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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

A great all around episode that I enjoy, and I thought it was a decently devised way for the writers to bring Scotty back, all things considering. That being said:

- I like how a portion of the show was all about the Enterprise not being able to stop it's forward momentum, then the writers suddenly threw that out the window once the door of the sphere was open so that they could turn around and fly out of there extremely quickly. Also, should I even mention how bad the scale of distances is screwed up here? The tractor beam brings them in at about one Enterprise length per 10 seconds. At that rate it would take years to reach the sun from the outer edge of the sphere.

- As others mentioned, I think it's absolutely hilarious that the episode ends saying that one (yes ONE) single science ship was being dispatched to study the sphere....are you kidding me? This should have been the find of century, with a massive race across the quadrant to travel there and being studying the inner surface and all the technological advancements that may have been present. It would take a fleet of ships a decade to barely even begin scratching the surface of this place....and once word got out of this massive find, you can bet the Romulans/Ferengi/Klingons/Cardassians etc. would all be trying to find ways to sneak in there and explore.

- I actually agree with both sides of the argument regarding how Scotty was treated on the ship. For one, I believe everyone would have been much more cordial toward him, especially Geordi. However, at the same time, Scotty had already made the decision to retire, that's why he was on the Jenolen on the first place. There should have been no reason for him to suddenly feel useless, when he had already decided to stop being a Starfleet engineer and enjoy his retirement. That being said, he would certainly be like a kid in a candy store once presented with the opportunity to see the engineering of a starship far ahead of his expertise.

- Couldn't the Enterprise have gotten a little closer before firing photon torpedoes? That way they wouldn't have been cutting it so close before exiting out the door. Also, how about waiting for the transport cycle to finish and getting confirmation that Geordi and Scotty were aboard before firing at the Jenolen?

- Just a thought, wouldn't there be the SAME tractor beam element on the INSIDE in order to open the doors and go out of the sphere, just like there was to bring ships in? That would be plain comment sense.......but you can't expect too much from writers under pressure to spit episode after episode out in a short period of time.

All in all, an entertaining episode that I keep watching.
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Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 10:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

Those are good points Robert and Chrome.

However, the way I see it, the phasing cloak is a massive tactical advantage, allowing ships to easily cross behind enemy lines, attack from behind, and scout to their hearts content, all with no fear of attack.

In my opinion, this would actually prevent war, not agitate it. And in reality, there would be serious consequences after Picard exposed the cloak to the Romulans. The story ends with the episode, but the truth of the matter is that Picard just told the entire Romulan empire that the Federation had been secretly developing cloaking technology for an unspecified period of time.

What reason do the Romulans have to trust the Federation or respect the treaty going forward?

From that perspective, there may be every reason to quickly arm the entire fleet with the phasing technology. Or if nothing else, at least keep it ready to go (as Robert suggested), since Data already proved it could be setup in just a couple of hours.

The Federation was almost wiped out by the Borg and the Dominion - I would think under those circumstances, they are permitted to use whatever means necessary to survive. What does a treaty matter if there is no longer a Federation?

The Romulans already tried to destroy the Enterprise on multiple occasions. They tried to do so in "The Next Phase" after Picard's crew risked their lives to save a Romulan ship. Tomalak wanted to take the hull of the Enterprise home as a war trophy in "The Defector".

Plus, let us not forget how useful the phased cloak would have been throughout the entire Star Trek: Nemesis movie, where it turns out that a faction of the Romulan empire WAS planning on going to war with the Federation, despite the treaty, and had been planning to do so for years.

When put in that context, "screw the treaty" would absolutely be appropriate at several points during TNG and also later in DS9.
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Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 10:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

Jez, I think if nothing else, the writers of this episode were trying to emulate the actual American government, which seems to be willing to let other countries run it over into the ground.

You're right, it's really not a big deal at all that the Federation developed not only cloaking technology, but phasing as well. Breaking the treaty to gain that level of technology seems like a very good trade off.

Plus, it's not like the Romulans respect the Federation in any way shape or form......it's a very unstable peace, so basically screw the treaty and employ the phasing cloak on every ship in the fleet.

Peace.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

If you want to go down the road of technical deficiencies with the show, you are definitely starting down a long journey, Odoley.

The writers were obviously NOT technically proficient in any way - their main purpose, as with virtually all television shows, was to provide entertainment, not to give you a technically accurate future.

If you really want to get into the nitty gritty of the supposed holodeck:

- How can several people exist on the holodeck in different places at the same time while hidden from each other? What is the barrier that keeps one person in one reality, and ten other people in completely separate perspectives that don't overlap in the small space inside the holodeck? So basically they are floating all over the place inside the holodeck, each real person being given their own perspective and own projection which somehow rejoins with others with they get close to their location?

- How do we keep seeing people eat/drink object on the holodeck? Shouldn't the food/drink dissapear from their digestive tract once they leave the program?

- How much energy would really be needed to create entire worlds inside the holodeck, with objects that become solid as the real person encounters them? It would seem like a beach scene with the ocean extending out would take massive amounts of energy to create, not to mention the massive amounts of computing power needed to recreate other human characters that attempt to act/think like people. Could a single ship really power such a device without draining all of their resources?

- Could computer generated 'parameters' about a real-life person really mimic that person exactly in real life? Would the holodeck Dr. Crusher really act anything like there real one just because it knows a couple of her characteristics?

- Shouldn't Picard have picked up on the fact that things were wrong very quickly in the holodeck? After all, it was merely a recreation of the ship. Meaning, all of the objects all over the place that exist on the real Enterprise would not be reflected on the holodeck. Say Picard moved his personal computer over to the left side of his desk - there's no way the holodeck would know this, it simply recreates the room based on schematics.

And on and on and on if you really want to get into this.........
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Tue, Oct 11, 2016, 1:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

Actually, I really enjoy this episode. My favorite parts:

- Picard taking down someone with a Vulcan nerve pinch. And that person happened to be someone who would play a Vulcan later on in Star Trek Voyager. Irony abounds.

- The whole opening scene was ridiculous. Picard walking down the same hallways with the same labels twice, going straight in the a turbo lift once, then avoiding it the second time in order to get onto a different turbo lift, when all of them are supposed to be able to take you anywhere in the ship at any time. Still, it was fun to watch Picard 'putting out fires' left and right.

- The most glaring plot hole in the entire episode - Why the hell can't Picard simply turn the ship back on? He's the one who shut it down in the first place, and so his command codes would surely be able to turn any part of the ship on at any time, including the transporter. If he was worried about the baryon sweep doing damage, he could simply turn on one section of the ship in order to transport out. Of course, since he was willing to destroy the ship to keep the resin from falling into the wrong hands, it should have been a no brainer to turn the entire ship on and risk doing electrical damage. And hey, wouldn't you think there would be SOME kind of safety for even a low-level officer to stop the process in case he somehow got trapped on board?

- You would think there would be major safeties in place to keep the transporter from transporting someone without power......I love how the transporter cycle almost starts, only to be shut off immediately. Imagine it he was mid-transport when this happened? You would think there would be major back-up power safeties to complete the transport once started to prevent this from happening.

- So basically, the same phaser that only stunned Geordi, ended up killing Hutchison? I think the bean counters really couldn't figure out a way to keep from paying the guest actor for the entire show, so they simply had him finished off early on. While the character was annoying, the actor certainly gave a strong performance for the time he was on camera.

- I always like how Troi rests her head against Riker....What? This was very unprofessional of her to do as a Starleet officer in a dangerous situation. And second, she's acting like they are a couple, which they supposedly are not.

- So......Data can move his hands faster than the human eye can see (from the Episode "The Offspring"), yet he's helpless when someone has a weapon pointed at him one foot away? Funny how he has extraordinary abilities in one episode, but not in another. This goes for "A Matter of Time" as well. Anytime he has a phaser pointed at him within arm's reach, he should be able to disable it faster than the blink of an eye, right?

There are my observations. Definitely an episode I enjoy watching again and again.
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Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 6:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

My favorite parts of this episode:

- Moriarty telling Riker that he won't release the ship until he's aboard the shuttlecraft....this makes no sense. The Enterprise could easily overtake the shuttle and disable it in seconds. As could virtually any other ship the shuttlecraft encounters. Why does Moriarty think he'll be safe once he's aboard the shuttle?

- Lt. Barclay saying that the 'left-hand right-hand' problem must be because of the matrix diodes....I don't think so. This would be a software glitch. Basically, it would be like saying my computer game isn't working, so I'm going to open up the computer and adjust one of the screws holding down the motherboard.....um no. The problem is with the software. Matrix diodes (projectors) are just hardware - the problem would be in the programming language of the running holodeck program, not a physical object like 'diodes'

- Moriarty saying he doesn't trust Picard anymore, even though Picard went out of his way to go visit a holodeck character. The fact that the program is still there, and the fact that Picard came to see him should have given every evidence that Picard is trustworthy in every way.

- As we've been told several times, both by the show and the technical manuals that have come out, everything in the holodeck is a projection. Therefore, there is NOTHING inside of any of the holodeck characters. They are simply an outer shell meant to give the illusion of a solid object. So even if Moriarty COULD leave the holodeck, he would immediately fall apart, since all he actually is, is a microscopic outer shell being projected. This makes the entire premise of the show ridiculous. Even if he could be beamed into real life by the transporter, the only thing being 'beamed' is the outer shell, with nothing inside.

- The Federation does have holo-projectors that allow characters like the doctor on Voyager limited movement in the real world. Couldn't this be setup for him?

I did really enjoy both of the Moriarty episodes, and I thought the actor completely owned both shows with his wonderful performance, which is why I continue to watch these.
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Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 5:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

My favorite aspects of this episode:

- The Enterprise going full speed ahead into the rock face with a completely untested piece of equipment supposedly phasing them out of normal matter. Yes, Picard did say 'thrusters only', but it looks pretty damn fast on the veiwscreen, and probably would have done considerable damage had they run into the rock at that speed.

- Data truly being all-knowing during this episode. Several times, Picard asks Data to verify what someone else has said. Data also tells Picard that it is 'theoretically possible' to cloak and phase the ship, even though he's never set eyes on the actual piece of equipment before.

- Picard de-cloaking the ship right in front of the Romulans. What obligation does Picard have to a single Romulan ship whatsoever, especially after they've already committed a hostile act? How does he know they won't simply open fire and try to get their hands on the phasing technology? They should have warped out of there, gotten back to safety, and had the Federation send a message to the Roman government. Or perhaps, Picard actually feared some sort of repercussion from high level Federation officers, so that he felt his only bargaining chip was to expose the event immediately to the nearest Romulan ship to keep it from being swept under the table (and perhaps himself as well).

- Riker and Pressman talking about a highly classified, top secret mission out in the open in Ten Forward. How do they know there isn't a telepath nearby, or someone good at reading lips, or someone from a species with extremely good hearing, or simply someone at the next table listening in? You would think they wouldn't even mention it outside of their personal quarters.

- Picard doubting Riker's resolve after they've served together for seven years (this is season seven, after all). I do think Riker should have told Picard what was going on right away (after all, what Pressman was doing was illegal), but Picard really had no right to suddenly question Riker's character.

- Why the hell would it be 'safer' to take the Enterprise in instead of a shuttlecraft? A shuttlecraft would have MUCH more clearance inside the chasm and have a much greater margin of error to make course corrections, despite unknown 'gravitational' forces. Plus, since there never was any salvage operation other than the reclamation of the cloaking/phasing device, there was no need for the entire ship to go in.

- Honestly, I think the lack of cloaking was simply a money issue - It would have cost a lot more money for the tech team to have the Enterprise constantly cloaking/decloaking, so they saved it only for special events that involved one of the other races. We see later (in "All Good Things") that the Federation does in fact employ cloaking technology at some point in the future, so really who cares. Also, I like to believe that their struggle with the Borg forced the Federation to advance much faster in technology than any of the surrounding races, which maybe was Q's reason for doing so in the first place (he truly wanted Humans to advance much faster and become dominant in the quadrant).

- Also, in reflection, it seems that getting the cloaking device really wasn't necessary for the research to continue at all - Obviously (and especially if high level officers were in favor or it) the experiment could easily be replicated in a lab, and probably had advanced far beyond that over the years. The real reason was that the Federation didn't want the Romulans to realize that they were working on cloaking technology. That was the only reason for the mission - Pressman probably had a whole secret group that had been perfecting the device since his promotion to Admiral.

Despite all that, I really like watching this episode. My last question: When was Commander Riker day?
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