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Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 12:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

This one never bothered me. In the 80s I found it unusual and interesting. As of tonight's viewing, I wasn't offended either. It held my attention and had some good moments with the regular cast.

Trio and Yar cracking up after Riker said he was comfortable
in his new "clothes" and swept out had me smiling. I backed it up to see it again and I think it's actually Sirtis and Crosby laughing it up. It looked so natural and good natured. Their characters can be reserved, so I enjoyed their light interaction.

More good bits with Geordi, Worf, Data, Riker, Crusher, and Picard (being too sick to function and hating it, which also made me smile). So that's 8 of the 9 main cast members having at least one shiny moment in a rare full use of the ensemble.

It's episodes like The Outrageous Okona which bore and confuse me, like accidentally stepping into someone's else's failed backdoor pilot. Angel One is no gem, but it's not boring.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 10:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

Early Borg incursions. Gul Dukat as a Romulan. A gorgeous new Romulan warbird, Data being instantly adopted by the fun loving musician, and no forced action insert. A good use of Troi. Nice ensemble moments.

"Much obliged."

Again, BORG BABY, BORG! What's not to love?
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Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 10:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

Better than I remembered back in the 80s. Was that a twin pulsar system? Very pretty. I'm loving these remastered eps.

The turbolift scene was all kinds of awesome, especially as it starts with one timeline that ends up not being the one we follow. Good mind screw.

I didn't mind not getting any real meat in this episode. The ride was fun.

I like the characters and wish there was less ragging on, for example, Troi. And the Wes hate seems rather mean now, knowing what Wil Wheaton went through with people being assholes to him about Trek. I think it's more fun to rewatch all the great reaction shots littered across the episodes, explore the nature of humanity through a sci fi lens, and be exposed to a hopeful message about the future.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

I loved the solar flare opening with the crew enjoying themselves, and the hysterical dialogue between Picard and the absolutely stoned Onaran captain.

I felt Picard's frustration after dealing with these two planets' problems. There was no real win here, plus he and Crusher ebded at loggerheads. It's going to be difficult for both worlds going forward, although the solution with the coils was novel. At the end, Picard's weary realization that he didn't care where they went, as long as he could put this one behind them, was palpable. Stewart's line reading was great. His voice actually cracked a little as he repeated, "I don't care." Good stuff.

Back to the opening scene. Was this the first instance where we see a Picard face palm? Those never get old.
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Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 9:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Datalore

I love that it was the dim Packleds who pick Lore up, which makes total sense knowing that they "Look for things." They must have thought Lore would "Make them strong."

Which leads me to wondering what happened to the poor Packleds. I'm guessing Lore took over their ship after disposing of his benefactors, and used said ship to travel to and from Soong's beacon planet. I'd love to see a novelized version of the events between Datalore and Brothers.

It's too bad that the only nuance we see in Lore onscreen is a small note in Brothers where he learns Soong is dying.

I loved the scene where Lore is reassembled. It felt like classic science fiction and had an element of wonder.

The callback to Chief Argyle was neat. But didn't he have a Scottish accent before? Was this deemed too much like Scotty? Then why bring him back and even name drop him as Argyle? I was happy to see him, regardless. I'm not certain, but I think one of the blonde engineers might have been the Chief in The Naked Now, or at least an acknowledgement that she was still one of the Chiefs (we were told there were more than one in season one, so this would be a surprising point of continuity).

Last note: when Wesley is told to go check on Data/Lore he is visibly pleased, there is a random at Tactical who beams to see Wes' youthful enthusiasm. Have we seen this bridge officer before? He had an incredible smile.
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Sun, Sep 20, 2020, 2:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

I don't know. I forgot this one existed. And after all this time I'm actually thrilled to just hang out with the crew and watch them shoot the shit.

I didn't love Manhunt back in the day, but this time I was utterly charmed. I had to back it up every few minutes to catch everyone's expressions. Clearly the cast had a ball.

Sometimes I don't want a plot: it's nice to watch my friends having fun. And Lwaxana did save the conference. It was nice to see her being competent. ;-)

I also got a kick out of seeing Worf be obsessed with the Antidians. Early Worf cracks me up. And I could see he and Pulaski had a fine familiarity -- good continuity from their tea ceremony.

It's a cheery little episode.
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Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 1:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

"Nice planet."

It's worth watching just for this priceless Worf comment. I still quote it. I think this is the first of his many dry, terse, hysterical deliveries.
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Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 12:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

What is it about Jean-Luc and turbolifts? I recall three times he's had trouble on one. Here, Night Terrors, and Disaster.

Geordi had a bad experience on the turbolift too, where he was rolling around on the ceiling before it spat him onto the bridge. I think it was Contagion.

I'm surprised anyone takes these things. Clearly the turbolifts are evil. Maybe they should just beam all around the ship. ;-)
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Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 2:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

Ah, one can't edit here. Okay.

I don't mind Sub Rosa. Seven is the "experimental season" - the X-Files had one in (I think) Season Five. Xena had them littered through her last season.

TNG tried a lot of weird stuff, and at this point I just enjoy the characters' company. They can even crawl through Jeffries Tubes and talk about Spot the cat for half the episode. I know it's ending and I will miss them.

This is my first actual rewatch. I saw it live in the 80-90s and it was appointment TV. Since then I've only rewatched my favorites. So it's nice to find "lost" episodes. Even the ones that suck have value to me in small ways.

Another note: this isn't the first time someone walked in on Bev pleasuring herself. Wesley caught her during The Game.

Beverly might want to lock the door next time...move it into the bedroom.. just saying.

And didn't she tell Troi that Odan made her toes curl?

Maybe sex in the 24th is more open?
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Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 1:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

JP, my understanding is that Jammer rates each show on a scale. I do the same on my blog with stuff like the MCU.
Those movies are all so consistent that I can't compare one movie another without using a curve.
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Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 8:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

Ari, season 7 overall soothes me! It's all experimental stuff and just hanging out with our well-known characters. I like these guys and am happy to watch them discuss cat training, play poker, have a concert, dick around in engineering, or share some snark in Ten Forward.

I know very soon it will be all over and I will miss them.
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Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 7:33am (UTC -5)
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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