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M.P.
Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 7:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Crossroads, Part 2

After reading some of these comments I have to wonder why some of these people even watched BSG and if they were paying attention. Criticism of a show is fine, expected, probably even mandatory if you love it; but if you hate it and find nothing you enjoy then why bother? Just watch something else at that point. And I continue to see people somehow unaware that mythology/God/ect. was a part of the show all the way back to the miniseries, let alone after.

Oh Michael. A lawyer, eh? You were military a season or two ago. Hm.

Anyway, I greatly enjoyed the mythology and mysteries of the show. Probably because I watched it when it was airing. I was not satisfied with how it concluded and it pissed me off beyond imagining but I can still appreciate it through and through.
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M.P.
Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 11:55am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Taking a Break from All Your Worries

As was indicated and is show by future episodes, Baltar didn't actually confess anything in this episode. Without the knowledge the audience has nothing he says actually reveals anything. The most damming line, "Conspiracy requires intent," can be easily explained as, from the perspective of the other characters, him saying he didn't have anything to do with it because he'd never want their destruction.
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M.P.
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 11:35am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Maelstrom

@Jack D

I completely agree. I mean, all the way back to the miniseries the show was talking about God and his plan for humanity. While that certainly became more and more of a forefront that fit the show's overall plot not to mention storytelling. I mean, just how many episodes can we have about the fleet needing basic supplies? They did water, fuel, metal, food; do you really want Season 4: The Fleet Harvests Space Trees for Toilet Paper?

An earlier comment argued that God's hand was showing more here; but in all honestly wouldn't that apply to everything? The fleet magically comes across water, a Cylon base with fuel, Kobol, New Caprica, ect.

It might not even be God-god by the way. You can always choose to interpret it as a Ship of Lights or AI Singularity or Ascended future humanity absent the 4th dimension or whatever. The last scene of the series somewhat supports this view.

I also agree with your opinion of the Free Will God. It did seem to be growing more interventionist as time went on, however. Shutting down the whole fleet in the nebula, resurrecting people, ect. Maybe it's grown tired of the cycle and wants it broken and is pushing the limits of its power. Maybe it's like a genie, it can bend space and time but not free will.

I say all of this as an atheist by the way who has a rather negative opinion of religion. So I don't have any personal bias in my support here.
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M.P.
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 8:24am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Downloaded

I will fully admit I wrote my half-baked diatribe @Michael up there uninformed. I was seriously convinced he was a troll, but as I've been running through the series and reading more of his stuff I can see he's not. And for that false accusation I apologize to him. I think I also got a bit too heated at reading his stuff. There's too much confusion. ;)
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M.P.
Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Exodus, Part 2

Unlike Star Trek and their "perpetually shampoo'd carpets" this episode is the beginning of where the Galactica began to show it's damage. Compare the ship from before this to after. Writers reported that the CIC was designated the official smoke lounge and the VFX guys kept track of every missile impact over the show and kept an appropriate scorch mark. Throw in some burn from the atmospheric jump and you get the dark, beat up Galactica from here on out.

That opening quip wasn't hyperbole btw. Star Trek literally, after filming, sealed off the sets and shampoo'd and scrubbed down every single surface and carpeting.
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M.P.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 12:44am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Downloaded

@JAMMER

If you ever read this, I -highly- suggest purging all comments from Michael off your site. He is so far beyond toxic I dare say he's a troll. I have trouble believing anyone can honestly be such a 1950's caricature. Honestly seeing the constant hate speech from him is detracting from my experience on your site. I know, I don't have to read the comments, but I like to. And it is your site; from what I've gleaned from your writing you don't support his intolerant beliefs.
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M.P.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: The Captain's Hand

What is it with sci-fi these days being infested with conservative Christan, bigoted, misogynistic, mens-rights extemist, racist hacks? Not saying anyone in this comment section demonstrated all of the above here, though Michael, after looking at many of his comments, comes close.

About the only thing I can say is people seem shocked the episode assumed viewers would be pro-choice. They were shocked the episode didn't "consider both sides fairly." Unfortunately it's 2018, a time of the old-guard's bigoted resurgence and where literal neo-Nazi's not only support American leaders but also decry people saying mean things about them. (The irony)

To these people I suggest something they probably can't accept: The writers of this show didn't see abortion as a topic to show both sides of in a balanced manner. They, like most decent human begins, approached it from the collectively assumed "right" ground and debated the character going against that. You don't get mainstream shows trying to portray the holocaust as a debatable point where the Nazi's had good reasons. Same thing here.
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M.P.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 9:06am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1

I don't understand why Lee was so pissed with Kara that he decided to go harass her over it. Unless for over a decade now I've missed a crucial plot point Kara and Lee were not in a relationship at this time. No relationship, absolutely no right to criticize or demean someone's sex life.

I know at this point in the timeline, long before the series, they had "almost" had sex, but other than that there is literally nothing about them being in a committed, monogamous relationship. In fact there's almost nothing at all about them even liking each other; I always thought they worked better as brother/sister types.

It would work if it was explored, but it's not even acknowledged and even undercut by Kara stupidly apologizing for her own personal life that in no way affects him. Sadly poor writing.
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M.P.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 7:49am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Litmus

Ah, doing an end-of-2018 blu-ray BSG rewatch. Time to drop some comments!

First off, a part of why so many reporters are still reporting is addressed (kinda) in a later episode. In Colonial Day, Zarek makes a point to mention everyone is "just going through the motions" of their old lives, and how the fleet needs restructuring from the bottom up. It's a poignant view.

Second, I believe that Hadrian never "orders Adama's arrest" but orders he be "returned to the witness stand." While clearly an over-the-top play it's not the same thing as trying to arrest the leader of the fleet.

Third, @Nicholas, there's a hugeee difference between relations between civilians or civilian/military and military/military. The reason said relations are not allowed in modern life, concerning same postings and even in civie life with things such as bosses and employees. It creates a conflict of interest that, concerning the military, can cause poor judgement and lead to deaths. And on Galactica, it wouldn't just be military deaths but possibly the entire human race.
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M.P.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 5:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

Liya Liya Liya... oh boy/girl/unisex/ungendered/polygendered/apacheattackhelicopter. You said you were a "millennial gen fan" and boy can I tell. All of the possibilities with Star Trek returning to television after 10 years of absence... and all you can think of is a complaint about sexism and relating this new show to feminist issues.

As a fellow Millennial I'm embarrassed for our generation; that this is really the kind of impression we give off. Not everything is sexist; and arguing that you are "concerned" about this new show before we've even seen a scrap of hard info is absurd. No amount of wiggling can change the fact that you weren't really concerned; you were just bringing up the point to fabricate an outrage that once again somehow victimizes women. Somehow.

I apologize for my generation fellow readers.
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M.P.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 1:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Something no one, including the episode itself, has mentioned is just how detrimental Jellico's domineering style of command really was.

This is not a 21st century military vessel; it is a 24th century military/science/diplomatic/passenger vessel. You cannot compare these people to modern day military; whereas in real life the military follows orders without question to murder innocents and commit crimes against humanity; it is the duty of Starfleet to only follow morally-correct orders. Just an example of the difference; back to my point.

Jellico is destroying any sense of trust, respect, and confidence the crew would have in him. Not necessarily by getting them to work hard but by arbitrarily changing things, disrespecting their former captain, and insisting on dominating everyone with his personality.

As someone so concerned with a possible military situation arising and being as efficient and ready as possible, Jellico seems to not realize that officers who lack respect and confidence are more prone to hesitate, make mistakes, and self-doubt. Situations which one certainly does not want during a battle.

All of these previous comments have said they like Jellico. I do too; just not on this show. DS9; perhaps. BSG; well he's basically a watered-down Adama. But TNG was never meant to be those kinds of shows; and as someone who appreciates and enjoys both styles that you really can keep a show "fluffy" like TNG and still be enjoyable; while having seperate BSG-type shows that are also enjoyable. The fictional universes' are not compatible; you shouldn't try to mix-and-match. Jellico needs to go.
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M.P.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

It is explicitly stated that one can have an Orb experience months or even years after the initial encounter. What were they called... orb flashes? In any case, it is possible the accident triggered and/or enhanced one of these flashes; starting the visions.
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M.P.
Thu, Mar 19, 2015, 10:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

This episode has always bothered me. Primarily what Comp625 said so well, so I won't repeat that.

I really didn't like Bashir in this episode. He came off as way too preachy and arrogant. As Yanks says above, I do agree that he should have just refused to give the drug. In modern society doctors generally have the right to refuse treatment on moral/ethical grounds, as long as they provide an alternate physician.

It should always be the right of the patient to determine their own treatment and even if they live/die (assuming they are of sound mind). This, to me, is an inalienable freedom worth dying for. This episode dropped the ball though, with both sides of the question.
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M.P.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

I'm surprised no one else has had this thought.

I feel that the conflict between Janeway and the Doc was arbitrary and forced simply because in that instance Janeway wasn't wrong. The Doc, Jammer, and several of the commenters all state that Janeway was being "reckless." With the gas stuff, sure, but not with the burns.

The scene made it very clear that if Janeway did not go into that room RIGHT NOW the ship was going to be destroyed. It wasn't as if she just happily jumped in; she asked for it to be extinguished and was acting very reluctant up until Harry said the nacelle-connector was disintegrating.

The Captain's job is to put the safety of the ship above all else. Janeway did just that; saving all of their lives. Instead of recognizing this, the Doc swoops in trying to bully her for taking the only choice she had. I only wish the writers were smart enough to see that's what they wrote and had her call him out on it.
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M.P.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

The escape pod dilemma always bugged me; even when I first saw it. I would have appreciated a throwaway line saying that they were in a star system with a habitable planet; and that Voyager's life-support systems were so badly damaged that they no longer could support a full crew. Janeway kinda sorta states that in the end; but doesn't fully.

@Jay: They probably already wiped them out, then wiped out another species which brought them back, rinse and repeat. This cycle is explicitly mentioned in part II.

Overall, this is a depressing two-parter for all the wrong reasons. First and foremost this really should have been the entire premise of Voyager. At the end of the series the ship should have looked the way it did in this episode. If they had to have a fixed-up ship; I would have gone for Borg tech fixing the damage. Just imagine; Borg armor filling in hull-breaches (The Gift has a neat visual of what this might look like) and Borg technology all throughout the ship. Borg panels, Borg conduits, ect. Would have been awesome and more consistent given what we know about Borg technology automatic regeneration compared to regular Federation metal.

I do agree that this could never have been a full season with how insanely dull the Krenim are. Drop the standard humanoid appearance and give true depth and a good reason for why they are stuck in their territory and maybe it could have worked.
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M.P.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 1:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

About the Ocampan lifespan:

It is -not- plausible the way it is now. I cannot remember the exact math but a quick Google search would find it. Essentially, with a 9-year lifespan and only one reproductive cycle, the starting number of Ocampans would have to have been greater than the total number of atoms in the entire universe.

The way around this is to make fact the insinuated idea that the Ocampans are a dying species. Most likely, before the disaster, they lived much longer lives with many reproductive cycles. Time has seen each generation deteriorate to the point where their species is now at an end.

Sad, really. The Caretaker wasn't trying to protect them; he was trying to make comfortable their final years of existence as a species.
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M.P.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014, 11:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

Oh good Lord. It is insanely ironic. In the comment section about a show which successfully hosted grey content; most of you are simplifying extremely complex issues into black and white.

This is the simplest way to say it. Neither socialism nor capitalism is "right." Both have good and bad points. Both are highly grey. Right is relative.

Anyway, about the actual show. It is fine if you do not like DS9 based soley on it not fitting in with an idealized-Roddenberry vision. Saying that is also fine, to a point. But I see many repeat names (Elliot being the most prolific, I believe) commenting on every episode the same diatribe. "DS9 sucks because the Federation isn't being portrayed as a Roddenberry utopia."

We get it. We get why you don't like it. Hammering that into every episode's comment section is ultimately self-defeating. You just come across as a whiny DS9-hater chest-thumping for the sake of being heard.

Most of you are better than that; your intelligence shows it. So at least step up your game and give us something else if you must keep commenting about the same subject.
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M.P.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014, 8:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

@Andy's Friend:

You made very interesting points. While I don't necessarily agree with all of them; they were still well made and thought-provoking.

However, there is one thing you said which is completely incorrect.

"Money, for an ever-increasing part of the population in the most advanced countries in the world, isn’t really important anymore."

Yeah, about that. Unless you are talking about the extremely-small percentage that is "super-rich;" money is still the most important thing concerning modern life. The huge percentage that is poor are quite obviously heavily concerned with it. The dying middle class is either concerned to not become poor or hastening their own demise with reckless spending. Even the upper-class rich still obsess over money because they know they can lose it easily; not to mention creating an inheritance.

I don't know one person that has given up a well-paying job for "self-improvement" and not regretted it to their core. Money is still the core of our society and will continue to be until we overcome our limitation of resources.

I respect your opinions but this part reads more like a teenager's concept of the "adult world."
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M.P.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 8:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

Oh lord. It is amazing how something you once thought was solid turns out to be shaky as all hell in hindsight. For its time, this episode was spectacularly written. But 14+ years later you can really see the flaws.

First, about Jadzia's death. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. Terry did NOT want Jadzia killed! When she made her decision to leave, she specifically suggested to the writers to have Dax promoted and transferred; that way she could return as a guest star throughout the 7th season.

The writers, including the lauded Ron Moore, decided instead to kill her off and give us Ezri. If they had just taken her up on her offer; we wouldn't have had this whole mess to deal with. As the Season 7 episode shows, they were going for the "death can happen at any time" angle; but it kills me that it was so unnecessary. I think I speak for everyone when I say 5 or 6 episodes of Jadzia beats all-season of Ezri any day.

Next thought: I've said it before, I'll say it again. Sisko should have been promoted to Rear Admiral. Then, in consultation with other Admirals, planned the invasion. It would have made so much more sense. Sigh.

I also have to agree with the ridiculous notion of the Federation's attitude toward the Prophets. It really makes no logical sense and has to be one of the biggest plot holes in DS9's entire run. Hey, these aliens which we know exist just destroyed a fleet of 2,000 Dominion ships and are preventing almost certainly far more from coming through.

Let's just ignore their advice, act against them, and piss them off! >__< If they had demanded Sisko cut open and hung from the Promenade by his intestines it should have been a scramble of Admirals grabbing knives and wildly stabbing! Its that serious of a contribution the Prophets are making! They literally are the only thing preventing the Federation's annihilation.

Its not even that hard to make Sisko staying work. Just go back to the beginning of the season for the answer. Worf transfers to the Rotarran. Dax commands the Defiant. Sisko stays on the station. Literally how this season was after Rocks and Shoals.

Ughhhhh! So many plot holes! Such awful, terrible, crappy writing! What, did they just get drunk and say screw it? They were capable of so much better than this.

Final note: Anyone notice that after Sacrifice the CGI budget seems to have been cut? Reused footage, yes, shorter scenes, yes. But what really kills me is the much smaller fleet sizes. Don't give me the whole "war was wearing them down" crap; there is no way in hell that the entire Federation invasion fleet consisted of 20 ships. It is simply lazy CGI. I just try to imagine I'm watching a small battle group of a considerably larger fleet.
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M.P.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

I agree with everything the above commentators say. Not much to add to that.

I also agree with William B points concerning the characters and station. For such a daring show, DS9 did stick to the safe formula quite a bit. Sisko "should" have been promoted to at least Rear Admiral. (Commodore is gone; its now Rear Admiral Lower Half)

We are never told of any age restrictions on rank, and I find it hard to believe Ross is more than 5 or 10 years older than Sisko.

For a real life example, look at the various Allies forces during WWII. Especially in the infantry. Field promotions were granted left and right, sometimes against age restrictions. True, it was a desperate, all-out time; but what would you describe the Dominion War as?

A promotion would have made so much sense; especially if everyone got a promotion. It would have broken the Trekkian Status Quo.
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M.P.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 1:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Behind the Lines

I thought taking Sisko off the front lines made all the sense in the world. This is the first time (that we know of) the Federation has been on the losing side of a full-scale war. They would value people like him with real tactical and strategic experience and would make use of that.

To the person above who said the Federation is a very big place: that just further supports the point.

1) The single tactical wing Sisko is now planning for is just one of many. With how large the Federation is, it could be one of dozens.

and also important:

2) Sisko isn't in charge of this tactical wing. He is an advisor to Admiral Ross who is truly in charge and has all final say. It is stated several times in dialogue that they work together in the planning (Sisko only plans one mission solo but still needs approval. The rest is stated to be a joint effort.)
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M.P.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Hah, Robert's comment brings back memories. It was so long ago I'd almost forgotten. Honestly, and unfortunately, there is a lot of TNG material (usually surrounding early-seasons Roddenberry) that doesn't make sense. In his pursuit of portraying humans as a cohesive, utopian, elitist race he often fuddled things up. That is not an attack on his message; that's a different argument altogether.

It seems in the TNG days the Federation was being imagined as a much smaller entity. There existed far fewer territories, far fewer starships, and far fewer Starfleet officers. In fact I think the TNG method of warfare was far different. I get the feeling that a hypothetical conflict between the Federation and, say, the Romulans would see battle groups composing of no more than 3 or 4 starships per side. We never saw anything resembling a true fleet until later seasons with Wolf 359 (they built so many more ships specifically to defend against the Borg?) and the Cardassian mess (and DS9 era).

Part of this is technical and budget limitations. Part of it is a different mindset in the writing.

You can either suspend disbelief or try to rationalize it within universe.

Personally, I do the latter. I like to think that in the early TNG-era Starfleet was far too comfortable. It had minimized its defensive fleet and limited its recruiting. With the threat and attacks by the Borg, Starfleet realized it was too complacent and began to change; building more ships and making it far easier to be recruited. There is dialogue to support all of this.

I also like to think, and perhaps this is wrong, that Federation ships were vastly superior to anything the other powers had, save the Romulans. For example; in Way of the Warrior, a Klingon fleet of probably 50 ships is given pause when its announced a fleet of only 9 Federation ships are coming. Hell, we're shown two of them are Excelsior-class! An ancient-class by military standards. Sisko seems pretty certain that seemingly-low number would completely turn the tide of battle; even with his station "severely-damaged" (his own words in his log.)

If 1 Federation ship is equivalent to 5 Klingon ships, and almost certainly far more for the other races, you can see how the Federation would become complacent. The so-called Tzenkethi and Cardassian "wars" could have been nothing more than minor skirmishes; a distant-thought to the core of the Federation seeing they were relatively small and on the edge of their space.

So to summarize, the Federation has few ships and is highly selective in recruiting. This is because of arrogance in their superior technology and complacency. The Borg arrive. The Federation realizes they aren't as safe as they thought. They step up ship construction and ease recruitment restrictions. This serves to be a saving grace as the Dominion appear and wage war.
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Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

This episode in itself does not really earn much respect in my opinion. (When watching I skip over all of Wesley's scenes.) What it represents in the Star Trek universe, however does.

Anyone who understands the expanded Trek universe knows that the Federation has allowed hundreds of species to die. There are great arguments on both sides of this debate, so I will give my personal opinion.

I believe (and this has nothing to do with the current debate on abortion) that any species in this universe deserves the chance to exist. I believe in modern times that an individual who knows of a crime and does nothing to prevent/help solve it is just as guilty as the perpetrator.

What I am saying is that I find it reprehensible that the "morally superior" Federation knowingly allows entire species to become exist when they had the chance to save them in a non-interventionist way. Should they be scorned if a species dies and they could do nothing? No, of course not. But to know that millions if not billions of people are suffering and dying and do nothing is tantamount to destroying them themselves.

The argument that "another Dominion" might be created doesn't hold water; as these cultures will be centuries if not millenia behind the Federation. In all likelyhood they will be saving potential future members.

That's my $0.02.
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Thu, Oct 29, 2009, 7:32am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

Was I the only person who was... off-put by Martok's fascination with Sisko's baseball at the beginning of the episode? It just jumped out and hit me with a sledgehammer. :/
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