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Michael Wallis
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

An extended Guinan episode is always a recipe for disaster. She is perhaps the worst character in the Trek universe. But when added to the mix is a bombastic, annoying Mark Twain, it becomes a calamity. Twain is presented here as some sort of progressive curmudgeon who we are supposed to delight in as some kine of 19th century Gene Roddenberry. So very boring and predictable.
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Michael Wallis
Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 1:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

Beverly needed to get down from her high horse in this one. The research surgeon was completely ethical in presenting Worf with the new treatment. She provided full disclosure and obtained Worf's informed consent. Great to see Riker heroically representing the pro life position and reversing Worf's embrace of the barbaric culture of death.
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Michael Wallis
Sun, May 22, 2016, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

Timothy is vastly preferable to the petaq Alexander. Therefore 3 stars.
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Michael Wallis
Fri, May 20, 2016, 9:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Captain Picard absurdly wants to roll over and expose his bald belly in an attempt to appease the entity. Happily, Dr. Marr emits a continuous graviton pulse to eliminate the threat. Of course, the writers were unable to create an opponent of Federation ideology, who was in complete control of her wits, instead Dr. Marr was explained away as suffering from a mental incapacity that forced her actions. A similar cheap plot device was used in "The Drumhead" to dismiss the Jean Simmons investigator character. It's a great weakness of the Trek franchise that Federation ideology is never challenged by fully cognizant, strong characters, acting in good faith. The final scene where Data becomes an echo chamber for Picard's dogmatic Federation propaganda is one of the low points of the entire series.
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Michael Wallis
Wed, May 18, 2016, 4:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

@Ben

"When capitalism finishes tearing itself apart, maybe we will get to see a real communism or worldwide socialism ala the Federation. One can only hope."

I only hope we won't have to suffer another 100 million murdered n order to reach your "real communist" or "worldwide socialist" dreamworld.
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Michael Wallis
Wed, Mar 4, 2015, 2:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

A lousy episode pushing a conformist late 20th century agenda. However, the ending was enjoyable i.e. the murderers received their death sentences.
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