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Gholam
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 4:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

This is a splendidly made episode based on a profoundly mistaken premise. This is what made “The curious case of Benjamin button” movie possible. Benjamin is the story of a man who is old when he is born and an infant when he dies. A reverse direction of time’s arrow which here plays so beautifully in a science fiction package.

As the episode played on, I became totally consumed by the story and felt as though I was sitting on my head and not on my butt, but instead of feeling awkward for being upside down I was enjoying it very much.

What a great feeling to be born old and then grow younger as time goes by and instead of forgetting our youth as we grow older we overlook our old self as we mature younger.

We are all share this awareness of the directions of time’s arrow which states that everything comes after the beginning but here we start from the end going to the beginning. Wow!

The interaction between Tuvok and the kids was virtuoso and story was astounding and powerful especially at the end when Tuvok decided to stay with the 96 years old kid in her death-bed.

The diverse elements together brimming with intriguing concepts was stimulating treat for both the eyes and the intellect. This episode was unique and a true spiritual experience for me.
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Gholam
Tue, Jun 11, 2019, 3:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I think you are all missing the real meaning of this episode. Here we are talking about androgyny, third gender or homosexuality in which individuals are categorized, either by themselves or by society, as neither man nor woman.

Tuvix, as it is known in Native Hawaiians, is a Mahu, an intermediate state between two different set of genes and chromosomes and “a person of indeterminate gender.” Mr. Tuvix did not choose to be what he became, in fact he came to be because of a transporter “malfunction.” But a freak of nature or not he is still a being and like any other mortal he has feelings (neelix) and can think perfectly (tuvok) alright and as a matter of fact even better than its individual parts (Chakotay’s quoting).

Some say that being gay is caused by early childhood experiences, parenting styles, or the way someone is raised, but here we are told that this is because of some natural causes (flowers) + biological accident (transporter mishap.)

Societal attitudes toward homosexuality vary greatly in general (the way kes, doctor, captain deal differently with Tuvix.)
Kes represents that part of society that eventually learn to accept homosexual acts and relationships.

Captain represents those who are willing to censure homosexuality in all its forms and implement severe punishments (killing Tuvix without any consideration for his individuality.)

And doctor represents most of medical experts and organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and also the American Psychological Association which view sexual orientation as part of someone’s nature and think that efforts to change gay people to straight is murder and immoral.

Again hats off to smart writers of voyager (and also good actors) who are able to convey such a complex issue in a form that not only does not offend anyone but is also enjoyable to watch.
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Gholam
Thu, May 30, 2019, 6:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

Wow!! This was an amazing episode and not because of its execution but because of what it was trying to tell us and plus its potential for a great story as it was point it out so nicely by Greattrekker.
This story if it is extended to its budding conclusion is trying to tell us the followings:

That the life that we are experiencing is not real and it is just an illusion, a nightmare and a hologram made by some mad alien with devious intentions.

That God(s) is not a father figure who is trying to help us and show us the right direction in life but a dubious cruel character who is dissecting animals in a laboratory while eating a bologna sandwich with a cool conscious. Or perhaps a bully kid with a magnifying glass tormenting all the ants (us).

That even after you are supposedly dead the perturbing continues with some devilish being coming after your consciousness as fuel or food.

And finally if you are going to die remember, that never follow the alien pretending to be your loved ones, toward the light since the whole setup is a charade to carry you to the dimension of more suffering.
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Gholam
Sun, May 26, 2019, 3:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Dear Jammer you said, “The Nygeans also have a rather strange sentencing policy, in that families of victims decide the punishment for those convicted of a murder. This is another example of something that exists far outside the reality of the issue being dissected”. But I am afraid you are wrong on that and this is because you are not aware of the traditional Islamic criminal jurisprudence called “Qisas” which is a rule (right or wrong) in many Islamic countries on this very planet we call Earth.
Qisas is “"eye for an eye", or retributive justice. In traditional Islamic law (sharia), the doctrine of qisas provides for a punishment analogous to the crime. Qisas is available to the victim or victim's heirs against a convicted perpetrator of murder or intentional bodily injury. In the case of murder, qisas gives the right to take the life of the killer, if the latter is convicted and the court approves. Those who are entitled to qisas have the option of receiving monetary compensation (diyya) or granting pardon to the perpetrator instead.
Qisas is one of several forms of punishment in traditional Islamic criminal jurisprudence, the others being Hududand Ta'zir.
The legal systems of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and some Nigerian states currently provide for qisas.”
And as usual Voyager is so right on that point. A great story I personally loved it.
hats off to the knowledgeable writers of Voyager.
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