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Overthinker
Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Plan

A flashback is different to a retcon in the original sense in that a flashback is usually a flash back to a time we hadn't seen before, to stories we hadn't known before, whereas a retcon like this shows us the same stories, but with a different angle. It changes how we see events that were previously portrayed. There's overlap, definitely.

As for the telemovie itself.... Best described by the nudity that showed up: quite gratuitous, but looked nice. I for one lost all interest and respect for the Cylons as an adversary or any great Plan once it was shown that it was all down to one mad, anger-filled man. It wasn't a great clash of civilisations, there was no fundamental reason they couldn't live together, it was just John being a petulant brat. Nor was I happy with the way the skinjobs morphed from being equal partners, different reflections of one will, one goal, into John's lackeys. This whole change seems to me to be a failure of imagination on the writers' parts. Why bother creating some real reasons for the Cylon destruction, a real Plan, when you can just create a new Hitler, a despotic leader who wants the Jewmans all killed for no sensible reason? Establishing John as the driving force made it petty and personal, and common.

I think the first two seasons are absolutely fantastic. Then the series loses its way, it becomes increasingly clear that the Cylons may have a plan but Ron Moore doesn't (and in fact we now learn that even the Cylons don't really have a plan), and that logic and rationality are tossed out the airlock in favour of punchy dramatic reveals that raise more questions than give answers, and most answers don't make sense anyway.

To me, one of the defining differences between fantasy and SF is that SF tries to give answers. In fantasy, you can say "A wizard did it," and that's all you need. Magic, gods, the supernatural, are all part of the established world of fantasy. In SF, as in science, there's always the idea that there is an answer out there. The fact that BSG refuses to give us the answers to many of its biggest questions, like "Who is this God person anyway?" is what frustrated me so very very much (that, and the finale of course). Star Trek's infamous technobabble at least pretended that there was an answer. It gave us explanations, and I for one much prefer the explanation to the mystery.
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Overthinker
Wed, Mar 30, 2011, 11:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

"...there has to be a pervading theme of political correctness interwoven thru the entire series."

Are you kidding? One assumes you're a big enough fan of Star Trek to not only bother reading amateur reviews but commenting on them, and you're still amazed at the PC thread to the series?? This is one of the DEFINING aspects of Trek, and has been ever since the very beginning. If you hate this, then seriously - why on earth watch it? It can't be for the hard-core SF factor, as Trek science is notoriously wobbly.
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Overthinker
Tue, Mar 29, 2011, 9:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Collective

Yep, loved that scene. Trying to fanwank it away, we could hypothesise that since the cube was damaged, it wasn't emitting the Mysterion Waves that the sensor is adjusted to pick up, so they only came on it visually. Maybe.

Also, this ep. featured a great Badass Janeway moment. She cradles a tiny Borg baby in her arms, then orders the Doctor to ready a pathogen to destroy Borg.

But oh that "First" was the worst bunch of teen angst cliches ever.
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Overthinker
Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 11:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

A dreadful episode that is only memorable for some of the most revealing costumes on Trek since Angel One. And that only revealed Riker's hairy chest....

I suppose it does tell us what happened to the Ferengi from that DS9 episode, for the three people who actually cared.
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Overthinker
Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 11:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

This is a fun show taken as a sort of parody, but I simply cannot believe that Chakotay and Janeway, who have known each other well for more than five years, would give Seven's rants more than the time of day. First or second seasons yes - good idea (there seem to be quite a few late Voyager plots that seem like they would have worked far better earlier on), but not now - I could never believe it.

We got an interesting look at Seven's brain in Timeless, when the Doctor removes her Borg cranial implant. It looks as if about half her brain is a Borg computer - this might explain why she never seems to really grow much as a human, aside from the obvious real-life answer of lazy Voyager writers who don't like anyone to change. Or at least never consistently.

I agree that it is "Star Trek VII" and luckily Seven is also one of the better characters - and those costumes don't hurt her watchability either. I think we even got some Borg high-beaming in this ep....
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Overthinker
Mon, Mar 21, 2011, 1:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

Science fiction at its best??? You gotta be a troll or something. This goes beyond differences of opinion and into differences of fact.

This is one of those eps that I refuse to rewatch. I agree with the poster who rated it worse than Threshold. That was acceptable for the first half, and then went batshit insane. But this was just evil.
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Overthinker
Sun, Mar 13, 2011, 9:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Message in a Bottle

Incidentally, this applies particularly to "science" fiction like Trek, which is about as close to real science as Harry Potter. Instead of wizards and wands we have magical transporters and DNA, so we *have* to have some good character interaction ("fiction") to make up for the lack of science. Otherwise it's just eye candy.
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Overthinker
Sun, Mar 13, 2011, 4:03am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Message in a Bottle

"Star Trek is a sci-fi series: I want the science and I want the fiction, in that order, and preferably with the ration 70:30."

In that case read a physics textbook. You have missed the point entirely. Sure, it can be fun to think about kewl future tech and all that, but the best SF takes it a step further and considers what effect it will have on people. Fiction is, in the end, about exploring the human condition (there is very little fiction featuring cats and mice aimed at anyone older than ten), and if we are not able to feel some sort of emotional connection with the people in the story then then story has failed. The only significant exception I can think of is "2001," but then that was a deliberate choice by Kubrick and not done to show off gee-whiz fanboy tech. In fact "2001" was about humanity, rather than any one human.

"I don't want personal drama, introspection, people exploring their feelings and whatnot."
Translation: "I don't want people."
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Overthinker
Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 10:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

This is one that has some great areas, but also some rather draggy bits. It helps if you skip those. And anytime Dukat and Garek are together gets an automatic one star boost from me anyway....
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Overthinker
Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 10:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

Nic: Here's an interesting thought. Assuming that Entek was correct when he said they implanted Iliana with memories, why not implant Kira with this memory as well? In other words, Entek knew she had that memory as *he* gave it to her....

Nick M: You are not alone. Vulcans over Cardies, but Cardy women are disturbingly hot. More than Klingon, definitely, and the less said about Feregnhi women the better....
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Overthinker
Sun, Feb 20, 2011, 10:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

I can buy these Bajorans as being that gullible if we assume that through a process of "survival of the thickest" those that have gathered under Dukat are rather more credulous and accepting than the average Bajoran.
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