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Landon
Mon, Feb 18, 2019, 3:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Errand of Mercy

Where in ssn 1 besides here and Arena have all powerful beings taught humanoids about non-violence??? Often its humanity-Kirk-teaching this lesson and others to others (A Taste of Armageddon), sometimes all-powerful beings and resisting them, such as in The Squire of Gothos and Where No Man Has Gone Before. I'm struggling to fit Kirks stance here with his stance on war in A Taste for Armageddon, I guess it kinda fits...
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Landon
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 6:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

2 1/2 or 3. The B plot for me seemed to be really annoyingly taking away from the main story, it also didn't serve or converge with the main plot at any point-not good. It was distracting and less interesting here. Also, this thing with the May creature is really, really dragging. So is yet another long term search for Spock story-not good. I for one do appreciate any decent attempt to explain discrepancies between series-theyre all supposed to inhabit the same living universe and thats a cool and special thing. So it sounds like I wasn't a fan, but everything else was interesting enough to get a barely passing grade from me. Same for the season overall so far.
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Landon Haynes
Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 11:05am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: A Happy Refrain

Another very good episode. Three stars. I was absolutely moved by the ending and the ep was packed with good scenes. My only worry was that it's premise was so obviously unoriginal, but they went some original places with it, as this show regularly does. I don't know why this is " 90's" version of a starship, but it's definitely a great McFarlane ode to TNG which for all its unoriginality, actually is pretty original. I'm glad the relationship will continue, unlike with In Theory. Good stuff, and genuinely sweet.
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Landon
Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 6:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Very good episode. Could not disagree more. How on earth is it contradicting its universes rules? Like what? It's also fairly original. The episode went from interesting to riveting after Kelly/Bortis were arrested. Like what on earth could this be about? -Astrology-cool. Never seen this tackled anywhere. And it needs to be. Well done. 3 1/2 stars
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Landon Haynes
Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 7:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

3 1/2 stars. I actually thought it WAS a bunch of boring routine tropes 10 minutes in but then it really went some places. There was good dialouge, more bigger-scope settings off ship, and I really liked the message and the fishes line. The b plot was boring and out of place but at least the show ties in the bplots with the main story pretty well, still, b plots are not necessary. I liked some of krill Tyler's religious dialogue about morality mirroring religious talking points in the real world, though unfortunately Seth didn't give much of substance back despite being a vocal atheist himself. I would note regarding some comments above: I found Tyler's story in Discovery riveting and fascinating and I think this was indeed a very friendly jab, and also calling Treks secular humanism and cosmopolitan universalism "hippie" is rather derogatory, offensive, and inaccurate. It would be more accurate to call it scientific Enlightenment humanism or just Enlightenment values-you know those values that have done everything to better the world far beyond what it's ever been, the values enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and our true salvation for the future as a global community of an interconnected, interdependent social species. I'm glad this shows on the air and Mac Farlane is mad talented.
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Landon Haynes
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 8:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Worf: All our gods are dead. Klingon warriors killed them long ago. - DS9 ssn 4, Homefront
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Landon
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 11:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

"The Ship" DS9 ssn 5:

Vorta: Do you have any gods captain?

Sisko: There are things I believe in...duty, Starfleet, the federation...
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Landon
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 1:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Chrome,obviously they're about the supernatural and deities, as the quotes state. You're familiar with the episode.
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Landon
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 10:51am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Chrome, it seems a bit more than that:


"They have abandoned their belief in the supernatural. Now you want me to abandon that achievement? To send them back into the dark ages of fear and ignorance and superstition? No!" - Picard, Who Watches the Watchers

"Isn't that the trouble with believing in a higher being? Figuring out what he wants?"- Troi, same ep
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Landon
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 7:41am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Chrome, the ds9 prophets are mortal too, they talk about that more than once when someone is trying to kill them. The Q can die also, see Death Wish VOY ssn 2. The OT god is not mischievous, he's a vindictive, petty, misogynist, rape and slavery approving and commanding, angry, jealous, child killing, tyrant, a celestial Caligula. And is immortality a key charismatic of a god? That's another problem, "God" could mean all kinds of things, all kinds of beings or forces, conscious or unconscious.
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Landon
Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 11:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Peter G, I'm not entirely sure of my feelings on the portrayl of religion on the ds9, as I said I like ds9 a lot, though I didn't like it or get it for a long time. However, the bajoran religion IS entirely explained scientifically: the prophets are aliens. I'm friends with Roddenberry s long tine3 assistant Richard Arnold who I met at a convention, he's shared a lot about Gene ober the years. And Gene wasn't entirely opposed to the idea that ancient aliens were mistaken by primitive man for gods- kind of exactly the situation with the fairly primitive Bajorans. Also, I would have had bo problem with orgies, people are reluably stupid in their attitudes to sex-harm, responsibility, consent-thats what matters...but look, Brannon Braga is essentially an atheist now working with Atheist seth MacFarlane on cosmos abd3 the oriville, john de lancie is an outspoken atheist who was at the reason rally and on openly secular, Shatner is basically an atheist, Picard like Patrick Stewart is entirely secular, Will Wheaton calls himself a secular humanist thanks to Roddenberry, on and on. I'm sure some of the people involved in Trek were/are religious, but...Also Roddenberry was deeply involved in TNG for its first few years and its creation, and I can't think of a more direct and clear expression of secular humanism than TNG.

"They have abandoned their belief in the supernatural. Now you want me to abandon that achievement? To send them back into the dark ages of fear and ignorance and superstition? No!" - Picard, Who Watches the Watchers

"Isn't that the trouble with believing in a higher being? Figuring out what he wants?"- Troi, same ep
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Landon
Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 6:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Peter G, as I said I acknowledge the Trek themes of tolerance and IDIC. But it is not just on the ship, but all of humanity, the utopian humanity of the future, in Trek that has entirely gotten beyond religion. Faith to my knowledge is never advocated or seen as a virtue or a way to solve problems. It's only ever seen as a foreign thing that has to be tolerated if not harmful.

For most people religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain. If people need religion, ignore them and maybe they will ignore you, and you can go on with your life. It wasn't until I was beginning to do Star Trek that the subject of religion arose. What brought it up was that people were saying that I would have a chaplain on board the Enterprise. I replied, "No, we don't.
-Gene Roddenberry
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Landon
Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 9:59am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Peter G, please see:

https://thehumanist.com/magazine/july-august-2009/features/star-trek-made-me-an-atheist?

fbclid=IwAR3f3kzEQg07T8jBN2pdpSzh9d6Xg_lBAuUq9lFe2s-1x5wD68EKMJ7rx4I https://thehumanist.com/features/interviews/humanist-interview-gene-roddenberry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe7axuTmoUg&sns=fb&fbclid=IwAR3f3kzEQg07T8jBN2pdpSzh9d6Xg_lBAuUq9lFe2s-1x5wD68EKMJ7rx4I

http://trekinitiative.wikia.com/wiki/The_God-Thing?fbclid=IwAR3X7rr653XheS_kG-H7byY1WVOu3xz-x35Gxk1uxXenVZkFD0SfzigvgZA

" (PALAMAS)
I have a message for you…He wants us to live in peace. He wants to provide for us. He’ll give us everything we ever wanted.
(KIRK)
…Accept him and you condemn all of us to slavery…nothing less than slavery…Or perhaps the thought of spending an eternity bending knee and attending sheep appeals to you?
(KIRK)
Give me your hand…we’re the same. We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We’re tied together beyond any untying. Man or woman, it makes no difference, we’re human. We couldn’t escape from each other even if we wanted to. That’s how you do it, lieutenant, by remembering who and what you are: a bit of flesh and blood afloat in a universe without end. And the only thing that’s truly yours is the rest of humanity. That’s where our duty lies!"
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Landon
Sun, Jan 13, 2019, 9:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Peter G, Trek has never had an open and clear atheist manifesto, but look at the humanity of the future: it's completely scientific and secular. There are virtually no humans that have ever been religious, religion always being something the humans come across and study and deal with with other races in Trek, and that almost always anthropologically. Even in ds9 see the last ep of ssn 1 In The Hands of the Prophets. Go back and watch that Apollo ep, Kirk said a lot more than you think. Roddenberry was named humanist of the year and did an interview with a humanist magazine just before he died, go read what he said about religion there and elsewhere. Read what his reaction was when they tried to get him to put chaplains on TOS. Read about his rejected script for the first movie about a god and why it seems to have been rejected. Being open to other possibilities and being full of wonder and tolerance fits just fine with atheism and humanism.
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Landon
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 8:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

It's cool how this comment section has gone on for years. I'm also an atheist, and while I liked this ep, and ds9, and it's true that this ep doesn't endorse anything and just takes a curious look at something, and indeed these are confirmed non-linear aliens that makes sense of things scientifically, there is a hint here and elsewhere in the series of something Roddenberry might not have approved of, in giving a slight suggestion that there may be any validity to religion. Trek is founded on scientific secular humanism to the core, a big reason why I love it. Just watch Kirk's lines in the ep with Apollo or Picards in Who Watches The Watchers. I'm not sure they've violated anything Trekkian here, but it seems there may be a writer or two not completely on board. (Liked the suggestion above that Sisko in the pilot later caused the aliens to ensure his own birth in his past)
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Landon
Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 12:18am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

This is the kind of review I expected from part one. In neither parts is there any reason to care about what happens to anyone or anything. It's especially a waste since it got canceled after this season. I loved the sets and scenes of the old constellation class ship flying. That's only value this two-part story contains for me. Other than that, it's a complete waste.
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Landon
Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 11:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

I've enjoyed and respect all the commentary and analysis Jammer has given, even when I don't agree (it would be a lot less interesting if we all agreed anyway). There's one little issue I see on many of Jammer's commentaries that I can't resist nitpicking about, and I apologize in advance; as an English teacher, sometimes it's hard to resist...but anyway, you can't "center around" anything. If it's at the center, it can't be around something. "Centered on" would be the more grammatically accurate phrase.
Ok, now I'm going to hide in a hole to avoid the phaser fire I probably deserve.
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Landon
Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 9:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

This episode is one I remember watching as a kid, with such unique and cool scenes as when Riker and Worf keep seeing themselves in multiple bridges. I never could remember the title until I found it again when I bought the ssn 2 dvd. VERY good episode, I agree with all you said, Jammer, the only problrm I had was with the self-destruct solution, still not a big deal though, A very memorable, visceral and unique episode.

I also liked Casino Royalw and agree with above comments, I found it fascinating but , agrreing again, not as much as Time Squared which I still, somehow, can watch over and over and not thoroughly grasp...
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Landon
Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 9:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Schizoid Man

@ Rikko Give credit where its due, there were indeed arcs and revisited story threads in TNG. Case in point: Worfs descommendation and ensuing klingon civil war and the tasha yar dauhter tie-in and the romulan-unifaction-spock tie in and the picard-borg story and Q and the nice bookend of the start and finish of the series....and I could go on...TNG is timeless IMHO {I love ds9 and VOY too}
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Landon
Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 4:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

The social commentary of arms dealing wiping out a planet seems as relevant tpdya as ever, I liked it. Very different to see LaForge command the ship, I believe the only time, even though he later got promoted twice. The epispode operates an an adventurous and large scale as many ssn 1 eps do, a p[lus. Creepy scene with Riker former acquaintance. The only thing I didnt like was the unconvincing foret planet set. 3 stars
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Landon
Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 4:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

Just recently watched this episode again, as I am watching the entire first season again as its come out on blu ray. I have to say, while obviously inferior to later seasons, I LIKE that its different. Ive found the season to be fun and adventurous, even big in scale. It even has some really deep/philosophical/social commentary points though its overall more superficial in plot thtan later seasons.

Now, maybe Im alone,but I liked the episode. Yes, wesley was horrible but I didnt seem to care. I like the philosphical dilemna. I found the planet people to be reminiscent of perhaps ancient romans or something, reminiscent of TOS. I actually wpuld give it a passing rating...3 stars. Guess Ive gone crazy...
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Landon
Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 4:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

It's not perfect....so? I v'e always like this episode and its more than just "adequate" as a pilot. Its big in both scale, adventure and ideas. It introduces two of the best things ever in Trek: Q and the holodeck. The courtroom philosophical dialouge concerning humaninty was engaging and thoughtful. For me it's right up there with caretaker and emissary as great, big trek pilots. 3 1/2 stars
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Landon
Tue, Jan 15, 2013, 1:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Second Season Recap

Among the best, most original and memorable episodes in the entire Trek canon: The 37s,Projections, Tattoo, Tuvix, Lifesigns, Death Wish, Meld, THE FIRST HALF, or IDEA of Threshold {though maybe given the end product I shouldnt eve mention that one}, Deadlock
quite good also: Basics, non sequitor, resolutions, cold fire, prototype, dreadnaught...

overall, despite some uneven patches....I found this one of the freshest an dmost creative seasons in Trek.
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Landon
Tue, Jan 15, 2013, 1:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Fourth Season Recap

THIS, for me, is one of the single best seasons of any Trek series for me. Along with season 5 which I love equally if not more, I didnt see many of the episodes on tv but I bought the dvds together. I found these two seasons incredibly consistent in quality, creativity and freshness....as well as LARGEness in scale. There was a little bit of serialization. I,too, wish there was more but still, no doubt this was turning a corner for Voyager and ranks as among the best and most attractive for me in the whole Trek canon.
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Landon
Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 10:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek (2009)

wow, Jammer, some suprisingly uninformed comments on Gene's vision {tm}.....its been well-documented that he indeed did have a vision. He wanted to tell srories about the human condition and current and timeless issues without having to deal with censors thus his idea to have this commentary and exploration via sci-fi so he could get away with it. Many actors and ppl that have known Mr. Roddenberry {Joanthan Frakes comes to mind} have said repeatedly how he would talk about how in the future "every child would know how to read, there would be no war, prejudice, hunger...infinite diversity in infinite combinations....humanity is currently only in its infancy, we will mature and evolve"....so I'm pretty dissaponted in you and that comment, Jammer.
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