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Pleasure Gelf
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 7:19am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Captain's Holiday

Vash is undoubtedly the most appealing lassie in all of ST:TNG.

Ensign Ro is close in second place.
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Pleasure Gelf
Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 6:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

I was never able to get in to TNG. I liked TOS, but TNG wasn't the same: no Spock, Bones or Scotty. So I never watched TNG when it first played.

About 5 or 6 years ago, during a bout of insomnia, I rose from bed and flicked on the telly. Channel surfing in the midnight hour I found that one of the free-to-air channels was broadcasting repeats of TNG. So I watched it. This happened again a week later, and again later ... and I was hooked.

I bought a couple of DVD box sets of the early seasons, and recorded the night-time broadcasts for later viewing. After a while the missus got a Netflix subscription and I used this to watch episodes from the later seasons on an occasional basis. Very early on I googled "Star trek reviews" and found this site. It has become my regular habit to browse this site after watching each episode to read Jammer's insightful reviews and to take in the comments made by other fans.

Today - at last - I watched this final episode, thereby completing the entire history of the TNG series. Now I've read the final one of Jammer's reviews.

My sincere thanks to you Jammer for your devotion to this site, your passion for the TNG series and the quality of your reviews. My further thanks to all who read this site and comment here.
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Pleasure Gelf
Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 9:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

In over 100 reviews, not one person has drawn a parallel with the movie "Altered States" ... nor with that Cheech & Chong movie where the detective turns into a lizard from smoking too much weed.

Incidentally, Altered States was well done (if silly), but this ST:TNG episode was just dreck.
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Pleasure Gelf
Wed, Sep 4, 2019, 11:24pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

Excellent review, spot (heh) on, with only one exception: one too many stars.
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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."

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


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?
AVON Fire!
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