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Phillip
Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 10:56am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

"Balance of Terror" is one of the few episodes where we really get the sense that Enterprise is a deep-space battle cruiser with a complement of 430 well-trained, highly-motivated men and women, each of whom comes with his or her backstory. All too often we were left with the impression the ship was being run solely by Kirk and his command staff.

Favorite moments: Kirk turning to Scotty on the bridge, the latter anticipating his captain's wish for better than flank speed and assuring him "I've already spoken with my engine room, sir." How characteristic of Mr. Scott to take a proprietary attitude toward "his" engine room.

The interplay between Angela and the coverall-clad gunnery techs on the phaser deck as they bring the weapons on-line. I especially like the one with the creased face and sparse hair; he looks the part of a lowly but indispensable noncom serving his third hitch in Starfleet. Can't help but wish Classic Trek had depicted women entrusted with Fire Control and other critical assignments more frequently. Speaking of which...there's the moment when Uhura leaves her console to pinch-hit for Stiles, the clear implication being she's cross-trained in Navigation and is more than a glorified switchboard operator. Here again, too bad we didn't see more of that.

The dialogue between the Romulan CO and his exec, both war-weary and cynical, both rightly wary of the strutting Decius and his bloodlust. (Side note: Lawrence Montaigne, who played Decius, died yesterday at age 86. RIP) These scenes evoke the byplay between Curt Jurgens and Theodore Bikel in "The Enemy Below," just as Kirk seeking reassurance from McCoy echoes Robert Mitchum confiding in his medical officer. Paul Schneider obviously sat through this movie more than once.

Stiles undergoing his Road to Damascus moment as he realizes Spock saved his life, a scene rescued from bathos by Spock's bland explanation he acted not out of sentiment but to spare himself the trouble of finding a replacement navigator. Kirk's rueful glance at Spock and McCoy after Yeoman Rand brings word Starfleet will back any command decision he makes.

There are one or two roll-your-eyes moments (Kirk embracing Rand as the plasma bolt bears down on them? No one suggesting they dodge it by going into warp?)
But on the whole a superior episode, ranking among the best of Season One.
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Phillip
Wed, Jun 24, 2015, 7:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Armageddon Game

hairstylists must be rich in both societies. I know they are aliens but even aliens should have better fashion sense.

The quark scene was funny. Keiko didn't seem too affected by the Chiefs death. The writers have known since tng that the fans didn't like Keiko and yet they didn't make her seem to care that much about his death. I wanna blame the writers and not the actress but I haven't seen her in anything else so who knows. Obrien and Bashir eventually become great friends but I always thought obrien treated Bashir badly the first few seasons for no reason. Eventually Bashir stands up to him but it takes all the way to the third episode from the last in season 7.
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Phillip
Sat, Jun 20, 2015, 4:18am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

@Paul It's a little thing, but putting Bashir in the old-school uniform makes the three of the previous four episodes really strange in hindsight. The problem could have been easily fixed if prisoner Bashir had worn the gray-shoulder uni.

Hopefully you still visit this website Paul. Your comments seem to suggest that you think Bashir being a changeling in those previous episodes is "strange and a problem". Even if it was an accident by the writers I like it better thinking it was intentional. Now either way it is canon now and whether you like it or not that Bashir was a changeling. He was really smart medically and an imposter. Ronald D Moore commented that Bashir must have been real tired and fell asleep in his uniform. Not the wrong uniform. Moore is stating that yes Bashir fell asleep in the old uniform while it was still in use. I think it was brilliant and o find it funny that the changeling did surgery on Sisko and helped deliver obriens baby. I hope you read this because I'm curious as to why you don't like that he was a founder. I thought it was awesome on the writers part
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Phillip
Fri, Jun 19, 2015, 10:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

@ElimiRo OMG not existing is NOT the same thing as dying, not in this universe or any other!

OMG the point is they DID exist. We watched them exist for 45 minutes and Odo made a decision to end their lives. Kira and Sisko knew it but Dax didn't want to acknowledge what she had accidentally caused. I blame Odo much more than Dax.
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Phillip
Fri, Jun 19, 2015, 10:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

@Edouard Personally, I thought poor O'Brian, when the idiot Bashir was more or less saying "forget Keiko and your children, have you talked to your next wife yet?". But then he changes his mind, having your descendants growing potatoes all day in the gamma quadrant isn't so bad I guess.

Oh, please. O'brien is the idiot. First of all anyone who watches Star Trek knows obrien should have divorced Keiko a long time ago. And also it's pretty selfish to sacrifrice the lives of all those people to get back to his family who would go on living. I couldn't believe it when obrien said "nobody has the right to tell me I can't go home to my family". Uh, yeah his superior officer can. Picard could and he would have obeyed. Riker could have made that decision and he would have obeyed. I mean this is the same obrien who was willing to leave his wife a widow and his child fatherless to rescue Li Nalas. Kira told him they either brought him back or they weren't coming back. I guess he just doesn't respect Sisko as much as his next gen superior officers. Eventually obrien comes to his senses and realizes he can not let these people die which if Keiko is a good person would understand he had to do. Bashir was just playing around with his friend which a lot of guys would do since I'm sure he's assuming they will all get home safe because that's the way it works on Star Trek. I love the obrien Bashir friendship but a lot of the time obrien treats him like crap. It took seven seasons but I was cheering when Bashir finally stuck up for himself in one of the last few episodes and told obrien to get the hell out of the infirmary. And obrien respected him for it.
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Phillip
Thu, Jun 18, 2015, 12:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

Jadzia was better off with Deral than Worf. Who cares if Jadzia wishes she were klingon. They should have put her with Bashir which is where the show would have gone if Worf hadn't arrived. Lazy writing. Quark and Jadzia would have worked as well
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Phillip
Sun, Feb 15, 2015, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

Was anyone else very disturbed that the prophets raped Sisko's mom and his father as well? They took over Sarah's body and forced her to sleep with Joseph and they kind of did the same to Joseph by misrepresenting who he was sleeping with in order to have a baby.

So Sisko learns that the prophets did this to his parents and does his get mad? Not really. Does he go back to Bajor and tell the people the worm hole aliens did this to a woman on earth for their own purposes? I don't think so. We don't know. We do know he told cassidy because she mentions it later so we can assume Kira knows. But this doesn't shake Kira's belief that these aliens are nice gods. It's rediculous. I mean Sisko had to teach the prophets about linear time (the same linear time in which Bajor and Sarah live in). Negus had to teach the prophets about profit even though Bajor has money. I love DS9 but the writers really made Sisko look dumb by following these aliens after all they've done. Kirk and Picard would have condemned these aliens for their actions and definitely wouldn't have left star fleet to live with them.
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Phillip
Tue, Dec 30, 2014, 12:46am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

"The Sisko....0 stars. Seriously who will care in the future about an american sport?"

Many people will care. America leads the world economically, culturally, militarily and in pretty much every other way. You're commenting on an American show. Star Trek has always been made by Americans and mostly for Americans. I can't stand baseball but it annoys me you would be jealous enough to take a shot at America. Would you rather If Sisko had been a fan of Soccer? Someone please tell me how soccer is exciting. People run around for a long time and only score a couple times a game. That is boring yet the majority of the world likes it. Is it because most people drink the whole time while watching it? Someone please enlighten me.

Anyways i thought it was s funny episode.
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Phillip
Fri, Dec 12, 2014, 11:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

In BLOOD OATH Sisko knows Jadzia left the station to commit murder based on klingon beliefs. She says she's gonna do it regardless and he does nothing to her when he gets back. But Worf is threatened with murder chargers. this doesn't make any sense. Worf should have just taken Kurn off the station and done it.

The beat part of the episode is when Worf says to Jadzia "you are not klingon". FINALLY!! Someone finally tells her she's not a klingon. It's almost like she wants to be a klingon. I just always found it annoying how she would act like she knew all things klingon and would condescendingly tell people about klingon beliefs. She did that to Bashir once.
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Phillip
Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 5:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

In the episode "matter of perspective" Picard comes to the conclusion that he will have to hand Riker over to them based on their laws even though they are guilty until proven innocent. Picard also admits that there is not enough evidence to prove Riker's innocence even though he knows Riker didn't commit murder. Yet in this ep be is not willing to let Wesley be judged by that planet even though he knows Wesley is guilty of their laws however weird they are. It basically comes down to Picard ignoring federation policy because beverly would be too upset. They should have had Picard hand over Wesley and then maybe their God would have mercy on him and let him go. That would have been some good character development for Picard and it might have stopped Beverly from constantly wanting to ignore the prime directive. I at least wish Picard had taken beverly at the end of the episode and told her that she needed to reconsider if she wanted Wesley to remain on the ship and working as an acting ensign. He should have let her know it was part of the job and he wasn't going to ignore the laws again just because Wesley was in danger
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Phillip
Sat, Nov 8, 2014, 3:46am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

Conservatives aren't allowed to watch Star Trek. Well we'll let them watch enterprise but none of the good trek. If you think beverly crusher shouldn't give free healthcare in sickbay then Star Trek isn't for you
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Phillip
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 11:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

Why does beverly care about a ferengi's shuttle test? That made no sense to me. I also don't know why people wouldn't accept a ferengi scientist. Space travel has brought interstellar commerce to the ferengi economy. From a profit standpoint a ferengi scientist would be respected by other ferengi's.

As for the feminist aspect of the later seasons I agree they change troi and beverly. They mainly change troi. Once she puts on that uniform all of a sudden she changes. Look at the episode disaster. She was in charge and didn't know anything obrien was talking about. Then look at timescape and she's throwing out technobabble left and right. I love troi in the early seasons even though she kinda sucks at being a counselor too. But once modern day political correctness changed her character I couldn't take it.
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Captain Phillips
Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 9:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I would never watch STID again.
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Phillip
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 4:18am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

@Nonya I wanted Kira and Dukat to both shoot and vaporize eachother at the same time like the Breen and Jem Hadar did in By Infernos Light.
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Phillip
Mon, Jul 28, 2014, 11:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part II

The main problem I have with the simulation is that Garak wasn't real because he really put in a good performance in this ep. Except for his last words being about not being able to have lunch with Bashir. Kinda cheesy.

I don't have any problem with the simulation because we learn later that the founders are very meticulous and slow in conquering the galaxy. They send spys into the the alpha quadrant for extended periods of time to gather info. They steal peoples identitys in starfleet and the klingon empire repeatedly. I think some fans didn't like it because other shows and movies have done something similar where nothing was real and they felt cheated but this is what the founders do. And it worked. They gathered a lot of info about the people who stand at the gateway they will need to travel through to force their order in the whole of the Milky Way
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Phillip
Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 3:06am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

I don't blame Sisko for doing what had to be done to win the war. Although in season 3 the romulans tried to destroy the wormhole which would have saved millions of lives and Sisko stopped them. This is also the same Sisko who was willing to risk the life of his son the aliens in the wormhole could fight a battle on the space station. Picard would never have been duped by aliens. He definitely wouldn't have put his crew or family in jeopardy for the aliens. That's why in the great Trekkie debate about who the best captain is you gotta throw Sisko out
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Phillip
Sat, Jun 14, 2014, 10:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

Both the paghwraith's and prophets are aliens. This doesn't belong in Star Trek unless it portrays the believers as idiots. Some fans will say Sisko is the better captain than Picard. We all know Picard wouldn't believe the wormhole aliens were Gods. And he definitely wouldn't risk the life of his son or any person for these aliens to play out their war. Sisko, dukat and Kira are all loony for believing these aliens are gods unless the word god had a different meaning in the future.
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Phillip
Sat, Jun 14, 2014, 2:42am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Nog is an idiot. He comes off as gullible and condescending to jake. At the end of this ep I wanted him to tell jake he was sorry and jake was right. In the early seasons nog said he and rom were both idiots when it came to earning profit. Apparently he is an idiot when it comes to starfleet as well. And can I just point out that a few seasons ago JAKE WAS TEACHING NOG TO READ. So he went from learning how to read to doing complex operations on the bridge of a starship. I can't believe he has learned to do anything in a starship that doesn't include cleaning up the kitchen.
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Phillip
Sat, Jun 14, 2014, 2:28am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

BRAVESTARR, I completely agree with you. I hate nog. Quark was obviously scared and nog treats him like crap. Someone should tell him that being loyal to your family is also important in life. At one point he says ferengi just run and hide. On tng the ferengi have a military and don't run and hide. Nog seems to know nothing about his people except when the writers want him to be good at finding things. He treats Jake the same way in a few episodes. Like that episode where nog is fooled into joining a crew of kids and jake points out that the captain is crazy. Nog goes off about how jake could never understand what it means go be a soldier and of course jake is proven correct. I don't understand the nog love from ds9 fans. He's an ass
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Phillip Watson
Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 7:11am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

I agree it is a good episode but the premise is too US-Centric for my liking. I know it is an American show but I find hard to believe that a US riot would have such big conesequences for the future when these reforms have been in place in Europe for nearly 100 years. Also wouldn't all this wonderful progress be wiped out within 50 years when WWIII destroys most of the major governments (Riker in ST:FC)
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Phillip
Fri, Jan 23, 2009, 2:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Just rewatched this episode. I still find it very moving - the final time Sisko reappears and is sitting watching Jake sleep - fantastic! For pure emotional impact, nothing but "Inner Light" and possible "Children of Time" compare. Makes me wonder about how Jake reacted to his father taking up residence in the wormhole with the prophets...
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