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Luke
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 4:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

“I respect women....”

Except for, apparently, any one that dares to disagree with you. Is it possible to be any more cliched?
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Luke
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 11:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

“It’s also the first episode I’ve seen that clarifies who Jadzia Dax is.”

Indeed. It establishes that she is Curzon Dax Version 2.0.
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Luke
Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 8:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

It's so crazy how technology changes as I find it funny watching this for the first time in 2020 and then seeing reviews on here from people all saying the pyrotechnics were amazing. I'm like what pyrotechnics? Then realized I guess you mean the space fight at the end which is hardly exciting in 2020! Good episode though but don't think Odo would actually be friends or forgive Garak for torturing him so that's super unrealistic.

What has disappointed me the most though is we end season two with this huge battle with the Dominion where they are this huge imminent threat, and then we are almost at the end of season 3 and they have barely been mentioned. We get the Defiant and also end season 2 like there's going to be a huge war coming through the wormhole in the next few episodes and then there's absolutely nothing people just keep traveling back and forth like there's no threat.

I was really looking forward to seeing a fight with the Dominion all season but actually forgot about it until this episode. I hope season 4 is more exciting than this one.
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Luke
Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 2:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

Ok, let’s then look at it from the perspective of Lal just being Data’s invention and not his child.

If she is not a sentient and sapient being, does that not mean that she is Data’s property? If that’s so, then the question becomes not “why the hell is it any business of Starfleet to remove a child from her parent?” but instead “why the hell is any business of Starfleet to confiscate a man’s property, especially when he has nothing wrong?”.
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LukeM
Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 3:05am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Honor Among Thieves

Nick Tate gives a wonderful performance in this
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Luke
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 4:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

VOY messed all of that up?

I could have sworn it was a TNG movie that did that.
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Luke
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 11:26am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@ctothel

“‘But it is not Star Trek.’

Yawn.”

Also yawn.
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Luke
Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 4:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

“why use a gun in the first place”

Because it looks cool. Works for me. LOL
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Luke
Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

@ Booming

“That’s probably breaking half a dozen laws a of physics.”

I’m pretty sure the transporter itself breaks not just a few dozen of those laws but all of them.
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Luke
Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 11:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

“a dark way to treat your own”?
“lessor forms of algorithms”?

He is a sentient and sapient being. “She” is not. It’s an apples to oranges comparison.
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Luke Fernandes
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

The character assassination continues. On all sides. Before they made Roslin and Adama assholes, now they make Zarek kill the quorum like a school spree shooter. The writers have their fingers on the scales and they want us to believe that Gaeta and Zarek are bad here.

It’s painful watching this show rooting for Gaeta because the writers want us to be somewhat sympathetic to Adama and co., or rather the nepotistic love boat co-presidency which ignores the law when the Roslin/Adama duo think they know best. Gross.

Baltar, who killed billions of people and collaborated with the Cylons on New Caprica, is alive while Gaeta is dead? This season is full of suckage.
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Luke
Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sine Qua Non

Romo comes off as an annoying 'asshole fast talking lawyer' walking cliche. The fake accent is pretty distracting too.

I 100% agree with the character assassination point. Why has Adama been turned into a jerk?
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LukeM
Sat, Apr 18, 2020, 2:13am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Dramatis Personae

Odo moves open cargo bay door: "Everybody grab onto something secure!"

Entire command staff of DS9 grab onto the flimsiest, least secure boxes in the Star Trek universe.
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Luke M
Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 4:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Forget the mud bath, what the hell was that bit about Picard and Co staying on the bridge with no oxygen? "Oh hey Data, we might pass out but just... you know... keep going." It's like zero tension for something that's quite serious!
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Luke M
Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 3:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I had never seen "Cost of Living" before today and I can kind of tell that in context of what people generally like about TNG, this episode could be considered below par.

But... I think I enjoyed it? I don't know why? TNG has this thing that no other Star Trek series has: a touch of The Love Boat (a terrible, cheesy show from the early 80s) and it's on display here. I think it is kind of integral to the aesthetic of TNG and one of its unique features so I have learned to love it. Maybe the later Star Treks needed it? Stuff like Voyager, Enterprise and Discovery definitely seem to be missing something, maybe the cheese factor is it.

I mean, you tune in for Picard vs the Borg at warp 9 and you get Laxwana Troi teaming up with Alexander Worf. And then they go to some weird 1960s commune. It's so kooky that I was kind of digging it. The silent head in a bubble, the two people arguing, the juggler who eats his balls ... it was nightmarish but perhaps in the 24th century that's the entertainment people need to keep sane. Who knows?

Often the "monster of the week" is boring but even by TNG standards, the metal termites are so half-hearted I genuinely laughed when they first appeared in the corridor behind Picard and Riker to a sinister stab of music. Gasp! Some glitter! Kind of moving! It's a threat! We promise! It was a relief not to have to take it seriously for once. I felt liberated.

I was also struck at how amazing Laxwana's costumes were in this ep (except the first wedding dress) but then reading afterwards was still surprised to see this episode, THIS episode, won two emmys, one for costumes. Technically it's one of the most critically successful episodes of all Star Trek of all time. OF ALL TIME.

And come on, Troi in the mud bath with her gigantic wedding do? It's one of the great little character moments in her entire run. Yeah, Deanna knows how to party.
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Luke M
Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 1:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

Wil Wheaton does great work in this episode. Yes Patrick Stewart as Picard is at his thunderous best but it evokes real emotion because you feel Crusher wilting under it all and that's all from Wheaton.

Wesley's turmoil in this episode is so well drawn and when he says "I can't call Captain Picard a liar!" the whole weight of the history of the show and those two characters comes into play on that one line. Excellent.
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Luke M
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 8:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Best bit of the episode hands down is Picard's reaction when they accidentally kill the parent. His face barely moves but it's pure desolation.
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Luke M
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 7:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

There's definitely some self awareness from the writers, since they take the "every time you touch the engines you're touching me" ending from Booby Trap and re-contextualise it here, taking a seemingly bittersweet romantic moment from that ep and showing it to be creepy af.

But then not quite enough self awareness to accept that Geordi needed to back off! His speech about how he's tried to be courteous and was only offering friendship (he clearly wasn't!) is one of the few dud characters notes in my rewatch so far. Brahms even makes to leave and Geordi moves in front of her saying "no no no no" in a kind of threatening manner. From Brahms perspective it's a dangerous situation! She knows nothing about this guy and now he's snapped.

Definitely not Geordi's finest moment. The show is kind of salvageable in that it doesn't appear to endorse his behaviour... until the end when Brahms apologies to him!!

It's been 30 years since it was made, a few elements are going to start creaking and this is one of them.
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Luke
Wed, Dec 25, 2019, 4:59am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

Virtuoso is a golden episode of Voyager and I'm happy to defend it. It has a cute scifi premise and a well realised alien race. The emotional journey the Doctor goes through is very strong for an ep of Star Trek with lots of local peaks. The argument with Janeway is intense. I like the farewell scene with a Seven. The moment the Doctor realises Tincoo not only can not love him like he wants but also never understood the beauty of music at all, is ace.

People say Tincoo is poorly acted?!? I completely disagree. When the Doctor pleads with her to understand that she is hearing his artistry and his soul, the way she ghoulishly replies "I've duplicated that too" is a perfect scifi moment. She is truly alien in this show and it's great.

Then we have the final performance of the Doctor, where he channels the pain from his foolishness and humiliation into his art, an epic case of "show don't tell" which drama often fails at, giving the best performance of his life to a disinterested audience. Pathos, man. Song choice is excellent. Then the episode ends with a tidy scene about Seven's fan letter. This episode has genuine emotional heft. I really love it.

Finally the episode is funny. The aliens are so smug but deservedly so, the Doctor is hilariously quick to burn bridges with his long suffering comrades, and the duet he sings with himself is laugh-out-loud.

I really rate this one very highly.
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Luke
Tue, Nov 19, 2019, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

A reference to the Eugenics Wars would indeed have been nice. But, this isn't the first time VOY has done a story set in the 1990s and completely ignored the Eugenics Wars.

As for World War III - that didn't happen until the mid-21st century. This story is set at least 40 years before. And First Contact with the Vulcans didn't happen until 2063.
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Luke
Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 6:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

William B....

No. That isn’t established until Weyoun returns in “Ties of Blood and Water”.
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Luke
Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 9:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

So, nobody wants to do away with innocent until proven guilty but we should still just believe someone who (like Seven) claims to be a victim without any evidence.

Methinks there’s a contradiction there somewhere. Or does that make me a misogynistic Incel?
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Luke
Sun, Sep 22, 2019, 2:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

While I think "Treachery, Faith and the Great River" is a slightly better episode overall, this is definitely my favorite Aron Eisenberg performance as well.

RIP Mr. Eisenberg. You were one of the best characters on the best Star Trek series. You navigated the waters of the Great Material Continuum, avoiding the shoals of bankruptcy and seeking the strong winds of prosperity, and you did it well. Enjoy your new life in the Divine Treasury, because we all know the Celestial Auctioneers accepted your bribe, good sir.

Godspeed!
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Luke
Thu, Sep 5, 2019, 2:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

Does anybody remember (it was about two and a half years ago now) when I complained in the comments for ENT: "Bounty" about a certain sub-section of Trek fans and their obsessive, neo-Puritan disdain for sexuality (especially female sexuality) and titillation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et52K3VOFQ4
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Luke
Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

In Will's defense, at least he didn't kill Tom in cold blood like he did with another duplicate William T. Riker.
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