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Nick M
Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 10:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me

On my rewatch and Roslin wants everyone to believe in her and her visions but Kara MUST be a Cylon. Yep. Way to be Madam President.
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Nick Morrissey
Sun, Mar 1, 2015, 8:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

This movie just gained an extra shot of emotional resonance with Nimoy's passing...
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Nick M
Fri, Jul 6, 2012, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

I am a huge Jellico fan from the moment I saw this episode. I also lost respect for Riker in this one. The writers made him a whiner (and the look on his face when he found out Jellico was going to be commander started the pity party) who was not pushing back because Jellico was wrong, but because Riker and the crew were not used to it.
Please.
I've been in the Army for 25 years, you know what happens when you get a new commander? You do it his way (unless it is unsafe or illegal, none of which Jellico was). But because you miss the old CO? No. Get your orders, salute and do your damn job.
I would serve with jellico any day.
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Nick M
Tue, Jan 11, 2011, 9:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

Ok, trying to compare the war in Iraq to DS9 works on some levels, but not all. In full disclosure I have served four touors there, and am getting ready for a fifth.
I have been in some very isolated places (like AR-558) and maybe it's me, but these people were....soft. Quark was right. Supposed to be out in 90 days? Crying about it? Boo hoo. I did two years straight in Iraq...24 months...and saw people in places that were there for 15 months, and lost a LOT of friends...they did their job and kept morale up. To me the angst was obviously written by someone who had no idea what it was like to serve.

Having said all that, I love this episode. It is in other ways very real. These people are DIRTY...Trek doesn't like to show their people dirty. I liked that. I gasped when the mines were revealed, I liked that moment a lot. I will say, carrying the white around the neck...yawn. Cliche. AND there is NO WAY a Soldier with his experience would wear them on a patrol where silence is key. Anything nonessential goes, especially if it can make noise.

I agree with Carbetarian, Nog is one of my favorite characters, and the three episodes cited are a huge reason. Nog was fun, serious, dedicated and three dimensional.

Just my randome thoughts, worth not even a cup of coffee.
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Nick M
Mon, Jan 10, 2011, 10:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

A few things:

1 - I know this is because the casting would have been way too difficult, but I was taken back how the starving Bajorns all looked....well fed. I mean, Kira Meru looked very, very good in that dress. Took me out of the moment.

2 - Alexey Bogatiryov, I take your comments personally. Having served four tours in Iraq I think comparing like that is so far off base (no pun intended) it makes me dizzy. Are the US troops taking Iraqi women and forcing them to serve as "comfort women"? LOL Riiiight. Are we forcing the Iraqis into slave labor? Riiiiight.
Actually, most Iraqis do not see those working with us as collaborators, they just want to rebuild their nation that was torn apart more by decades under the occupation of a man more like Dukat than you can imagine.

I have seen the rape rooms. I have seen the marshes that he drained to punish the people living there, depriving a people who were farmers and fishermen for centuries, because they disagreed with him. I have seen people who were forced to do hard labor for their political views.

To compare the situation, when the vast majority of those that were/are fighting against the liberation from that are from outside Iraq, and the Iraqi "awakening" happened BECAUSE the Iraqi people joined in rebuilding and saying no to those outsiders, makes me ill.
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Nick M
Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 9:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Favor the Bold

I am in the very tiny majority here, but when Leeta did that whimper I laughed out loud, and thought it funny. All the serious things going on and then this...NOISE. I also thought her haggling with Quark over how long she'd work for free was a funny moment in an otherwise dark and intense scene, very true to Quark's character, and showing the love Leeta has for Rom.

Just me though.
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Nick M
Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 8:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

The scene where Martok confronts Alexander is powerful, and it is because of the awesomeness that is J.G. Hertzler. Martok may be one of the most well-rounded "secondary" characters on any show, and his scenes in this episode were enough for me to recommend it.
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Nick M
Thu, Dec 30, 2010, 9:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Jammer, I think you are too hard on the Rom character much of the time. You have to look at it from the view of who he has always been:

- spoiled as the baby of the family by Moogie

- loved by Quark, but in the worst way. Nothing is ever good enough, constantly called an idiot and beaten down mentally and verbally by a bully of a big brother who abuses him to make himself feel like a big shot

- a man who has a son who he loves more than anything, but it is obvious the son is humiliated by him

Rom also is that individual who is always looking to new experiences (like trying the new food for breakfast) that repulse other Ferengi, he doesn't follow his own people's traditions. He's a tecnical wizard in a culture that values the "lobes" for greed and profit. Like so many others on DS9, Rom is an outcast.

I guess I am defending Rom because I always liked the sincere naivety he has. He just wants to be part of a group that accepts him, that LIKES him. He is a good person, but yes he is (for the most part) a lemming. I think he was misunderstood by a lot of the people watching DS9 who viewed him, sadly like Quark did. An idiot.
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Nick M
Wed, Dec 29, 2010, 9:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

Jammer,

I am really shocked at the error you made in your review. You said the DS9 crew had to infiltrate a " bat'leth tournament" Gowron was going to be at.
No. No. No.
It was induction into the Order of the Bat'leth, the highest award for bravery a Klingon can receive!

Nic, thanks for that info, I kept thinking, "With her insight into Kilingons, Dax should be on this mission!"
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Nick M
Mon, Dec 20, 2010, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Been rewatching DS9 from start for first time in five years, and I forgot how much this episode moves me (along with It's Only a Paper Moon). No one has commented on it, but I think Cirroc Lofton was just so great in this episode, the moment he sees his dad "die" there is such pain in his eyes. The scene showing the memorial moved me, to see how crowded it was, great set dressing. And the simple scene of Dax hoding Jake on her lap stroking his head, he looking so hurt and destroyed by Sisko's death...wow.

I also have to say, I love Nana Visitor but sometimes think she overacts just a bit, but the scene where she and Jake discuss his getting off the station was perfectly acted, and the touching of the foreheads, so loving.

It was nice to see a Jake episode, I always liked Jake, he was the anti-Wesley (and I have no atred of Wesley like so many, just thought he was written so poorly). Jake is a normal kid and loves his dad. The Ben/Jake dynamic is one of the best and most overlooked aspects of DS9, but it kept the show so grounded in reality. It seemed the cast was showing their affection for Lofton in the scenes and that was wonderful.

(Just a not, I am not slighting Tony Todd, I thought he was really very good in this, and it was noce to see him in a non-horror/bad guy role!)

As to Paul Fox's comment: "but a pretty girl in a
skimpy dress is a touch trite" - um, sure she was pretty, but she was far from in a skimpy dress. She was covered from head to toe. I can understand if you wanted to see that lovely lady in a skimpy dress, but thems just ain't the facts. LOL

Great episode, outstanding.
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Nick M
Mon, Dec 13, 2010, 10:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

double m said something I have been thinking for a while. Am I like the only person that has a thing for Cardassian women? There is a really odd sexiness to them, and Kira looked so amazing as a Cardassian! The jusge in the O-Brien episode was also quite sexy. I am not sure who I find more appealing, from a male-fantasy POV, Vulcan women or Cardassian women.

Any thoughts about this silly, yet valid question?
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Nick M
Mon, Dec 13, 2010, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part I

I am rewatching DS9 from first credit to last, first time I have watched it in five years. I forgot how early the Romulans were assisting the Federation, and it really liked that. I also liked the Romulans fighting side-by-side on the bridge with the Federation.

It is amazing to look at S1 and S2 of TNG, and then look at S1 and S2 of DS9 and see how much more compelling and better written the DS9 seasons were, and how much more character growth there was in DS9.

I know many Trek fans felt DS9 too dark, but that darkness allowed way more detailed storytelling and development than the alien of the week storytelling.

DS9 will always be my favorite Trek, and Andrew Robinson and Mark Alaimo really stole so many scenes. But am I the only one who, even though I love Sisko as a character, thought Brooks was just too wooden at times? (Except his scenes with Jake. Sisko was one of the best parents on any TV show, and I love that Brooks was adamant about that relationship.)
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Nick M
Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 10:47am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Crossroads, Part 1

Maybe it's me, but just how beautiful, and dare I say it - but sexy - did Madame President look in the Opera House? In a series with some amazingly beautiful ladies, that scene...well, I would love her to spend time in my office too. :-)

(I really need a girlfriend LOL)
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Nick M
Fri, Nov 19, 2010, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Rapture

One of the little things I love in this series is the back and forth Helo and Starbuck have. When it's not a guy she's sleeping with there are some great Starbuck scenes. The banter about her apartment being a pigsty made me laugh.
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Nick M
Thu, Sep 30, 2010, 10:07am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I just rewatched "Endgame" after a few years...and the final shot STILL pisses me off. After seven years there is no emotional payoff, it just ends. F***ers for that.
And I was thinking about it, I know a lot of people were opposed to the Seven/Chakotay pairing - it didn't bother me so much as just seemed....last minute. But to me, a better pairing, and this will cause anger, harsh words and all that (maybe), would have been Seven/Harry. Hear me out.
Harry is a nice guy (if not a doof) who was all about Seven when she came on. He also was very human. A pairing of the two would have allowed seven someone to play off of for learning humanity, while Harry would FINALLY have gotten a hot babe! Ok, I know it's a strech, but at least after seven years Ensign Never Gonna Progress Because the Writers Hated Him would have had SOME positive in his life.

But that final scene...FRAK Berman & Braga!!!!!
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Nick M
Fri, Jul 16, 2010, 12:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Exile

Jammer,

I liked this episode because Linda Park is the sexiest woman in all the Star Trek series. Just one man's opinion. :-)
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Nick M
Tue, Dec 1, 2009, 9:17am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Oath

I just finished watching the series, from start to finish (started when I got the complete DVD set on my birthday at the end of Oct.) and "The Oath" hit me hard.

I could accept that Geata was part of it, and the refugees from Pegasus, but seeing Racetrack (ok, I admit I have always liked her - it started because I think she is pretty damn hot, after Grace Park she is my favorite female from a libido point of view) and Skulls involved.

That hurt because while minor characters they were still pretty fleshed out and part of the team. My being hurt by their betrayal just shows why BSG may be not only the best sci-fi show I have ever seen, but in the top of ANY type of show. BSG is what Voyager could have been - about characters and survival (really, aside from Paris and Torres, how many people got married or anything when they thought they'd be in the Delta Quadrant for the rest of their lives?).

Sorry...this episode was to me **** because it just rang true after the pain of Earth and everything they went through people got PISSED.

Great stuff. (I just said a lot of nothing didn't I?)
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Nick M
Thu, Nov 19, 2009, 8:17am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Maelstrom

Jammer,

I was surprised you did not mention one of the really good character touches when Starbuck died - the look on Col. Tigh's face. As Apollo was yelling for her to pull up you could see it was not the normal hard-ass Tigh, but the concern building, and then when Lee said the ship was in pieces...well, the total stunned confusion, sadness and even regret - all in about a second or two. Brilliant.

Question I am curious to hear what you all think, I thought it was a good move NOT to have the funeral/memorial for Kara in this episode or "The Son Also Rises" and let the pain, acceptance and start of healing show instead of the big speech with tears and recollections. Thoughts?
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Nick M
Tue, Nov 10, 2009, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Torn

Jammer,

Interesting your thoughts about the "to be continued" because last night when I was watching I said to my step-son, "You know, on this show they really don't need the 'to be continued' because each episode builds on the other like very few shows." He didn't understand and we got in a nice talk about Star Trek and how you could watch them out of order and never be scrathing your head, how TNG was mostly like that but after season 4 there were back stories you needed to know and how with DS9, or Babylon 5, you had to watch in order. Since my step-son missed several episodes this weekend (he was working and I was watching - sorry, not waiting for him!!! LOL) he was really lost and now understands why I was so pissed he ereased the first three shows of season 4.5 while I was overseas.

Back to my point though, I thought the "to be continued" was unneeded and, well, maybe I am just being a geek here, but kind of insulted, as I EXPECT each episode to build and continue from the last with BSG.

Just my dopey thoughts.
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Nick M
Wed, Nov 12, 2008, 6:10am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Scar

I thought the ending was very powerful in a way I have not seen addressed. Kat called Kara out and the feeling (at least I got) from most of the other pilots was that Kara was detached - in fact the talk with Lee where she said she did not remember their names when he said he could not recall their faces gave a lot of weight to that. When Kara said each of their names, slowly and with emotion, it showed she not only remembered them, but felt each loss. Very powerful. That made the episode for me.
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