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Brandon Adams
Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

While I, too, am turned off by the sophomoric and socially useless appearance of this show, I kind of have to ask, where else is Trek supposed to go?

Science fiction is played out. All the popular tropes are done to death, and it was Star Trek that pioneered many of them, or brought them to the mainstream.

Special effects are played out. Nothing looks amazing anymore, or elicits gasps of "how did they do that?"

Allegory is longer-lasting because there's always social shortcoming to address. But that carries the risk of being too heavy-handed. Plus, you need something in-between the topical episodes to leaven everything and, well, see the discussion above on tropes and special effects. Also, allegory is something that can really only be supported by one series. You can't do it with five.

Character shows are good, but again, you need something to leaven, and again, tropes and special effects.

That leaves self-reference as the last place for the show to go, and as you said, that's rapidly reaching burnout, too.

I dunno. We're reaching an apex of cultural creative boredom. Like that deserted way station in the Q Continuum. In every genre, all things have been done. Trek is suffering just like everything else.
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 12:02am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sine Qua Non

@Luke @Nolan

Yeah, after watching him on "Firefly" and "Supernatural", I'm pretty certain that this is his default voice, or at least close to it...

Regards... RT
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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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RandomThoughts
Fri, May 29, 2020, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

@Robin

Hello and congratulations on finally seeing them all. :D

Regards...RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, May 29, 2020, 6:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

@Weasel

Nice comments and welcome to the party. :)

Regards... RT
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Brandon Adams
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 10:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

It is amazing, and somewhat comforting, to see how much mileage Star Trek can wring out of two of the worst narrative missteps (Hobus and Data's death) in the franchise's history.

Kurtzman in 2032: Have you been pining for an epic four-season Jonathan Archer series somehow stemming from the removal of Icheb's eyeball? Have we got a show for you!!!
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 11:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Dawn

Hello Gentle Sentients

When it was all said and done, with the new frenemy picking them up from the planet, why did their shuttle go to the Enterprise? Just as the human shuttle would have gone home, so would theirs. It would be Tripp in their sickbay, or beamed back from their ship. It made no sense to me having their shuttle take both of them to the Enterprise and leaving their pilot to be treated by Flox, who it seems can make an educated guess on how to treat him, but their medics would know exactly what to do. Their shuttle would've taken him home.

Just my thoughts... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 10:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Catwalk

Hello Everyone!

When Archer is fighting with the invaders, I was nearly shouting at the screen "Shut off your lights!". He eventually does, but initially, he has two big targets on his head. :)

Take care... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 10:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

Hello Everyone!

Most of my thoughts have been well covered above, but I had a comment about something I've seen in this series, over time.

I know the Enterprise doesn't have the crew compliment of the D, but in TNG they'd send over an engineering team. In this episode, it seems like they'd send more than one person to work on their stuff. Perhaps three. Tripp, and two to help or be gofers.

Enjoy the day... RT
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Brandon Adams
Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 2:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Maps and Legends

Immensely clutzy episode. The bedroom, apartment investigation, and evil plotting scenes could have all been done with a quarter of the dialogue and four times the effectiveness, and the Mars attack scene shouldn't have been there at all. I've rarely seen a Trek episode that felt like so much anxious filler (outside of Discovery).

And a series billed as textured and new as this one has been, should not have Grim Evil™ standing around in open offices pontificating about "taking care of Picard", bwahaha. That's just cartoonish.

On the plus side, the writers are nailing the arc of Picard so far. Seeing his clumsy approach to Clancy and watching his less-than-perfect judgment come back to bite him does pain me, but the man is older and perhaps facing an unpleasant twilight neurologically. That's all playing into the story very well. I also bought his motives for not bringing in his old friends, even though, let's be honest, that's what we're all waiting around to see.
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 1:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Past Prologue

Hello Everyone!

Plain and simple... Garak.

For me, when this first aired, I figured Garak was trying to over-emulate human behavior, for a sinister reason... he was acting that way to ingratiate himself with a naive Julian

We knew nothing about Garak, just that he was the lone Cardassian on the station for some reason. The C's we'd seen recently valued family (the pilot episode being just after "Chain of Command", I think), but were pretty strict in general, and condescending and/or humorless toward humans (the exception being the fellow in the bar ("The Wounded"), as it seems a bit of synth/alcohol makes even C's a bit more chummy/chatty).

Garak was acting differently, enough that it made us notice and keep a side-eye on him. I figured it was all part of his plan.

In conclusion, he was being above-and-beyond with his niceties to get Bashir interested in him, since that wasn't how C's normally acted. And nothing more.

I really try to remember these as I first saw them, and not let what might have happened later cloud me...

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Jan 4, 2020, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Desert Crossing

Hello Everyone!

Heya @Quibbles, Archer had a small line about a protocol (or training, that I've never heard before or since) that has you looking at the surroundings as you fly into a place. He'd spotted the building on the way in, only 30km away (!), if I recall correctly.

Along with some others, I wondered why they didn't just close the door to the shuttle and try to take off. And it seemed the only survival gear they grabbed was water. There must be a all-season hat in there as well, and later thought about how badly their necks were burning. Heck, as an actor, I'd just tell them I wanted Something made for my head to keep the sun off of it. But the sun and I don't get along too well. :)

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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RandomThoughts
Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 8:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Hello Everyone!

My thought was if, for example, the Borg assimilated an entire planet or species, some of the ladies would be with child. The maturation chambers would then be used to bring up the children.

Oh, and they'd assimilate children as well, down to the wee bairns.

I don't figure they'd bother with making their own babies, unless they were stranded without enough drones, or something...

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Mon, Oct 28, 2019, 7:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

Hello Everyone!

I was thinking about how they knew the series was ending, but finished it with one episode. Only Neelix got a sendoff. I still believe they missed the boat, not having something like, oh, at least a two or three episode arc, with the last half of the last one showing them getting acclimated to Earth again. I had forgotten how there were no episodes, apart from Neelix's, that allowed us to say goodbye, if even for a few moments.

I'd read a few comments over the years about them wanting episodes to be somewhat self-contained, for the casual viewer. I understand that can help if just sitting down to watch one now, but if any show screamed for continuity, it was this one. And back in the day, I didn't know any casual viewers, or any who said they watched it here and there to see a catsuit. It was all or nothing. Nearly everyone I knew who watched it, recorded it to VHS for their collection.

While there were characters I enjoyed, watching a few shows a week made me realize how some of them just had too many episodes dedicated to them. I liked Doctor and Seven, but believe they went to the well a few too many times. Also, there were no characters I truly disliked. They just "were" and I, along with my buddies, accepted them as-is. None of the folks I talked Trek with ever mentioned they hated this or that character, but we all had ones we liked a bit better.

Eh, I think that's about it for now. Thanks, again, Jammer for the wonderful site.

Take care... RT
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RandomThoughts
Mon, Oct 28, 2019, 7:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Hello Everyone

A few mild thoughts on this one that I don't recall seeing above. They might be there, I'll admit my eyes glazed over a few times reading all the messages...

There was an episode where the "Time Police" came and got Braxton before he could change the timeline, even though he didn't seem to be considering it right then. Why wouldn't they go after Janeway? Maybe she was just setting things right. :)

With the Borg skill at adapting, wouldn't that special armour plate and weapons be nearly useless against them in a short time? It should make Starfleet head-and-shoulders above the other races in the Alpha quadrant, though. Oh, wait, they would probably just shelve it for 15 years or so while studying it, like Voyager seemed to do with every advance they obtained... heh.

I agree they should have gotten to Earth a few episodes earlier, then dealt with the aftermath. Not as bleak as BSG would later do when they found Earth, but just a general unease from some of the crew could have happened. I would understand some of them having a problem adjusting to normal society or regular Starfleet again, and instead getting a nice civilian ship (with a few augmentations), picking a direction (maybe... up?) and heading out. Why, it could even be a spinoff! *ducks quickly*

Have a Great Day... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 5:42am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Hello Everyone!

I always like reading Elliott, even if I don't agree with what they have to say every time.

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

Strange how something can just strike a person so funny:

Kardashian War...

I had to take off my glasses, wipe my eyes, take a sip of coffee, all before I could continue.

I'm picturing nice-looking but largely expensive, useless ships; with huge engines.

Enjoy the day everyone... RT
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Randie
Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

how can anybody go this long without mentioning THAT EAR SCENE? Have to say I was very pleased (and disturbed) with the continuation of subjecting Chekov to the worst mind control and disgusting torture possible like they had during the series.

Anyway, that scene is AMAZING. Gave me a phobia I’ve never gotten over. But damn... it’s worth it.
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Randie
Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 11:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spectre of the Gun

I’m pretty biased in favor of TOS, having been raised on this series and none of the following ones, so the fact that this is one of my favorite episodes probably doesn’t hold much weight compared to somebody with a broader perspective. But, alas, I’ve always loved this episode, even given all of its long and repetitive dialogue and minced plot.

The reason I enjoy TOS so much is its unapologetically theatrical execution. The sets are evidently fake, the performances are overdramatic, the costumes are ridiculous, and the dialogue is preachy - and I adore it. I think I loved Spectre of the Gun so much because it exemplifies all of that to an extreme. The half-constructed western town was so fascinating to me as a child, especially the buildings without walls and randomly designated edifices. There is something so unnerving about an empty stage before or after a performance, and that’s just what the charicature of Tombstone captures in SotG.

I’m a sucker for actors who take their roles completely seriously, and Star Trek TOS required that from its cast. The dedication (and overacting) of the actors help suspend disbelief and create a light-hearted atmosphere of “look, I know this is fake, but humor me”. The guest actors who play the Earps and Doc H are absolutely phenomenal and genuinely creep me out. Often my least favorite part of Trek is the guest characters (motives hard to believe, backstory ridiculous, etc) but the stone cold performances really gave our leads something to act with.

The dialogue is slow and redundant, but I’m the kind of person who enjoys a scene where the characters are just bantering back and forth, even if it is meaningless. My favorite part of TOS is the main characters and their ongoing dynamic. I appreciate Spectre of the Gun because it was one of the few episodes that actually included Chekov.

Okay.... Chekov. What a mess. I love the character, and I love the actor, but I hate the writing. While I’m appreciative that SotG gives the character an opportunity to do something, it vexes me that he was written so lamely and almost out of character. That is, if there was any character to write him out of. Why would he jeopardize the entire mission to be with a random girl who - when they first met - basically molested him...? And, also, if he’d really do that in this episode, why in The Way to Eden does Chekov’s old girlfriend say he is rigid, correct, and straight-laced??

The problem with chekov is it seems no one ever knows what to do with him. Does he HAVE any personality traits besides flirty, Russian, and occasionally psychopathic? Even though Chekov is my favorite character in the series (unpopular opinion, I know, but I’m a sucker for hard luck cases), I feel the only reason he has a somewhat consistent personality in the series is due to Koenig making the best of every line he’s given.

I think that speaks for the rest of the episode, and the series, too. In TOS the producers and the actors just had to make the best out of what they were given. SotG really demonstrates that in its writing, set, and costumes. I don’t know... for me, the most enjoyable part of the show is not just its fakeness, but the reality it wants you to accept.
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RandomThoughts
Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 6:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Hello Everyone

From the time I watched this first run, to the last time a couple of years ago, I always thought the way he malevolently said "peaceful co-existence" meant that was the last thing they wanted. He said it to mock the Feds, not offer the hand (heh) of peace. Federation sentient beings were taken over and at least one ship was destroyed along the way, with the loss of all hands. This was an invasion, pure and simple, and they stopped it.

I do recall being a bit surprised they made it all explody, instead of beaming it to a holding cell, but I think it is a case of shoot first/remove the threat, and figure out the rest later.

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 8:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Bobbington Mc Bob

Heh, I liked how you put that, at the end. And two manly things I can still do, as well. :D

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 10:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Hello Everyone!

My main concern was with helping the Kraylor get their cloaking device. We've seen races in ST who were destroyed, or nearly so, because they were "bad" and there was a good reason for them to be confined to their own world.

In Voyager, we've had the Trabe be homeless because they'd been jerks, and we've had those few thousand folks in the 800-year-old ships who'd been naughty in the past as well (not on my normal computer, so I'm not looking the names up today). Now these folks with Sheppard Book (he even had the same haircut as on Firefly!) ask for help to escape their world, which is under blockade. Until I knew if the blockade was bad, or for the good of the galaxy, I'd not help either one of them.

As far as promotions, it has been noted here and elsewhere that there were only two that we ever saw/noticed: Paris and Tuvok. I don't really believe those count. Paris had no rank when he started, and flipped back and forth between Ensign and Jr. Grade, while Tuvok started out as a Lt. Commander. I think they just fouled up by giving him Lieutenant pips and kept him there, and fixed/retconned it later.

I figured since we didn't see anyone else ever get promoted, they decided to leave everyone where they were at, and if/when they got home, the ranks could be adjusted. I mean, if it were to actually be 70 years to get home (as originally postulated), who'd care what your rank was when you retired on the generational ship? That was how I thought of it anyway. :)

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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RandomThoughts
Tue, May 14, 2019, 1:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

Hello Everyone!

@Jason R.

I really must agree with most of your comments. My thought is (without reviewing the comments again), how could that fellow be a Commodore, above a Captain, having never commanded a ship? Did he get that commission by being a good "supplies" commander, over time? A "chair-bound paper-pusher"?

Then he dis-regards the comments of the junior officers about traveling across the neutral zone. Is there a bulge in it they cannot go around? Or are they on the other side so, so far away that they have to cut across it to save time and they'll wave hello to Romulus and Remus along the way? Even an idiot would have known to take the fastest safe passage that doesn't break the treaty.

On the other hand, when I was 12, and Checkov finds the body, I was hooked/stunned. And we had ships shooting? Oh my gosh! I still have a soft spot for this episode, but not as soft as it used to be. Even then, I wondered how the Commodore could be so... stupid. He'd have been "retired" as soon as they got back to the Starbase....

Enjoy the day Everyone... RT
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Sat, May 11, 2019, 1:24am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

Hello Everyone!

@acd hit it on the head for me. Partially fix the memorial, making it voluntary. Explain in the buoy message (multiple languages they've come across, I'd think) what the memorial is and what it says it's for. Tell about the BIG BUTTON they've added to it. Hit the button, relive the memory.

I thought about the ST:Voy episode Nemesis throughout the story.

Regards, Everyone... RT
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Fri, May 10, 2019, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

Hello Everyone!

I won't post too much. I mostly agree with both the positive and negative assessments that have been posted before.

I did like how the folks on the planet didn't just say "Oh, you're right, we must see music your way" and went off doing their own thing.

But I did wonder how they never, even by accident, ever invented a wind chime? :)

Have a glorious day... RT
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