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Joe Joe Meastro
Sat, Mar 30, 2013, 7:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

I agree this is a really strong episode. It was thought-provoking, stirred up plenty of emotion, very atmospheric and it's nicely memorable.

After recently reading the classic sci-fi novel '1984', I echo the above commentors who mention the clever use of language and how powerful a tool it can be in re-melting your mindscape as if it was merely a lump of play-doh (okay I fail at descriptive writing lol!).

The plot itself isn't the strongest in the typical sense, but it still holds plenty of merit for the way you get swept along with all that Chakotay goes through. The feel of the episode reminded me of Plattoon and other such powerful war films, which I say is in the episodes' favour (a job well done by the director).

The only thing which I'm a bit let down with is the way you're left hanging after the end of last episode. You're really wanting to see what's going to be happening next with Tom and Torres! At least it was put on hold instead of shoe-horned in, because it wouldn't have fitted well at all. But yeah, perhaps Nemesis was better saved for until we got some resolution from Day Of Honour.

Other than that, no big complaints. I was very much swept along and taken in by Nemesis which is more than what can be said for the ST film of the same name! 3.4/4 from me.
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Joe Joe Meastro
Sat, Mar 30, 2013, 6:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

This was a really good episode I thought. I think most people can relate to Torress when she's just having one of those days, things like this help build on the impression of Voyager being an actual workplace and community.

Her interaction with Tom was beautifully handled, and about time too! It was a long time coming and the pay-off was magnificently realised in the closing scene. I think the alien refugee plot angle was good too, it's certainly relevant to Voyager with its themes of home and survival as well as compassion in the face of desperation.

Season 4 so far seems like it's finally devoloping on the show, at the very least these last 3 episodes have stirred up Voyager further than most of season 3 (not that I was ever against the show).

Each Star Trek show had its own setting and devolopments on its unique scenerio. For TNG it was the Alpha Quadrant with Romulan goings-on and Klingon complications (same with TOS but with a Wild West Frontier flavour), DS9 was fairly obviously the Bajorian situations and the wormhole etc....I thnk Voyager has had a harder time establishing itself because part of the idea is that they're constantly moving and consantly finding themselves in new regions of space leaving everything they previously encountered behind which is potentially narratively limiting.

But with season 4 it seems to present the possibility that the devolopment and ongoing situations and reaccurring elements and unique flavour of Voyager can come from within the ship itself with the way the crew survive and adapt and become a community.

At least this is what I hope. You could argue its the writers' failings for taking this long to come to this, but in terms of episode-to-episode enjoyment I've been mostly happy enough with Voyager. I knew from the start Voyager had chosen to follow in the footsteps of pre-DS9 Trek, so I've never had any hope or expectations of heavy serialisation. Maybe this is the key to enjoying the programme the way it was intended to be enjoyed.

Oh back to the episode, yeah it would get a 3/4 from me (possibly even 3.5)!
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Joe Joe Meastro
Fri, Mar 1, 2013, 8:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

Does Suder kind-of remind anyone else of Barclay; in terms of his facial features and his neurotic, nervous body language? He just had a Barclay look to him hehe.

I did love the adventurous spirit of the episode, taken on a 'fun' level rather than on a serious one because as Jammer rightly says the plots' conclusions were never in doubt.

I'm in two minds about the death of Suder and the fiery conclusion of the Kazon arc. There was a nice irony in the fact Suder dies in a pretty glorious bloodbath after all of his efforts to become a peaceful person, his end has a twang of tragedy in it. The same with Seskas' death leaving Culluh to care for a baby he might never know is the father to.

Perhaps the writers should have went all Blakes' Seven on our asses and upped the tragic/ironic/grisily/dark ending to epic proportions! Or maybes that's just me revealing my inner Suder *gulp*!

On the whole, a cool 2-part adventure even if it fails to be anything particularly spectacular.
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Joe Joe Meastro
Fri, Mar 1, 2013, 7:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Basics, Part I

Perhaps this is more of a reflection on me and the fact I saw this at the crack of dawn in a insomnia-like state, but when that Kazon dude blows himself up I instantly mistook it as him transforming himself into some kind of giant! Just the way the specail effect looks, it's just plain goofy and straight out of a cartoon. When we see the circular explosion blasting through the wall; I thought it was his gigantic fist punching through the ship! I watched in awe, expecting to now see a surreal battle between the crew and a Godzilla-like mutant Kazon.

Of course, I felt a bit silly when it turned out he was just blowing himself up...

*Ahem* on a different note, I quite enjoyed this episode. A bit by-the-numbers but I like it none the less.
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Joe Joe Meastro
Fri, Mar 1, 2013, 7:31am (UTC -5)
Re: Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for the reply Jammer. Yeah I can understand that, I'm kind of the same I would love to write but wouldn't know were to begin!
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