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Marshal
Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 9:05am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

@Esther

Are you implying humanity created the planet Earth? What even?
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Marshal
Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

@George Monet

Not that you’re wrong or anything, but I think with court episodes of TV you have to give the show little slack on following civil procedure. Keep in mind that if they strictly followed procedures as real courts do, it wouldn’t make for very interesting TV.

That said, I understand where you’re coming from and think there should be a high bar on the episode to be thoughtful and entertaining to make up for its disregard for realism.

What I do think this episode gets right is that it does thoughtfully consider the principles of how different forms of intelligent life should be treated. Picard doesn’t win his case because he bucked procedure, but because he convinced everyone (even Maddox) that Data was close enough to sentient life that he deserved the full rights thereof.
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Marshal Dunnik
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: The Augments

In a previous episode, it was established that Klingon ships do not have escape pods - anyone with a passing familiarity with them would know why.

And yet here we have a Klingon ship with an escape pod.

Plot Device > Continuity
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Marshal Dunnik
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 5:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Cold Station 12

Why does Cold Station 12 have not one but two sealed receptacles big enough for a man to stand in, with the ability to inject airborne pathogens inside of it? Do they test viruses and bugs on live people? Do they put scientists who have been bad inside? Because horror plot.

"Load photonic torpedoes," says T'Pol to Trip, who nods. Over her shoulder in this shot is an extra sitting at the tactical station. Extras are cheap, but cant' speak, but still, they could have had him just nod silently.

I swear Malik deserves to be recognized as The Most Awful Cartoon Villain in Star Trek.
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Marshal Dunnik
Wed, Sep 21, 2016, 11:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

When Malik confronts Raakin face to face I hoped that the latter would grab the former's knife and stab him mid-speech, just for a change of pace from the usual cliches.

Always a pleasure to watch Brent Spiner but I can't help but see his performance as a note-for-note rehash of Lore in TNG's Descent.

And why does Archer allow such a dangerous and unpredictable potential enemy within choking range? Because the plot says so.

I keep hearing that the fourth season, which I never managed to get around seeing back in the day, was the best and a sign of good things to come but so far, so meh. Storm Front was just stupid, Home may as well been called "Family", and this one, as Jammer rightfully notes, seems to be a rehash of Space Seed (and TWOK) without the charisma of Ricardo Montablan. But one can hardly expect gravitas and screen presences from a young actor who was seemingly cast solely for his boy band bad boy looks and martial arts ability.
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Marshal Dunnik
Wed, Sep 21, 2016, 12:48am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Zero Hour

[Daniels] "He's like a message in a bottle, but without the message, leaving you with nothing to do with the empty bottle except smash it over your head."

lol
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Marshal Dunnik
Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Rajiin

So where does Rajiin get her series of sexy outfits? Maybe there was a deleted scene that explained this:

Rajiin - "Wait, we can't leave!"
Archer - "Why not?"
Rajiin - "I need my sexy outfits!"
Archer - "Seriously?"
Reed - "I think it's worth the risk to go back, sir."
Archer - "You would."
Rajiin - "Please! My powers of seduction are reduced 8% without them!"
Archer - "We'll get you some outfits on the ship"
Rajiin - "But-"
Archer - "We're leaving."

(later, aboard the Enterprise)

Archer - "This is the captain. Would any female crewmembers with sexy outfits, preferrably catsuits, report to the captain's ready room. No, it's not what you think."
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Marshal Dunnik
Sat, Sep 17, 2016, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

"The story arc driving the season will be an incident in Starfleet's history that has been referenced but never fully explored. Die-hard fans "should be very happy. It's something I want to see," Fuller said."

For some reason, Garth of Izar popped into my mind.
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Marshal
Thu, Sep 5, 2013, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

When Picard finally leaves Madred's office after his final act of defiance I notice that Madred's expression is not embarrassment or anger at being bested. He has a small grin. Is it because he respects Picard as a worthy opponent or even a peer?

I don't understand how seeing Picard as a real human being "ruins" the show. I can identify completely with his emotional journey and his sense of loss and confusion after this terrible experience. He isn't Superman or a god. His victory over Madred isn't because he is unbreakable, it cost him a great deal. Heroism isn't found in being tougher than everyone else. A heroic effort is when the character understands their own weakness but exceeds those perceived limits to achieve their goal.
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Marshal
Thu, Aug 29, 2013, 2:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Best episode ever! I'm crying.
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Marshal
Sat, Aug 17, 2013, 11:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

@Kevin

These things have all been established by the show. The Klingons have their own ships and are members of the Federation. So do the Vulcans. The Vulcan and other races of Starfleet are part of an exchange program. They all have their own cultures and local laws. They share information but don't necessarily develops the same way or have the same goals. They agree to interact with alien worlds by the Prime directive and to band together against threats that may effect their collective territory if their leadership for the race deems it in their self interest, but not for all threats. Its a lot like NATO. The style of ship has nothing to do with its age. It is a cultural motif that has nothing to do with its ability to operate in space.
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Marshal
Sat, Aug 17, 2013, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Troi makes me hate ice cream! She is just the worst.

What baffles me is not that Wesley is so smart, we already knew that, it's that he automatically says, "Let's analyze the game!" Rather than just try one out. An all too convenient leap of logic.

Speaking of convenient, it was the captain of the alien ship that seduced Riker? I guess they saved money on making a costume for a different alien.

Coming right after the episode where Jordi gets reprogrammed the theme seems a little redundant.

Reminds me of the old story about monkeys with a device implanted in the pleasure center of their brain. They have two buttons, one gives them food the other gives them an orgasm. The monkeys starve to death. I hear this story over and over but I wonder if it is just a myth.
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Marshal
Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 3:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

I have to say I live Q episodes. It's supposed to be a stupid rhomp. Q is trying to place them in a humiliating scenario for his very much viewing pleasure. The delight he experiences when he discovers Vash is every bit the trixter as himself is my favorite moment.

To the suggestion of sexism because the Dr and Troi have no swords I must remind you they are healthcare personale. They are not typically armed in any episode and would most likely seek non-lethal means of subduing the opposition, even in a Q created world.
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Marshal
Wed, Jul 10, 2013, 1:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

Just terrible. We need the most common element in the universe. She misses the most obvious symbol for days, "two of what?" They use the symbol of a moon for an electron but they can't say two suns? I suppose the eyes are a clue not to take the moon literally as well.

The simplest solution would be to put Data in charge of the ship and place the rest of the crew in some kind of stasis or anesthetize them until outside help comes.

A peach! A giant peach flys!
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Marshal
Sat, Jul 6, 2013, 1:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I really liked this episode, but why have the B plot at all. We don't need this moronic distraction to delay the Enterprise. Why did they waste their budget on those useless scenes and crappy alien makeup to discuss the heady topic of... litter bugs?
It would only take minutes to plot a course, lock the tractor beam and get the combined mass of two vessels up to speed to escape the gravity of the planet, sending it on it's slow journey to a safe destination (the sun?). Just tell the audience the search took as long as the story demanded (strange electromagnetic interference). I don't know how long the search would actually take but I do know about momentum in the vacuum of space.
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Marshal
Fri, Jun 28, 2013, 7:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

This episode is about space Jesus. John is chased down as a social dissident. He heals and brings back the dead. He has an attitude of peace and humility, no anger or frustration related with his loss of identity. In the end he is reborn and departs to lead his people to a higher truth.
I love this episode along with almost any episode that hints at the limitless potential of life. Mainly I love it for prominently featuring my favorite doctor and I enjoy the development of John's relationship with her. It never feels romantic to me but the connection is very deep and spiritual. I think John was being portrayed as a very nonsexual being hinting at his future evolution.
I don't know how you call this a middling episode. The pacing is slower because its a thoughtful episode that is supposed to stimulate questions more than provide answers. I also remember watching this when it first aired and this one stuck with me. It's not the best episode but it exemplifies the philosophical attitude that I appreciate in TNG over other trek series. I don't watch for action and excitement but for a sense of wonder.
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Marshall Maresca
Wed, May 18, 2011, 11:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I'm always a little fascinated to see people complain about how this episode fumbled on its gay-issues allegory, but completely miss it as a transgender-issue story. That's not even allegory. That's text.
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Marshall
Wed, Apr 1, 2009, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Wow. I'll go out on a limb here and say I wish your April Fool's joke was real. Not because I don't love your reviews (I do), but because what you wrote was...moving. It may be a joke, but I think you summed up the Battlestar experience better than any full, starred review could have.

"Last-minute cowardice"? Hardly. But then I share Moore's love of ambiguity.
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