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Nissa
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 10:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

Sue me, I like(d) this episode. Granted, I haven't seen it in a while, but it was the only episode of this show I willingly re-watched. All the negative things Jammer and others say about it is true. But the dumbness of it made it funny, as opposed to the over-seriousness of so many other episodes with the cheesy acting/writing. If something can't be good, then it should be really, really bad, and thus worth watching.
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Nissa
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 1:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

I have a lot of conflicting feelings about the series and this episode. The episode itself is mostly fine, though I feel Damar's death was a waste -- it would have made much more of an impact if Garak had died instead.

As for the paghwraith stuff, I actually liked it a lot. Sure, it was poorly edited and shrunk down to an unreasonable amount of time to tell the story it wanted to tell, but it was meaningful. Some people seem to think that a "shades of grey" villain is more interesting than a purely evil one, but I disagree -- Dukat's issues at the end seemed due more to time issues than conceptual ones.

Still, I liked Winn's arc, and her struggles of selfishness vs. faith. It felt very real the way her character behaved, and the path she eventually took made perfect sense. I like that Dukat got the approval of the paghwraith over her (always a minion and never a boss), and I like that Sisko had to sacrifice himself.

The obvious solution here was to simply end the war sooner. Post-war wrap-up was bound to be interesting, and by ending the war first, they could wrap stuff up and have time to properly have Sisko transition into becoming a prophet. I don't know why some are saying that's un-Roddenberrian. Did you see the near-godlike beings in TOS?

In any case, the series overall was alright. I felt it was near about ruined by the entrance of the Klingons (apparently a studio-forced choice), whom I never feel escaped their racial cliches. It was just more of the same, only simplified.

Worf was the worst. He did nothing that he hadn't already done in TNG, other than getting married. He was discommendated in TNG, discommendated in DS9. He was personally involved in setting up a chancellor in both. He was a lousy parent in TNG, and a lousy parent in this. He was a lonely, awkward dude in TNG, and a lonely, awkward dude in DS9.

Overall, this is the series that I rewatch the most. It's got a sensible storyline, and feels more realistic than most Trek stuff.
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Nissa
Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

@Andy1

Don't forget the part where Rom can't decide which Vulcan to tag with the ball, because they all look alike. THAT was racist.
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Nissa
Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

Ezri Dax could have worked if she'd had more than the last season to be developed. She started out cute, but the writers dropped the ball in several areas.

- she lacked confidence and was often snarky. That's not good behavior for counselors.

- nothing about her indicated that Dax was there. The symbiont clearly affects people's personalities, but Ezri acted as though she simply had memories from past lives.

- many episodes were wasted introducing her when they should have been wrapping up the rest of the cast.

You can like Ezri if you wish, but that doesn't mean her character was used properly.
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NIssa
Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 6:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet

As nice as this episode is -- and it is good -- there's a plot hole in the premise that feels off. How did Marritza figure that he could make his scheme work? If Darheel is confirmed dead, sooner or later everyone would have figured out the truth, no matter what he did.
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Nissa
Thu, Oct 8, 2015, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

I'll join the haters. Worf was at his worst here. Plus, it was all dreary. If you'll notice, DS9 tends to do better with races that aren't the traditional pillars of Trek. Their Klingons are especially weak and cliche-ridden. This is just more of the same silliness, and I couldn't get through the episode.
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Nissa
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 2:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Leah

Are you blind? Geordi was creating a holographic image of her so that he could create a fantasy with her, and then when she showed up in person, he had the intention of extending that fantasy to herself as a real person. Not to mention that the whole "touching" line was creepy as all get out. While I don't deny that the thing that happened to Kira was worse, just because it was worse doesn't mean that Geordi was innocent here. Geordi's reaction to Picard mentioning her arrival indicates he knew he was doing something wrong, so I don't want to hear it.
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Nissa
Sun, Aug 10, 2014, 10:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

I liked all the Dukat/Kira stuff. It's true that their conquest of the mine was too convenient, but that's fine, as it wasn't the point of the episode.

The failure for me was the Sisko/Cassidy stuff. It felt...trite. I didn't like anyone's acting in that at all. I also don't understand why all the blame was on Sisko's shoulders. Clearly he wasn't ready for a deeper relationship with Cassidy, and everyone's mad at him for not squealing with glee because she could be around more often. The only thing he did "wrong" was not express himself clearly enough. For that matter, Cassidy could have communicated better.
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Nissa
Sat, Aug 9, 2014, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

I'm sorry, but I can't jump on the bandwagon for this episode. Now, it certainly doesn't suck, but some of the editing/pacing of this episode is really choppy. Primarily where it concerns Guinan. Guinan, for some reason, gives only bits and pieces of information about the Borg at any one time. You'd think that as someone whose race has been hit by Borg, she'd be a little more aggressive about telling the Enterprise to get out of there. But no, instead she sits down in a conference with the officers, then a battle happens, and then another conference with Guinan where she (and Q) finally explain what the Borg are. It makes sense for Q to hide things, but Guinan really should just get it all out there.

Other than that, this episode is good. The Borg are interesting, Q is Q, and the annoying girl in engineering isn't that bad.
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Nissa
Thu, Aug 7, 2014, 2:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

I agree with DLPB's statement about the self-apologizing, but other than that (and a stupid comment about homemakers), I actually like this episode. I like how it contrasts people of the past with people of an "idealistic" future. It's cheesy, but fun.

Structurally, it fails a bit in that it feels like this is the missing chunk out of at least a three-episode storyline. It seems like there should have been a follow up episode to conclude something about conflict with the Romulans and the future of the 20th century people. This episode would be better if it didn't feel so chopped off.
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Nissa
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 12:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

I agree with Negus2. Nog was very annoying this episode.

But the one thing that really bugged me about this episode, despite the fun comedy, was the broken trust. Quark very honestly meant to trade a Vorta for his mother, and arranged for a trade that apparently the Vorta meant to keep. The deception that Quark ended up using saved his mother, but it also destroyed the trust between the Dominion and Ferenginar, possibly with huge consequences.
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Nissa
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 11:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I didn't like this episode. I didn't sympathize with the colonists, and I was very happy when Odo made sure the colonial timeline never happened.

On the other hand, it's fascinating that this episode received so many positive reviews. It's as though all it takes is some over-the-top emotion for people to like something.
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Nissa
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 10:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

What really bothered me about this episode was the assumption that anyone who sells weapons is bad. There are those who just want to arm those in need, or like weapons as a hobby (boys and their toys), or like them for their historical value. Quark's guy wasn't bad because he sold weapons, he was bad because he sold specific weapons (those of mass destruction) to evil people. It's not as simple as this episode pretends it is.

That's the real failure of the Ferengi in DS9. Basically every real world issue they faced was overly simplistic and unintelligently stated.
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Nissa
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 10:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

The major thing that disappoints me here is that Bareil wasn't needed at all during negotiations. Sure, Kai Winn claimed she needed him, but if she simply had a friggin' spine, she could have done all the negotiations herself. Bareil didn't have an exclusive relationship with the Cardassians, and if Winn had had the gumption she showed later in DS9, everything would have been fine without Bareil.
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Nissa
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Equilibrium

Meh. I found it boring. Sure, there were some good plot implication, but I just couldn't care.
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Nissa
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 8:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Jem'Hadar

I was actually pretty disappointed with this episode set. For one thing, why doesn't Sisko have enough spine to tell Quark and Nog that it's a father-son trip? But that's minor compared to the fact that an entire starship got destroyed in the effort to save only four people (five if you count the traitor).

Also, the Vorta woman wasn't handled well by Sisko. So Quark takes him aside and tells him that she's a traitor. What does Sisko do? He immediately confronts her, despite the fact that she doesn't know he's found her out. He could have milked the deception further and got more information, but instead just pulls out his phaser and watches her leave. Not the best way to handle that, Sisko.
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Nissa
Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 10:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I actually love this episode. Well, one storyline of it. The Quark/Odo part was fine, but the Sisko/OBrien/Jake part was really, really boring. This was the episode where I noticed that the writers seem to be doing everything they can to keep Sisko from doing "Captainy" things, such as deal with Dukat or solve problems as the leader of his crew.

The rest of the crews' plotline, however, was marvelous, and a whole lot of fun. Dukat was a pleasure, and having both him and Garak working their character magic is the pinky off the teacup.
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Nissa
Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Abandoned

Am I the only one who thought this episode was boring as all get out?
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Nissa
Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 10:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

This was fun, but not great. I never bought alternate Kira as a powerful, dangerous woman. She kept undercutting herself by showing mercy for no reason. It would have been more fun if she were outright demented, and showed mercy only when it suited her selfish purposes.

Other than that, I don't like how this episode weakens the message of the original Mirror, Mirror, and makes it so that goodness is weakness instead of strength. Plato would be disappointed. If they had used that as a theme instead of a dismissal of TOS, the episode would have been better.

That said, I love where alt Kira mourns alt Odo. It's a great parallel to what eventually happens to Odo and Kira, and very fun.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Jammer, buddy, I think you're letting your personal bias against Nog mess up this episode for you. Honestly, I really enjoy it, and Nog was at least plausible in this episode. He wasn't as bad as he was other times. I really loved this one, and I'll watch it again.

Though I agree with Cail Corishev above; I don't like Keiko. That makes me like the episode better, because she gets hurt. Hehe. Actually, the actress does a lot better when she's not Keiko. She's a great paghwraith.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 5:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Would someone be offended if I said the episode was really, really boring? The themes were too obvious, and the acting was just meh. I will say, however, that the medical staff were pretty excellent in how they handled their situation.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 4:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

...I couldn't have a bigger meh if I tried. While I like the Kira/O'Brien storyline, I didn't care for the rest of it. Worf doesn't really do comedy all that well, and Dax....she comes across as a slut. I'm sorry, but I had to say it. Over time, she's had a lot of "intimacies" with she's known for no time at all, like the guy whose planet phased in and out of existence, and that guy that walked out of her room another time. And she encourages Kira to mess around with holographic guys. I'm sorry, but it's hard for me to respect someone who sees a distraught friend and figures that the right reaction is to sleep with him.
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Nissa
Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

What irritates me about the Ferengi nonsense is that I've actually read books. They portray capitalism as something that makes people greedy and selfish, but when you look at it historically, the most equal and fair nations have become so in the capitalist periods. In some nations, equality means women logging just as many trees as men in the frozen tundra.

The Ferengi in this series feel like an outlet for very bad propaganda, or else clumsily handled political drivel.
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Nissa
Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 12:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

I was bothered more than I should have been by them saying gold is worthless. This seems really stupid to me. Even if it's not a popular jewelry choice (extremely odd, that), the lines on circuit boards are made from pure gold -- there's even businesses out there that scrap computers for the gold. Obviously gold is useful in both machines and for its beauty.
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Nissa
Sun, Jan 26, 2014, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

Jammer, I think I can help. It may very well be that Ishka was captured only as collateral: the Dominion was fighting somewhere, and a group of ferengi surrendered, leading them to have a bunch of useless prisoners. Or maybe they intended to attack a different group, and they caught some ferengi in the mix. Collateral capture happens from time to time.

What bothers me is that in one scene Rom and Quark are wandering through tunnels for some reason, basically all for a cheap gag where they accidentally end up in Sisko's office. That always felt out of place.
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