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Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 5:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

With just one change, they could have made this the most awesome episode ever... instead of that other Taresian guy, they should have had Captain Kirk, in a Hugh Hefner-style gown with a pipe and a couple of babes around each arm, saying, "You know, I think you're going to really like it here Harry..."
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Mon, Apr 30, 2018, 3:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

Wasn't much into this episode, though it did make me think that Starfleet would have had to alter their academy requirements for all sorts of different beings, and we seldom get an insight into that.
But overall it was worth the sit-through to see the Klingon chef!!
Kinda like the Swedish chef... but far less Swedish...
I really would like to see a Klingon Iron-Chef competition, that would be brutal.
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Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 3:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

OK... clearly the know the show is on the way out by now, so they're just screwin around for fun. Nevertheless, I found this to be a reasonably enjoyable midriff.

Sorry, EPISODE, I meant episode...
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Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 3:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Yeah, this episode is definitely not what I was hoping to see when I pressed Play...
Not as completely terrible as 'Bounty', but most of the way there. Perhaps this idea could have worked if the writer had not been so determined to steer us all the way down the lite and silly path...
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Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Affliction

Enterprise's predicament at the end of this episode reminds me of a Homer Simpson joke...
"...I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around a city, keeping it's speed over 50, and if it's speed dropped, it would explode! I think it was called... The Bus that Couldn't Slow Down..."
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Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 10:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Damage

Great episode. Situations like that bring realism to the burdens and responsibilities of leadership to an extent that Trek rarely goes anywhere near. When it was Rodenberry's "Western in space", the show would never have put the heroes in that scenario, but episodes like that really evolve the possible breadth of the show/franchise, for the better I think.
There was NO other choice, no magic alternative. Could they say "too bad, I guess we can't save humanity after all..." Nope. It's not just their own ship and their own lives, but billions of other lives depending on their success. In the same situation, Picard would have done it, and Janeway, and Sisko, and Kirk, because what is going to bother you more... the fate of this other ship, or failing to save your planet? It may have made the crew sick to their stomach, but I don't think any could argue against the need to do it. It's a good thought-provoking story idea, even if it isn't traditional Trek.
As for why Archer was released at the beginning, the council may have reasoned that he would be killed off by the Reptilians or the Insectoids if kept around, and wanted to leave room for the possibility that he was right. One fan theory anyway...
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Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 10:46am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Hatchery

I don't see how Archer's (insectoid-juice-affected) point of view would be defensible at all, under the circumstances. This is, after all, a mission to save the entirety of Planet Earth from destruction, a mission where the clock is ticking, and you don't know how much time you will have, or need, or whether you can even be successful. Under the circumstances, Enterprise shouldn't delay their primary mission for one minute. It's not reasonable, this is not Allied soldiers in a warzone, this scenario is more like trying to get a torpedo into the Death Star before it kills everyone. Well, perhaps not quite as exciting as that...
Maybe saving some alien babies will be noticed... by the same attackers that killed 7 million of your people... or maybe not. Can you place a bet on that? No way.
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Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 9:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

I quite enjoyed this episode. If we're going to have a diversion from the Xindi story arc, then this is the sort of story I'm happy to see, certainly much more entertaining than that groan-worthy Harbinger ep. Personally I'm just glad when the writing and execution can sucessfully achieve a clear goal, even a simple one, without reaching for lazy solutions, and I don't think that's an issue here. It does strongly resemble Voyager's "One" in many ways, but I consider it a sufficiently different take to be worthwhile, and good further development of Phlox's character. And the atmosphere of the story was well realised. This isn't a deep story, but, it isn't dumb, and I'm always grateful of that in a Trek episode, because you can't take that for granted...
The truth about T'Pol isn't overly hidden, plenty of clues are there, enough to make an attentive viewer fairly sure that she's imagined, but not quite 100% sure for a while, at least. And so I think the twist works well even if you do see it coming, because you get to say "Ha, knew it!"
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Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

Yes, it was zero-stars bad.
This is a first-time run through of Enterprise for me, and being very familiar with the other Treks, I know that there are usually at last a couple of turkeys in every season, but wow, that was complete garbage. Super-dumb. I can like shows that are very dumb, but that's never what I'm looking for in Trek. That was depressing. Can we be certain that they didn't let an 8-year old write this, just for a laugh?
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Wed, Jun 7, 2017, 3:36am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Two Days and Two Nights

Well I'm watching through this series for the first time, and I'd have to say that this was one of the most interesting episodes of The Love Boat that I have ever seen. There were some nice comic touches, like when that really inept spy knocked out Captain Stubing with her fingernail, or when Gopher and the Bartender got mugged and tied up by those robbers disguised as hot chicks.
Must have been something wrong with my audio, I couldn't hear the laugh track, but still plenty of chuckles to be had...
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Mon, Dec 26, 2016, 8:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Going through a run of the DS9 DVD set at the moment, and stumbled on to this ep... eek...
Really quite awful and annoying. I suppose when you have 26-episode seasons, occasionally one like this will blurt out. A dumb thing to do to Jake's character, and, well, a dumb thing to do to Odo's character too... maybe there were usable ideas here somewhere, but the writing wasn't up to it this time... maybe it's the writers who needed a visit from the magic-creativity-space-vampire...
Perhaps worst of all, Lwaxana had the opportunity to bring back the "Mr Wolf" Worf gag, and she passed it up... he was sitting right there!
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Fri, Dec 16, 2016, 12:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

Great Trek story, and very original.
Sanctuary districts, poverty, no jobs, violence on the streets...
Couldn't help but notice that the events of this story are set exactly 8 years after Donald Trump becomes President...
Heyy, not trying to stir up politics or anything like that... just an observation... and this IS a fictional story... for now...
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Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 4:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

Best line of Series 3 goes to Garak in this episode:
"oh, it was just something I overheard while I was hemming someone's trousers..."
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Tue, Nov 1, 2016, 10:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

I enjoy this two parter a great deal, there are so many great things going on here. It is TNG being bold and clever in its story concepts, and those are always the best episodes.
I really like the command of Captain Jellico, and I particularly like the idea of the writers presenting this alternative view of how the command of the Enterprise might be handled. The first time that I saw this episode long ago, I thought that Jellico was a turd... but every time I have seen it since then, I have come to better appreciate his position and his decisions. He understands these Cardassian timber wolves, and he's the right man to represent the Federation's interests.
Plus this episode has all of that awesome dialogue between David Warner and Patrick Stewart. I get such a kick out of Warner's performances, I don't quite know what it is, but it's so great in everything he does... Trek movies, Time Bandits, Babylon 5, Baldur's Gate, Doctor Who... he brings such a special presence to his work.
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Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 4:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Yes Robert, I would love to see some new Trek that focused on the origins of the Borg. That would be awesome, but I suppose that the story wouldn't involve any humans, so the makeup and prosthetics budget would be off the scale...
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Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 10:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

I like this episode, it is a fine piece of sci-fi for many reasons... not least of all the thought provoking take it offers on the Borg, at a very appropriate time in the story arc as Jammer pointed out.
But as a number of people have already pointed out, the Borg are NOT a "race"... and that's where this episode (and others) get it wrong with regard to the Borg. It does irk me whenever they call the Borg a "race". They are an amalgam of beings that were stolen from their original species. In truth, most of the Borg shouldn't look like augmented humans... in fact most of them (and yes, obviously, they hadn't figured this out yet...) should look like Delta quadrant species... Kazon, Voth, Ocampa, Vidiian... species that were unfortunate enough to live near whatever it was that initiated "The Borg".
7 of 9 was a human, not a Borg... a human in need of de-programming... and that's at least one thing that Voyager got right...
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Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 9:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

It is a great episode for so many reasons highlighted above, but the best bit for me was Picard swearing in Klingon. Brutal.
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