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Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 10:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

Tidd, I thought the same thing -- Mulgrew?!?

Alas, the Trek setting biased our visuals. Carolyn McCormick -- whom I know as the recurring psychiatrist from Law & Order.

After watching DS9 3x including the original airing, I am disappointed in my first TNG viewing. Please tell me it gets better after season 1.
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Sun, May 2, 2021, 5:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Metamorphosis

Just to clarify some misinformation in Jammers's original post/review:
The voice of The Companion was NOT supplied by Majel Barret. According to the episode's director Ralph Senensky, actress Lisabeth Hush was brought in by him to replace the vo that had originally been recorded without his overseeing by another actress (listed as Elizabeth Rogers) because it was too monotoned and robotic. Apparently it wasn't necessarily unusual that the voice would've been recorded without his input, but when he saw/heard the results at a first screening he was adamant that it wasn't right. He had worked previously with Ms Hush on an episode of The FBI and remembered her voice in particular and chose her to come in and re-record all the Companion dialogue.
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Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 7:27am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Not only is the galaxy small, there don't even seem to be any aliens anymore. Romulans are now mildly evil humans with pointy ears, holograms are just computerized humans with flashing eyes, and androids too are now basically human with super-strength. A far cry from when a gulf of understanding separated Data, Worf and Spock from their human crewmates.
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Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

"Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

The visuals of Discovery are better than any other incarnation of the franchise, but the storytelling, and, more specifically, the profundity or intelligence thereof, is the worst. This series, unlike its predecessors, rarely asks viewers to ruminate, and the finale, while generally beautiful, was often laughable.

I wish Season 3 would continue with the crew of the Enterprise, and bring back some of the thoughtfulness that came with their successors in the Original Series.
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Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

I'm glad I'm watching on Amazon. I swore Jenkins looked familiar so I was able to quickly look it up. It's Mackenzie Westmore of 'Face Off' fame. She was so adorable back then. She really needs to slow down the plastic surgery. So-so episode.
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 1:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

I felt sorry for the caatati at first. But, as someone else said, it reminded me of a vagrant that wants even more once you've given everything available to him and then becomes violent. I was really hoping the crew would meet a nice race of people for once, but I guess that's not good TV.
I dislike the B'llana character so I always fast forward through her scenes. They always make her whiny and contentious, like a shrew.
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Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 11:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Gift

I liked the Kes character in the first two seasons, but then somewhere in the 3rd season, her voice and mannerisms became too 'affected' and it was strange. I don't if it was the actress or the writers that made that decision, but it made her seem like a zombie. I think her storyline was hurried due to the fact that it was Wang that was supposed to go. Not Lien.
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Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Initiations

Some very good points in the comments. Chakotay is by himself for a ritual that could have been done in his quarters. Chakotay is a former 'freedom fighter' and has killed before, so his explanations and attitude in this episode don't make sense.
When they introduced Kar as 13 years old, I really thought 'that's one muscular 13 year old'. It wasn't until his voice pattern sounded familiar that I looked up the cast to see it's Nog. I really like that actor. Actually, I like all the 'Ferengi' actors on DS9.
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Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 12:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

I really liked this episode. I'll watch every Star Trek episode that Jonathan Frakes or Lavar Burton directs because they almost always do a phenomenal job. I wouldn't give this on 4 stars, but I enjoyed the comedic chemistry between Schultz and Picardo.
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Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 9:35am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I enjoyed the episode for all it's ridiculousness. I was bothered by Earhart not going and, let's face it, there would have been at least 10 crew members that would have stayed on the planet. Especially some of the Maquis. I think it would have made for a little reality check for Janeway.
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Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 6:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chrysalis

It's annoying to see a couple commenters think that just because Bashir and O'Brien have emotions for each other, they should just 'get it on'. Friendships include love, jealousy, annoyance, sacrifice, etc. Doesn't mean it's sexual. It's a great example of a great friendship.
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Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 12:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

As a parent, when Molly started to fall, all I could think in my mind was "JUMP". I think most parents would have dived in after their kid, no matter the consequence. It would have been fun to see both Molly and Chief get returned after 10 years and dealing with life afterwards.
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Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 2:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

I saw the pilot episode of Orville and was disappointed. I gave it one more chance and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting show for me. Some eye rolls and laughs but interesting. I think that MacFarlane is just having trouble finding the right note for the show. I expect he learned alot from his first season and that next season will be even better. I can't wait.
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Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 8:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Revelations

I just watched this episode. You can almost feel the excitement as you watch the transport ships, vipers, etc flying through the Earth's atmosphere. Makes the dejection even worse in the next scene. Great writing and directing on this show.
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Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 6:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Terra Prime

I enjoyed this episode. When Trip grabbed his shirt and cried, I started to bawl. So real. I didn't hate the next episode, but this would've been a great series finale. I'm glad I decided to give it a watch.
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Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

I kind of would've liked to see the prime universe's Enterprise crew's eyes bug out at seeing T'Pol, Hoshi and Trip. That's what makes it a fun episode. We're watching it from the view of Prime Universe and thinking 'WTH'.
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Fri, Jan 19, 2018, 9:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

They were trying to have fun with it, but I'm glad I can fast forward to any scenes with just Connor Trinneer or John Billingsley. The two most interesting characters in my opinion. The green makeup was not well done on those actresses so it took me out of the show. I did like to see Archer lose sexual control a bit. That was fun.
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Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 8:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part II

I've only watched TNG besides Enterprise, and that was a long time ago. Does the series ever mention Archer and the first Enterprise saving Earth? Are the aliens that they stole the warp coil from, still limping home?
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 12:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Jammer, I have enjoyed your reviews for years, and tend to re-read them if I happen to watch the episode at issue. I have not commented before, but weirdly, I feel the need to for this one even though, I agree, it is not exactly TNG's shining moment.

However, it does contain one of my favorite ever TNG lines/moments. Lwaxana is telling Deanna about her ill-thought-out plans to marry an internet date she has never met. Deanna is basically rolling her eyes. Then, Lwaxana mentions a wedding gown, and Deanna perks up and says, completely scandalized, "You're not going to be naked at your own wedding ??!!" Deanna's horror at that notion delights me, because it really embraces the world-building they've done to this point.

I mean, one of the first things we learn about Betazoids is that their wedding ceremony requires everyone to be naked -- it's apparently a very central cultural tenet. And of course, as some of the comments here make clear, it's something so counter to our own culture that some people have difficulty accepting it even in the concept of a fantasy show about a made-up culture.

As a continuation, I also kinda love the final scene, where Lwaxana cheerily appears at her wedding naked, as a true Betazoid bride, and Deanna looks pleased to bits. Notably, everyone else except the hapless groom and his henchman kind of rolls their eyes, like "Betazoids are so goofy."

I agree, though, that the rest of the episode is feeble. But I'd give it an extra half-star just for Deanna's line.
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Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 10:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

I've been doing a rewatch of TNG thanks to Netflix. Most of the episodes blend into each other, and the ones with Ferengi always go from amusing to annoying quickly.

This episode has many other flaws: the clumsy use of the Ferengi in moving the plot; the unsecured cargo bay, and (biggest of all for me) the fact that nobody thought to simply have a female chaperone for Kamala.

All that said, Famke Janssen was outstanding. Her performance hit exactly the right notes each time - from her open and confident demeanor on her emergence to her gregariousness in Ten Forward, she was utterly believable in what could have been a very hokey role. Stewart's Picard - as we all have come to expect - was just as effective in his task of showing the gradual erosion of his carefully constructed walls.

The sidebar discussion about free will was also compelling considering the relatively small amount of screen time devoted to it.

3 of 4 stars seems fair to me, on the strength of the two leads alone.

Thanks for this site!
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Sun, Aug 3, 2008, 8:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Rise

Partly a rip off of "Flight Of The Phoenix", people stranded after a plane crash in the desert convert the larger plane into a smaller jury-rigged plane on the instructions of a nerdy guy. It turns out all the aviation knowledge the nerdy guy has is from making models. To spite this and the gratuitous shuttle craft carnage, (which is a great point about Voyager)I still kind of thought this was one of the better episodes.
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