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Sun, May 14, 2017, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Phage

I like this episode. Voyager doesn't do many things better than TNG, but one of them is pulling off simple space adventure stories like this. In TNG Phage would've most likely been a bad episode but here it's pretty fun.

I do think it was a missed opportunity to not have Janeway bargain with the Vidiians. She knows they have more advanced medical technology and were capable of using Neelix's lungs for themselves, so she could've guessed they'd be able to save him. It'd show Janeway as a shrewd captain playing under a new rulebook. Naturally there's then a scene with Tuvok where she admits she'd have let them go regardless. We'd get the same Janeway idealism, just less frustrating.
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Fri, May 12, 2017, 1:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

I'm not a fan of this one. It's a super-serious message episode that isn't really saying anything worth its seriousness, like a bad Battlestar Galactica episode. Context matters, but this episode seems to suppose that it's not worth the time. Instead, Finn is given lines like he's supposed to represent all terrorists everywhere, and so the arguments are similarly vague. It's the sort of political discussion that happens between people who never read the news.

When The High Ground 'is' actually saying something rather than merely shrugging into the void, it's horribly trite. "History has shown us that strength may be useless when faced with terrorism." Eesh.
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