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Henry O.
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 8:03am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

You thought TNG had the best Season 1? That's a ballsy choice.
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Henry
Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 9:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Squire of Gothos

I agree with Jammer's 2 star rating.

I recently re-watched this episode, hoping it would be better than I remember. Unfortunately, it wasn't. It starts off with an intriguing premise, and has a nice twist at the end, but the material in-between is, as Jammer says, repetitious. Also, as Jammer points out, this episode meanders between being a comedy and a drama, never really establishing itself as either one. As a result, it only partially succeeds at either. This episode is better on initial viewing than on subsequent viewings, due to the repetitive nature and because a lot is taken away once you know the surprise ending.

There is one huge plot hole. It is stated they are 900 light-years from Earth, and therefore Trelane is viewing events 900 years in the past. However, he knows about Napoleon and Alexander Hamilton, persons who lived in the last 1700s / early 1800s. So the time is off by about 400 years. However, I'm not sure at this point in the Star Trek canon if it had been established when the Enterprise voyages were taking place.
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Henryk
Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 9:19am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

Does Bajor not have coal in the ground or rivers to dam? It seems like whatever damage that burning coal or flooding an area to create a reservoir would be less than making a whole world barren and lifeless. Also, the energy that this moon will be sacrificed to create isn’t even that much. My father works at a power station that burns brown coal and it provides the power for nearly 1/5 of the entire national population, which is equivalent to over 7 million people, and it Is built on a space much smaller than an entire moon and what damage it might do to the environment is still so much less than making an entire moon which happens to be a livable paradise completely without life!
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Henry O.
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 2:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Is Narissa the main villain? It seems to me that the synthetic lifeforms are responsible for corrupting the Romulans on one side, creating the Zhat Vash, while on the other side, invoking malice from the synths of Coppelius. Narissa is brutal and ruthless, sure, but she's justified to the extent that the synthetic threat to the galaxy is a genuine one.
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Henry O.
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 1:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Top Hat, I think you have the right mindset for these types of shows. Star Trek never explains everything that happens on screen (nor should it). If Star Trek: Picard were a novel, we'd have a higher expectation for cohesiveness of all the main and tertiary characters. But in television, it's common that explanations for tertiary characters and events are discarded in exchange for tighter pacing and, more generally, time devoted to the main story.

There's also an issue in trying to explain things like the First Contact "Borgs in Space" because perhaps no explanation is satisfactory. The writers don't know how the science works, and don't want to write a bunch of technobabble to cover up the fact. At least, I think that's what you're getting at and I agree.

As for the loss of the Borg to the vacuum of space, it definitely could've used more emotional fallout considering how much front-end time was devoted to them. On the other hand, it was a fairly good demonstration of how Narissa wouldn't hesitate to kill hundreds to complete her goals. Thematically, it serves as a visual depiction of the contrast between herself and Narek, who prefers more subtle methods.
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Henry O.
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 9:45am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

The Borg probably have a system that creates a forcefield that allows them to survive in space. Either the group of Borg that died in this show weren't equipped with it, or they needed more notice to utilize it.

You can understand why they'd want to maintain the image of the scary Borg for "First Contact" and not put put them in clumsy-looking spacesuits. Either the writers didn't care to explain the science behind space-faring Borg or it wasn't that important to the movie.
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Henry O.
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 11:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

@Austin

I don't mean to go to bat for this one because it's indeed quite bad as you say, but I disagree that newcomers will be put off by this episode. In the end, its capital crime is character assassination. For those unfamiliar with Worf and Dax, none of that matters. Those characters can be these weird people presented here in a vacuum and it hurts nothing for those unfamiliar with them.

By the same token, "Shades of Grey" is fairly newbie friendly as the recycled footage would be 100% fresh to a newcomer. It's not like either of these episodes are in lizard baby territory.
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Henry O
Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 8:06am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Yikes.
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Henry
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 8:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

After Dr. Marr destroyed the CE and the crew were looking at her in judgement, did any notice that Riker was smiling at her almost approvingly? He definitely wanted that thing destroyed and was glad she did it.
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Henry
Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 4:05am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

The suspicions of the Malcorians is perfectly understandable, I think we would have reacted far worst. I think the story and film of 'Arrival' did much better in capturing the nuances of a response to A non hostile or even friendly first contact.

Still, I very much like to imagine a follow up to this with Malcorian Mulder and Scully. That doctor that forced Riker into sex would be locked up as a crazy for sure.
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Henry
Wed, May 17, 2017, 5:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

I kind of wish the episode ended with a straight cut to titles after the last Barclay scene without an external shot of the ship. It could have been rather meta, given I just watch this episode on a iPad that was sitting on my desk.
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Henry
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 11:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

To me, this is without a doubt the worst episode of Star Trek: TOS, because it is the only truly boring episode. Even the way to Eden, the children shall lead, and Spock's Brain, as bad as they were (actually I think Spock's Brain is better than most people give it credit for, but still not great) weren't boring.
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Henry
Mon, Nov 3, 2014, 5:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: When it Rains...

I have to say that Damar has had one of the most satisfying arc in DS9 in the last few seasons, more so than any of the leads. He is in the centre of things, make possibly the most pivotal decision in the war in a credible way without involving the prophets or anything too melodramatic. You know when you see him that it wouldn't be a filler episode and something serious is going to happen.
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Henry
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 5:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Eric, I wouldn't try to make sense of the size of the holosuite or holodeck or why not more people would be addicted to living in them. It's less a problem here than in ones like the baseball episode, when it seems like you can really have as many people as you want in there, which would pose the question why they don't use it to give the occupants of the station as good a living condition as they might expect on their home planet.

In any case, I enjoyed this episode and I like Vic, but I agree with those saying that It was Vic who had a bigger problem he had to think around. Let's just say that I wouldn't have minded if the Doctor from Voyager and Vic had an episode together down the line swapping notes and maybe music.

It is a shame that Ezri wasn't the one who gets him talking about it as she seem to get how he thinks (dismissing him as 'just a hologram' instead.) I really liked Ezri in this too, a lot of nice pleasant characters that suits the theme.
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Henry
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 2:25am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

One of the worst arcs in Voyager, just a one star from me. I can't get over Janeway's decision making. Violating other people's space before you can talk to them, risking their lives for a shortcut and calling them 'bullies'?

The Picardo arc deserved the episode to itself.
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Henry
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 2:17am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

Nice to see an episode of catfish back in 1997.
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