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Buckbart
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 5:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

Anytime James Sloyan shows up in Trek, good things happen.
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Buckbart
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 11:30am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

The last line is the best one. “Wait until you get four pops on that collar. You’ll wish you had gone into botany!”
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Buckbart
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 2:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Coming of Age

Commander Remmick is the most intriguing character in the story. Were he and Quinn corrupted before or after this point? If it’s later, and he was sincere about wanting to serve on the Enterprise, would he have made a good fit? He’s definitely detail-oriented and efficient. Too bad we didn’t get to know him better, like Admiral Nechayev.

One of the best Wesley episode, as he actually has to look inside himself and deal with how he got here.
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Buckbart
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 1:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I like the story and especially the presentation. The characters reliving the scenario and interacting directly with the camera while stepping out of the scenario is effective and draws you in. My only real problem is that we've been over the fact that Worf has had every rank. privilege, and holding that was Klingon stepped away. The idea that they could demand the return of someone they don't recognize as a real Klingon is a step too far, and should have been Sisko's first argument.
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Buckbart
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 10:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Every time we get some of that good "Louis & Rick" banter, it makes me happy. This was one of the best.
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Buckb
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 11:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Except it wasn’t “just a dream.” It was a real-life problem that caused Jake to become a scientist and devote his entire life to solving. And he did.

Complaining that you don’t like them getting a second chance is the same as saying that you have no regrets about your life with your father and/or kids (congratulations on that, because you’re the only human ever to experience it) and also that you think the series would have been better without Sisko from this point forward. So ... okay on that front.
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Buckbart
Mon, Feb 1, 2021, 11:09am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: The Storyteller

It's lightweight, and does an okay job building the Jake-Nog and the O'Brien-Bashir friendships. In hindsight, it would have been awful anywhere other than season 1. The only trouble I have is the same old story - how were the Bajorans able to mount an insurgency when they consistently show how they are so easily swayed and quick to change their minds about anything? I always wish the writers would have made them stronger and more capable.
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Buckbart
Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 2:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Clues

The only thing I dislike about this episode is the Casual Way, Picard suggests data would be stripped down to his wires, after passionately defending his right to be an individual in Measure of a Man.” If Data still has rights, then he could be drummed out of Starfleet, even imprisoned. But not destroyed. It’s disappointing for the writers to put those words in a friend’s mouth.
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Buckbart
Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 5:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

There isn't one thing I dislike about this episode. Not one.
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Buckbart
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 5:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: In Theory

As much as I like the plot, I just can’t get past Data suddenly using contractions. Especially such trite ones as “Honey? I’m home!”

The writers, Stewart, and Spiner all dropped the ball on one of the most dedicated points of Data’s personality.
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Buckbart
Tue, Nov 3, 2020, 3:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

If these people have been fighting for 15 centuries, shouldn’t they all be dead by now?

We’re still here.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

I'm in the minority who like this one, despite some technical and story flaws. If you're thoroughly devoted to hating Wesley, then you don't get Eugene Wesley Roddenberry's reason for creating him in the first place. Others in the trekiverse have shifted planes, so that's okay too. And hey, he dated Ensign Lefler, so I'm jealous!

My big letdown here is Wesley's trite "thanks for everything" to Picard. Yeah, 47 minutes and all that jazz, but they could have carved out another 30 seconds for someone who is capable of evolving to really thank the one man mostly responsible for his opportunity to do that, and who essentially his surrogate father. THat was the weakest part.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

Season 7 is about closing out everyone's stories, and I was really happy that they included James Sloyan in that mission. He is one of the most sympathetic and enjoyable guest actors in every role over three series. No prosthetics can hide his distinctive voice, much the way we recently enjoyed J.G. Hertzler in BD. If he'd started his tv career before 1970, I'd hope he would have been in TOS as well.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

I'm in the minority who like this one, despite some technical and story flaws. If you're thoroughly devoted to hating Wesley, then you don't get Eugene Wesley Roddenberry's reason for creating him in the first place. Others in the trekiverse have shifted planes, so that's okay too.

My big letdown here is Wesley's trite "thanks for everything" to Picard. Yeah, 47 minutes and all that jazz, but they could have carved out another 30 seconds for someone who is capable of evolving to really thank the one man mostly responsible for his opportunity to do that, and who essentially his surrogate father. THat was the weakest part.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 11:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

I can get past the stick-in-the-butt seen for two reasons. One is the depth that’s added to Ducat’s character, because no one is truly good or truly evil; we are all shades of gray. The second is the introduction of Ziyal. She is a fascinating character, with grounding in two worlds and a place in neither. Her story arc enriched the DS9 story, and she was always played sympathetically and convincingly by Ms. Batten, Middendorf, and Smith. Ziyal was well-written too, because not every character could survive three actors, prosthetics or not.
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Buckbart
Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 2:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

My favorite bit of this one is Worf explaining to Picard, a man he respects probably more than anyone alive, that the information was bogus. He had to put his word above his respect, and it had to be a wrenching moment for him.

But Picard’s smile and simple, “I understand,” makes you wonder just how much he does understand. It’s left to wonder, as it should be.
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buckbart
Tue, Oct 6, 2020, 1:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Doesn't matter how many times I watch this, every time Meribor bends down and says, "You know about it father. You've already seen it," it tears my heart out and breaks me down. One of the best hours of television - ever.
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Buckbart
Thu, May 28, 2020, 12:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

“Counselor Troi got pregnant by something unknown, had a baby in days, and it’s growing in years instead of days.”

Okay, no special measures needed. Carry on.

C’mon ...
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Buckbart
Sat, May 23, 2020, 12:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

My only issue is the snarky way Odo responds to Captain Sisko. While he would certainly have legitimate feelings like that, there's no way he would express them in that tone to his CO. Anyone else, including admirals, sure. But not Sisko. Too much respect for th man and procedure.
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Buckbart
Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

The only thing missing here is Garak, but I guess you can only cram so much second-tier character development into one episode. I'd like to hear the verse in Worf's song about the courageous Ferengi scout who should have been in a classroom and his fiercely protective uncle.

Paul Baillargeon's score was dark and brooding, and the strings set the tone of resignation to an endless battle as well as Beethoven could have.

One of my favorites.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 1:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Can anyone figure out why the Federation hasn't told the Academy to dissolve Red Squadron for the rest of eternity? I mean, other than because kids want to see a show with kids in charge occasionally? And how are the kids who get into Red Squadron always the ones with absolutely no concept of what to do under stress?
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 11:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

Vic: You know what a square is, right?
Miles: One side of a cube.
Vic: Well that answers my question.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 4:53am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Aside from everything else that's been said, this episode has one of my very favorite exchanges when Sisko and Quark discuss the bribe. The self-loathing Brooks shows as he asks the favor, the way Armin Shimerman manipulates that huge prosthetic eyebrow and pauses just perfectly, and then launches into his fervent praise for Sisko releasing his inner Ferengi is wonderful. And then his glee at actually getting to negotiate with Sisko! This episode needs a little levity, and it was two minutes of pitch perfect success.
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Buckbart
Tue, May 19, 2020, 8:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

It's great fun, especially Odo and Quark teaming up to get the last word. But miniaturization is a theme as old and true as sci-fi itself, so there's no problem on my end with the writers taking their turn at it.
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Buckbart
Fri, May 15, 2020, 6:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: By Inferno's Light

I think of this episode as "Garak in the Wall." Robinson, as always, is outstanding. And the fact that his version of heroism brings praise from the Klingons speaks more than enough.
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