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JoeyLock
Tue, Oct 2, 2018, 9:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I've always enjoyed this episode, not really for it's very "on the nose" references to transexuals and the whole genderfluid-wolfkin type personal pronouns but mainly because its an enjoyable story.

But Worf's quote about women over Poker was so out of place the writers must have been itching to try portray a bit of bigotry in there somewhere so they just threw it in without a plan. Worf mentions not only in the past but in future that Klingon women at least are fellow warriors who fight alongside men which is what we see on board Klingon starships so for him to brand all women as "weak" is illogical for his character and personality especially since he clearly had high regard for Tasha Yar and Ishara Yar. Now if Worf was referring purely scientifically that both Troi and Crusher were physically weaker than him then that's obvious fact as he's a Klingon warrior but his quote was clearly a very on the nose and unsubtle way to shove a bit of SJW style commentary on bigotry in there by making the non-human character say it so they can keep up the facade that Humans have left any and all bigotry behind.
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JoeyLock
Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 11:57am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Marauders

Although some of the comments above have brought attention to whether the Klingons would come back with the entire Imperial forces, if you didn't hear in the episode when Archer says the Klingons owe them a favour, T'Pol says "I doubt these marauders answer to the High Council." so considering they're Marauders I find it unlikely they'd have entire regiments of Klingons to back them up.

These Klingons are marauders, raiders, bullies, they're not official Klingon Imperial Officers so there most likely is literally only maximum 15 of them or so, theres no real benefit to risk their lives just to get a bit of Deuterium (Which the Klingons can't extract themselves so they literally need the colonists in that case) and since the colonists said they'll be ready, it's likely they'll continue to train how to defend themselves using knowledge they've learnt from the Enterprise crew. So not only is it likely the Klingons would stay away (since they don't know the Enteprise has helped them remember) but it's likely the colonists would at least know how to put up a fight.
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Joey
Tue, Aug 28, 2018, 8:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

I think it was kinda if silly that visor and the phaser connected to find the beacon. I mean I that's probably the only things they had to work with but you would think the romulan would have something of technology to track the beacon.
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Joe
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 10:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

@Chrome......TY for your reply.....I tend to see it more clearly now....but still, he mentions Pearl Harbor as a bloody preamble to war...its stated to be ambiguous..did he mean Japan or the US? Regardless, I think it was a bad example to be used.....but I really appreciate your take on it! TY
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Joe
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

I remembered this episode fondly, but after recently rewatchung it on NetFlix I was surprised to find myself displeased with the portrayal of Twain, since in my memory that was something I liked about the episode.

When researching it years later, the portrayal of Mark Twain struck me as shallow and cartoonish.
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Joe
Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

Whether or not they new this was episode was culturally spot on with the excesses of the Greek culture. Even though democratic their society still had slaves, violence subjugation of women etc. From a critic of Plato and the Greeks it was said that some of his philosophy was authoritarian. For example Aristotle thought the Black race was inferior. Can they be trusted I think not. Totalitarian regimes and their philosophers started by looking at the the Greeks. Their objectivism philosophy said that the physical world really did not exist. If you start there you can twist people's perceptions to what you want them to be. In Plato's Stepchildren it is uncanny that the pseudo Greeks had a power that could not be seen and not used by everyone. Kind of like the Science fiction version of the SS or Nazi state. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al were just pawns to be used in this case for entertainment. Just doing their part, entertaining, for the good of the whole. Not to have any individual thoughts or feelings of their own; like a bunch of Nazi automatons who just did what the Fuhrer said in lock step. Nothing for the individual just for the state . Fascism runs deep. Enough of that. For me personally this was the episode I related to the most because I could as a 9 year old, ironically to the day when this was first released, who was picked on horribly as a child by kids and teachers relate to Alexander. He did not end up wanting to be like the Platosions and just wanted to get out. Good job Alex make your own choices do what is best for you. Well this is a choice everyone should make. Please read Angus Song's Flowers from the Garden of Evil in which he explains the roots of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism in the modern world. Hopefully we don't make the same mistakes in the future. Well?
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Joe Menta
Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 8:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Obsession

Great episode. For some reason, though, Netflix is showing the original version, without the new special effects (all the other episodes they’re showing feature the new effects). Not that the original effects are bad.
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Joe Menta
Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 9:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

I would have had Kirk voluntarily relieve himself of command before anyone else even suggested it, as he knew he was rapidly declining in ability. That would have freed him up to seek a cure along with the others affected. It would have also prevented the leaden hearing scene. In the end, though, a watchable episode.
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Joe Menta
Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Apple

It would have been interesting to see what Kirk would have done with that society if he wasn’t forced to act because his ship was in danger.
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Joe Menta
Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 8:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Operation--Annihilate!

There should have been a line at the end where Kirk says something like, “Now it’s time to visit all those other infected planets and see what we can do there, now that we have the antidote.” Would have been a nice bit of closure.
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Joe Menta
Wed, Jun 20, 2018, 6:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

Where was Scotty? Why was Engineering relocated to some broom closet sized room off some random corridor? And yes, it was indeed ludicrous that Lazarus was allowed to simply roam around the Enterprise as he saw fit. Lol, strange episode.
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Joe
Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 1:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

When Picard mentions Pearl Harbor......is he actually insinuating the US declaration of war was wrong? I'm curious.......because if thats the case, then that line has Roddenberry to blame!
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Joe
Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Sarek

@Ravenna
You're a simple narrow-minded piece of work. You must be lonely because I suspect NOBODY would tolerate 2 minutes of your inane drivel. Go crawl back under your rock......perhaps there's a roach waiting to marry you......oh wait....that would be too hard on the poor roach!
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Joe M.
Sat, May 12, 2018, 3:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Okay episode, but just curious— didn’t the Enterprise go to the planet in the first place because another starship had gone there some time before and was never heard from again? Did that plot thread get resolved? I was waiting to hear that the whole computer-run society evolved from the past crashed starship but nothing like that was mentioned.
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Joe M.
Mon, May 7, 2018, 9:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

Good episode, but I wish there was a more detailed explanation about how the visual computer record was altered to show Kirk pushing the jettison button early. How do you alter something like that? Finney certainly didn’t seem to have the know how to do that.
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JoeyLock
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 12:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

I've always loved this episode, despite the magnitude of his actions I think for most of us its probably relatable that if a loved one was killed by a group of people, the majority of us would likely want revenge in that blind anger and hatred so even omnipotent powerful beings in the universe suffer from the same overwhelming emotions we Humans do.

Also I found it quite funny how Picard says "You're free to return to the surface" like Picard could actually do anything to prevent him, I get that Kevin was putting himself in Picard's hands out of a feeling of guilt but had he wanted to return to the surface it's not like Picard could have thrown him in the brig, he could wipe out the Enterprise in one thought.
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JoeyLock
Sat, Mar 17, 2018, 1:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Defector

It's interesting despite watching this episode many times before, I never noticed that the plot for the episodes outcome is essentially revealed in the first 10 minutes of the episode with Riker saying "I think he's a plant to draw us into the Neutral Zone. Then we'll look like the aggressors." Also that's probably one of the few times Riker has actually been right about a situation.
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Joe
Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

I have to laugh at Damien.......guess you didnt get hired as a screenwriter...smh...you come across as someone who sits in a Starbucks all day using free WiFi.....while trolling patrons and websites...LOL
I thought the episode was fine if you're the NORMAL viewer....it was interesting.
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Joey Lock
Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 1:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

I've always loved this episode and after reading some of the comments above, peoples hatred of it makes me love it more. I swear so many Star Trek fans totally lack a sense of humour and are anally retentive when it comes to anything that isn't "Pure Trek".

But if some of the fans above are so angrily bitter about this episode being a comedy, their anger just makes me love it more.
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Joey Lock
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 12:04am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

One thing that struck me about this episode was how in the end they sort of justified Maxwell's "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude as you said Jammer, although I understand why they did it so they could start building up the Cardassians as the future enemy but the conclusion seemed to be "Maxwell was right, we may quarrel with how he went about it but he did what had to be done" rather than "This guy was a PTSD and grief stricken man seeking revenge but just happened to be also right about his hunch".

Also Maxwell's insulting Picard by saying it "smells like a bureacrat's office" is essentially the 24th Century of a Conservative moaning about "liberals" holding him back, who try seek peaceful solutions instead of charging into war like he wants to.
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Joey Lock
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 8:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

One thing I always found odd in this episode was Kirks immediate attitude toward McGivers, she must have had a pretty shaky Starfleet career before this because Kirk immediately seems irritated by the mere requirement of her presence "Here's a chance for that historian to do something for a change. What's her name? McIvers?" and Spock almost rolling his eyes says "Lieutenant McGivers" after Kirk's already walked out the room, I would assume Kirks had trouble with her in the past, considering she was in her room painting maybe she's got a very "cushy" job where she doesn't have to do much but they require her just in case which Kirk doesn't like.

That may also explain why she seemed to be swept away by Khan so easily, she seems like a civilian who only got given a Starfleet uniform because she had a PhD in History or something just like Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas who was a "archaeology and anthropology officer" and got swept away by Apollo, it's like these extremely undisciplined civilians getting given Starfleet jobs because they have specialist knowledge. They seemed to have these specialist officers into the TNG era too like Whalen in "The Big Goodbye" who comes with them to the holodeck during the Dixon Hill novel, he was never given a rank so I wonder whether he really was a officer or just a civilian historian travelling onboard, so maybe McGivers and Palamas were given Starfleet uniforms and ranks as sort of "ceremonial" roles sort of like how initially Troi was given a high rank despite simply being a counselor instead of a command or specialist officer. (Sure you can say counselling is a specialist thing but how many times did you hear "Counselor quick, we need your counseling skill or the ship will blow up!"?)
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Joe
Tue, Jan 9, 2018, 2:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Is it bad that I've seen Episode VII and have no idea who Snoke is? It makes me think I shouldn't bother with VIII.
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JoeyLock
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 2:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

I always found the Starfleet view in this episode of "We can't just shoot them, it's not fair if we know their plan!" as being incredibly flawed and probably the reason why they're failing so miserably at the war at this point, the idea of "fair play" doesn't work well in war especially against an enemy like the Dominion who barely values your race as worthy of life. Something I would have loved to have heard Garak say to Nog and O'Brien was the immortal words of Gul Dukat "Oh now don't go spouting off your holier-than-thou Federation fair play dogma".

I mean whats the point of Starfleet Intelligence existing if they don't want to use "intelligence" to outwit the enemy? Put it into a historical perspective, when the Allies broke the German Enigma code during WWII they could study their transmissions and knew of their plans before they happened, which is a credit to why they managed to eventually win the war and prevent Europe from becoming a fascist dystopia that the Federation would become if the Dominion wins. Now imagine if some peoples personal moral view overided logic and we decided "Nah using the intelligence we gathered from breaking German codes is too "easy", it's not a fair fight. We should march onto the battlefield and meet the Nazis face to face and have a jolly old punchup like men!" we'd have lost the war within the first few years and millions would have been slaughtered in camps and massacres.

The same applies here, the Dominion is the biggest threat to Humanity in probably the history of Humanity itself, they have the Cardassian "Space Nazis" on their side and their main fighting force, The Jem'Hadar are brutal, efficient killing machines in a very literal sense, programmed to follow whatever orders they're given and that's that. These are the same group of people who have already destroyed hundreds of Starfleet vessels containing thousands of personnel and within Dominion territory itself, have slaughtered likely billions of people over the years as well as performing chemical warfare (The Blight) against civilian populations, yet we feel sorry for this squad of Jem'Hadar because their "leader" double crossed them by given Sisko their plan of attack?

This is what happens when Human Starfleet personnel "humanise" their enemy in every sense of the word, they're not Humans, they don't share our morals they don't share our view they don't even share much likeness to us or our culture. I'm not saying "slaughter every Jem'Hadar! They're not worthy of life!" or anything like that at all, I'm simply saying don't anthropomorphise them, they're not like us and as Lieutenant Neeley said "They wouldn't hesitate if the situation was reversed". There are times in war when people feel sympathy for the other side yes, this is not one of those times especially when being outnumbered 2 to 1.
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Joey Lock
Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 8:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Things Past

The only thing about this episode that irks me is probably the ending, I mean don't get me wrong its a brilliant scene, it's just the audacity of a countless innocents-murdering terrorist questioning the morality of Odo.

I mean we hear throughout the series about the Shakaar Resistance's "exploits" during the Occupation and especially later on in "The Darkness and the Light" (Which is an utterly brilliant episode in my view) that during one instance Kira and her terrorist buddies vaporised 12 Cardassians including Gul Pareks entire family (ergo innocents as I can't imagine his children or wife went around executing Bajorans) and crippled 23 others including Silarin Prin himself who was simply a servant who cleaned uniforms. Sure Kira defends her actions by "You didn't belong there!" but that doesn't justify her slaughter nor does it justify having the gall and the audacity to question Odo's moral stance. I know that Odo loves Kira and felt very guilty so thats likely why he didn't retort but if it were someone else they'd have likely said "You have the audacity to question my morality? You're a f**king terrorist! You blew up Cardassians for sport, innocent or otherwise yet you have the gall to moan at me? F**k off out of my office!"

Yes I got a little carried away but it's certainly even worse when you consider "Necessary Evil" where Kira lied to Odo for years and only admitted it AFTER Odo figured it out, don't throw stones in glass houses Kira.
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Joe
Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

Love the write-up and I agree about the emotional angle having something to it. What bothered me about this episode was the final scene, where Worf meets Alexander in the Holodeck and basically tells him he doesn't have to practice. They walk out together. Credits roll. The problem, though, is, as a father, I would have liked to see at least some emotion from Worf. Maybe hint that, instead of Batleth training, they're going to do something together than Alexander wants to do. Instead, it plays like Alexander has FINALLY committed to doing what Worf wants and, instead, Worf's like, "Nah, never mind."
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