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Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 7:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Interface

Fascinated by the interactive vibe of a lacuna in experimental poetry. Data is so cool. And a good friend.
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Not as brave as Jill
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 1:20am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

@Jill, your post was compelling and even though I don't have your bravery to post my name or do some of what you described (I lost my best friend in my divorce), I hope you'll understand that you are not alone. We're out here and we're reading you. Thanks so much for sharing that.

As to the episode, I concur fully with Jill and I add:

- the line about getting some sleep and coming to the test (simulation) fresh in the morning sounded to me very much like what Riker told Troi when Troi went through the bridge officer's exam (or perhaps it's the Commander exam). I'm not surprised by this, as "The Orville" is to TNG what "Slings & Arrows" is to Canadian Shakespeare -- a seasons-long love letter. I recommend "Slings & Arrows" if you haven't seen it, it's quite fun and has some nice romances particularly in seasons 1 & 3 (I particularly love it when friends discover they're much more than friends).

- I think 2 stars is way too low. I'd say this is one of the best episodes in a remarkable season that reminds me why people would come back for this show: the characters. I still sometimes think this show is combinatorics on TNG plotlines (a TNG love letter) but it's entertaining and the characters are worth coming back for. I've seen a little bit of Star Trek: Discovery and I wasn't impressed with it for the same reason -- the characters struck me as dour, scientifically incurious, and the whole show focused more on fights (shooting, knife/sword fights, blowing things up, etc.) which is what made me stop caring about Star Trek movies (as opposed to the TV series). I hope Star Trek: Picard (or whatever it will be called) will be better for character development. I'll have to wait and see. But so far I don't see anything that would make me want to spend my time (let alone my money) on Star Trek: Discovery.

- Like Jill, I've been reading this site since the early days. I appreciate that the site uses https, doesn't require Javascript to fully enjoy (including commenting, no ghettos for those that aren't into running software they haven't inspected), supports RSS, everything is organized excellently, apparently the site scales up over decades to handle new series, and (thanks to everyone) the comments are consistently top-notch feedback (I say that even when I don't agree with the commenter's view mostly because I wish the commenter would say more about their thoughts). This site is a really great example of how to run things on a technical level and a web community level. Jamahl Epsicokhan, I say with all sincerity what Red Letter Media[1] said facetiously: "You keep hittin' those home runs!".

[1] Look up "Red Letter Media" on YouTube if you're in the mood for funny and insightful reviews (including Star Trek and Star Wars reviews).
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Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 3:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

@Jammer, I have been a faithful fan since the days you only wrote about DS9. I read every review, rejoice in every comment; your site is a safe place for me to relax and find like-minded intelligent geek discourse.

But I have to tell you that if you have not survived the living hell of having a beloved spouse end your marriage against your will, you might want to reconsider your stance on complaining about it each week.

After my husband of 18 years moved on to a girl exactly half his age and took everything in the divorce (and I LET him, because I could not consider losing his friendship in a nasty legal battle), I was not even a *person* for over two years. It's now been two and a half years, and I am finally starting to have a personality again, have friends again, laugh sometimes, and not cry every day. I am reliably told I still cry several times in my sleep each night, but there's nothing I can do about that.

I talk to my ex every day. We have a business together and he is my best friend. That is why I let him kick me out of our house and keep everything, because losing him as my touchstone was unthinkable. He was the only thing I thought about for those two years, and I *still* plan my days around when he can give me some one on one chat or phone time. It may not be healthy, but I don't want to be dead anymore, so there's that.

During those dark years, I cried all the time. I thought about my own death constantly. I lost the ability to eat or sleep. Between not eating, and throwing myself into fitness for hours a day, I became a physical wraith, with a dark cloud of despair over my every mental minute. I was awful to be around, but I hated being alive.

And I was someone, who, as a young adult, considered herself a Klingon. I could do anything, be anything, tame dinosaurs, and conquer strange new worlds. I was a wilderness guide for Outward Bound, the president of my university science club, an A+ student, a respected professional, a world traveler, a daily rock climber -- someone respected -- who lived a full and exuberant life. And of course, Picard was always my representation of the ideal man. I longed for a positive sci fi future of equality, tolerance, and post-scarcity. I tell you all this to contrast with who I became after my husband asked for a divorce, the sad girl rotting in her mother's basement who cursed being forced to live at all.

When Orville was on last year, I was still in the grip of this and each episode with the "Ex" situation would send me right to the dark place. But I was also just excited to have some sort of 'happy' Star Trek back (I will NOT watch STD).

As of last fall, I started healing again, started making friends, and became a *person* again. I started having a sense of humor occasionally and slowly started being fun to be around.

Now I watch Ed, as he watches Kelly, and it makes me feel better. I know what he is experiencing and I feel what he feels. He's doing actually really well. When Teyela hurt him, I could see the it hurt Kelly even more than Ed, because she cares about him deeply and wanted him to be as happy as she is now. And last night, as he watched Kelly dance at her birthday party with her new BF, I knew his thoughts and sent him a mental "Cheers, mate." He's still not there. Neither am I. He's going to be okay. I will too. And this show is helping me. I guess Seth knows what this feels like to live through. If it helps one person, he's made the world a better place.

For this specific episode, I thought the Always a Woman To Me song was touching, real, and spot-on perfect.

I just wanted to provide a little perspective when you say you want him to be over it. I hope you can take this in the spirit intended. I love this site.
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Mon, Jul 31, 2017, 4:04am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

I really appreciated how Seven, wordlessly, conveyed an entire range of emotion aboard the Ares craft. From a position of frustrated "irrelevance", to becoming interested in the data logs in spite of herself, to clearly desperately wanting time to capture the data and take the pilot's body with her - that was wonderfully handled by Ryan.

I didn't care for this ep when it came out, or even on my second viewing, but my third watch moved me to tears.
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Mon, Jul 31, 2017, 3:21am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

I like that we don't find out about the tricobalt weapons, the high yield , or the tractor beam. Those points lend credence to Seven's theories - based on information overload, granted - by having actual mysteries involved.

And now we can speculate on our own, which is fun.

Also, it serves as a cautionary tale for all of us in the present era, with the incredible amounts of data now available to us daily (hourly). With enough statistical information, we can believe anything is true. (From a certain point of view, as Obi-Won once said.)
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Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 5:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

This episode had some of the best character moments of the entire series! I love Worf and Jadzia as a couple, they feel very real and at the same time they're fun, cute and hot together!
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Mon, Jan 4, 2010, 10:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

This was just intended to be a good time, and that is how I took it. I got the feeling the actors, director, writers, set designers, et all really let loose and enjoyed themselves. It was just a fun romp to see our characters in new, but also stereotypical roles. :)
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Thu, Dec 24, 2009, 11:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Heart of Stone

Nog's story was wonderful, simply put. Sisko did a fantastic job of giving him every chance to screw it up. Nog surprised him by being committed, and *good enough* to go on to Starfleet Academy. DH and I thought Nog's monologue about his reasons for wanting to be a Starfleet officer both compelling, a wonderfu outgrowth of his experiences with his father and uncle, AND an example of fine acting.

Back to the main plot, I think the writers left plenty of clues this wasn't Kira. I said to hubby, "that's not Kira" when I heard her whining about being trapped over the communicators. And the female shapeshifter, not knowing Kira as well as we do, made her a bit too whiny and less abrasive than we are used to from her.

What is significant was how long it took Odo to figure it out. In a way, this was a wish-fulfillment opportunity for Odo. He got to be Kira's White Knight for a short time, until he realized it was all a lie.

While there is no growth for Kira from this ep, Odo still will recall this experience and his character will be informed by it going forward.

I feel for his dilemma. The truth was finally wrenched out of him...and nothing comes of it. He is still waiting and hoping for her to notice him as a man. It's good stuff.
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Thu, Dec 24, 2009, 10:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

About the B-plot: this was another example of The Future being tolerant of differences. IDIC. Nog was not a sexist prick; he was being a Ferengi. He's also still a teenager without a lot of life experience.

It's obvious Quark has come a long way from wanting females to shut up and be nude all the time, for example, but Quark has been around the galaxy a few times, so to speak. :) Nog is still a product of his culture at 17 (or whatever is his Ferengi equivalent in years).

It's a tribute to Nog's character's potential that his friendship with Jake hasn't had friction *until* this point. Remember that he honestly thinks Jake is 'faking' the respect, and believes that is simply dishonest of Jake to do.

Knowing where Nog is headed soon, I am sure he will be exposed to women he can date who will be clothed, have opinions, and be his equals.

IDIC is one of the things that really stands out in the Trek Verse, and is something that keeps me coming back for more. When we meet other sentient species in real life, we will do good to remember these points. :)
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Tue, Dec 22, 2009, 1:29am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I loved this ep and so did hubbie. We are total geeks and are pretty hard on bad sci-fi. But we thought, as a stand-alone ep, this was a worthy entry into DS9 lore. We laughed so much and really enjoyed the ratcheting of tension each time the crew tried to help matters. They simply could not win, no matter how many workable solutions they devised. I am willing to buy that the rebel defense containment program was missed somehow, just to get a fun, exciting outing like this. And I buy that the Cardies would take the time to plan this out and make their little condescending videos, with relish. It's just SO Cardassian.

When Dukat realized he was outmaneuvered by the Central Command...well, DH and I thought that was worth latinum to watch.

Yes, the "last second" saving of the station was a tired plotline and beyond old, but we enjoyed the ep so much we could ignore that. We were reminded also of the wonderful TNG ep "Disaster" ...and thought the bromance segments with Quark and Odo were charming.
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