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Elizabeth
Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

This episode is a gem for one reason and one reason only: the way Riker has no idea how to interact with the dog and ends up awkwardly clobbering the poor thing’s muzzle every time he tries to show it affection. It gets worse each time he does it and everyone just continues on with a straight face as if he didn’t just do an extremely strange thing to a dog; it’s hilarious.
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Elizabeth
Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

It seems that I am coming to this from a different point of view than most: I watched all of TOS a few years ago, but had never seen TNG before a couple of months ago. I started with season 3 because of all the warnings about the first two seasons. I decided to watch this episode — my very first from season 1 — after watching season 4’s “In Theory” (which I did not like) and hearing that Data’s character had originally been played as far more human, a possibility that made questions about his personhood seem more interesting to me.

As someone who watches the show mostly for the hypotheticals/moral dilemmas and not so much for character drama, I expected to hate this episode, but I actually rather liked it. A smiling, biologically vulnerable, and perhaps quietly emotional Data who is so tantalizingly close-but-not-quite-there in human terms is more interesting to me than the Data at the conclusion of “In Theory,” where the writers seem to definitely proclaim that Data is merely a computer we love to anthropomorphize (it is also annoyingly inconsistent with his behavior in other episodes). On top of that, this was my first introduction to Tasha Yar who seems like someone with an interesting background who I would’ve liked to get to know better — with her tough exterior and vulnerable inside she’s far more interesting than either Troi or Crusher. Her seeking out Data reads more genuine and compelling than the random coupling we see in “In Theory” — imagine we’d had a storyline about Tasha’s mixed feelings about having, well, _feelings_ for a robot, and how much more that could have propelled Data’s story too, instead of the rather limp one-off we get in “In Theory.” It seems clear that originally the writers were envisioning a long-term storyline as with Troi/Riker and Crusher/Picard and I think that could have been more fun to watch than either of those two couples.

I’m glad the show ultimately moved away from Geordi’s eyesight being a source of consternation for him though — I always thought it was nice how his eyesight is a non-issue for most of the series, with neither Geordi nor others making much of a big deal about it. Geordi is just Geordi: excellent engineer, endearingly unlucky in love, and all around nice guy. We are aware he is blind, and it’s not hidden from us or without its challenges, but that’s not the most prominent or deepest part of his character.

Riker gets a nice turn to shine here — his ability to keep in control after being infected is both a comment on his strength of character and on how different he is from his colleagues: he seems to be the only member of the crew who’s not really hiding anything and who wears his heart on his sleeve. His relative sobriety is perhaps also a tacit indication about how “out of control” everyone else really is. The contagion is repeatedly compared to a state like drunkenness, and it’s not altogether uncommon for genuine drunkenness to also provide a cover for knowingly engaging in behavior that will later be excused. Picard, Crusher, and Troi may be inebriated, but whatever logical part of them that’s left (and there is some since Crusher, for example, manages to concoct a cure, etc) also knows that they can say or do anything while infected and it won’t “count” against them later.

Most of the other characters (Crusher, Troi, Worf) are surprisingly consistent with their later characterizations given what I’d heard about the unevenness of season 1. The only person who comes off a bit more poorly in this episode is actually Picard, who, whether he’s dislikes children or not, seems too genuinely flustered by Wesley, and without the calm and cool so familiar in later seasons. I’ve never understood the Wesley hate, so his prominent presence in the episode is not a problem for me either.

All the complaints about cringe-inducing dialogue detailed in other comments certainly stand, though. I couldn’t watch Crusher’s horribly on-the-nose comments about Picard being attractive complete with the cliched unzipping of the top of her uniform without some definite squirming. But because I already knew the characters far better by the time I got around to this episode than I think most viewers did when they first viewed it, the episode overall mostly played for me the way it was supposed to: a fun way to watch the crew let their hair down.
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Elizabeth
Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Trials and Tribble-ations

Love this episode, but noticed something in the comments from the posters Mad and Paul Allen. Of course you're so concerned about *slut shaming*, or maybe you get your rocks off on the idea of sexed women unrealistically drooling over men. As a feminist, let me let you in on a secret, there is no such thing as female sexual liberation in capitalist society, it's a way that men reframe treating us like pieces of meat, sexual objects, by pretending that it is liberating instead of humiliating, and it's a lie that many women convince themselves of to cope with the constant degradation of being viewed sexually by men.
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Elizabeth
Sun, May 13, 2018, 3:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

I agree with the decision to return Rugal to his biological father. He needs to spend time with his bio father before he can make a fair decision about who he prefers. In a few years, he will be old enough to leave the bio father again if he chooses.
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warp10lizard
Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

@Jasper

At least Quark came out on top in the end!

...I'll show myself out.
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warp10lizard
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 5:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

“Quite simple: The Orville is the new Star Trek. Discovery is one dark grim one person mess.”

Some of us don’t like The Orville and could do without the viral marketing popping into our Trek discussions.
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warp10lizard
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 8:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

Funny thing is, we still don’t know what happened to Prime Lorca...
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warp10lizard
Sun, Jan 21, 2018, 9:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

“It's way too woo woo for Trek to have me believe this is Culber's ‘soul.’”

It’s like Guinan visiting Picard in the Nexus from Generations.
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Warp10Lizard
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 1:25am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

Just to be clear, my last post was NOT directed at you Jammer. Just some other people on this board. (I really wish we could edit posts here...)
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Warp10Lizard
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 1:24am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

I'm sure it's been said by others, but it can't hurt to hear it once more:

JANEWAY, TORRES AND TUVOK WERE NOT REALLY ASSIMILATED.

That is why they didn't have the psychological damage that Picard and Seven of Nine had. Janeway DISGUISED as a drone; she never had her mind stripped away and she wasn't forced to commit horrible acts.
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Warp 10 Lizard
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 11:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

EDIT: "Deep Space Nine's" episode "Children of Time" addresses EXACTLY the issue I talked about in my last post. Not sure how I forgot that, since I vented extensively on this very site about that episode....

In any case, thanks again for these interesting reviews, and allowing doofs like me to blab our two cents in the comments section.
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Warp10Lizard
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 11:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

This is one of my favorite episodes, and I say this as someone who considers Kes my least favorite character. It's just such a fascinating, and in many ways horrifying episode.

While I'm beyond relieved that B'Elanna, and by extension Paris/Torres, was saved by the end of this episode, I'm surprised that NO ONE seems to ever comment on the fact that Linnis and Andrew were completely erased from history. Don't get me wrong, I'd sacrifice those bland two for Miral, Seven, the Borglets, and the billions Janeway saved from the Borg in "Endgame;" but even so, it's still horrifying to see two individual people rewound to babies, then to not being born, then to never going to be born, ever.

This is one aspect of time travel in "Star Trek" that the franchise almost never addresses; "Year of Hell" seemed to be the only episode that actually dealt with the issue of real people being erased from history. So did Kes hold a private memorial for Linnis and Andrew, or just think of them like characters from a strange dream? What happens when a time-traveler's children are erased from history?
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warp10lizard
Thu, Dec 21, 2017, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

@NCC-1701-Z

'Somewhere in the Star Trek universe, Shinzon is watching the Resistance leadership make one incompetent move after another and going "These morons can't strategize their way out of a paper bag."'

Are you implying that Shinzon survived, traveled back in time and traveled to a galaxy far, far away to watch the events of this movie? I mean Q I could believe, but...
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Threshold Lizard Man
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 7:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

Was it Q?
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warp10lizard
Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

How does one eatchbthis an episode, anyway? It sounds painful!
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Warp10Lizard
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

Disclaimer: you are all entitled to your opinions, and I'm super grateful to you Jammer, for posting these reviews with comments sections where we can voice our own opinions.

That said, I'm a sad to once again be all alone in being extremely disappointed in an episode, and wondering what in Q's name everyone else sees in this episode, and in Verad.

I found Verad's performance extremely annoying at best, never mind un-convincing. Granted, I generally cannot stand people who smile nonstop even when speaking, and between speaking just stand there with their mouths half-opened in a smile with staring at you bug-eyed and unblinking, so I'd loath Verad even if he were a real person. IRL I literally cannot look people like that in the eye.
(I abhor Michael Eddington for the same reason.) In any case, Verad 100% failed to gain any sympathy from me. Same goes for his generic girlfriend.

And the episode overall was nothing but a giant failed opportunity, arguably one of the biggest in all of "Star Trek." This episode should have shown us what Dax and Jadzia are like when separated from each other, and how each contributes to the personality of the Jadzia Dax we know. Instead, the entire separation was treated as nothing more than a plot device. We see no hint at all that Dax changed Verad other than Verad no longer stammering as much, mentioning some random memories and calling Sisko "Benjamin." 90% of the "change" is just conveyed through Sisko telling us over and over, "He's changed! He's different! His girlfriend can sense it, with her, like, woman sneses or something. We won't show you, but trust us, Verad is different!"

And Jadzia just being unconscious the entire episode....wow. It's like the writers were absolutely determined not to develop Jadzia at all throughout all of her six seasons. I love Jadzia Dax, she's a fun character; but her entire character is just Dax. We learn virtually nothing at all about Jadzia, and what makes her different than any of the other hosts. Some have said that Ezri Dax was developed vastly more in one season than Jadzia was in six, and it's sadly true. I love both Daxes, but objectively, Ezri is a vastly superior character (in B4 Ezri haters) and this episode is a highlight as to why.
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Warp10Lizard
Thu, Oct 19, 2017, 8:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chrysalis

This was one of the fisrt DS9 episodes I ever saw as a kid. Part of me found it really boring, but at the same time, even as a kid, I really appreciated how the episode ended with Sarina clearly stating "I don't know what love is" (yet). The only bigger cliche than "love interest of the week" for a TV show is "instalove with someone who barely understands human interactions yet but somehow has no trouble picking out their soul mate in the span of one adventure." I liked how this ended realistically, and taught Bashir a lesson about his selfish romantic advances on a woman who wasn't ready for them.

My 11-or-whatever-year-old-self also enjoyed the "save the universe! We only have thirty trillion years!" bit and the "that's a stupid question!" gag.

And on a completely unrlated note, are there any other Channel Awesome fans here who think Jack reminds them uncannily of the Cinema Snob?
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Warp10Lizard
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 4:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

Entertaining episode to be sure, but the attempt at social commentary is ruined by the lack of balls.

I get that a family show won't go into details about certain things, but for a setting that was supposed to be so dark and chaotic, it was so G-rated it was ridiculous. I'm not saying the Sanctuary looked like fun, but for something that was supposed to be one of Earth's most "depressing" periods of history, the people living there seemed more disgruntled and irritated than desperate, impoverished and living in chaos. And don't even get me started on the language. I don't expect F-boms or the N-word on "Star Trek," but for god's sake, "New boy?" "Losers?" Is this really a sci-fi dystopia, or an episode of "Hey Arnold!" ?

It's also really wall-banging how close into the future they set the Bell Riots. (2024 is only seven years from now, and even when this aired the writers knew how close it was; Dax's friend mentions being in high school "in the '90s" for Q's sake). I give the Original Series a pass for making "future history" in the 1990s, because they had no idea what a long-lasting phenomenon "Star Trek" would become. But by DS9 the writers should have known better than to set this episode in a year where their own kids, if not also themselves, would still be watching "Star Trek."

Overall I put this episode in the same category as "Voyager's" "Equinox;" great episode in all ways except the plot.
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warp10lizard
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 9:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

That is, TNG 2.0. Sorry, lizard fingers.
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warp10lizard
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 9:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

@Jason R.

Don't forget all those follow up cameos Picard makes. This may as well be DS9 2.0.
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Warp10Lizard
Sat, Mar 4, 2017, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: All Too Human

I've just discovered "Andromeda" and just watched this episode. It's one of the best episodes of this show so far, though admittedly that's not saying much.
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Warp10Lizard
Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

This episode was shown to prisoners at Guatanamo Bay, but then Obama outlawed torture.
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Warp10Lizard
Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Wow. I just....wow. If you love this episode that's fine, it wasn't awful, I'm just.....kind of stunned so many people love it.

To be it was very typical "Star Trek" cliched plot, specifically a kind I'd expect from TNG, but not DS9. As someone else mentioned, the entire ending is given away as soon as you learn where these colonists came from.

The emotional and moral dilemma the characters were supposedly stuck in had no effect on me, because the descendents were such flat, bland characters. Yedrin and all the colonists were played just like any bland colonists-of-the-week. And the "Klingons" just seemed bored, like their actors had no interest in playing Klingons and would rather be anywhere but here. The episode tries to make us care about the colonists with painfully cliched interactions with cute kids, but that doesn't do it.

The episode kept asking us if we'd be okay sacrificing Kira and dooming Sisko, Odo, Miles, Worf, Jadzia and god knows how many Dax hosts to a life of imprisonment on this planet and never seeing Jake, Molly, Keiko, Kirayoshi, Alexander, or any of their families or friends again, not to mention how their absence would affect the Dominion War.....in exchange for these cardboard cutouts who feel like "descendants" of these characters we love in name only (literally).

No.

If I'm going to care about a character the show has to do more than have the ones I already like verbally pummeling me over and over with "But these people! The children! Look how happy they are, planting and stuff!"

This episode seemed like an already cliched idea for "Star Trek" presented in the most effortless way possible.
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Elizabeth
Mon, Dec 30, 2013, 5:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

I didn't mind watching the episode, there were a few entertaining moments. However, I couldn't get past the fact that the aliens are identical to humans. And the reset button is really annoying! I remember as a little girl, watching 'Dallas' with my parents (apparently they thought that was appropriate viewing for an 8yo) and seeing the scene where JR's death was all a dream. I thought it was the laziest plot twist ever and that the writers should be fired. Lame!
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Elizabeth Palladino
Sat, Jul 20, 2013, 9:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

I agree with Josh. I'm in healthcare, too, and the staff in crisis mode was very realistic. The gallows humor may have bothered Jake, but healthcare workers do use that kind of joking to defuse tension. We wouldn't do it in front of the patients or family, of course. In terms of the rating, I'm watching DS9 in order, season by season--I've never seen it before--and I would also give this episode four stars.
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