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Steve McCullagh
Thu, May 28, 2020, 1:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Reached this one in my most recent rewatch and had to skip it halfway through. Just dreadful. Strong contender for worst Voyager episode ever in my opinion.
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Steve McCullagh
Sat, May 2, 2020, 3:21am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

Harry Kim may be the most beige character in the history of Star Trek, and this episode was just plain dull.
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Steve McCullagh
Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 3:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

Brilliant episode, one of my Voyager favourites. It's mad and clever and I could easily see it fitting into TOS or TNG.
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Ian McDermott
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 9:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Underwhelmed.

I have no idea what season 2 will be like. Perhaps it will be episodic. I hope it will be better. Can we please have a stronger, more assertive Picard?

My favorite part was Picard saying, "Goodbye, Commander" to Data.
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McCoy, Leonard McCoy
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Captain's Holiday

Easily one of the top worst episodes of Season 3. In fact I'd put it as the number one. There weren't many misses in season 3, but this is definitely one of them. It was slow paced, boring, cliched romance, annoying irritating ferengi (then again when aren't they) etc. Watch for completionist sake but skip if you've seen it already.
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McCoy, Leonard McCoy
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 11:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Allegiance

I didn't think this episode was that bad. It was decent. The holding cell to me was interesting, albeit it did get stale after a while. It didn't take long for you to narrow it down to who was the responsible person in the room so the twist wasn't as good as it could have been. The only thing that puzzles me is the faux Picard. I didn't get his motivations for acting strange or the reason for why he even wanted to get close to that star. I mean if you're conducting a experiment and you don't know how long it's going to be, wouldn't you want to be off of peoples radar and try to act the way the real Picard would have acted? I guess the writers had to put some drama happening back at the ship cause to do a hour episode of the holding cell only would have been horrible. Still decent episode despite unanswered motivations and plot holes.
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OmcironThetaDeltaPhi
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 5:39am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Booming

"Oh, I misremembered that. I guess killing wild animals is a different matter."

The TNG line is so vague that it can be interpreted in many different ways. The only thing that's virtually certain, is that the situation in TNG's 24th century is better then it is now, where animals are slaughtered en-mass in an industrial manner.

It isn't the killing itself that's the main problem today. I'm not even sure that killing animals for food is morally wrong. But the way it is done these days - there's really no doubt in my mind that our descendants are going to view that as a very barbaric practice.

"These guys [Klingons] are two bad food rations away from cannibalism anyway."

Didn't they actually cross the cannibalism line in Discovery? It was quite a feat, to make the eating habits of the Klingons even *more* disgusting than it was before.
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Steve McCullagh
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 8:55am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

I hope that at some point in the last three episodes Picard gets in a no-win situation that is only resolved by the sudden appearance of John de Lancie, just so I can use the term "Q Ex Machina".
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McCoy, Leonard McCoy
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 8:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Actually I thought the episode was pretty good. The ending though was interesting. (Spoilers ahead). I guess I thought Riker would actually stun Utah or something. I didn't expect him to vaporize her. The last scene with Riker sitting in the mess hall regretting his actions felt powerful but when Picard entered, I thought he'd at least address how Riker was feeling. The fact that he just extended Shore leave felt meh. Especially coming from Picard.
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Steve McCullagh
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 3:40am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Best episode of the whole season. Five stars.
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Steve McCullagh
Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 5:29am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Tim C

"(Gee, his choice of assassination method was pretty Bond villain stupid though. Why not just beam her into space instead of relying on a slow-acting gimmick? Nitpick, nitpick...)"

It was a nice little callback to how Shinzon murdered the Senate in Nemesis, I thought.
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bobbington mcbob
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

This was the one where I checked out. I loved older star trek because of the way it made me feel. Awe, wonder, "what if" ... episodes like "Measure of A Man" brought both tears and "woah I never thought of it that way" in equal measure (pardon the pun). DS9, TNG and TOS, even ENT, had plenty of such moments, and that's why I could happily sit through seasons and seasons despite the occasional clanger / ferengi / mirror-universe-but-from-ENT / Troi or Tasha or T'Pol get violated or perved on again / Sisko is Jesus episode.

But disco and now Picard have none of this at all, they just feel like standard sci-fi plots hung around a scaffolding of familiar sets and Federation badges, with vacuous characters introduced alongside beloved old regulars, implying we should somehow feel the same about the new guys. I am just bored. Kurtzman's signature on everything - the unearned familiarity, the soap opera, the lack of meaningful character development, the identity politics that would be fine if it wasn't so clumsy - is just the final shit icing on the cake.

Enough. Seth MacFarlane, please buy the rights. Star Trek needs you.
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Steve McCullagh
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 7:28am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Hey, at least we didn't have the Romulannisters this week!
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Remco_Spock_Helmet
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 5:25am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

Of course it's Star Trek, you anhedonics.
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KMC
Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 6:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Disappointing exit scene for Sisko. And I would have boobytrapped the baseball to take out half the station. A fleet to take out the shipyard? Surely a few dozen cloaked warp missiles?
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Remco_Spock_Helmet
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 7:54am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Have any of you people ever been diagnosed as being... anhedonic?
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KMC
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 6:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Boring as hell. Season 5 is all over the place.
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Steve McCullagh
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 5:15am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

It's had it's moments but this show is really starting to annoy me. There's nothing wrong with taking your time and laying your groundwork but we're four weeks in and it's moving at a snail's pace, suffocating the viewer in exposition to the point that it's just plain dull. And it's a show that to me is still really struggling to find it's identity and they can't decide what they want to be; one week they think they're BSG, then they think they're Star Wars, then they think they're Game of Thrones, then they think they're Lord of the Rings, all with a dash of Discovery, this week they're a mash-up of several of them, when all I really want them to be is Star Trek...

I do hope it picks up and figures itself out soon but at this point I'm losing patience with it and it's actually becoming a struggle to come back each week.
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RemcoSpockHelmet
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 3:47am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

@Brian "At two points, my wife and I found ourselves literally laughing out loud. The first was when mr. hologram gunner started speaking spanish. You can almost read the email chain from executive to marketing, to producers, to the writing team--"we need to reach out to the latino segment, that market is growing, we can't afford to miss out, put some spanish in the show. I don't care how you do it, just get it done."

He was speaking Chilean. I'm just gonna let you process that and then maybe think about your attitude.
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KMC
Fri, Jan 3, 2020, 6:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Visionary

I don't get why future Miles wasn't even more flooded with radiation than past Miles? Too much technobabble.
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AMcLean
Sun, Dec 22, 2019, 1:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

I have to disagree with the overall assessment of the dream imagery in this. I hadn't seen the episode since it first aired, but it was some of the most distinctive imagery from TNG for me.

Upon rewatch, I find it effective, beautiful, scary (particularly the "eyes in the dark" line as spoken by the voice they used), and visually sophisticated in the echoing of the twin star system shown in the opening images of the episode.

The sequence itself has the same analog visual charm as something like Hellraiser 2, or the beginning of Coccoon. Underrated.
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bobbington mcbob
Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

One word: Amazing
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bobbington mcbob
Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Silent Enemy

This is my second run through of ENT and I have to say I am finding it a real blast so far. Plenty of first contact scenes to give me trek tingles, loads of cute and funny moments, likeable characters and some pretty meaningful threats.

Being British I could relate a lot to Malcolm in this one. Though my family are nowhere near as cold fish as Malcolm's folks, I have known a good many brits who are like that from the upper classes.

I really enjoy seeing the development of the tech and the slow morph into TOS. The sets are gorgeous and as an engineer I like to just pause the action and check out the gauges and screens, which feel so much more interesting than LCARS.

Don't know if anyone noticed, but just after the scary alien vessel started venting drive plasma and scuttled off.... they played the Deep Space Nine theme! SUPER TINGLES!
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 12:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

With episodes like this in existence, why does everyone always say that Roddenberry never allowed conflict between the crew? If Spock were human McCoy would just about have pushed him to a fist fight. The spock / mccoy dynamic seems to be becoming more antagonistic every episode. I like it, but it doesn't fit with the dogma at all
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 3:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

A lot of TOS is a real chore to watch, and sometimes it seems like its formidable reputation was created on the back of a handful of standout episodes. This outing does little to change my mind about that. About the only good thing to come from "A Piece of The Action" is the inclusion some 40 years later of Vic in DS9, leading to the incredible "Its Only a Paper Moon". After the Scooby Doo / TOS crossover that came before this one, I am struggling to keep up my enthusiasm.
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