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Peace of Landru
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

I watched this again recently and kept thinking it was really a lost opportunity. After the events of ST IV, this could have been a story about teaching an old dog new tricks. The original crew after getting the Enterprise A would likely not be on another 5 year mission but more likely be in an ambassador role. Not doing anything too elaborate but more ceremonial type things, ambassador, stuff like that. So Kirk and crew grow careless, and the ship gets taken over by an inside job, in contact with the ambassadors from Nimbus III, working with Sybok. Kirk blames himself for getting old, cocky and careless, but then the original crew works to take back the ship.

Main things I'd change:
- while i like the Yosemite scenes, being on Earth, again, is a trope used too much. This should have been Risa or somewhere else.
- Sybok being Spock's half brother is too forced for me. There's no reason for it and it doesn't need to be there for the story.
- The Uhura dance scene is just preposterous.
- The shuttle landing in the bay is ridiculous. Maybe the shuttle bay is as long as the runway at the end of Fast and Furious 6 however?
- The jailbreak scene - I've long thought that a better way of doing this would have been having Scotty beam them out of the brig. They would rematerialize and Kirk would say something like, "Scotty! What... I thought beaming out of the brig was impossible?" Scotty: "Yeah, people keep telling me that."
- I like the great barrier idea. Would have been better if it looked more like it did the in TOS.
- Klingons felt forced in this episode. Don't need them at all.
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Peace of Landru
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

I'm liking, but not loving the Orville. Too much of it seems like re-hashed ideas I've seen done before mixed with McFarlane's brand of putting something cringe worthy in the scene and then kinda filming around it. This episode was by FAR the worst one I've seen. I think I watched most of it just cringing at how bad it was. Bortis about to sing and then getting cut off was pretty funny though. The rest of it was just meh to me. 1.5 stars.
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Peace of Landru
Fri, Feb 26, 2016, 3:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

It often comes down to whether I like Episode I or II the least, and I think it really comes down to Episode II being the least "convincing" for me. Episode I has the pod race, Darth Maul and Liam Neesen. Episode II is supposed to be the love story of Anakin and Padme, but it's so wooden and unbelievable that the rest of the movie mostly falls apart for me.

You know what would have made this more interesting? Make Padme the love interest of Obi-Wan. Anakin is however obsessed with her and forces himself on Padme, or at least make it really questionable. Make their relationship almost abusive and Padme a bit stockholm syndrome. Make it dark. But it's all perfectly logical from Anakin's point of view.

Oh and C-3PO's head on a battle droid? Ridiculous.
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Peace of Landru
Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 12:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Easily one of my top 10 episodes of the original series. I liked this one as a kid, but it's really grown on me over time. This is the first episode Kirk talks a computer to death. Classic. "It is almost the red hour" - that was absolutely the line used in college that we were about to party somewhere. And my personal favorite line in maybe all of Star Trek - "Are you of the body?" That was stoner code for - "are you baked?" The corollary to that - McCoy's angst ridden "you are NOT of the body!" was almost more classic. love, love love this episode.
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Peace of Landru
Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 12:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

This whole episode is so unbelievably bad, easily my most disliked episode of Star Trek. Aside from all that's been already noted, a few others I'll point out,
1. The kids have just been witness to severe psychological trauma, yet they have access to the bridge. Is there no security on he ship?
2. Same point for engineering. Why do they have access to such key areas of the ship?
3. This one really bugs me - 3 years in space, and Kirk calls Sulu "helmsman." Wut? Seriously?
4. Every time something weird happens, a kid is present doing the magical fist pump action. Uh, so stun the kids or put them in the brig.
5. Seems like there should be a lot more safety protocols in place so that you can't beam someone to the middle of nowhere.
6. Gorgon - the fat, glowing, old kook delivering lines in a robotic monotone - NOT scary. Just stupid.

Lastly, and most important, I just want to smack that ginger kid so freaking bad.

This episode plain sucks. Remastering didn't improve it any.
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Peace of Landru
Wed, Sep 25, 2013, 6:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

I think all I need to say about this episode is that I would rather watch "The Way to Eden" any day over this ridiculous dreck. Spock jamming with the hippies freakin rocks.

I would reverse the ratings. Move Along Home should get zero stars and The Way to Eden should get 2 1/2. At least there is some semblance of a plot in Eden. This just completely sucks.
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Peace of Landru
Wed, Sep 25, 2013, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

I've been re-watching a lot of Star Trek on Netflix, and just watched this one again recently. It seems like anyone who's seen 'The Search for Spock' would have a pretty strong clue that Vantika transferred his consciousness to Bashir. The big reveal that it's Bashir then as Vantika is pretty ho-hum.

The technobabble problem and solution strains credulity. Most of the time, techobabble truly doesnt bother me. It's just a plot device and Star Trek is not hard science. But, they can't phaser the runabout because there's a chance the material dispersal would necessitate an evacuation. But...this is in space? Huh?

This episode does no favors to Bashir. I almost forgot going back to the season 1 episodes of DS9 what a lousy character he starts off as. He starts off as a condescending ass and ends up chewing the scenery as a possessed evil alien.

Still, Primmin and Kajada are excellent guest stars. The scenes with Sisko and Prmmin and then Sisko and Odo are excellent.
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