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Pleasure Gelf
Sun, May 26, 2019, 8:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

Four stars. Not for the plot, which is silly; nor the acting, the cinematography, or anything so common.

Four stars wholly for the plethora of one-liners.

"Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra."
"Temba, his arms open."
"Shaka, when the walls fell."
"The river Temarc, in winter."
etc.

Come on, how can you not love it?
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Pleasure Gelf
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

75 comments precede this one, and not one of them has mentioned the single most hilarious quote to fall out of the whole "Adama + Tigh + Alcohol" scenes, if not the entire series:

"Great grandpa was a power sander."
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Pleasure Gelf
Sat, Sep 23, 2017, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Unfinished Business

When it isn't being trite it is simply unconvincing. The worst episode of the whole series thus far. One star.
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Pleasure Gelf
Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 7:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

spoiler...

Picard writes a message to the future Enterprise crew by using an iron filing to etch it in Data's cranium .... in BINARY?

Sorry Star Trek, you couldn't suspend my sense of credibility any further than that point.
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Pleasure Gelf
Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 7:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

I very much liked this episode. Saw parallels with the TOS episode "Wink Of An Eye", which I also quite like.
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Pleasure Gelf
Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 8:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Superb episode.

I have not been a huge fan of the Guinan character, but this episode really used her well and brought her to the fore. I was especially impressed by the fencing scene. "You just felt sorry for me and look where it got you!"

Interesting to read some of the early comments regarding survival trumping morality... reminded me of Ayn Rand's writings, in which she directly equates the concept of survival with morality. "You who prattle that morality is social and that man would need no morality on a desert island—it is on a desert island that he would need it most. Let him try to claim, when there are no victims to pay for it, that a rock is a house, that sand is clothing, that food will drop into his mouth without cause or effort, that he will collect a harvest tomorrow by devouring his stock seed today—and reality will wipe him out, as he deserves; reality will show him that life is a value to be bought and that thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it." ST-TNG's reality is that the Borg is a race which will destroy homo sapiens. Is it not moral to remove the threat? A very good question, worthy of debate.

Finally - there was an episode of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica which centred on the morality of introducing a virus to the Cylon race by the use of some captured Cylons, thereby dispensing with the Cylon threat forever. The moral issue there was more about the validity of using biological weapons, but the end result was the same, although due to the act of one individual. I wonder how much BSG was influenced by this Star Trek episode.
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Pleasure Gelf
Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 6:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

While watching the show, at the point where Soren admits that she identifies as female, and J'naii like her have relationships with J'naii who identify as male, it ocurred to me ... don't any of them ever have relationships with J'naii who identify as the SAME gender? Even while presenting a blatantly obvious gay-acceptance message, the writers still managed to do it in a completely heterosexual way!
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Pleasure GELF
Sun, Oct 25, 2015, 7:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

Just saw this episode for the first time.

Riker's "Mr. Worf - fire" was as perfectly effective as the same command barked by Kerr Avon at the conclusion of the second season of Blake's 7.

AVON Stand by to fire.
VILA Avon, this is stupid!
AVON When did that ever stop us?
[pause]
AVON Fire!
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