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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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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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JoeyLock
Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

The thing that bothered me about this episode was just a hint of hypocrisy.

I like the episode, I always enjoy two parter storyline episodes in all the different series but one thing that irritated me about this episode was the crews response to the Devidians.

Now I in no way want the Devidians to be "feeding" on Humans but earlier at the start of this season we had "Silicon Avatar" where the Crystalline Entity was "feeding" on thousands of people and entire colonies, I took the side of Dr. Marr who wanted to stop the Crystalline Entity in its path because it was clearly destructive and extremely dangerous, however the crew got extremely pissy at Dr. Marr for wanting to stop/destroy the Crystalline Entity because in Picards words "Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil, it is feeding!" and then when Dr. Marr logically says "That would be small comfort for those who have died to feed it." Picard then retorts "I would argue that the Crystalline Entity has as much right to be here as we do."

Now, in this episode we have beings "feeding" on Human neural energy yet the crew are adament to stop them before its too late, the basic premise is the same as you have a being that is feeding on other beings and killing people yet when its a big giant snowflake in space they're alright with it, when its a sentient being that talks their language they're all pissy wanting to stop them and not let them get away with it. Interesting morality these Starfleet personnel seem to have, essentially their mentality seems to be "It's alright as long as its not happening to me".
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JoeyLock
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I've seen a fair amount of anger toward the moral commentary of the episode, especially from Trek feminists who believe its just "victim shaming" and obviously a "evil man violating a poor innocent woman" despite the whole evidence pointing to Kovin's innocence.

I think its interesting to explore the other side, the side of false rape/abuse accusations that do happen more often than people realise or are told about. However rather than blaming Seven, the victim, I would blame The Doctor as he does himself.

In my view the Doctors actions in this episode are analogous to a court case with a fervant lawyer or legal adviser of some sort. I've heard of cases before where people who believe they may possibly have been a victim of abuse but can't really be sure or remember will seek advise or help and if a lawyer decides to take the case as they see it as an "easy win" case with a big payout in court they'll try persuade the victim that the crime 100% did take place and that they need to punish the suspect to help the victim feel better. This is essentially what The Doctor did, I feel he let his affection for Seven cloud his judgement as we can see from his dialogue he continually insisted to Seven various possibilities and ardently defended her in front of the crew leading Tuvok to even notice that he had essentially already made up his mind that Kovin was guilty before any evidence had been found.

This "egging on" from the Doctor lead Seven herself to feel more secure that she had "support" for her memories and then when the Doctor realised he'd jumped the gun and admitted he was unsure, Seven felt like a victim again, being told she was wrong and in her words "The Doctor told me I would feel better when Kovin gets what he deserves. I want him to be punished. I won't settle for anything less." to me its analogous to a plaintiff being told by their legal advisers that they were definitely a victim and they'd feel good once they punished their alleged attacker only for the case to turn against them when the other side provides proof of the defendants innocence or at least "evidence to the contrary" that damages the plaintiffs case, which in turn causes the plaintiff to suddenly become more resolute and steadfast in what they were told was the truth despite previously doubting themselves in the beginning, its like a psychological self-defence mechanism of sorts.

Unfortunately Kovin was one of those cases where the accused was essentially hounded, persecuted and harassed into what is analogous to committing suicide. I quite like that they made the Doctor realise his mistake rather than just end the episode where everyone feels bad and nothing comes of it.

It may be outspoken to say but given the wave of Feminism and "social justice" in recent years, I can't imagine anything like this would appear on Star Trek Discovery unless Kovin was 100% guilty and it was more of a cut and dry "man vs woman" rape metaphor rather than a good ambiguous possible false accusation story this episode was.
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JoeyLock
Fri, May 19, 2017, 11:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

I feel so bad for poor old Odo in this, he was properly in the Friendzone, especially when she put his arm around him thanking him for being such a good friend, its like seeing a man stabbed through the heart.

I never understood how Kira didn't have a single inclination that Odo liked her, like she must be incredibly oblivious or just not very bright, especially when Odo removes the belt at the end and cancels their meetings, its like she can't even put two and two together "Hmm I wonder what that was about?".

But the people above saying "Ugh why is Odo not being better at his job?!" - I don't think you fully understand Odo as a character. He's not grown up as a humanoid, he's not had a "girlfriend" when he was a kid, hes not had a "first love" or experienced being broken up with etc like many humans have, so to most of us, seeing your "crush" go out with someone else isn't nice but its not the end of the world and doesn't make us angry but Odo has never had those feelings, he's never had a girlfriend, hes never had love or a relationship and so all these feelings are brand new to him, shes the only woman hes ever felt for and thats why he lashed out and got so distracted.

Think back to your first love, think about how you felt and how you were on top of the world just to see them smile and how strong those feelings were and for those of you not still with your first love, remember the pain you felt, the heartache, the distraction, the constant sadness for a while afterward etc
That's what Odo felt in this episode, except he not only felt that but he had to protect the bloke his love was metaphorically and basically smooching in front of him with right in his face. I don't think people really think about the emotions behind that situation and seem to think everyone is a Vulcan and "must do their duty". This episode shows the difference between Worf and Odo quite well, despite them both being very isolated, duty-driven personalities as Nikolai said to Worf in TNG Homeward "Duty. That's all that really matters to you, isn't it?".

Odo has always been a man of duty, a workaholic who did his job 24/7 with no break except to regenerate in order to be ready for another day of non-stop work, this is the first time we get to see him show that his job isn't his entire life and yet people still aren't satisfied?
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JoeyLock
Thu, May 18, 2017, 11:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

The crew in this episode cling to the Prime Directive like American gun lovers like the NRA seem to cling to the 2nd Amendment, as if there are literally no exceptions and that rules cannot be changed or broken whatsoever in anyway shape or form regardless of how many lives it costs in the process.

I found it odd that Troi didn't support Beverleys stance on this, during the episode "Conundrum", Troi was the single and main voice of "We can't just kill these people we don't know, it feels wrong" yet now shes a hoity-toity Commander she suddenly seems fine with letting people die miserable painful deaths to satisfy their, in the words of Gul Dukat "holier-than-thou Federation fair-play dogma". She must have taken that holodeck simulation where she killed Geordi quite seriously as she seems fine to let innocent people die off too as do the others. Rikers attitude in this is expected, hes always perfectly fine with letting people die, thats like his jam.
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JoeyLock
Mon, May 1, 2017, 11:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Barclay has to be one of the most relatable characters for me in Star Trek, I suffer from a similar social anxiety although not as bad as Barclays, so his character relates to me quite well compared to the heroic, outgoing and commanding bridge crew we always see. It's a shame we don't see more of Barclay though considering hes basically a genius underneath despite being restricted by his crippling anxiety.

Also Wesley's being a dick in this episode as usual, not only was it obnoxious to point out the obvious to a Starfleet Academy trained adult with a higher rank and far more experience but Barclay hadn't even finished his sentence and giving him an insulting nickname? I wonder if Wesley would have appreciated being called "Willy Sucker" instead of Wesley Crusher or just see Barclay say at one point "Where's your Dad? Oh wait." and see his expression.
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JoeyLock
Mon, May 1, 2017, 4:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Great episode, horrible conclusion.

Phlox's decision is basically an example of all the bad things about science, it'd be the same as going "Who cares about preventing global warming and possibly saving this planet? How do we know we won't do more harm? Just let nature take its course and see what happens" if we followed that logic, we wouldn't be around long enough to develop warp drive let alone help another planet.
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JoeyLock
Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

If it weren't for the fact they were filming "Move Along Home" at the same time, having the entire DS9 cast cameo in it would have likely made the show better, or at least having an O'Brien-Picard meeting or even a Sisko-Picard meeting. It'd have certainly been interesting to have seen Worf meet Odo long before they would meet and work together again.
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