns would not be reflecting off the Krenim ship. The Krenim ship would be unable to scan outside the Krenim ship. So the Krenim ship is not in a state of temporal stasis within the ship and it isn't outside the timeline outside the ship. Everything on the ship must age the same as everything outside the ship because everything on the ship is part of the same timeline as everything off the ship.

The writers are incompetent and believed they could have their cake and eat too because they have absolutely no idea how their world must work.
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George Monet
Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 11:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

This was a huge waste of the Year of Hell concept because we didn't get a Year of Hell. We didn't get a week of hell, we got nothing. The whole point was seeing the slow buildup, was seeing Voyager go from its normal pristine state to damage and limping. To see how the crew responded. To see the drama. But we got nothing of that. Voyager went from pristine to damage at the snap of a finger. That isn't interesting, it is the journey from pristine to damage that was interesting and we were denied that story.

There is also a problem with the timeline. Since this ship has been in space for 200 years, that means everyone and everything they were trying to bring back died off 160 years ago. So it will never be back irregardless because those people died. Plus it is impossible to restore everything because those things only arose as a result of the strife and hardship which led inevitably to the death of this idiot's wife. Without those chain of events neither he nor his wife would have ever been born and lived in the first place.

We are also left to question what happens or what it means for something to be removed from time. If those are removed from time, then wouldn't they still not exist when the next temporal incursion is brought about? So this ship is permanently destroying matter and if it continued for infinity there would be no matter left in the universe. But there is still the time paradox problem that no shielding is going to save you from as this regards the very existence of the ship itself. If the ship was never built it would immediately cease to exist and so the shielding it has in the future would not serve as protection against it ceasing to exist in the past.

The Voyager writers should stay away from time travel because they don't understand how it would work.

Also, what happened to that temporal shielding that Kes was going to help them create 2 years ago? What about the warning Kes gave about the Krenim and the torpedoes? Why did Janeway decide to continue through Krenim space despite the clear indication that the Krenim were hostile and didn't want Voyager in their territory? Continuing through Krenim space was just clear boneheaded idiocy and even Janeway wasn't enough of an idiot to decide to enter Krenim space despite lacking the ability to defend against the Krenim ships.

This was another episode where nothing worked for me because the writers put too little effort into figuring out how everything should logically work and then trying to make each character act how they should act and make events progress the way they should progress. I also hate being cheated out the real Year of Hell.
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George Monet
Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

"I know the most important thing to you is the welfare of your crew."

Bwhahahaha. This is the second funniest line in the series. The least important thing to Janeway is the welfare of her crew. That's why they are still stranded in the Delta Quadrant and have lost many crew along the way.

This episode just falls flat. The aliens have no moral ground allowing them to perform experiments on the sentient voyager crew. There is no reason why these aliens couldn't experiment on their own people, on themselves, on holodeck characters, on animals. The experiments are the most poorly conducted experiments because there are no control groups, the sizes are too small, the aliens don't record the experiment as it progresses.

Basically the only reason these aliens could possibly actually have for performing these experiments is because they like to torture and kill other species. There is also no reason why Seven couldn't have just assimilated the aliens, or decloaked the aliens or killed the aliens. Every part of this episode was laughably ridiculous.
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George Monet
Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 8:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

How the heck does a time machine going haywire cause someone to decide not to build said timeship? Does the time machine have mind control capabilities? How the hell does an energy weapon cause something to have never existed in the first place? That is impossible, even for Star Trek. An object is not a real thing, it is just a collection of atoms which just happen to be sitting next to each other at the one specific moment in time. We only think of the Earth as an object because we view things with our eyes and are relatively short lived. Yet at one time the Earth was just a cloud of gas and metals, and before that it was just hydrogen inside a star and before subatomic particles that were happily compressed against all the other subatomic particles that would eventually make up the universe. The point is that we only view things as unique objects because we view the world through our eyes. An ocean is a collection of water, some which evaporates away to become a lake or an iceberg, and water from the lake or iceberg flows down to a river that eventually joins with and becomes an ocean. An object is only a thing of perception but is not a thing that exists in reality so you cannot cause an object to have never existed.

Furthermore, this would create a time paradox. If Annorax didn't create the timeship then the timeship would have never blown up and mind controlled the Annorax of the past and caused him not to build said time ship. So Annorax would build the timeship because there was no timeship to mind control him and cause him not to build said timeship.

The ending of this episode is ludicrous for another continuity reason. Kes only started traveling backwards through time because of radiation from a Krenim torpedo during Voyager's year of hell. However at the end of this episode Voyager is turned away from the Krenim such that Voyager never experienced the year of Hell. If Voyager never experienced the year of Hell then Kes never would have been infected with chronitons and never would have had her soul travel backwards in time and so Kes never would have become the woman whose soul traveled backwards in time and never would have made the decision to leave the ship. Furthermore, the Kes whose soul traveled backwards in time must have still been the Kes who was contacted by species 8472 because Voyager's contact with species 8472 occurred before the year of Hell and Voyager would have had to travel through that same region of space during the same time frame during every timeline that Kes was in. So the Kes who experienced the year of Hell was still the Kes contacted by species 8472 and that Kes didn't leave despite the same telekinetic abilities popping up. This is another huge time paradox.

Voyager needed to hire one person who forced continuity because there is basically zero continuity within the series. Which is hilarious for a series that was supposed to be about continuity.
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George Monet
Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 7:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

The fun with DNA actually worked here because it was mostly about just having fun, both the writers and actors knew this was preposterous so they just went with it to see how funny they could make the scenes. Neelix and Chuckles trying to see who has the worst systems was probably the highlight of this episode, none of which made any real sense or worked on any level outside of the comedic.
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George Monet
Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Raven

"Captain Janeway, after what I've seen here, I question your competence." Hahahaha. At last someone finally pointed out how incompetent Voyager security is. This was probably the funniest line in the series because it is so true.

How did Seven's shield's adapt to phaser fire before she was hit by said phaser fire when every other time we've seen the borg, they had to get hit before the other borg adapted? Why do the security that confront Seven shoot her once and then just stand there waiting to get shot instead of ducking behind cover or smacking her with their guns? Why hasn't Starfleet equipped their security forces with mobile shielding? Surely if Seven can carry around a mobile shield inside her body, it should take no effort to design a mobile shield that can be carried outside the body.

Starfleet is the most incompetent military force in the Galaxy. The only reason why they ever win a fire fight is because of surprise, luck, or having technological superiority.

What was the point of the Bomar in this episode? What did they add? You could have removed the Bomar and the episode would have been exactly the same.

Why was the Raven so heavily decayed? Given the materials that these ships are made from, 20 years on that cliff should have been nothing for that ship. It should still have looked the same way it did when Seven was assimilated and the ship systems should have still been functioning. We've seen much older ships in worse circumstances that looked way less decayed and had most of their systems still be functional.
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