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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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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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Joey Lock
Thu, Jun 8, 2017, 11:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Jason, I understand they wanted to learn from it and that he may be the last of his kind, but if they did make contact and the doctor hadn't have killed it, would they just forget all the deaths it caused? Would the slate be wiped clean after contact? How can you accuse or extradite or hold trial on a giant space faring snowflake?

If it could communicate and said "Woops, my bad" or "Woops, sorry about that" would that be enough to satisfy all those who died and all those who lost loved ones to it? I doubt it. What if they contacted it and somehow managed to understand it, maybe even telepathically and they discovered it was perfectly sentient, knew exactly what it was doing and gladly killed people for its own purposes, what then?

Granted it would be great to understand and study the the Crystalline Entity, but what if it decided to carry on "feeding" well into Federation space during this "study"? Would we let them munch away at innocent people whilst we hastily jot down some information on the way it behaves or do we destroy it to stop it going further?

My point is regardless of if contact is made it needed to be stopped otherwise it'd be a worse killer than the Borg in time, so whether it was that day or within a month or two, eventually it'd have to stop or be stopped, especially if it entered Klingon or Romulan space, they'd be far less scientific and friendly.
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Joey Lock
Mon, May 29, 2017, 1:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I've always had a problem with this episode, to me it sums up, what Gul Dukat calls, "holier-than-thou Federation fair-play dogma". This seems to be an episode that demonstrates where the science and defence sides of Starfleet clash, on the one hand they're there to seek out new life and understand it, on the other hand that new life has slaughtered thousands or even millions and will continue to unless opposed.

Now it's all well and good sitting ina room having a good old debate over morality and "Do we have the right to..." like a bunch of college students trying to get into a pseudo-intellectual argument but this isn't the time or place, lives are at stake and Starfleet is the only defence against those threats.

Imagine if a terrorist attacks your city and your police hestitate and sit there having a little chat over whether they have the right to kill another person or not whilst that terrorist kills more innocent people.

Now as Picard tries to mention "It is not evil, it is feeding" but imagine if a bunch of sharks or crocidiles moved into a local swimming pool that kids go to, or a hoard of bears or wolves invaded a local town, mauling people as they walk down the street or invading homes because they're "feeding" would we sit idly by and go "Well what makes me better? What gives me the right to survive whilst they starve?" and reflect on morality as they chew off your leg or would you defend yourself from what is by definition an aggressor, whether or not their intention is simply to feed or whether its malice? I would hope most people would defend themselves unless they had little value for their own lives and I'm a Vegetarian and animal lover and even I would defend myself with a weapon if a wild animal was attacking.

So I find the holier-than-thou attitudes of some of the senior staff like Picard and Troi quite annoying considering they never faced the crystalline entity, Picard wasn't down on the planet, he didn't see a woman he had feelings for get vaporised infront of his eyes, he never saw the or knew the victims of this entity, so it gave him a nice, comfortable, self assured attitude that he's morally correct in his actions whilst making a rather conviniently dispassionate decision simply because "It never hurt me so I'm fine with it" and then gets angry toward someone who suffered the loss of her own son toward it. We see Picards attitude toward the Borg later, imagine if Doctor Marr came to Picard after Wolf 359 and said to Picard "What right do you have over the Borg? What gives you the right to kill them? Why don't you let them assimilate you? They're only feeding. Lay down your arms and let them carry on." do you think he'd agree? Like hell he would.

The Federations morality conveniently changes to suit the "view of the day" it seems.
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Joey Lock
Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 2:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I wouldn't say Darmok is overrated at all, it's only overrated if you're some sort of Star Trek hipster "I liked it before it was cool".

Darmok is one of those episodes you could introduce non-Trekkies too and they'd be able to relate to it, it's got a tale of friendship between two completely different people in their attempt to understand one another, it's the very core of Trek "to seek out new life and new civilisations".

Sure, on an aesthetics point of view you might nitpick on "This scene was quite boring" or "This part of the script needed some work" but 99% of people aren't going to really notice that so that's where theres a difference between a "review" and a "dissection". Remember these episodes are only 45 minutes long, they can't go into detail about the entire Tamarian civilisation and it's inner workings plus even the writers don't necessarily know, so cutting the episode open and dissecting its internals and then claiming "it doesn't really work" isn't a review its - to extend the metaphor - a post-mortem.
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Joey Lock
Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 1:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Great episode but just letting Ryan go by giving him a slap on the wrist with a demotion? He tried to shoot, then purposely suffocate 4 innocent Starfleet members who were trying to help him. He should have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and given at least a minimum sentence.

Whether or not his intentions were to "protect his ship" he still committed a hostile act toward a planetary government vessel and crew and nearly destroyed his own ship because he was too big headed, cocky and vengeful to listen to logic.
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Joey Lock
Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 8:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

I've always liked this episode because of the idea of a closed society of people who believe they're superior end up needing to be saved by "inferior" people. It's a great analogy that just because you enjoy poetry, have a grand education or are generally smart doesn't mean you're superior.

Also the whole Troi situation in this episode was a little irritating, they made Troi act like a blushing school girl whose fallen head over hills within the first minute of meeting this guy then everytime he's mentioned she smiles like when shes speaking to Picard about him, it's like shes thinking with her heart (Or her ovaries) instead of her brain when judging from past episodes shes usually more analytical than this.
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Joey Lock
Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 2:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Past Prologue

This episode was a fairly strong second episode which is exactly what you need in a new series, an amazing pilot but crappy 2nd or 3rd episodes won't get you anywhere.

The actors are begining to unravel slightly in this one, Kira's patriotism and stubbornness is beginning to show, Odo's want for law and order and not being too happy with change, Garaks analytical nature etc

I also noticed in the scene where Odo and Sisko discuss in his office, they're standing extremely close to one another, almost face to face, it just seemed a little odd, almost as if they were gonna kiss despite having a whole large office to stand in.
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Joey Lock
Mon, Aug 15, 2016, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

It was a good episode, great to see some more indepth looks at Starfleet Academy as you barely ever see much of it except the main ground, but the ending is a bit far fetched. Chakotay and the woman share one kiss and recite some quotes and suddenly they're 100% trusting of each other so Boothby just accepts that as "Oh they must be good guys then" and it's all resolved, what would make more sense is if they used the nanoprobes to close the entrance and exit to fluidic space, therefore virtually ending any conflict or war between them permanently rather than relying on verbal agreement.
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Joey Lock
Sat, Aug 6, 2016, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

The Ramurans in this episode sound like a perspective view of North Korea, with a few run aways "hardly constituting a problem with society" etc But the general storyline of a one episode romance gone awry has been recycled since The Original Series, like "Requiem For Methuselah" where McCoy says at the end "I do wish he could forget her." etc
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Joey Lock
Thu, Aug 4, 2016, 4:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I agree with Loren above, this episode has a completely unresolved ending, it almost felt like a filler episode that had no real effect, it was a "It's Sevens fault" again episode just like the previous one "Prey" where in the end Seven is to blame and Janeway once again is willing to risk her entire crew for the sake of one person, it's almost like a recycle of the previous episodes moral conundrums.
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Joey Lock
Thu, Aug 4, 2016, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

Janeway's logic in this episode is the very reason the Federation almost lost the Dominion War back home, it's the Federations peace loving "Do not harm anyone" attitude that allows species like the Borg, Hirogen, Jem'Hadar, Species 8472 etc to walk all over them, because they portray weakness and a vunerability, their morality.

The age old quote "War is Hell" is something Starfleet doesn't seem to understand, it's a dog eat dog unvierse out there, either you do what you need to survive or you won't be surviving, Seven of Nine saved the crew and the ship. The quote from Spock "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the ONE" is very important here, one viscous, slaughtering alien who got trapped away from his home because he was an invading xenophobic, is not worth an entire ship full of people who have been trapped away from home for years because of an accident.
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Joey Lock
Thu, Jul 28, 2016, 2:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I think this is a great episode of Star Trek, anything 50's is always great when mixed with Star Trek, but seeing as this episode was directed by Brooks and centered around race which is something Brooks loves to always mention and go on about it seems, I agree with some of the above comments that it does seem fairly "All Black people are innocent citizens who are picked on by "the White man" for no reason", even Jake's character who is a known thief and dies trying to steal something doesn't seem to be given a bad light, he seems to be shown in a "It wasn't his fault that he got into crime, he was just a poor black kid and he was shot by White policemen", a common hypocritical narrative in recent news the last few years.

It's certainly great to take a fictional look on race and make people think of the real world racism but making a one sided eg Making all the co-writers White and having only one of them support him but even then, Shimmerman's character just seems a usually combative, argumentative person so it's unclear whether this is because he feels its injustice or because he "just wants to have a moan" whilst the rest act like "That's just the way it is".

But the rest of the episode and other themes were great.
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Joey Lock
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 10:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

What I appreciated most about this episode was the way it basically showed that people who consider themselves smart, bright geniuses who believe they know everything because they have higher qualifications are inherently flawed with their almost inherent sense of arrogance that anything they say is correct simply because they're smarter.

The conversation between O'Brien and Bashir was great, O'Brien is the everyman, the normal average joe who has years of experience and is going to be the one dealing with the actual situations whereas Bashir represents the ones who sit behind the desks with their knowledge and comes up with probabilities, then proceeds tell the regular joes what they should and shouldn't do simply because of a few calculations and assumptions they've made, rather than personal experience, despite all the statistical probabilities that go into stock markets these days, they still can't seem to predict stock market crashes and fluctuations very well because statistics alone aren't enough.
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Joey Lock
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

Everytime I watch this episode, Jadzia always strikes me as someone who doesn't want to get married even though she says she does, like she wants the Single life when it suits her but also wants a partner. For example I mean the way, in the words of Lady Sirella, that she was acting like a "Risian slut", she certainly didn't act like someone who was getting married the next day, rubbing the chest of a random topless Lieutenant whilst subtly hinting she may want more from him in the coming hours, specifically the fact she woke up in her quarters with two men on her wedding day one of which was the man she was touching up the night before, that's a pretty bad sign.

Worf must really care deeply for Jadzia like no other for him to put up with her overly confident, flirtacious, wise-cracking tough, independent nature compared to his staunch, traditional, devoted reserved nature, either that or the love making was the best he's had and he didn't want to lose it, but I'd guess its the first one.
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Joey Lock
Wed, Jul 20, 2016, 9:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

The only bit of this that I'm not too fond of is the genetic enhancement reveal scene, the bit where his father goes "And just so there's no misunderstanding, I give you my word that at no time in our interview with Doctor Zimmerman will we ever mention or even hint at the fact that you were genetically enhanced as a child. " There was no need for him to openly say that, it was too obvious and not subtle in anyway shape or form, there was no need for him to mention the genetically engineering as a child because Bashir already knew of the secret, he could have gone "hint at the fact of our little secret" but because the audience needed to know what the secret was, he says the secret out loud. It just seems a clunky, obviously unsubtle way of revealing what the secret was especially seeing as its a public space, anyone could have been in the next room or walked in the Infirmary behind them etc.
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Joey Lock
Tue, Jul 19, 2016, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

I enjoyed this episode, I didn't have any real problems with it except the Kira arc, it felt rushed and like a "backstory" that fitted in at the end when Odo and Kira can relate to losing something they loved etc Because to be fair Shakar in this episode acted like a fool, it may be his girlfriend but it's O'Briens child she is carrying, that by default gives him the right to see his childs birth, besides its not as if O'Brien was gonna try "take a peek" under Kira's cover seeing as he previously mentioned he helped her out the bathtub a few times so its not like hes unfamiliar with her.

But the Odo/Mora parts were great, the way they both intiailly took a pop at each other with snide remarks was realistic of a Father-Son relationship where both have too much pride to admit the other one has a point. I'm glad in the end they finally came to terms with their relationship, also despite others views on the Changeling being an excuse to just give Odo his powers back, I think that was more of a convenient event rather than being solely based around it because Odo's exploration into fatherhood and dealing with his own Father-Son relationship with Dr Mora and his time as a humanoid helped open up Odo a bit more instead of being a constantly rigid workaholic.
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Joey Lock
Mon, Jul 18, 2016, 4:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

This episode sums up Jadzia's overall "outgoing" flirtatious attitude and how even though they somehow make it work, the idea that "opposites attract" never seemed to work with Worf and Dax in my view.

Worf was devoted to Dax and the fact Klingon marriages are usually more about loyalty and tradition than Human/Trill marriages which are often more open and less formal, Dax should have known Worf would be like this so I don't see why she acts so surprised, she wants Worf to remain his strong, warrior self yet at the same time she wants to mold him into her own person outgoing, laidback macho man. It's either one or the other.

I feel in this episode Dax acts like her and Worf are just "having a fling" whilst Worf almost considers her his wife already, so granted there should be some leeway between the two but I feel Dax has already had lifetimes of fun and relaxation, if she wanted to fall in love with a Klingon, knowing full well what their society is like seeing as shes an expert on Klingon culture, she should have been prepared to change her attitude toward it but she had a very Human attitude of "I should be allowed to do whatever I want and you should want to do that to even if you don't actually want to."

Despite Worfs involvement with the terrorising conservative type people, I still feel Worf had the right viewpoint in this one. He shouldn't have to fundamentally change his attitude to suit someone who isn't willing to change theirs. It's the same later on with "You Are Cordially Invited" when Jadzia acts like a spoilt brat because she doesn't want to go through with a Klingon ceremony that she knew full well she would have to go through.
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Joey Lock
Sat, Jul 9, 2016, 10:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Distant Voices

I quite liked this episode, some people are never satisfied but I actually thought Siddig's acting here was quite good, his slow aging was quite believable, nothing too over the top.
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Joey Lock
Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

Great episode overall, I'm glad you only realise the true plot as to why this all happened toward the end of the episode.

I loved the last scene, brilliant acting, Lawrence Pressman's facial response when Kira calls him an honourable man and that his daughter must have loved him very much is spot on point, it's a mix of near to tears realisation his daughter is still missing and at the same time surprise and thankfullness.
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Joey Lock
Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 7:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

The very overly patriotic Americanism in this episode is nauseating, probably because I'm not American but in a world that's meant to have gotten rid of nationalism, the idea that an individual countries constitution is somehow remembered word for word and then spreads across the Alpha Quadrant is mental.

I see far more American over-patriotism on the internet and television than Id like to in real life, when it invades the Star Trek universe that's when it just gets far fetched.

The rest of the episode is pretty good though, like the jail fight scene with Spocks calm advice and McCoys scenes in the laboratory.
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Joey Lock
Mon, Jun 13, 2016, 11:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Shadowplay

I love this episode, I don't analyse script or storyline to much because this episode as Ira Behr said is meant to be a "sweet episode" something a bit nice to make a change. This episode and The Ascent in Season 5 are great Odo adventure episodes, they're ones I can watch over and over and enjoy everytime.

So many people seem to have exceptionally high bars as to what they consider worthy as an episode, I'm surprised they'd enjoy anything in their lives if their expectations are that high.
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