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Sun, May 2, 2021, 11:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Trials and Tribble-ations

3.5 stars? Come on! This was one of the best episodes in Trek history!

They did an amazing job meshing the new material with the old footage. The set, costumes, makeup, props, mannerisms of the actors, and even the film resolution (seems like they "downgraded" the normal quality) were absolutely perfect.

The humor here was so clever. They poked fun at how Klingons looked in TOS vs. now, and Worf got a chance to punch yet another Kilingon from another century. The fight scene was great, and I love how O'Brien is the one questioned by Kirk in the lineup. The fish-out-of-water scenes such as in the turbolift and O'Brien trying to "fix" the panel.

This was Dax's best episode. As someone who lived during that period, she believably drums up the nostalgia the audience is feeling. I loved how she was so giddy at anything from the old school tricorder to Spock's eyes.

I agree that it was a little too Kirk-centric, but whatever.

Definitely the most fun episode in Trek history.
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Wed, Apr 28, 2021, 12:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

DS9 was famous for its strong cast of recurring guest actors. You really can't do better than Marc Alaimo and Andrew Robinson.

But the Lwaxana Troi character should have never seen this much airtime. While her character can be warm, caring, and quite funny, the old schtick of the man-crazy cougar had been so overdone that it's charcoal, and it never really worked in the first place. It should never be the plot of an episode. Lwaxana episodes are instant skips for me, as they do not advance the key DS9 story arcs and tell me not to take the episode seriously. Hated them on TNG and I hate them on DS9.

It really is a tragedy that episodes like this were made when we could have seen more of Dukat or Garak.
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Tue, Apr 27, 2021, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

Brilliant acting performances and intriguing story. I was troubled that there are never consequences for people who screw with Starfleet. O'Brien was mentally assaulted and his tormentors get off scot free?
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Sun, Apr 11, 2021, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Oh brother...Troi and Resting Bitch Face Keiko in the same episode.

I understand that Barrett is the wife of the boss, but her character is uninteresting, annoying, and so one-dimensional as the cougar on the prowl.

O'Brien should dump Resting Bitch Face and start hitting on every skirt on the station. You knew that he was infected because he didn't jump for joy when she told him she'd be gone for 3 more months.

This is also a rerun of the TNG episode although without the humor of Data's fully-functionalness.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 11:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Abandoned

I could actually buy that a baby could become a full grown man in 3 days. What I couldn't believe is that Jake has enough game to land a girl 4 years his senior with dual photon torpedoes. She has the pick of dozens of able bodied men at the station and still goes for the dorky high school kid.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

This was the episode where I started liking Kira. Her angry Cardassian hater persona melted when she gripped her "father's" hand at the end. It was touching.

Garak is brilliant as always. "Just something I overheard when hemming someone's trousers...." Perfect writing and perfect acting.
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Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

Mary Kay Adams is absolutely brilliant here with Armin Shimmerman. I rarely enjoy Ferengi episodes, but this was a lot of fun. I loved her lines about taking his hand off her leg, and the divorce scene is comic gold. Quark shines in the climax.

I really hope Keiko is really good in bed for O'Brien to endure 7 years of Resting Bitch Face. I thought I saw Colm Meaney crack a real smile when he told her about the 6-month trip.
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Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Tribunal

Odo and O'Brien were wonderful in this episode, and the Cardassians were delightful in their portrayal of a sham legal system. It was comical how they were surprised by the human reaction to the pre-determined outcome of the process.

But, in what seems to be the modus operandi of Season 2, where are the consequences? O'Brien was basically kidnapped and a spy was caught, which must be treat violations if not acts of war. Where are the Federation diplomats banging their fists on the table? Where is the cloaked Klingon ship with a rescue team? Starfleet is portrayed as a bunch of wimps all too often.
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Thu, Apr 8, 2021, 6:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

Garak is one of the best Trek characters ever, and DS9 arguably has the best "guest" actors of any Trek show. Andrew Robinson is truly brilliant in this episode and it still puzzles me why he wasn't considered a full-time cast member like Quark.

"Especially the lies." Hands down, one of the greatest lines of DS9.
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Thu, Apr 8, 2021, 6:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Profit and Loss

Jammer hit the nail on the head.

Odo suddenly has the power to defy the Bajoran government and releases the prisoners? What about the prisoner exchange?

Zero consequences for the prisoners escaping and a missing captain? The episode needed another 60 seconds to tie up this loose end such as Sisko telling the Cardassians that there was a firefight and the gul was killed along with the prisoners.
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Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 12:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

The episode addresses an issue that you don't always think about in a sci fi setting, although it got annoying very fast.

I had some sympathy for the Skrreeans at first, but lost it when they became entitled and antagonistic. Bajor had every right to deny them settlement and their morality is not damaged by this decision. I found the Bajoran minister's delivery of this message to be kind and thoughtful. Ironically, the Bajorans just dealt with the Cardassians who felt entitled to a planet that wasn't theirs, and now they get the same mindset from the Skrreeans.

I applaud DS9 for taking a realistic approach to this issue and acknowledging that dealing with refugees is not an easy issue that must be decided with the head, not the heart.
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Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 6:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet

Great episode, although the plot is quite far fetched. Security gets an "F" as it did with TNG. Parade the equivalent of Hitler on the promenade with barely any security.
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Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 12:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Forsaken

As a character episode, this does fine. Odo looks like a henpecked husband in the lift. But the Lwaxana on-the-prowl episodes are tiresome. Been there, done that on TNG multiple times, and it was only funny the first time.
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Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 12:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

Pretty blah episode. I'm not sure what made less sense: the ending or the fact that the greatest baseball player in history had the physique of a pear. Babe Ruth got away with it, but that was when smoking was good for you and no one heard of fat and cholesterol. They should have just used Babe Ruth in the first place. Of course, it would be hard to peel him out of Quark's between the booze, girls, and gambling.
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Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

The plot about the junior officers was great, but the Troi storyline was the last straw. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to see Troi in new roles such as being undercover on a Romulan ship. However, it is absolutely ridiculous that a psychiatrist would take an exam and suddenly be given command responsibilities and a promotion over the immensely more qualified Data and Geordi.

Troi is a staff officer (doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc.), not a line officer (security, ops, helm, etc.). Staff officers never outrank line officers. She should never have been in command in the prior episode with Ro and O'Brien, and certainly not after taking a test she failed like 5 times.

The Enterprise has hundreds of ambitious, qualified officers who have years of experience at the helm, ops, tactical, etc., and who would yearn for a chance to command. But they get passed up because the counselor is bored with her career choice and wants something fun to do. If she wants to be in command, she needs to don a yellow shirt, spend time in engineering, at security, and other major positions, and put her time in like everyone else. Who in their right mind wants a shrink in the big chair in a crisis?

Troi's character could have been expanded by building on her strengths (telepathy, diplomacy, etc.) instead of making her into something she is not. She could have done more undercover missions, first contact surveillance, and even peace negotiations. If Troi was destined for command, it should have been a gradual change over time. You can't just flip a switch from being Counselor Cleavage.
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Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

Interesting story, crappy swan song for Wesley Crusher. Not believable that a kid obsessed with Starfleet suddenly gets PMS on the crew and throws away 7 years of hard work. Also not believable that he is some messiah.

Typical of Season 7, which just made idiotic decisions with the cast.
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Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 8:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

I was amazed at the complete lack of legal process here. Crime scene was not sealed off, there is no lead investigator (is it Geordi? Riker? Worf?), no proper handling of evidence, etc. Worf picks up the phasers with his ungloved hands, the suspect is able to access station logs at will, and even beam down there at her leisure. Geordi is helping in the investigation despite being ethically compromised. Riker should have immediately removed him instead of having a friend to friend chat in hallway, and Geordi should have removed himself the minute he knew that his "other mind" was doing the thinking.

Does the perfect 24th century have Miranda? Shouldn' t suspects have the right to remain silent and right to counsel? Data and that crewman with the Romulan grandfather got legal counsel appointed in other episodes, but I guess someone accused of murder doesn't get one.
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Thu, Mar 11, 2021, 9:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Can someone please explain why the Enterprise allows enemy ships to fire on them for like 5 minutes before they attempt to fight back?

"Enemy vessels decloaking sir."


"Should we fire?"

"No, let them hit us a few times first and damage critical systems.

"Sir, shields down to 10%, photon torpedoes offline, and phasers down to 20%."

"OK, now that we're too weak to hurt them, fire."

"No damage sir."

"Excellent. Signal our surrender."
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Thu, Mar 11, 2021, 12:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

This ranks as my top "I want to punch Geordi" episode, which is crazy because I grew up watching Levar Burton as the friendly voice of Reading Rainbow. Geordi starts off friendly but jesus, can he really not humor an old man for a few hours? You do not yell at Scotty. Ever.

Not sure why the episode needed to have a conflict between Scotty and Geordi. Scotty could have been honored with a dinner with the whole staff and could tell stories of the Enterprise. He could have had a pleasant time in Engineering with Geordi being friendly and interested. Maybe Geordi and Scotty in the Holodeck with the old Enterprise engineering section. He could have had more funny "man out of time" encounters like at Ten Forward to show distinctions between TOS and TNG. Perhaps he wanted to look up old crewmates and they could shoehorn in some photos or even videos of the TOS cast.

The conflict was unnecessary and so was Scotty's obsession with trying to be useful. He was retired and on his way to settle down. Why the sudden desire to get to work? And did he think that he would just start pushing buttons with no learning curve after 75 years? Being interested in the new Enterprise is logical, but wanting to pull a 9 to 5 shift is a reach.

It was great to see Scotty, but this was not a fitting tribute to him or TOS.

He could have still saved the day at the end.
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Wed, Mar 10, 2021, 11:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Weak episode, but a great opportunity for Marina Sirtis to break character and she did it quite well. She was fantastic as a sexy seductress, and wasn't so bad on the eyes.
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Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 7:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I have skipped this episode so many times that I realized that it is the only episode I have never watched. This is definitely one of the weaker episodes, and recycles so many things like another Troi wedding, ship malfunctions, etc. However, Majel Barrett was sweet as a fun grandmother to Alexander and Brian Bonsall showed more aspects of Alexander than the few one-liners he typically gets. The ending was funny.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I know that Danar's ability to sneak around the Enterprise and hack into systems just advances the plot, but is the security on the ship really that bad?

I can't even log into my work email without a password, but the Enterprise controls can be accessed by anyone who walks up to them. The sensors can't find Danar 100 feet away, but it can detect life on a planet in orbit 200k feet above it. Plus, haven't they ever heard of security cameras?
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Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 10:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

If you overlook the goofy alien aspect of this episode, you can appreciate the character development shown here. Picard has come full circle from the awkward encounters with children in Season 1 to his touching "no one is alone on the Enterprise" comment. Wesley and Beverly really show their human side as they are still dealing with the death of Jack. Worf shows the touch of fatherhood that we will see again with Alexander. I appreciate that they dealt with a real issue of losing a loved one in the line of duty, even if other parts of the episode were weak.
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Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 12:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001


Agree that this is one of the first episodes where TNG found its stride. Characters are settled into to their roles (we don't see Geordi yelling "whoopee" like in Episode 1). Dialogue is very well-done, especially interactions on the holodeck. Data showed leadership. Wesley did not grate on my nerves. Deanna didn't say stupidly obvious things like a weatherman telling us it's raining outside. The set on the starbase looked real, and not like the horribly fake planets with the florescent-looking skyline and no depth.

The story was interesting, but not 4 star material. I was somewhat bored. And Starfleet let a multitrillion dollar ship be taken over with no safeguards whatsoever. Riker happened to find the file at the last minute as if they left it on the desktop, and Picard just happened to be there and realized they needed 2 terminals. I can turn off my brain for scifi stretches of the imagination, but not to this extent.

This doesn't compare to any of the great episodes in later seasons.
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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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