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Quincy
Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

@Sen-Sors

lol. Blame Dirac. Same dude that came up with antimatter.

@Saru's ganglia

The problem is that western bar scene was so horribly executed it killed all the momentum of the episode. It's purpose was apparently for Saru to tout Starfleet principles, talk Georgiou down, and inspire Os'ir with a newfound belief in Starfleet.

It just didn't work. Why would Georgiou allow those dudes to take her hostage? The numbers were far better outside than they were inside the bar. Why film the scene where so many people have the drop on you and you magically don't get shot as you're swinging and kicking? It would've made more sense that Georgiou killed the two dudes outside. Then picked off the remaining dudes one by one in some other manner. Perhaps by sniping from cover or hell, just incapacitating EVERYONE in the bar with some type of stun device.

Georgiou was already regarding the people on the planet with suspicion when arguing with Saru on the ship. She would've come prepared. Just give me a scene I can suspend disbelief with. In fact, nothing she does is making sense. I can see her having an obsession with Michael, if she had one with her counterpart. I cannot see her allowing herself to be controlled by Saru or anyone else. She has no reason to. They really should just kill off the character at this point. Such a waste of a good actress.

Nothing in that scene made sense. They have programmable matter and they're struggling? Programmable matter would have to be some mixture of nanotech and wellstone from Wil McCarthy's novels. I'm sorry, but that's as broken as replicators. If you have any of that, you're not going to be struggling. All you need is energy. They cracked fusion long ago. There are so many other power sources. Even if dilithium is absolutely necessary for warp drive, literally nobody should be struggling.

Os'ir instantly turning over a new leaf? Really?!? Since everything he said was going to happen happened, he should've killed that dude immediately for killing Kal and turned to them and said, "Personally, I think you and your Starfleet ideals are full of $#!%. But if you think you can make a difference go ahead and try. I won't be holding my breath. Now about that dilithium..." That would've made sense. Instead we get a Janeway level Starfleet ideals defy the laws of physics. It works because it works, even when we can see on screen that it didn't work.

With a serious rewrite this could've been an excellent episode. In order for this production to gel, as all the others have had to do, Discovery needs someone who will reign in its excesses.
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Quincy
Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 1:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

This episode was better than last week. I was so disappointed at the premiere. I was looking forward to Discovery after the crappy ending of The 100. They should've started the season with this episode. Saru is the best character. I would expect this cast to start gelling together at this point. So far no such luck.

I don't like the new engineer. Her only purpose seems to be to out ahole Stamets. I really hate the character of Tilly, as well. Hopefully, she gets Tasha Yar'd by an evil oil slick at some point. I can't stand her. Mirror Phillipa is getting old. Most mirror characters get old. They should've toned her down like Mirror Spock.

I still have some hope for the season. They need to address this Burn thing. How far does it reach? The whole galaxy? The universe? How did it happen? Where are the other types of warp drives? The Romulan's I'm still not clear about. They use a quantum singularity, but in nemesis weren't they mining dilithium? Was that just for trade? I pray that it doesn't turn out that Burnham somehow caused the Burn when she set the suit to self-destruct or by their trip through the time stream.

I'm hoping for the return of some of the lesser used aliens. Maybe a pissed off Douwd detonated all the dilithium. Perhaps they'll bring back the Darmok for an Arrival style episode and actually get a linguist consultant who can come up with a plausible way such a language could work. Bring back Species 8472 and make them actually fearsome again after Voyager neutered them. If some of them got stranded by the Burn, they ought to be pretty pissed off.

So many things they could do; give us some stand alone episodes. Also, find another power source besides antimatter. Exotic particles like magnetic monopoles. They annihilate like antimatter. Through in some high temperature superconductors and you should have warp drive. And some theoretical incarnations even accelerate proton decay, so you don't need to use up your supply for normal ship power. You just annihilate protons for the everyday stuff and monopoles for warp.

Also that dark matter in season 2 seems like a helluva compact power source. Find some more of that and pass it around.

But with a 13 episode season, it's hard to see where they could fit much of anything in. I miss the 20 plus episode seasons the programs of yesteryear got.

2.5 stars.
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Q
Sat, Oct 24, 2020, 9:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Menagerie

The Keeper totally outs YN Colt - "The other new arrival has considered you unreachable but now is realizing this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength, plus unusually strong female drives." Awkward!
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4Q2
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 10:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

Fuck this shit.
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Q
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 8:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: No Exit

Great performance by Dean Stockwell. Cavil's (John's) rant made me think of what Lucifer's tirade to God probably would have been like.
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Q
Wed, Sep 23, 2020, 11:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

This episode reminds me of the time in TNG/Descent when VADM Nechayev dressed down Picard telling him, "Your priority is to safeguard the lives of Federation citizens. Not to wrestle with your conscience."

In Janeway's situation, her priority is to leverage and maintain a tactical/situational advantage (without her or her crew committing outright crimes like the Equinox crew did). By allowing valuable information to be discarded that saved the life of her CHENG, she's doing her command a disservice.

Proper procedure should have been to have the Doctor forward a memo (and opinion) to Starfleet Medical and let them decide about deleting the research from the medical databases. Like MikeZ said, this cancel culture is getting ridiculous.
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FlyingSquirrel
Sun, Sep 20, 2020, 2:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

I don't think it's quite true that AIs always revolt or turn hostile in sci-fi, at least not if considered at the individual level. Data is a prime example of one who didn't, and Blake's 7 had Zen and Slave, who were generally loyal to the ship's crew even though Zen could occasionally be oblique and mysterious and had his programming commandeered once. (Orac, on the other hand, sometimes had his own agenda that didn't always dovetail with the crew's.) And in Mass Effect, EDI actually proves entirely trustworthy when her programming constraints are removed.
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WineVQA
Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

Jammer. I've copied and pasted below and put asterisks around the quote. This comment is completely antisemitic and I'm surprised you have kept it on your page. A huge disappointment that it is still here.


LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:45pm (UTC -5)
One sad thing about the Trek universe, with its history of progressive messages, is that every species has the regressive effect of making you wonder which unfortunate contemporary ethnic group it caricatures.

I could see their situation sounding like the Jews in Palestine after WWII, but this would have been more compelling if, as with the Jews, there had been something to tell us that Bajor used to be their homeworld, rather than their apparently temporary and arbitrary claim that it was. Then the issue of them coming back would have been more of an ethical dilemma.

*******In the Trek universe, their space Jews are already horribly represented by the Ferengi anyway. So I thought maybe they were the Space Gypsies. And nobody wants them around, apparently.*******
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Q
Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 8:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: A Day in the Life

It's a shame Tyrol and Cally didn't have a Flex Tape, which is part of the Flex Seal family of products.

"To show you the power of flex tape, I sawed this battlestar in half and repaired it with only flex tape!"
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zwiq
Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 12:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

As a non-US-citizen fan of Trek, who is watching this episode for the first time in 2020, I am quite amazed by all the comments.

I didn't know about UPN, about its viewership, etc. Reading how the commenters attributed certain features of this show to the channel on which it was broadcast is fascinating.

Yet, there is another feeling I got. It looks like (I might be wrong) some of the commenters who gave low ratings are Voyager fans, who are complaining about why the episode does not further the "quest" to reach the Alpha Quadrant.

It might be so. But as a person who does not really care about that "quest", but more about what Star Trek tries to talk about the human quest of searching meaning in life, I think it was an excellent Trek episode.

Obviously people's reasons for watching ST are varied (which is healthy for the show), but it is good to see that VOY offers some beef also to people like me, who don't really care whether they reach the Alpha Quadrant or not. It is the personal voyages that count.
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Squiggy
Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 2:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Honestly I got bored about halfway through it, none of it seemed funny to me, the jokes were all dumb and I hated how hyperactive everyone was. I'm really tired of this Family Guy style animation too. Nothing about it seemed like Star Trek to me, at all. They're obviously just milking the name, it really could have been called "Wacky Space Tales" or anything else and nothing would have changed. I probably won't bother watching next week.
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Q
Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2

@Jammer - I don't think they were hookers; I think they were interns.

Separately, I'm surprised one or two vessels weren't deployed as part of an expeditionary force to find Earth.
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FlyingSquirrel
Sat, Aug 1, 2020, 7:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I just finished binge-watching the first seasons of Discovery, and while I enjoyed most of it, I spent a considerable amount of time just saying "WTF?" to this finale.

Kronos is the Klingons' homeworld, but they have allowed the Orions to set up an outpost where humans can walk around freely in the middle of a war with the Federation?

MU Georgiou can't restrain herself from spouting racist garbage on the bridge and potentially drawing the suspicion of crewmembers who don't realize what's going on?

Cornwell signs off on this genocidal plan and knows that the rest of the crew might not agree with using it, but she and/or MU Georgiou don't bother to disguise the bomb at all, so that Tilly discovers the whole plot just by opening the box and looking at it?

It's compatible with Starfleet values to hand the bomb to L'Rell and let her blackmail the rest of Klingon society into accepting her as their leader?

What exactly was the message given to those Klingon ships that we see withdrawing from around Earth? "Forget the whole war and come home"?

I wanted to be able to like this - I'm tired of anti-heroes and I'm in the camp that Star Trek should not ultimately be grimdark - but there's just too much illogical behavior here, and it exceeds my ability to suspend disbelief by quite a wide margin.
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Q
Thu, Jul 23, 2020, 7:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Doomsday Machine

@Helmus
@Rahul

For me - too.
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QDouwd
Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 10:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

Janeway in MELD: "An execution? You're not seriously suggesting we execute him? We are Starfleet officers."

Janeway in TUVIX: "Starfleet who? I'll personally carry out the execution!"

This is Janeway in a nutshell. She changes her morals constantly to fit the outcome she wants.
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QDouwd
Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 1:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

@Silly

His behavior there is worse than in Lonely Among Us. Really, the ONLY reason I believe he got away with it was he hadn’t yet picked up the first offic

Ha. that's true. Yeah, it was ridiculous that they didn't all relieve him of command. Picard is standing on the bridge yelling at something called "Q" and then takes them right into that anomaly. I would like to think that the TNG characters I watched for 7 seasons wouldnt blindly go to their deaths just because picard gave a 20 second speech.


I actually enjoyed this voyager episode. I seem to be one of the few people who likes Chakotay episodes. They definitely could have developed him more but I like when he gets a lot of dialogue and screen time. I liked the episode Nemesis a lot too for what its worth.

I don't believe Icheb and Naomi would go along with Chakotays plan either. He points out that Janeway is pretty presumptuous to believe she can change the future of the crew after 7 years. Icheb and Naomi have 17 more years of history. They haven't been just waiting for Chakotay ftoro come back. They wouldn't just give up their entire lives without even questioning it because Chakotay says so. The writers never thought about stuff like that.

Also, when Chakotay asks if anyone had encountered one of the temporal barriers, Janeway says "My helmsman disappeared when she tried to walk down that corridor, but that doesn't prove she passed through a temporal barrier."

Where does she think the crew member disappeared to? she acts like she doesn't care the helmsman is gone. Nor does she put 2 and 2 together and think maybe Chacotay is telling the truth. I don't know why they want to portray Janeway as that dumb.

At the end Chakotay won't tell the present Janeway what happened because of the temporal prime directive. How exactly would her knowing change anything now? The previous comment by Silly mentions All Good Things. At the end of All Good Things Data points out Picard told them what had happened because they are back to point where the future hadn't been written yet. Maybe I'm missing something but again, why would the writers throw that in?
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Q
Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sometimes a Great Notion

@Matthew Martin - I agree 100%. I hated seeing her character die that way.

This episode deserves a lot of credit. It accurately captures how people sometimes achieve apparent peace and composure when they've decided to end their life. It also shows the aftermath of what happens after the person dies - sorrow, pain, trauma, confusion, sense of loss, despair, guilt.
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CptnQuirk
Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 8:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

Why did they leave the shuttle on the planet and why did they blow up the Lantree? Those inanimate objects would not have been anymore dangerous than Data. The transporter would not have filtered out the antibodies on him if they were present.

The bodies on the Lantree could have been beamed into space and the ship recovered. What a waste!
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Maq
Sat, Jun 6, 2020, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Booming
"It is not made for people like me and apparently many old Trekkies feel the same."

You said it above. But even if it is not really made for me, I will try to enjoy the parts hat I can.

@Dave in MN

I watched it without real expectation. I had hoped for more. Unlogical stuff Loopholes I try to ignore, After all it is a fiction, fantasy, fairy-tail and entertainment. It is far away from a plausible society. I did manage to rewatch it. It did not really get better but I died enjoy some parts more but also used the forward button.

Star trek have always been uneven. The entertainment value have often come from the contrasts with other species. That has been thoughtful and often funny. In Picard the main alien species was the Romulans and it was quite serious. It was also dystopian societies that was described. Fair enough to try something new but it was to boring to slow before it really started and just a single loooong theme.

I have not given up the hope for a better season two.
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Maq
Sat, Jun 6, 2020, 3:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Booming

Yes, something has gone wrong. But I do not see it as harsh as you do, I think. TOS was far from perfect. They had some really horrible episodes. But they did something new, and it was optimistic, exploring and new.

Growing up in a country without the same kind of racial or ethnic conflicts I dis not really appreciate the importance of Uhura on the bridge, To me Chechov was a the big statement.

Today there are three things that is irritating.

Episode should be free standing. I do accept some sort of theme in a season but in my opinion each episode should be free standing. Ok compromise if you only have 35 40 minutes you sometimes need more so double and triple episodes might be tell something more complex.

Violence, our perception has changes but Star Trek was to a big extent non brutal an violent compared with today.

Even if I like the fantastic graphic, the story should be more important. More thoughtful episodes instead of star wars.

I try to enjoy the things that I can :-)
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grandinq
Sat, Jun 6, 2020, 6:35am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

Sitting here in quarantine, I am sympathetic to the sentiments of being glad to spend time in TNG world.

Best moment of the episode was the Picard-Riker exchange about the lasers. The way they said “lasers” was great, like us saying some word from 200 years ago that we’d maybe vaguely heard of.

Two Worf thoughts as well. The sexism in this episode is so cringeworthy. Okana has been onboard for what, a few hours, and I believe they report he’s been in the quarters of four different crew members? Worf is the only character who seems to have a problem with this.

Also, I remember seeing a YouTube video that is a collection of clips where Worf offers advice and it’s rejected. When they first encounter Okana and decide to fix his ship, there is this brief exchange:

Worf: “Sir, recommend limited access to our ship.”
Picard: “Agreed.”

So a win for Worf! Then again, seeing as Okana, once onboard, seems to wander around seducing crew members at a fast clip, to the point they are not sure where he is when they want him, maybe this wasn’t really a win for Worf. Dang it!
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Maq
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Booming
"Seven also drinks all the time. "

Yes, a lot of people having daemons in Picard. Do You get an discount when you send three persons to a clinic?

If I remember correctly, Roddenberry after having seen the horrors of ww2 had an idea of an equal world, no race boundaries, not even monetariean. Let go that the woman have do run around flashing their knickers.
(Guess that is the price for "peace on earth" they have to pay, and I could live with it)

But what happened after Kirk? Picard the patron has a great vineyard but Raffi Musik lives in a mobile home like container and Riojas wants to double the price when it gets a little bit tricky.

Something went wrong.
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Maq
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 3:06am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Correction:
Rios would also need a Detox. Picard perhaps not or perhaps also after living on a vineyard so long. :-)
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Maq
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 2:39am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Borusa I can understand some of your points. I also have my doubts regarding Legolas. But his naive character was interesting.

But your comment regarding Raffy and detox. Honestly, is not Picard in more need?

I very much enjoyed the return of Seven. She seems very fit. I also liked that the Raffy character had traces of life. I am lucky to be enough old / mature to appreciate the beauty independent of it's age.

It is good to see that 50+ women also have a place in the world.
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Maq
Tue, Jun 2, 2020, 10:00am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

@Nolan, thanks for your insights. To late now. I still would have walked the way.

I mostly never really enjoy the Trek first time I watch them. It is first when I rewatch them that I really start to appreciate also the strange episodes.

Americans are quite often extremely good story tellers and they are able to implement some quite silly things enjoyable on a television screen.

It was slow but very good acting from some actors. Not only from Stewart. God visual presentation. Many opportunities were missed. Sad when so much effort was put into it.

If they managed to do something well it was to show how people starts to reclaim life after having lost it. Or settling with a new after a disaster.
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