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Original Greg
Wed, Jun 12, 2019, 11:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spectre of the Gun

I thought this was a fair though not great episode if for no other reason that the fact, noted by other commenters, that this episode had a Twilight Zone feel to it. It pretty much was Roddenberry meets Serling. I think it rates about 2.5 stars.
I haven't read all the comments on this page but I'm a bit surprised that no one seems to have mentioned that DeForest Kelly had been in two separate remakes of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral prior to this one.
I have to kind of suspect that they had a partial Western stage set up and the writers were asked to somehow incorporate it into an episode. The fact that Kelly had been in two previous incarnations of the O.K. Corral had to be the genesis for this episode.
It's main weakness does seem to be that there just wasn't enough dialogue to fill 50 minutes so there seemed to be a bit of fluff here and there. And the Western characters all had a cardboard cutout quality to them but that may have been the intention to add to the surreal effect.
As for the commenter that objected to Spock knowing about a 400 year old piece of Earth history....come on, it's Spock. It fits his character perfectly. He's half Vulcan, a species that is mentally superior to humans. And he is half human, so he would have a special interest in humanity. And the guy was a genius by any standards, so yeah he has Earth history down pat. And if all that isn't enough he under goes ponn farr just once every seven years. Just think how much smarter the average guy would be if he didn't spent so much time and energy on sex.
And in the final, errie shootout scene did any one notice that the off camera wind machine had to be turned up to high and was blowing 90 degrees to the path of the supposed bullets? This was because the shots were being fired point blank at the actors and they needed a high wind speed to deflect any blast debris away from them.
And I have to say the best comment on this page was given by the guy that said, "There is no spoon." Perfect!
Finally, for what it's worth I have noticed that there is another commenter on this site named Greg so I have changed my nick to Original Greg.
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MadBaggins
Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 7:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Did Tuvix have two dicks and four balls?
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Bob Origin
Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 1:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

Data message was ultimately somewhat unnecessary.

In every iteration through the loop, the crew was already changing their behavior and decisions based on the effects of "Deja-Vu".

If they had been stuck long enough, they would have, even if inadvertently, made a "butterfly effect" decision that would have let them escape.

Notice during the meetings where they discuss the possibility of reversing course to avoid the disaster. The first time it is Picard who says reversing course could be what causes the disaster. The next iteration, it is Riker who says this.

Eventually there could have been an iteration where they actually reversed course, or an iteration where Geordi finally fell off the catwalk and damaged the ship's engines forcing them to stop and avoid the disaster altogether.
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CaptainBaggins
Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

Oh fuck of Elliott you boring bastard. Go wank over Janeway.
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Sean Hagins
Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 7:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

@DLPB-it is that kind of reasoning that perpetuates violence.
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Sean Hagins
Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tsunkatse

@DLPB

Name-calling is not going to help
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CaptainBaggins
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 3:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Nice of all the white guys here to tell Avery Brooks he should shut up about race. I'll let him know.
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CaptainBaggins
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 4:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Image in the Sand

^Great parody of a hilarious overreaction!
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 10:34am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

A Springy and William B:

I do agree that Pabst was not a racist. He had no problem with SIsko being a writer in the office. He just saw it as unrealistic for the captain to be black. And as a businessman, he is right-in that it would be unrealistic to the readers and even determinantal to the sales of his sci-fi magazine. Most people are not out to "make a statement" or shake up norms, they just want to have a job. And Pabst realised that his approving the story may very well end up with him no longer having a job.

Even when it comes down to the racist, violent police, I don't see them as monsters, rather as misinformed. If you genuinely believe that blacks are violent, lazy, shifty (add your own adjective), then you are misinformed. Those who see that these things are not true, and are so angry to have their illusions shattered that they resort to violence, these are worse
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Sean Hagins
Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 12:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

@Ebert:

Is that a good or bad thing?
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CaptainBaggins
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

This was better than 2.5. And I normally hate Ferengi comedies.
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Sean Hagins
Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 7:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Collective

Actually, I have a question maybe someone here can answer: you know how the actors who play alien characters like Worf or Garek are interviewed and say that it takes hours to get the makeup on? How does that work with children? I mean, I know that later the makeup is far less once the kids join Voyager and are de-Borged, but here it would take I would think at least 2 hours to put the makeup on, and say 1 hour to take off. That would leave only one or two hours for filming (as kids can only work short days) It must make it REALLY hard for the producers to make an episode like this! **That's why kid actors on the show who play aliens either have only a few minutes of airtime, or like Naomi Wildman, only have a couple easily to apply and remove bumps on their forehead**

I mean I think Ichib and the other big boy are really over 18 (the actors I mean), but the girl and the twins have to be minors. The twins had no speaking parts in this, but the girl had a fairly big role. I guess they filmed it over the course of a few days and just had to spend most of the day on other things to film?
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 11:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

David, I am actually wondering if you are joking/trolling
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 11:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@Chrome

I recommend checking youtube or some other video site. I saw it before, but can't say where. The writers may still have had that in mind once they included Lore. But I do not know when they would finalise their arrangements
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 8:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@ Saul and Springy

The closed captioned must have been made by someone that doesn't know the Biblical account and thus interpreted it as best he could. Brent Spiner even mentioned the reference in an interview once I believe
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 5:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@ Saul

Yes he does! When Riker, Geordi and Data revive him, the first thing he says is, "You're so alike! Esau! I couldn't tell you apart!"
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Jan 5, 2019, 2:52am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@Chris

It was actually the first thing I thought of! Thanks for mentioning it!
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Sean Hagins
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

I don't know if anyone else said this (I haven't read the comments yet), and I know it is petty, but he is supposed to be a Vulcan and thus will age a lot less than humans, but he seems MUCH older than he did earlier in the series. The only other actor who I think aged a lot was Paris.
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Sean Hagins
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Well, I didn't finish reading the reviews because they almost universally were exactly the opposite of my opinion. I really liked this episode! I understand Simon's comment: "how many of us would like to try surviving a stone age lifestyle, and would escape it if we could?", but as Picard said in Insurrection, every time a superior technological race moves a more primitive one, they suffer. Maybe not right away, but just like with the First Nations of North America, the aliens with tech (I forget their name) wanted the land, and would eventually get to "relocating" the Vintu. Maybe they wouldn't actually exterminate them, but it would be to their determent. Something that shows this to me is that even though they bemoaned being more aggressive centuries ago when the barrier was put up, right away they attacked Voyager when they thought they could keep them from transporting their beacon (or whatever it was that kept the barrier down)

They said they only attacked the transporter to prevent loss of life, but what about that cute transporter chief who was in the episode earlier and had one line. She's probably dead by now! (And, I would say the same thing if she wasn't pretty). I'm sure that the alien's gov't would persuade the people that it was "in the national interest" or whatever to take further action, and before you know it, poof! No Vintu-or at least a severely diminished race.

I think this was a very good parallel. Yes, it was hundreds of years ago that the First Nations people were herded into reservations (the 19th century), but let us pretend a barrier was over North America all these years, and it came down now. I can assure you, greedy people (and nations) would still invade to "help these poor primitives" and "reluctantly" have to take their land "for their own good"

And a lighter moment was Paris' driving test! HA! I don't know why so many hated it, it was FUNNY! The sarcastic instructor reminds me of a history teacher I had in grade 10! Yes, he was biting, but he made his point without disciplining more than the pride. It was also fun to see Kim get a few digs in (as it usually is Paris teasing him)
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Sean Hagins
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

In my opinion, the opener is the most poignant part. I know some may disagree with this, but the doctor's novel speaking of how random photons came out of the void and they coalesced to form a thinking hologram is as silly as those who believe life and the universe spontaneously evolved. That may not have been the idea behind that statement, but to me it is a whimsical farce on how people believe things came into existence without a Creator
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Sean Hagins
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 2:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

@Pluto-Nash

Yes! I thought so too! I was really surprised he wasn't
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Sean Hagins
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 2:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

@Apsara81Cloud

That's a good question! I forgot about her! They should have at least mentioned it
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Sean Hagins
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 1:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

I can't stand the immorality they show on television! This is actually one main reason why I stopped watching new tv. Having the captain sleep with that man was really unnecessary.

That said, this episode reminds me of all things of an old Gobots episode. Cy-Kill used a device to brainwash all humans and turn them against the Guardians. I kept thinking about this while watching this episode (that's not a bad thing-I have always liked the Gobots)
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 5:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

***Just a disclaimer (because this came up before): the Sean who made the earlier comment is NOT me! Thank you ***
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Sean Hagins
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 3:15am (UTC -5)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

I actually liked this movie, and Rogue One a lot better than Episodes 7 & 8 *(But I hated them, so that's not saying much)

Actually, I think nothing has topped the storyline presented in the books. In my opinion, the continuing story in the books was more interesting, and even the trilogy of Han Solo's adventures and growing up before meeting our heroes in A New Hope was better. I like how he met Lando, and also, it better fits the storyline of why Lando said, "You've got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled". In the Solo movie, the last thing Han did to him was basically expose his cheating. Yea, I guess that would make Lando mad, but he just laughed it off. In the book Rebel Dawn (the last of the trilogy), Han got all his smuggler buddies to help Bria Theran and the Rebel Alliance (a long story) to invade a planet run by the Hutts and promised to share the valuables there. Han didn't know it, but Bria betrayed them all and took all the treasure for the alliance. Lando and the other smugglers assumed Han was in on it the whole time! You can really understand their anger. (*Which is why no one would help Han pay off Jabba when he had to dump the spice shipment when he got boarded)

Ok, I guess I spent more time explaining something else rather than a review of the movie, but basically, the Disneyverse is a pale imitation of the REAL canon of the Expanded Universe (the books) in my opinion.

However, that said, I think Solo got a bum deal in the box office. I believe everyone was so mad at the Last Jedi that they didn't give Solo a chance. As a movie in and of itself, it was entertaining, and I would have liked to see it do well and the Last Jedi to bomb
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