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orshko
Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 12:35am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

The doctor's pimping of another hologram felt off. It's a dark way to treat your own, even if they are lesser forms of algorithms.
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Orshko
Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 5:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

The Tak Tak were magnificent.

Yes, they are completely absurd, but by the sheer amount of alien cultures a Federation starship gets to see on a regular basis, absurd encounters like this should have been far far more commonplace. And it's a refreshing change from yet another achingly boring human-like race for the hundredth time.

They were a nice touch. The writers could have easily stretched the concept over an entire episode, Darmok style, and thankfully they didn't (though I admit I would have loved seeing Tuvok in a Tak Tak court defending some wrongfully accused crew members while trying to master these peacock gestures).
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Orshko
Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 5:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

I liked how Harry wears his heart on his sleeve in this episode, and how everybody is so mundane about his holo-crush. I can imagine how in a future with this sort of entertainment system, it happens a LOT. And the way Kim shares this "embarrassing" emotions so openly with his crew mates, really goes a long way as a message advocating for positive masculinity.
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Orshko
Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

2 Missed opportunities in this episode:

1) A moral dilemma - If these are humans, then isn't the Federation responsible in some way to their future well being? They could have played the prime directive in reverse here by asking "Since they're humans, shouldn't we share all of Earth's history and tech development so they'll learn and survive, and be ready for the day the Federation will eventually spread to the Delta quadrant? but then will it count as interfering with primitive cultures even if their our own?" And what if the technology will fall to some alien invader and be used to shift the balance of power throughout the quadrant? Maybe leave some personnel behind to guide them and make the best of it, and so forth.

2) The old problem of non-serialized episodes - Bringing on board new people who want to go to earth (and the moral question of: do we have the right to deny humans this request) could've refreshed the crew dynamics with out of time humans, same as the integration of the Maquis and Neelix. Voyager should've had far more diverse passengers coming in and out of the secondary cast to spice things up.
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