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Jessie
Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 8:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

Studying Ancient Greek myself, I was quite surprised Alexander quoted the Greek frog ribbit sounds (brekek-koax) of Aristophanes’ classic comedy “Frogs”. This is a quite specific nod to people who have actually read Ancient Greek literature.

Unfortunately, I disliked great parts of this episode, because it did not catch at all the spirit of the Ancient Greek culture or of Platos thoughts or philosophy. Parmen acts like a simpleminded sadistic tyrant, without honor or ethical values. The Platonians are flatly depicted as vile and sadistic because the episode just needed antagonists Kirk and his crew had to fight against.

I dont see a serious critique of Greek culture, and Platons philosopher-kings would have surely not acted in such a silly immature way. The problem is, the episode suggests exacty that to the audience and the Greek culture is shown in a very distorted way. They acted more like Romans than Greeks and looked like Americans dressed up on a Greek themed party. ;-)

2 of 4 stars because of some positive aspects (which mostly involve Spock)
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Jess
Fri, Jan 5, 2018, 5:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

@Chris I noticed Picard's reaction to that line as well. It was a beautiful touch that would have gone over my head if I hadn't been watching the episodes in order.
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Jess
Sat, Mar 2, 2013, 1:45am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

And no one is mentioning the novelty of having Winchester from M*A*S*H* playing a Star Trek alien?
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Jess
Sat, Oct 8, 2011, 8:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

"The episode seemed far too proud of its cleverness in creating cute characters that would appeal to the very young demographic of Voyager viewers (if there is one)..."

My 5-year-old daughter has been watching through Voyager and definitely did find this episode appealing. ;) Her favorite episode so far. Not exactly highest praise, though--her prior favorite was "Tuvix."
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Jess
Sun, Sep 11, 2011, 9:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

Ha, Jeff! I just watched this episode with my Trek-obsessed 5yr old. She said the same thing. Just... terrible!

One random nitpick to add to the many (dare I say, infinite?! lol) criticisms this episode garners: hair length is not part of the DNA code. Soooo, when Doc is successful at "reprogramming their DNA" shouldn't Janeway and Paris be baldish for a little while until their hair grows back?
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jesse
Tue, Aug 30, 2011, 2:04am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

has anyone else wondered how or why Geordi called the planet Kataan when he plotted the trajectory of the probe to its origin? how'd the charts of the uncharted system with a planet dead for a thousand years know? I know this is too critical but I've had this bugging me
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