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R.J.
Thu, Jul 4, 2019, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

So this episode was on Heroes and Icons again tonight. Baffles me how bad it is. Roddenberry is held up as a great writer / idea man and then we get this piece of crap story. And yet he had to gall to shut down others who did great things with Star Trek.

So some confusion that still bothers me:

The Exeter crew. They know the landing party that returned was infected. They know beaming back down to the planet will keep anyone infected alive. Why did they stay on the ship? Was it part of obeying the Prime Directive? Sacrifice the crew and ship rather than risk non-interference.? Couldn't they have at the very least beamed some or all of the crew to isolated parts of the planet? Why tell others who watched the log entry to beam down to the planet? And why let Captain Tracey remain on the surface? Speaking of which...

Why is Captain Tracey a petty, murderous psychopath? We were told in Court Martial that only one in a million men were fit enough to be starship captains. I also assume they have to undergo some form of psychological evaluation. Wasn't it Roddenberry who criticized FASA for portraying an unbalanced captain in their supplement Decision at Midnight? He specifically told them there were no mutinies allowed and people in Starfleet wouldn't behave like that. But we get Ronald Tracey who killed a security guard in cold blood rather than stunning him and who breaks every oath he took in Starfleet for a youth serum. Given Roddenberry's views on life and death in his Star Trek "bible" it makes no sense that he would write such a loser of an episode.
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R.J.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017, 9:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

This episode always makes me think about the concept for the Star Trek Phase II episode Savage Syndrome.
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R.J.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017, 9:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

A recent rewatch had me wondering exactly how the mission went bad. Picard says:
"We have intercepted a Cardassian report stating that a Bajoran prisoner escaped her captor and was killed in an evacuation pod as she tried to leave Cardassian space." Did the Cardassian spy actually make it back and use Sito as cannon fodder? I had just assumed the shuttle was destroyed because the patrol ships saw right through the ruse.
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R.J.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017, 2:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

Would be a good time to separate the saucer section. Anyone? Anyone?
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R.J.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

The Romulans had little respect for treaties in TOS episode Balance of Terror when they crossed the Neutral Zone to blast a few Federation outposts out of existence.
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R.J.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Is it wrong the plot had me thinking of Inspector Clouseau's investigation in A Shot In the Dark?
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R.J.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 12:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

Hated this episode as a kid but it has certainly grown on me as an adult. I even find Adam's songs to be catchy but as some have said, many great possibilities in this story that were never fully developed. The sequence on the planet seems rushed and poorly directed. I do enjoy "Eden" a lot more than the other original series stinkers.

If played for laughs, they could have had a bikini-clad Goldie Hawn dancing in the background and a surprised Kirk ask, "Sock it to me?" Yeah, brother!
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R.J.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 12:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

The concept reminded of the episode Learning Curve. Did we ever see those misfit characters again?

Also agree Equinox crew could have added a nice edge here...use PTSD instead of hypochondria.
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R.J.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 9:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Worf getting stunned on the bridge by a...Ferengi No wonder why he was leery of Quark on DS9. :P
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R.J.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 10:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Realm of Fear

After watching this one on TV again, I realized how boring Lt. Barclay's quarters were. For a guy with such creativity and imagination I thought the set designers could do better than two dishes above his bed.
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R.J.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 10:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

"Now that all the minor characters are dead, let's head for home."
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R.J.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 3:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

@Fan

The number 1 would be hard for Data to replicate during the poker scene. Way too much nitpicking here.
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R.J.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 1:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

@RandomThoughts

Star Trek plastic for the win. lol
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R.J.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

The other part of Gene's vision for the future was rejecting materialism. Odd that Star Trek conventions and comic-cons tend to be orgies of merchandising. Many fans don't seem to get bent out of shape about this. Mr. Roddenberry certainly didn't have a problem with merchandising and yet we have a continent of plastic floating in the ocean.
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R.J.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

Dagger of the Mind: Mentions a Christmas party

Balance of Terror: Wedding in the ship's chapel

The Ultimate Computer: M-5 says murder is contrary to the laws of man and God

McCoy: Always spouting "What in God's name?"
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R.J.
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 10:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

I expected some anti-religion comments for this episode but it makes me wonder how Trekkies or Trekkers themselves are doing when it comes to that positive vision of humanity Gene Robbenberry envisioned? Seems like far too many comment threads on Jammer's Review turn into pissing contests. Shouldn't we be more evolved than that?
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R.J.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 10:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

"Now that all the minor characters are dead, let's head for home."
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R.J.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 10:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

Lots of elements here "borrowed" from The Manchurian Candidate including the killing of Chief O'Brien scene but I saw this episode long before the 1962 film. They say it's not stealing if you call it a homage.
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R.J.
Tue, May 30, 2017, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

So the writers of Star Trek: Enterprise should have watched this episode. Picard mentions a disastrous first contact with the Klingons that led to years of war. Nothing about a corn field in Oklahoma. :P
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R.J.
Mon, May 29, 2017, 1:38am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

^ Joke
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R.J.
Sun, May 21, 2017, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Some Federation ships have very long lives since we still see Miranda and Excelsior Classes in DS9. Reminds me of the B-52 bomber.
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R.J.
Wed, May 17, 2017, 11:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The irony is reading every comment here would take longer than watching The Motion Picture.
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R.J.
Tue, May 16, 2017, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: The Deeper Side of Trek: Dogs of War

In the late 80s, I became a huge fan of FASA Corporation's Star Trek role playing game. They created a very imaginative and practical Star Trek universe which merged the histories of the original series, animated series, movies and even some books. Ship designs included various destroyers, the Andor Class photon torpedo cruiser and the much-beloved Chandley class frigate. FASA's take on Trek featured Starfleet Marines and a very capable Intelligence Branch. Paramount Pictures repeatedly criticized this saying it did not fit with the peaceful and optimistic vision of Star Trek. Ultimately, the studio revoked FASA's merchandising license.

Years later the Federation goes to war with the Cardassians, Tzenkethi, Klingons and Dominion. FASA's destroyers, photon torpedo cruisers, and frigates could have come in handy. A floundering Star Trek: Enterprise would introduce the MACOs which functioned very much like the Starfleet Marines. In retrospect, it seems like FASA was years ahead of its time.

One of FASA's game supplements that featured a Starfleet Marine ship talked about how soldiers are the last people who want to go to war because they know its horrible cost.
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R.J.
Mon, May 8, 2017, 10:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Adversary

Ambassador Robert Fox in A Taste of Armageddon gave orders to Captain Kirk. So did Undersecretary Nilz Baris in The Trouble with Tribbles.
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R.J.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 12:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

The standoff in this episode was leaps and bounds above the Enterprise's first encounter with the Ferengi.
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