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Fri, Apr 1, 2016, 10:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

I grew up with this show, and have been rewatching it, and am happy that the storytelling is often as strong, or stronger, than I remember. This is the first episode that's ever made me feel the need to go out and make an internet comment about Star Trek, though. I'm a work-at-home programmer in a crappy, soft-drink can littered apartment, so I am on my way to full on stereotype status, but I don't care. I watched this with my Dad, and I don't count enjoying this show among one of the problems in my life.

It's easy to see why this episode is so polarizing. It succeeds brilliantly in some ways, and falls flat in others. For some people, plot trumps atmosphere. An unsatisfactory plot resolution can undercut earlier scenes even if you found them powerful while watching them. I was hooked almost instantly by the first scene, and was disappointed when it seemed like that might just become a minor subplot. Frakes was challenged to show some range, and generally succeeded. There was a "No!!!" moment before a commercial interruption that fell flat, but it's hard to decide where the blame for something like that lies. Frakes turned in a strong performance elsewhere, so maybe editing used a weak take, or the other actor had a negative impact, or something else. I also found some of the special effects a bit cheesy and dated, which I find pretty forgivable in this show.

I'm not sure what the other self-described former mental patient's objection is, but I think this episode succeeded spectacularly in setting the tone. I believe it's the darkest one I've ever seen, and succeeded in being anxiety provoking and uncomfortable to watch, and I enjoyed seeing a very different, emotionally honest feeling, side to Riker. This story was a lot more about emotion than plot, and their (IMO) huge success with this aspect made it very easy for me to forgive the ones on which that fell short.
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Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 12:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Waking Moments

I really liked this episode. The Only thing I don't understand is why the alians need those stasis chambers. or do they usually live being awake and just use stasis pods now, so they can attack people.
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