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NoPoet
Thu, May 24, 2018, 6:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

I found this an absolutely fascinating episode, as it is one of those rare Trek episodes that is nearly entirely character-based. I thought they made it pretty clear that this was a naive, isolationist civilisation where each person has a specific part to play. Expecting the civilisation to withstand the loss of numerous people along with contact from outside is blatantly stupid and I am disappointed that many people commenting here were not smart enough to think about that. Maybe I expect too much of fellow Trek fans.

What happens to any tribal community that is contacted by Western civilisation? What happened in South America when the Spanish arrives? What will happen on Earth if a massively superior alien culture turns up and offers us the universe, and human beings start forming loving and sexual relationships with them?

Why isn't anyone else capable of understanding history?
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NoPoet
Wed, May 23, 2018, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Datalore

How utterly obnoxious that people would criticise Wesley, who was perfectly correct and the only one who showed any brains, in favour of the crew who were being utterly stupid. I mean, among everything else, just calling the first officer Riker is grossly out of character and rather disrespectful.

This was an extremely ham-fisted episode and it was weird to see early Data, as he is very different to the Data from season 3 onwards.
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NoPoet
Tue, May 22, 2018, 10:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

I'll never understand why Star Trek shows give the Vulcans so much leeway to do their own thing. Are they a member of the Federation or are they their own culture? It reminds me of Scotland. They're part of the UK but view themselves as a totally separate entity with their own laws and, oh yes, a great deal of say over what happens in the other member nations. And yet in the grand scheme they're an extremely minor player who wouldn't achieve much of note compared to the UK as a whole; a bit like Vulcan in the Federation. (No offence to any Scottish readers but that's how it is.)

I'm just disappointed there was never any follow up on Unification and the Romulans remained the stock bad guys with nothing really distinctive or exciting about them. They were always so paranoid about the Federation, and no Feds ever turned round and said "Sorry but you're the untrustworthy, treacherous decievers who sneak around in invisible ships".
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NoPoet
Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Well I've known a ton of women of different types, from psychotically dangerous to kind and loving, and I have never met a woman like the badass stereotype we are constantly served on TV and films. And unfortunately, the majority of women I've known were more self obsessed and self glorying, than any men. There is some weird perception that women are perfect, emotional angels, which is total bollocks. They are human and as fallible as men - except that men have no excuses made to protect them and women do, and women will hide behind this protection because they're not stupid. The people who argue that this is not the case are the stupid ones.
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NoPoet
Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Haven't seen this episode for a bit. However, to not help a people in need so that another people may (MAY) flourish is wrong and rather monstrous. I'm not sure how it could be defended. So the present status quo is worth less than Phlox's fortune telling?
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NoPoet
Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 5:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

An alien comes aboard who is NOT dodgy, untrustworthy, evil or dangerous. The only other Trek episode I can remember where this scenario happens is Voyager's "Bliss," with the awesome Captain Ahab type who helped Seven and Naomi to escape from the nebula-monster.
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NoPoet
Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 6:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

This is a hugely underrated episode. I have known women who have played appalling and unexpected tricks to get what they want (freebies, attention, love, sex) and Ardra is probably based on someone the writer knew. I am also under no illusions whatsoever that an intelligent woman is a formidable enemy and that most people are too stupid to recognise this. Society would race to the aid of a female devil if she were opposed by a male saint. The gender card isn't played in this episode other than Ardra hitting on Picard, which i think she did brilliantly.

I am an aspie who does not easily fall for tricks, and i have plenty of experience with intelligent and ruthless women to the point where most fiction I write these days is based on true events. I'm not some dumb American Pie reject, and would certainly not be stupid enough to fall into the clutches of that type of woman ever again. And yet Ardra is incredibly appealing. She does not lack for charisma. She's unpredictable, with a sense of humour, and is wrathful when denied. The scariest thing about her is that if I were Picard, then Ardra would be the one woman in the universe I couldn't resist.

And this, combined with brilliant writing and brilliant acting, along with an urgent sense of pace and a suitable atmosphere of "crazed wtf", is why I love this episode.
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NoPoet
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 5:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

I've always loved this episode. It's one of the most memorable in TNG. I love how everyone gradually becomes another Data. And Data makes such a brilliant villain every time he ends up in this role! (Including Dr Soong in ENT.) This is a guilty pleasure every bit as much as Masks.
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NoPoet
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 3:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Schisms

What in the name of Seven's brassiere was up with Troi's hair? Looks like she's wearing a bird's nest from the 1970s. And that's not a type of hair style, I mean an actual bird's nest.
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NoPoet
Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 1:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

This is a brilliant episode that stands up to repeat viewings. Generally superbly acted, well written and perfectly paced. The interactions on the alien surface were all excellent and Trip made a good double act with the Xindi. Of course, the renowned Trekkie hatred of their own franchise has earned the episode a lower rating and more criticism than it deserves. My only problems are that they could have connected it more to Trek lore with the alien superintendent wanting latinum rather than platinum (which would no doubt provoke fresh and thoughtless outrage about "only Ferengi use latinum", and that the aliens introduced here are never seen again. Far more thought was put into looks and atmosphere than we ever saw in the other Treks.
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NoPoet
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Home

In addition to my previous comment: I'm just watching this episode again and am struck by how much I have become like Archer in this episode, and Hernandez is like my new girlfriend.

Ex-girlfriends are more damaging and frightening than any hostile aliens!
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NoPoet
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 12:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Home

Really good, solid episode, dealing with what only DS9 usually bothered with -- the repercussions. I love how dark and angry Archer is while Hernandez is still a naive explorer. It's also the last appearance of any Xindi in any episode of Trek.

However, the opening scene is pretty terrible. I could have made a more convincing ampitheatre on my Commodore 64 and I suck at programming. The obvious low-rent feel is a slap in the face to the Enterprise crew and cast, who were struggling to do their best in a failing and poorly conceived series that was nevertheless starting to find its feet.

And I was heartily sick of the show's portrayal of Vulcans by this point. I thought they were supposed to be intelligent explorers, and they're almost never portrayed that way (in any series).
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NoPoet
Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 2:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

One of my early favourites. I love Barclay and I was amused seeing the senior officers' concern and frustration about his actions during their briefing. Reminds me of the impact I had in my last job XD

Who knew that one day, Barclay would be the man who made contact with Voyager against all odds.
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NoPoet
Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 6:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

This episode is so incredibly memorable. "The universe is a spheroid 705 metres in diameter." Dr Crusher used to rankle with me as her delivery of lines wavers between being terrible, boring and, in First Contact, extremely impressive. I always preferred the craggy and bombastic female McCoy, reviled by fans as Pulaski. Yet she acquits herself well here and, gasp, she waa allowed to show slight emotional range.

Unfortunately it is somewhat spoiled by descending into mystico-Treknobabble nonsense. The Traveller was very poorly acted, he came out of nowhere to save the day - Deus Ex Machina much?

Still, for sheer mystery and sci-fi weirdness, this has got to be one of Trek's finest outings.
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NoPoet
Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

This is the difference between American TV series and those produced here in Britain. In the UK, a new television show would typically have 6 episodes per season (a "season" is referred to as a "series" over here, and no, it doesn't get confusing.) Some modern Brit series have around 10-13 episodes if they have appropriate funding but this is unusual. So our shows tend to be (and have to be) very tightly focused, intense and ferociously paced, and leave you burning for more. Ultraviolet and Whitechapel, anyone?

Then we see what Hollywood is doing. Any show like the Treks which have seven seasons of 20+ episodes is eventually going to end up doing "Ferengi episodes", or clip shows, or canon-raping (as in Threshold), or US-only interests such as baseball which no-one else cares about, or just flat-out rubbish like holodeck Robin Hood fantasies. The amount of money being spent is not equating to better quality programming. It's a shotgun approach, spamming the masses to create a need for the weekly "fix".

It was once said that quantity has a quality all of its own. Have a look who said that and what it meant in reality.
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NoPoet
Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

What went wrong with Star Trek guest characters? With a few notable exceptions, the aliens of the week in Voyager were bland, passionless and lacked any inspiration in either their motives or dialogue. It seems that Gul Dukat was the last truly great villain in any Trek (the Borg Queen was always superbly written and acted, but the very idea of the Borg being co-ordinated by an individual is moronic - the clear interference of Hollywood who needed another sci-fi "babe" in the mix).

TNG seasons 3 and 4 and maybe 5 were so amazing. Same with Voyager, DS9 and Enterprise. Something about those magic season numbers brings the shows to life.
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NoPoet
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 6:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

Nobody - nobody - who comes aboard a Federation Starfleet ship can be trusted. They are always antagonstic, treacherous, often dangerous. Rude, obnoxious, placed against the crew. If I were a Starfleet captain I'd be flying around with shields up not communicating with anyone or allowing anyone on board!
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NoPoet
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 6:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Deja Q

I agree that this is 4 star material throughout. Full of wonderful performances and superb dialogue, some of the all time beat of Trek. Bermaga really lost their way when it came to writing dialogue after TNG - I honestly didn't know that early Star Trek was this warm, funny and well-written, in contrast to the passionless, lazy tripe that "24th century dialogue" would become. A pity Q's character growth would be undone so quickly. The ending was just magical.
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NoPoet
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 6:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

A boring and forgettable episode. The old couple were juat annoying, and obviously dodgy.

However, Troi's performance was brilliant. It was a disturbing scenario and far more interesting than relentlessly questioning a couple of stubborn old gits.
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NoPoet
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

While this episode is undoubtedly brilliant drama, it seems like the kind of guilty hand-wringing that afflicts American sci-fi characters who face a deadly threat, have a way to wipe it out, then stupidly find every possible reason to not do so. Picard faces an increasingly impossible moral paradox as his crew to and fro about what they should and shouldnt be doing. Parricularly annoying was Beverley Crusher, who seemed empty-headed in her stance ("I'm the doctor and I've GOT to support all life" - does she not cure viruses then since that is also genocide against an invasive organism?) and she needlessly puts doubts into everyones heads that could have got them all assimilated.

The logical thing to do is to understand that the Borg is a terrible threat which the Federation can't beat. Instead of feeling guilty about genocide (which I CAN understand), they had to meet the Borg with unremitting, uncompromising determination, the same traits which the Borg always show.

Instead, they choose the pansy option which will not only lead to future attacks on Earth which nearly assimilate mankind, but thousands of species in the Delta Quadrant will continue to be destroyed. Species 8472 will become aware of our Galaxy's existence.

The funny thing is, Janeway and her crew will later be blamed for ending the 8472 war, but Picard is the reason the Borg even still exist in the first place. Genocide waa committed by the Borg, not Picard, but some of the blood is on his hands.
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NoPoet
Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 7:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Why did Picard have to commit murder? Why is this not addressed by the crew, particularly by Troi, who should have picked up on Picard' s shock and sorrow. I was shocked and disturbed myself by this needless turn of events. Don't phasers have stun settings at this point? This doesn't seem to be addressed by the review or the favourable comments either.

Also, I'm all for sci-fi weirdness and mystery, but some kind of answers would have helped. And it seemed fairly obvious to try flying straight through the anomaly, it wouldn't have taken an act of murder and six hours of buggering about to sort this one out.

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NoPoet
Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

"If the show had truly wanted to punch us in the stomach with its dark ambitions, it would've had Gomez die." More like if the show had truly wanted to be trite, cliche and predictable. What is the American audience's need for everything to follow the exact same predictable lines?

That said, this is the amazing and breathtakingly scary introduction to the greatest sci-fi enemy of all time.
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NoPoet
Thu, Jan 18, 2018, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

Once again the internet fails to appreciate a good Trek episode. Literally the only thing I didn't like was seeing a big fish face in space, which was cheesy and dated even then, although early TNG had a high gorgonzola content per episode.

This episode was mind bending and frightening, especially aboard the Yamato, and with Voyager in mind, Picard' s decision to blow up the ship seemed warranted. They were trapped, at the mercy of an immensely powerful alien they didn't understand, which was going to horribly kill half the crew. Seeing the crew's reactions, seeing that this was the first time in modern Trek that a self destruct was set and the characters had no precedent to follow, and Riker' s hilarious cancellation of the destruct, made the episode a winner for me.

I am not familiar with early Trek and it is strange to see how routine things had become by the time of Voyager. Everything was new and unfamiliar here. No cliches, just one fascinating scene of conjecture and mystery after another, with a genuinely horrible alien who somehow thinks humans are arrogant in spite of what he does to them.

Also - people who watch Trek clearly don't have super-IQs, or at least don't watch the episodes properly. Picard was worried about Worf's animalistic and violent behaviour, not the holodecn characters. Picard knows his crew better than the viewers obviously do *facepalm*
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NoPoet
Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 5:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

The only thing wrong with this episode was some really weak writing. "I can make things VERY unpleasant for you" is just a terrible line, an almost laughable threat, particularly in this jaded age. Rick Berman's requirements that acting be restrained and dialogue be the rubbish, flat 24th Century style has always made Voyager and Enterprise seem irrelevant next to the Stargates and Battlestar Galactica, no matter how I love the Voyager crew. Few shows have as wildly erratic quality as Star Trek Voyager. It's either completely badass, or hampered by the writing.
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NoPoet
Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 5:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Extreme Risk

This is going to seem like an anti-American rant, which it isn't, but this episode is pretty typical of American "pop psychology". Here in the UK we are deluged constantly with glossy, perfect shows featuring glossy, perfect people who all look like models, all of them with 20+ episodes per series (or "season"), all of them from America. The amount of mcguffins, plot devices, simple characterisation and rampant deus ex mechanics seen in American shows is just ridiculous, insulting the viewer's intelligence. Voyager is not really any different from the thunderstorm of new series which explode from the USA in these respects.

Hollywood is the bottom of the barrel film producer and American television networks are the absolute dross of the TV entertainment world. Occasionally we get something brilliant, including the many,many episodes of Voyager which had decent writers and decent directors. But people expect miles too much from this show, because they fail to consider who made it. This episode is extremely flawed, and Torres has always been weakly written and poorly portrayed, making her one of the least popular Trek characters. But at least Chakotay got something to do, and overall, bearing all of the above factors in mind, this episode wasn't bad. The bit where she turns a phaser into a force field was ridiculous though - I mean how? Just how? Kudos for obliquely referencing the Dominion War.
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