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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 10:07am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: In the Hands of the Prophets

Do the Prophets ever call themselves Prophets, or anything at all? I know they're always saying "we are of Bajor" and other vague claptrap, but do they ever say their own pronouns? The whole Founders vs Changelings thing is a little different I think, because they refer to themselves with those terms. At least I know they call themselves Changelings (as a species). Do they call themselves Founders ever, or is it only the Vorta and other Dominion subjects who do that?

Anyway, if "Wormhole Aliens" or "Wormhole Entities" is too offensive then maybe "The Bajoran Prophets" would be an appropriate term, but not simply "The Prophets" which presumes universality just like saying "God" (capital G) without any further clarification. Prophets is a vague enough term, like the term god, that using it singularly is really only appropriate within the particular religion itself. Bajorans would refer to Fek'lhr as "The Klingon Devil", not just "The Devil" (assuming they believed in a devil at all). That at least has a distinction between a proper noun and an improper noun, whereas prophet and god could be either. So requiring Keiko to refer to the Wormhole Aliens as "The Prophets" is a bridge too far.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Sep 14, 2021, 9:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek: Generations

"Why didn't Picard leave the Nexus and go back to when he is in Ten Forward chatting to Soran and have him locked up by Worf until the Nexus passes the planet and mess up his plans?"

Because then three elderly men wouldn't be able to awkwardly fight on some rocks, and the movie would end unceremoniously without any contrived conflict.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Sep 8, 2021, 9:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

"While I accept your point, the same thing is true in reverse for British viewers..."

Sure but Star Trek is an American production first and foremost, and the British audience is a small fraction of the viewership at best. So I can see how the producers/directors/actors may want to stick to American pronunciation since it jibes with their primary audience. It's not unlike newscasters trying to speak in "standard" American English as much as possible, even in the deep south or New England where they have distinctive regional accents.

Tom Scott is a popular British YouTuber with a worldwide audience. As an American myself, when he says maths or zed or alu-MINI-um (as opposed to al-OO-min-um) it perks up my brain in a way that wouldn't be desirable when telling a narrative story like Star Trek. Either way someone's going to be irritated by it, so I assume the goal was to minimize the collateral damage.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 3:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

"This episode brought to mind the real-life “Goiânia accident”..."

Wow, that is pretty frightening. I'd never heard of that one before.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 3:39pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

"Do we really believe that American TV audiences are so stupid that they would hear the word “enquiry” pronounced “in-CHOIR-y” rather than “INK-wirry”, and not understand it? I resent the fact that the producers forced Patrick Stewart to speak certain words as an American rather than as the Britisher that he is."

I think it's more that those British-isms can be just jarring enough to take the viewer out of the story for a moment. Not that they wouldn't understand, but they could lose the immersion. I do a bit of a "wait what?" when Tom Scott says maths instead of math, or someone on Linus Tech Tips says zed for Z instead of zee for instance.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 3:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

"Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, and the benevolent Kim family of North Korea."

Red herring.

Being an atheist means simply not believing in a god/gods. There are no tenets, no scriptures, no clergy, no pronouncements. It is not a belief system, it is a rejection of a belief system. It's not really an 'ism at all, it's the opposite of an 'ism. Thus, the repugnant actions of despots like Stalin or Mao have to come from elsewhere, whether that's ego, power, loyalty to the party, or to any number of social and economic ideologies. The anti-religious aspects and crimes of communism have been committed in the name of communism, not atheism. Atheism is incidental.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Aug 31, 2021, 11:21am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

"Curious … for once, nobody beat me to nitpicking! What was the reason for having to move that stellar core fragment in a single, desperate attempt?"

The longer they wait and the closer it gets to the planet, the more they have to move it. That's the principle anyway, but considering the time frame they're working with, yeah it still doesn't work. The real explanation is that the core fragment is just a plot device to bring the Enterprise into conflict with this colony.

"Also, just to be clear, the life support for the entire ship is fed directly off main power without backup batteries?"

I think what's more absurd is that they act as if termination of life support instantly kills everyone. It's not like when you turn off the heat in your home the temperature suddenly plummets, or if you lock yourself in an air-tight room the oxygen is immediately gone. For as huge as ships like the Enterprise are, they should have days if not weeks of breathable air. You can survive for two or three hours in a sealed coffin on the residual oxygen, now compare that to the amount of empty space in a ship like the Enterprise

Internal heat generation from equipment, the warp core, fusion generators, etc. would normally heat up the ship (Voyager actually did this in Macrocosm I think), but if everything was shut down, it would still take a very long time for the heat in the ship to radiate away, because heat transfer is quite difficult in a vacuum. Would it be weeks, months, or years? I don't know, but we're not talking seconds, minutes, or even hours.

One critical piece however is that artificial gravity and inertial dampers are apparently part of the life support system. If the ship were in a low-power idle state then that shouldn't be a problem, but if they're using all the ship's energy to try to pull/push something with the tractor beam, then the last thing you want going offline are the inertial dampers.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 30, 2021, 1:29pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

"But they never try to gain that information. They just spend the whole episode fucking with his head."

I thought they cleared that up pretty well in the coda with Riker and Troi. The aliens weren't feeding Riker the whole mental hospital shifting reality mind screw, that was created by his brain resisting the mind probe. Much like in The Inner Light, Riker's entire "dream" could've taken place over merely 10 minutes of real time when to him it seemed like days had passed.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 30, 2021, 1:25pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S1: Emanations

"The aliens place their faith in their traditions, whilst Kim gets in the coffin and puts his faith in science, Starfleet and his compatriots."

Faith for the aliens and Kim are not the same thing. For the aliens, faith would be belief without evidence. That's the case for most religious/supernatural/spiritual claims. You're supposed to believe it without evidence, or faith is itself supposed to be the evidence (basically if you believe hard enough that makes it true).

In Kim's case, faith would be more like confidence, because it IS based on evidence. He knows their medical technology can revive him, that sensors can detect him, and that his compatriots would be looking for him. He's seen and experienced those things happening in the world. That's enough to justify the risk, but it's still a risk and his only real option.

Science doesn't need faith because it's proven itself to be reliable, and it's self-correcting when it's wrong. If faith is just a synonym for confidence, ok I guess, but that's not usually how it's used, and I would argue that the aliens' faith/confidence is unjustified.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 1:09pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Worf does look odd sitting at the Ops station, and I agree that it seemed a bit jarring. Chalk it up to Barush not knowing any better, or perhaps Worf screwing up and being demoted/held back (he came close in TNG several times, and after DS9's "Change of Heart" was basically told his career wouldn't advance any further). Maybe the battle where he got that scar was a royal cluster?
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Aug 19, 2021, 12:40pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Clues

"...the glaringly obvious problem of 48 missing hours."

The writers accounted for that by noting that wormholes have time distortion effects. "We're lucky we didn't end up half way across the galaxy in the middle of next week."

"Another issue is why, when it was clear the attempt had failed, Data let them proceed. They were safely away from the Paxans; why not tell Picard what he wants to know?"

Because Data was following Picard's order to the letter, never to reveal the existence of the Paxans. He was incapable of disobeying that order due to his programming. Once the Paxans revealed themselves through Troi then he was free of that burden. Had Picard worded his order differently, or given Data an out of some sort (which maybe he did do in the second try) then it could've played out differently.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 16, 2021, 4:10pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

"It is still classed as a theory after all."

A theory is the highest form of scientific understanding. It is an explanation of an aspect of the natural world that has been repeatedly tested and verified, having withstood rigorous scrutiny. The vernacular use of the word, which more often means "guess" or "unsubstantiated hypothesis", pollutes the discussion because of its different meaning.

Evolution itself is an observed proven fact. We've seen it happen in the short-ish term from selective breeding (artificial selection), drug and pesticide resistant bugs, moths that changed color due to pollution, etc. The theory of evolution by natural selection is the best explanation we have of how it works the way it does. The fossil record, even if it's not complete, corroborates the history of speciation, as does the continuing work on genetic sequencing.

So the "it's just a theory" statement belies a complete misunderstanding of the term, and is no different than saying "well gravity is just a theory."
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 16, 2021, 3:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

"Deanna is only half Betazoid. We’ve been told she can only pick up emotional states not actual thoughts. Yet she clearly 'heard' her mother’s thoughts."

There seems to be some intra-Betazoid or parent-sibling connection that allows them to communicate with each other. That said, in Encounter at Farpoint she was speaking telepathically to Riker while also staring daggers at him. I'll chalk that one up to poor season-1 writing, but overall it seems like "with training" it's possible to communicate telepathically where it wouldn't normally be expected. Maybe Lwaxana can boost Deanna's abilities, sort of like Saketh and Sarek, or Tuvok and Kes.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 2:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

Worf was gloating about how he had "enhanced the targeting system for increased accuracy."
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 1:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: The Collaborator

"Kai Winn(makes me shudder to call her Kai)..."

Just call her Nurse Ratched.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 1:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

"Things I learned today: Avery Brooks wasn’t acting when he broke down."

I re-watched the "What We Left Behind" documentary over the weekend (which incidentally is freely available on YouTube now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHixW9PLsAc ) and that's where it was mentioned that Brooks went all-in on that breakdown. There was also some discussion about whether he should direct or not, because usually they don't like to do that, but in this case it made sense.

From Memory-Alpha, quoting "What We Left Behind":

First Assistant Director Lou Race recalled shooting the scene; "He falls to the floor, and I'm saying, 'Well, I gotta say cut. But how long should I let this go on?'" Nana Visitor related, "They called cut, and he's… not coming out, and I know what that feels like as an actor. You're gone, and he was… he was gone." Added Lou Race, "If I'd stood there for half an hour, I think he would have kept on. He was very committed to that part and very committed to that scene."
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 12:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

@Victoria, it's not that Melora has more mass, she just doesn't have the musculature and perhaps the bone structure to be able to handle our gravity. She's like someone who lived on the Moon, and the low gravity caused her body to atrophy. In this case it looks like less than even the Moon's gravity, but it's implied that her species really does float around like that (let's ignore the evolutionary issues that brings up). Even if Melora did weigh an order of magnitude more than Bashir, turning down the gravity wouldn't make him rocket up to the ceiling. In zero gravity they'd both float there just the same.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 12:39pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

It's well-established in the series that in-universe, Picard is not a good actor. Patrick Stewart is a great actor yes, but Picard is not. He stumbles over his lines, can't think of what to say, over-enunciates, and makes stilted gestures. Think "my love is a fever" or "I'm Mott the barber" or "the doll's my cousin". It takes skill for a good actor to act badly.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 3:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

I just like to think that if they actually achieved warp 10 (not that they could accelerate to that speed, which is impossible, they either do it or don't), then since the shuttle by definition occupies every point in the universe at the same time, it would necessarily destroy the entire universe as well. Maybe if the shuttle became the equivalent of a bag of neutrinos it could pass through all matter in the galaxy without interacting with it. But even neutrinos bounce off matter from time to time, and if you travel at infinite speed and occupy everywhere at the same time, then there would be an infinite number of those interactions as well. Boom.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jul 14, 2021, 3:33pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

"I noticed that there is no mention of assimilation in this episode - the Borg are regarded as a separate species rather than a collective of absorbed species as we clearly got by the time of BOBW, and later in Voyager’s Seven Of Nine."

That's a great point and one that must be remembered going into BOBW. The crew had no idea assimilation was a thing at first, nor did they know that the assimilated individual's knowledge and experiences would be folded into the Borg collective consciousness. That makes Locutus' statement "The knowledge and experience of the human Picard is part of us now. It has prepared us for all possible courses of action. Your resistance is hopeless, Number One." all the more chilling since for all they knew, the Borg had only taken Picard's body, not his mind.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Jul 12, 2021, 3:47pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Don't forget The Inner Light.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jun 30, 2021, 3:20pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

@zanki

Confused Matthew brought up in one of his reviews (I don't think they are still available for viewing, sadly) that Starfleet just gave Sisko "the Christopher Pike Medal of Valor in recognition of his remarkable leadership and meritorious conduct against the enemy, and in particular for acts of personal bravery displayed during the battle to retake Deep Space 9." So Admiral Ross' "Starfleet or prophets, not both" admonition is totally baseless. Sisko's been walking this line for over six years and was still recognized as an exceptional officer, so where's the problem?
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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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