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Jordy
Mon, Nov 26, 2018, 8:08pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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Jordy
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 6:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

I hate stubborn eccentric salt-of-the-earth types like Mullibok (stupid name as well). "This is my home and I'm not leaving no matter what", etc. Really boring.
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Jordy
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Haven

Deanna nearly married T-Bag!
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Jordy
Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 6:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

Especially when Dukat can't get the regenerator to work, and the way he glares at the thorn as if it's his arch-nemesis.
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Jordy
Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 6:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

Eh, I thought the thorn-in-the-butt scene was very funny. Even if Nana's laugh does sound like a hiccuping hyena.
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Jordy
Wed, Oct 28, 2015, 5:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Yeah, I could have done without Riker's body being used for sex with a colleague/old friend minus his consent, or even his knowledge.
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Jordy
Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 1:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Home

All I could think about in this episode was how bony T'Pol looked. Someone please give her a donut - JB has always been slender but she looked almost skeletal in 'Home', and it was not attractive.
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Jordy
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 11:45am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

Jammer: "The first act, when the crew starts to go nuts, is actually kind of entertaining in its zaniness. Everyone starts acting strangely and bouncing off the walls ... Worf is non-communicative and aggressive..."

So how is that any different from his normal self? :p
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Jordy
Mon, Aug 19, 2013, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

I think Seven was right in this episode and I'm glad she defied Janeway. If things had gone Janeway's way, the Voyager and her crew would have been reduced to their component atoms by the Hirogen in about six seconds flat. Compassion is all very well, but doesn't Janeway have a duty to keep her ship and crew safe? Shouldn't that override her duty to help one single (and definitely not 'innocent', by the way!) alien life form? She seemed all too ready to throw the lot of them under the bus.
When Seven states that following Janeway's plan would have resulted in Voyager's certain destruction, the best response Janeway can muster is the profoundly feeble 'Maybe not.' That says it all, I think. Seven saved the ship.
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Jordy
Mon, Aug 19, 2013, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Rajiin

I love Star Trek, I really do - in all its incarnations. But I'm tired of seeing the writers leap, like slavering adolescent boys, at any opportunity to flood the screen with barely-dressed women who have no personalities, no dialogue and no function beyond standing mutely and oozing sex. It's degrading.
Out of all the species in the galaxy, you'd think there'd be at least a few matriarchal species who are more prone to seeing men as scantily clad sex objects, but this almost never happens on Trek. The writers really needed to grow up.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 16, 2013, 10:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

It makes no sense that Kareel (or any other Trill) would volunteer to be a host to a symbiont if it meant having her entire consciousness and personality wiped out. You might as well commit suicide! The symbionts are nothing more than deceptive, exploitative parasites in this episode. DS9's take on the whole Trill thing is a lot more plausible.
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Jordy
Fri, Aug 16, 2013, 10:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

I must be one of the few people who actually liked Tasha and wish she'd stayed around a lot longer. TNG's first season was, let's be honest, pretty dire and seems horribly dated now in every respect; consider how much the other characters developed in the subsequent six years, something Tasha never got the chance to do. I think she could have become a great character. After all, even Picard was quite weak in season 1. Anyway, one of the most widely criticised aspects of Skin of Evil is that Tasha's death was 'meaningless'. I actually see this as a plus point. The Heroic Sacrificial (tm) Death has been way, way, WAY overused in sci-fi - actually in all genres of fiction - and I for one get quite tired of it. I loved that Star Trek was brave enough to give such a swift, pointless and arbitrary death to a main character. Because the painful reality is that most sudden deaths are just like that, and I really appreciated seeing Star Trek reflect this for once.
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Jordy
Thu, Aug 15, 2013, 3:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

This episode disgusted me, frankly. I thought the cogenitor's suicide was the fault of many people, but Trip was not among them. Archer, despite his lamabasting Trip at the end, was most directly to blame for refusing the asylum request. Vissian society is also to blame for treating fellow sentients like chattels. Trip could have been more careful, but ultimately he was acting from a moral position whereas just about everyone else was concerned with expediency and not rocking the boat. I wanted to punch Archer during the last scene for having the gall to chew Trip out for something that was mostly HIS OWN damned fault.
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Jordy
Tue, Jul 23, 2013, 2:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

So, at the end Torres and Vorik are fighting over whether or not she's going to be his mate. No-one seems to have considered what would have happened if he'd won - would he have got to force himself on her? That was a very questionable thing to include.
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