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Polaris
Thu, May 13, 2021, 12:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I’m sure when this episode was written it was intended as a commentary on gay rights and conversion therapy, but in 2021 it surely has parallels to non-binary and transgender people. I don’t quite buy that Riker falls in love with this person, but it’s a good episode in that it resonates with different gender/sexuality issues decades later.
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Polaris
Thu, May 13, 2021, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

I did not like this episode. Beverly presented a partial recovery treatment to Worf as the only option, despite knowing his cultural beliefs. A patient should know about ALL the options and their risks, and make an informed decision about their treatment based on that. Worf would have ended up killing himself if she had her way. And we’re supposed to root for her point of view I guess, since she shamed the experimental doctor before, during, and after the surgery. It was also stupid how the other doctor froze up while Worf was dying in surgery so Bevs could step in and take the lead.

On another note I’d like to think in the future we would respect the idea of self chosen euthanasia for terminal illness, at least. Worf’s condition wasn’t terminal though, and complicated because he had a young child.
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Polaris
Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 9:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

They really did Pulaski/Muldaur dirty. I know most people liked Crusher more but I really liked Pulaski. She was extremely competent as a doctor, and I enjoyed knowing her character over Season 2 (going from treating Data like a wall decoration to generally treating him decently by the end, and bonding a bit with the crew over the season).

Crusher was competent enough, but her character was pretty superficial iirc.

I’m on my second viewing and I’m left wishing even more that we had more time with Pulaski. There was room for both.
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Polaris
Wed, Sep 16, 2020, 2:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

It’s a bit funny watching this from a 21st century viewpoint - today’s teens have complete access to the Internet and only the most sheltered would be asking adults for flirting advice. Wes was never a fan fave and his character has aged more poorly than the rest, I think.
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Polaris
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 12:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

I really liked Pulaski and I think it’s a real shame that the cast and audience rallied for Dr Crusher to come back.

Pulaski was more assertive than Crusher (a trait that, in women, makes some folks uncomfortable) and kinda mean to Data, but her response to Data is actually very real and worth exploring. He is the only being of his kind in Starfleet and certainly many people would be ambivalent at best about treating him like a human. You can see her change throughout the season, it’s really too bad we couldn’t get more.

Anyway I agree this episode was silly (eugenics are ok now? And they never exposed these kids to disease before?) but I like it for Muldaur and Stewart.
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Polaris
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 2:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

No thanks. I know some people love when Starfleet leaders are secretly awful, but dark, space horror is not what I want in Star Trek. Glad they didn’t continue this storyline.
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Polaris
Wed, Jan 16, 2019, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

I too was confused by the details of the reveal. I liked the episode until then, the last few minutes seemed rushed and weak.

Was the village a hologram or were the buildings and/or people there a hallucination? Did Tuvok bring him to a known training area and know or assume the scene would kick in again? Did he see the scene?

Did the Vori really look like humans? I would have liked to see one of them revealed. I also would have liked Chakotay to ask the ambassador a few questions but we were out of time.
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