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Leen
Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 2:05am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

How the writing of this leaves me annoyed. Everybody keeps jumping to the right conclusions with minimal information.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 4:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

@Trish: Excellent analysis! Very perceptive.

The kids got really annoying after a while, and for the love of God, why didn't Kirk throw a towel over Uhura's mirror? Still, I liked Gorgan and the overall story wasn't that bad. I found the scene where the two red shirts who got beamed out in space quite disturbing.

II of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 9:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

Just re-watched this gem and it's even better than I remember it to be.

I love what it does with Torres as a character, and I love how it depicts Klingon culture, and I absolutely love the last scene. But if you don't like B'Elanna (talk about character development!), Klingon culture or mystical concepts (FYI near death experiences is a very real and very powerful phenomenon), then this isn't for you.

4 Stars.
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Lee B
Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 4:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

John Harmon, your nitpicks are ridiculous and in bad faith.

I've also grown tired of you and others low-balling every single thing you dislike to "Kurtzman doesn't know Trek!"

KURTZMAN ISN'T THE WRITER. IT'S MAINLY MICHAEL CHABON.

Jesus Christ, it's as if you losers seriously just can't accept anything that isn't 90s Trek and nothing but nostalgia fodder, finding things to nitpick, as if 90s Trek wasn't plentiful with contrivances and plotholes. Gross.
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Lee
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Lmao @ the huge loser incels here like Sid who are aggressively searching for shit to hate here.

Lmfao @ these pathetic peoplw
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

I like the premise, too bad they never bothered to complete the script.

This could've been a good episode though, it had the right ingredients, but unfortunately no experienced cook.

On the whole some 50 minutes of underwhelming Trek. Nothing more, nothing less.

I of IV
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Lee Jones
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I'm sorry, but I thought "Valiant" was a dumb episode. I think it would have worked if the cadets were junior officers commanding the surviving crew. But a Starfleet commissioned officer giving a cadet a battlefield commission, when the smartest move would have been to order the cadets back to the nearest Starfleet base? And what was up with Nog? He enthusiastically agreed with everything Watters did . . . yet, in the end, judge the latter as a "poor captain"?

This episode was dumb.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

There we go. To be honest I didn't know what to expect, so I just took it for what it was. With this in mind I have to say that "Endgame" was a more than adequate finale to a series which I at first had a hard time to accept, but now when all is said and done, have learned to absolutely adore.

The episode felt like the blockbuster motion picture we never got for Voyager, meaning what it lacked in depth, it made up for in action and excitement. Would really appreciate watching this on the big screen one day. I'm not too keen on the premise, but it was all extremely well executed; and two Janeways is obviously a big plus regardless of how you look at it.

Here's a few points I would like to touch upon:

-I can't believe no one has mentioned the most emotional scene in the whole movie, when Admiral Janeway hugs Captain Kim in the shuttle. In a way it redeemed the whole Harry Kim character, and I for one couldn't hold back the tears.

-Grease ball Chakotay was painful to watch.

-Alice Krige did an ok role as the Borg Queen, I guess. However, I much prefered Susanna Thompson, who did a much better job in conveying a sinister aura.

-Paris with his priorities set straight was just satisfactory to behold. He finally grew up.

-Going back to Harry Kim again, his speech was great and served as yet another redeeming action to his character.

-It was nice to see some good old klingons again, and Torres daughter was great, the little we saw of her. Too bad she wasn't featured more; albeit understandable.

-The ending was too abrupt. The first shot should've been the last, or something similar. Would have benefitted a lot if at least the end credits showed Voyager being in the proximity of Earth.

-Doctor Joe... seriously? They should've gone with Papageno. Just sayin'.

____________________________________________________________

With that said I would like to conclude with two last indirect remarks.

1. I really like this forum and will continue to use it as I make my way through both new and old Trek episodes. Hopefully, as long as I live. Thank you Jammer for this excellent site, and thank you fellow trekkies, for your comments. As Tim-1 so eloquently put it, this feels like an old friend.
2. In the words of the great Springy: “I love many things about Voyager, but even if it didn't have all those things, I will love it forever for Captain Janeway alone.“
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Sleeper Agent
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 1:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Assignment: Earth

Great guest appearances, nice props and an interesting intrigue; but as many have mentioned, it drops the ball half way in and has a hard time recovering from what turns into a boring mess.

On another note: from what I can remember NSA's existence wasn't officially admitted until the 80s (?), thus making this episode (one of) the first soft disclosure of the organisation?

And yeah, what was that woman/cat all about? Her name being Isis certainly is interesting.
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Sleeper Agent
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Equinox, Part I

@ Marc

I don't know how to address most of your rant. But let me just briefly mention that the value of one's morality is based upon consistency.
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Sleeper Agent
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

@ Peter G.

I'm fully aware of all the scorn Sisko got in "For the Uniform".

My point, however, was the way it was expressed. I don't know if it is because the captains are of different sexes, but the comments about Janeway tend to be somewhat more belittling, as seen in the example I gave, which talks about her having a "flimsy desire for 'revenge'" despite "her sonic showers being intact".

Comments like that (and it is my feeling there are many of them), have an underlying nuance of sexism. If you look through the comments about "For the uniform", you don't really find criticism of that nature.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 3:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

@wolfstar
@Loud Morn

Excellently put, both of you.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 7:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: By Any Other Name

-No one likes a predictable story; I therefore salute the death-by-cube-crushing scene. Even today that would be unpredictable, not to mention the late 60's (!).

-Scotty drinking the alien under the table has to be one of the best Trek-moments in history.

-I like the idea of Bones injecting the alien with crystal meth, but it isn't very exciting TV. Perhaps it could've been.

-Flirtatious Kirk makes my skin crawl.

-To those of you who are upset the aliens got away without being punished: do you really think the circumstances permitted that?

II of IV

@Springy - Great comment! =]
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Patterns of Force

I don't know; this is pretty far from everything I associate with good Trek. "A Piece of the Action" at least had a bunch of hilarious moments, whereas this has nothing going for it. The ending felt like a contrived mumble, and seriously what the devil was that speech by the führer?

For some reason, it also bothers me when Kirk and Spock beam down to a simpler culture and end up being captured without any direct means to solve the situation. It just feels so stupid. Like a federation observer who breaks the prime directive so that he can introduce nazism to an alien culture. ...

I/II of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 4:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

-The risk-speech was a bit over the top in its execution; for a while I was convinced Kirk was still possessed by the alien.

-Immediately when Sargon enters Kirks body, he starts to talk ... like ... Kirk. That was a bit dissapointing, but I understand.

-Once again a missed opportunity to use Uhura. She would've been a perfect host for Thalassa. I understand why though; but what a shame.

-Didn't really buy into the whole android body main plot, but on the other hand, I feel it really wasn't about that.

-Bones gets no credit but he is the true hero of this episode.

III / IV
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 4:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Gamesters of Triskelion

I love the aesthetics and simple premise. Not too found of over-the-top Kirk, and would have loved to see more of Chekov and especially Uhura, who once again were underused. What's the point of building them into the story if they are just going to serve as background? I mean they manage to give Spock and Bones proper roles in every Big 3 episode.

On another note: Anybody else noticed the general BDSM flirtation of the episode? The dungeons, the harness, the whipping, Shahna, Chekov tying up the female Thrall and Uhura getting pseudo-raped? Maybe it's just me, but it felt somewhat blatant.

Anyway, it sure was entertaining.

III / IV
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 1:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

In a time before holo-decks were invented...

I won't lie, this is incredibly silly and to a great extent: downright stupid.

But there's also no denying in that it's absolutely hilarious.

Sawbones, Spocko and the last scene with my favorite quote "Captain. I'm also curious as to how you propose to explain to Starfleet Command that a starship will be sent each year to collect our cut."

III / IV
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

Voyager at its most entertaining mood. After the tear jerking "Homestead", this is a most welcome hour of witty, well written and pleasant to the eye entertainment: featuring a balanced exposé of the crew members we have come to love over the years.

If you don't like this I don't get how you could get this far to begin with; you'll have to be a masochist.

This is good ol' VOY shining.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 4:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

Could very well be the worst VOY episode ever. I just pretend it doesn't exist.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 4:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

Voyager isn't as even as the previous Trek series, but what it lacks in uniformity, it makes up for in episodes that reach deep inside, and touch your heart in a most profound way.

This is one of those episodes.

Live long and prosper, Mr Neelix.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 3:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Way too little substance for the amount of screen time. It was nice and cozy, but served poorly as anything but filler. It's a shame we don't get more when we're so close to the finale.

1,5 Stars.
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van zespleen
Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 3:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

@4Q2
I have rewatched ST Discovery dvd and new ST movies (2009, Into Darkness, Beyond) again - conclusion: Anson Mount's Pike is just great. I see a lot of Shatner's mannerisms and posturing from Anson, who digested old Trek thoroughly it looks like.
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Lee
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 12:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Just to reply to “BZ”, up above...

This is Star Trek, dude. A utopian socialist future. There are no “illegal immigrants” to drive your neocon outrage.
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Jan 11, 2020, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

Oh, and Blue alert (!)
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Sleeper Agent
Thu, Jan 9, 2020, 11:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

Thank you Carmen, for putting down my thoughts in such and eloquent way.

Rewatched this yesterday and kept wondering why it had qualified to my list. Apparantly it was that end scene.
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