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Jay Marks
Wed, May 27, 2020, 11:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Private Little War

Never mind. Found them. Doh.
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Jay Marks
Wed, May 27, 2020, 11:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Private Little War

@ Peter G.

Always enjoy your comments/posts......never NOT insightful and thougtful.! For TOS APLW, you recently wrote in part, "It begs the question of not just which approach is enlightened, but which will actually work." A interesting little truth bomb.

BTW, I don't know why the comments from today are not listed here. I saw them in the Comment Stream. I refreshed this page., but nothing. What am I missing?
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Jay Marks
Mon, May 4, 2020, 3:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Assignment: Earth

I'm a sucker for anything in the orbit of TOS. I would have been all in for a season 4 even if it was twice as bad as season 3. So it pains me to speak ill of an episode of which there are only 79. But try as I might, I can't bring myself to say anything positive about Assignment: Earth.

In my mind, this should not even be viewed as a ST episode, but rather a pilot for another show that guest-starred the crew of the Enterprise. That's exactly the vibe I get whenever I watch it, which is why I can't even bring myself to review it. (Even though I kinda just did.) Shame on Gene for unofficially concluding season 2 at episode 25.
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Jay Marks
Sun, May 3, 2020, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

I totally get what they were trying to do with this episode. It was supposed to be a commentary on aging and relevancy. But the problem that made it 100% impossible to pull off is that they had only an hour to do it. So their solution? Have a disease that causes hyper-rapid aging. But that created an undercurrent in the episode that was no longer about ageism in society but rather about an alien disease and the race to counteract it.....getting old was just a symptom. So the competency hearing -- and even Galway's remark as she passed the mirror -- seemed forced and contrived. You contracted a weird alien disease! Find the cure, just like every other alien virus that ever afflicted the crew.

Having said that, this is Star Trek. The rockbed of almost every episode is always some sort of social commentary. Some hit. Some miss. This one landed somewhere in the middle. And I agree with what almost everyone said about its shortcomings.

Great acting by the those that aged. They did it exactly as I would have expected their characters to grow old. And how could you not love Kirk charging onto the bridge to save the day? Hokey for sure, but it was a nice payoff. Stocker spoke for every TOS fan at the end.
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Jay Marks
Fri, May 1, 2020, 6:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Journey to Babel

Just saw this episode the other day and saw something I never noticed despite watching TOS a bazillion times. In one scene I spotted DeForest Kelley looking directly into the camera. It was when Kirk was in sickbay after being stabbed and started to sit up. As he tells Kirk, "Jim if you stand you can start to bleed again" he looks right into the camera for a split second!

A silly thing to point out, I know, but it's always neat to spot something you missed despite years of watching.
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Jay Marks
Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

A super late contribution to this thread.

It's a minor thing but I don't think it was mentioned (and it definitely was not something I consciously remember when I first watched it as a kid). I love how in the teaser right after Kirk orders red alert, they slowly pan up to show all the activity on the bridge as Kirk looks around sternly from his command chair and the music begins playing. Who wouldn't want to be a crew member on that ship under the auspices of that captain?! Respect!
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Jay Marks
Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 11:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

Super late comment, but I'm posting anyway because I just discovered this site and I want to contribute.

I love how Kirk commands a room no matter where it is. When he walked into the bar on the star base and didn't shrink away even when things got uncomfortable, that set Kirk apart from other starship captains. I think that's a testament to the character but also the actor. Not everyone can pull that off.

And when Kirk initially recounted to Portmaster Stone what happened on the bridge, did anyone else notice that he showed a command presence even when he's just answering questions? That's pure Shatner!
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Mark A. Altman
Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

I’ve always felt that Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the most cinematic of the Star Trek films with a brilliant visual style and scope evocative of 2001: A Space Odyssey that truly felt like a motion picture, rather than an episode of the TV show writ large.
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Mark Gubbins
Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 10:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

I'm only watching Discovery now on the heels of having finished ST: Picard. I watched this episode a few days ago, and have finished the season today. And I just can't get over how mad *this* episode makes me. It's not just that they ruined Lorca's character arc by making him a generic Evil Empire man; it's that it was so obvious how to fix it!

This episode could easily have been about Lorca's temptation of Burnham. It's "Context for Kings," part two--seeing through the possibility of abandoning Starfleet principles for some apparently greater good.

"See, Michael, this is what it was always about; second chances, or at least a new life. You think I'm a savage. Are you shocked I managed to masquerade as a Starfleet captain for almost two years? Well, what about you--didn't you get the hang of being a Terran captain in a few days? And I'll bet you were good at it. Admit it: it was beginning to shape you.

And you know what? My time in Starfleet has shaped me too. God knows the empire I'm heir to isn't about fortune cookies, but I'm not all Terran anymore either. What we do changes us, Michael. Forget the past: what we do now makes us who we are. I lied to you about who I was, but not about who I am. You're looking at the most Federation-friendly Emperor this galaxy has ever seen.

What do you have back home? A war to lose; and, if you win, a life to lose--again. I sent the cloaking information to the Federation; they'll be fine. They don't know how much they need someone like you, but I do.

So I'm making an offer to you: join me, and let's make this empire better--more than it could ever be otherwise. Bring the crew--they're worthy, even the non-Terrans--and let's rule this galaxy for peace and prosperity. With you as the new captain, and my right hand.

And their captain will make the same offer to his crew on the Discovery."

NOW we have a character arc that makes sense; a genuine temptation that's been hiding in plain sight all along and pits Michael's new life against that with Georgiou; a chance to put the Discovery crew at each other's throats about whether to follow their captain this far or not; and, when Michael finally chooses Georgiou ("Always second-guessing your current captain, aren't you, Michael?"), the choice is much more charged. (Not to mention the implicit softening of the xenophobia also explains how Spock got onto the ISS Enterprise a decade later.)

There are other ways to play this, but the thematic connections are so stupidly available that I'm just fuming that the writers (or their producers/editors) blew the opportunity this way. Frankly, this was unbelievable: Lorca's pretended character was so much more interesting and deep than Evil Lorca's true character, that it's almost impossible that he himself would not have reflected on how he was a better, happier person on the Discovery.

Apologies for the rant, but I needed to say something to folks who might understand where I was coming from. There's a lot of promise here (especially Saru), and some fun characterization. But this one ruined the season for me. It literally lost the plot.
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Mark
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 2:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I had to laugh a bit at the giant starfleet armada showing up and then zapping out of there again so abruptly and nonchalantly the moment the Romulans stood down. A fleet this size could be thought of in real-life terms as, say, amassing a 100,000+ army to a conflict zone, then deciding "never mind, it's cool" and only leaving a retired service member to sort out any details.

Didn't starfleet just vow to protect the planet? Could they not leave, like, one ship? Of course that would undercut the importance of La Sirena etc.

Overall I do enjoy the show, but 'convenient' stuff happens all too often.
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Markus R.
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 3:23am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I sadly must agree with jammer's review, but for some other reasons. I found the ending rather intriguing (Jurati killing Maddox), and the Horror Scene in the beginning was unneccessary, but effective in motivating Seven of Nine. Because that is the one Point I cannot understand in the least. I feel Picard is somewhat off character (even taken into consideration that People can Change), but Seven was barely recognizable to me. I also was shocked About the dullness of the whole Episode, and that even an able director like Frakes could not milk the Little Quality that was there more. And it is even shocking to see that Kirsten Beyer, well-versed ST novel author and allegedly very sensitive when it comes to "Canon" and "essence" of ST, wrote this Episode. Even painful Moments like Raffi meeting her son (during the birht of his child? what a coincidence…) fell flat.
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Mark
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 5:29am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

It's weird to see so many people respond negatively to violence or swearing.

Are you all trying to watch this show with your young kids and hoping to get them into Star Trek or something? This show builds on age-old ST lore and feels very much directed at 90s ST fans (not in tone perhaps but definitely in the backstory it's building on).

Maybe you should either stop watching with your kids or stop clutching your pearls any time a character says fuck? lmao
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Mark
Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 9:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Sen-Sors

What you said about Geordi's intentions not being malicious in a predatory way is pretty much what Dave from MN was trying to imply. That is why i said that that process of thought was based on conjecture. Sure he want's to have some sort of relationship with her, but I don't think that it's at all in how a lot of people on here are trying to portray it.

I just think people are taking what happened in a TV episode 25 years ago a little too seriously.
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Mark
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 6:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Dave

I did watch Booby Trap. All of what you're saying is pure conjecture and assumption.

I'm not going to debate the issue however, mainly since it really doesn't matter what I say. People are stubborn and are going to think whatever they want to. Just wanted to give my quick two cents on it.
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Mark
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Me and my Mom watched this episode together the other day. She had been doing a marathon of TNG. This is one of the episodes we happened to watch.

I told her about the comments here about Geordi coming across as a creepy stalker. We both agreed that he did not come across that way whatsoever. More like a socially awkward person who may not have gone about it in quite the right way. It probably would have been best if he told Leah outright about the program/situation. Instead this led to a lot of misunderstanding, but really nothing more than that.

Nowadays it seems people are all too ready to label someone with some overly dramatic label. I just think we live in times where a lot of people just seem very paranoid and overly sensitive.
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Markus
Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 12:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

This show is called Discovery not Enterprise or TOS 2.0. Everyone complaining... smh
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Mark Bogn
Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 10:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

I'm watching this in 2019 for the first time and found it absolutely hilarious and I'm in complete agreement with Jammer from over 22 years ago.

One thing it seems none of the commenters picked up on--when Jake and Nog see Kai Winn on the promenade, one of them says, "You wouldn't like her when she's angry." Kai Winn was played by Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award in 1975 for her role as as the tyrannical Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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Mark Antony
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 2:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

I love this episode, Tom Russ is an incredible actor and ,as others have said, very underused in ST Voyager.

After the meld you can actually see Tuvok beginning to lose his Vulcan control and when he finally does Tim Russ’s performance in his quarters and in the medical bay are first rate. Also the interaction between Russ and Dourif are excellent!

On another note I couldn’t help thinking while watching Crazy Tuvok in this episode, remember the DS9 episode where Worf is forced to fight Jem H’adar warriors in single combat I that Dominion prison? Imagine Crazy Tuvok in that scenario......
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Mark Antony
Sun, Sep 22, 2019, 5:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

Did anyone else think it was a shame that Seven went to all that trouble of preparing her shipmates a gourmet meal only for it to all end up on the floor?

Those damn spacial anomalies are a real nuisance aren’t they?
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corsairmarks
Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 1:26am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: For the Cause

My suspension of disbelief was thrown very hard at the end of this episode / beginning of the next. Other than the whole "we have to keep all the same characters and actors" meta-reason, why did we never see any fallout on Sisko for his failure? He let his personal feelings lead him astray which lead to some (assumedly) expensive replicators being stolen by terrorists.

Even if the Federation just replicates more replicators (they are basically magic, I suppose) and the loss itself is inconsequential economically, it is still a security failure in that it supplies terrorists. I'd wager any real-world military personnel would face discipline for gross negligence (i.e. running off because of a love interest) leading to the theft of supplies by the enemy.
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Markus
Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

Wow... I seem to belong to the small minority of people very much enjoying this episode. Lazy writing? Hm. Even so, with the Orient Express, the Enterprise becoming sentient, all characters involved, Shakespeare recital etc. - not much can go wrong here. I found the episode to be refreshingly surreal and mysterious after all those episodes about long forgotten relatives etc. But in general I have a fondness for season 7 - even in its badness ("Sub rosa" not included).

I found the concept of the Enterprise becoming intelligent not at all ludicrous. And I do appreciate that they play around with the concept of emergence and philosophy of mind. And I liked Picard's final words that if the adventures of the Enterprise were honorable the sum of it would be too.

One funny production mistake though: When Data depolarizes the power grid in the holodeck while keeping a taxi at distance with his left arm we can clearly see both hands in the next shot.
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Markus
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 11:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

I’ve always enjoyed this one despite it really making very little sense. This one always seemed to me like the writers were making it up as they went along. 2.5 stars regardless, it’s just good fun.
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Markus
Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 11:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

The first thing I notice popping open Season 2 is the vastly improved camera work. Better panning, closeups, and a lot more angles. It’s very noticeable after having watched all of Season 1 together. Also, Riker looking sexy with that new beard and Worf and Laforge in their new gold uniforms.

I can’t make up my mind between Crusher/Polaski. I do think Polaski got way too much hate and I always liked her. But I also like Crusher too, probably more for sentimental and nostalgic value despite that I can now see the weaknesses in her character better.
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Markus
Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

Always felt the crew behaved very out of character in this episode in terms of how they reacted to the cyrogen folk. From Data saying that cryogenics was a fad that never lasted long, it’s clear that finding people like this isn’t exactly routine, which would partly explain the crew’s behaviour were it the case. Picard saying “they were already dead” is just not like him - if they were able to be revived, is it even really accurate?

And then just the crew’s general disinterest. I mean think about it, if we revived someone from 16-1700’s America or Europe wouldn’t that be just about the most fascinating thing ever?? To understand how they saw events from their perspective and not coloured by history, to see how they reacted to the changes, to answer their questions, even to know what their accents sounded like... it would be so cool! Yet this episode had an aloofness around the whole thing that doesn’t scratch the surface of doing it justice. I mean their biggest concern being their stock portfolio? I just don’t buy it.

1.5 stars...
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Markus
Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

This episode always felt it should have been a two-parter to me. For the scope of story they’re covering, it always felt too rushed. With this coming right before the season finale, I always felt this episode should have been the finale with the second part starting season two. They could have fleshed everything out a lot more with a two-parter.

As is, 2.5-3 stars.
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