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Jon
Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 2:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Zero Hour

... also, Earth has known for quite some time that the full size weapon would be coming eventually. Did it not occur to anyone at Starfleet command to put together a defense fleet? Sure there weren't any other NX ships yet, but there had to be some non-NX ships they could commission to bulk up Earth's orbital defense. They could take that time to upgrade their weapons. That way even if Enterprise failed, Earth still has a chance to knock out the weapon before it destroys the planet.
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Jon
Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 1:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Zero Hour

I wasn't a fan of the Xindi arc. It felt like a 3 parter stretched over an entire season.

Very little plot progression was accomplished in any given episode.

The Xindi council scenes were always really repetitive and served no other purpose then to remind us that the Xindi were still around.

Lastly, I hated that everyone (such as the Xindi and T'pol) were constantly acting like humanity was the only line of defense for the entire Alpha Quadrant. By the time we reached Zero Hour, they had figured out how to shut down the spheres and stop the sphere builders. Even if humanity failed and Earth was destroyed (obviously not an ideal outcome) there are other races with entire fleets that could launch counter measures against the spheres, such as the Vulcans. All Enterprise needed to do was transmit their plans to Earth, Vulcan, and any friendly neighbor.
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Jonathon
Fri, Aug 24, 2018, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

Clearly, when Ballard died, Voyager should have paid a visit to Miracle Max.
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Jon
Fri, Aug 24, 2018, 12:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Catwalk

This episode was alright. But I have a nitpick about it. It's a particular nitpick that comes up a lot on various Star Trek episodes.

When they show the actual storm, it's shown as a long horizontal string. If it was energy or radiation being expelled from some central source, shouldn't it expand in all directions?

Also, it makes it seem like the crew is just too stupid to avoid it by going above it or under it.

This happens a lot in Star Trek. Pretty much any episode involving any sort of spacial anomaly or wavefront.

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Jon
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 6:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

It drives me crazy when some crappy little ship from some crappy little planet fires on Voyager, with full shields, and conveniently disables the transporters in the first shot.

They then do this AGAIN with the Delta Flyer.

ARGHHH

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Jon
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 5:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

Completely ridiculous the probe had ended up there and that it was on their own home. It's as if the writers have NO idea of how big space is.
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Jon
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 6:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

I simply don't understand the motivation of an alleged respectable publisher to risk their reputation and fortune to publish a few weeks earlier.

The doctor not realising his work would be so offensive just didn't ring true. Also, unsure why he is whining about his creativity but being recognised, when we recently had a whole planet worshipping his singing.

I realise people have to act in an exaggerated manner for drama, but this is a step too far.

I really liked the idea of all the copies of the doctor in a mine, but again why were they using pickaxes?
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Jon
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 12:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Message in a Bottle

I think someone else mentioned this in the comments, but I can't get over this.

Why didn't they send some other hologram to deliver the messages? Someone a bit more disposable? Maybe they could send Da Vinci, or one of the countless bikini clad characters from Neelix' holo-resort program.

All they needed the hologram to do was deliver messages. Heck, it didn't even need to be a hologram of a person. They could have just sent a hologram of the letters.

But, of course, then they wouldn't have a story :P
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Jon
Sun, Jul 22, 2018, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

I was just watching this episode and it got tot he scene where Kim and Tuvok were in the turbolift. Tuvok was saying that there were 2 outcomes for the feelings Kim had. Either the feelings balanced out and forged a longterm relationship, or things end badly. He advised retreating.

Once that scene concluded all I could think was "Just delete the girl from the holo-program... problem solved"

The sheer irrelevance of the Kim story, combined with the fact that it already done better on TNG, made this episode really frustrating.
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Jon
Sun, May 27, 2018, 6:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Drive

Poor B'Elanna is trapped in a horribly abusive relationship, with someone who displays no actual affection for her. Horrible writing.
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Jon
Mon, May 21, 2018, 1:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

"Hey Korok, can you please give us a lift to Earth using that transwarp thingy you just used to come help us at the last possible moment?

-Sure, np guys.

Series over."

Haha
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Jon
Wed, May 9, 2018, 5:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Live Fast and Prosper

"craftily downloaded the Voyager database"

This is done so easily 🙄, yet has such immense implications. Sometimes it seems the writers just aren't very clever. This information is worth far more than any con.

Fake Tuvok was by far and away the best thing about this. Great fun, with him completely submerging into the character.
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Jon
Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 6:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Collective

An immensely significant episode for Starfleet. TWO huge events:

1) A virus that can be deployed to neutralise Borg cubes
2) A neutralised Borg cube, which can be completely cannibalised for parts and THE ENTIRE technology advantage of the Borg can now be downloaded from their databases
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Jon
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 1:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

"Chakotay, Paris, Kim, and Neelix" on a shuttle: am I the only person who thought that with one explosion, all the terrible actors on this show would be removed?

Quite liked this episode as a minor variant on Inner Light, but another wasted opportunity for the federation: this is an IMMENSELY powerful weapon.
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Jon
Sun, Mar 4, 2018, 5:18am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

A good episode, but completely hamstrung by Robert Beltran and McNeill's total inability to emote. Chakotay is supposed to be obsessed with the history of this probe, but is completely unconvincing. Once again, Jeri Ryan saves the day with an excellent performance, but can you imagine how much better this episode would have been with Picard instead of Chakotay?
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Lee Jones
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 2:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Alliances

I'm late to the party, but I'll add my two cents.

As I see it, the real reason Janeway is so opposed to sharing technology with the Kazon is not so much because she cares about destabilizing their society, it's all about preventing the Kazon from gaining a technological advantage over the rest of the Quadrant.
Way back in "Caretaker," the Kazon made it very clear that they wanted to dominate and oppress the Ocampa, and steal their water and the technology the Caretaker gave them.
If the Kazon got superior tech from Voyager, it wouldn't be very long at all before they started using it to change the balance of power of the Delta Quadrant in their favor by subjugating everyone else.

THAT would be the greatest Prime Directive violation of all.
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Captain Jon
Sun, Jan 21, 2018, 11:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

I really enjoyed this episode. I'm kind of disappointed that Lorca turned out to be from the MU, but I don't think he'll be gone from the series. There's still a clip from one of the trailers for the series that hasn't aired in any episode yet; him and Burnham walking through the Discovery, she says something and he answers "That's the spirit" or something to that effect. Anyone else remember this?

As for Culber and the network, someone mentioned it's like Guinan in the Nexus. What if this network IS the Nexus??? Just a thought....
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Jonah Falcon
Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Incidentally, it wasn't "all for nothing". That crew helped others along the way, just as the originals did. Those they helped will always remember them.
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Jonah Falcon
Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 1:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

To me, the episode is strangely hopeful. It answers the question of how far would Janeway cling to Federation ideals? Answer: To the bitter end, facing oblivion.
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Jon
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 7:23am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Simply shockingly poor. What on earth did a mainstream audience make of this?

Beltran simply cannot act at all. Out of the thousands of actors desperate for a role, they somehow ended up with him, McNeill, Wang and Lien, something which badly hobbled this show from the start.

Boothby shouldn't be in this story and his boxing advice is nonsense as said above.
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jamnjon
Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

I have a question regarding 7's statement that "The Borg were present during [First Contact]". Obviously it wasn't meant to be looked at in depth, but how would she know that they were present during the events. From my understanding (and recollection), all of the Borg involved were destroyed, and obviously they failed at their objective to inform the rest of the Borg from that time of Earth's presence, or it would have been destroyed. Is the collective able to know what's happening to each other despite being out of their own time?
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Jon
Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 3:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Re-watching this, it's very amusing how blatantly they have sidelined all the poorer actors in favour of the the Captain, Seven, the Doctor and Tuvok. Naomi Wildman is a more convincing character than most of the adults and that is embarrassing.

I really enjoyed all the scientist back-story even if it was ridiculously reckless and is retconning, but this ep. is, yet-again, another showcase for superb Jeri Ryan acting. To have somehow found someone who looks like that for the geeks, and yet constantly delivers superb and convincing performances should result in a medal for the casting team.
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Jon
Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 6:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

Some absolutely shocking writing in this.
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Jonah
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

"Creating a ridiculous version of "Christianity" just to throw religion under the bus isn't a debate, it's merely flimsy propaganda."

I think what Mad Idolatry does is actually worse. At the end, the emissaries of the "enlightened" futuristic civilization tells Kelly that she didn't poison their culture with false faith, and that she "must have faith in reason and endurance of the logical mind". Thus reason and logic are taken as some kind of evolutionary endpoint rather than simply another stage of evolution. This is not sci-fi, it is not looking to the future. There may come a time where our reliance on reason and logic (which represent a mere millisecond of the timescale of human existence) will come to an end or be subjected to a new metaphysics. If The Orville demonstrates anything with its flawed characters, it's that the benefits of reason and logic will not bring our miseries to an end (hell, our own civilization demonstrates it). This is something Bones might have pointed out but is lost in the absence of the dialogue that the original Star Trek had between competing ideologies.
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Jonathan
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

@navamske. On your third point, they showed Malloy piloting the shuttle back to the Orville, he dropped off Isaac.
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