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Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 11:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

This is kind of a mixed bag and I'm trying to look upon it as objectively as I possibly can.

This was really a rather unnecessary episode, especially in a season that had so much going on, didn't have many more hours in which to resolve everything, and had already had taken a time-out for another rather pointless holosuite episode.

I don't care about any of that.

This cast of characters needed every break they could get, considering the circumstances under which they were living.

For me, that last scene with Sisko and Vic Fontaine made it worthwhile, because I can see the purpose as being twofold. First off, it was a true Valentine to the fans (those who didn't hate Vic Fontaine, anyway). And it was a mission statement for the rest of the series.

The best was truly yet to come, with the riveting political thriller Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges coming up, all leading to the Final Chapter.

Yes, this was an unnecessary episode. But the fact didn't make it any less fun, or any less meaningful with that last scene.
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Sat, May 14, 2016, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

Damar is absolutely the HEADLINER here, and in an episode in which our precious Defiant (took so long to get so other bitchy Trekkies would look at this series as a "real Trek" series... seriously, you guy are all LIBERALS, looking for shit to be offended by) was taken out, that was DIFFICULT.

I give the writers credit for putting these two game-changing events in the same episode. I certainly know my head was spinning back in '99 when we got this one-two punch.

"NOOOO!!!! Not the DEFIANT... OH SHIT IT'S ALL STARFLEET.. no way... how long can our buddies hang here..."

"WT Hell is that bitch who murdered my dear Ziyal doing... Yeah, okay, he saved Worf and Dax, but I REALLY LOVED ZIYAL, I don't forgive hi-- Is HE INCITING A REVOLUTION... DAMMIT, YOU'RE MAKING ME ROOT FOR HIM... GOOOOO DAMAR, YOU PATRIOTIC BASTARD!! FOR CARDASSISA!"

*The Emissary Me simply stares*

"Okay, a lot of crap went down in these past seven years!"
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Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

For me, this episode, while rather a bit whimsical and kind of superfluous at this point in this series, provides a bit of a breather in this particular season. Maybe there wasn't a need for two holodeck episodes, but it does kind of hit me right in my heart that mostly everyone jumped immediately on board to help Vic despite the fact that Vic was a hologram. Yet at the same time I understood Worf's reaction ("Uh... he's a HOLOGRAM.") and Sisko's reaction.

But in reviewing the series, I do remember enjoying this episode, feeling it was a kind of ending for Vic (despite his later appearances) and even feeling glad for the crew that most of them felt that they could take some time out from the war to deal with something completely trivial like this.

Add in James Darren's portrayal of Vic Fontaine and the backstory there (Odo/Kira, Bashir, Nog, etc.) and it FEELS somewhat real that many of these people would drop everything for an evening in the absence of a clear and present threat for this hologram.

I'd give this three and a half stars, honestly, over a decade later. It was FUN.
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Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Judgment

Talk about deja vu. Star Trek 6 finally made it to the top of my Netflix DVD queue last week, so I just saw it for the first time.

I've also been making my way slowing through the streaming episodes of Enterprise, also for the first time. Imagine my surprise this week when I clicked on "Judgment" and found myself back in that Klingon courtroom! It was as though Netflix, in some creepy big brother way, had made note of my return of the ST6 DVD, and queued up the corresponding streaming episode from the series for me.

Even though I thought this was a better than average episode for the Enterprise series, it suffers mightily from comparison with the movie. It comes across as a ripoff ("Look, we still have these costumes, let's use them.") but even worse, like most other Enterprise episodes, it lacks all humor. The mention of Rura Penthe immediately brought to mind the shape-shifting woman flirting with Kirk, but in Enterprise we don't get any of that fun to relieve the bombastic speeches.
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Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 7:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

The less said about this episode, the better.

I think Wil Wheaton made a good point when he talked about "The Naked Now." We barely knew these people at this point, so were we really supposed to truly *know* that this was out of character behavior for them, or were we just told that it was so and just shrugged and went with it?
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Wed, Jun 20, 2012, 8:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

A match made in sto-vo-kor! Best love story in all Star Trek! I love the way Worf and Jadzia love each other, I love their banter, their personalities and how much fun they have with each other! They are the perfect match.
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Sun, Jan 15, 2012, 11:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

This episode, unfortunately, sometimes gets lost in the mix with all the weighty, epic episodes of this fantastic series.

I just finished watching it again and it's a fantastic episode. Like many episodes of DS9, it has stood the test of time and its relevance is even more apparent in difficult times.

In trying to ease Sisko's burden, Jake and Nog give everyone just one moment and one reason to smile in trying times.

I still give it a five out of five.
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Sat, Sep 24, 2011, 2:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Horizon

I wanted to point out that we got to see a side of Mayweather that we haven't seen before. That was during the argument between him and his brother. When his brother laid down harsh words on him, he got upset, and uncharacteristically showed a little retaliation- "Do it yourself!" he replied to his brother's request to take his upgrades offline.

I thought he acted this pretty well. Also, the scene where he was upside down with remnants of tears was another side we didn't get to see. I feel he was fairly convincing here too, for about a minute.

Unfortunately most of the time he does seem "wooden." He has this boyish smiley face and an eternal non-confrontational attitude (which sit strangely on his totally ripped body).

I feel that Mayweather's character could be enhanced with some different type of inter-character or situational conflict. Something which forces him to break out of his mold and show some gumption.

Anyway, I enjoyed seeing some background on this character and getting a real feel for the cargo ship. (I was surprised with how small it was when it disconnected from the cargo!) I actually thought the writing was pretty good. I was impressed by the acting and wisdom of his mother's comments about accepting that it would take her son time to grow into his role, and the prior mentioned argument scene. I liked how the conflict between Mayweather and his brother was subdued at first. Unfortunately though, I don't think that whole lot is going to come from this character in this series.
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Sat, Sep 17, 2011, 11:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

This is probably my favorite and best-remembered episode of Voyager.
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Sat, Sep 17, 2011, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

I thought this was a decent episode. I did not expect for T'Pol to refuse to admit how she contracted the disease. I found her reasoning interesting, to say that if she used the fact that she was coerced be a way to avoid punishment, she would be indirectly supporting the belief that mind-melds are wrong.

An issue I had was that in the prior episode where she actually engaged in the mind meld, she did so willingly. It was only after the meld had begun that she wanted to want to stop the meld, but he wouldn't let her. So, to me, this was a continuity issue, to say she was forced. Also, when I went back to the episode, she acted like she had never heard of a mind meld before, which seems to go against her present knowledge of her culture's distaste of this practice.

Anyway, yes I guess the message wasn't so ground-breaking, but it was still interesting. I thought that it was a good point by one of the commentators that the subplot was sort of the other side of the coin. Humans being open-minded in the main plot, compared to humans not being so open-minded in the sub plot.

I found it amusing when the two Denobulans said "Humans" and laughed together, after Trip acted so uncomfortable about the doctor's wife's advances towards him. Even though, I very much so do not approve of Polygamy. I don't because of the fact that I have heard of many first or second wives being upset when hearing of an additional wife. I believe that due to our human nature, we are hurt when there is an additional spouse. Moreso though, the fact that polygamy is allowed for men but not for women in these cultures is what I find the most indicative of it being unfair and wrong. Of course, if a culture handled it such as the Denobulans do, with obviously no hurt feelings and polygamy with both genders, then I could support it. But from everything I've heard of it currently in our world, I don't.

Anyway, ultimately, I think this episode was good. While it may seem obvious in its "Stereotyping is bad" message, you can see from some of the comments that it did bring up some dialogue. If an episode can bring up dialogue, then I think it's a good one.

I wasn't aware of the homosexuality reference. I do remember thinking "this seems familiar" but didn't quite connect the dots. Also, I don't think we've had a Star Trek episode before that dealt with this particular social issue, so that is another reason I think this episode was good.
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Sat, Sep 17, 2011, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Dawn

It was also frustrating to me that they did not attempt to communicate using hand gestures. I mean, speaking loudly and slowly over and over just seems so stupid. Come on now. As for the dumbing down of Star Trek, most of the people who watch it are nerds, so I don't think that the fact that the fact other "mindless" tv shows are so popular justifies it. I think to reach to the Star Trek audience, the producers do need to make the cerebral geeks happy.
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Sat, Sep 17, 2011, 12:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cease Fire

I also would have liked to see some real negotiation, and I was equally disappointed. I feel similar frustration with the past handful of mediocre episodes. What I liked about Star Trek was the way it made you think, and brought up moral dilemmas and cultural issues, or even interesting character development. I'm just not seeing that much in this series. I hope it gets better.
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