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Luke
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

Luke: “ I fail to see how that matters.”

Tidd: “ If you wish to talk about Brexit (I don’t, particularly) then - oh, it matters.”

If that isn’t “you can’t talk about it unless you live here and are affected by it”, then I must have missed something.
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Luke
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 2:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

All right. Here's my answer....

Where I live is irrelevant. It doesn't matter what nationality I am. Because as a rational, intelligent, adult Human Being I'm capable of discussing (and having opinions on) Brexit even if I don't live in the UK.

And Tidd apparently agrees with me. Because Tidd, just hours before telling me that I have to live in the UK to discuss Brexit, opined in the TNG: "The High Ground" comments about Israeli/Palestinian politics (by responding to a more than seven-year-old comment about it) even though Tidd does not live there.

So, I'll go back to my original thought.... "Democracy sure is a bitch when people actually have the audacity to disagree with you. Isn’t it?" How about we discuss that instead of moving the goalposts to discuss our nationalities?
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Luke
Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 7:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

So unless something directly affects me personally, I can't talk about it?
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Luke
Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 8:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

What country do you live in?
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Luke
Sun, Aug 1, 2021, 11:21am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I fail to see how that matters.
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Luke
Sat, Jul 31, 2021, 4:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

“ With the Brexit tragedy still fresh in my mind, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that point.”

Democracy sure is a bitch when people actually have the audacity to disagree with you. Isn’t it?
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Luke
Sun, Jun 20, 2021, 11:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Dear God! The nonsensical nature of Ocampan mating/reproduction is like a never-ending pit. Just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, someone uncovers another brick in its wall of absurdity.
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Luke
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 10:31am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

You freely admit that you didn’t even bother to read all the comments? So, in other words, you encountered a few comments that disagreed with your opinions, thought that was unacceptable, and then decided to call some people names and rage-quit.

Nah, I’d say the only one who got his ego bruised here was you.
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Luke
Thu, Jun 10, 2021, 11:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Well Leo…. You sure seem awfully open-minded about the opinions of people who disagree with you.

Good luck to you, sir.
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Luke
Mon, Jun 7, 2021, 3:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Any more? Here’s some....

DC Cinematic Universe - “Justice League”
Jurassic Park - “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
The Terminator - “Terminator Genisys”
Alien - “Prometheus”
Die Hard - “A Good Day to Die Hard”
Post-TOS Star Trek - “Star Trek” (2009)
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Luke
Fri, Apr 30, 2021, 4:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Eh, why not? DS9 established that killing your own clone is still murder after all (just don’t tell Riker or Pulaski).
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Luke
Sun, Apr 11, 2021, 10:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

I would say that this is one of the best Season One episodes. Granted, that isn’t saying much - I would only give it a 5/10 - but still.

I think the problem you noticed with Picard’s age comes from the fact that Picard is actually supposed to be considerably older than Patrick Stewart. Picard, in this episode, is supposed to be 59 or 60 years old. So yeah, “22 years ago” would put him on his late 30s, which doesn’t make much sense. Stewart, however, was only 48 at the time he played a 60 year-old character. “22 years ago” for him would mean he was only 26, which makes more sense. The writers seem to have based that line on the actor’s age instead of the character’s.

As for why Crusher wasn’t used as Picard’s “future” love interest.... that’s because the decree came down from on high (I believe from Roddenberry himself) that the show absolutely could NOT have long-term romantic relationships between main cast members.
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Luke
Thu, Apr 8, 2021, 4:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

WHO-BOY!!!! If Mal’s comments on “The Masterpiece Society” managed to trigger the current landslide in that thread, this is probably going to cause a tsunami.
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Luke
Thu, Apr 1, 2021, 6:51pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

@Frake's Nightmare....

Just curious, but are you being sarcastic or do you think that Trip was in the wrong here?
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Luke
Thu, Apr 1, 2021, 6:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

Since my review was mentioned (even quoted - always a plus, thanks) let me just clarify my thoughts. I'm not saying that such close-minded societies can't exist. Just look at any social media echo chamber for proof that they do.

My problem is with Picard and his, in my opinion, disgusting speech at the end of the episode. In fact, the episode's coda also shows that the Prime Directive is a rather revolting concept (at least in how it is almost universally applied on Trek). He, and the PD, are flat out saying that death is preferable to change. Yes, that core fragment was going to kill these people. What should they have done then? Just sit back and watch as all those people die? I'm sorry, but.... .... no, that is NOT the answer. I mean, I know that is precisely what this crew will later do in TNG: "Homeward" (good grief, they'll even pat themselves on the backs for doing "the moral thing" as watch as millions upon millions of people perish), but that doesn't make it right. If you have the power to help people stave off death itself and choose not to, don't try to hide behind some weak justification like "we don't know what the consequences will be" (I'll tell you EXACTLY what the consequences of inaction would be here - DEATH!) or "oh, but the interference might change their culture" (their culture won't be around to change if they suffer.... what's that word again?.... oh yeah.... DEATH!).

I've quoted this before in discussions of other episodes, but it's worth repeating every time the Prime Directive is used to justify something repulsive like "let's just let people die". From TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"....

SPOCK: Captain, informing these people they're on a ship may be in violation of the Prime Directive of Starfleet Command.
KIRK: No. The people of Yonada may be changed by the knowledge, but it's better than exterminating them.
SPOCK: Logical, Captain.
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Luke
Sat, Mar 27, 2021, 7:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

I’m reminded of a quote from the 1987 movie “Overboard” with Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn. I’m starting to think that because of all the nonsensical lock-downs and Corona restrictions some people around here are.... “so god-damn bored you got to invent things to bitch about”.
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Luke
Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 2:00pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

I don’t think it’s fair to say they were looking through his browser history. It is fair to criticize them for just barging into Barclay’s private holodeck time. Seriously, do these people not know how to knock on a door? Or use a doorbell? They do it every time they want to enter the Ready Room or someone’s quarters.

Or are the writers saying it was okay to just storm in because Riker was upset at Barclay for being late for work? If so, would it be okay for Riker to just push his way into Barclay’s quarters if that is where he happened to be instead? Of course it wouldn’t. On the other hand - seriously Reg, lock the freaking door! Or do the holodeck doors not have locks? If not, why (in the name of God!) don’t they?

That’s what angers me about this set-up. The writers didn’t put much thought into it and so Riker ends up coming across as a bully who disrespects other people’s private lives. But then, it’s not even a problem with just this episode. How many times (in TNG, DS9, and VOY) do people just enter someone else’s holo-program without permission? I can see how other fans find it aggravating.
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Luke
Sat, Mar 20, 2021, 6:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

Well.... at least you’re honest about it.
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Luke
Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 7:35am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

I guess it's also tough for some people to accept that others can enjoy things they don't.

And, just so we're clear on this, I say that as someone who DESPISES this episode.
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Luke
Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 8:05am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

Okay, I think I see now - you wouldn't do it, so nobody should.
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Luke 2
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 6:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Just watched this for the first time, and had to see what the internet thought. As such I've read all the comments here. I (naively? hubristically?) want to try and cut through some of the arguments without the messy sidetracks.

IMO the episode is fascinating - well paced, well acted, well put together. The problem, however, is that well made pro-eugenics propaganda is still propaganda - which, entirely non-hyperbolically, this episode is (albeit unintentionally, I'm certain).

Discussion of the intent of the episode, the prime directive, whether we should always help and so on is interesting, but secondary. The fact is, the science underlying Phlox's arguments is so utterly wrong as to render all his reasoning objectively worthless from the get-go. What ticks it up to abhorrent is that it's quite literally the same misunderstanding of evolution - and subsequent reasoning - that underpins eugenics. I was stunned when the end wasn't Phlox realising how wrong he was, and that the episode furthering unambiguously portrays him as correct. Other Trek episodes are also badly wrong on evolution, but Dear Doctor isn't the harmless pulp they are.

Even if it wasn't fundamentally wrong, Archer had many other options to explore before letting an entire race die. Others in this thread have given many suggestions, from moving the Menk to at least asking Starfleet. The script presents a false dichotomy - which, although unwitting here, is a hallmark of propaganda.

But frankly, it all boils down to this - regardless of any peripheral details. Phlox and Archer decide to let a race go extinct (genocide or not) because of eugenics-adjacent pseudoscience, and the ending encourages us to see that as a tough but ultimately correct call. Hopefully I don't have to argue why that's bad, even irresponsible.
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Luke
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 7:44am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Yes, DS9 does have a darker tone than TOS, TNG, VOY, or ENT. However, there is a difference between a dark tone and nihilism.

Despite DS9's darker tone, it is still undeniably an optimistic view of the future. Nog's attempt to better himself, Kira's struggle to overcome her prejudice against Cardassians, Sisko's gradual acceptance of a new worldview (i.e. the Bajoran faith), Odo's feelings that he must atone for his actions during the Cardassian Occupation, everyone being willing to look past Bashir's illegal genetic enhancements, Quark's slow but eventual embrace of Federation values, and how literally everyone bends over backwards to help O'Brien in "Hard Time" are just a handful of examples.

NuTrek, on the other hand, is not optimistic. It's a nihilistic dystopia for the sake of being a nihilistic dystopia. This is a universe where people are openly bigoted and racist, where people have no problem enslaving Soong-type Androids, where people openly and frequently use the most vulgar language, where a legacy character (Icheb) is viciously murdered for shock value, where Seven of Nine is turned into a blood-thirsty murderer because.... why not?, where numerous characters are either alcoholics or outright drug addicts, where the Federation publicly declares that they get to decide if a species lives or dies, where one of the franchise's most beloved characters (Jean-Luc Picard) is turned into a doddering old fool who constantly has to be humiliated and put in his place and who is always forced to apologize for things he didn't do, and where literally everyone who isn't named Michael Burnham is a blithering idiot who has to have Female Space Jesus tell them what to do (after she has a long cry, of course). I honestly don't see how anyone can argue that this is optimistic in any way.

And if Trek's core tenet is exploration, then let's look at some of the most beloved episodes.... "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Mirror, Mirror", "The Best of Both Worlds", "The Inner Light", "The Visitor", "Duet", "Timeless", "Living Witness", "Similitude", "Twilight". What exploration goes on in those episodes? Not much. They're all either straight-up character dramas or episodes that show a.... wait for it.... optimistic view of the future.

So no, you haven't misread DS9. The only thing you misled was Twitter. Seriously, why would you get into an argument about.... well.... anything on Twitter? There's no why that will end well. LOL!
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Luke
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 7:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

Yeah, because in this wonderful utopia people shouldn't have emotional attachments to things anymore. Right?
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Luke
Fri, Mar 5, 2021, 11:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

“What was the plan here?”

Plan? What’s that? This is VOY.

Joking aside, I don’t think that they wanted the audience to dislike Janeway. Quite the opposite actually. They were convinced that people wouldn’t accept the first female Trek captain if she was criticized in any way.

So.... what? They thought Trek fans were frothing at the mouth sexists? I’ll go out on a limb and say the answer to that is an unqualified “no”. People won’t automatically disrespect a female character if she’s shown as being in the wrong. That’s because women happen to be these things called “Humans” and are therefore just as capable of error as men. Shocking, I know, right?

Yet, because they felt that way but also desperately wanted fans to accept Janeway, they almost NEVER let Janeway be shown as in the wrong. She always had to be right, even when she CLEARLY wasn’t. That’s why Ronald D. Moore had such a short tenure on VOY. He couldn’t stand that there were no consequences for Janeway in the aftermath of her actions in “Equinox, Part II”. It’s also why I hate “Alliances” - Janeway makes exactly the wrong decision and yet gets to pontificate to the audience that obviously she was right all along.

If you ask me, in their fear that their own audience were sexist pigs, they ended being the only sexists in the game.
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Luke
Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 5:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Resurrection

I honestly don’t understand what Anglim was doing with his portrayal of Verdi Bareil. He played him so unbelievably stiffly. It’s weird because he does not play Mirror Bareil that way at all. He’s much more natural and smooth. And I’ve seen the man in other works. He’s not a bad actor.

Did he simply think that when the director said “be calm and serene” that that meant “be robotic”?
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