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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

I think I have an explanation for what happened after actually paying attention to this episode (one of the "benefits" of being sick on the couch). Part of it is corroborated by "Formerly known as Artisan's" comment from five years ago, as well as some of the production commentary on Memory Alpha. Namely, the story originally had a different message. It's like they had the script dealing with a local phenomenon but a hastily done staff rewrite tried to shoehorn in the larger global warming allegory without sufficiently modifying the dialogue.

I mentioned in my comment from 2012 that I didn't see any indication of this warp drive damage applying anywhere but in this particular isolated corridor of space. After watching closely, I can still say that's the case, at least as far as what's spoken in the dialogue. The exception is how everyone reacts, specifically Geordi. It's as if his dialogue was rewritten to make the problem bigger than actually presented. The same goes for the final scene. It fits the localized nature of the problem when Picard reads Starfleet's directive "...areas of space found susceptible to warp fields will be restricted to essential travel only." However the next line "Effective immediately, all Federation vessels will be limited to a speed of warp five, except in cases of extreme emergency" comes out of nowhere, since as I've said only the Hekaras Corridor has been identified as a place that's "susceptible to warp fields."

The one and only possible counter to this is a scene with Geordi, Data, and Rabal in Stellar Cartography. They're looking at the rift trying to find a way to get to the Fleming. At the end of the scene they notice something. "It's a subspace instability outside the rift. That should not be possible." Could this be nugget of information that's supposed to indicate damage to all of space? If so, the dialogue is wrong. It should be "It's a subspace instability outside the CORRIDOR," which is what the graphic indicates. Even so, just like Spot, the Ferengi, and Geordi's tinkering with the engines, it's never followed up on and forgotten despite being what could be the critical element of the story.

Also, coasting at warp? Come on. They also said after the Fleming engaged their warp engines that they no longer have sufficient velocity to escape. Just a short while before however they said "It would take weeks to reach them at impulse." Ok that would suck, but it's not like they'd be trapped. This is just so sloppy.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 3:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

I never noticed this before, but Picard didn't reveal to Wesley that he in fact had evidence of their attempt at the Kolvoord Starburst. In his panicked conversation with Locarno, Wesley even says there's no evidence. So had Wesley not confessed, Picard would have shown that the Saturn NavCon image matches the animation of the maneuver (which wouldn't necessarily stand on its own merits), but they also know from the flight data recorder that Wesley opened his ship's coolant interlock, which is necessary to "ignite the plasma." Just imagine how that scene would have played out!
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 8:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

I never really liked this episode, but I don't hate it either. Airing it right after New Ground definitely drags it down.

Regarding the school, the model building scene, and the way Timothy is behaving, it seems to me he was supposed to be younger, but they probably couldn't find an actor who could handle the part. With such an aggressive production schedule they wouldn't have had the time to redo the writing, sets, or much else. The other kids in the school look at least a couple years younger, but we don't see a lot of them so it's hard to tell.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 9:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

I agree there's a lot of flaws in the episode, but I still enjoy it. Nevertheless, I do think it was incredibly irresponsible of the crew to just let the time ship go back to Jersey all by itself. Data knew it was about to leave and could have stayed with it to figure out how to use it and bring it back. As it is, I picture it reappearing in Rasmussen's garage and quickly becoming a curiosity that gets snatched by the authorities. In 200 years someone could've figured out how to get into the thing. Aside from that, wouldn't someone like Captain Braxton from Voyager come looking for it after its first captain failed to return? Maybe they were a bit more relaxed about their time travel in the 26th century.
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Jeffrey G Key
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 6:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

Have to say Quark would be wearing a red "Make Ferenginar Great Again" cap in 2018.

Otherwise, great episode.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 7:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Contagion

When Geordi is shocked by the control panel in engineering, and Data throws him back with enough force for Geordi to crumple to the ground, you see a noticeable "oh crap" expression on Data's face. I have to wonder if that was scripted/directed or if it was actually Brent Spiner reacting to LeVar Burton's "flight."
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Jeff Key
Fri, Jan 26, 2018, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

Charming episode with great period music. The writers in DS9 were often taking big chances and this was another step in that direction. Nana Visitors depth of talent was expanded even more than I thought possible in this episode with her rendition of Fever. I'm thankful the series allowed the platform from which she could showcase her abilities. Three stars.
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Jeff
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

I just rewatched this episode last night and picked up on something I never noticed before. When Sisko first meets Mirror-Jadzia he calls her "Dax." He sure was taking a gamble there. How would he know that Jadzia was a joined Trill in the mirror universe?
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Jeffrey Combs
Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 6:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Battle Lines

@Drewmina - We don't talk about Babylon 5 here. Jammer doesn't like it. Too much competition for DS9, I guess.
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JeffD
Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

Not much to comment on the final episode other than the cliffhanger has brought the most excitement for me since the initial episode.

I just want to share my experiences with streaming quality....

I primarily watch CBS All Access using a Roku streaming stick. I rarely have buffering issues, and I always get HD. I have subscribed to CBS all access for a while and haven't had the experiences Jammer has experienced.

Just for kicks, I have tried both the iPhone and Android version over my wireless, and it has performed decently.

I do have pretty fast internet, so my streaming experience is usually great for any app I try.
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Jeff
Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Pria

I've watched THE ORVILLE from the first episode and I was definitely expecting (and more in the mood for) a flat out TREK based comedy series. That being said I think this show will only ever be OK in my book, but I'll continue to watch it as it's not the worst way to spend an hour. In regards to "Pria", just a couple of comments I wanted to share.

1) At first, I was thinking this episode would follow along the lines of VOY: "Alice." When Pria began talking about the wormhole (and once the Orville got there) I totally expected her to call it "home."

2) When Pria revealed she was time traveler from hundreds of years in the future I was also expecting all the characters to burst out laughing at how ridiculous it all sounded. It made me think of the seemingly endless time travel shows on TREK (and ENT's Temporal Cold War, specifically). I thought this would be Pria's last attempt at lying about who she really was and to just go for the BIG LIE. But no, this is where it was going all the time.

3) The ending, when Pria vanishes from Mercer's office, confused me a little. With the destruction of the wormhole obviously Pria has no way of returning to her own time. But I fail to understand how it causes her to vanish into thin air. I thought she would be stuck in the Orville's century and probably be sent to prison or something.

4) Knowing that Jonathan Frakes directed this episode (and that Andre Bormanis and Brannon Braga are producers and that Penny Johnson is in the main cast) I'd be really curious to hear their thoughts about THE ORVILLE in relation to their STAR TREK work.
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Jeff Jensen
Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 11:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Wow. Funny how we have all had similar experiences with this episode. I caught the beginning of this in a rerun tonight and thought to myself, "I remember this episode, it has the wrinkled face guy in that hideous white jumpsuit." Then, I realized, I remembered nothing else from this episode. Who was he? I had no clue. What happens? No idea. Well, I decided to watch it, so I popped in my blu ray set which I got recently and compared shots airing on TV to my blu ray. As a quick aside, I must say, the blu ray picture is amazing. The colors are vibrant, and the surface textures are so detailed. With that said, the texture details of the, um, "mid regions" of the alien's white jump suit seemed enhanced, too...definitely distracting, but I digress.

This episode must be the epitome of unmemorable, as I watched the whole thing and only had vague recollections of what I was seeing, not knowing how it would end until it finally did. I really did enjoy the brief scenes with Worf and Geordi talking about romancing women, and Worf's line "I've been tutoring him" is not one I will forget again. It was awesome.

All in all, I suppose this episode had enough intrigue to keep me watching, and had my interest piqued, but primarily because I knew I HAD seen it but I couldn't remember it. It kept my interest throughout, but in the end it was definitely an average episode. I did find myself asking if the writers were somehow thinking about the general population's response to the AIDS virus in the 1980s. It was something unknown, and many people were scared of it, like this species was to their new and unknown condition. Probably not, as I haven't seen that connection mentioned anywhere else. And the more I think about it, it seems less likely rather than more. Just a passing thought I had.
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Jeff
Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

Great episode with Barclay, Trouble and the doctors. I have only one science nitpick to present. Dr. Zimmerman suggests that the Hologram doctor should visit the third moon of Jupiter because the lava flows are wonderful this time of year. For a show that is based space exploration, I don't understand why their astronomical advisors would allow them to make such a simple mistake on our own solar system. The third moon of Jupiter is Europa and is not volcanic. The first moon of Jupiter is Io and it is volcanic. Albeit this is a silly nitpick however the show gets to make up their own technobabble when it comes to deep space and areas that we have not yet explored. They should not be making mistakes on our own solar system.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, May 20, 2017, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Alternate

That planet was one of the most fakey sound stages with matte painting backdrops I've seen since first season TNG.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, May 9, 2017, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Dramatis Personae

This episode was quite middling, and would've been greatly helped by a strong musical score (think TNG's Booby Trap or Night Terrors). Sadly, we get the usual bland brass wallpaper music, which just highlights the banality of the episode. Thanks a lot Rick Berman >_<
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Jeff
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 11:53am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

And isn't it interesting that Ro's actions in Preemptive Strike were a violation of core Federation principles. and here the exact other point of view is a violation of core Federation principles. Here is where Picard surrenders his right to champion core Federation principles.
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Jeff
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

So much nauseatingly trite banter in this film, including pretty every Anij/Picard conversation. And who the hell would want to spend 40 years as an apprentice? If adults never age and vacate social positions, the children will basically stay children even long after they're adults. What a stagnant civilization that would be. Another example of a "heaven" actually being rather hellish.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 10, 2016, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

I don't dislike this episode, and I applaud them for trying something different. I also don't agree that it's just filler because it isn't sci-fi. TNG's "Family" is similar, and it's an outstanding character piece. DS9's "Past Tense" is also a very similar story, and an important one.

That said, speaking of "Past Tense" there is a similar kind of artificiality I feel in both of these episodes. Maybe it's the studio backlot setting which is almost real but not quite, or the strangely quiet and somewhat stilted acting which might be a symptom of being outside the actors' comfort zones, but both these episodes have something of a Truman Show feel to them that doesn't sit quite right with me.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 6:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

Thank you Mikey for bringing up the hull breach issue. It's not even that the stream of water would slice Tom in half, but the tiniest breach would instantly crush everyone inside to pink goo. Futurama made this same mistake (though probably deliberately) after conceding that a spaceship's design considerations are completely opposite that of a submarine.

LEELA: Depth at 45 hundred feet, 48 hundred, 50 hundred! 5000 feet!
FARNSWORTH: Dear Lord, that's over 150 atmospheres of pressure.
FRY: How many atmospheres can this ship withstand?
FARNSWORTH: Well it's a spaceship, so I'd say anywhere between zero and one.

Assuming the gravitational field holding this planet together is similar to the gravity we experience on Earth, at 600km in depth, they'd be subjected to nearly 60,000 atmospheres of pressure, or 875,000 pounds per square inch. And they were able to survive without the shields? Then there's the question of how exactly they can propel and maneuver the Delta Flyer underwater. I can see them technobabbling a way out of it, but firing phasers too? The science makes me sad.

I do think the overall idea of the planet needing an artificial gravity generator to maintain containment is sound though. At 600km in radius, this ball of water is only 1/3 the size of our moon. That's no gas giant. An all-water planet of this size wouldn't generate enough of its own gravity to prevent atmospheric escape losses. Basically the planet would evaporate away, or be blown away by solar winds without a magnetic field and other help.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Nov 26, 2016, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

I do like this episode, but the idea that a pre-warp civilization could come up with this technology is quite a stretch, like Leonardo da Vinci building a functional nuclear reactor. I can understand them being a space-faring but still pre-warp species, but that being the case, why would their ships even have weapons at all, let alone weapons that could damage Voyager? Unless there are multiple space-faring species in this planetary system, or they're routinely raided by warp-capable civilizations, weapons make no more sense than NASA arming the Space Shuttle or International Space Station. They don't seem surprised to run into aliens, so either they have a very non-typical history and relationship with the rest of the galaxy, or it's just a case of sloppy writing. Regardless, if they haven't developed warp drive, then it seems highly unlikely that they would have antimatter weapons capable of fending off warp capable species. Transporting the molecules and their extremely sensitive containment technology also makes no sense.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Nov 13, 2016, 11:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

Near the beginning after Neelix was sprayed with mucus, Janeway notes that he has fluid in his lungs, and Neelix corrects her with "lung." A small bit of quality continuity there.

Otherwise, yeah, a silly rehash of Genesis, which was a pretty bad TNG episode too. Lots of dark corridors though.
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Jeff
Mon, Aug 8, 2016, 5:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

@Jammer. Great review. I don't know if anyone else has pointed this out, but the cast photo seen at the end is actually from ST V. You can tell by the gray in Uhura's hair and the lack of gray in Kirk's.

It's an extremely nitpicky thing to point out, I realize, but I honestly couldn't fight the urge to mention it. My apologies.
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Jeff
Mon, Jul 25, 2016, 5:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

Overall, I thought this was the best of the three reboot films. I felt that it did a swarm attack much better than seen in the VOY episode "The Swarm." I thought the nods to ENTERPRISE (the Franklin crew uniforms and the basic design of the Franklin itself) were nice to a much maligned series.

I felt the characters were better developed and better presented. I loved nods to TOS. One thing I was surprised at in terms of marketing for BEYOND is that there appears to be zero acknowledgement that this is TREK's 50th anniversary.

I thought Jaylah stole the show and I really hope she is brought back for the next film. I would love to see her take over as navigator now that it has been confirmed the role of Chekov will not be recast.

Overall, I enjoyed this more than I expected to. As so many have said before, no...this version of TREK is not TREK in the purest sense, but it is TREK as created for a mass audience.

I misted up seeing the photo of the original cast. I love how each cast member got to recite part of the "Space, the final frontier..." speech. And I loved seeing the creation of the Enterprise-A ending with it warping through space. I wish something similar had been done at the end of NEMESIS. Seeing the Enterprise-E on blocks as it were was not the final image of the Enterprise-E as I wanted to see it. I feel BEYOND, on purpose or not, corrected some of this "mistakes" as I see them.
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Jeff
Mon, Jul 4, 2016, 4:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

@Nolan. Thanks for the clarification. I guess it's my own personal interpretations of the words. I tend to only think of situations as ironic (as the situation applies), but I definitely see where you're coming from.
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Jeff
Sat, Jul 2, 2016, 12:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

Just a nit-picky comment, but I can't resist. After T'Pel asks Riker and Data to leave the ready room so she can speak with Picard alone Riker sarcastically comments "Charming woman." I've seen this episode a few times, but this was the first time I picked up on the fact that Data mistakenly categorizes Riker's comment as ironic, instead of sarcastic. A "human" error? Perhaps.
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