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Wed, Sep 26, 2018, 6:09am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

As a standalone piece of entertainment, I really enjoyed this. In addition to the action it was a fun 'aliens best-of' from recent encounters. A surviving Vaadwaur ship from Dragon's Teeth, the Nygeans from Repentance and the surveillance dudes from last season's Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy. Nice to see them again, and all used rather well.

However, I am also in total agreement with Jammer that this drips irony. This should really have been the vibe for the entire run of the show. And while I appreciate the writers always having one eye on syndication, it might have been a nice idea to have extended Voyager's imprisonment in The Void to half a season at least.

The alliance could have grown and shrunk over time; the crew become more worn down by privation; more customisation of the ship (I loved the idea of new tech enhancing the replicators by a factor of three); maybe a supply ship filled with deuterium is dragged in at the beginning of an episode, everyone having their fill and peace reigning for a while. Perhaps the writers could have even killed off a member of the senior staff or had a former marquis defect to another ship.

So many potential ideas but with all the action wrapped within the 45 minute run time the ship was never in any real jeopardy.

A pity.
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Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 3:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Bread and Circuses

I love this episode if only for Bill in that t-shirt.
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

Just because a large segment of a scientific community is up in arms about a particular conclusion regarding their theories does not mean that they are infallible, and in plural, correct. We have many examples in history which prove that; remember the idea of alchemy (Isaac Newton was a believer and wasted much time on this), the medical theory of the four humours (which led to the common medical practice of bleeding a patient), the modern field of psychiatry (a harmful practice that still hasn't been adaquately discredited). History may very well prove the practitioners of climatology, that by injecting their scientific bias into the political arena were mistaken in their approach to handling a complex concept to the detriment of society.
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Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 12:17am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Fear of female sexuality makes fools of men, especially writers.
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Fri, Jun 5, 2015, 2:39am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: The Council

The Council aka The League of Extraordinary Overactors Wearing Cher Hand Me Downs has its pulpy charm in the turn your brain off action department — particularly the heist in the sphere — but I continue to be tripped up by the schoolyard level gamesmanship the writer's keep concocting to generate conflict, and all the tedious exposition those pitiable actors have to declaim, over and over again to have any of it make any sense to the audience (a flaw shared by every Trek series produced by Berman).
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Fri, Jun 5, 2015, 1:23am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: E2

I concur with mark and Yanks regarding Jolene; given the nonsense the writers had her traverse (and wear) I think she managed a very persuasive balancing act, whereas Bakula, an actor I actually enjoyed watching prior and since, never seemed to get a handle on the character—though, again, Archer's bipolar personality may be down to the consistently inconsistent quality of the scripts.

In any case, this story was a bad idea and made for a really dumb episode. So, nothing new then…. ; )

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Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 10:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Azati Prime

Markus said June 2014: Was it just me or is the music playing when the Enterprise is almost destroyed cheap and awful?

Nope, not just you.


Apart from all the PEW PEW, KABOOM in the last act, Azati Prime is comprised mostly of boring, overacted, moustache twirling exposition (on both sides). And then there's the tweeker in the fuchsia catsuit. On the plus side, Maryweather got more than one line.
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Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

"One thing they could've done to make it watchable would be to switch the results of the 2 plots (situations). A cat fight with T'Pol and the Maco girl and then Reed getting it on with Major Hayes would've been much more interesting :)"

I couldn't agree more. But the Star Trek franchise never could and never would boldly go any further than the limits of the "status quo", and in the case of Enterprise specifically, blatantly dumb-downed and regressive in its efforts to pander to a fragmented audience bored by the formulaic, milquetoast Trek cranked out during B&B's tenure.
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Tue, Jun 2, 2015, 12:58am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

How about Enterprise: STVU (Special Temporal Victims Unit)?

I found the drive thru scene actually rather amusing because I sympathize with T'Pol completely; that stuff they call food is absolutely revolting.

But, yes, on the whole, this is an exceptionally pointless episode.
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Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 11:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

Describing this episode as problematic would be an understatement.

Similitude is an example of the worst sort of melodrama: deliberate, nonsensical plot contrivances intended to produce contradicting conflicts which are meant to solicit irrational sympathies from the audience.

What makes it all so seductive is the quality of the performances, which lends an air of legitimacy to what is really a very manipulative ball of confusion.
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Sat, May 30, 2015, 3:52am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Impulse

Another one of many I never caught during the show's first run.

As far as low concept action/sci-fi/zombie horror goes I thought it was a respectable outing. It's not nearly as nuanced as Farscape's zombie horror episode "Eat Me" from two years prior, but given I never had high expectations for Enterprise the emphasis on visual showmanship here proved entertaining enough.
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Thu, May 28, 2015, 10:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

Nebula Nox said: Wow... aren't the actors embarrassed?

I'm sure they all had a good laugh; pity there weren't outtakes.
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Tue, May 19, 2015, 10:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

For a notoriously "stupid" episode I found it actually quite well scripted and directed; plus I enjoyed both Bakula's and Billingsley's performances. So, while it isn't amongst the best of Enterprise in terms of plotting, I certainly wouldn't lump it amongst the worst episodes either…some of the antics genuinely made me chuckle.
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Tue, May 19, 2015, 9:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

Sure, you could pick it to pieces if you wanted to (like any other Trek show) but the exemplary direction, above average writing (for Enterprise, that is), and game performances engage you sufficiently that you're willing to overlook any weaknesses in the plotting.

I consider Dead Stop to be amongst the best episodes the series ever produced.
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Mon, May 18, 2015, 6:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Vox Sola

If you take the charitable view that Enterprise was written by 13 yr olds for an intended 10 yr old audience then alot is forgivable.
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Fri, May 15, 2015, 10:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

Enterprise would have been ever so much more bearable those 4 taxing years if the crew had just worn underwear because, well, you can't deny, Trineer had a lovely bottom.

Over and out.
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Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 11:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Sleeping Dogs

TNG era Klingons were written as such thickheaded buffoons it's hard to take any episode that revolves around them with a any seriousness; and that includes Worf.
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Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 7:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Definitely one of those episodes best watched as an 8 year old.
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Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

"WHAT protocols, given that this is probably the first space mission."

Even coffemakers are required by law to provide proper use instructions and safety guidelines. To suppose that space exploration amounts to no more than intuition and/or blind guesswork is patently absurd.
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