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Wed, Jun 23, 2021, 2:22am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Taking a Break from All Your Worries

I'd forgotten just how mediocre this middle part of season three (really, most of the season) became.

I seriously don't give a toss about Lee/Kara/Anders/Dualla's love relationship woes. I just don't particularly like or care enough about any of these characters. I cared about Odo and Kira, but I just don't find anything appealing or interesting about these characters. Lee and Anders just seem like interchangeable photogenic jocks to me. Get them in a scene where there isn't some context to clue me in, and I literally mistake one for the other. Kara has just become an unbearable bitch, and whereas I have nothing against Dualla, I don't particularly care about her either.

Roslin, after proving that she could literally go half a season without raising her voice above a whisper, has recently gone to the other extreme of deafening shouting.

This is my third time through BSG, and I seem to recall that it picks up toward the end of this season - perhaps it was getting Baltar off the Basestar - but whatever did it, I'm getting a bit impatient for it to arrive.
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Sun, May 16, 2021, 8:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

Wrote a glowing review of this ep four years ago. Reading what's been written since:

@The_ Man - I can't see an iota of racism in JD's criticism of Montgomery's acting. Unless you're referring to something he said in a different review, it's a ridiculous allegation to make.
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Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 4:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Think Tank

Kurros should have been played by Newman.
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Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 8:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

These Ferengi are going to be particularly bummed if they do get back to the Alpha Quadrant just in time to see Rom become Grand Nagus.
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Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 1:49am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

It used not to bother me, but over time I've gradually become squicked by scenes where a Ferengi gets a woman to mastur.. I mean manipulate his ears - especially in front of other family members.
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Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 11:09pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Icheb’s scene was devastating...
When Seven said “my child” I remembered of the episode Drone and “you are hurting me”.. that really got me.

I enjoyed the episode, for me having Steward and Ryan sharing scenes is ST bliss. I’ve seen Ryan in many other roles, she good but never as good as when she plays Seven. She is amazing as Seven, for me better acting in the Star Trek universe, only coming second after Sir Pat.

I do not find Seven’s “evolution” out of character, she is constantly a “work in progress”. In kind of a funny way it makes sense that life as a docile drone would make Seven yearn for a life with more thrill. The whole episode made me wishing for a Seven spin off now.. At least I hope we will see her again in the series.

- Did anyone caught when Seven took something Rios left in a console?
- I loved the mention of Quark!!!
- Poor Icheb... damn...
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Tue, Dec 17, 2019, 3:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: Exile

I already reviewed this nearly three years ago, and don't have much to add on my third trip through this series . I still feel that at this point of the season, with I think four meh episodes in a row they'd squandered the goodwill generated by the season concept, and the excellent 'Anomaly'. At least the next episode was a substantial improvement.

But, this time as soon as I saw Tarquin I was certain it was the same actor who played Laas, the Changeling who tries to talk Odo into abandoning DS9 in 'Chimera'. I would probably still believe this had I not bothered to check.
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Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 8:19am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

I'm with those for whom this episode foundered on some awful incongruities. Probably the biggest being Starfleet putting EMH's to manual labour that is both outrageous and anachronistic. I found it jarring in 'Life Line' when Zimmerman reveals that EMH I's are all being forced to scrub plasma conduits. It might have been written off as a sarcastic exaggeration if they'd left it at that, but the idea that The Federation would consign even possibly sentient beings to swinging picks in 19th Century style mines is beyond the pale (not to mention being, one would assume, difficult to even organize).

Also, I couldn't help wonder if the idea of a traditional style literary publisher is even remotely likely in the 24th Century. And even if it were, this ep was released in 2001, when the idea of recalling every 'copy' of some digital software was already a silly notion. Even if we were still in the CD /DVD era, everybody knew that once the digital cats were out of the bag it would be farcical to go trying to round them up (for context, this was the year after Metallica took legal action against Napster).

But the Doc's holonovel is still treated like some physical artifact that can be retrieved. The only critique of the effectiveness of recalling the copies is that thousands of people must already have seen them - not that there would be copies of copies everywhere, and the idea of a digital original versus a copy is meaningless.

Nevertheless I can't say the episode wasn't enjoyable or well-paced; just that the bits that worked were mostly the more comedic moments.

I rated this 2.5, but then I saw the following 'Friendship One' and rated it at 2.0. Friendship One is far inferior to this. I can't decide if I'm being too kind to it, or too harsh to this. Or both.
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Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 2:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

There's something bittersweet about an episode as good as this, so close to the end of Voyager's run. Voyager has done this over and again; after squandering its premise, neglecting many of its characters, and serving up so many enjoyable but ultimately unremarkable episodes it tosses in something like this. Not a new development. It's pretty much managed an excellent or even great episode at least once per season, but what makes this one especially refreshing (and frustrating) is that for once it's an ensemble piece. All the characters put in, and nobody really gets overused. It just makes you wish they could have managed this more often over the past seven years.

I don't really have much to add to what's been said, except for one obligatory nitpick. Actually it's a pretty big one, really. If it requires frequently administered injections at the plant to supress everyone's memories, how come Tom remains oblivious after being fired the first day and drifting til he gets a job in a bar?

Well, anyway, lots of fun. And for once in a ST two-parter, the second half wasn't a significant letdown.
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Fri, Nov 29, 2019, 4:15am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Sixth Season Recap

"And, of course, there's blatant disregard of basic elements of the series like in "Ashes to Ashes" or "Fury," which seem to make the Delta Quadrant the size of your average backyard, where ships can travel 40 or 50 thousand light-years in six months"

Not really what you were talking about, but the whole idea of the galaxy having 'quadrants' which are necessarily vast distances away from one another is rather silly. I recently saw a ST representation of the galactic quadrants, and it was essentially what I'd expected: a two-dimensional map of the galaxy divided into quadrants by two intersecting lines. Sol sits exactly on the latitudinal 'north-south' line, about halfway below the 'equator'. Kazon space, where Voyager started out, is also relatively close to the center line, but about halfway 'north'.

The 70,000 light years is mostly a function of the latitudinal distance. Voyager could actually have been thrown even further from home by being thrown toward the 'western' longtitudinal edge of the Alpha Quadrant.

In fact, wherever it is that the latitudinal and longitudinal arms of the quadrant intersect there must be a place where, if you got on all fours, you could stand with one foot or hand in the Alpha, Delta, Beta and Gamma quadrants at the same time. Surely someone must have done a cartoon of this.

Incidentally, the Galactic Quadrant map reminds me of the Political Compass. If we were to superimpose the former on the latter, The Borg and the Kazon would be right-leaning authoritarians, The Cardassians would be socialist libertarians, and The Dominion would be leaning towards authoritarian communism.

The Federation (or at least Earth) would be Centrists with liberal-leaning social policies.

I'm going to go wash up now.

So whereas I'm happy to go along with Voyager being 70,000 light years away from home, this isn't simply because it was hurled into the Delta, or any particular quadrant.
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Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 7:15pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

Harry: I tried to get Lindsay back to Voyager, but she was already dead. I buried her
in space.

What? Was she going off and stinking up the shuttle? You didn't have some means of putting her in stasis, or behind a force-field in an airtight or refrigerated state or any number of other possibilities that would have allowed her a normal funeral back on Voyager (which Janeway seems to imply is what happened near the end of the episode)?

The writing for this episode just seemed atrociously sloppy. I lost count of the number of silly moments in the script. I genuinely enjoyed Spirit Folk' more (and I wasn't exactly crazy about tha5 one either) but It wasn't pitched as serious SF, and this was.
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Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 7:20pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

Voyager had improved significantly at this point in its run. It may never hold a place in my heart like DS9 but 'Latent Image' and to a lesser extent last week's 'Counterpoint' are worthy episodes that provide a satisfying back-to-back viewing experience on this umpteenth rewatch. Something that was rare in a single episode from seasons 1 - 3. Yes, the over-reliance on three key characters is a major problem (Janeway, Seven and The Doctor remind me of Kirk, Spock and McCoy carrying the whole series in the las season of TOS), but nevertheless the last season and a half has been such an improvement in general. My memory insists this wears thin eventually and seasons six and seven sag in comparison, but considering how much I generally deride Voyager, at this point in season five I'm enjoying it more than I'd expected to on this latest visit.

FWIW I think the young Jammer was a little stingy with this one. I'd definitely give it a solid 3.5. Next week we're back to whocaresville with Chaotica , but I've been pleasantly surprised that a show of which I have so middling an opinion has been so frequently enjoyable over the past thirty-odd episodes.
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Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 5:15am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: One

The Doctor to Seven, during one of increasingly terse exchanges:

"Between impulse and action, there is a world of good taste begging for your acquaintance."

God, that's a delicious use of language. The sort of line 'Deadwood' might have produced half a dozen times per episode, but most TV never manages at all.
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Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 12:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

@Rahul - what does his being or not being a socialist have to do with anything? No, don't answer ; I don't want to dwell on this Elliot business. @ Doug Willis - why did you have to invite people to discuss Elliot in a thread which he hadn't posted to for eight years?

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Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 1:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

From Encyclopaedia of Galactic Expressions

"Computer, halt turbolift!"

- used when one party feels a conversation has suddenly entered disconcerting new territory. A more archaic version may have been "Time out"'.


Honestly, this time around I can tell when 'computer, half turbolift' is coming - whenever two people walk into a turbolift having a conversation, and it goes to a two-shot of them continuing the conversation inside the lift. It never fails.
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Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 2:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

I like Vic Fontaine, and I like this episode.

But by my count, of the last 12 episodes, only 2 contained material which meaningfully advanced the Dominian War arc ('Treachery..', where we learn that a disease has infected the Great Link, and 'Covenant', where Dukat's agenda is incrementally advanced)

And then we rush into the last third of the season like our lives depend on it.
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Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 3:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

It's just not obvious to me that there was any need to replace Jadzia. With her departure the show had the same number of lead characters as in the first three seasons, and it managed ine then (and this was also before Rom, Kassidy, to an to an extent Garak, and various other supporting characters had become significant players). We just had Vic Fontaine added at the end of season 6, did we really need the show, in its crucial final season, to dick about trying to establish a new major character?

Oh, well. I don't particularly dislike Ezri - except insofar as I'm just not very invested in the whole Trill thing. I generally found Jadzia's early Trillcentric episodes rather boring, though she did grow in stature as a character later - it's just that it's frustrating to watch the series frittering episodes on this sort of thing just when you're dying to get back to the main story arc.

For that matter, the baseball game episode tossed into this three-episode hiatus was questionable timing. It's not like we really needed a break from anything by that stage.

Not a bad episode all the same; just question the need for this character to exist in the first place.
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Wed, Jul 31, 2019, 10:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Behind the Lines

@Yanks 'I never thought the "great link" meant sex.'

It may not MEAN sex, but IMO the linking between the female Shapeshifter and Odo has to be supposed to make us think of intimacy in a way that suggests sexual pleasure. She even asks him "do you want me to stop?" as she's 'seducing' him.

Really strong episode. I'd give it 3.5*, and it doesn't fall short of 4* because of any particular thing it did wrong.
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Fri, Jul 5, 2019, 2:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Starship Down


" I wondered if Hanok was played by Rene Auberjonois"

I was just about convinced it was Rene. The posture, facial mannerisms, tone of voice seemed spot-on. I even thought the final scene where Hanok winks at Odo was an acknowledgement of that. I think Cromwell is even lankier than Auberjonois; that's about all that seemed wrong.
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Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 8:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I also wish you comfort and any good memories you can forge together in this hard time.
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Thu, Jun 20, 2019, 6:32am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Oh, my giddy aunt - the Skye Boat song!

I was actually looking up the origin of that expression (giddy aunt), and the first page I landed on had a photo of Patrick Troughton as the Second Dr Who, playing his recorder. Troughton was still the Doctor when I first saw Dr Who, so I should have remembered this...

So the flute has tassles hanging off it, just like Picard's flute...

I can't be the first person who's noticed this - but amazingly I didn't find any webpages making a connection between ST, Picard, Dr Who, Troughton, flutes and/or recorders.

So I was going to suggest you search for images of 'troughton' and 'recorder' - but nevermind, because THIS came up straight away

and nobody even made the connection even on that page!
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Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 7:46am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

The reveal at the end of 'Whispers' has no doubt been done before - it feels a particularly good fit for SF - but this episode preceded it's famous deployment a few years later in 'The Sixth Sense' (and then 'The Others'). I'm sure Philip K dick used it too, though OTTOMH can't remember in what.

In any case a great episode, and I found the clone's death tragic and disturbing (and the idiot alien who shot him didn't even get a raised eyebrow)
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Fri, May 31, 2019, 3:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

Was just watching the 'Dave I'm Losing My Mind' scene from 2001, and realised that isolinear chips were invented in 1968
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Thu, May 23, 2019, 7:36pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

I'm a bit confused as to how O'brien 's actions constitute trampling all over the Prime Directive. I realise it can be a rather rubbery concept, but it is generally invoked when dealing with pre-warp civilisations (e.g. Starfleet Captains are prepared to let pre-warp civilisations go extinct rather than lift a finger, but will gladly shove asteroids out of the way if a warp-capable society is involved). In the case of a warp-capable civilisation the PD does get invoked in certain situations, such as not taking sides in the Klingon Civil War, but I'm doubtful that O’Brien's interference in The Hunt could possibly be construed as anything close to that.

Well, anyway, other than it bringing back memories of those boring Hirogen episodes of Voyager, which of course were years away, I enjoyed this ep, as I have all the DS9 eps so far. Season 1 may not be up to the high standard the show would achieve later, but with the minor exception of Rom, the show hit the ground running.
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Mon, May 6, 2019, 8:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Phantasms

Geordi's discomfort with the fawning attention of Ensign Tyler could probably just be considered as part of a nebulous b-plot which in this episode includes anything not directly to do with Data's dreams. Also it turns out to have some ironic purpose when he ends up grateful to her for saving him from Picard's annoying him ("Good work, Ensign. I thought he'd never leave.").
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