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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 1:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

"No writer would hand over his original manuscript to a
complete stranger! "

Just like Captain Kirk pawning his glasses. Weren't those a gift from Dr. McCoy? Yes, and they will be again, that's the beauty of it. Jake knows that none of "this" is going to be real within a few hours.
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Colin Campbell
Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 3:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

Impressive the way Data can correct loaded dice just by squeezing them for a couple of seconds in the palm of his hand.
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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 6:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

"Commander, you throw one hell of a party!"
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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

And was I the only person who let out a "YES!" when that banner reappeared in the debut of Picard?!?!
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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

Can't believe after all these great comments, I'm the first to dive into "Captain Picard Day."

How appropriate that the last season offers a tribute behind the 4th wall to the man who made it all worth watching. Seriously, with out Patrick Stewart, this show would have either been very different or maybe never have made it past one season. He deserves a celebration. Especially after all he's been through for us.

Riker's exploration of the art projects and his Picard imitation behind a doll is only beat for comic value by this exchange --
Adm. Blackwell: [curiously] "Captain Picard Day?"
Picard: [modestly] Oh, it's uh ... uh, for the children. I'm uh ... I'm a role model.
Adm. Blackwell: [deadpan] I'm sure you are. Starfleet out.
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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Well, whatever the circumstances, I'm always happy when the original Number One shows up. MBR's occasional presence helps tie everything back to Gene and his Wagon Train to the stars.
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Buck Bartolik
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 11:01am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

Too bad the season timeline couldn't let this air around Valentine's Day. Because it's a story of what husbands will sacrifice for their wives. Armin Shimerman can carry any episode of any tv series.
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Lt. Broccoli
Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 3:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

Just wanted to note from one of the first comments up there by Rahul, Burnham's father is not the guy from Calypso. Burnham's father is actually Sonequa Martin-Green's real-life husband Kenric Green. The guy from Calypso was Aldis Hodge.
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Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 6:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

I liked the episode, but found Colm Meaney's performance too flat. He had a mutiny and 4 crewmen killed under his command. Yet he doesn't really have a reaction besides "we'll kill Garak if we have to". O'Brien isn't in charge that often, I think the show missed a big chance to explore a very bad day for O'Brien. I think the episode would have been stronger if we'd seen his report to Sisko, instead of his weak tea visit to the infirmary at the end.
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Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 10:00am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Penumbra


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Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 3:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

I found the last scene really interesting. In a way both Kira and Odo lost a child. Neither was interested in parenthood but when a baby was in danger (Keiko not strong enough to carry injured baby post-shuttle accident due to wounds/the baby changeling's illness) both Kira and Odo volunteered to care for it (Kira's surrogacy/Odo caring for the changeling). In the end, both lost the child they were caring for but not completely (baby went to his biological parents who are friends with Kira/changling absorbed into Odo). Neither child is gone from their lives completely but neither Kira nor Odo is a parent any longer.
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Sat, Jun 2, 2018, 4:00am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

Worst costume!
There were many stupid looking aliens in SciFi incl. Star Trek but these ripped shirts of each of these augments look so ridiculous it i s distracting. What happened to those shirts? Why did they never get replaced. Why did they never rip entirely or do they never put them off, never wash? Or is it just really bad augment fashion taste?
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Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 9:10am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

So to prove her point about the affect of warp energy on their corridor, she had to be on the ship when it exploded?
And their original expectation was that their unproven hypothesis would be immediately met by regulatory action initiated by Picard? Or that he would destroy a warp core in the corridor?
And lastly, in a universe as such the entries space faring Galaxy rather limits it's trading, exploration, help missions et cetera than evacuating and repopulating the planet to a better one or to at least discuss that option? We only have one Earth but if we had two, a lot of people might actually want to go there.
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Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 12:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Why can't Star Trek ever win? This had potential to be a good episode (not completely nonsensical like most of them). There was real emotion and intrigue! Sadly, it was all based on an idiotic premise. We are supposed to believe that this incredibly powerful being who can wipe out an entire species of advanced beings in a single moment of rage couldn't find a way to simply protect the colonists (or at least his wife) without resorting to genocide? An extreme pacifist who has survived for thousands of years would know how to defend, protect, and avoid. Ridiculous.
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Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

As always in TNG the Klingon rituals look ridiculous and Word has, contrary to what we are constantly told, neither brains nor brawns (in TNG). The hunting game, the hunt, the meditation, his racism, his believe that Klingon culture is the only and superior way for people no matter under what circumstances they grew up, that is all so awefully ridiculous and close-minded unfitting a Starfleet officer, the latter parts more importantly than the bad portrayal of supposedly superior warrior hunter skills.

Yes, this place is a prison, the Romulan a patriarch, the community forced or at least socially coerced into living a certain way of life. That however is not what Word criticises but instead that the Klingon children, who never lived among "true" Klingons are not educated as Klingons and supposedly are deprived of what he assumes for them as the better way of life.
Plus totally denying that both might indeed be compatible or a fusion of both and any other kind of influence might work just as well for them.

I am really disappointed with Star Trek making Klingons usually dumb impulsives (who happen to be high tech space farers) and brave at best and the Romulans a treacherous people. That coming from a series that otherwise is all about keeping an open mind, letting go prejudice and so on. There are exceptions but for the most bit the protagonist non-human races are always good for action but never truly explored in-depth as a culure with not just a different but alternative point of view.
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Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 9:12am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

Very nice to watch but also very wrong.

So Picard is his younger self with all the experience of his older self and yet...
...changes character
...decides it is better to die and (possibly) have to endure eternity (with Q) then taking the new life he has and start over. He would lose all his friends but keep the memories and Picard is known to us as a solitary man who moreover had ambitions and hobbies beyond Star Fleet (archeology, acting, literature, music, geology)

While the general idea of life told in this episode seems right, the example fails to convince: Not only does the now more savy Picard totally change character but only up to the present, it is also implied that not getting stabbed and having a near death experience led him to take LESS risks while NOT to appreciate how fragile life is. If he does not appreciate that, why being so risk adverse. And why, when being stabbed, would Picard go "well now that I nearly died, I am happy to jump into any battle and take on any life threatening challenge." rather than the opposite - which also was initially implied as he was less brash afterwards, no more so.

It's funny: Above all else, Trekkies adore Star Trek for its philosophy, ethical discussion etc. and regret that many great episodes' limitations did not allow to get into things more deeply or with more cohesion. And yet each ST movie is almost entirely about action. Maybe the perfect format for ST, or at least TNG, would have been 90 minute or more double episodes.
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Fri, Apr 6, 2018, 6:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

A good 2-part episode for all the already mentioned reasons and with a few major and minor flaws as per usual for ST (and most series unfortunately).

It does sound odd that Cardassians could plan for a mission to require the sending of Picard: having such extensive knowledge of the federation to determine that
- Picard knows what they need
- Picard conveniently among all the people in Starfleet has a rare enough skill that makes this old man occupying an important position the best guy for the job (also considering capture or death is likely, and with Picard having a lot of highly confidential knowledge)
- a threat so terrible and known across species involves a field few people have any sufficient knowledge about
- that Starfleet would only send just enough people they could be overpowered easily

If I found about all this, I would want to investigate if any Starfleet Admiral had a helping hand in that plan...
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Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 3:21am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

Where do Q powers come from? A deeper understanding "the universe"? Then this episode fails as the girl has power before she has understanding.

Or are Q be somehow born with their powers and wield them pretty much as we know how to lift a ball without necessarily knowing the underlying physics or calculating the desired results in terms of applied force, direction, resistance etc.
In that case, their application of power would still be very crude, except in comparison with what we know and can do. Plus even the tiniest animal applies the same principles as we do to make changes in it's environment while the Q use entirely different means unobservable to us (the hand movements of the Q are ridiculous).

All in all, the Q episodes are far less interesting philosophically than the TNG crew's encounter with different cultures and values and more open minded human reactions to it. A Q here is little more than an egocentric human with intense power whose universe and perception strangely changes over the course of a few years (TNG/VOY) after billions of years of life, making humans not only the center of our universe but giving us a huge significance in the ST universe as a whole. A step back in philosophy.
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Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 10:42am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

While the idea might be nice, the execution is horrible (@playwriters).

Picard, fluent in e.g. Klingon, trained in diplomacy and first contact babbles out whole sequences of sentences in English to a species that obviously has no hope in the world to understand him. And instead of either species starting with the basics of any language and simple symbolism, or drawing, or doing holodeck simulations to make their point, they just keep on babbling as if repeating complex phrases that are not understood makes them any clearer as well as force beam someone into a seemingly dangerous situation. -10 points for first contact psychology.

As someone said here earlier: a child/two children would have done a better job at communicating.
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Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 6:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

4 Stars. This is a great episode.
+ Riker acts a different person
+ Diana is okay with Beverly dating Riker/Odan (a bit more conflict should be expected but since there is only 45 minutes...)
++ I love it when Odan argues to an understandably pissed off Beverly that he did not mention it because that simply is what he is and as little point to mention that e.g. as your grandmother was French. Okay, it is over the top but the direction is great. This episode plays on so many interesting themes - what/whom do we love, appearance vs character, conflict of friendship and ex lovers, I'd say even themes such as gay/bi or whatever kind of "different". Like a number of episodes this would deserve to be explored in a fat book though, not just one episode.

+- the choice of Riker is great BECAUSE of the conflict it starts between Crusher/Riker, Troi/Riker, Troi/Crusher but of course it would only make sense if this was long-term and Riker had agreed to forego his personality which would not happen in an instant.

It's totally what I love about TNG though. Even if there is much left to be desired in an episode - and there always is - at least it makes you start putting on your "what if we were super open-minded, respectful and ethically advanced"... and then the discussion goes back and forth and continues so long until after the " solution for this episode is around the corner" stopped its 45 minute reel.
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Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 1:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

What is the title of the book picard is reading? Thanks
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Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 4:35am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

I laughed during the tweedle-dee bit and horse acting.
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Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 6:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

This episode could have been so much better with 1 hour, or even an hour 30, in runtime. the 40 minute episode format leads to so many episodes thoughout all of trek but especially voyager that wrap up way too quickly and in unsatisfactory ways.
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Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 4:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

I really liked it. It was sorta sad, and a little bizarre, and definitely had a bit of a Solaris feel to it (as someone mentioned in a previous comment). How would you feel if you knew that a duplicate of you was living out another life somewhere else? That the decision was pretty much made for you (as far as we know in the episode)? Torn? Betrayed? Violated? Maybe it's because I don't mind a little mystery and when things don't totally make sense. There's poetry in chaos, too. Things don't always need to be tidily resolved or understood (and honestly the validity of the science in the episode is irrelevant to me, the entire premise was bizarre so I just didn't care.) I liked Course: Oblivion, too. I didn't need or want there to be a "point". I guess there's a reason humans have been writing tragedies for ages...Maybe it's a little gratuitous but to me it's just another element of life to explore.
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Tue, Aug 2, 2016, 10:38am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

Finally decided to post a comment on this excellent website, since I'm picking and choosing episodes to watch on blu-ray with the help of Jammer's reviews.

My only minor nitpick with this episode is the missed opportunity that is the ending with the Bozeman. I believe it was covered in a novel in the EU, but it's really compelling to think about what would happen with the Bozeman and its crew after the fact. It almost feels like it could have provided a chance to make a two-parter, with the second episode being completely different from the first, dealing with the politics and ethics of bringing an old, obsolete ship and her crew into the modern age.

Just a thought.
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