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Jangus
Sun, Nov 25, 2018, 11:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

This thread is one of the whiniest and obnoxious I’ve seen in a long time. Projection much? I didn’t recognize any of the supposedly preachy or “SJW” elements in DSC, but then again, I wasn’t obsessively looking for them like a hypersensitive adolescent.

I thought DSC was mediocre. Not because of ugly Klingons or acne (lol seriously?) or canon issues or any other bogey-man. It just wasn’t very well written or well acted, IMHO. I’m withholding judgment on S2 until I see it, but I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic.

To quote the Shat (ironically in this case), those moaning about politics need to get a life. S1 was a middling sci-fi adventure/exploration story. Whatever political avatars you think you see are in your head. Get over it and please stop hijacking every discussing with your self-absorbed and narcissistic complaining.
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The Nagus
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

@Sean Hagins

I define perfection as just that - perfect. Thus there is no possibility of "sin" by perfect beings. Sin is merely error (even the Aramaic simply means missing the mark, and not an irredeemable mistake which requires sacrifice, confession or God to descend to the earth in human form - which is quite ridiculous and makes no sense).

It is true that perfection entails free will, but the most that free will entails is the ability to create the illusion that it is possible to separate from God - not the ability to actually do it because that would be changing what God is and what we are. There never was a "fall" except in our own minds, and part of us (what you call "satan") desperately wants us to believe that it is real and the world we made along with it. The world is a symbol of our separation from God and is wholly unreal.

There is either God or there is evil, illness and death - never both. The choice is yours to make.
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TheNagus
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

No jeering on my part. I was 100% serious. If you're going to make big assertions you need to back it up with logic, not just quote more dogma which won't convince anyone except those already convinced.
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TheNagus
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

"After Adam and Eve sinned, they became imperfect..." How can a perfect being sin? The two concepts are totally contradictory. It's like saying that a perfect circle can have dents in it. It simply doesn't make sense.
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August Denys
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

This episode was purposeless, but I feel two interesting things came out of it. The first being Riker and Troi's disclosure about their relationship. The second, which got a laugh out of me, is when Troi tells Picard about this Midlife change of her mother, Riker saying that it makes their race 4x times as sexually active, with Troi interjecting to say or more, and then Riker's reaction and smile that follows.
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Gus Lathouwers
Sat, Apr 2, 2016, 1:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Human Error

Jammer, I appreciate your frustration, but you gotta remember that Voyager wasn't ever meant to be a show that wants to progress it's characters in notable. There's the odd long-term development here and there, but anything that disrupts the status quo isn't something this show will ever take on. 7 seasons in I don't feel it's fair anymore to judge this show on hitting the reset button, because we all know it has done so and will be doing so until it's last episode.

I thought this was an amazing episode. It delved into some of the inner life of Seven and had a lot of great subtle touches. The whole thing was delved with very tasefully, in the end Janeway and the rest of the crew didn't even know what was going on with Seven with makes the ending that much more tragic. I loved the little things like Seven projecting her anger on Borg Boy (I will never remember his name) and that she chose Chakotay to be her imaginary lover (which makes total sense but is still a very odd sight if I've ever seen one).

The ending, I'm not totally fond on the fact that the writers invented some sort of drone-emotion-protection tool to eventually stunt Seven's journey. It wasn't necessary, but without it I feel the decision she made still would've made sense. It's not like the ending of this episode automatically dictates that Seven will be forever emotionally repressed. It's more of a too-much-too-soon message and I can get in line with that. But it was really good to see the show deal with this issue before it went out because it's such a very interesting aspect to her personality that was always hinted at but never fully realized. 3.5 stars from me.
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Gus
Thu, Mar 24, 2016, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

Oh God, I wanted to watch a trek episode before bed, and here I am sniffling trying to hold back tears. What a wonderful Ep. I just love that Voyager can create the most boring generic actions episodes so many times and then churn out something character-based like this which is of a completely different order. So many good moments here, the final catharsis by Torres, Tom trying to deal with something he doesn't understand, Harry et al. lending their support. The cast of voyager was never as distinguished as that from other Trek series, but damn if they don't manage to convey that family feeling when it comes too it. Also, the subtle jab Seven gave to ichabod (the borg kid? whatever he is called) because he thought it was a parasite was hilarious. Some great work from the actors involved and also a showcase for the thing that Voy excelled at: showing a Trek crew that isn't the most brilliant or virtuous but still has an incredible amount of warmth when they're on point interacting with each other. 4/4
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Gus
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

Also, I thought it was kind of funny how Tuvok just kindly asked the computer if he was there in the Halo deck when the first victim was attacked, and computer was able to tell this perfectly fine. If they have a system in place of tracking the position of every crewmembers at any time, wouldn't you use this at the very beginning of an investigation instead of waiting 3 days?? Or am I missing something and is this just the way the Voyager crew rolls.
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Gus
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 4:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

Wow, some heated debates about this episode (and other stuff less related). I don't think this one will ever reach any top-5 lists of VOY but apart from that, I thought it was an enjoyable hour. The first half especially is really cool. It is obvious Tuvok was behind it all but the tension was build really well regardless. There are a couple of scenes that make Tuvok look scary as hell, such as Chakotay turning around in the Cargo Bay and Tuvok suddenly being there from out of nowhere. The latter half doesn't make much sense I agree, but it's still not bad overall. I'd rate it 2.5 or 3.
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Gus
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 4:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Live Fast and Prosper

why can't we see more neelix like this?! It totally makes sense he knows how to manipulate and take advantage of situations, it would be so cool if they used his skills more in VOY storylines. Makes him seem more like a proper addition and less like that annoying friend's dog that keeps shoving his head into your face.
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Gus
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 9:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

I loved this ep! It is a different beast than the "Lower Decks" episode though, because that one was more of a slice-of-life account of other lower crewman we don't usually see. Shepherd on the other hand I think is trying to show that even though we think we often think we've seen it all, the best way for us to really understand ourselves and the world is to get out and do new things. You have the self-acclaimed genius who doesn't even bother to consider the thoughts of others, the neurotic guy who can't get out of his head and the insecure person who does not believe she is worthy despite evidence to the contrary. It's classic Trek in sending a human message under a layer of a lot of weird alien stuff (diamond crystals? I wasn't exactly sure what was even going on there) about the power of seeking new experiences. It's also something that could've never happened with the regular cast because they are all way too perfect and already understand most of the things these lower deckman do not yet. Just such a shame that there is no good conclusion, it would have really tied everything together. 3.5/4
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Gus
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

this is the most godawful misguided attempt at an inspirational message I've ever seen Star Trek pulled. Granted, I enjoyed the episode, because I enjoy Barclay stories, but the ending left me in disbelief. Barclay was deep in obsessions, violated every protocol in the starfleet manual, and in the end, got a PROMOTION because his ideas just happened to work out?? And he's going to guide "project voyager", how can that possible succeed with an obsession-hungry person like him at the helm? It boggles the mind. Admiral Paris should have dragged Barclay's ass to the brig, not award him a medal. He's really dangerous, and I can't belief the whole of starfleet HQ (and Dianna Freaking Troi) applauded his destructive fixation.

Other than that though, very fun episode. Seeing the old TNG crew is always a good time. I really liked how Barclay identified with Voyager so well, because it makes sense he would be attracted to a lone vessel in space. Also, the old outfits were a nice touch.
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Gus
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 6:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

I loved the premise of this episode, was a blasting watching this, but yeah it's kind of crazy to see Chakotay and Janeway fall for Seven's weird theories so fast. But on the other hand, like the intro showed Seven has become such an integral part of the crew that I sort of buy her convincing Chakotay and Janeway that something might be going on. If Kim would say something like this he'd be dismissed and laughed at no doubt but Seven has that VIP place where she's miles ahead in her knowledge of technology that it would be somewhat believable to believe her when she's conjuring up theories like this. I'm actually a bit sad the cause of Seven's weird behavior was a sensory overload. If they made the episode more organic with Seven finding truly suspicious data the same point would've been made without it being a construct of Seven's delusions. But still, enjoyable entry, 3/4
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Gus
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 7:18am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

Loved this episode, unexpected good VOY entry. It's true that this show will continue to press the reset button, but at this point it seems better to accept that from a show like this. VOY was never like DS9 oe BSG where there is any continuous character development, but that's never been the intent. It's more like X-Files where you just enjoy entries for what they are, and enjoy stories for what they can do within the format. Even if you know that Tuvok will be his old self at the end watching him and Neelix go through the journey was still really good I thought. 3/4
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August's Lament
Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 6:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

This is the episode that caused me to stop watching Enterprise.
If only Enterprise had been cancelled instead of Farscape...

Anyway, I don't know how you can dismiss Phlox developing a cure to a horrible disease, and then WITHHOLDING it, knowing that it will cause a world to end.
The reasoning for this decision was so flimsy, that it requires extensive mental gymnastics to justify.
Dr Phlox ends up coming off as some sort of mengelesque monster, seeming to not be at all disturbed by what he is doing.
Was this could not have been intentional on the part of the writers, but it is still disturbing.


This episode managed to be both preachy and repugnant, and left me feeling sick inside.
Maybe if I took Star Trek less seriously, it would not have bothered me so much.
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Gustav
Wed, Nov 26, 2014, 12:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

What I would like to mention to everyone here who is saying that "people don't understand Klingon culture" in response to criticism of Worf wanting to commit suicide, is that Worf really is quite naive when it comes to Klingon culture. I mean, Riker knows more than Worf does, and he just did a very short tour of duty on one Klingon ship. So that whole argument seems very contrived to me.
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Negus2
Thu, May 22, 2014, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

Nog once again annoys me. I don't know why people like him. Rom and Quark ask him to help. They say you have to help save your grandmother and the negus who all ferengi are loyal too. He says he has duty to starfleet. So he doesn't have duty to his family or his negus. He's so wrapped up in starfleet he doesn't even care about his family. He only agrees to do it so he can boss people around. And yet so many fans think he's a good character. Yet in other episodes the writers try to make him a good ferengi even though he told Sisko he's not a good ferengi. The writers were all over the place with this character. They wanted to make him as human as possible until they wanted him to be a ferengi again. Funny ep though. Quark saves the day and the ep
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GusF
Tue, Jan 19, 2010, 5:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

As far as I'm concerned, this is the single best episode of the entire series. It certainly gets four stars from me.
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GusF
Tue, Jan 19, 2010, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

One of the series' very best and, for me, the highlight of Season Three.
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Augustus
Tue, Sep 15, 2009, 6:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

A very emotional episode. Its style reminds me of a Twilight Zone or a Night Gallery story.
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