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jillyenator
Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 12:49pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

One of my favorites to rewatch. It's just delightful and anything that makes me smile these days is welcome: 3.5 stars.

As with Bride of Chaotica, Janeway (and Mulgrew) relishes her Queen Arachnia role. I'm sure as an admiral, she's a lot like that.
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jillyenator
Wed, Aug 25, 2021, 8:54am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Kayshon, His Eyes Open

Well? Which TAS is bring referenced?

I think I'd bite the bullet and watch TAS if there was discussion here about those episodes.
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jillyenator
Fri, Aug 20, 2021, 12:22am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

I can't help giggling when Iggy Pop looks at Christopher Shea in dismay and says, "What have they done to you?"

I'm still smiling. This one never grows old.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 10:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

Can we talk about the Mandalorian episode please?

I'm thrilled with everyone happening. Things are wonderfully /going on that show.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 2:20am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 14: The Tragedy

Sorry about the typos above. Damn phone. I wish we could edit our posts. Anyway, I'm trying to say that it's a terribly difficult undertaking to rebuild crumbled governments and ransacked worlds. This show richly depicts the outer rim planets as subject to whoever has the most guns and henchmen. Manifest Destiny rules the day, and reluctant cowboys do hero things. This is good stuff and it neatly tackles the gap between the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy.

DS9 could have gone there with the troubles of Bajor, now that I'm thinking about it. There really weren't that many planetside plots on Bajor.

Oh, and my impression is that Grogru's blood was given to the Snoke clones, and probably to New Palpatine as well. Good to see Grogu wiping the floor with the stormtroopers too, although his penchant for force-choking is worrisome.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 2:01am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 14: The Tragedy

I really big the allusions through this series that show how damn frakking immense is endeavor of rebuilding the New Republic.

The void of lawlessness is so clear in this series, with pirates and gangs galore, and local warlords filling the vacuum. Hints everywhere that the Empire is slowly regrouping. Indications that the New Republic is tied up in red tape. Things in the galaxy are a mess, and I agree with the sharpshooter about local people not giving a shit who's in charge, bc it's all the same to them. Good stuff.

Very exciting sequence in the mess hall, too. From the time Mando and the imperial sharpshooter arrive in the fortress to loud acclaim, to the tense conversation with the ranking officer, I was entirely absorbed. When sharpshooter guy just ranted on that officer and then took him out, I was cheering. I'm not sure he is redeemed as yet, but I was glad to see he earned his freedom.

Lastly, THIS is how you do Boba Fett. It's not fanservice when it's done right.

I'd like more motley crew episodes, please.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 1:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 13: The Jedi

I wish Michael Biehn's character had lived too. Was lovely to see him again. #ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive

Ex-Jedi Tano was outstanding. She moved like one would expect from a classically trained Jedi. I'm going to have to watch Clone Wars and Rebels now. Everyone please refrIan from spoilers. 🙏🙃

But the best part was the Grand Admiral Thrawn name drop. He was the best character in the Extended U. Very smart, very competent, not actually evil. A truly worthy antagonist. I hope they roll his story in. Mara Jade would be great fun to see as well.

Excellent episode. Looked fabulous too. And now Mando has a magical metal staff that repels lightsabers. Who knew?
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 12:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 12: The Siege

The moral: don't trust space babies with red and blue wires. Neither Baby Yoda nor Baby Groot!

I like the small scale problem solving episodes and I like the ones that sniff around larger galactic issues. There's room for both, especially with such consistent, competent work.

The stand alone ones remind me of the 1970s Incredible Hulk TV show, where the anti-hero helps local people with a problem, and then is forced to move on because there's really no place for him that won't eventually rain down fire on the people he tried to protect.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 12:30am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 11: The Heiress

I loved that Mando trusted the Frog couple with The Child. And that he warned the kid not to...you know...with the eggs. It was lovely to see Baby Yoda filled with wonder at the tadpoles and pollywogs. Warmed the cockles of my cold, dark heart.

And great world building here on many levels. I need to watch Clone Wars and Rebels, it seems. It's nice to have good things to watch while I wait for Mando Season 3.

And seriously, how fraking awesome to see Starbuck as another space warrior. I hope we see much more of that storyline. Lots of seeds are planted every few episodes that are reaped later, so I'm sure rebuilding Mandalore will be a thing.

What a great star wars show this is. It feels, looks, and sounds right. The references are organically placed -- like the repurposed AT-AT as a harbor crane, just in passing.

I'm a happy fan.
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jillyenator
Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 11:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 8: Redemption

I love how the "clan of two' signet is of the mudhorn creature. Really lovely moment, subtly played.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 5:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Much Ado About Boimler

Isn't the farm where we tell our children that we brought their dogs too? You know...the farm..where they can run and play in our minds, but they adults meant the kill-shelters. It becomes fridge logic when one grows old enough to understand.

Nice to have it turn out like a Risan pleasure planet.
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jillyenator
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 4:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 10: The Passenger

Besides the obvious riff on aliens, we also get a bit of Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets. Ick ick ick! In the best way.

I was suitably horrified that The Child kept slurping up the precious eggs, but also couldn't stop laughing over it. Each time he slurped one down I had to crack up.

In the next two eps the kid continues to eat things that either aren't his or that are...um...still moving. (Ghagh is best when served live.) Growing kid's gotta grow!
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jillyenator
Sun, Aug 1, 2021, 7:00am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Temporal Edict

But. Miles O'Brian IS the most important person in the galaxy!

Such loving irreverency. And a two fisted punch fight!

I'm having fun with this show.
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jillyenator
Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 4:12am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Much Ado About Boimler

Was one of the medical freaks intended to be a Threshold salamander? Looks like someone pulled a Warp 10. ;-)

And was that a Tholian running the medical ship?

I'm loving all the callbacks the show layers into their eps. I too got a clear "Chain of Command, part 1" vibe. And the old man/boy child patient name drops "Rascals".

Did Mariner refer to Jellico by name? I missed that reference.
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Jillyenator
Thu, May 6, 2021, 3:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

I love how Uhura doesn't even know why she should be offended. It's that much of a non-issue. I always remembered this small scene from when I saw it in childhood, and it was a part of shaping my beliefs and hopes going forward -- that we could have a future like that.

I never remembered the rest of the episode because I had no real context for Surak, Kayless, or Colonel Green. Now, after doing an entire TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, and feature films rewatch, I'm going through TOS. I was delighted to see these founding historical figures brought to life and it's cool the other series ran with them.

I wish they did more with Kayless, but if Kirk perceived him as just a thug, I can live with that. He really hates Klingons.

Speaking of which, did the shows ever have a racial slur for Klingons? They had two for Cardassians -- Cardies and Spoonheads. The Andorians called us Pink Skins (which, okay, the cast in question was not entirely White, but I get what the intent was: to show that Blueness was considered normal and correct to Andorians).

Which brings me to Bones calling Spock a ton of seemingly anti-Vulcan racial slurs. I understand it's all meant with underlying affection, but they did make a point of Bones being a man from the South. I think that's notable. I'd love to see the series bible on McCoy.

But the Uhura comment to Lincoln always stuck with me. In times like these, it's especially refreshing. There's no need to bend yourself into a pretzel trying to get the terminology right to not offend, when offense isn't an issue.
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Jillyenator
Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 5:02am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

The ending felt very X-Files to me, which was a cool choice. The unusually moody music reinforced this feeling. The whole ep was like an X-Files homage, right down to the skeptical scientist, Scully -- I mean T'Pol.

Echoes of Raiders of the Lost Ark too.

"We've got top men on it."
"Who?"
"Top. Men."
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Jillyenator
Fri, Mar 5, 2021, 10:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Two Days and Two Nights

So...Archer's door switch panel wasan outline of a Horgan. At least that part made me happy.

And then we had more Porthos (aya!) and we learned a little bit about Denobulans. Everything else else was trite.
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Jillyenator
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 6:51pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Singularity

Okay, I watched the last second three times to make sure, but take a look: T'Pol gives Archer a big smile (for her) when Archer asks her to take a look at his book preface. So cute. I'm going to choose to think this was her Amok Time moment, rather than the actress corpsing.

Phlox was scary in this ep. And the 'menacing' music reminded me of Time Squared when the TNG crew watches (Obs. Lounge view screen) the last moments before the Enterprise bows up. Same kind of ominous percussion. Memorable both times.

LOVED the kitchen scene with Hoshi holding down the pot lid as Archer is called to the bridge. Perfectly acted scene in a really nice episode. I don't care if the plot is redone. A three star comedy.

And remember, to T'Pol, she feels surrounded by human lunacy all the time. So her clueing in basically has to take this ship of fools to the next level. Well done, Enterprise.
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Jillyenator
Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 5:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

This must be the most disappointing episode of Trek for me ever. The beginning was luminous and felt like really good TNG. What the frak happened? Where did the 'nice' alien(s) go? (...All killed by Archer. Archer continues to piss me off.)

Here's my thought: maybe this was intended as a 2-parter, with the eager, helpful and wondrous aliens, really wanting a cultural exchange AKA the actual Crossing. This could have been up there with The Nth Degree, sharing a new kind of galactic exploration. Or maybe they are on that huge ship, searching for a suitable new home for their kind.

In my scenario, if they wanted to go that way, there'd be a faction of aliens stealing the crew's physical bodies. We'd keep the scenes with Hoshi and Reed. Enterprise would have to work with the friendly aliens to restore everyone, we could hold onto the action sequences, use the Catwalk as shelter, etc as we saw. Have Phlox release the gas, yadda yadda, to get the 'bad' aliens back in their bottle (or some other astral equivalent) where they could not harm anyone again.

Then Trip could have worked together with his alien (reminding me of the movie The Host) to fix the ailing ship, and send them on their way to the next galaxy. Perhaps looking for the place Picard's crew went to in *Where No One Has Gone Before*. Seems like that could be perfect for their new home.

Honestly, there must have been more in mind. And the whole "Trip being back in Florida" thing should have been explored further, and with the other crew members. Where did Trip's nice alien go? They were even released from the big ship when asked. This whole thing was dropped. Big pieces of plot must have been cut for this travesty to make any sense. As a coherent episode of Trek, it fail morally in a way that makes me mad. Anyone know what happened behind the scenes?
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Jillyenator
Sat, Jan 30, 2021, 6:36am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus

I was nervous that Quinn would come back 'wrong', like inverted or missing parts, or something horrific. So I'm glad they didn't go there.
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Jillyenator
Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 8:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Bliss

@grumpy-_otter, well then. I got nothin'.

Where's Dr. Marr when you need a large devouring entity to kill?

@Tannhaeuser -- is your name a Blade Runner reference?
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Jillyenator
Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 8:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

This felt like an episode of the X-Files. The cold open was especially reminiscent of how an X-File ep starts. Unfortunately, Archer and T'Pol don't have the amusing banter of Mulder and Scully. I enjoyed this anyway as a small, well-made hour.

Would have been better to not have Xindi in this at all, and replace them with ANYONE else. This barely makes sense as presented in the arc. Don't give the Xindi time travel. It's bad enough that the Borg did this in First Contact -- but at least the Borg gave good value there (and in Regeneration, to give credit where due). The Xindi are barely interesting villains and the Reptilians especially suck the air out of everything. There's a way to do that kind of character right, as in Farscape, with the Scarrans.

The idea of having different sapient species of Xindi is really cool -- imagine if we had a mix of societies here from intelligent velociraptors, ravens, dolphins, chimps, elephants, and pigs? We don't even have different species of humans, although at one point in time different types of Homo co-existed. I would have liked to see the plots dive into some world-building about the Xindi. How does each species develop a culture, do they have castes, do they live together in tolerance, and what is that like? What was it like when they realized the Avians had completely died out?

We could have explored some very unusual, interesting, and timely topics.

I also wish we could have less Archer. Besides him playing his Quantum Leap character every time they do something like this (like this and the cowboy ep), it doesn't seem like Bakula has a handle on the captain's personality.

I actually lay the blame at Bakula's -- not the writers' -- feet. Look at Kate Mulgrew. Janeway was wildly inconsistently written, but her captain was always forceful and compelling. She actually made it work: Janeway became a megalomaniacal despot, ruling her tiny kingdom with an iron fist -- while staying compassionate and caring to her 'subjects'. She's probably loving being an Admiral.

Archer, OTOH, just seems like a stressed out jerk who is in over his paygrade. Which is probably intentional, but it's the actor's (and director's) job to make him interesting. Trip and Phlox are interesting. Porthos is interesting. Archer is cranky.

Anyway, taken as an X-Files episode, it's not too bad.
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Jillyenator
Sun, Dec 13, 2020, 8:52am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Interesting that the Queen considered Seven to have been assaulted, mutilated, and indoctrinated by humans, instead of liberated. The Borg see what Janeway did as abhorrent as we see Assimilation.

Not too different than Quark's little speech about humans and root beer. It's all about perspective.

We really only see the Alliance in Firefly as the bad guys because our main characters are on the lam, but is the Alliance evil? No.

It gets into a greyer area with the Peacekeepers in Farscape, but aside from insane military commanders, are the Peacekeepers evil?

On the far dark end we have the Empire in Star Wars, who definitely perform acts of atrocities, but seem to justify it as bringing order to the galaxy.

Anyway, I love the ideals of the Federation, I really do! But in spite of the Prime Directive, the Federation does a fair bit of assimilation on their own, and I like the self aware nods to this here and there over the various Trek series.
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Jillyenator
Thu, Dec 10, 2020, 9:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Bliss

The beast doesn't have to be assumed mobile. Sea sponges are sessile, as are anemones, barnacles, and other marine animals. And since the idea of pitcher plants was evoked, we have an example of a pheromone type trap that lures victims to it (instead of chasing its food). So the warning beacons would work in this context.

To continue the marine animal theme, a juvenile version of the beast might have been a motile form with different eating habits from the adult sessile form. So the possible nymphal stage of the beast may have swam in space to this one spot, to possibly cocoon and emerge as a 'lie in wait' style predator.

Since these things happen here in reality, I'll give the episode points for a possible biological background. I'll ignore the actual "animal living in vacuum" bit bc it's been done so much on and off trek that I don't want to beat my head against a wall.

Yes, this ep is a lot like many others, like One, Persistence of Vision, The Cloud, Galaxy's Child, and The Immunity Syndrome, but what it feels the MOST like is Farscape's Green Eyed Monster. As someone mentioned above. And Farscape's version is just lovely, one of Farscape's best -- top notch sci fi. Not to mention Stark's great line: "Electromagnetic candy!"

Bliss is still a good romp, and we get some insights into the deepest desires of the crew, and how some of those wishes have changed or grown from what we saw back in season two's Persistence of Vision.

And in particular, we see Janeway is still not over wanting her fiance back. I wonder how much that factored into her depression in Night. She consciously signed on for a grand adventure, back in Caretaker. She never expected years in sensory deprivation. She totally got afflicted with SAD (Space Affective Disorder)! ;-) But my point is that she was indirectly willing to give up Mark for epic quadrant adventures, but not for an endless window into...nothingness. Too much time on her hands to think about her guilt and isolation.

Janeway still missing Mark is good characterization, and also makes Counterpoint more poignant.

Neelix worried over being accepted and happy on Earth also ties in closely with his existential dread and loneliness, and is only resolved at the very end of the series in Homestead.

Tom being accepted and forgiven, with a bright future ahead to make his father proud and feel good about himself -- more good insight. Tom, as a fallen Golden Child, is sensitive to criticism and riddled with poor self esteem, which comes out most clearly in Non Sequitur.

Three stars is about right. It's well written and acted, and offers a lot of insight if you look at the hints that are dropped.
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Jillyenator
Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 8:33am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

I think the writers decided it was a running joke to never promote Kim, and they even lampoon it when he wonders why there is no little box on his seat (when Paris is restored as a Lt.)

The problem with this gag is that the audience is more annoyed than amused.

I'm listening to the Delta Flyers podcast, and Wang admits he publicly said some things about the writers that pissed them off, and that also might have been a little vindictiveness on their part in their continued Harry arc (or lack thereof). Which really is unprofessional on all ends.

And it's too bad, since Wang actually adores Star Trek. Kim should have been promoted when Tuvok was, storywise, and as a thank you to the actor for not getting fed up and ditching the show (like Denise Crosby) or just phoning it in (like Robert Beltran).

It rubs the wrong way, like Chewbacca not getting a medal all over again.
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