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MarkG
Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 8:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

At first I was quite afraid of the episode being boring but it won me over. Reading in the review that this was the last episode written by a longstanding write of Trek makes everything come together. The basic story of the episode is that of the struggle between a writer and the need to a satisfy a needing patron who demands a new spectacle every week. It seems Menosky knows the Trek audience quite well, judging from the angry comments if the people who missed their hardcore “science” dose for a week ;)
This was at at the of the sixth season out of seven, so the show can be allowed some self-reflection and the writers comparing themselves with Aristophanes and Shakespeare :)
More explosions and technobabble next week!
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MarkG
Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 8:07am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

A couple of things:
- Beaming out in front of a not advanced civilisation: they were already believing in “Eternals”. This didn’t change much. It did help if it prevented a war.
- universal translator: it has long been established that when it works, it works flawlessly as if everyone speaks English. It is a standard Trek convention so that a story can be told in 40’
People shouldn’t get stuck in trivial issues and instead should try to enjoy the fiction part. Otherwise, Wikipedia has some amazing articles that are highly scientifically and historically accurate ;)
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MarkG
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

“Seeing an un-Tuvok-like performance by Tim Russ is an interesting experience; you realize just how perfectly controlled, pragmatic, and intentionally flat Tuvok's voice generally is, and how much range Russ milks from the Vulcan confines. ”

And for that alone that’s a 3+ episode.
Plus Neelix is not irritating for a change. Simply amazing :)
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MarkG
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 5:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Krill

I’ve been watching Voyager for the last couple of months (just started season 6), coming here after each episode to read up Jammer’s review and the comments. The last week I finally started with the Orville as well. I am amazed by the amount of criticism Voyager had on its plot holes (some actual issues and some imho nitpicking) while the Orville seems to get a pass by a lot of people due to its attempts to mix in some comedy.
Then again , it’s been twenty years since Voyager aired and perhaps the audience has changed these days.
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MarkG
Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 1:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

All the people complaining that 8472 has been turned from evil to “90210” forget that
a) the perception of 8472 has changed already since we now know they didn’t start the war and they are not some great evil as we saw in Prey (S4)
b) this an allegory on the Cold War during which Russians were being depicted by the US as a cold-hearted, evil empire (google Ronald Reagan’s speech), when in fact they aren’t.

As for the inconsistencies of the Earth replication, of course it will have errors, since 8472 have incomplete information about starfleet they are bound to have made mistakes. It’s a way for the writers to show that spying your enemy from afar is bound to create misconceptions (which is accurate)
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MarkG
Sat, May 12, 2018, 7:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

According to the episode Harry was also the best man at Tom’s and Kes’ wedding. Where I come from, the best man gets to be godfather of the first child. That would mean Harry married his goddaughter :D :D
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MarkG
Mon, Apr 30, 2018, 10:57am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Fair Trade

So Neelix gets involved in drug trafficking with a dead body outcome , and endangers two Voyager officers (gets them arrested) and all he gets is two weeks of “hard work” (which as mentioned other people do already as their regular job) at late night shifts? WOW! :)
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MarkG
Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 2:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Lifesigns

I see a lot of discussion about an AI falling in love, but what about a doctor being romantically involved with his patient? I was disappointed that at no point did any of the two(!) doctors thought it might be an issue. And from what I can tell it wasn’t discussed here as well!
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MarkG
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 3:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

@Ruth
2 millions were the estimated casualties not the entire population. The bomb was not big enough to take an entire planet.
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MarkG
Fri, Mar 2, 2018, 10:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

@Nolan
I’ll have to rewatch that part. Still , Spock is the only Vulcan on the planet.
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MarkG
Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 9:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

Am I the only finding irritating that
- the portal is disguised as a door exiting the library , making it extremely easy to travel in time by accident
- sound travels between time through the portal , but only voices and none of the inhabitants of the planet are going near the portal anymore (so that they could be heard).
- Spock goes barbarian but the doctor’s psychology is unchanged, which means that humans haven’t changed in the last 5000 years?
Knit picking I know... :)
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