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MadBaggins
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 4:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Dawn

Why are there so many people here pretending Darmok was bad? Are they Russian spambots?
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MadBaggins
Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

Why does it get 1 star when you hated it so completely, Jammer? Why not zero?
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 4:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

I just watched this episode and I liked it. I liked the simple, natural ways of the villagers, I like the emotional conflict between Worf and Nicolai, I like how Picard has to make tough choices, I liked Deanna's compassion when Vorin found himself terrified in ten forward, I liked the surprising ending where Vorin committd suicide. I'm not going to analyze ir further to find flaws
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MadManMUC
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 2:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

And that's that.

Overall, STP was more watchable than STD, but really ... that's no expression of excellence. There were some good moments in this show, and some exceptionally bad ones ('Stardust Cuty Rag'). This episode was a complete mixed bag of good and utter shit, really weird.

A few stray thoughts of my own:

• I could take Elnor much more seriously this episode, if for no other reason than the actor really conveying grief well, when he lost it with Raffi;

• Seven and Raffi are a thing, now? When did that happen? Did I miss some hints? This feels as awkward and forced as Seven and Chakotay, or Worf and Troi, or Bashir and Ezri. Sometimes I think ST needs to leave romance alone, it doesn't do it well at all;

• Rios and Jurati are still a thing? Urgh. See comment above about Star Trek and believable romance;

• If the final scene is to be taken at face value, I guess Seven is now part of the crew, which is cool. I like this;

• My god, but there are loose ends in this episodes, and characterisation holes so big, you could fly Excelsior-class starships through them. Really, really sloppy.

• Data's final passing was actually pure class. This was top-drawer, it did the character a great deal more respect than in Nemesis;

• I'm grateful to the showrunners for not making Soong turn out to be Lore.

Like I said, STP was more or less watchable, but still not great, by any means. Will I come back for S02? Yeah.
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MadManMUC
Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 9:31am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Jammer:

'[...] it's perhaps not the most reassuring sign that I kept dreading all the goodwill was going to suddenly evaporate in a final scene featuring some dopey twist ending [...]'

God damn, Jammer, you're not wrong! I kept expecting the same. It was so refreshing to see a very straight A to B episode for a change.
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MadManMUC
Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 3:25am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

A mixed bag of an episode for me. Which, is already an improvement, considering I didn't particularly like any of them previous to this, except for the pilot.

I won't get into too many details, just because many of you above have already articulated the same observations I would have.

However, I do want to say that the Picard/Hugh reunion was actually outright wonderful. In all of my comments on STD and STP episodes, I don't think I've ever used that word, or a word even approaching it. And anyone who's ever read any of my comments (particularly about STD) will know I have ... very strong opinions about modern Trek.

But, I can't think of any other word for those scenes. Just wonderful. Not just because Stewart and Del Arco have a good chemistry between them; the writing around them was good, and the direction was considered and deftly executed.

So much so that — for the first time since episodic Trek came back after ENT — I actually felt like I was watching the Trek I grew up with. The way the dialogue was crafted, the way the two characters interacted and played off each other, it all felt like I was watching a natural extension of 'I, Borg' and 'Descent'.

And the walkthrough of the cube together, discussing what Hugh's project is about, and the compassion shown to the ex-drones that the audience can see. Just superb; tastefully handled, and thoughtful.

More — much, much more — of this, please. I'm begging you. This, to me, was finally proper, classic, beautiful Trek. Just too fleeting in its duration, this time around.

On an other, completely different note ...

@GreenBoots:

'Actually, wait. If the Borg has access to this tech, and now can essentially warp infinitely and instantaneously in any direction, why have they not steamrolled the entire galaxy already?'

This comment reminds me that I've got a shitload of question marks around the presence of the Borg in this series, and what the plan is for them.

My understanding of the Borg status quo was that Janeway & Co basically took the entire race down, when she blew up the transwarp hub and the Queen with it. It seems to me that the implication was: if she blows this thing up with the Queen, the Borg are done.

So, on the one hand, it makes perfect sense to me that we've got disconnected Borg cubes floating around here and there, and that their crews are being rehabilitated and de-Borged. So far so good.

But then I remember that — actually — STP hasn't actually made clear what the status of the Borg Collective is. Is there a new Queen? Were there multiple Queens as safety redundancies, for precisely the sort of unfortunate circumastances that Janeway visited upon the Collective in 'Endgame'? Did she really take the Collective down, and the galaxy is littered with cubes like this artefact, its crews basically waiting to be de-Borged? If there is a new or multiple Queens, are the Borg re-grouping and getting ready to resume doing Borg things?

Narratively, I don't know that any of that will even be relevant to the show. What depresses me, is that maybe — if STD is any indicator of lack of writers' foresight and competence — Kurtzman and his cronies haven't got the foggiest clue, either.

And just a reminder, for those questioning Elnor's predilection for sticking pointy things into people ... err, he *does* come from a group of warrior nuns, after all. With their raison d'être being precisely to stick pointy things into other people. That's why Picard hired one of them. It's not like they're trained diplomats ... ;)
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MadManMUC
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 12:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Sigh.

Five episodes in, and I'm left feeling utterly deflated by this series, and Star Trek as a whole.

I desperately want to love this show. Picard! 7 of 9! TNG cameos! But, I can't. Between the still grim-dark tone that wishes it was nBSG, the incest siblings, the gratuitous violence and torture porn, the tearing up of everything I thought made Trek fun and worth watching ... I can't love it. Or even like it.

I was easily able to rail against STD on a weekly basis. I can't with this thing, I just don't have the energy anymore.

Kurtzman broke me. Trek is dead and long gone.

And for those are arguing that there's no definition of Trek, and that Trek was never this, that, or the other thing, it seems CBS/Paramount believe there *was* a definition of what Trek was:

For a time, Noah Hawley was attached to the new vapourware Trek film, and now he's not. The rumour (so far unsubstantiated, I must add) is that his script for the film was rejected by TPTB at Paramount for being 'too Trekky'.

Like I said, it's just a rumour (originally broken by 4chan, of all the seedy websites) but it really wouldn't surprise me if it were true, considering the angle Hawley wanted to come in from on the film. Anyway, here's a link to an article about it:

https://boundingintocomics.com/2020/02/03/rumor-noah-hawleys-star-trek-movie-rejected-as-details-leak-out/
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

I agree with what Marshal wrote. This is about Jesus, transdescending and being reborn. The episode has humor also and a story of connection between the doctor and the humanoid transdescending.
A thoughtful and nice episode. Me and my brother watched it yesterday and he made the remark: why can't they make Star Trek like this today?
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MadBaggins
Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 4:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Prophecy

Two stars for this shit, are you kidding Jammer? Why are you so scared to give one star OR LESS for utter crap?
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MadBaggins
Sat, Jan 18, 2020, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

Hate it when people show up and say things like "This is a light-hearted comedy, not SERIOUS DRAMA!" to excuse terrible writing. Comedy episodes can be just as good as the serious episodes, this one sure as FUCK wasn't.
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MadBaggins
Tue, Jan 7, 2020, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

Elliott's posts about DS9 are fucking delusional and kind of scary.
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MadBaggins
Sat, Jan 4, 2020, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

The only thing that sucks more than this episode is half of you idiots.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sat, Dec 14, 2019, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The moment that really underlines how terrible Discovery is comes when I type the antispam answer: Picard. TNG comes to mind, and honestly it's like Dostojevskij compared to Weekly World News.
I'm more on the left side of the political spectrum, but I don't like to be underestimated and thought a moron.
I don't know why they made this and why they push woke agendas so blatantly. I know one thing, though. I will continue to watch TNG, Voyager, DS9 and occasionally TOS and Enterprise, but I will never rewatch Discovery.
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MadBaggins
Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 4:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

Do the people complaining about "PC" even know what the fuck they're talking about?
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MadBaggins
Tue, Sep 10, 2019, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Equinox, Part I

^lol what
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MadBaggins
Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Everyone posting positive comments about this episode HAS to be the same person posting under different names, right? This is the worst episode of any series of Star Trek there ever will be.
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MadBaggins
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 3:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Who fucking CARES if they made a mild continuity error with Seven getting drunk? Does that REALLY spoil a great episode like this? You fucking nerds don't deserve nice things.
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MadBaggins
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 4:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

Is Amanda Jammer's wife?
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MadBaggins
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 4:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

Pointing out that B'Elanna was raped is "SJW nonsense"? What the Hell?
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MadBaggins
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

What's with all the rude "YOU PEOPLE" message from overy-defensive Voyager fanatics who can't accept that some people didn't like this episode? Why is this, an episode about Nazi aliens, the episode that YOU PEOPLE are so defensive about?
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MadBaggins
Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

Good trolling, Robbie.
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MadBaggins
Wed, Jul 17, 2019, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

I meant to type "score". Don't @ me.
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MadBaggins
Wed, Jul 17, 2019, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

Ridiculously low core by Jammy. He starts about ten different sentences with "I must admit I enjoyed..." and the review is mostly positive, but gives it 1.5 because someone said "DNA" at one point.
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MadBaggins
Fri, Jul 12, 2019, 3:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Gift

Jennifer Lien walked into work, marched straight up to Brannon Braga and dropped him on his ass with a Stone Cold STunner. They had no choice but to fire her.
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MadBaggins
Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 7:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Did Tuvix have two dicks and four balls?
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