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Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

FWIW, my guess is the season comes full circle; episode one started with Michael Burnham betraying Georgiou and starting the war; my guess is it ends with her betraying MU Georgiou and somehow ending the war.

My instincts tells me we haven't seen the end of Lorca, the actor and character is simply too interesting to let him go. Much as adore Michelle Yeoh, I the Georgiou character is not long for this world (either she gets back to the Mirror Universe or gets good and killed as a result of Burnham's actions).

I love the serialized nature of the story telling but they need to ease off the constant dramatic revelations, turns of fate and reversals. It would be smart to toss in an episode or two that doesn't connect to the larger story arc; give us as viewers a chance to catch our breath.
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Glenn H
Thu, Jan 18, 2018, 12:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: By Any Other Name

In response to Jim: the Kelvans were sent as a multi-generational scouting expedition, with the intention of discovering a suitable galaxy to relocate to due to the impending demise of their own Andromeda galaxy. Therefore, once they had assessed our galaxy, they were to return with their report which would instigate the relocation of their people and our subjugation/destruction.

In general, I enjoyed the episode. The fast opening was somewhat jarring but also refreshing, with the premise of the episode snappily established. The characterization of the Kelvans was minimal, yet it worked in terms of presenting these "perfect" human forms as totally alien.

There are of course logical inconsistencies within the episode. The Kelvans state that they need a starship to pierce the galactic barrier because communication signals will not penetrate it. Why not then immediately signal once through the barrier? We'd already seen the Enterprise attempt to travel through the barrier once before. Why was this time so different? Because aliens? Aliens who had destroyed their own ship going through the barrier? It seemed as if the writers had forgotten their own rules for the sake of expediency.

A huge downside of the episode was the utter predictability of it. As soon as I saw Kelinda appear, it was completely obvious that Kirk would attempt to seduce her in some kind of scheme to confuse her with human "love." Many users have commented on the similarity of the plot line to other episodes, and for me, "By Any Other Name" suffers because of it. It's like listening to a band coming out with slightly improved versions of the same album over and over. Sure, objectively the newest version is better than the others, but it's not as entertaining as it should be when you can see every beat coming.

The excellent first act and decent enough if rushed ending are sufficient to carry the tedious interim. Overall 2.5/4 stars
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Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 7:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

This episode was so boring. Thank goodness I was watching it on my computer so I could fast forward through the booring plodding predictable dialogue between Odo and that stupid woman that was so bland and unimaginative. It was just awful. It wasn't Odo revealing another side of his character. It was Odo acting completely out of character in order to accommodate this stupid derivative plot. Two thumbs down!
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Glen Leslie
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 4:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Let's not forget about the ridiculously sexist gag in this episode.

SPOCK: "Remarkable. The finest example of sustained antigravity elevation I've ever seen. "

Followed immediately by our first view of Droxine, in that incredible gravity-defying dress.
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Wed, Jul 16, 2014, 2:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

I remember vividly watching this in 1990 when it first aired. At that time I was pretty down on STNG as were most of my friends and family (big fans of the original series and who had high hopes for the new series). This episode totally blew the roof off STNG up to that point and really showed how good the program could be. I really see it as the turning point for STNG. After that, the series became much more interesting to me.
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Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 9:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

I know this conversation is ancient history, but you guys are idiots. The guardian controls their return trip through time. They were returned once they corrected the past. There was no way for Kirk to bring her with him because he could not return until she died.
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Sun, Jul 28, 2013, 12:52am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

Never having seen Die Hard, I didn't even have that storyline to bolster my impression of this episode. Way too many plot conveniences and improbabilities make for a (mostly complete) waste of time. Bummer.
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Fri, Dec 7, 2012, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

I'd give this one 2.5 stars. Q episodes are tricky because we really have to suspend our disbelief that they aren't also omniscient in addition to being omnipotent. I mean, couldn't an omnipotent being command itself to become omniscient? And the idea that the Q haven't already become omniscient bothers me. It allows for TNG stories involving them to proceed, of course, but it also distracts me from the episode.
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Fri, Oct 26, 2012, 12:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

@Racker and @Jay -- The seeming incongruity of the society's level of technology and the sophistication of the memory probe scratched at me the whole time, too.
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Tue, Sep 11, 2012, 1:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

Agreed with the above about the lack of simple tie-downs for barrels stacked 15 feet in the air. An explosion that causes the barrels to fall is plausible, but simple unsecured barrels are yet another reason Picard should never be let near a starship after all he's let happen to his crew.
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Thu, Jul 12, 2012, 1:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

The main problem I have with this episode is the same one I have with any episode where members of the flagship crew of the Federation get duped or otherwise compromised into doing something rouge or dangerous or treasonous: no one is punished or at least demoted or placed under suspicion or has their fitness for duty questioned. At all. Here, Picard and Co. are about to give away the Enterprise after falling for a simple "game" and what do you bet there was any sort of disciplinary investigation about such a colossal failure of judgement? Not much? Me neither.
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Mon, Jun 18, 2012, 12:52am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

The bit about the Borg was nice -- I'd been wondering if such suspicions would ever be raised, especially since the episode immediately following the Borg episodes contained no such worries about Picard's "reliability". In our society, there's no way Picard could be trusted again.
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