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Kevin Eanes
Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Impulse

I found it odd that the deranged Vulcans were able to cooperate with each other, working together to set traps and so forth. If T'Pol's paranoia towards Archer is any example, they should have turned against each other.

Another seeming inconsistency is that in Act One we see several big asteroids unpredictably crashing into each other, yet in the B plot Mayweather and Trip land on a big asteroid just like the crashing ones we already saw and spend hours physically on the asteroid mining it, without any apparent concerns that it might crash into another one, likely killing both of them.

Nevertheless, if one suspends one's disbelief, this is basically a zombie horror movie in Star Trek form, and on that level it works well enough in terms of atmosphere and dramatic tension.
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Kevin Cutshall
Sun, Oct 4, 2020, 5:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

I didn't want this episode to end. It's rare that i say that for a Voyager episode.
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Kevin B
Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 2:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Didn't like this episode of star trek deep space nine. I think the show has much better episodes which are much more relatable then this one. I think the problem this episode suffers from is what much of the series suffers from nowadays when watching it...the war scenes particularly the battle scenes just don't look believable. This show was made before 9/11 happened and the world got used to violent wars and their effects which can now be seen with the click of a button. What star trek deep space nine presents us with as battle scenes almost look like costume theatre by comparison.

Having said all that from a character development point of view DS9 is still the best trek series out there and much better then discovery.
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Kevin
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 11:29am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Why are they making Seven lesbian?
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Kevin Cutshall
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 6:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

This episode was average to me. It's hard to fathom though, how the ship being stretched and twisted led to rooms not being where they should be. It seemed more like a rearranging than a stretching.

BTW, They use the pool hall too much. That's two episodes in a row.
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Kevin
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Ultimately the question should be: how do you minimize suffering?

Framed that way, the answer to the moral question is obvious: Tuvix deserved to live. Janeway unjustifiably murdered him in cold blood and everyone but the Doctor stood by and said nothing. I’m amazed and impressed the show had the balls to go through with it. Obviously they had no choice, they weren’t going to get rid of two of their actors in a random middle of the season episode. But they could have just scrapped the episode completely once they realized there was no way to do it without making Janeway commit murder. I’m glad they didn’t.

But there is simply no way to morally justify murdering Tuvix. Tuvix was standing there begging for his life. Tuvok and Neelix were not begging for their lives. Because they were dead. It’s an interesting and unique twist that they can be resurrected via scifi magic. But it doesn’t change the fact that they are dead. They can’t be further harmed by remaining dead. Tuvix can and is harmed. By being murdered.

The fact that Tuvok and Neelix are dead is really the key thing that makes this an easy question for me. If this was a runaway train scenario where Tuvok and Neelix are alive but in its currently in its path, but I can pull a switch to redirect the train to run over Tuvix, I’d pull that switch every time. But in that case I’m choosing between 2 people being killed and 1 person being killed. Obviously only 1 person being killed is preferable.

In the actual scenario the episode presents, it’s a choice between 1 person being killed or 0 people being killed. Remaining dead is not the same as being killed. There is no suffering in remaining dead.
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Kevin
Fri, Dec 27, 2019, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

To me this episode is a great idea with a flawed execution. I think the biggest weakness of this episode is that, considering the events from the Doctor’s perspective(and NOT the audience perspective), I mostly don’t think he should have been torn between destroying the ship or not at any point.

When Barclay first shows up and claims the Doctor is a real person and needs to destroy the ship, there is simply no reason for the doctor to hesitate anywhere near as much as he does. Barclay proves beyond any doubt whatsoever that the Doctor is not on the real ship, so it’s not like he would be putting anyone’s life at stake by destroying it(the plot will later declare it would have put his own existence at stake, but there is absolutely no way for the Doctor to know or suspect that given the information he has at this point). Barclay’s explanation that he is a real person who has forgotten literally every memory from his entire life has to be considered farfetched, even in-universe, but it doesn’t really matter because either way the ship obviously isn’t real. And to the episode’s credit, the Doctor does eventually make the obvious decision to agree to destroy the fake ship.

The pendulum snaps almost completely in the opposite direction once Chakotay walks in though. From the Doctor’s perspective, I guess he can’t be certain that Barclay’s “you are a real person and will die if you don’t listen to me” claim is false, but it seems flimsy as hell given Chakotay is the first alleged hologram to be acting out-of-character in Barclay’s explanation. For Barclay’s explanation to be real, the holodeck can’t just be randomly “malfunctioning”, it basically has to have become a sentient malevolent entity that wants to kill Zimmerman(by making him doubt Barclay).

Despite that though, I think there is an interesting question the episode poses to the Doctor: Barclay’s explanation is almost certainly false, but his explanation still claims he is a real person. Chakotay’s explanation is that he is still a hologram. If the Doctor considered the value of his holographic existence to be completely worthless then even the 1% chance that Barclay was telling the truth would be the better choice. A 1% chance of something is still more than a 99% chance of nothing.

The two final gripes I have with that though are:

1. Even *if* he only considered “real” biological lives to be worth anything, he would be saving those lives as a hologram. So it could never have been a choice between a 1% chance of something vs a 99% chance of nothing.

2. The way the scene plays out, it seems like he never actually makes a choice at all! He doesn’t actively choose to believe his holographic existence has as much meaning as a “real” one would. He just appears to be incapacitated by pain until the clock runs out and Voyager makes the question go away. I think the episode would have been far stronger if the Doctor had made a clear choice.

But still, I thought it was a good episode because it’s clear there was a strong idea besides just the mystery of what the hell was going on. For comparison, I don’t like “Frame of Mind” from TNG specifically because it feels like there is no point besides waiting for the episode to explain the cause of the obviously(from our perspective) fake scenario.
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Kevin
Fri, Dec 20, 2019, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

I completely agree that this is easily one of the worst episodes when judging it as what it was intended to be: an episode of Voyager.

But as an entry of unintentional "so bad it's good" entertainment, it's amazing. The holodeck safeties can be disabled by a shot from holodeck rifle?! The completely serious line about "They may not be real, but our feelings towards them are real". The townsfolk inexplicably deciding they are okay with everything, even though from their perspective (they never realize they are just holograms), all that happens is that it is confirmed they are dealing with supernatural beings who can and have turned people into cows for fun.

This episode deserves every bit of its 1-star review, but it's far more worth watching than the dozens and dozens of utterly forgettable 2-star episodes to me.
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Kevin S.
Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 10:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

Great Roddenberry's Ghost! Whyyyy does Janeway never delegate her responsibilities? The captain should NEVER go on every away mission with her head pilot and security officer (or, alternately, her chief engineer). Yes, I realize it's because it's only a TV show, but jeeeeez.
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Kevin S.
Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

I grow weary of these tired Irish stereotypes, frankly. And the "holodeck malfunction" plot device has been waaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdone. Ugh. One star is right, even generous.
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Kevin S.
Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

Reminds me of today's world... lots of my friends assimilate too much data from social media and the internet, then rant about these half-baked conspiracy theories. For example, one of them just got into David Icke and his lizard people theories... that guy is obviously a paranoid schizophrenic! Anyway, feels like a take on that sort of thing, to my mind.
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Kev
Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 6:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Sorry to report, at this point in time in the prime universe Jammer has been unable to remove all traces of this episode from Trek. Episode so bad the comments eventually degenerated into discussion and critique about various forms of football until for some reason someone brought it kicking and screaming back to the episode. So if on the off chance someone is still interested enough to have gotten to the bottom of the comments page, here is my 2 cents.

All sports are created equal. But Australian ones are better ;)
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Kev
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 4:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

I am with Peter G on this one. Also I think you have to take in to account that when Miles says he was taught as a child humanity is evolved that was early in his learning and possibly more retained in a crisis. Probably the best way I can illustrate that is you learn addition subtraction etc as a child, calculus much later and I know for me a lot of the calculus stuff is now gone but the simple lessons I learnt as a child will (hopefully) never be. Perhaps when writing dialog for a character in a crisis it is appropriate to pare down the ideas to the simplest form without meaning to make a comment on the values of the federation as a whole.

Also as to the Ee'Char question - the sentence was minimum 15 years and the punishment was meant to be specific to Miles. Do you really think it coincidence he was let out a week or 2 after murdering his cellmate? Apparently they normally get someone to the point of despair (whatever that is to the individual) in 15 years, took them 20 with Miles.
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Kevin Nostrand
Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 5:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

Sorry, Jammer. I disagree. This is a FIVE STAR episode. It soars in ambition and devotion to Star Trek's history and mythology and traditions.
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Kevin McGrath
Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 8:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

"When the little girl asks what's wrong with Lokar's head, she doesn't even ask Talla the same question The girl never acknowledges Talla existence. Lokar is the only one of the two that she asks "who are you". Either Lokar stood out because he's black, or Talla didn't instantly standout because she presents as white first, and alien second. The writers, director and actors seem to be unaware of the racial implications of that scene. It's a replica of 1940s New York. It's a bit disconcerting that moment goes by and isn't commented on. "

I rather think Charles was wrong on this. What distinguished Locar wasn't his colour but the fact that he was recognisably non-human. If he'd been pale- skinned he'd have looked every bit as strange. Talla in his presence looked pretty much a standard human, unless you looked pretty closely at her. If she'd had a dark skin like Clare that would still have been the case.

It hadn't even occurred to me that these Moclans all seemed to have dark skins, any more than it ever occurred to me that Worf did. Or, to remember the classic 1980 series version of Beauty and the Beast, that Vincent was not dark skinned and was played by a white actor. (YWas Surely an underlying intention in both cases to get people recognising that skin colour is a pretty insignificant sort of difference.)
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Kev
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 2:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

Speaking of callbacks did anyone else notice Deanna do the ear-tappy-make-it-feel-a-bit-better-thingy she showed Reg Barclay when he was scared of the transporter?
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Kev
Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 5:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

Every time I see Riker leave a room it reminds me of Nathan Lane doing his John Wayne walk in The Birdcage.
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Kev
Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 4:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Interesting this episode compared to ID. Seems to me much more like panspermia, a theory not dismissed by Dawkins.
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Kevin
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

I have been a longtime fan of Voyager, watching every episode when it was originally airing and re-watching episodes some since then, though less frequently in recent years.

"Renaissance Man" was an episode I used to not like, but after re-watching it yesterday, I have come to appreciate it more. For sure, there were some things that could have been done better. But I don't think this was merely a "filler" show before the last episode. I think its basic premise was perfectly timed.

Why? Think about it like this. If we had seen this plot line (Voyager potentially losing its warp core and the crew settling on a planet) earlier during the show's run, it would have been obvious that something would change and everyone would continue on their journey home. But by placing this plot line here, in the penultimate episode, I feel like the goal was to make viewers wonder if this really might be how the series ends--without the crew getting home, but instead giving up their warp core and settling on a planet.

Regardless of how you feel about the specifics of this episode, it seems like a great idea to me to have the crew face the potential of losing their means of travel in the penultimate episode.
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Kevin Cutshall
Sat, Sep 15, 2018, 11:26am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

I just watched this in 2018. It does what it needs to do as a pilot, but two things keep it from being a classic: 1) There are too many things happening in the second half (wormhole collapses, Sisko talking to aliens, Kira fighting the Cardassians, station being moved) 2) The parts where Sisko is talking to the aliens drags on for too long.
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Kevin
Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Yawn fest.......unless you're a fan of foolishness and Picard's "diplomatic" abilities....TG he wasnt around for 21st century conflicts....UGH...and I'm being kind!
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Kevin
Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

This episode was OK EXCEPT it made LaForge seem like a creepy guy who finds pleasure in a computer program......no nwonder he cant get a real girl....he seems to only enjoy holodeck women.
Picard, the ever-spouting amateur archaeologist, would neve have destroyed the cruiser....launching warning beacon would have sufficed.
Both creepy and confusing, but the premise was good....NOT the way it was portrayed...smh
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Kevin
Fri, Sep 15, 2017, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

This has always been one of my favorite episodes. I did think Saties rant was a bit unhinged but it was one of those well written it could happen stories.
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Kevin
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 7:21am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

In agreement with those who found it just sort of...blah. It's not bad enough to be offensive, but not good enough to be inspiring. I was sort of entertained for an hour, but if I never saw another episode I don't think I'd care. I'll probably watch another one or two and see how I feel after that.

Overall, Jammer's criticism that it's too close to Star Trek is my biggest problem. It's not a Star Trek homage, it's basically just Star Trek, but trying to be funny (occasionally), except the comedy doesn't really work. I have a very strong feeling most episodes are going to feel like 2-star TNG episodes: entertaining in the moment, but ultimately forgettable when the hour is up.
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Kevin
Mon, May 22, 2017, 11:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

So I was to believe that Seska taught them abut voyager from memory, or did she manage to download the tech manuals to her IPod? (Voyager for Dummies)?
I saw this a few days ago and the crew looked like 1st year cadets, and yes, it was too predictable.
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