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Norvo
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

A great episode for many of the reasons listed above. A few minor points:

Picard served as an ensign on the Reliant? The same Reliant as seen in Wrath of Khan? Does that work timeline wise?

The idea that the Zhad Vash are so intent on destroying sentient androids that they sent out 1 operative 40 years ago is a little hard to swallow. Why did Oh allow Data to continue to exist for decades of Starfleet service? Especially after he made Lal? Oh should have arranged an "accident".

And having the admiral tell Picard to shut the fuck up just felt unnecessary.
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Norvo
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Also, as for Nepenthe, it's not only the name of the planet the Rikers settled on but actually an old Greek literary term. In Homer's Odyssey 'nepenthe' is a drug that is able to banish grief or trouble from a person's mind.

A nice symbolic way to describe the "breather" this episode offered Picard and his motley crew. Not to mention the borg cube size piece of cake Agnes got to eat to calm her nerves.
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Norvo
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Yes, the nostalgia factor is strong with this one, but by golly... What a great, emotional episode. It was great to catch up with the Rikers again. Picking the name Kestra was a nice nod to Troi's deceased older sister. And man, I'd forgotten just how much natural charm Jonathan Frakes exudes.

The genuine love and affection their characters have for Picard brought a tear to my cynical eye. As for Hugh's death... That just felt cheap, undeserved and mostly to help the plot along and get an ex-Borg on the cube.

Oh, and Picard calling Riker 'commander' just might be another subtle hint the Irumodic syndrome is quietly creeping forward to its inevitable conclusion.
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Norvo
Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 7:19am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

Something that does irk me about the Borg reclamation project: how come most of the former Borg still look mutilated with missing limbs and excessive scarring?

Over twenty years ago, a medical hologram on a single Federation starship with limited resources did a better job than this Romulan/Federation joint venture.
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Norvo
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 12:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Oh, and... didn't Icheb's killer look an awful lot like early TNG Marina Sirtis? Their similarities were almost distracting.
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Norvo
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Horrific but effective opening flashback straight out of Saw aside, there's a lot to like about this episode. I loved the little easter eggs like Quark getting namedropped and the fact the Enterprise's chatty Bolian barber Mr. Mot has apparently opened a series of interstellar salons. Good for him!

Oh, and Picard's French accent is beyond 'orrifique!
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Norvo
Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 5:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

@ Top Hat: pretty sure they said these were not the only but rather the LAST Romulans assimilated by that particular Borg Cube before its systems failure.
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Norvo
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 10:24am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Thoroughly enjoyed this, more than I thought I would.

A few minor points and quibbles:

Yes, it's a dream sequence so anything goes: but Data never wore that First Contact era uniform on the Enterprise-D (and Picard never drank tea with milk and sugar either).

Dr. Agnes was portrayed a little too much like a Tilly-esque nerdy motormouth with poor impulse control.

The Bruce Maddox reference. I wonder if we get to see Brian Brophy reprise his role, IMDB doesn't list Picard among his credits (in fact, he hasn't been in anything since 2014).

If All Good Things... is still canon, there's a chance Picard is suffering from the Alzheimer like Irumodic syndrome. One wonders if this will come to play before the season is through.
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Norvo
Mon, Jan 13, 2020, 8:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Storyteller

It's obvious this episode was cobbled together with rejected TNG plots. Both stories treat Bajor as a random planet of the week. You could swap Geordi, Worf and/or Data to play the Bashir/O'Brien parts. And having Picard try to negotiate a land deal with a moody preteen would have been interesting as well.
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Norvo
Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 8:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Parturition

What's particularly baffling about this episode is the fact that even a year into their journey back, the Voyager crew still treats the EMH like a talking hypospray.

Hologram or not, the chief medical officer should be informed of day to day ship operations. Telling the Doc off for trying to do his job is a bit hypocritical, especially on a ship that supposedly already monitors the crew's whereabouts and lifesigns.

Of course, in later seasons we learn the EMH has a penchant for gossip, but
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Norvo
Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 2:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

Did they ever provide an explanation for Voyager passing through Borg space + 10.000 light years to reach the Krenim imperium? Could Annorax' temporal incursions have influenced the Collective's expanse across the quadrant? Did Janeway stumble across a wormhole in this timeline?

It almost seems like Voyager meeting (and defeating) the Krenim timeship was a predestination paradox.

All in all, rewatching this episode made me remember just how different Voyager was in the first three seasons compared to the final four. Firing Lien still remains a mistake, she gave the show a unique alure that characters like Chakotay and Kim never truly did.
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Norvo
Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

Looking back on the episode, I can't help but notice how similar the actual Maryana looks to the Hirogen. Her species was never identified in the episode, but the resemblance is striking (plus we never saw a female Hirogen). Given the fact they're a nomadic species used to living in isolation, it would be a neat little retcon... even though it makes little sense for them to maintain the nebula. Why would a hunter race care about what comes down to a tourist attraction?
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Norvo
Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 12:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

One big gaping plothole: in Equinox part I it was established Ransom needed to kill over 60 more aliens to get home. He got away from Voyager with one dead alien, but his ship is still falling apart. How will they succesfully harvest dozens of aliens without getting destroyed?
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Norvo
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

I do wonder if the threat of Control is the reason we won't be seeing any cyborgs or technologically enhanced humans post Discovery. I can see Starfleet quietly, politely purging the ranks to prevent another Airiam incident. What would that mean for Detmer, though?
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Norvo
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

Interesting Trek related tidbit: Lokar is also the name of a Ferengi bean served by Quark on DS9... Last seen in the episode Rules of Acquisition where he falls in love with his waiter Pel.
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Norvo
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 5:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

Another fun, interesting episode that simply feels effortless... And that's no small feat considering how new the show still is.

As for homages to Trek: I coulda sworn Ed's blue outfit was something Riker wore on TNG during his off hours.
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Norvo
Tue, May 29, 2018, 1:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

Nice to see they recycled the face prosthetic of DS9's Tosk to give the alien trader of the week a "new" look.
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Norvo
Tue, May 1, 2018, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

I do like how the writers subtly referenced the episode Dear Doctor with the little throwaway line "Do I look like a Menk to you?". After all, the Valakians mentioned having been visited by the Ferengi, it's a subtle nod to continuity.

Of course, 2 scenes later those same writers have a warp capable species interrogate a dog. Sigh.
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Norvo
Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 8:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

Great episode that really makes you think even if it's a little obvious Picard is right (because he always has to be, apparently). I did notice that D'Jan's way of transmitting classified information through his blood would later be reused in the pilot of Enterprise with the Klingon courier Klang. Oversight, franchise fatigue or subtle send up? You decide!
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Norvo
Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 12:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: One

Things I took from this episode: Neelix has experience in warp field theory? And is apparently a bigger expert on the subject than Seven who was schooled by the Borg collective?

Could it be that she was just using the holodeck recreations of Neelix and Janeway to have some social interactions on a subject she's actually comfortable with? The Doctor berates her for it, but c'mon... We all have people we'd much rather discuss work with than intimate, personal stuff.
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Norvo
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 1:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

Absolutely, unforgivably terrible. One does wonder if "Beata the Elected One" was named after Bea Arthur, by then known for playing strong feminist types like Maude and Dorothy on Golden Girls.
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Norvo
Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 2:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

Another baffling element about the episode is Lwaxana casual racism. She's a full ambassador, but doesn't miss an opportunity to openly insult the Antedans, calling them hideous and saying they'd look better served in sauce.

Also, the way she just revealed the Antedans were assassins made no sense. They were right there in the room, wearing the explosives they were going to use. Confronting suicidal terrorists with bomb vests tends to, erm, blow up in your face. Luckily, this is second season TNG where everything is solved within the hour.
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Norvo
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 6:38am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

TNG's Who Watches the Watchers meets Voyager's Blink of an Eye with shades of DS9's Meridian plus some As The Warpcore Turns Ed/Kelly shtick.

But it's an enjoyable, engaging hour... I can't fault it at all.
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Norvo
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 5:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

@Tom Chambers: apology accepted but unnecessary, really. I learned something new which added to my appreciation of the track, nothing wrong with that.

Getting back to the episode: it was very subtle, but the Orville paid homage (or stole) from TNG by promoting the pilot of the ship to chief engineer. It took Geordi LaForge over 26 episodes to get there and he didn't even have a Norm MacDonald voiced CGI blob alien pulling the race card.
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Norvo
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 3:02am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

Just noticed the admiral that put Ed in command of the Orville is named Halsey. Admiral Halsey... For some reason, the thought Seth McFarlane possibly made an effort to reference a character from a catchy Paul McCartney & Wings song just makes me smile. And wonder when Uncle Albert will show up.
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