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R.D.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 8:25am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

It's too bad Whoopi Goldberg was (probably) unavailable for this... it would have been a far better last episode for her character than "Suspicions" was.
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R.D.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012, 10:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

This was an awful episode that soured "I, Borg" (Hugh should have been completely cleared of all individuality, period, and the last we should have ever seen of him was his poignant glance toward Geordi at the end of that show). It also eviscerated the once-menacing Borg into mechanized Lost Boys. But considering STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT showed the collective much as their old selves anyway, at least it seems that many Powers-That-Be chalked this two-parter up to a misfire (thankfully, this was indeed only a small sect of the Borg as a whole). Lore was at his worst here; we were never provided with a satisfactory explanation of why he was involved with the Borg in the first place and what prompted his quest to "save" them other than "I can use them to destroy the Federation, bwahahaha." Some of the scenes between Lore and Data were nice but because we all knew Data would be back to normal by the end, I agree with Jammer that it would have been more interesting if Data had been given the ability to make a true choice to join Lore instead of being totally under the control of him. *1/2 stars for me.
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R.D.
Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Great points, John. This could have been an easy, even poignant Deanna-Worf character story--hopefully just a b-story--about differing methods of "reaching" Alexander. That would have even given much more believeable fodder for their (ridiculous) Season 7 romance. Bringing Lwaxana to the Worf-Troi-Alexander storyline was a disaster. No more than one half-star for Majel Barrett at least giving this material her best effort.
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R.D.
Thu, Nov 17, 2011, 2:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

"Justice" gave us one of the most unintentionally hilarious lines in all of TNG...

Data: "I am reading something off the starboard bow, but there is nothing there."
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R.D.
Fri, May 13, 2011, 8:19am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

The fact that Data also has 3 pips on his collar bothered me too at first, although soon I realized it's really "2 and a half." In the lieutenant commander insignia the show uses, there's two bright pips and one black pip. So maybe the "3" was for Riker's 3 bright pips?
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R.D.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008, 8:10am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Once More Unto the Breach

Hi Jammer,

I must respectfully disagree with you about the way the ending was handled. I thought it was perfect. Kor has always been a legendary Klingon, not just to other Klingons, but to the STAR TREK audience as well since the days he faced down Captain Kirk.

If there's any character in the STAR TREK universe who deserved an ambiguous, mythic, unseen, purely lengendary end, it's Kor. Especially considering how the scene bookended the Davy Crockett theme, the ending as presented was far more poignant and relevant than a bombastic, explosive, albeit glorious end to Kor would have been.
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R.D.
Thu, Nov 13, 2008, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

I like how you mentioned how this episode managed to avoid "action" cliches and stay true to the characters. If this had been an episode of VOYAGER, for example, Laas would have turned Evil and there would have been a phaser fight through the corridors as the crew tried to prevent him from taking over the ship of "disgusting humanoids."
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R.D.
Thu, Nov 13, 2008, 12:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice

You're right about the time loop "reveal" being pretty incredulous. Forget looking up Captain Cusak's history--Sisko apparently gave her the full up-to-date history on the war. You can't tell me that he wouldn't have said, "Then on Stardate 51..." and she wouldn't have said, "WTF?" What would have made the episode more believable, and poignant, in fact, is if everyone (including Lisa) knew about the time distortion and the episode became about 1.) comforting someone in their final moments, and 2.) heading to a planet only to assure a proper burial, which would have commented nicely about soldiers' honor during wartime.
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R.D.
Thu, Nov 13, 2008, 9:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

Yeah, I could swear that at least Riker would qualify as one of Worf's "closest male friends," especially considering the TNG episodes "A Matter of Honor" and "Ethics," and Ronald D. Moore would have definitely been aware of this. I wonder if it was ever discussed but later vetoed for whatever reason.
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R.D.
Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 3:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

What has always made DS9 stand proud and apart from other "Trek" series were its inspired, unmatched attempts to laugh at itself and never take things too seriously. Between "Little Green Men," "In the Cards," and yes, "The Magnificent Ferengi," we have noble efforts of brilliant, even satirical comedy.

I love how "In the Cards" lampoons TREK's own technobabble and "wacky DNA" plots (Geiger's explanation of cellular ennui) and time-travel shows (Jake's preposterous cover story to Weyoun). DS9 sure had a finely turned sense of humor.
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R.D.
Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 3:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

When I first watched this episode as a teenager, I found it "slow" and didn't quite get it. When I saw it again on DVD almost ten years later it completely blew me away. Nana Visitor was outstanding. I especially liked her in the flashback sequences, such as when she calmly explained to her father that "I'm going to make them pay."

While I agree with Jammer that her final speech seemed forced and unnecessary, I think she rescued it with the passion of her acting. Her facial expressions while delivering the lines about Ghemor taking his last breaths were heartbreaking to watch.

Oh God, the poisoned drink scene! It was brilliant and so hilarious. I was still laughing minutes after it.
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