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Dingus
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 10:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Facets

What a huge piece of shit. I once read that you can tell how good a voice actor is by hearing them do an impression of someone else while in character. Well, the writers actually thought it was a good idea to take these very limited actors and illustrate for everyone exactly how bad they are, with the exception of Auberjonois. Kira and Bashir were just laughably terrible! Seriously, watch that Bashir scene again.

I just can't help but to compare this series to Babylon 5. At this point late in the 3rd season that show was firing on all cylinders, with almost every episode having critical importance to the plot, and some great great performances. It was awesome. What's going on with Bajore, the Cardassians, the Dominion? What has there been, like, 4 or 5 Dominion episodes since they've been introduced? There were definitely worse episodes before this one but this has been my least favorite because I'm sick of this stilted crap.
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Picard_Is_Wesleys_Father
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Damage

Though a fine episode, it is easy in retrospect to see it as a portend for the franchise’s steep decline into murky, aggressive, any-means-necessary dreck now synonymous with Discovery and Picard. The episode’s message ages particularly poorly as we look back at the actual War on Terror over a decade on. T’Pol’s crack addiction and Pirate Archer are now emblematic of the franchise that lost its way. Picard would convene the officers in his ready-room to weigh any ethical dilemma. Archer unilaterally and continually makes the unethical call. And the franchise still lives with the consequences.
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Jakob
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

There is a weird sort of Christian morality underpinning this episode, this idea that it’s good and right to be a sacrificial lamb, to put yourself “on the cross” so to speak and spill your blood to save others, but that’s kind of ridiculous.

Yes, war is unpleasant (though not always bad, and before you ask — I am a veteran) but any sane person would rather be alive in the midst of a terrible war, where they have some chance of surviving until their natural expiration, if the alternative is to avoid the war by means of their certain death.


You pose the question ‘would you go back in time and kill Hitler?’ and my answer is absolutely not. If there was no WWII, Hungary would not have been occupied by the Soviets, and then there would’ve been no uprising and invasion in 1956, which means that my grandfather would not have had to flee, which means that he would never come to the UK and thus I would not have ever existed. WWII certainly wasn’t worth it for all of the Germans subjected to mass rape by the Red Army or tortured to death by the Stasi or the Palestinians whose 70 year dispossession has been justIfied in the eyes of many by the Jewish Holocaust, but it was worth it to me because I owe my existence to it.

Also, since Star Trek assumes a many world’s interpretation to be true (I don’t, I’m with Bohr and Heisenberg on this question) then there is no right or wrong timeline, they’re all right and Whoopi Goldberg’s assertion that this one is wrong is nonsense.
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Eric Saavedra
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

Worf really got on my nerves in this one, especially in the Dr Bashir scene. Seriously, why isn’t this guy ever charged with assault and removed from Starfleet. It’s not the first time he puts his hands on a fellow officer. Everyone always tries to appease Worf and and all the Klingons. In fact, I hate the Klingons. The only one I liked was Martok, and even he got my nerves occasionally.
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Dirk
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath

I just felt sorry for the Chief the whole time.
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I don't see how any of these episodes could have happened both to Voyager and the copy.

The other Voyager didn't follow the same path for 99% of their journey (because we heard about a bunch of interesting different adventures that the dupe crew had that our crew didn't).

They didn't leave at the same time. They probably didn't even leave from the same place nor at the same speed. This isn't alternate universes, after all.
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EventualZen
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Would anyone like to theorize which episodes between "Demon" and "Course: Oblivion" actually happened to the doomed/cloned Voyager crew?
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Cody B
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

After a slump of “meh” episodes, here we get a good one. Can’t help but to think that at the end Archer is taking out anger he has towards himself on Tripp. He tells Tripp they got news that “Charles” killed herself yet there’s no reason to believe she wasn’t murdered. And THAT would be Archers fault not Tripps. Even if she did commit suicide it’s just as much Archers fault. He had the final say on her not being able to stay on Enterprise when she begged to.
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James G
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

I was surprised to find a Q episode that I hadn't seen before, but it's an awful one. The Star Trek franchise is littered with these excuses to perform period dramas. I'm not really a fan of them. The whole appeal for me is to have an escapist glimpse into the future, albeit an imaginary one.

But the premise of this Robin Hood drama is witless in the extreme, the crowning stupidity being Picard's plan to rescue Vash just by breaking in on his own with a sword and getting her. I didn't find the jokes, like Troi shooting Data with an arrow and Worf breaking the lute, particularly funny. The whole thing is literally a farce.

I've been to Nottingham many times and the castle a few times; I lived about an hour from there. Would have been nice to hear the local accent, but the lady who is ordered by "Marian" to take a message to the forest sounds like she's from London.

But my pet hate with all Q episodes is the way he's treated by Picard. Granted he's irritating but he also has a wealth of knowledge and power that could benefit humankind and the Federation immeasurably. In this one he literally arrives offering a favour, but he's just asked to leave immediately.

Anyway. I've seen most of the TNG episodes but this one is a new low for me.
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

To throw in my two cents:

Maurice Hurley made multiple sexual passes at Gates McFadden in the first season, and when she didn't reciprocate, he had her booted off the show for a season (until he left his role as producer). He viewed the workplace as a dating pool.

My personal feeling is that M.H. wrote this episode with that personal situation (and potentially others) in mind. In fact, It wouldn't surprise me if he got a perverse kick out of Gates McFadden having to read and film a script that handwaves away his personal behavior and attacks female "frigidity".
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Booming
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@ Gerontius
" I think neither of them did anything blameworthy, and that we were given to understand that, having got to know each other better, they both accept that to be the case."
That seems to be the message the authors intended to convey which, in my view, makes it even worse.

These are a few snippets from people who reviewed the episode. Taken from wikipedia
- "The primary issue here ... is that we should be sympathetic to Geordi's mistakes here, and I don't think we're given good reason to be"
- and that the chemistry between Brahms and LaForge is pretty good in its own right, even though it’s working from an untenable premise that nothing he did was wrong or particularly weird."
- Couldn't we have had a bit more celebration of her genius rather than a pity party for LaForge and his fantasies of the girl of his dreams?

Looking into the "career" of the guy who wrote this thing I'm not surprised about the content of this episode.

He has two other writing credits. For one I couldn't find anything, he wrote an episode for a show that on IMDB is described as such:"Short lived comedy about construction workers enjoying themselves."

The second one is a movie called Frozen Assets and the plot is about a guy who starts at a new job and finds out, it's at a sperm bank and because they lack sperm they start a contest. The man who gives them the biggest amount of sperm wins the prize. Roger Ebert wrote:" What puzzles me is this film's tone. It's essentially a children's film with a dirty mind. This is a movie to watch in appalled silence. To call it the year's worst would be a kindness."

A children's film with a dirty mind. Sounds about right.

@Eventual Zen
Yeah, she was 29 when they filmed it. In universe she is 31. The Enterprise was finished in 2363 (Leah was 27) and definitely in construction during 2362. So yeah Leah was the leading engineer in the Federation at the age of 22-23. :D That's pretty funny.
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EventualZen
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 2:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Does anyone else think Leah is a little young to have designed the Enterprise's engines? She only looks about 30 years old and the Enterprise had already been around for a few years before the episode "Booby Trap". I would have thought someone in their 60's would have designed the Galaxy Class engines. Is she supposed to be a genius like Wesley?
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Gerontius
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 11:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Quite right, we differ in our views. I think neither of them did anything blameworthy, and that we were given to understand that, having got to know each other better, they both accept that to be the case. Booming disagrees. We can't let the protagonists adjudicate, since they are fictional, so we agree to differ.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

It was once a common way of describing the first decade of the 20th century (which doesn't lend itself to a convenient short form like 20s or 90s) and there was some attempt to revive it 100 years later. Didn't majorly catch on.
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SlackerInc
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

LOL, Spock's Ears, fair point. I enjoyed the episode, but you guys have convinced me of its many flaws.
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Leif
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 4:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Why do people think Demon was so bad? .other than the deuterium being hard to find flub? Itnhad such a neat and mostly original sci fi premise and some of the best visuals and a unique alien planet and kife form and decent characterization.its one of my favorites from season 4 actually.don't people' agree with that assessment? I'd be curious as to why not..
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Leif
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 4:12am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

Did anyone else think this needed more exploration ofbthe ubique new alien species..that to me was the main or only flaw here..i agre with jammer there..make it a two part episode maybe..didnt anyone else want to leanr more about a unique nonhulanoid species..
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Leif
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 1:39am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

Is in the aughts" a common English phrase..ive never heard the word aught before and thought it was a typo and I'm a native fluent English speaker..guess its rare or maybe a British thing?
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Leif
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 12:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

Am I the only one who thought this was good because it was an original fairly unique alien species? Indont think we've aeen one like this before in any Trek..or tje idea of phereomones that erase memories and ships and life signs that phase in and out sortnof and can't be stored in memory..isnt that pretty imaginstive and menorable? Do people agree with that at least that the episode wasn't derivative? I wish season 7 and second half of six were more like season 4..
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Austin
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 11:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Finally a chance for Beltran to show off his acting chops. Too often he comes off as a sedated Marlon Brando and they don’t give him anything to work with. Personally, I worry about Alzheimer’s disease in my family and my future with it, so some points hit home. Unfortunately the vision quest sequences were too much like a poor man’s Prophet Sequence from DS9. They almost got there, and it was enough to pique my interest, just not enough to hold it. 2/4
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Leif
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 11:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@ Alex, Don't you think the show prpdiced more than a dpzen good episodes in 7 years? I think it did despote all the flaws here..Did most people think the concept of the Borg transwarp hub was at least a cool.and fairly original and imaginative sci fi concept? Something we havent seen before..I wish more ofnthe episode had explored how itnwas created or built and introduced new alien life forms..maube subpsace life forms within the corridors like the Nacene who love in subspace! And tie it back into Caretaker that way! What does everybody think of that idea? Any other altentate suggestions for how the show could've ended?
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Dirk
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

And hooray for the bald and bearded Sisko. He seems SO much more confident, too. The shaved head and beard signal a real turning point for the show. I always thought he looked so sanitized before, and now he seems more realistic.
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Dirk
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 9:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

Okay so this wasn't the worst Klingon episode ever, but it was pretty ludicrous. I just can't take Klingons seriously - they are like the drag queens of Trek (no offense to drag queens) with their camp and melodrama. As for the battle at the end - why the hell wasn't the Defiant out there fighting, or why wasn't it targeted? And everyone involved in the battle on the station should have been drenched in blood by the end.

Also, is O'Brien senior staff now? It seemed out of place for him to be in a strategy meeting.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

While I wanted to see what happened at Wolf 359, the Enterprise at a far-off distance really made it far scarier. It really upped the stakes, IMHO.
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Rahul
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Corbomite Maneuver

I think TOS was sloppy with its stardates. Not sure how much weight one can put in them as far as a chronological order of the Enterprise's mission under Kirk -- especially in the early part of Season 1.

In Kirk's first log entry for this episode, he says stardate 1512.2. The second time he mentions a stardate, it's 1513.8. What's odd is the stardate for "The Man Trap" is 1513.1.

We know the order of the episodes to air was not the order in which they were produced but what else is odd is you have 2 episodes with stardates in the 1300s ("Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Mudd's Women") and then nothing in the 1400s. Then you have some episodes in the 1500s. Haven't looked up how stardates correspond to the regular calendar, but it would seem Kirk's Enterprise went a long period of time without anything worthy of an episode. And it would do so again when stardates jump in to the 2700s for 3 episodes starting with "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
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