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Jonah Falcon
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

"Anyhow, the weakness of the episode is the lack of credibility of the 8472's plan to impersonate Star Fleet to such a degree from like 60,000 light years away."

The Dominion Changelings wave hello.
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Jonah Falcon
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

I loved this episode because of Ray Walston. Oh, and because of Ray Walston. Could have used more Ray Walston.
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Jonah Falcon
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

"Does it? To whom? What's to say the "how we lived" bears any consequence on the "grand scheme of things"? Who says there IS a "grand scheme of things"?!? "

But they did affect the lives of others. They helped other people in need that the real Voyager didn't. Regardless of their fate, their help and charity lived beyond them.
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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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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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Jonah
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 9:21am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

How does the space whale even "swim" around in space? Does it have engines?
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SirJonah
Sat, Oct 25, 2008, 4:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

"One man speaking secondhand nonsense cannot change the world."

In a completely rational, sane world without wishful or magical thinking that might be true... and there are always other societal factors at play, I agree. But just as Liko on Mintaka III revived belief in an "overseer", Saul of Tarsus (later Paul) on planet Earth did something similar... and I think that may possibly have been the writers' allegorical intent here. Saul never met Jesus of Nazareth in the flesh, so all of his information about his life and ministry was secondhand... but when he had that vision of the "messiah" on the road to Damascus (whatever the real nature or cause of it was), we are told that he was converted... and subsequently did more to spread the fledgling Christian religion beyond Palastine into the Roman world than did any of the disciples whom the Bible says new Christ personally.

So, according to the central text of the Christian religion anyway, one man speaking secondhand nonsense after a revelatory vision CAN change the world... apparently.

Great reviews, nonetheless!
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