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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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Kevin
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Yes -- everything was a hallucination. The only "real" event was that Troi and Worf entered the chamber, and Troi walked up to the open door for 20 seconds. The rest was all part of the psychic imprint.
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Kevin Criswell
Tue, Nov 29, 2016, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

Count me in as another Neelix fan. Took a long while, the first few seasons he was a horrible character, but once Kes was gone his character really started to come into it's own.

Loved Riddles, but like many others was irritated that they never actually made a change to Tuvox's demeanor towards Neelix. Neelix really goes above and beyond to care for Tuvox and you can see that it is honest compassion and care and all they do is have Tuvox make a crappy joke at the end?
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Kevin Criswell
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Visionary

Remember the romulan warships do not use a antimatter warp core. They use a quantum singularity to warp spacetime to move. Supposedly the time travel was supposed to be a reaction of the radiation to the singularity.
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Kevin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Note on the above - I'm definitely *not* suggesting that Spock's nearly beating Khan to death was "cool" or would have been perceived as such, just the yelling of "KHAAAAAN!"
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Kevin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

It's been three years since I actually saw it, but I'd probably give it a 2.5. It wasn't horrible, but it did enough things wrong that I couldn't fully recommend it. And as for its place within Trek and Trek's place in popular culture, I'm more of the mind that unless there's something truly interesting and original to do with it, Trek should just be left alone. It's nothing to be ashamed of if, after hundreds of TV episodes and ten movies, the potential for Trek as mainstream popular entertainment is mostly used up, and it doesn't seem likely that the various novels, comics, fan productions, and other smaller-scale forms of Star Trek are going away any time soon.

The issue of Starfleet as a military organization and what sort of values it espouses and defends is a worthy one, but like Jammer I thought the movie only got halfway there. To this day I'm still not entirely sure whether Kirk originally intended to carry out the assassination and changed his mind, or if he just didn't want to tell Marcus no to his face or otherwise risk revealing what he had in mind. If it was a change of heart, I couldn't tell what prompted it - he just goes from "let's kill him" in one scene to "let's capture him alive" in another.

And I have to say that I don't like what they're doing with Spock here. Yes, he's younger and hasn't yet become the character we know from TOS, but has it ever been suggested that the kind of emotional control we expect from Vulcans remains a struggle for them by the time of early adulthood? And again, it's been a while, but is there anything at the end to suggest that he's troubled by how he lost his temper and nearly beat Khan to death? It feels like the sort of thing that started as a "wouldn't it be cool if..." but never got developed beyond that level. (In this case, "Wouldn't it be cool if *Kirk* is the one who decided to sacrifice his life, and then Spock loses it and yells "KHAAAAAAAN!" like Shatner did in the original?")
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Kevin
Wed, Jun 15, 2016, 9:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

"Speaking of old TV style, some "sci-fi" aspects of this episode really date it. A barrier surrounding the galaxy to prevent man from crossing it? People having natural psychic ability? These were common ideas in the 50s and early 60s, but I think were even dated in the literature of the time when this episode aired. Oh well, I won't hold it against them."

Were there ever any references in the TNG/DS9/VOY era to Starfleet exploring outside the galaxy? Maybe we can assume they didn't because of the barrier that Kirk's crew discovered, but that does seem like the kind of concept that the New-Trek series would prefer to ignore. Then again, maybe it's just not a high priority given that three quadrants within the Milky Way still aren't that well known.
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Kevin
Tue, Dec 1, 2015, 3:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

Having started going through the episodes again this really stands out in the way it took advantage of Goldeneye having been released. I know its one of the comedy episodes and has no baring on the series or even the next episode but its one great laugh. Bit of a worry that Quark was the one who worked some of it out. great viewing
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Kevin Mc
Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Homecoming

Just realised, very slow of me, that Le Nalis (however it's spelled) is Twin Peaks' very own Benjamin Horn.
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