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Fri, Jan 22, 2021, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Saw this recently and I really liked it. Sure Kirk overacts but it's so fun that he does. It makes the show more emotional for the viewer. Besides he has to emote for 2 because his co-star, Spock, has to be deadpan.

I kind of like that there were no romances. The ideas show through clearer.

The idea was interesting and made me think about things. I do however see a real-life precedent for the idea of a sterilized war - General Sherman in the American Civil War. He marched to the sea burning everything in his path to take the "nobleness" out of war. He saw that many had glorified the war and the alleged righteous causes. Politicians, who create wars, sell wars using the propaganda of some noble, righteous, or idealistic cause. In reality, the politicians stand to benefit financially while those they send to die stand to gain nothing. W T Sherman saw the South drafting its young men to die to protect the way of life that benefitted a very few. So he destroyed the culture and civilization that enabled the powerful and wealthy in the South to glorify the war. Kirk was the General Sherman Eminiar Seven.

I do not get too upset about the Prime Directive. The mission involved a ship that had been lost before and soon it became self-preservation for themselves. The Eminians were no primitive backward society. They knew about the Federation, space travel, and technology. Some get too hung up on the idea of the Prime Directive to the point that no decent storylines could ever be told.

When there is a good story, the design of the aliens, props, and sets go relatively unnoticed. Write a good story and you can make the production low budget and nobody will care.
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Mary Vasilakakos
Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 4:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Little boys whose voice has not yet broken should be kept out of TV shows. Picard is the most excruciating captain of them all (I even prefer Scott Bakula's captain in the awful Enterprise iteration) and now I know why: he was once an excruciating little boy.

They needed an entire episode along the lines of Riker's technobabble to the Ferengi. 90% of TNG spends all its dramatic and narrative energy on puerile plotlines and ignores the little gems that have fantastic dramatic and narrative potential. That makes it the worst ST iteration of all, it wins in the puerility stakes by a length.
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Mary Vasilakakos
Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 4:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

Great episode till U start to decode the treachery perpetrated by the "honorable" Captain J T Kirk and Spock, he of the "unimpeachable Vulcan integrity". The Romulan Commander is a vastly superior moral creature than all the honorable Federation men put together. She does what she does openly and without subterfuge. Spock's "it is not a lie to keep the truth to oneself" is the rationalisation of a toddler, not logic of any kind. Re-watching the ep I was reminded of Seska's sarcastic comment to Janeway in STV S1 EP "State of Flux": "Federation rules, Federation nobility..." Indeed! It takes these "villains" to point out the true nature of Federation and Star Fleet "ethics". Single best moment in the whole of ST: the Romulan Commander slapping Spock. She just didn't slap him hard enough!
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Mary Vasilakakos
Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 4:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

Currently re-watching all of TOS on Netflix. First time I persisted in watching THIS unspeakable episode to the end. Then it dawned on me: it's not a piece of mindless jingoism on all things Sacred Americana, but a parody of the mess that America might potentially descent into, as now amply illustrated by the Trump Presidency and the Covid catastrophe. I'm not American, I don't live in America but have always admired certain aspects of its dynamism as a culture. This episode is an inadvertent prophesy on the potential of that dynamism if left unrestrained.
Impossible to rate meaningfully.
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Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 3:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

Hi, everyone! Chiming in late to say (again) how much I love these reviews and this discussion. "Cardassians" is one of my favorite episodes precisely because it presents a situation with no easy answers--perhaps no answers at all. On rewatching, it was clear to me that Sisko made the decision he did because of the political situation on Cardassia. It was necessary to ensure Dukat didn't win. I do think his own feelings as a father entered into it as well--and, as he said, Rugal's Bajoran father clearly did love the boy. But the child had, nevertheless, been taught to hate his birth people. That's pretty serious psychological abuse.

Summing up, a rather tragic episode, extremely well-acted, and not without hope. Four stars for me. And I want to reiterate the recommendation of The Never-Ending Sacrifice. It's an excellent novel. McCormack ages up Rugal, who is actually only 12 or 13, making him in his mid-teens. That's a tiny flaw, and made up for by absolutely everything else in the book. (She does this so that Rugal is believably in his mid-20s at the end). It's really fantastic, and anyone who's intrigued by Cardassians should give it a try.
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Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 12:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

One of my very favorite episodes! I always cry at the scenes with the baby at the end.
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Wed, Jul 17, 2019, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

I agree with you, Springy! I winced quite a lot of the time watching Keiko and Miles, but she is not a harpy. They are both strong-willed people, and they have differences, but they truly love each other. The realism of their relationship was contrasted with the craziness going on around them. I like both of them, and their marriage.

And I actually enjoyed this episode. The one element that makes ME cringe is actually Lwaxana Troi and the way she treats Odo. Someone further up in the comments said she basically harasses him. It's true. And it's a pity, because their previous encounter showed her capable of being kind, discreet, and even wise.

But, for the rest, this was a light episode that often made me smile, and that had a truly loving marriage at its core. I'd probably rate it 2 or 2.5 stars.
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Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 5:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

I hadn't seen this in years, and I just found this blog, so I thought I'd comment. The WTF moment for me was when Riker and Crusher took that little slit of face from the picture, reconstructed the face, then assumed that the person from 50 years ago was Yuta. I remember the very first time I saw this episode I thought at first it was her mother or grandmother. Why would they jump to the conclusion that it was Yuta?
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Fri, Aug 8, 2014, 6:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

I have one nitpick. Riva is not human and has never been to Earth but he communicates with ASL? How did he learn American Sign Language?
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Thu, Jun 25, 2009, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek (2009)

Just chiming in to say that my pain at this movie would have been somewhat eased if Kirk's offer of rescue to Nero had been genuine - and possible. Instead, the scene as played left me despising characters I've loved since childhood. I wish it had been done differently.

I also didn't like that, if you accept the way time travel has always been done in Trek, this film completely negated all of TOS and everything that follows from it. I didn't see how any fan of TOS could possibly like it, even though the young actors did a fine job conveying the characters.

My last comment is that I've been reading your reviews, Jammer, ever since DS9 days. I'm a passionate niner, and I want to thank you for the site.
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mary derricotte
Mon, May 18, 2009, 9:35am (UTC -5)
Re: Why I Hate the Fox News Channel

I hate Fox News as it is not news but conservative ignorant talk. How is that their news is not given without a opionon. I hate talk news because it is the reflection of views of angry white americans and their children who are continously wanting to hold on to a past that is going, going, and gone. My mother listnes to these shows to stay abreast to how important it is to keep an eye on racist people who threaten world stability like Fox.
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