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Pollyanna
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I remember liking this episode when I first saw it but on rewatching I find it very slow. I am also surprised that none of you mentioned the links to an early TOS episode, The Enemy Within. We again find the captain being forced to accept the darker parts of his personality. In many ways, I like that episode better because the stakes are more real. And the insights come from Kirk's friends and colleagues.
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Pollyanna
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 12:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

I would like to point out that Troi's transformation is accurate physical/emotional portrayal of one besieged by a physical vampire. I hope no one ever encounters one...they take a huge toll. I didn't care for the episode because it reminded me of old injuries.
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Oh...and there was nothing at all risqué about the nudity. I think it is possible that we would have dropped a lot of nonsense about body shame by the 24th century. The only persons who looked at Mrs. Troi in askance were elderly males. Everyone else was fine with it. Children like running around without their clothes on. It is an appropriate and no sexual display of nudity.
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 1:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I think the metal parasite scheme was very lame. But I liked everything else. This is one of the best mrs. Troi episodes and I found the interactions between word and Alexander very realistic? Deanna is providing the good, solid advice but children like people who are a bit kooky. I wish we had that holodeck program available here. There is a huge lack of laughter and whimsy in our culture right now...far greater since 9//11. Which is why the most reliable news program on cable is on Comedy Central . When a culture marginalized those who are a bit different, it loses its heart. Via mud baths!
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 6:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Reading this comment stream reminds me all over again why I am unable to be a "fan." I loved TOS as a kid, enjoyed TNG as a 20 something, and watched all of the series on DVD in my fifties. Great actors cause better characters to be written. Sir Patrick is a great actor, so are the actors who played Odo, Guinan, Data, and the doctor on VOY. I think Scott Bakula is a fabulous actor and his leadership brought cohesiveness to a difficult series that suffered from the 9/11 attacks. Most of the actors were good, competant professionals who did their best with schedule, writing, and craziness of serial tv.

I liked this episode and liked the character of Ensign Ro because the story lines are relevant in our world. One thing that ENT did better than any of the other shows was to show women as fully functional officers. They were fit and they knew how to fight. It is what makes the show seem so disconnected at times because you have these realistic characters and then you introduce the whole rubbing gel in the decon chamber scenes. And if one wants to look for people disobeying orders, most ST characters do that.
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Pollyanna
Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I found the exchanges between Wesley and Picard genuine and realistic. We often need a crisis to tell one another the simplest but deepest truths. I actually hadn't remembered this episode except for the recommendation to see the groundskeeper. But I last saw this episode before I lost my parents (to whom I was able to say those simple truths).

I agree almost anything else would have been better than the garbage scow...
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Pollyanna
Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 4:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Four stars from me. BOBW was extremely well done and deserves its four stars because everything, character, plot, fx, and acting was first rate...including music. Family goes from that horrific set of events and deals with the aftermath and consequences of life in service to society. It tells the little stories of real people dealing with loss, choice, and change. I found much of ENT third season hard to watch but I applauded the times that they continued moving forward despite loss, fatigue, injury, and doubt. That same strength is seen here. We often just move on without the pause for reflection; that choice harms us and diminishes growth. There should be room for quiet excellence to receive equal credit.
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Pollyanna
Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 12:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

Since I have friends and family who suffered from being "programmed" to kill in various wars, I found this episode very moving. The idea that killing others has no impact on those who kill is pervasive in our culture. I think that Worf's security force was too easily over powered but other than that the episode highlights the disposable status that many cultures assign to soldiers...especially when they are honored so deeply in death but treated so poorly when wounded.
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