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Jason D
Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 2:11am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Collaborators

I just wish someone had said "thank you" to Gaeta. Of course, so much was said with glances once he was cut loose. I guess Chief sitting down with him at the end was 'thank-you' enough, and part of the healing process.

Jammer - good call on the overcrowding. I noticed that, and it raises questions about the state of Galactica and the fleet.

Also, thanks for the caution you threw Cureboy. I don't know why it took me ten years to start watching BSG, but reading these reviews after watching the eps helps it feel more contemporary, like I'm not so far behind!
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Jason D
Tue, Mar 25, 2014, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Downloaded

Excellent review, excellent ep. This season went off the rails after Ressurection Ship. Watching Black Market through Captain's Hand, I started to wonder where BSG had gone (yes, even 'Hand,' because by that point I was seriously sick of Lee Adama and his new-job-every-episode).

This story gets BSG back on track and away from cop shows, hostage situations, and ruminations on abortion rights (oy).

We were overdue for an update on Caprica's cylons and humans, overdue for a resolution with Sharon's baby, and way overdue for some insight into cylon society. Beyond that, this episode corrects a series-long problem for me: why should I care about the rights, religion, and emergent humanisim of the cylons when the whole show is about their attempt to kill all humans? "Downloaded" provides a firmer foundation for these recurring themes than just "hey, this Sharon is helping now." Good stuff.

And Jammer called it - Six seeing Baltar was a "masterstroke."
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Jason D
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Black Market

Jammer makes a great point about Fisk and the weak emotional payoff of Shevon's revelations at the end. The latter only emphasized this episode's biggest problem: a miscast lead.

So *something* is up with Lee, that's nothing new. But instead of exploring what's already on the table for him, we get thrown into the middle of some bonus cooked-up back story.

Could have been an interesting detective story that explores life in the fleet. Why use Lee when the guy is already be involved with everything else in the show (and fleet)?

If the season needed to take a break from the main ongoing plot lines (of which there are plenty), the writers should have used a new, side character. Instead, following a main character through this sever left-turn of a story just felt like a frustrating distraction forced into the middle of the season. One star.
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Jason D
Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 7:46am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

I've been meaning to watch more Voyager, picked it up with this episode, and was shocked at how silly and clunky it was. I can't believe there's actually a debate here as to whether the reviewer is being fair. Why? This episode is a clunker.

If anything, Jammer is being generous about the acting. I couldn't believe how ridiculous everyone came across. Most of the time I felt I was watching actors playing make-believe than characters in a story. Felt more like that than anything I've watched in a long time (and I watch tons of TOS). Harry sounds like a kid pretending to be some sooper-serious action hero. His fiancee sounds like a different person in each scene until it's time for some emotion (which is when she sounds like an android falling apart).

I thought there'd be an extra-cool explanation for Harry's situation to justify the fakeness of it all, but no. Only explanation I see is very bad writing served up with mediocre acting and direction. Sometimes Trek has a neat idea that burns up in the atmosphere or plows into the ground. Either way, the failure is spectacular. This episode is a neat idea that just slowly evaporates before your eyes (if you can keep 'em open). One star.
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Jason D
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Another excellent review that hits on a lot of my own observations, too. Just watched this recently for the first time in years. As when I was a kid, I find the "primordial goo" scene really sticks with me, the future scenes are the most fun (though the past had plenty for fans, too). The fact that in the future they go back to see the anomaly *after* it's created really stuck out during this latest viewing.

I think the best observation these TNG reviews make is that TNG is often about problem solving. Hadn't been to this site in a while, but that notion was still in my mind as I rewatched "Q Who" and "All Good Things" this week. Thanks.
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