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K'mpec Is Still Fat
Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 1:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

@Phil Boothsby even yells at some whippersnappers to get off his lawn.
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K'mpec Is Still Fat
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 3:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

The shuttlecraft spun the wrong direction when it clipped the space anomaly...though since there's no such thing as space friction, it probably wouldn't spin at all. Also, if they use every microjoule of energy for transport, what is left to make shuttlecraft explode?

I had a good laugh when Soren asks, "Isn't our planet beautiful?" to which Riker looks in her eyes and says, "Yes, it's beautiful." This is after a scene in which he proposes in frustration using "it" as her personal pronoun.

I like how the Prime Directive only applies to pre-warp societies. With warp societies you can do whatever you want, like barging into courtrooms, disrespecting the judge, and assaulting guards while kidnapping a citizen. "Is our business here concluded, Commander?" Actually, no sir, I'd like to go down and beat a few more of them up for the hell of it, just because I won't get in trouble for it.

A casting change could have helped this episode, for example casting Malcolm McDowell as Soren.
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K'mpec Is Still Fat
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 11:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

I liked Hillary Clinton as the experimental doctor in this episode.

It'd be funny if they killed off Worf this episode and brought him back on DSN with no explanation whatsoever.
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K'mpec Is Still Fat
Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 2:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

"Why did they feel the need to make [Evil-Data] so brutal. From his needless attempt to take over the bridge, to his pounding on the Ops console, to his non-nonchalantly smashing a wall panel in the hallway, to his glee at shooting people in Ten Forward, to his borderline obsessive compulsion to pick a fight with Worf, to his inability to tolerant two people talking, to his chocking of Picard even after the rescue attempt has been thwarted"

So basically Evil-Data is the 24th century reincarnation of a GTA Online player.
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K'mpec Is Still Fat
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 2:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Violations

This episode is confusing, and my brain filled in gaps where the plot holes were. In my pieced together version, the rape actually happened and then Jev hastily tried to cover it up with memory alteration, something like Jev finding a similar memory with Troi on the floor in a sexual situation and trying only mostly successfully to substitute his rape memory for that. Then, like a serial killer getting close to being caught, he starts hastily putting everyone hot on his trail into comas.

This episode feels like it overwent a rewrite halfway through because I'm not entirely sure my version wasn't what was originally intended. The end feels really tacked on, and the intention of other comas were never discussed. Not that it's entirely necessary, but having an end-of-episode recap where that isn't mentioned causes more problems than it solves. I'd rather probe the mindset of the criminal than hear an arrogant, ironically supremacist speech from Picard.

The episode is still of average quality, though, despite the flaws.
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