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Franklin Newman
Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 1:12am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Persistence of Vision

This is one of my favorite episodes. Why shouldn't a busy captain relax with a Gothic novel? It's a fantasy, a chance to live a life she didn't choose. No one complains about what the male characters want in their fantasy life do-overs? Why is a rip-off of classic lit so offensive?

Besides, the whole theme of the show is basically about ghosts indirectly. It's a magic battle disguised as a psionic battle, but this is on all fronts a ghost story.

It would have been more interesting, and more focused, had Janeway and Kes teamed up. Perhaps Kes protecting Janeway, while Janeway takes the dialogue of the doctor? But still, the most satisfying way to deal with a villain is to reflect his energy back at him and turn his strength against him.

I simply see this as a rather fun and compelling ghost story. Not every episode needs to be a rock'um sock'um physical fight & phaser battle.

True, I'm a bit disappointed that we learned nothing about the intruder. Properly dealing with him might've made an interesting final scene.

But on the other hand, if you ignore pent up negative energy and thoughts for too long, sooner or later they will turn on you.

Just consider this a ghost story and everything is fine. And besides, that was a brief, but great, esoteric battle at the end.
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Sam Mickle
Wed, Jan 20, 2021, 4:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

I just got to this episode during my annual watch through of all pre JJ trek Tos-Ent. I have to say i feel judging from the episode where she lost her powers and then got a rude attitude about it. I feel this Troi is actually the real one(before the stabby bit and the ultra old bit) and the one we normally see is the façade. That has always been my head canon.
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Winkleby
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 11:38pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus

I appreciated this episode allegorically in relation to the garden variety version of losing someone too soon. Though it does go through the "no twists and turns here that you don't see coming" narrative, that worked for me. That pointless aching hope that your loved one could somehow come back decreases in intensity with time, but it never goes away completely. Seeing that laid out dramatically as the obvious path and conclusion helps.
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Dr.Franklin A. Booze
Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 12:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

This episode sucked.

1. I also hate the phrase “The Burn”.

2. I hate that Burnham goes on every single away mission. In fact, this character is overexposed. I’m not saying she needs to be written off the show, but definitely less of her would be better. They could spend the time developing the bridge crew, which would be preferred.

3. Georgiou on the other hand needs to be written off the show. Her character sucks. Discovery needs to realize they screwed up with her and move on. They never should have killed the prime universe Georgiou if they wanted the character so badly on the show.

4. Reno wasn’t in this episode again, which is a good thing. Her character also sucks. All she does is deliver sassy one liners.

5. Why isn’t the blond lady first officer? She is always sitting in the captain’s chair when Saru is not on the bridge.
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Dr.Franklin A. Booze
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 9:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 12: The Siege

I found myself getting annoyed in this episode with how stupidly incompetent storm troopers are. I know this has always been the case, but something different would be appreciated.
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Dr. Franklin A. Booze
Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 12:22am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

I dislike that Burnham is seemingly part of every single away mission. Since she was in command of the mission, shouldn’t her place have been on the bridge?
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KL
Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 11:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

Turns out Jammer’s review of Mudd’s Women is much more lame and superficial than he want you believe the episode is.
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Funkle
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Clues

James G
-"how is it that Guinan - an alien - can be so culturally American, not just human, in every mannerism?"

In the episode Time's Arrow we see Guinan living in San Francisco in the 19th century. I don't know if there is any more information regarding this in the canon but it is feasible that she remained in the US for a few more decades.
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Dr. Franklin A. Booze
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 3:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Digger

1. Due to her experience in being brainwashed, the Federation hired her to continue to brainwash everyone in believing that the USS Discovery never existed, despite the ship being essential in ending the Klingon War and having a spore drive that can teleport the ship anywhere in the galaxy.

2. They started to analyze that statement "Shaka when the window on the Enterprise blast door didn't fall", and eventually went insane realizing how stupid it would be to put all of the ship's armor into a solitary blast door.

3. They willingly sought out the Borg and became assimilated, after realizing this was the better alternative to marrying the farmers. Many of the xBs in Star Trek Picard are these people.
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Dr.Franklin A. Booze
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 8:57pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Dom

Agreed. I really hate that the one dimensional evil Romulan lady got to kill Hugh. She is such a worthless, stupid character. To have her kill Hugh is an insult to the character of Hugh.

Just an observation. New Star Trek does not understand how to write interesting villains. They are all just pure evil. Gone are the days of a “grey area” characters like Gul Dukat (albeit Dukat was ruined in season 7).
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Dr. Franklin A. Booze
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Has anybody come up with an explanation for how the window on the blast door was essentially indestructible in the last episode of season 2 of ST: Discovery?
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KL
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 9:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Prey

In retrospect, I am glad we had Janeway in the way she was written. Like all of us, she was flawed: she can be inconsistent, she let her emotion get the better of her, at times she displayed incredible pettiness and vengefulness.... sometimes you’ll hate her. Hence I found her character more interesting and realistic than all the Mary Sue types that inundated TV and movies nowadays.
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KL
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 8:35am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

Wow. So many SJWs judging this episode with absolutely no context in the time it was made and all
snowflakes over Andy’s Friend comments and observations. The fact that this episode even made it to the screen is a testament of the risk it took. Then again I am not surprised. You Social Justice Warriors routinely rewrite and revise history so you can pretend that you are some sort of social pioneers when it all has been done and accomplished and by better people.
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eekl
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 12:04pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

One critical question to Jammer: why haven't you reviewed Star Trek: The Animated Series?
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Franklin
Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 12:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Here’s the plot hole I don’t understand, which makes this unwatchable:

If the blob is the dog, then who was murdered?
If Aquiel phasered the blob into melted deck plate, how did it become the dog?

How many blobs were on the station? The dog, and the deck plate that turns into Crusher’s hand in sickbay? So we are really looking for two blobs? But we only suspect Rocha was a blob when he came on the station?

It’s like, oh no Aquiel killed a guy! But the guy was really a monster! And now the murdered monster is alive (except his body’s in sickbay) and is the dog and the monster wants to kill Geordi.

Nope. Worst episode of TNG, first season excepted.
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Sam Mickle
Sat, Jun 15, 2019, 1:38pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Everyone is thinking way too hard about this episode. It was about the most simple issue that everyone seems to overlook in this episode. Penis size. Don't believe me? ok think about this. Odan must have had THE BIG ONE. So he dies right and the host swap out happens. Then oh look Riker is the new host. Well guess what? Bev is his doctor so guess what she knows? That's right his peepee size. And then at the end of the episode that lady doesn't have one at all. Bet that makes you think huh.
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I.D. Kline
Mon, May 6, 2019, 9:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Thank god, the end of "Star Trek: Days of Our Lives"...
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Spockless
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 2:19am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@GG what makes you waver are the things that I love. Instead of just merely being a paragon of near perfect virtue, there is a little Ed in all of us. He will more easily make tough moral calls and have a tough time worried about manners, names and whether they will "screw this up." What middle aged man still has that 10th grader inside of them wanting to break out? His sense of "aw golly" humor is so refreshing after watching hundreds of hours of star Trek reruns . Also people are so eager for it to do it's own thing.. it is.. And usually the people that say that are the ones that don't mind that every other property, even superhero films, banks on nostalgia. What makes Orville so great isn't a need to be original, but to retell stories from twenty years ago with a slightly fresh take.. because there is nothing wrong with those kinds of stories, and no one ELSe is telling them, and what makes it SO great are the subtle differences and nuances.. the fact that you think you know what episode you are getting, and you may be right, but the small details are what surprise you.
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 8:56pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Gerontius I meant to write that's what the show HAS..

I must have gotten my pasting of my own posts wrong.. i probably was pasting something about Discovery.. uhg
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 8:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Robert H "And the biggest caveat: in the previous episode (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow), knowing that Past Kelly could contaminate the timeline with knowledge from the present, they should have locked her up in a room and not say anything, apart from explaining she came to the future. And don't let her interact with Ed and Present Kelly. That is just common sense, even if there is no prime time directive. (But then there would not have been this and the previous episodes I guess.)"

Uh the episode made it clear that they were not sure which time travel theory was going on .. and after some time they agreed that her presence would not affect the timeline. That they were wrong about that doesn't change the fact that they considered it for a time
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 5:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

I take comfort in the show redoing old stories and giving them a new fresh bit of paint.. I like having a beer and being already generally familiar with the trops... that way sometimes the best surprises are the more subtle ones rather than any big ones. And the last time a long loved franchise tried to blatantly "subvert our expectations" we wound up getting a film that was tone-deaf about what the franchise was about. The fact that this episode felt like a lot of alternate timeline episodes of 90's Trek.. mixed in the with DS9 mirror universe episodes.. was something I really liked. I'm having too much fun with Seth's take on Trek I'm in no hurry for the Orville to be radically different just because people are never satisfied.
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 5:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Galadriel.. what the show lacks are likeable characters, fresh humor that pokes fun at the conventions of Trek but still has affection, steady, simple camera work, awesome production design.. and most of all.. a soul
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i.d.kline
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 11:20pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S4: Home

I, for one, would love to debrief T’Pol.
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Spockless
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 5:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

I think repeating stories is genius.. feels like a "new rerun".. we have watched these episodes over and over, but now they are redoing them with 20 years of hindsight, to make changes that make them more interesting.
that is what is secretly brilliant. It's more surprising when the DO go off script. I often find that modern shows and films that are in established franchises often try too hard top be different, but what ends up happenign is that tstiories don't work, they seem more hackneyed, more contrived and more convoluted. Discovery is just one example.. Last Jedi is another. Seth knows that hsi series has to lay the groundwork.. that he has to build off something. and he can employ the lessons he an d his staff learned form years of TNG and the years that passed between then and now. His commentary track on "Cause and Effect" predicted his vision for the Orville without mentioning it by name
People say the latest episode is just another take on Second Chances.. and it IS, but it also focuses on the Ed - Kelly relationship and its importance to the story, and it also focuses on the flaws and shortcomings of both characters within the framework that Second Chances already laid out
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 10:12am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

More than anything, this show is about relationships.. and the main relationship was always Ed and Kelly. I think true fans of the show will like this episode because the those two characters were forced to re-evaluate a lot because of the science fiction gimmick used here. I think this was a near point exploration of what the point of the series is!
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