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Kid Marine
Sat, Mar 26, 2016, 2:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Return to Grace

This is a good episode and a great look at Dukat, but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned just how bloody awful the actress who plays Ziyal is. I've never seen a more monotone performance.
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Kid Marine
Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 4:11am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

I think you somewhat overrate Jedi. It's an extremely flawed movie (although it does have its merits and a handful of classic scenes). It's hard not to be frustrated whilst watching when you know the original, far superior plans for the movie.

Han Solo was supposed to die selflessly in a raid on an Imperial stronghold, completing his arc from selfish smuggler to rebel hero. Originally there was no second Death Star, the film centred on a Rebel attack on the Imperial homeworld. The design sketches of which are on the Internet and just amazing in my book. It looks fascinatingly different and alien. This in particular is a major let down for me because I think reusing the Death Star is the single lamest thing about the original trilogy, even if the battle is very impressive to this day in terms of special effects.

Also, Leia was never supposed to be Luke's sister. Originally Yoda was to reveal that Luke had a sister (the "other" that Obi Wan and Yoda discuss in Empire) and the movie was to end with Luke leaving into the sunset to find her, setting up a potential sequel trilogy. But Lucas had had enough at this point and just wanted to tie up all the loose ends and end Star Wars already.

The only plot strand that made it into the final film relatively unchanged is the confrontation with the Emperor and Vader turning back to the light side; and it's no surprise that it's easily the strongest part of the finished product. Luke vs. Vader is the best duel of any of the seven movies, and Anakin's redemption is played perfectly (although I question why the Emperor has a mine shaft in his throne room). The reveal that behind that iconic, terrifying mask is a sad, frail old man is the most underrated moment in Star Wars if you ask me.

Overall 2 stars from me. It's watchable and parts of it are great. But man, what could have been...
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Kid Marine
Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 6:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

I didn't cry during "The Visitor", I didn't cry during Spock's funeral, but damn it I cried here. I think the sci-fi machinations held The Visitor back from really getting to me, but in "The Forgotten" we're just seeing a human being having to face up to the death of a loved one. It's extremely relatable, it could be done as a plot line on any TV show and it would still be effective, but I think that's to its credit.

It helps that Connor Trinneer is an exceptionally talented actor and one of the best actors to ever appear in Star Trek, up there with Stewart and Rene Auberjonois. He really sells it. His breakdown in front of T'Pol was extremely effective and outright riveting to watch, and the last scene where he finally says goodbye to his sister had tears rolling down my face.

One of the best episodes of any Star Trek in my book.
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Kid Marine
Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 11:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Surely "Twilight" would be Enterprise's equivalent, not E2.
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Kid Marine
Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

Weyoun - "It's just such an honor to be with a Go... security officer." That's the funniest line in Trek history if you ask me.
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