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R.J.
Sun, May 9, 2021, 9:04am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

Well, the acceptable term for a dwarf is a "little" person so Kirk's comment at the end didn't bother me. Alexander was small in stature and since the Trek universe celebrates what makes us infinitely diverse, "little" would not have been thought of as a disparaging term in Kirk's mind. Alexander seems to understand this and is smiling.
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R.J.
Fri, Apr 16, 2021, 8:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

* Should be "Jammer and the Nitpickers" Nitpick that!
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R.J.
Fri, Apr 16, 2021, 8:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

@ Silly: But from the conversation in the scene, Chorgan absolutely knew his life was in danger from a clan he thought was long extinct.

Couldn't disagree more with "Jammer in the Nitpickers" (should be a band name). This is one of my favorite season 3 stories. I really liked seeing it first-run and I try not to miss it in reruns. Loved that the Brull character was not one-dimensional but wanted more for his people and was willing to hear Marouk out. Picard was portrayed as a good diplomat and the story succeed in giving us an interesting one-off story that showed an alien culture we had never seen before on the show. Season 3 seemed to be great with story lines that focused more on good ideas to drive the plot rather than falling back on the main characters to do so. "Land?! Do we look like farmers to you?!" Great line.

When this first aired, it was before the days of DVDs and there were still households that didn't have VCRs. Picard's lack of a reaction (which was later acknowledged as a lapse by the creators of this episode) wouldn't have been perceived too much since the focus of that very quick scene was on the phaser blast. I am honestly baffled why some episodes are not as well-liked by the fandom here.
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R.J.
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

Worf really knocks it out of the park with his first permanent go at tactical. He fits right into the role so easily. Wonder why Yar just wasn't so "commanding" when she executed the same commands on the tactical station? A shame the writing for her wasn't the best too.
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R.J.
Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

"Kevin Riley who sang and died in "Conscious of a King" - was an Irishman."

Ya, Kevin Riley survived in that episode.
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R.J.
Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Doomsday Machine

Too bad Nichelle Nichols was busy performing at a concert to appear in this episode since the communications officer actually has a lot of dialog.

I think Lt. Palmer comes off as professional and no-nonsense right out of the gate when compared to some of Lt. Uhura's more subdued exchanges with Captain Kirk or her exaggerated fear when reacting to strange aliens or dangerous situations. Makes me wonder how Nichelle Nichols would have played it for this installment.
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R.J.
Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 9:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

One thing that annoyed me was the changing scale of the Borg ship in this episode. In some shots the Enterprise D is dwarfed by the cube and in others, it's almost the same size.

Other than that, a great story. I remember watching the first-run broadcast and feeling a sense of constant nervousness like when I was a kid and saw any Dr. Who with the Dalelks. Sadly, I never got that feeling with Voyager's Borg episodes. Seems like the writers created an enemy that was too powerful and they didn't know how to deal with it other than to dumb down the threat. But to reminisce about what an impact the Borg first had when we watched this two-parter in the 90s....
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R.J.
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Can't understand all the nitpicking for such a great episode. You can tell a lot of care went into this one.

Funny thing is, the first-run trailer gave you absolutely no clue as to the real focus of the episode. (Check it out on Youtube.) Upon seeing this trailer, the plot seemed lame and I even thought about skipping Next Gen. for the week. As luck would have it, I just happened to be in front of the TV when this debuted and was blown away.

Barclay's depiction cut a little too close to home for this awkwardly shy high school student. Great acting and writing. Thought the disaster plot line was very necessary for the story. Genuinely surprised by the cause of the malfunctions and by Barclay's theory which proved to be true. Even that last scene had tricked me. Thought the episode was ending by having Barclay leave the Enterprise (going the way of so many one-off guest characters) when in fact, he was just leaving his fantasy world.

When this one comes up in reruns, I always stop and watch and think fondly of those first run viewing memories from my high school years.
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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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