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John C. Worsley
Wed, Aug 10, 2016, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Minefield

31 seconds. It was 31 seconds.
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John C. Worsley
Wed, Jul 13, 2016, 4:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

Jack wrote: "We're supposed to believe that the transporter rematerialization fusing debris with a human being would only result in "skin deep" fusion? Presuambly there'd be debris interspersed throughout his body, in his brain, etc."

Sure, why not? There were leaves striking his skin and clothing, not floating through his brain. This isn't the farcical "Tuvix" scenario which I find a lot harder to believe. The idea that the transporter could slightly mix rapidly moving, touching surfaces at this early stage of its development is far more plausible than most transporters-gone-wrong stories.

The paranoia of the crew without being directly noticed by anyone involved went on too long for my taste, it seemed like the script thought maybe we'd really think there were rock people for a while, which maybe could have been the case if handled differently, but the whole thing just seemed transparent from the first hallucination and it was just tedious to get to the obvious.
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John C. Worsley
Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 5:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

Agree with the dissenters. Lousy episode; some entertaining elements in a vacuum but the core is infuriatingly stupid. They really couldn't come up with a good excuse for the action? A being this powerful and this easily manipulated should not have security clearance of any kind.
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John C. Worsley
Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Agree with all the criticisms. Weird, demeaning condescension to primitive cultures once again with Chakotay, schizo respect for the host society one second, then overruling it arbitrarily the next. Wildly oversimplified baddies at the end... and deciding what's best for everyone while sanctimoniously declaring "who are we to know what's best?"

Also apparently the Borg never assimilated a species that ever cooked or had to keep warm. "An exothermic reaction!" Yes, Seven, we call it fire!
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John C. Worsley
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 11:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

Screw this episode.

I have never been so angry at a work of fiction.

39 minutes into a 44 minute narrative the characters finally unpack the obvious and Janeway decides to not just NOT destroy this horror show, she orders the victims of it to rebuild it and make it stronger than before, even putting some of their oft-cited limited resources into it.

Screw this episode.

Cuddly, harmless Neelix's first response to the "memorial" trauma: to flip out and terrify the nearest child! Second response: nearly vaporize his crewmates! Truly, great work everyone!

Screw this episode.

Nonconsensually traumatizing and inflicting PTSD unsolicited and unexplained on random passers-by is not "memorializing." Janeway condescendingly and unilaterally moralizing it as such only lends credence to the theory that she has been literally brain damaged by the beacon (or possible far earlier, really).

Screw this episode.

Look. Generally, I like this show. Yes, I've put up with a lot of shallow, contradictory, boring, inconsistent, half-baked garbage from it over the course of five and a half seasons now in the name of getting to spend some more time in the Star Trek universe and have a little fun sci-fi entertainment of a certain flavor -- but this is the first time I've actually wanted to rage-quit an entire television show. It's not just bad, it's insulting and offensive.



Screw this episode.
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John C. Worsley
Tue, Apr 12, 2016, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Dragon's Teeth

Per @VOYSynopsis on Twitter:

"S06E07 #VOY: Janeway wakes an aggressive army from stasis, incites a war, flees, and blames Seven! Chakotay cites unrelated mythology."

Yep. That about sums it up.
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John C. Worsley
Thu, Apr 7, 2016, 7:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Survival Instinct

Sooo... Seven recognizes a few spare Borg parts as formerly belonging to members of her Unimatrix... but not the guy holding them? Even after identifying what he was holding?

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Huh.
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John C. Worsley
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 2:10am (UTC -5)
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John C. Worsley
Sun, Oct 25, 2015, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Seriously: why was Ensign Harry Kim invited to a top-secret senior-staff meeting? Rank aside, he's the gossipingest little ensign in the fleet.
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John C. Worsley
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

No one has pointed out the glaring oversight that Tom managed to stabilize the "coaxial warp drive" technology, which could obviously get the ship home considerably faster, was never discussed again.

Also, our body-shifting alien uses his not inconsiderable powers to... woo B'Elanna and get drunk. Think Big, Buddy.
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John C. Worsley
Sat, Oct 17, 2015, 8:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Bizarre episode. Muddled and unclear in a way that leaves the story confusing in pretty much every act. Maybe the intended point is that in real life things aren't necessarily as clear as we think they are, but rather than embrace ambiguity they seem to just jump from strong belief to strong anti-belief on flimsy evidence and speculation.

Also +1 to respect and appreciation for the Doctor. One of the most consistently entertaining characters on the show and one who actually gets occasional moments of development, a relative rarity.
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John C. Worsley
Wed, Oct 14, 2015, 12:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

The only reason the 8472 was in the galaxy was to purge it of all life.

Engines crippled, shields on the brink of failing, outgunned 6-to-1, Janeway had no plan and no chance other than waiting for another Deus Ex from the screenwriters.

I like the essential concept of what they were going for here but it was badly mishandled in the execution. Seven saved the ship. The end.
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John C. Worsley
Sun, Jun 21, 2015, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

"Well, that's kinda interesting, given that neither one of them is human."

Captain James T. Kirk: "Spock, you want to know something? Everybody's human."
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