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Michael Z Freeman
Mon, Sep 13, 2021, 4:07am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: In the Hands of the Prophets

@Robert Thu, Oct 2, 2014, 8:49am (UTC -5)

You quoted ...

"KEIKO: I'm not teaching any philosophy. What I'm trying to teach is pure science.
KIRA: Some might say pure science, taught without a spiritual context, is a philosophy, Mrs O'Brien.
SISKO: My philosophy is that there is room for all philosophies on this station. Now, how do you suggest we deal with this? "

I guess there was a debate about this back then but not as prominent as today. Kira's statement directly echoes The Galileo Report - galileocommission.org - and Sisko's discussion about Galileo with his son made me realise something I'd never realised up until now. I'd always been taught about the "silly" people who would not look through Galileo's telescope. Yet, just like Sisko's description of the Bajoran people being helped to survive by their faith, those who refused to look back in Galileo's time were undoubtedly being helped to survive by their faith in a difficult world. So their standpoint becomes easier to understand.
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Michael Miller
Sat, Sep 4, 2021, 11:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

Culture is such a BS concept. What's important is improving the quality of life, regardless of how it affects their STUPID, reprehensible belief systems, whatever they are. This is an episode where Q should have disciplined the entire crew. How the world would be soon much better without childish religions. I always rude for the born now.
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Michael Z Freeman
Wed, Aug 25, 2021, 2:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

Every first season has a few weak episodes. This is one of them. There are flaws and inconsistencies in the story and writing. The actor who plays the hunted Tosk just doesn't seem to hit the right notes, as well as Sisko's reasons for letting O'Brien get away not really making sense. I can see what they were trying to do with the story but it never worked for me. What it did do was remind me of quite a few exceptional Voyager episodes involving the Hirogen (Voyagers "Tosk") such as "The Killing Game" which are much better than this.
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Michael Miller
Sat, Jul 17, 2021, 8:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Real Life

B'Elanna didn't make the program have "naturally random variations". She just flipped it from 100% bliss to 100% total dysfunction, which is just as "unrealistic". And the death of the kid was unnecessary and the doctor was right to end the program. They heal people who just got blasted by a plasma conduit effortlessly, but one fall and head injury led to a slow, unpreventable death? They even revived Nelix after he was dead for 18 hours, yet 24th century technology couldn't help with a school sports injury? Torres really went overboard (even if she didn't fall off the klingon barge of death) in this episode. Funny for the most part but the ending just cancelled all of that out. 3 Stars.
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Michael Miller
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 9:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

This was the sickest episode I have seen on any star trek series. O brien totally did not deserve that, heck even some of the worst violent criminals don't deserve that kind of cruel degrading inhuman treatment. They should have wiped that whole planet off the star charts. I love how the stupid prime directive is one way, alien races can abuse and take advantage of them but they "cannot interfere" in the slightest for the benefit of either of them LMAO. As people have said here Kira should have put up a fight. Just as sick as the episode where they were gonna kill him just for having "knowledge" about some ancient weapon they wanted to destroy. But of course, they do nothing. They wipe the memory of innocent kids like in pen pal just cause the PRiMe DiReCtIvE buy couldn't do it here. They should have beamed down to the planet and demanded that they give him a 30 year paradise simulation or something in a few hours to compensate him. Planets like that should have warning beacons surrounding them warning visitors of their atrocities.
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Michael Miller
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 3:47pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

Remember Harry Kim was just the duplicate one at the end, and in the Course Oblivion one he was duplicated again, and Don't even get me started on "timeless" there must have been at least 10 of him by the end of the show. After Relativity there were 3 or 4 Janeways, 7 of 9s, and Captain Braxtons. I'm curious why two identical atoms that are NOT matter and antimatter, would annihilate?
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Michael Miller
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 12:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

Oh and weren't those energy bolts Nomad was firing at them going warp 15 by themselves? What a nonsense episode this was, and since when are shuttlecrafts more powerful and faster than a starship?
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Michael Miller
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 12:51pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

They went Warp 14 in that episode of the original srs where Scott was crawling in that Jeffery tube trying to stabilize the magnetic flow. They went 13 in the last next generation episode on dr crushers ship. Nomad robot increased the engine efficiency to warp 11 in the changeling. In the Mudd episode They were going warp 10 in a circle..so what is this BS that they can't cross Warp 10? And if Warp 10 is infinite how could they have any warp speeds higher in the first place? Episode started interesting, ended very stupid LOL
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Michael Miller
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 10:01am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

They are such hypocrites in this episode, millions of lives weren't worth violating the PD but one Wesley Crusher in "Justice" was. They should repeal that federation law.
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Michael Miller
Mon, Jul 12, 2021, 7:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Death Wish

They get to personally witness the beginning of the universe and they are still complaining LOL Q is right, star fleet officers are a bunch of whiners!
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Michael Miller
Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 11:15am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Q2

Anyone that complains that teens are a nuisance and troublesome should watch this episode was be grateful!
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Michael Miller
Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 11:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

This episode was like the 10th or 15th time they redid the timeline? No wonder Captain Braxton was pissed LOL. Oh yeah and the one with the frozen planet and the slipstream drive. And after Future's End and Relativity I gave up trying to figure out who was the real captain Janeway. Also an important reminder. Ensign Kim and Naomi aren't their original selves either, they were both duplicated in the "Deadlock" episode and the captain sent their surviving clones over to the original ship. So much for the Temporal Prime Directive. She throws Tom in the brig for a month for trying to save a civilization but then violates every oath she took just to get them home a few years earlier. Wasn't she the one that was like "I promised not to get caught in one of these time paradoxs" but here she is, stealing Klingon technology to contact her younger self after she was already home LMAO
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Michael Miller
Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 11:03am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Bliss

The doctor was being so dumb, he didn't want to destroy a creature that was a potential threat to everyone in the sector, and was willing to put the crew at risk for a non-sentient lifeform. What if it had a violent reaction to the antimatter which ended up destroying Voyager and that other vessel along with it? Instead they leave it there for trillions of other people to get caught it in. Also as others mentioned it is weird how the little girl could operate a shuttle craft, create mythical characters on the holodeck, and be so calm in this episode (with a LITERAL monster in this one) but be afraid of imaginary ones in her room, especially with all the intruder alert scanners! Maybe that was just her reason to spend time with Nelix. I find it weird that the doctor didn't reactivate himself after the crew became incapacitated, like he did in the Basics Episode. The ship was shortcurcuiting all over his automatic recall should have kicked in. I actually wondered if the creature was alive at all. They have entered other weird nebulae with similar lightning bolts like in Mortal Coil. Good episode overall.
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Michael Miller
Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 10:40am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

I would have thought Star Fleet would be a society beyond barbaric practices like solitary confinement and incarceration. Although to be fair, with that whole slew of charges Janeway read to him before ordering him in the brig, in the US you'd get at least 10 years! 30 days is nothing by comparison, and unlike current prisons where you have to worry about being beaten/raped everyday. However the prime directive is not only idiotic but enforced completely hypocritically. In the NG episode "Justice" ONE Wesley Crusher was enough for them to violate their laws, but in "Homeward" the lives of millions of baraals was not. If you are afraid of negatively impacting a planet's development, simply give them replicator that can only make food instead of weapons for example, or only necessary medicine..etc. Serves them right when the Kazon marooned them all on that planet. Didn't the hypocrites even void the whole prime directive altogether because they were afraid of a few Omega particles LMAO
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Michael Miller
Sat, Jul 10, 2021, 6:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

This episode is very vague lol like a chaotic spatial distortion would distort the ship in such an ORDERLY fashion, where all the rooms weren't crushed/stretched, but just rearranged lol
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Michael Miller
Sat, Jul 10, 2021, 6:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

What if someone on that planet had some kind of neurotic thought disorder where they constantly had negative thoughts? They would purge their brain every 2 minutes? Living on a planet like that would be the worst invasion of privacy ever, but good episode
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Michael Miller
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 6:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

Just a quick question, if their maximum warp is around 4 Billion Miles per second as Tom stated, then when you do the math, that equates to 21,505 light years per year, which means even if they were going from one edge of the galaxy to the other edge (which is not the case) it would only take them about 5 years to cross the galaxy, not 75 years. I know they probably can't sustain maximum warp continuously, but based on some of their figures from other episodes, it is obvious that the speeds are inconsistent. They've traveled several parsecs in a few minutes in plenty of scenarios, but even if they only went 1 Light year per second, 100,000 seconds is not 75 years, and 4 billion miles is not even the distance across this solar system, so even at MAXIMUM warp they would only be going a solar system or so per second, yet thousands of star systems seem to be whipping by every second they are at warp, it would not look like that at all if the speeds they claimed were accurate LOL
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Michael Miller
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 6:40pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

The moral logic in this episode was horrible.

1. If it is unethical to obtain medical knowledge by experimenting on people, then by not using it after the fact, all the suffering and death of those people would be for nothing. Deleting the database adds insult to injury.

2. Using the medical knowledge doesn't change the morality of what happened in the past. Not using it doesn't bring them back to life or change the timeline. The people who could benefit from it, exist here and now, could be suffering in the moment, those other people are gone regardless of what you do with the results. Literally it is bogus fantasy land to think that your actions in the present effect the morality of the past (and this is not some time travel pun lol)

3. The doctor's logic that they never experimented on people to gain modern medical knowledge yeah OK.
..that's just the most factually incorrect statement I have ever heard on star trek. Also, he claims to have thousands of alien culture medical knowledge programmed in, does he think none of the klingons sacrificed people in scientific research? (LOL they do it for non-scientific reasons like bogus rituals ripping each other's guts out)

Basically the doctor was selfish, deleting perfectly useful medical information over a principle, that in reality, makes the atrocities experienced by the experimental people, worse, making their deaths meaningless, and deleting info after the fact as if that changes anything. Star Fleet is too wound up in its philosophical obsessions that no officer has any common sense whatsoever. Just like the episode where they could have destroyed some non-conscious space being before it ate the ship or whatever, but instead did it in a riskier way just to preserve it's non-sentient life.
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Michael Miller
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 6:26pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

This episode had so many flaws lol, 1st of all, why would the ship's computer allow an alien species that just invaded the ship to lock out the command codes? How could a shuttle's phasers cut through Voyager's shields? How could the sensors detect things hundreds of light years away, but then have a BLIND SPOT underneath the ship? The whole ship short circuited after the phaser couplings overloaded, yet they repaired it as good as new in a few hours? But yeah a star fleet computer would TOTALLY allow alien intruders to lock out the computer!
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Michael
Tue, May 18, 2021, 5:36am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Lifesigns

One does have to suspend a great deal of disbelief to even accept The Doctor as so human but this is one of those times where Voyager makes it worth our while.

Star Trek has a tendency to do romance with characters who never escape their technobabble (Geordi) and pair them with people with whom they have no chemistry (anybody with Geordi). Inevitably you don’t care.

The Doctor and Denora are a believable match and the what could be more low tech and relatable than fumbling through an awkward date in a parked car —- on Mars. It’s perfect!
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Michael
Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 12:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

@The River Temarc

>they look a lot more like an allegory for someone who stubbornly resists masking or who embraces QAnon.

I was always annoyed with Dad Sisko back when I first saw all of DS9 in the early 2000s. Back then, I supported the post-9/11 wars and the fear-based policies that went with them. I wised up, but those policies will probably still be around even after we leave Afghanistan. (Do airports still check your genitals for IEDs?)

Now we're in a different 'war', but skeptics of the associated policies are treated even worse than war-on-terror skeptics used to be. They are casually compared to conspiracy theorists, and given four-figure penalties for living out their normal lives. In the 20th year of Covid, I wonder what the majority view will be about the restrictions that reappear every fall.

It's pretty obvious to me now that Joe Sisko was right to raise a stink. Shame they later retconned his principles.
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Michael
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 4:42am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

“To quote LBJ, the last US president that tried to transform US society”

What?
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Michael
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 1:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Maelstrom

Michael here (the one from 2011).

I've matured (a bit) since then. I lost my Dad three years ago and am no more "over it" now than I was the day he died.

I still think the episode was thoroughly weird, even nonsensical in the overall scheme of things, and the mystical mumbo-jumbo did not resonate with me at all. But Kara at her mom's deathbed really got me choked up, big time. Makes you wonder: What's the point of life? To just...live it?
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Michael Darwin
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 12:03am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Just finished binge watching season 3 after taking the 50% off deal for a year of Paramount Plus. And the verdict is... eh.

In many ways Discovery moved Trek in the right direction, and this season moved Discovery the right way too. Showed flaws in the Federation, and took away some of their invincibility. We have brought in new crew and said good bye to familiar faces every season. They actually jumped into the future. Perhaps too far, IMO, but it was a necessary move for a series that was mired in the past.

On the other hand, the schmaltzy science grates me to no end. If TOS relied to heavily on radiation of the week, Discovery is all about the materialization of bad feelings. Bleh.

I am also unsettled by Gray's character. I know the actor is currently 19, but he comes across MUCH younger to me, while Blu de Barrio does not. I get Gray is probably supposed to look the age he was when he died, but still it feels a bit creepy to me. No offense to the actor, but I would like them to just resolve this story and move on from Gray.
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Michael
Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 10:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: The Passage

Re-watching the show and thought I'd look through my own and others' comments from years ago on here while at it.

I'm saddened, in a way, by some of the remarks made in the past few years. "This character does something bad, which is unexpected and out of character." "That character does something good, which is unexpected and out of character."

That, I think, is the incomparable strength of this show: There are no cartoonish, black-and-white, infallible vs. irredeemable, virtuous vs. villainous dichotomies that plague so, so many other shows, movies, franchises, etc. Instead, *every* character disappoints at some point while some unexpectedly delight us. We form a bond with one or two and begin idolizing them, only to see them fail us by making a decision or engaging in behavior we see as contrary to our own reason or moral imperatives. I remember going through that with Adama on the first watch.

But that's what humans are like, especially humans who recently went through a species-defining catastrophe, are cooped up in close quarters for years on end, getting on each other's nerves, losing perspective and hope... - would we really act much differently in their shoes?

The same goes for Lee Adama and Starbuck (re MDE427's comment). Yes, Starbuck is unattractive, to put it mildly, in her own right and especially as stacked up against Dee. Yet, she has charisma, which Dee does not. How many times have we seen someone pick a physically unattractive partner over a much more prepossessing one? It's, again, human. This is not a two-bit Hollywood movie where a stunning guy shacks up with a super hot broad and they live happily ever after, or whatever.

As I said, that's to my mind the greatest strength of B.S.G.
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