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Mads Leonard Holvik
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 3:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Jetrel

Some hate this episode because how can Janeway welcome a mass murderer, an evil man? They argue it flies in the face of everything we know today of justice. I don't agree with that. I live in Scandinavia, and one of the principles of our justice system is that the victim's families should not decide the punishment. It is believable that Janeway keeps an open mind and actually sees a man who tries to undo some of the damage he has caused. In my mind this is the future I would like to see. I call it progress to move away from punishment to redemption. The end scene is powerful. I think this is a good episode.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 2:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I agree with those who say that Odo's action here is very unforgiving. Even if you love someone to death, would you sacrifice 8000 people for that person? I really like this episode, I especially like the scene where Worf and the klingons come to help with sowing. I do not especially care for the Odo character. He seems kind of insane. If I was Kira I would never have trusted Odo again.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 4:59am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I agree with Snitch. The use of violence to make a point is perhaps the real weakness of this episode. I do agree that Picard is passive in a way that is very unlike him, but isn't that the whole point? He wants to change things he did in his youth, and the tapestry of his life would unravel. The very act of trying to change makes him a different person.
I think the real strength of this episode is not seeing Picard going back to change his youth, but the introspection each viewer does into his own past while watching.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Someone called Yar a bad actress that couldn't handle a love story. I totally disagree. She is a human being like millions other she is an individual, she reacts and show feeling the way SHE can! I think she does a very good job!
Others complain about trivial details like why did the enterprise only fire 3 torpedoes or how come the Enterprise happened to be just at those coordinates? All besides the point. This episode has a much broader perspective.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 4:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

One of the very best epidodes of TNG. I don't see any faults with it. It's got everything. Picards makes the right decision to listen to Guinan. It's got nothing to do with new age. Patrick Stewart is amazing here. Tasha's legacy is forever secure in Star Trek lore.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 8:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

I liked this episode. And I liked the review. Picard's sense of duty reminds me of Horatio Hornblower. Hornblower marries a woman whom he does not love, and he does it because she loves him so dearly, and he remains true to her until she dies. These philosophical and ethical discussions is why I love Star Trek so much.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 2:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

I have always come back to episodes of TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Because of the interesting moral, ethical and philosophical questions raised. I can not see me coming back to any episode of this new series. Some of them are not bad, it's just that they do not offer a lot below the level of action and suspense.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 6:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I just rewatched the episode, and again found it emotionally engaging. This episode is not so much a comment on the value of life from the eyes of humans, as it is from the viewpoint of Data. Data is a machine, and he has experienced the same as the exocomps have. Data stands up for them, and Picard has empathy with him. This has a powerful impact on me as a viewer. Why is it so hard to imagine that these machines can be intelligent? Just because they do not have two legs? This is science fiction! When Data blocks the transport of the exocomps, we get another very powerful moment, and the ensuing dialogue between Data and Riker is another high point.
The exocomps are shown to be intelligent, but even more importantly we see how intelligent and good Data. There is just a good feeling to this episode, because of the inherent goodness of Data, but also because we can feel the compassion and empathy of both Picard, Riker and LaForge.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 1:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I don't agree that because the exocomps, or let's say an animal don't have friends, relationships and attachments the way we know, they then have less value. We don't know anything about the reality of being animal, but we very quickly believe we have rule over them. If some alien inteligence came to earth and wanted to use humans as lifestock, they might use similar logic.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

A complete farce! Makes fun of original TNG Q episodes. Cheap scores. What kind of complete morons would make a script like this, much less sanction it? And why did Levar Burton say yes to direct it??
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

I liked this episode a lot. When they kiss at the end I started crying. I don't think the science is unbelievable. After all, this is Star Trek, with Borg cubes, Q and whatnot. A touching story about what it means to make a sacrifice, about an extremely difficult decision and about love.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 1:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

Madbaggins: I think there are some really good Voyager episodes. Regardless of how Jammer rates Darmok.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 5:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I like when Picard at the end reflects over this gift Q has given him. We can all identify with the theme of the story. Who has not done things that we might regret or don't want to think about? I am in a way reminded of Back to the future, where the protagonist must stand up to his father's bully in order for his parents to get together.
I think it is believable that Picard has regrets and that he needed to accept some choices he made in his life. I like this episode.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 11:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I really like this episode. I find it touching that Data is prepared to be court martialed when he stands up for the exocomps. I love how utterly gentle and kind Data is. Riker and Picard show great understanding and abiity to come up with solutions. Underrated episode!
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

I just watched this episode and loved it! It is filled with humanity and wonder. One of the best Enterprise episodes I have seen so far. 😃
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

Smug imperialism.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 3:32am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I did not like this movie. There is way too much pointless action, the camera moves too fast and the shots are too short. Made me feel like the director thinks I am a complete idiot.
In between the action there is dialogue and scenes put there just to score melodramatic points.
This movie is so bad, and on top of it all, the 3D version takes focus further away from the film that begs to be let out somewhere in there.
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Mads Leonard Holvik
Sun, Mar 8, 2015, 6:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

Seems like most comments in here try to find faults and be critical. Well, you find what you are looking for. I think this episode was an ok episode.
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