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Norvo
Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 8:41pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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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Norvo
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 11:03am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Have to agree with the previous posters, this was basically the Orville's take on The Naked Now/Time with a dash of Lwaxana Troi's Betazoid lady hormones making everyone jumpy from DS9's Fascination.

That having said :-) It was light hearted, no taboo fun. Is it really rape when both parties are pheromonically induced to feel like they gotsto gotsto have it? Isn't that what being in love is all about? Discuss.

Also, kudos on McFarlane for not making any big deal or lame joke about Ed's apparent bisexuality. It is what it is, let's move on. And, as a gay man myself... What.a.stunner.is.Penny.Johnson.
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Norvo
Fri, Oct 27, 2017, 5:08am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

"Tonight, on an all new episode of Sliders...."

Pretty solid, though not too spectacular sci fi entertainment.
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Norvo
Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 8:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

It's not too hard to believe Baran or the other alien mercenaries didn't recognize Galen as Picard. Studies have shown that most of us have trouble telling apart people with ethnicities other than our own.

If that's already happening within the same species, imagine how hard it must be for aliens to keep us straight. Plus, Picard is mostly known and recognized as a Starfleet captain. They see the rank and uniform first. In plainclothes, in a place you don't expect the pride of Starfleet, he's just another hairless pinkskin.
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Norvo
Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 7:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Just rewatched Disaster for the first time in years. I always liked the episode, if only because it put the crew out of their respective comfort zones. Yet, I winced at the
"you have the bridge Number One" joke ending. A little too cutesy and cheesy for a show called Disaster.

This episode would be referenced in season 7 when Troi decides to take the bridge exam and become a full commander. Riker only passes her after Deanna proves she can order people to their deaths if it would help save the ship and crew. Yet, in Disaster the same Riker doesn't want Data to possibly risk his "life" in order to save the Enterprise. Seems like a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do."
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Norvo
Thu, Apr 13, 2017, 3:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

Though utterly inconsequential, this outing was far more enjoyable than Voyager's 11:59. It was endearing, awkwardly charming and well styled, though except for the vintage automobiles and TV, 1957 felt a little like the late 1800s.

One question is left unanswered: what about the language barrier? Did the Vulcans already have universal translators back then? And if so, how could it have included Earth English when they just showed up in orbit because of Sputnik?
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Norvo
Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 8:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

A light hearted caper, to be sure... One last chance for DS9 to be fun before the end and it shows. Ira Steven Behr never made it a secret he loved the early 60s Las Vegas Rat Pack era, heck that's why we ended up with Vic Fontaine in the first place.

Just why Jake wasn't involved in this episode remains a mystery, he could easily have had the exchange with Sisko that Kasidy wound up having about "our people". Guess the producers indulged Avery Brooks on that one, and why not? I can imagine the same level of outrage today if Uncle Tom's Cabin was revived as a broad comedy.

Still, the visual of the cast coming down the Promenade in slow motion in their period costumes just makes me smile. It's nutty, it's fun and they know it. Once more unto the breach indeed, old friends.
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Norvo
Wed, Jun 1, 2016, 9:38am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

One wonders if the Voyager crew ever got around to installing the cannon they bought from Korvin before it all went downhill. It looked like it was already on board and they were about to finish integrating it into the ship's systems.

In any case, the big gun was never seen or used again on the show, because hey... Continuity is for ph'taks and pussies.
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Norvo
Mon, May 23, 2016, 12:11am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Such a silly, plothole filled episode that tries its darndest to make a philosophical point about (medical) ethics.

Watching this back in my teens, I already felt B'elanna was off her meds to refuse treatment. Entire societies are built on breakthroughs made during wartime. World War I kicked off aviation and modern reconstructive surgery, for instance. Heck, even Zefram Cochrane's warp ship was a refitted nuclear missile.

What did make me snicker when I rewatched it recently was the little conversation between the Doctor and Moset with Doc lamenting none of his peers ever hear of his accomplishments as he toils away in obscurity only for Crel to offer to read them.

When a computer tries to calm itself by offering to read part of its own database, now thát's comedy.
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Norvo
Sat, Apr 23, 2016, 4:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

I've never seen the episode, but I did see Star Trek: The Motion Picture... Judging from this synopsis, they're basically the same story. Which only proves the movie could have been half as long and with twice as many laughs ;-)
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