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Mike Shanahan
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 9:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

I thought "skin of evil" was one of the most enjoyable shows in the whole series. I loved Armus the smartass alien. The way he spoke was great. It's very polarizing for most people, some hate it some love it.
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Shira Nahari
Sun, Jan 10, 2016, 12:06am (UTC -5)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

Paul M. - Mon, Nov 2, 2015

Just like people who take the Bible purely literally, you apparently have failed to appreciate the allegorical nature of SNG. The reason I love this series is its rich and imaginative symbolism of human consciousness and boldly going beyond the confines of what is known at present.
Each member of the crew embodies a facet of our personality/consciousness:
Riker - our libido
Troi - our intuition
Georgi- our scientific, mechanical abilities
Worf - our warrior nature
Data - unlimited knowledge
Crusher - our healing abilities
Q. - the unpredictable limitless possibilities in the Quantum Field
Picard - the aware ego that needs to integrate the entire "crew"
The Prime Directive - a reminder that we have no right to perpetrate on others, even if we think we know better
The Enterprise - The vehicle for our journey through life

Now, Paul watch any episode and suspend your judgements and dive a bit deeper. The people putting this series together really knew what they were doing and that IMHO is why it is such a treasured classic.
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Mon, May 7, 2012, 9:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, BSG-style. Definitely 2-stars.
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Sat, May 5, 2012, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

I really loved Jammer's mention of "the usual CGI brilliance from Gary Hutzel & Co," because when I read it I had a quick moment of "wait, that's all CGI?" Of course it is, but call it a compliment to the oft-cited "gritty realism" of BSG that I sometimes forget those scenes aren't "shot on location" out there, somewhere in space with real ships etc.

@Todd - "I was pondering about how Zarek seemed to change, somewhat suddenly, from a flawed man for the people into a dictator without pity." I agree w/ David that it was a latent side of the character that doesn't mature until this season. But I think the trigger that "turned him on" (like a cylon? : ) was Adama's constant refusal to acknowledge him as an equal no matter positions bestowed Zarek by "the people." In fact, in the history of the show, Adama never gives Zarek even a modicum of respect. Wouldn't that grind Zarek's liver? However, I think a few episodes back, was the last straw for Zarek: when Roslin rolled over to play dead, Zarek, as VP, should have been President, but Adama refused to work with him, basically forcing Zarek to step down in order for Lee ("Adama Jr.") to assume the presidency. David is right: "so many people seem bent by Zarek's so-called crossover to another level of villany, when it fits in with who he was presented to be from the start: a terrorist who had used unnecessarily violent means."
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Thu, May 3, 2012, 4:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Face of the Enemy

Guess I'm the only one, but I actually preferred The Resistance. Sure it was choppy, but I felt li that viewing it really informed how I took in the next episodes that followed it. In other words, the webisodes lacked continuity BUT I felt they made the drop into New Caprica less jarring. Meanwhile, The Face of the Enemy flows slightly better and does give us more insight into Gaeta (his past, his sexual orientation, and his mindset going forward), but like Jammer said, it was a bit too Agatha Christie for me. I'd reverse ratings and give The Resistance 3 and The Face 2.5 at best. Yes the standalone nature of the webisodes is problematic, but I agree w/ Samuel Walters' comment up above: "I disagree with the notion that the format itself is an inherent detriment. Rather, it was the story that BSG tried to tell through the webisode format that was the real problem."
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Sun, Apr 29, 2012, 3:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Guess What's Coming to Dinner?

@Niall: Natalie/Renegade Six was written out of the show so soon, as she was a really engaging character who could potentially have become a lot more interesting down the road. Easily the best version of Six to have appeared on the show.

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Mon, Apr 23, 2012, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Ties That Bind

My first pointless comment: Why'd it take until her very last appearance for Cally to have a decent hairstyle?

My second: i really don't get all the whining about the timeliness of these reviews. It's not like it's your horoscope and you've really got to know right away. Geez.

@joshiah: "the baby degraded her spirit and made her lose hope" i shouldn't laugh but that sounds really funny to me.

@nic: "Did the writers really think that finding out her husband was a CYLON wouldn't be traumatic enough on its own? That she needed to be a drug addict too?" I completely agree. I also agree somewhat with Nic's comment about Season 3. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a pointless interlude but the middle of that season was a muddle. Some of those stand alone episodes bogged down the momentum and some of the story arcs didn't flesh out as I've liked, but you can't satisfy everyone, right? That said I reluctantly began watching BSG and have been hooked pretty solid. It hasn't gone off the rails enough for me to give it up. In that regard I'd compare it to the Sopranos. I know many will balk, but Sopranos was the same way - a bit inconsistent and every season there'd be a good chunk of episodes that didn't meet expectations only to be followed by some amazing writing/acting/storylines and when all was said and done, still head and shoulders above most tv fare.

@nic again: "Oh, and boy are the Final Five stupid. The first rule of a secret meeting is that you don't write its location on a piece of paper that can easily be found." Seriously.
And I hate Tory. I always have. She has been rather cylon-ish before we or she even knew it. And Six becomes less and less the cylon we expect. Hurrah! I'm liking this switcheroo.

Michael: I don't think it was so grievous to give Kara her own ship, but the crew selection doesn't make any sense. Supposedly some were volunteers, but Gaeta, for example? He surely didn't volunteer, and i don't know why Adama would assign him. I don't buy it.

@Ryan: "If I was a woman, I'd be totally offended by these writers' insistence on making every female a blowhard, a hypocrite, a bitch, or some combination thereof." Whoa, Brother. Your panties are on way too tight on that one.
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Wed, Apr 4, 2012, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Occupation/Precipice

@dan at this point the Cylons are subjugating the human race for no other apparent purpose.

yes, and some would say that same of the U.S. occupation of Iraq after a point and history/current events will give you lots of other examples of an occupying force subjugating the native population for what eventually devolves into no good reason.

@dan: she [Boomer] more than any other would have understood that the human race would never have accepted even a benevolent "partnership" with the toasters.

I don't think the occupation was at all what Boomer and Caprica Six had in mind. But again, read your history books or pick up a paper. Boomer and Cap Six are one voice whose intentions or suggested intentions have been co-opted and mangled and misunderstood by the true powers that be. Boomer and Caprica Six have influence but not power.

The Cylons motivations? Twisted religious fervor. Try reading the news headlines on any given day.
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