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George Monet
Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 8:17pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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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