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Nukey Shay
Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 7:30am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

That was to put the series opener of Enterprise into perspective when it initially aired. Where TOS is concerned, I wasn't watching the series opener back then...but those who were would have seen Mantrap. Just like that series, catching up with ENT in syndication means that I don't have the benefit of viewing this when it was new...other than the aforementioned snippets and Marauders which skewed my initial reception (perhaps?) pretty unfairly. In that regard, some plotlines and themes might not have aged well. TOS definitely doesn't, but I grew up with it so I love it to pieces regardless.

The distrust of using their spiffy new transporter tech is a passable explanation for the decontamination process. But we all know why these were -really- written into the show instead of being conducted off-camera. Although unlike some other functions that we know must exist someplace, like using the toilet, I'm not opposed to seeing some skin (yet). Hope they don't dwell on this issue too much. Softcore pr0n is not known for compelling storylines. Neither are transporters, really (often used in other series as a cure-all solution...considering transporters originally only existed in ST to save Desilu some cash).

Rambling now...I got some shows to watch.
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Nukey Shay
Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 3:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

@Peter & William
There's nothing so deep in this episode. The whole cast knew it was a dumb excuse to have two completely avoidable crisis situations going on simultaneously. Besides, it was already established in Conspiracy that Picard didn't know Beverley at the academy (one of the initial questions to prove he's not an imposter)...so at least they didn't later try to recon that into the brilliant Tapestry story. A cookie for trying tho...which showed more effort than McCullough put in.

Wheaton or Stewart shared a bit of trivia about filming this travesty. They did a little adlib when they arrive at Starbase Whocares...just for kicks. When they go up to the door, Wesley glances at Picard when the conventional door doesn't open automatically. Annoyingly, Picard opens it for him. Like Crosby's wave goodbye to the audience in the final scene of Symbiosis, you can't unsee it now.

"Our door is broken...can you make it go?"
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Nukey Shay
Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 12:47am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

Longtime ST fan. Grew up with TOS already in syndication, stuck with TNG even after suffering though it's first season (never understood why EAF is often regarded as a strong opener, when it's plot was so painfully obvious to me!), enthralled with DS9's intricate series arc after initially dismissing it because "this is no starship"...and hoping that VOY would eventually shape up. The latter could have been so much better if they stuck to the original premise...stranded in the DQ and forced to limp back to AQ...enduring accumulated battle damage and dwindling resources the entire time. So when Enterprise came along and I heard the opening theme...I was reminded of Buck Rogers immediately and switched it off. Only catching glimpses of the show here and there. Usually, during some racy sequence like the decon chamber nonsense which only reinforced this comparison. Tho I did catch the Marauders episode nearly in it's entirety. The "Klingon bullies" pretty much sold the series as being a Buck Rogers ripoff as far as I could tell. Oh yeah...they won't be coming back now that Archer and co taught you guys to fall gracefully.

Giving it another shot, after seeing that DISC is such a jumbled mess of a soap opera.

To my amazement, this was a pretty strong opener that sets up it's characters well. Even though nothing was ultimately accomplished in that Klingons would "rather die than be rescued"...all of the crew is effectively defined right when you first meet them. Could be the strongest starting episode of any ST series, in that regard (I wasn't out of diapers when Mantrap first aired, but I can't see how that story impressed anyone very much). Voyager's opening comes close (yes, really!), but the whole "Caretaker" thing is rather forced instead of using an established method of stranding them (like DS9's own wormhole, for example).

I still don't like the theme, tho. I keep having flashbacks to all those models making doe eyes at the camera.

One additional gripe:
Didn't early TOS episodes refer to them as Klin-Gon instead of Kling-On? The correct pronunciation used here kinda ruins the theory that they were just reflecting their own inexperience in dealing with little-known species in TOS S.1.
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Nukey Shay
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 11:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Sleeping Dogs

No. They developed it on their own after the time of Kahless. Even non-fictionally, war is a boon to developing tech...the "enlightenment" they gained from Kahless kept them honor-bound enough to prevent them from annihilating themselves. Developing warp capability in order to conquer new worlds.

In Kirk's time, there was an exchange of technology going on with the Romulans...but not as much as to declare them allies canonically (at least, not at that time). More like a mutual respect between the two, I guess. So you get Klingon-inspired Romulan ships in TOS, Romulan-provided cloaking by the time of STIII (yes, I know that the "S.S.Bounty" was originally scripted to be a Romulan ship helmed by Romulans). This respect would be challenged somewhat when the Khitomer conspiracy revealed that Romulans were partially involved in the attempted takeover of the Klingon Empire...the "mutual respect" completely dissolved following the attacks on Narenda III's outposts, and subsequent Khitomer massacre. Worf does state that the Romulans "were supposed to be allies" at the time of this massacre, tho…so one existed between the two Empires at least before those attacks.
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Nukey Shay
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 3:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Has anybody considered the alternative explanation to why the crew appears to be so boneheaded in regards to giving Ras so much freedom to wander about the ship to take whatever he wanted?

Initially, Troi senses that he's hiding something. Picard notes that somebody from their future would have many things to hide...but many things does not equal something. So they would already have cause for concern...a tipoff to keep watch on his behavior.

Then there are things that he unconvincingly tries to act impressed about...such as the placement of objects in the ready room, and the painting of the EntD…"The original!"...Picard's reaction is that there is nothing special about it.

At the same time, he acts unimpressed by 24th century tech, comparing Data to a Model-T (or A, as Data corrects him). Soon after, scoffing "Is that the fastest he can read?". This doesn't quite mesh with his claim to be a historian...where period artifacts are given careful attention.

But later, he's surprised that Data can follow nearly a dozen symphonies simultaneously (?).

Meanwhile, tech devices start disappearing. Often when characters are preoccupied, but Data in particular -would notice- when something is missing after his visits. Especially the tricorder in engineering.
Heck, he just takes a regenerator in plain view of Crusher...waving it to her on his way out of sickbay.

Anyway, the plot B plan fails to fix the planet and puts an even worse crisis into action. Picard uncharacteristically begs Ras for the correct solution...and is turned down flat. I happen to believe that Picard is smarter than the average Ferengi, tho. He could have been using this opportunity to see if Ras is going to slip. And he does. Simply by being there, he is already influencing how things are playing out...a fact that Ras is virtually oblivious to.

It could very well have been that Picard and co. were just giving him lots of rope to hang himself with. It is mentioned that as soon as he opens the door to his pod, everything he'd taken was deactivated by the ship's computer. So he was never going anywhere except to the nearest starbase.
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Nukey Shay
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 6:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

@Peter

Behaving like children? Yeah, that could fit for acts 2 and 3. Yet this takeover had been in motion for months without anybody "in charge" noticing according to act 1...apparently so inconspicuously that the pattern had surprised Data as if it had been akin to a genius masterwork. It doesn't fit that they were so ill-equipped to be brought down by 1 lone hero and his sidekick, 50's B-movie style. According to the aliens themselves, they were waiting for the Enterprise to come to them...the attitude of those who believe that they'd already won. The pieces don't fit.

And why was only one parasite brought on board? Why was it meant for Crusher anyway? It's not like she was in any real command of the ship. True, she had the power to pull people out of command when deemed unfit...but with the aliens acting so irrationally, it would be a hard sell to convince the rest of the crew to go along with such a decision.

Anybody else notice that the Vulcan admiral's neck pinch didn't work on Riker? WTF is up with that?

Lamest invasion ever...after such a promising opening. Not worthy of a followup.
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Nukey Shay
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 11:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

Yes, it was initially triggered on his trip back from the tournament in the shuttle. This could be a convenient excuse as to why we DON'T see drastically different alt Universes...it needs to be him on that shuttle passing through the fissure the same moment that the alt-Worfs were. So the differences he encounters are not waaay off of what his "correct" Universe is like, since they were all in a position to have been making the same trip.

There's only one standout here, and that is the one trying to survive the Borg-ified Universe. Hard to believe that alt Worf would have been attending a tournament during such chaos, but he could have been doing something else at the time which demanded the use of a shuttle - which just happened to pass over the same fissure.

One standout of thousands. I'll buy it.
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Nukey Shay
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 5:24am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Flashback

^ this

The explanation goes that the virus masquerades itself as a repressed memory...so who is to say that the memories that it is currently interfering with are also not affected? This clears up pretty much any inconsistency. The time difference between events, the age of characters, how hammy they acted, which character it was that was actually killed, anything. The catalyst could have been the appearance of the nebula itself. Maybe that was the first time Tuvok met the person that the memory is mistaking for Valtane...it could be seeking out potential hosts upon first encounter in that sense? This is then explained away that all memories from first contact (seeing the nebula near the Klingon neutral zone from Excelsior's bridge) to later infection are potentially less-than-accurate.

Solid 4 stars, warts and all. Stop picking and just enjoy the ride.
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Nukey Shay
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 7:09am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

It could be that there is a Moclan revolution story arc in the works...the Bortus-centric stories always involve highly-regarded Moclan characters (wasn't it revealed that their most-celebrated literary figure was secretly a female?).

The problem with this episode is that even IF Lokar's plan had worked, he'd still be stuck living in hiding forever. Either way, his entire family would still be ostracized just for his sexual preference being revealed (no different than if he had suicided). Not a very good plan coming from a character who is supposed to be brilliant.

B-plot was equally muddled. What the heck was Kelly trying to get out the relationship again?
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Nukey Shay
Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 5:59am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

There is a very basic problem with this ep...the conclusion is all too obvious following the initial briefing with Tam (e.g. Talby will find the Phoenix asteroids and they go off wandering the galaxy together). Coupled with the question of why Starfleet should be so concerned of something drifting around not accomplishing much anyway (however unique), the remainder of the story is pretty tedious.
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Nukey Shay
Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 7:06am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

Agreed. Too many fakes and it wears on me. By the end, I was exhausted. Frankly, I'm surprised that they didn't do the trick at the end as he's tearing down the stage - e.g. "We have a lot of work to do" - spoken by 10forward's barkeep :P Also, being psychologically tortured immediately following performing a play about being psychologically tortured? C'mon. And how did the rescue of those hostages turn out anyway?? No resolution at all there.
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Nukey Shay
Sat, Aug 6, 2016, 3:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Don't forget that at this episodes original broadcast date, splatter fans were getting courted by other series (Werewolf, Freddie's Nightmares, War Of The Worlds, Friday The 13th...to name a few). This episode was an experiment to try to sway part of that audience, which is precisely why it failed...badly. Trek simply does not mesh.
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