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Fri, Mar 23, 2012, 11:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

Love Picardo's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" performance!
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Wed, Mar 21, 2012, 11:37am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Remember

I find it very difficult to believe that these atrocities could occur on a planet of telepaths. With everybody sharing thoughts, feelings, and emotions, wouldn't that blunt any uncompromising differences between them, take the edge off, so to speak?

Would telepaths act like psychopathic war criminals?

Could such an event remain at all secret on a planet of telepaths?

(While Suder is a Betazoid, he claims he can't even feel his own emotions, much less somebody else's, so clearly something is wrong with his native teleathy.)
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Mon, Mar 19, 2012, 10:33am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

My understanding has always been that while they do have money, it's not nearly the problem that it is today.

With replicator technology, free necessary medical care, and clean energy too cheap too meter, most people probably get some kind of basic monthly income that takes care of all their needs. Those who want more personal wealth or property than the basic allowance can work for it as independent businessmen.

The key here is to remember that scarcity just isn't the same kind of problem for them that it is for us.
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Mon, Mar 19, 2012, 8:36am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Resolutions

The point about Janeway's cavalier attitude above is that it raises a question: if you disobey a Captain's direct orders but get a good result, does that excuse the disobedience?

What does Starfleet protocol say? If this kind of behavior is allowable, it will only encourage officers to disobey their Captains whenever they believe themselves to be in the right. Could Starfleet as a whole function like that? Can any starship function like that?

That the characters never once consider these issues speaks to grotesque oversight on the part of the writers and editors.
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Mon, Mar 19, 2012, 8:00am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Resolutions

There are so many plot holes in this one, you could steer a Borg Cube through them.

Janeway is pretty cavalier about Tuvok and the rest of the crew disobeying her orders. It was pretty clear she didn't want one hundred fifty lives endangered by organ traffickers on the off chance that the crew could beat back the Vidians and save her and Chakotay.

Kim rallying everyone around his personal opinion that Tuvok should be pressured to change his opinion is only a step away from mutiny. Is this how Starfleet officers behave? Don't like the Captain's orders, so go around the ship and talk everyone into confronting the Captain into changing his mind?

Also ignored is that an engagement with the Vidians could easily cost lost lives. How many dead crew members are worth getting Janeway and Chakotay back? How many Vidians is it acceptable to kill in order to effect their daring escape and get away with the cure for two people? (While it's true the Vidians made the decision to betray Voyager, that was entirely predictable; the crew knew that contacting them would result in battle and killing.)

Zero stars for complete failure to explore or even acknowledge these points.
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Fri, Mar 16, 2012, 5:26pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

"Wandering into an alien conflict by chance, Harry makes a choice while on a Delta Flyer mission with Seven and Neelix: He opts to stop one ship from firing on another. Strictly speaking as a matter of policy, the conflict is not his concern, but humanitarian instincts tell him that saving the crippled ship under attack is the right thing to do."

I'd say that's court-martial material right there.

An overlooked point is that while Harry is interfering in an alien squabble he knows nothing about, Voyager is helplessly planetside with its insides splayed out in the open. So if there's a hostile response to Kim's meddling, Voyager not only can't come to his rescue, but has zero capacity to defend anyone at all.

Both Janeway and Kim were lucky that all the Annari did was escort Voyager out of their space. If they had decided to arrest everyone and impound Voyager, what could the crew have down, given that the ship was totally helpless during its maintenance?

Zero stars. Unless it becomes a two-parter with Kim being court-martialed the next episode.
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