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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

"But, honestly, why does Jadzia Dax have to act like an irrational teenager all the time AFTER season 1?"

In-universe you could argue that the repressed memories of Joran Dax and the later resurfacing of those memories might be messing up Jadzia's mind to some extent. I think the reality is that the "wise old sage" character quickly became uninteresting, and Terry Farrell couldn't really pull it off either.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jun 2, 2021, 5:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

How is this in any way Riker's doing? He was given an ultimatum, sex or no escape. He did everything he could to get out of it.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Jun 1, 2021, 2:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

It wouldn't be so bad if this was the only time Troi had a meltdown, because in this case it's for completely understandable reasons. Unfortunately, she's had unprofessional emotional outbursts in "Haven", "Gambit", and Voyager's "Life Line" off the top of my head. I can give "The Survivors" a pass since her mind was being deliberately manipulated, her outburst in "Face of the Enemy" could just be her manipulating Subcommander N'Vek, and she was drunk in the movie "First Contact" thanks to Zefram Cochrane, so those aren't AS bad. Still, none of these incidents, along with her crashing the Enterprise in "Generations", or the numerous "pain, so much pain" and other emotional blatherings do anything to benefit the character.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Jun 1, 2021, 1:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

"Duras would never have used poison..." Why not? He was shown to be dishonorable, self-serving, and conspiring with Romulans. Maybe the Romulans poisoned K'Mpec under Duras' direction, or at the very least a "do whatever you need to do" mandate from him.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Jun 1, 2021, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

Since the consoles are backlit they're actually more readable in darker ambient conditions. That's why in some of the movies, Voyager, and the alternate "Yesterday's Enterprise" ship, the bridge is darkened during red alert. Beyond that though, it's not "night" so much as secondary/tertiary shift. Depending whether it's before "Chain of Command" or after, they have either three or four shifts per day (eight or six hours each, respectively). There's only one captain, one first officer, one chief medical officer, etc., and they can't be on duty 24/7, so they need to have some lesser down-time shifts.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, May 26, 2021, 2:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I don't see the problem here.

LAFORGE: You wanted to see me, Captain?
PICARD: Yes, Mister La Forge. It seems that the exemplary nature of your work has caught the attention of Starfleet Command. In fact, someone is coming on board just to see the engine modifications you've made.
LAFORGE: Who, Captain?
PICARD: The Senior Design Engineer of the Theoretical Propulsion Group. Doctor Leah Brahms.

So Leah has no real authority over Geordi, she's just there to observe, learn, and report. As Jason R. said, she's not threatening to sanction Geordi or anything like that, she's just being kind of possessive. She also comes around pretty quickly, realizing that many of the modifications are useful and deserving of credit. That said, it IS her business, because she is a representative of Starfleet, and while Geordi or Picard may not answer to Leah, they all answer to Starfleet. So if Starfleet is interested in this then they have authority to send in whoever they want to do whatever they want.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, May 26, 2021, 2:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Once More Unto the Breach

I'm not familiar with Kor's portrayal in TOS but if you look at knights in medieval times, while they were always striving for greater status and class, there was still very much a spectrum within their ranks from crass lowly commoners to sophisticated high society elites. Klingon culture being what it is, I have no trouble imagining a nobleman being excessively gruff and uncouth. Kor doesn't need to be a "snobby rich kid" he just needs to be dismissive of anyone he doesn't find worthy. He probably saw Martok's application and rejected it out of hand with no more than five seconds of consideration because it didn't meet some abstract metric of his. That Martok would find such action dishonorable, and treat Kor accordingly, is no surprise either. Long-standing grudges, discommendation, and inherited dishonor are de rigueur in their society. Klingon's aren't the "turn the other cheek" type, they're the "revenge is a dish best served cold" type.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, May 26, 2021, 2:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

I never got the impression that Sisko and Kurzon were anything more than good friends/mentors, and Sisko doesn't want his relationship with Jadzia (or Ezri) to be anything more than that either. So there doesn't seem to be any conflict there.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 9:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

@Javier, have you not watched The Measure of a Man? Picard challenged Maddox to show why any human is sentient and Data is not. He (and Lal and the Doctor) are self-aware, able to experience sensations, and even to experience emotions, if on a difficult-to-define level. Regardless, any being so sophisticated that you can't tell the difference between a simulation of sentience and the real thing, or a simulation of emotion and the real thing, should be afforded all the same rights, privileges, and respect as anyone else. Because at that point we can't know that they don't actually feel/experience/desire those things.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 12:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

In Little Green Men Quark's, Rom's, and Nog's UT's were malfunctioning so they had to hit a reset button. Apparently the UT is implanted in the ear. In Voyager's episode The 37's one of the characters says "You are all speaking Japanese!" So in both cases it shows that the UT not only translates incoming speech, but outgoing speech as well. Like it sucks up your voice and rebroadcasts it out to the native language of whoever is listening. That's a far leap in and of itself, but it still doesn't address the issue of mouth movements. Anyone not speaking the same language should look to someone else like their dialogue was dubbed over. Maybe the UT has a little holo-projector that overlays the correct mouth movements onto the speaker. ;)

So yeah, at some point you just have to accept the conceit. A story like this just wouldn't work otherwise. It would preclude any inter-species infiltration, whether Humans posing as Romulans (Unification), Malcorians (First Contact), Vidiians (Voyager-Faces), Klingons (DS9-Apocalypse Rising), or Neelix posing as a Ferengi (False Profits), Kira being "transformed" into a Cardassian (Second Skin), etc.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Apr 21, 2021, 10:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@Trish there's some examples of Spiner's impression on YouTube, and they're very slow, quiet, gravelly, and pontificate-y in order to fit how Spiner's own voice works, so I don't think he could pull off the password scene which is exactly the opposite. Lip-syncing doesn't seem all that difficult really. They both have the script and could very well be reading it together, or Spiner is reading it from a sheet, or watching a tape of Stewart. There's many ways to movie-magic this.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

"Why is no one talking about the disgusting and unforgivable scene at the beginning where quark sexually exploits his Dabo girl by threatening to fire her. Only for her to at the end say umacks sound like fun."

SFDebris covered it quite well. https://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/d547.php
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Home Soil

"It's hilarious and surreal how excessively the lady colonist cries. It's way beyond being bummed by what actually occurs in the episode.

She's pretty much having a nervous breakdown."

Why wouldn't she? Her life's work was just canceled with no warning, and she found out that they were unknowingly committing genocide. I'd be pretty messed up after learning all that too.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 2:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

"It was pretty eye popping..."

I see what you did there.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Apr 12, 2021, 1:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

"I think 'Darmok' reminds us that we have to hand wave away certain technologies such as the universal translator other wise the show just doesn't work."

It doesn't bother me in this episode. Yes overall there are a lot of problems with the universal translator, such as Klingons sometimes speaking Klingon and sometimes not, the whole mouth movement thing, and how syntax and overall grammar work. Still, if you accept its existence and the way it supposedly functions, Darmok still works. The words are still being translated just like with any alien. The Tamarian's aren't saying "on the ocean" or "his face black, his eyes red" in English, they're still speaking their own language and the UT is translating the words and structure. Like in Troi's example, the UT is taking whatever gibberish is coming out of their mouths and translating it to the equivalent of "Juliet on her balcony," it's just that there's extra meaning behind it that makes the phrase by itself useless.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Apr 12, 2021, 12:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

"It is so interesting that the TNG writers decided to show Soren as pretty much well adjusted after she is 'cured'."

I never read it that way. To me it looks like Soren was lobotomized. Granted there's no drooling, and their whole species talks in an unwavering monotone to begin with, so it's hard to tell. Still, it looks like deprogramming or brainwashing, like she's a robot (more so). It's kind of hard to explain but I've always been creeped out by how Soren acts at the end, she's not the same person anymore, well-adjusted or otherwise. I think that's the point too. Soren's calm may just be a facade covering up her innate tendencies.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Apr 8, 2021, 1:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

^ Nice
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Bloodlines

@Silly, I commented about the "season 7-ness" of Aquiel, even though it's a season 6 episode. I pasted it below. I'd also add that the departure of Ron Jones and the subsequent sterilizing of the musical score by Rick Berman in season 4 doesn't help matters either. It's kind of like season 7 is more like a stage play, one of Beverly's stage plays even. You don't have the music, the cast, or the location, so it always feels a little off.

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I'm always surprised when this one [Aquiel] shows up because it feels like such a season 7 episode, similar in scope and pacing to Eye of the Beholder. I think the reasons is because season 7 has a sort of sterility that's hard to quantify. It kind of parallels the downturn of Mythbusters in its later seasons, even before it became the Adam and Jamie cinematographer wank fest following the dismissal of the build team.

The first season of Mythbusters was also just Adam and Jamie, but they brought in random helpers as needed, and they had interviews with experts. They also documented the difficulties of tracking down the materials and supplies they needed. In the shop, there'd be random people milling about in the background working on other things, and overall there was an active bustling atmosphere about everything. By later seasons, it was much more focused on only the hosts and special guests, and I noticed that the hustle and bustle was gone. It felt less like filming some guys in their workshop, and more like filming two TV stars on a set. They stopped documenting most of their acquisition process too because, frankly, they could call up anyone and get just about anything they wanted by then. Adam even commented once that while driving down the highway with a bunch of pig carcasses in the bed of his truck someone looked over quizzically until they realized "oh, it's the Mythbusters guy."

TNG seems to have gone down a similar path. The early seasons seemed much more active, lived-in, and experimental. There were more people milling about on the Enterprise (especially notable in season 1), they visited planets with more than just three or four high-level government officials, and random characters would get a little bit of screen time, if not some lines. By late season 6 and season 7 though, it all seems much quieter. In a way there's more bottle (or near bottle) shows. That in and of itself isn't necessarily a problem, but it seems like there's nobody around except the people directly part of the story. Yes there's always some extras manning the rear stations on the bridge or lounging in ten-forward, but it still feels strangely empty. It's as if their budget was cut and they couldn't get enough extras to properly populate the sets. On the other hand, after 6+ years, the production crew had built up plenty of sets, props, and construction experience, so they could bang out some nice sets with less resources.

Of course there's exceptions through to the end of each series, but the overall pattern seems to be pretty evident. Aquiel feels very much in this late-stage mold to me.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 12:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

"Only a 3/10 for The Neutral Zone? I gave it an 8/10 on my last re-watch. Cryogenically frozen humans are a great sci-fi theme. Picard explaining the economics of the future was good world building."

Good concept, bad execution. They could've told the story without the condescension and self-righteousness, nor did they need Gordon Gekko to be so insufferable and obtuse.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

"This episode fills me with so much rage."

Do keep the time period this was made in mind. In 1990 the internet as we know it today had only been launched a year prior, and most people didn't even have computers at the time, let alone internet access. So things like "browser history" and "online privacy" and such were completely unheard of at the time. I give the writers a pass.

I do agree that Barclay's portrayal is awfully ham-fisted. He gets better in later episodes, but we don't need him to be a bumbling fool to see that.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

"Planet spins really fast = time goes really fast...Superman logic. What an amazing coincidence that Voyager arrived just as a primitive society was living on the planet, considering how fast time was moving on the planet the odds of that would have been infinitesimal. Life would have formed, evolved and gone extinct in just a few years from Voyager's perspective."

No, time goes really fast = planet spins really fast (to an outside observer). Considering how quickly this species was advancing in technology, you'd think Voyager could hang around for a while after they were pulled out of the planet's grip. A couple more hours and these people could've invented transwarp or some other propulsion method to help Voyager get home. I wonder if this is why the script made them try to shoot Voyager down near the end, besides the usual "we need explosions for the teenboys!" Get the crew on edge so they hightail it out of there as soon as they can.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

"My memory, while not flawless, is nonetheless shouting that you are correct and Guinan did have such a line in the episode when it first was shown."

I wouldn't have remembered it from then, I was only 10 years old. I think what's more likely is that the Memory-Alpha information has been circulated around and quoted so much that it makes it seem like it's in episode. I first heard about it in the SFDebris review of the episode, but even there he's talking over the scene so you don't hear the actual dialog. Plus I'd think this sort of thing would be reflected in actual scripts/transcripts, but it's not.

It's like another Guinan scene when she breaks out her huge phaser rifle from Magus III and shoots the ceiling to stop a quarrel in Ten-Forward, "that was setting number one, anyone wanna see setting number two?" Lots of people think it's from the episode Sarek, but it's actually from Night Terrors. These El-Aurians are a wily people, maybe she threw us into an alternate timeline.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 11:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

"There is a great scene when Lal is watching a young couple make-out in the back of 10-Forward and she asks Guinan what it is she is witnessing. Guinan, ever the patient explainer, tells her that when people like each other, they might hold hands, or even kiss."

According to Memory-Alpha, Guinan was supposed to say, "when a man and a woman are in loveā€¦" and in the background, there would be men and women sitting at tables, holding hands. But Whoopi Goldberg refused to say that line, remarking "This show is beyond that. It should be 'When two people are in love.'" It was also decided on set that the background of the scene show a same-sex couple holding hands, but producer David Livingston put a stop to it. Also, Guinan's actual line is "It shows affection. Humans like to touch each other. They start with the hands, and go from there." Completely watered down. I'd swear Whoopi's "when two people are in love" line was there, but it's not. Mandela Effect perhaps?
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Mar 16, 2021, 11:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

"Scotty did sacrifice his own ride, the Jenolan, so maybe they figured one good turn deserves another. "

I brought this up before, but the Jenolan wasn't Scottie's ship, he was just a passenger. So Picard's line "since you lost your ship saving ours, it seemed only fair" makes no sense. That's either sloppy script writing from the get-go, or Scottie was made a passenger rather than the captain in a rewrite, and they missed this bit of dialog that needed changing.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Mar 16, 2021, 8:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

"Man, the way they use the holodeck annoys me so much that I have to just let it go. The idea that a holographic simulation chamber could produce radiation because of what it was programmed to simulate is so bonkers dumb that I surrender to the TNG writers. Do whatever you want with the holodeck, it's fine, you can't have done something more ludicrous than this."

I thought they cleared that up pretty well in the episode. Robert noted upthread the dialogue from Geordi:

"'When you get down to basics, the converter is nothing more than a complex series of mirrors and reflective coils. The energy from the field generator down on the planet simply reflects off of elements in the convertor which turns it into highly focused Krieger waves.'

It'd be like if the holodeck replicated the most powerful magnifying lens ever and then had a window to the sun. The 'machine' was on the planet."
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