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George Monet
Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 6:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

THis episode failed me because it failed to let Warf see that the Klingons on the homeworld are stupid angry idiots who turned Kronos into a nightmare dystopia where one has to constantly fear being killed in the street by assassins. The writer of this episode must have never seen the episode where Warf realized that Klingon culture was garbage when he found out that Klingon culture is nothing but a bunch of psychopathic angry idiots running around killing each other. He was asked to kill a child whose only crime was being born and told that killing this child for such a ludicrous crime was part of the Klingon tradition of the dumb angry psychopathic idiots that make up the world of Kronos. That was when Warf turned his back on Klingon culture and tradition by returning to Starfleet so that he didn't have to kill a child.

Even children are prone to being murdered on Kronos. Kronos contains no engineers, doctors, farmers, scientists. There is no industry on Kronos, no agriculture, no science, no art. Kronos is a worthless planet and Klingon culture is worthless garbage.

It should also be pointed out that the "honorable" Klingon culture creates and uses only stealthed warships which attack other ships without provocation while being stealthed so that the ship they are attacking doesn't even know the Klingon ship is even there.

A good writer would give Warf some development by letting him see that Klingon culture is garbage and the culture of the peaceful humans is vastly superior in EVERY WAY. Warf should have seen the utopia that the Klingons on this planet live in and been like, we have to make sure ALL Klingons adapt this vastly superior peaceful culture instead of the culture which turned Kronos into an endless hellscape.

Instead the dumb writer basically just has Warf constantly chafe at seeing Klingons live in utopia on this planet instead of the dystopia hell on Kronos and try to ruin the utopia by making them adopt the stupid culture of the dumb angry psychotic Klingons on Kronos.

The complete lack of realization by Warf about how stupid and awful Klingon culture is and how much he tried to ruin the utopia on this planet made this episode hard to watch.

I could understand if the writer wanted to do a sort of story like the first Matrix which failed because it was too perfect as there wasn't enough suffering so all the people rejected it, but that isn't what they did here. By all accounts the Klingons on this utopia planet are the happiest and most prosperous Klingons in the universe. No one lives in constant fear of being stabbed in the back, there are no fights to the death to establish dominance, there are no angry Klingons constantly lashing out at each other in anger and discontent. There are no Klingons dying because they didn't get space supplies.

Warf even drives home how awful Klingon culture is by talking about how Klingons hunt because they enjoy killing animals even though they have replicators and don't need the meat. The peaceful Klingons on this planet were taken aback and how wasteful and needlessly cruel that was. That should have been a good wake up moment for Warf. But it isn't because this writer had a hardon for the angry idiot Klingons on Kronos.

The angry idiots on Kronos don't have a future. There is absolutely no way that those Klingons could have developed spaceships, could build spaceships, could maintain a technological arms race with the Romulans and the Federation when the Klingon culture is just a bunch of barbarians killing themselves which denies all forms of industry, science, agriculture, etc. It is only by deus ex machina and writer handwaving that the Klingon empire exists and doesn't get instantly steamrolled by the Romulans or the Cardassians when it implodes to the constant infighting.

I think this quote sums it up best:

"The Mark of the Immature Man Is That He Wants To Die Nobly for a Cause, While the Mark of the Mature Man Is That He Wants To Live Humbly for One"
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George Monet
Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 11:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

One last edit, I promise this is it.

Data's treatment in this episode was awful. Even though Data is supposed to be written as a machine incapable of emotion, he is crying over these robots so much that he commits mutiny to try saving them. Well does Data have emotions or not? If he doesn't have emotions then he wouldn't care about the Exocomps. If he does have emotions then the writers need to stop declaring that he doesn't have emotions.

Furthermore Data's mutiny makes no sense. If you are a computer making a decision about the value of two objects, one of which is an easily duplicate-able and reproducible machine that just repairs ships and the other is a decorated organic lifeform in charge of leading the crew on a spaceship then you are going to choose to save the organic lifeform. Having Data even consider saving the Exocomps over Picard was bad writing personified as it was out of character both for Data and for Data's character as an emotionless android.
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George Monet
Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 11:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

The show also fails to distinguish between the Exocomps and the ship's computer. The ship's computer is vastly more sophisticated and vastly better at problem solving than the Exocomps. But how come no one wrings their hands over the ship's computer or asks whether a computer that could create the Doctor Moriarity hologram is "alive"? Is it because the ship's computer isn't cute or sexy?

We're supposed to mourn the death of an easily replaceable machine which showed no signs of actual torment over the fate of dying but we aren't supposed to care that Picard set the ship to self destruct. A machine with algorithms for self preservation isn't alive and the fact that it tries to preserve its body as a result of self preservation algorithms doesn't mean that it is in torment.

The machines didn't even have an animal level of self awareness. There were no scenes of the machines running around playing and exploring.

Let's also remember that single celled bacteria are "alive" but aint no one going to mourn the death of a bacteria.

There was nothing unique about any of the Exocomps which would make one mourn the loss of any individual Exocomp or consider a perfect duplicate of an Exocomp to not be of the same exact value as the original. No one is going to ask whether an Exocomp which was broken down and then transported is a brand new Exocomp and the original Exocomp is now dead because it is just a robot which is nothing more than circuits and reproduce-able data.
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George Monet
Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 11:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

Half star.

The writing for this episode could not have been worse without trying.

I was rolling my eyes right from the beginning where the writer is basically having Crusher accuse the male characters of displaying fragile masculinity by hiding behind beards because only men can grow beards and if they were really confident they would shave.

Next you have the constant misuse of words the writer felt sounded sciency because the writer failed to understand that these words have actual meanings and cannot just be thrown around at random.

The A plot revolves around the overdone trope asking whether a machine made by man can be "alive" the same way that a human being is "alive". The answer is no. A machine which is running on computer code cannot be "alive" since it is just a series of algorithms from which the machine cannot deviate since even the deviation requires the machine to consult its code to determine what to do. Just because something APPEARS to be alive owing to having sophisticated computer code that MIMICS free will doesn't mean that the machine has free will. It's just an illusion of free will. But this argument is never proposed or considered or debated.

Instead the argument in this episode boiled down to "if we presuppose that the machine has free will then it has free will. QED" without allowing any counter arguments other than weak straw man arguments of "machines aren't alive because I made them". It was the exact specious argument I would have expected from this bad writer. Why not instead ask why the machines do not try to communicate if they are alive? Clearly the machines do know language since they are sophisticated computers and could easily make a tool to speak if they were alive. But this argument is never allowed to be proposed.

And because the writer is bad at his/her craft they refuse to let anyone argue that the Exocomps can be mass produced in a factory. It doesn't matter if you destroy two, ten, a hundred, a thousand, a million, a billion. You can always manufacture more. So the writer making everyone wring their hands over the Exocomps was farcical.

And these deus ex machina machines could not even do what the writer proposes they do. in the very first scene where the writer introduces them the space station is going to explode in 5 minutes. The only way to prevent the destruction is to travel down a Jeffries tube through 4 bulkheads, a trip which would take more than 5 minutes. Well the Exocomp is about the same size as a human and floats VERY slowly, about the same speed as a person crawling through a Jeffries tube. So how the heck does the robot which moves at the speed of a human arrive at a point in the space station within two seconds of departing when a person traveling on the exact same path would take more than 5 minutes? Do the Exo comps travel through time and space the moment they are out of sight? Are Exo comps made in the same factory that manufactures the magic grits seen in My Cousin Vinny: "[s]o, Mr. Tipton, how could it take you five minutes to cook your grits, when it takes the entire grit-eating world 20 minutes?...Well perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove! Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?!"

Secondly the woman claims that the Exo comps replicate new circuitry every time they complete a task. Why? If adding more circuitry increases the efficiency or productivity of the machine then why should it wait until it completes a task to add more circuitry? Why not just manufacture the machines with the maximum amount of circuitry from the beginning? Furthermore why? If the machine is "learning" and "learning" is really just data acquisition and the machines already have the storage capacity approximately equal to Data, then shouldn't they already have enough storage capacity to store all the information acquired from ten seconds of operation?

For that matter how does the machine even know how to produce tools and operate those tools? How does the machines diagnose problems? Because the machines have computer code instructing them how to do all those things. So the machines do nothing but follow their computer code. Everything the machines do is simply following their code and not one single thing in the episode would make anyone who is intelligent think otherwise. The writer doesn't understand how robots work and so to the writer a robot following its computer code to accomplish a task exactly the way it was coded to and never showing it did more is being alive according to the writer.

Furthermore the argument that Data is just like every human and therefore alive thus proving that machines can be "alive" fails for reasons which require breaking the fourth wall. IE Data is "alive" because the actor is alive and the directors give the actor the same treatment they give the actors for all the other characters. Data is alive because he is played by a human actor reading lines written by a human writer performing actions directed by a human director. The writer should therefore exercise restraint in making this argument as it is a fallacy.
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George Monet
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 9:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Oh and for everyone saying the technological disparity makes sense because we have smart phones but haven't been to the moon on 40 uears, I say use your brains. In reality there is no warp drive. Chemical based liquid fuel rockets are the limit. Getting into space is difficult, expensive and risky. And there is nothing of value out there even when we do expend the incredibly huge amount of resources to do so. We have, barring a complete breakthrough that will upend our knowledge of the universe, reached the limit in space propulsion technology and it is hopelessly inadequate to do anything worthwhile with.

We haven't made progress in space propulsion not because we don't value space exploration but because there is no valuable progress to make. There is nothing more efficient than what we have and nothing of value that we can reach using chemical rockets. Now if Mars or Venus were second Earths that we could actually live on then we'd be colonizing them right now. But they are uninhabitable and have no valuable resources or ruins on them.

Our progress in computational technology and communications comes down to shrinking die sizes. There was room to shrink die sizes and we did so.

The areas of technologic advancement we make are determined more by the ability to make them than by a focus on making them. If exotic particles existed and could be created in useful quantities then we would be exploiting them. If we had an efficient method to reach and harvest asteroids then we would be harvesting asteroids. Resource extraction is a billion/trillion $ per year industry. If expoloiting asteroids were economically feasible it would be happening. There are trillions of dollars to be made by selling warp engines, but they are not possible except in fiction.

In Star Trek, warp drive is possible, exotic particles do exist and are exploited. The hallmark of a good science fiction story is asking, what would the world be like if this one thing were changed? What would the world be like if warp drive were possible? That is Star Trek. So asking why they did not have warp drive but did have a magic space probe is a fair question to ask.

And the answer which the fans of this episode don't want to see is becauss this writer didn't want to write a science fiction episode. They had a very generic story idea which could have bern forced onto any television show or even used as a short independent film. There was nothing Star Trek about this episode or even sci fi about thus episode. The episode wasn't even written well. Character development and drama were both lacking. As another critic ppinted out, Picard's sons character development and drama comes doen to I'm quitting school to play this flute. Picard didn't care because the writer didn't care and that character eas never seen again. The daugter gies from being 3 to suddenly being full grown. She discovers the planet is dying, that her father was lying to her, and then nothing. Thr writer didn't care about the chatacter pr thed setting. No one tries to take any action to sabe the species or themselves, they aren't even slightly worried or troubled. Nor does an impossibly long draught seem to be causing any problems. There is never talk of food shortages or rationing or even problems with water shortages. All the microbes in the soil are pronounced dead but four years later the only problem is the inconvenience of having to wear sunscreen no one puts on anyways.

I will reitetate why this is a bad episode. It is a generic drama story full of characters and events the writer didn't care about. The episode only sort of works thanks to the cheap emotional gimmicks about an old man watching everything he loved flash before his eyes as he passes on and Picard's acting talent.

In his review of Star Wars episode 1, redlettermedia posed this test: "Describe the following Star Wars characters without saying what they looked like, what kind of costume they wore, or what their profession or role on the movie was. The more descriptive they could get, the stronger the chatacter [was developed]."

I would pose the same test for the throwaway chatacters in this episode.
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George Monet
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

This is a terrible Star Trek episode. It would be amazing in a fantasy show but does not work in a sceince fiction setting because the writer flagrantly refused to acknowledge the setting. Many episodes on Star Trek have this exact problem. The writers are not science fiction writers and refuse to acknowledge the setting and the implications of the technology. This problem is especially aggregious in regards to any episode involving medical problems where characters are pronounced irreversibly dead the second they are stabbed or shot despite the fact thar Picard survived being stabbed in the heart during a bar fight 30 years ago. No disease is incurable when you can read and alter DNA the way they have done. No spinal column fracture would render someone paralyzed when you can regrow and reaatach nerves.

Firstly, the magic space probe. They cannot invent warp drive or even a generational sub light speed colony ship but they can build a magic space probe that lasts for over a thousand years, that magically catches up to the Enterprise and is able to send a magic nucleonic beam which magically penetrates the Enterprise's shields and mind controls Picard by making him live out an entire life in 25 minutes?

NONSENSE!!!!!!!!

There is no way they could build such a magic space probe but not invent warp drive or at least build a generational colonybship. Such an assertion by the writer is ludicrous in the extreme. We could build a sublight speed colony ship TODAY if we had to. Do you see why I said thus would work only on a fantasy show?

Secondly, Picard has all his knowledge of being Captain Picard therefore INCLUDING his knowledge of how warp engines work. But never once does he propose building one to save the people? Or what about sending a message to Starfleet by building a subspace transmitter. Now I could understand if they had Picard wringing his hands over violating the Prime Directive, but the writer doesn'tbeven do that. They refuse to acknowledge this is a SCIENCE FICTION show and instead write a completely out of place drama with no payoff. A drama that only takes place because thed writer refuses to acknowledge this is az science fiction show. No, I'm not asking for a deus ex machina techno babble solution to solve the problem of the star dying, but the writer needed to at least pay respect to the setting instead of willfully ignoring it. They needed to be shown trying to create a proto warp drive engine or volony ship. Even if such an effort failed. That would at least be better than the nonsensical bs impossible magic space probe whose only purpose eaa making this not be Star Trek because the writer didn't want to lower themself to writing a science fiction story and instead just wanted to write a generic drama story. Considering the setting the drama story didn't even make sense. If the sun is dying then EVERYONE would be concerned about doing something to live. But no one cared. Everyone was more consigned to dying than the Kryptonians in Man of Steel. Except for launching that magic space probe no one seemed to care about trying to survive.

For me this is a bad episode written by a writer who didn't want to write a science fiction episode. Everything from the magic space probe to the planet dying was just the writer paying the barest lip service to the fact that this is supposed to be a science fiction show and not a fantasy show or drama. It is easy to write a story about someone starting a family, growing old and dying in order to evoke a tearful reaction from the audience and is all this writer did.
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George Monet
Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 8:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

I never liked this episode. It required Wesley to act out of character and thus is bad writing. The maneuver didn't make any sense to do because even if everything worked out, they would have been in the same trouble. The trouble they are trying to avoid isn't the death of the boy but trouble for performing the illegal maneuver.

I'm also not sure what this team does exactly or why they exist. I mean they are a team that performs stunts you can see by looking at subspace sensor data. So basically all you see are blips on a screen. Is that really exciting? When teams like the Blue Angels perform you can actually see the airplanes, that's the whole point. Plus a computer can pilot a spacecraft flawlessly everytime.

The writer failed to properly think this episode out.

Yeah the acting was good and learning how to deal with peer pressure can be diffilcult, but the setup for this episode made no sense. Since Starfleet could monitor the spacecraft and would have been constantly monitoring telemetry via subspace, the team was guaranteed to face the exact same discipline whether they succeeded or not. In fact the claim that there wasn't recorded monitoring data already at Starfleet is ludicrous.

This episode also highlights another complete failure of the writers, scope. Starfleet academy should have 250,000 or more cadets given the size of the Federation. They shouldn't be forcing 4 people to compete for 1 spot as they need hundreds of thousands of graduates to staff the thousanfs if not tens of thousands of ships needed to patrol Federation space. But the writers stupidly claim there are only 400 total ships and 250 total cadets.
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George Monet
Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 5:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

This episode was stupid because the crisis should have been over exactly 2 seconds after it started.

"Computer, transport O'Brien, Data and Troi to the brig. Erect a level 10 forcefield around the brig."

Or "Computer, lock O'Brien, Data and Troi inside the transporter data."

BOOM problem solved. But instead EVERY SINGLE writer of every single episode REFUSES to acknowledge or let the crew make use of the technology to solve the problem and instead requires the crew to constantly rely on a deus ex machina solution to save the day.

Considering how often the crew gets possessed or brainwashed or mind controlled you would think that Starfleet would have protocols in place to address these sorts of problems so really the only reason why the writers can keep on writing these kinds of ridiculous episodes is because the writers refuse to write logical episodes.

It also makes zero sense that the ghosts could control Data. If the ghosts could control Data then they could just directly control the ship's computer.
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George Monet
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 7:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Anyone who thinks it wasn't right to destroy the entity is being foolish. The entity wiped out ALL LIFE on planets. If left alone it would wipe out ALL LIFE in the universe and then die itself. There is no compromise you can make with an entity that consumes life by the planetload to feed itself. This isn't some life cycle predator-prey situation where whales and crustaceans live, reproduce and die in an endless chain for millions of years. The entity WIPED OUT ALL LIFE FULL STOP.

This episode also raised issues it shouldn't have. Such as why Starfleet is a peaceful organization with no warships when 99% of the rest of the galaxy is full of hostile aliens and giant threats like the Borg. If there were really big threats like the Borg, or even just the Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians etc. then realustically Starfleet would be fully militiatized and producing large numbers of advanced warships constantly on patrol. The writers want to have their cake and eat it too by portraying the galaxy as being full of giant dangers but then claiming Starfleet would be a peaceful organization with zero warships but still have a military command structure. Bollocks.

Furthermore the crystaline entity was supposed to be an unknown but this woman is somehow an expert on it who has been studying it for years? And she is one of those TNG "experts" who actually knows nothing about the thing she is allegedly an expert on. And apparently despite the fact that multiple colonies have been lost to the Borg, the crystalline entity, Cardassians, Bajoran terrorists, Romulans, Klingons, etc., the Federation is still sending out colonists without planetary defenses or warships to protect them?

The writers really need to make up their minds. Either the Federation is peaceful or the galaxy is dangerous. You cannot have it both ways. Since they decided the galaxy is dangerous then Starfleet must be a military organization full of warships.
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George Monet
Sun, Jan 12, 2020, 1:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

My sole problem with this episode is the background that set the episode into motion, specifically the problem with the sun. If this species sun is dying and about to explode so or whatever it was going to do then fixing that sun would become the number one priority about which the entire society would restructure itself to fix. So if their sun really was going to explode then NO ONE would be demanding Timicin kill himself, in fact quite the opposite. They'd be demanding that he DOESN'T die in order to save them.

Also stars are VERY dense. So dense that it takes light almost a year to travel from the core to the surface of the sun. So photon torpedoes are not going to instantly be able to penetrate a sun. Not to mention that the fusion process is caused by and maintained by the gravity of the sun.

For the actual meat of the episode I thought it handled its subject of growing old well and Lwanxana was well placed in the episode as a foil to Timicin. If you cut out the whole problem with the sun then this is a three star episode, but when you throw in the backdrop of the sun problem then the star rating falls to 2 or lower because the absolute need of the species to not die out in the next 20-30 years if the problem isn't fixed then this would take precedence over EVERYTHING.
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George Monet
Mon, Jan 6, 2020, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

This episode is great in theory but horrible in execution.

It is ludicrous beyond belief that a planet full of technological marvels which invented warp drive would also have "traditional policies" and a belief that their world is the center of the universe. Astronomy must by necessity dispel any belief that the planet is the center of the universe because it would prove absolutely that the planet orbits around the sun and that there are many suns near your own each identical to your own. What even are these "traditional values" besides a ludicrous claim by the writers that the people woudl deeply believe they are the center of the universe and the only intelligent life. Let's even suppose that is true, how would there be any problem with finding out that is false and intelligent life does exist outside your planet? There wouldn't be an actual problem. Oh writers LOVE to claim there would be because writers don't like to put thought into natural results and LOVE LOVE LOVE to make a strawman of conservatives.

Furthermore having one person claim that they could withstand or stand up to aliens with a spaceship that has teleportation technology and weapons that could level the planet in seconds also makes this episode ludicrous beyond belief.

Thirdly, the whole bit where the alien woman forced Ryker to have sex with her because she always wanted to have sex with an alien was so horribly puerile it was embarrassing to watch let alone how embarrassing it must have been to write and direct.

This episode felt like the writers trying to force an agenda and a hatred of conservative values even though conservative values don't include a refusal to embrace change as the writers are trying to claim in this episode. Conservatives aren't the Amish even though the writers seem to believe that conservatives are all Amish and all refuse change. There is a difference between not changing at all and between someone questioning the benefit of a radical change that was proposed without any evidence to indicate it would be a positive change verse a negative change.
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George Monet
Mon, Jan 6, 2020, 7:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

Watching this right now and already the glove hands are ruining the episode for me. Upright beings who evolved to use tools would not have glove hands because glove hands are almost completely non functional. There is a reason why all animals with hands have individual digits.
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George Monet
Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

I want to like this episode because it is a lot of fun but the constant plot holes keeping throwing me out. Such as Guinan telling Picard he should leave the space without warning Picard about the Borg specifically. Or Picard's blase response to the threat the Borg pose to the ship. They had a perfect chance to blowup the Borg cube and pick over the pieces and instead they shoot the ship a couple of times (despite having already seen that the Borg had the ability to perfectly adapt to the Federation's phasers) and then decide to hang around and let the Borg repair the ship. This also makes one wonder just how weak the Borg cube is without its shielding as three phaser hits destroy 20% of the Borg cube whereas the Enterprise has been hit by more and only taken minor structural damage.

Nothing anyone does in this episode actually makes any sense. Picard sees that the Borg are apparently technologically superior but also apparently inferior in materials and tactics. Deanna says there is a communal mind but never mentions how that is a weakness they could take advantage of by creating dissent within the collective mind or making use of group think that would prevent the Borg from considering alternatives. The lack of shielding on the Borg cube before they had scanned the Enterprise or learned of its defensive capabilities was a grave tactical error which calls the threat of the Borg into question. Suppose Q had sent over Klingons or Romulans instead. They would have immediately destroyed the Cube while its shields were down and then taken home the technology to study as a prize. Or what if Picard had ordered the away team to place a bomb inside the cube as a backup plan in case the Borg cube wasn't actually disabled. Instead the Borg leave themselves completely vulnerable and only survive destruction because Picard makes just as many grievous tactical errors as the Borg.
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George Monet
Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

Just to add that Data would have been permitted to immediately kill Fajo for the crime of kidnapping an officer and holding him against his will. There is no moral ambiguity in this episode. Fajo is clearly in the wrong and Data is morally and legally permitted to kill Fajo to leave.
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George Monet
Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 10:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

Watched the episode and hated it. A shuttle in working order explodes without any clear explanation, killing a Starfleet officer and no actual formal investigation is launched. Instead they just immediately pronounce Data dead because the poorly written plot demands it and proceed to divy up his possessions. Data is then held captive by a bunch of people who are clearly fools that he should have had zero problems outsmarting but is instead forbidden from beating them by the bad writer. Fajo is not a believable character, the story isn't a believable story and the setting is not a believable setting. Let me pose this question, where does Fajo's wealth come from? What could this person possibly have to offer in a galaxy where people can replicate material goods? He isn't an intellectual, he isn't an artist, he isn't a shrewd merchant, he isn't a brilliant business strategist. He has nothing and is clearly just a fool.

If he's dealing with criminals then why hasn't one of those criminals killed this weak man?

For that matter why does Fajo have a baseball card? What is a baseball card to him when his planet didn't even have baseball? How would anybody know the difference between a replicated baseball card and the original? Especially when the thing he seems to enjoy the most is the synthetically reproduced bubblegum smell.
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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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