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Nigel Tufnel
Sat, Nov 30, 2019, 4:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I really thought I was going to hate this episode seeing the setup but it won me over and I think it’s one of the most thought-provoking episodes of any Star Trek. Though the Tuvix character was awkward to see at first, I thought the actor did a great job combining two almost opposite personalities into one believable character.

FWIW, I think Janeway made the right decision here. Yes, she has to take a life, but to save two lives, who, as she points out have whole lifetimes of relationships and people waiting for them back home. I think if Tuvix was around for 2 years instead of 2 weeks it would have been a lot tougher call but as it is she did the right thing.

Loved Kate Mulgrew’s acting in this episode, she really showed the gut-wrenching decisions a captain must sometimes make, and did it effectively without a lot of words.

What holds the episode back from greatness is the lack of any sort of epilogue to see how the crew deals with the decision (other than Janeway because I think we know how she feels), they just kind of quickly wrap it up and reset for the next episode. Kes feels especially unresolved. As others have said, this would have been more effective as a two-part episode.
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Nigel Tufnel
Sat, Nov 30, 2019, 4:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

Any episode in any incarnation of Star Trek with a “spiritual journey”? Yeah, I’m out. I did watch it but it was just as much a waste of time as I knew it would be.
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Nigel Tufnel
Sat, Nov 30, 2019, 3:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

Im rewatching Voyager now in 2019 and in general finding I enjoy it more now than I did back then. There are actually some pretty good episodes and Janeway is growing on me as captain.

But wow are there some clunker episodes and this was one of the worst. Seeing Ferengi show up out of nowhere I knew I would not like it but it was even worse than I feared. I usually don’t like “pre-industrial society” down on the planet episodes either (they seem to use the same lame village containing a few dozen people with a blacksmith and a few merchants for everything), so strike 2.

Then the dopey ending where Janeway once again blows a golden opportunity for the crew to go home for a ridiculous, contrived SF/PD reason. Why have they not mutinied on her yet? Especially over this one, if my captain botched the opportunity to go home over 2 stupid Ferengis on a tiny planet 70,000 light years away, I would be out for blood.

She had no problem killing off Tuvix to set things right (I agreed with her decision there), she should have planted a phaser blast right in the Ferengis temple (the people would just believe this was some sort of divine intervention) and jumped into the wormhole at the first opportunity, problem solved.
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Nigel Yong
Mon, May 7, 2018, 9:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

I actually enjoyed this episode immensely. I have struggled with fear all my life and as such I welcome the idea that fear is just an emotion to be conquered. And McKean is sublime as the very emotion that hurts on a daily basis.
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Nigel
Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 1:39am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

Yeah, I didn't mind it, the crew deliberating over the Captain's mental state was interesting (although they waited way too long to take the obvious point of action, the Captain asking literally everyone but him to take a medical exam should have been the clincher), and the idea of an alien taking over Picard to get back home was interesting, even though there' really no motivation for most of what the alien actually does.

The thing that most annoyed me was that ending. They went for a lighthearted moment at the end, but for some reason it had to involve the murder of a peace delegate. I mean, what? "Oh, someone got murdered, but I just feel tired. I'll let you handle it Number One." And there's Yar yucking it up to Riker. It's just a completely bizarre note to end on.
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Nigel
Sat, Jan 11, 2014, 6:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

Phweeeeep Phweeeeeep Cumbybumby bloop
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Nigella Vestibule-Hogdkiss
Wed, Jul 4, 2012, 10:56am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Legacy

I find the idea of this episode quite fascinating. The Federation are powerless to do anything to stop the horrors on a planet in their own space. Could be an interesting dilemma for a captain and his crew if they ever revisit it.
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