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Justin Buck
Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 12:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Kwan's boss appears to be of a very similar species as the pig-gaced people in The Twilight Zone's "Eye of the Beholder."

I thought that was a cool little Easter egg, regardless of the hundreds of other questionable things in this episode.
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Justin
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 4:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

I had something interesting to say about this episode but then my thoughts got derailed after reading John’s deranged red baiting commentary. Janeway got her coalition to work because she stuck to her principles of peace and cooperation. If you want to claim that as sticking to “capitalist” values, go right ahead. If you want to call it sticking to “communist“ values, go right ahead. To me at all just seems like common sense. Decency and kindness can take you far in life. And I love this episode for illustrating that.
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Justin
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 2:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Prophecy

Although I didn’t mind the Neelix gets laid thing. That was done rather well and it was cute, they just didn’t need to involve Neelix’ obnoxious taking over of Tuvok’s quarters.
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Justin
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 2:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Prophecy

Really the only problem I have with this episode is the Neelix annoys Tuvok thing. Again. How many times are we going to be subjected to this bad sitcom pairing of the “Interstellar Odd Couple“? It’s been done to death by this point and it was never funny. They’re not Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, they can’t sell this material. I mean ffs Neelix isn’t an idiot, nor is he a rude prick. So why would he just announce he’s moving in without asking first? And besides, the episode is already overloaded with too much stuff. This is a kin to DS9’s overuse of the Ferengi for comedic purposes. It was never necessary nor particularly compelling comedy.
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Justin
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Another quiet winner of an episode from Voyager’s final season. Too bad TNG didn’t have more of these Trekkian morality plays in its final season instead of their endless fun with DNA/fun with Holodeck weirdness/fun with spatial anomaly episodes. Voyager has had its share of those and then some but their final season came together nicely and quietly.
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Justin
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

As 2-star episodes go this one is pretty entertaining. Ludicrous thought it is.
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Justin
Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

Buried lead: the geodesic fold worked and an empty escape pod made it back to the alpha quadrant. And then was conveniently forgotten. What, they can’t try again next month or whatever?
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Justin
Wed, Jun 10, 2020, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

This episode is exactly why we’re better off with modern Trek and our other favorite shows having shorter seasons and higher production value. This script would be passed over today. Or they’d take the best ideas (like Empok Nor itself and open dialogue between O’Brien & Garak, the game of Kotra, and possibly the idea of experimental elite Cardassian soldiers) and throwing away the rest. Possibly combining this script with another. Whatever. The point is that 10 - 13 episode seasons with higher production value and a clear story arc is the norm now and we’re all better off for it (Thank you, HBO). Sure there are duffers, but there are fewer to suffer through.
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Justin
Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 9:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Unity

Maybe the Borg cube at Wolf 359 launched a sphere with all the newly assimilated Starfleet drones and sent it back through a transwarp conduit to the Delta quadrant where they were assigned to a new cube. Or something. I’m bargaining.
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Justin
Sat, Jun 6, 2020, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

I love how Michael Dorn leaned into singing along with Klingon opera. Relatable 😂😂😂
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Justin
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 7:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Investigations

Okay it’s admittedly stupid but I like “A Briefing With Neelix.” If only to see the Doctor keep getting bumped like he’s Tony Randall and Sickbay is the Green Room 😂
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Justin
Sat, May 30, 2020, 6:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

I actually would have preferred if the writers had figured out a way to keep Seska on board Voyager and a member of the crew. I consider this episode of waste of Martha Hackett’s talents. Once again she was given a character that we were led to believe was going to be a recurring character of a Federation adversary (first it was the Romulan T’Rul on DS9, in charge of the Defiant’s cloaking device, now a Cardassian spy) interacting and working with the crew. Turning her into a mustache twirling villain was a cop out. At least this time she didn’t just disappear. But it would’ve been a far more interesting voyage with a full-time Cardassian on board with all sorts of opportunities for good storytelling. Oh well, such were the pitfalls of Voyager viewing. They often went with safe storytelling instead of taking risks because network TV is what it is.
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Justin
Wed, May 27, 2020, 7:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

I, for one, was happy to see Bareil go. The actor sucked. Always the wooden, one dimensional performance. Not particularly well written either. Unfortunately, Shakaar was not that much better.
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Justin
Tue, May 26, 2020, 11:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

For once they adequately explain away the “single village” thing. Their expedition crashed and the planet was uninhabited. Nuff said there but if they prefer their corporeal existence why don’t they just leave with the Defiant? This episode is a hot mess. The first of an otherwise stellar start to season 3. The Dax romance is Troi romance-level cringeworthy. And it’s almost always the fault of the guest actor and how he’s written - milquetoast boring and unremarkably handsome. Why would Dax fall for someone so ordinary? He’s worthy of a hookup at best. Gawd even Shakaar and Bareil are more interesting than this yawn inducing schmuck. Meanwhile the first major seed of the Odo/Kira romance is subtly planted, proving the writers are more adept at long form romance tales.
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Justin
Tue, May 26, 2020, 10:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

“Attention Bajoran Workers” has become a meme. Which means this episode has stood up over the years as one of the more entertaining “hokey” efforts. I love how everything they do just trips another, worse, outcome. And I love scenery chewing if it’s done right and Alaimo and Robinson strike all the right comedic beats.
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Justin
Mon, May 25, 2020, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

Of all the characters I want to make an appearance in Picard season 2, Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren would be a real treat. She has fantastic chemistry with Patrick Stewart as evidenced by this episode. It would be nice to hear her story of how she survived the decimation of the Maquis by The Dominion and what she did afterwards. There’s a great story waiting to be told with Ro and her old Captain crossing paths in a mission they need each other to complete.
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Justin
Sun, May 17, 2020, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

Your anti-Troi bias is showing. Not that it doesn’t have merit but this, I believe, is Marina Sirtis’ best TNG performance. Which isn’t really saying much, but hey. Good writing begets good acting. And she has been the victim of bad writing more times than I care to speculate. I’d give this one that extra half star.
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Justin
Sat, May 16, 2020, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

The dialogue is snappy and engaging in the performances are too good to withhold that extra half star. This is Jennifer Hettrick‘s best turn as Vash and John DeLancie once again has excellent chemistry with just about everyone, he has a knack for elevating the performances of his costars. This episode also continued to unfold the world of DS9, the superb layout of the station, and the general feeling that this was truly a frontier outpost and a hub of activity of all sorts of aliens, both benevolent and shady (or often an intriguing combination of the two). It’s too bad Q never returned to DS9, he was fun with Sisko.
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Justin
Sat, May 9, 2020, 7:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

The answer to your Troi dilemma is bad stories/writing. Because when both actresses are given good material to perform, they come shining through. See “Face of the Enemy” (Deanna) and “Dark Page” (Lwaxana).
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Justin
Sat, Apr 25, 2020, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

You’re a bit hard on this film. As you say, even though completely unplanned, it grew organically out of the last film. So much so that the events that took place seemed almost inevitable. Where the film deserves another half star is in its execution. The Enterprise theft caper was glorious as was its destruction. And the running themes run parallel to and flip from Wrath of Khan. Unfairly maligned as one of the “odd numbered” films of the franchise. It stands right up there with but slightly below the great ones.
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Justin
Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 10:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Ham-fisted and goofy moralizing to be sure. But as a child this episode said a great deal to me and taught me a lesson about tolerance and the futility of race hatred. To see such a diverse group of people on the bridge of the Enterprise so utterly confused as to why the black & white cookie people hated each other got the message across to me. This episode low key helped to shape my view on tolerance and race relations. It’s still a pretty garbage episode overall though. Frank Gorshin goofily running through the corridors with images of fire and destruction in his head makes me laugh every time.
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Justin
Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 8:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

I really don’t understand why modern age makeup is so laden down with rubber prosthetics. This style of makeup is much more low key and allows the actors to sell it rather than the effects. They should go back to this simple method.
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Justin
Mon, Apr 13, 2020, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Operation--Annihilate!

Ellison was a whiny little bitch. The ending was perfect. Kirk always chose duty over love. And besides, it’s Roddenberry’s character.
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Justin
Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Corbomite Maneuver

I’m guessing Bailey ended up on desk duty somewhere after his bridge flip. We never heard from him again lol.
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Justin
Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 9:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

I call dibs on the band name, “Beaker Full of Death” lol
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