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Jamie
Mon, Nov 26, 2018, 12:02am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I don’t mind this ep. it’s not science; it’s science fiction. But if we are to believe Star Fleet is a reputable institution then this ep should have been Crushers last after being court marshalled all the way to the Alpha quadrant. The entire crew almost died as a result of her mistake... at least one bridge crew member did die. And Spot’s cute cuddly kittens likely died of starvation.
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Jamie
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 8:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

This episode confirms my biggest criticism of TNG. The crew lose their personalities entirely, yet any discernible differences are hard to pick out. I almost wish the episode's closing log had noted that although personalities had been restored, they realized there wasn't much missing in the first place other than ranks, affiliations and a few staple quirks. During the final "battle" sequence I had to remind myself that these people weren't their usual selves. If I had tuned in at this point, I'd question the plot and who they were attacking, but certainly wouldn't imagine they had lost their personalities. I would have loved to see Picard revert to his grumpy Farpoint persona, for example, but alas. They do say space is actually a shade of beige, right?
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Jamie
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 3:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

While I tend to agree that this isn't anywhere near TNG's finest moments, it still has a thematic solidity to it that is sometimes glaringly absent from most episodes. For example, the scene with Data helping to build the model. Taken on face value, it's an absurd and contrived scene, though thematically it makes sense. Timothy was attempting to build a complex persona upon turbulent and uncertain foundations, thus it was bound to collapse. Then there's the rather dull plot which involves some space distortion or whatnot serving as a mortal threat. Ho-hum, sure. Again, however, we have thematic tie-in based around the idea of putting up shields as a barrier to block out internal damage, which in turn only renders the damage more intense.

I just thought I'd point out these somewhat subtle frameworks as a means to defend what is nevertheless still a problematic episode, mostly because (as others have noted) of its unfortunate placement in the season and a character who never quite manages to embody the script's conflict enough to resonate. Fair play to actor Joshua Harris and Patrick Stewart in the director's chair, however. They did what they could with a promising but otherwise half-baked script.
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Jamie
Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 6:40am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Clues

I feel for poor Geordi in this one. He's made to seem obsessed with facial hair growth just so that nerds on a BBS won't get snarky about a minor plot hole. I rolled my eyes the first time he *randomly* brought it up, and had to laugh when he brought it up again once the mystery was solved. Yes, Geordi, thanks for clearing that up!
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Jamie
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 3:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Yeah, that's pretty weird, JerJer. I never once noticed the supposed revealing spandex, nor do I wish to go back and investigate. I sure as hell noticed in both Transfigurations and Legacy, but not here.

As to the episode, I've never been so bummed out by a Trek episode. It goes from a solid 9/10 episode to a highly conflicted 6 in no time flat. Everything before the twist was brilliant, especially Riker's rant on the bridge right before the somewhat disappointing reveal. Then when Inception started happening, I was fully checked out. Bleugh.
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Jamie
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 9:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

30 minutes of tedious Klingon politics followed by 15 riveting minutes of palpable character drama. K'Ehleyr's death was appreciated. She was well written, but the actress left much to be desired. And of course, the resulting drama was spectacular.
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Jamie
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 8:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Legacy

"The whole "everyone in the 24th century loves stuff from the 20th" is so tiresome."

Um, hello? Haven't you ever heard of Anbo-jitsu? It's only the ultimate evolution of the martial arts. Not to mention the holodeck, that weird cyber-squash game from a couple episodes back, and three-dimensional chess. It's not like poker is the only recreational activity these people are interested in.
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Jamie
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 2:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

"But the fact that data went rogue and commandeered the federation flagship when there was a dangerously ill child on board and faced no consequences for his actions is absolutely ludicrous. "

Good sir, any episode of Star Trek that has FTL travel as depicted in the series is absolutely ludicrous. So, yeah, just about every single one of them. Sometimes you just have to suspend your disbelief in a standard orbit to, you know, enjoy yourself. Never let facts get in the way of a good story, they say.

And let's just be honest here, in the Star Trek universe, anyone, cybernetic or not, is susceptible to being mind-controlled. Data is not unique in this category aboard the Enterprise. Should Picard have faced charges after destroying an entire armada in BOBW? Would that really have been satisfying or even worth discussing in the first place? Both were controlled against their will, thus should not be reprimanded for actions they did not intend to take.

As for the episode, I found it simply fantastic and far above the (over-rated) standard set by the third season. Data is by far my favorite character in a show that distinctly lacks them, so it's always a pleasure. So far, I'm glad to report that season four is living up to the hype that season three gets tossed at it. I only hope it continues this way and we don't regress back into the vanilla Undiscovered Country esque political intrigue and bland characterization/Sixth Sense syndrome (in which a single line of dialogue at the end somehow justifies manufactured and awkwardly obfuscated mystery) present in 1989's latter months.
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Jamie
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, 10:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

My only problem with this episode (and it's a major one) is that I felt Stubbs was the only one making any sense. Well, maybe Worf too, I guess. Everyone else was rigidly in full-on TNG-space-hippy "let's talk it out, man" mode. I'm sorry, but I wouldn't have blinked an eyelid at performing cyber-genocide once life support was being jeopardized. Furthermore, they send them off to their own world which, given the small amount of time it took them to take over the Enterprise, will probably be used up in a day or two. Consider the galaxy exponentially devoured and conquered by four o'clock next Wednesday. After an encounter with the similar (but larger) Borg, you'd think they'd maybe be a bit more cautious. I mean, really, in terms of long-term lore, what did the nanites get up to after being left to their own devices? Stay at home with a good book? GAH!
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Jamie
Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 8:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

I am smarter than all those morons and their petty issues, don't those fools know that laughing is much better than worrying about petty bruised ego's and those pesky feelings?

Quit whining and laugh, morons!







Okay enough of this,
A hopefully more mature view:
While Data and his comedy were funny, those families had real issues that while petty and upsetting to you were quite relevant to them. Okona was funny and charming at first but also wise enough to man-up and to be mature enough to face the music instead of running away. In the end he really helped them and by the episode's end they all were well on their to resolving their issues and acting in a more civil manner to each other.

Want to know what preachy jack ass wrote this? Contact him at peter_swinkels@hotmail.com

Love your site and will keep reading and commenting,
Peter Swinkels



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Jamie
Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 2:07am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

I think the reason Archer didn't want to destroy the virus is that he was still recovering from its effects and was feeling an understandable protectiveness toward the Loque'eque.

As for the uneven temperament of the creatures into which they transformed, it is a must that one engages in that wonderful thing called "willing suspension of disbelief." Considering all the fanciful and futuristic ideas portrayed in all the Star Trek series, one must admit that consistency and sense aren't really their strong suit. For example, why is it that when any non-English speaking species' language is translated by the UT their mouths move just like they're speaking English? Shouldn't there be a disconnect between the two? But I'll bet most people don't even think about that, or if they do, like me, they just accept that that's the way it is, because, it's a freaking TV show, NOT a portrayal of something real.

So when the Captain, et al, acted "goofy" after being transformed into the Loque'eque, I just filled in the blanks with my own speculation. I decided that their inconsistent behavior was due to a conflict between human DNA and Loque'eque DNA, as well as, the fact that the virus transformed them into a basic Loque'eque with superimposed memories. Imagine cloning a Neandrathal and overlaying his instinctive nature with modern memories and language skills. He would just be confused about how to act.

One of the most important things I've learned over the years as an original TOS fan is that in order to enjoy the show one must just accept and not look at it too closely. I was 12 when TOS first aired and I ate it up, just like it was truth incarnate. And I loved every minute of it. Every show of every series and movie of the Star Trek universe is heaven to me. Who TF cares if one thing or another is goofy or unbelievable? It's ALL unbelievable if you think about it too much.

Stop being such 'canon Nazis" and slip into that "willing suspension of disbelief" and you'll find that you will take much more pleasure in the watching.
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Jamie Stearns
Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 11:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

I think that sums up this episode. I have to commend them for trying to address the sexuality issue, but the episode waters it down so heavily and has the characters mention so many sexist stereotypes that it sabotages itself.

Similar "contemporary issue episodes" also took the time to make at least a cryptic reference to the "real" issue being discussed in the dialogue; for example, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" had Chekov and Sulu mentioning that Earth was prejudiced before and "In The Hand Of The Prophets" included a line from Keiko asking Winn what she would do when the class covered theories of evolution. No such luck here, and it's not like there was any lack of opportunities; when Riker was describing male sexuality to Soren in Ten Forward, he could have easily said, "Also, believe it or not, some men are actually attracted to other men." Or go with a continuity nod to "The Host" during the sickbay scene.

All in all, I appreciate that they tried, but it needed to be a lot less watered-down.
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Jamie Stearns
Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

This episode has been widely criticized for making its anti-racist point with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, and it's true.

However, in 1969, beating people over the head with the idea that racism is bad wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

I often compare this one as a successful counterpart to the confused and too-subtle "The Outcast" as an example of what the latter should have been.
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Jamie Stearns
Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 10:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

Ben: Kirk was really just mad that Spock got the girl this time instead of him.

On a more serious note, this episode started the tradition of the Romulans having strong and influential female characters. Interestingly, Joanne Linville's character from this episode was originally going to reappear in "Face of the Enemy" until it turned out the actress was unavailable and Carolyn Seymour's Commander Toreth was used instead.
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Jamie Stearns
Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 10:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

The confrontation between Kirk and Mitchell at the end of this episode is so similar to the final Dukat/Sisko scene in "What You Leave Behind" that I can't help but think the latter was a deliberate parallel.

Even the roles of Dehner and Winn in the final conflict were similar.
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Jamie Stearns
Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 5:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

About the "no female captains" issue, I think Lester's line about "your world of starship captains doesn't admit women!" was referring to Kirk leaving her for the Enterprise.

While it's true there were no female Starfleet captains seen in TOS, that doesn't mean they didn't exist, and what has been seen supports the possibility: The Romulans had female captains ("The Enterprise Incident") and it's hard to see them as being more progressive than the Federation. More importantly, "The Cage" and "The Menagerie" establish that the Enterprise's previous first officer was a woman, and that she took command of the ship after Captain Pike's abduction without any objection from the rest of the crew.
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Jamie Stearns
Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 1:14am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

I agree with Jammer, Samantha Wildman really should have died here. One of Voyager's biggest problems was sticking too tightly to the status quo; this would have been a great opportunity to shake things up. It also would have necessitated a follow-up episode dealing with Naomi's reaction to he mother's death, but story arcs are one of those things Voyager needed more of anyway.

That said, I doubt that would have affected the story too much and would have made later plot developments make sense: Ensign Wildman never showed up again anyway, and Naomi seemed to find a surrogate mother figure in the form of Seven of Nine, just like Neelix effectively replaced her absent father.

Actually, "Naomi warms up to Seven during the grieving process" would have at least made for an interesting subplot in the aforementioned follow-up episode and served to set up their interactions in "Dark Frontier".
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Jamie Stearns
Wed, Nov 20, 2013, 10:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

As this episode prominently features Dukat interacting with people who aren't really there while trying to hide it from Sisko, I looked up the episode credits just to be sure...

Yes, it was in fact written by Ronald D. Moore. ;)
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Jamie
Thu, Oct 7, 2010, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

The early post on here about Baltar and Caprica Six having to raise Hera after her parents get killed is really something the writers should have done. Not only would it have better fit the Opera House vision, but it would also have provided a better interpretation of Head Six's reference to Hera as "Our Child" back in season 2.
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Jamie
Sat, Jun 12, 2010, 6:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: A Disquiet Follows My Soul

I've only seen this episode twice; once when it first aired, upon which I found it mediocre at best as far as I can remember. And secondly, tonight, upon my rewatching of the entire series this past couple of weeks. And I'm surprised. I honestly found this one to be a disquieted gem of sorts, and yes, quite a counterpoint to the brutal two episodes that come before. In a way, it feels like the quiet before Yet Another Storm and I appreciated that. Maybe it has a bit to do with the fact that I watched the "Unrated" version which I hadn't seen before, but I truly felt this was a flawless hour of TV. Sure, not a lot goes on, but I guess that's what I liked about it. It was introspective and very at ease with itself.
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Jamie
Mon, May 11, 2009, 5:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

Excellent work, Jammer. Insightful and reflective as always. It's been a pleasure watching along side your thoughts.
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Jamie
Sat, Mar 21, 2009, 4:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Just beautiful, really. It did have some problems--but I was more than able to overlook such moments in order to appreciate all the good going on around them. Unlike a lot of folk, I adored Kara's send off. It was poignant and unexpected, and had enough emotional backing to give it more than a lame "WOW! WEIRD!" punch. It was like Starbuck. In fact, that's what I enjoyed most about the sendoff-- the characters shone above all else and it was a powerful goodbye at that. I will miss it!
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Jamie
Wed, Apr 30, 2008, 10:57am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

I have been re-watching Voyager on Spike for some time now,and I must concur with the general analysis here. It was a series that could have been so much more--a DS9 or even a Battlestar--if the writers had realized what a good cast they had and what a potential vehicle for good,allegorical storytelling the show was.It was better than Enterprise(by that time it was as if nobody gave a damn at all).
The previous poster mentioned the episode Equinox as a template for what Voyager should have been dealing with,but I guess the writers were just too afraid of upsetting the kiddies by making the crew anything less than unrealistically perfect. Shame.
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Jamie
Mon, Sep 17, 2007, 4:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: Site Version 5.0 (2017)

An afterthought... any chance you will be implementing a similar feedback system that can recieve user-submitted reviews and archive them with your own?
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Jamie
Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 6:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: Site Version 5.0 (2017)

I will use my new found tool of expression here to say: Thanks for the commenting feature ;)
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