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Jordy
Tue, Sep 17, 2019, 4:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

I can't believe no-one has namechecked Jonathan Del Arco.
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Jordy
Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 7:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

@Yanks - I'm a woman.

I have no issue with TV and film wanting their characters to be visually appealing. I can appreciate good looking people of both sexes. I like to think, though, that it's possible to make actors look good without overtly sexualising them to the point of seeming tacky and exploitative. As much as I love Trek, I do think it crossed that line quite a bit in all the series, certainly with regards to the female characters.

I agree with Yanks about Deanna's uniform, especially the season 3 turquoise outfit with the asymmetrical neckline. I liked it in and of itself - the cut and colour were pretty - but it hardly seemed appropriate for her to wear while on duty, especially on the bridge. It looked more like party wear. I was pleased when Deanna finally got a proper Starfleet uniform. It still flattered her figure while looking professional.

As for Seven, her suit looked like it had been sprayed onto her - a bit OTT for me. I'm thankful that Jeri is, as others have noted, such a fantastic actress that she elevated her role far above the Sexy Chick trope...even if the character was somewhat overused at the expense of other characters as time went on.

I'm mildly surprised to see people suggest that Kirk's green vest outfit was intended to be sexy. I always thought it was quite unflattering and emphasized William Shatner's paunch more than the regular uniform shirt! Then again, I have slightly unconventional tastes, perhaps because I've watched sci-fi and fantasy for so long and am accustomed to nonhuman characters...so Spock was more to my taste anyway 😉
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Jordy
Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 4:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

Interesting perspectives. I'm pleased we're able to discuss this civilly.

Going back to the Duras Boob Window (lol), it was obviously completely impractical in terms of what armor is supposed to be for - why cut a hole in your protective gear, thus risking the tip of a Bat'leth piercing right into the centre of your chest? But it did seem to suit the sisters and their general attitudes and demeanour, somehow. Aggressively presented cleavage is very 'them.'

Incidentally, Barbara March (Lursa) died from cancer just last month. She had been married to Alan Scarfe, who played Tokath in Birthright, since 1979. So when Tokath tells Worf he married a Klingon, there's a layer of meta in there.

Rest in peace, Barbara. Thank you for bringing us a great Trek villainess.
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Jordy
Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 2:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

"Agreed, that was the culture, especially late 80's-early 90's. But Booming seemed to be saying that Trek had a habit of objectifying women, and I don't think that assertion stands for TOS, TNG, or DS9".

I dunno...even Kira's uniform, which started off reasonably, soon morphed into a very tight fitting catsuit accompanied by high heels. For a military officer, that's just silly, and it's hard to see what other reason than titillation could lie behind it.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 30, 2019, 7:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

It was obvious fairly early on in this episode that Dr Stubbs was obsessive to the point of being unstable. When he seriously says he would rather die than abort the mission, and makes it clear that he would be happy for the entire ship to be sacrificed to boot, that should have been a major red flag and he should have been confined to quarters there and then. Instead, no-one does anything and he is still allowed free run of the ship! It was predictable that he would end up taking matters into his own hands. Security really needs tightening up on the Enterprise.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 30, 2019, 7:38am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

@HackFarlane:

"Leaving Armus alone for eternity (supposedly) seemed to be a justifiable sentence for him, as much as many would rather see him blown to smithereens. With nobody ever to screw with, his entire reason for being is moot, and he'll have to live with that forever."

I don't think there really is a justifiable sentence for Armus, given his origins. He was evil by design and never had the option to be otherwise. Yet he's still a sentient being capable of suffering. I just feel it's the best thing for him and the whole galaxy to end him then and there.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 9:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I've just finished rewatching this one. Add me to the list of people shocked at how unpleasant Will was to Thomas. He deserved a clip round the ear for that gratuitous hostility to someone who really needed support.
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Jordy
Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 7:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

Eh. Shut up, Worf.
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Jordy
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 1:31am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

@Chess - I am sorry to hear about your brother. I hope you and he have some quality time together before his passing.

I agree with your assessment of this film. It's obviously not perfect, but for me it hits all the right notes. I was so excited when I first saw it on the big screen with my friends in my final year of high school, and it has lost none of its charm in the years since.
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Jordy
Wed, Aug 14, 2019, 8:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Sins of the Father

I thought Kurn was positively cheery, mellow and nicely mannered by Klingon standards. Klingons can be intolerable but he actually seemed to be making an effort to fit (again, by Klingon standards) when on board Enterprise.

Tony Todd is an asset to any Trek episode in which he appears.
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Jordy
Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 9:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

Cracking good episode. One of my favourites.

I have to agree though that a maneuver banned for being dangerous remains a banned maneuver even if successfully executed. There's no way those cadets wouldn't have been in serious trouble even if the Starburst had gone as planned.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 8:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Craig - the artefact given to Picard appears briefly in Generations when Riker and Picard are inspecting the ready room after the crash on Veridian 3. Picard picks it up and it looks intact...but then he puts it back down and beams up, leaving it behind, which is kind of sad!
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 8:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

My biggest problem with this episode was the claim that no other starships were available in time to help with the evacuation. The Federation has more than enough resources to pull this off.

And as many others have pointed out, Gorshevin was a complete fool who would have gotten his entire society killed.
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Jordy
Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 6:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

Thinking about it, Picard should really have ordered Armus destroyed at the end. It would seem not only safer but kinder to just put him out of his misery (he could hardly help being what he was, after all). Plus you just know some idiot is going to let their curiosity get the better of them sooner or later, barge past the warning buoy and give Armus another chance to wreak havoc.
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Jordy
Mon, Nov 26, 2018, 8:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Disease

Sean, respectfully, you can't really expect the script to reflect all your personal beliefs. This isn't a Christian-written show.
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Jordy
Sun, Nov 11, 2018, 5:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Thanks for the reply! I entirely agree that Federation member worlds can do as they please in general, but my comment hinges on the fact that the all-Vulcan ships depicted in Trek are *Starfleet* ships specifically. That's where it gets odd - racial segregation within Starfleet?
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Jordy
Sun, Nov 11, 2018, 3:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

As demonstrated in Enterprise, and in some smaller, more subtle ways in the other Trek series and films, Vulcans are arrogant and see themselves as superior. It doesn't surprise me that a bunch of Vulcans would *want* their own ship; it is troubling that Starfleet would let them have one. I bet no other Federation member race would be allowed to do such a thing.
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Jordy
Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 8:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

This episode contains Worf wearing a cardboard birthday hat on his big manly ridged Klingon noggin. What more could anyone want?

Plus:

"I think Data's painting is making me feel dizzy." Ha!
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Jordy
Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 8:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

One of my all-time favourite episodes. Great acting all around, and Hugh is as cute as a button.
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Jordy
Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 1:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

@ Debra Petersen

You might be interested in reading 'Vulcan's Heart' by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz. They're two of the better-known Trek novelists and this is part of a series focusing on Spock/Saavik/Vulcan stuff, but can also be read as a standalone. The Romulan Commander features prominently and they do her character and storyline justice, I think. It's about as close to a canon continuation as we're likely to get.

There's even a brief glimpse of what happened to Tasha Yar after she went back in time, showing how she ended up with Sela's father.

The only real criticism I have of this book and others in the series is the excess of Star Trek continuity it suffers from. There are too many familiar characters making cameos for the sake of it and too many shoehorned-in references to Trek history and lore, and it soon gets a little tiresome. To be fair though, this is a common problem in Trek novels when the writers' fannish enthusiasm perhaps inevitably gets the better of them.
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Jordy
Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 7:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

I think you're being very charitable towards Winn there! I doubt she cares a bit for the Siskos. I got quite a bit of enjoyment from watching the Prophet totally decline to even acknowledge her.

Louise Fletcher gives a fine performance as always, of course.
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Jordy
Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 6:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

Ahhh. I love the benevolent bearded old-man noggin which materializes on the bridge at the end and starts cheerfully categorizing the crew. He's so funny. Especially his mildly shocked reaction to Picard being 'interrogative.' He's like a highly intelligent but slightly eccentric grandpa.

This makes me think of Star Trek V and the fake God, who the Enterprise-A also encountered at the centre of the galaxy, and who also seemed highly advanced and appeared as a giant floating head. It has long been my theory that he was a rogue Cytherian banished for being evil. It all seems to fit...
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Jordy
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 6:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

Elliott's dismantling of the whole Sisko-Eddington-Toddman sabotage thing made me laugh.

For what it's worth, Tain always gave me chills. I felt his jovial exterior was - not faked, exactly - but masked a really cold, merciless man. Someone who can do dreadful things, or induce others to, while being cheery about it, is twice as scary. I thought Paul Dooley did a fine job of portraying this.
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Jordy
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part I

I feel that the writers missed a couple of big opportunities with the new characters. As others have said, it's a pity we never see T'Rul again. The Romulans were one of the first major hostile alien races to be established in Trek, and their relation to the Vulcans makes them especially interesting. We've had Klingons, Cardassians, and Ferengi as main characters or recurring regulars on the Trek shows, but never a Romulan. I would have loved to see a decent role for T'Rul, but she just vanishes after these episodes.

Eddington fares slightly better. I always liked Kenneth Marshall in this role, and as Jammer notes, he could have been an interesting source of conflict with Odo, who is notorious for doing things his own way, being suspicious of outsiders, and resenting anything he perceives as interference. There was a lot of squandered potential here for seeing Eddington and Odo clash over security matters, arguing over who should have jurisdiction, having to find ways to work together, etc. Sadly, that never happened and Eddington remained massively underutilized until the script required him to suddenly come to the fore out of nowhere as a traitor.
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Jordy
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 5:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

Many of the comments here are criticizing 'Jadzia' for jeopardizing 'Dax's' future, as though the two are functioning separately and Jadzia is making decisions over Dax's head (figuratively speaking).

But that's not how joined Trill operate. It's Jadzia Dax, a combined being, who decided to accept the consequences of reassociation. Dax the symbiont was as much the maker of that decision as Jadzia the host.
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