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Lars Tarkas
Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 2:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Patterns of Force

Actually, it's not so unusual for Jewish actors to play Nazis. The actors who played Colonel Klink, Sergeant Shultz, General Burkhalter and Major Hoffstader on Hogan's Heroes were Jewish. There have been a great many Jewish actors who have played Nazis in order to mock them, or to remind people that Nazis are bad. It seems like the most obvious thing in the world that Nazis are bad, but unfortunately, people seem to need to be reminded of this every now and then.

https://www.jta.org/2019/10/23/culture/theres-a-long-history-of-jews-playing-nazis-on-screen
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Robert Larson
Fri, May 10, 2019, 3:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

Zero stars. This gave us no new insight to the Q, and who cares if it did. This was poorly written and acted. Boring beyond description. One of the worst episodes ever. Deep conversations about nothing. Rascals is a much more entertaining episode than this snooze, and you gave it a lower rating.
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Lars Tarkas
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 8:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Avatar meets This Side of Paradise. In This Side of Paradise, Spock observes that for the first time, he was happy; in this episode, Saru observes that for the first time, he wasn't afraid. I don't think Saru could be held any more accountable than Spock was - they did mess with his mind, after all. An OK episode, but nothing new.

I don't think Burnham would go back to prison after this. A court-appointed lawyer could get clemency for her after her service on Discovery, even if Burnham didn't offer a defense herself. She didn't seem to offer any defense in her trial, and she might have felt she was going back to prison, but as long as she serves honorably on Discovery, I think it's unlikely she would go back to prison if her time on Discovery ends.

I could do without the clumsy fan service with the "Needs of the many" speech.
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Lars Tarkas
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

It's an OK episode, and does the time loop thing fairly well. It's rather contrived to think the Madd his himself in a space whale, assuming Discovery would take it aboard. Taking it aboard makes no sense - this is a creature whose natural environment is a vacuum and zero gravity. Placing it under gravity and atmosphere is a bad idea. And how is there room inside this creature for a ship?

But the biggest issue is psuedo-Mudd. He's nothing like Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Mudd's a two-bit con man, not some criminal genius. Mudd's the charming life of the party, buying drinks for everyone - until he sticks you with the bill. Mudd is, as Kirk put it, an irritant. Maybe Mudd has a cousin with the same name - he'd be an OK villain, but he isn't our Mudd.
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Lars Tarkas
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 11:06am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

It just seemed out of character for Worf to abandon his duty to save one life when doing so meant that millions of billions would die. It's the whole thing about one named character mattering more than a million nameless redshirts. If you're not willing to accept the risk, don't accept the mission. Perhaps they couldn't court martial him, but he probably should have been asked for his resignation.
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Lars
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 5:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

This movie has to be the most resonating of the bunch. You either love or hate this film, as there is no one that I ever asked that stated that he had a neutral opinion on it.
You know what? I very much like it, despite the fact that its very long. The opening scene with the Klingon ships (first appearance of the famous ridged fore-heads and Klingon language) and the battle are amazing to this day. The awesome soundtrack and the sound design in general just made it perfect. The scene with the Enterprise in drydock is too long for most people, which I understand. But again, with that soundtrack its pure eye and ear candy to me as we gaze at every inch of the beautiful studio model. Fans haven't seen that ship in ages back then, so it's cool that they allowed us a good look at the "new" Enterprise.
The plot is straightforward and feels more like it would have rather fit a TV episode (or maybe a two-parter). No surprise, considering that the story was initially meant to be a pilot for Star Trek Phase II which never happened. The journey into the innards of V'Ger is even more eye-candy but even I gotta say it takes forever. For many sections of the movie, you have no dialogue or even sound effects. You just stare at the bridge crew as they in turn stare at the inside of the cloud and V'Ger itself as they travel through it.
The story of Voyager 6 and how it came back I thought was very creative and original. Its just too bad we never found out what happened to Decker/V'Ger after the fusion. Also I would have liked to know more about the living machines that sent V'Ger back. Other than non-canon media, we have no clue who they were.
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