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Sun, May 20, 2018, 3:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Hello Chrome

So, out of many, many awful ST:TNG episodes, those particular broadcasters stood upon their bridge and declared "This... shall not... be BroadCast...!"... just because of someone in a devil suit (that wasn't even Ardra)? I'll bet they feel really silly now... (heh).

Wow, and I thought Michiana was a weird place to grow up in.

Regards... RT
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Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 12:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

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@Prince of Space

I loved your phaser comment. :)

I touched on this in some comment, somewhere, but it seems Starfleet just doesn't know how to use their phasers. They fire them precisely, as if they need to aim perfectly, like the Klingons must do with their single-shot weapon. A beam weapon needs to be used like a machine gun, sweeping back and forth over everything, or perhaps even set it to the wide setting we so rarely see. Then when the smoke cleared, they'd have two baddies down, and have to call for a damage control team. :)

Regards... RT
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 5:45am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: A New Hope

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I sometimes feel badly for the people that didn't get to watch this as I did: 11 times in the theater and once at an outdoor. Yes, it was basic in hindsight, but darned if it didn't make my blood rush every time.

It didn't go straight to VHS (that'd be a few years away), and wasn't watched a few months later on a streaming service. After it was out of the cinema, that was it. It ran for a full year at one of the local movie houses, with notes in the paper on the movie page (24 weeks running!). And while we waited for the (hoped for) sequel, we talked about how big a baddie Darth Vader was, and read everything we could about it. I even read the novel...

Tee-shirts of Vader, wanting to be like Luke (except for the whining part early on, though that showed him to be human and not perfect), putting hair into strange buns like Leia for parties and whatnot, having that poster up in your room... it was just simply a phenomena. I don't believe I've ever seen anything like this before or since.

To be new to it, and just watch this one and then the next one immediately after... well... those folks will never know what it was like to wait a true three years for the next movie, and with no internet to release spoilers...

And as for some of the movie moments... as a dear friend of mine said at the time, those rebel pilots "Died Hard", as they screamed on the way down before piling it in. Movies before that seldom had any of the good guys dying very often, and if they did it was quite noble. Never before had I seen the likes of someone saying "Stay on target...", not listening to their wingman, and then exploding in a ball of flame while yelling in pain/surprise/anguish. Maybe that was part of the thrill... it showed some of the good guys meeting awful ends. Even though we didn't know them, it hurt. It made it a bit more real, and biting.

There are so many more things... and we had to stew about them for two to three years after our last viewing.

It was simply... an amazing time...

Regards... RT
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Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 3:54am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Trials and Tribble-ations

@Jason R.

Yes, the Klingons might have recognized Worf as one of their own, but he was wearing a hat. Since they were so worried about fighting, they just didn't notice...

:D

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Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 2:59am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

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Wow, what a great bunch of comments to go through. Thanks to everyone over the years for their insights... Now, to some thoughts, starting with the silly one:

Did the makeup change somewhat for this one? Perhaps I just don't remember seeing Garak wear a shirt like that, but he looked as if he had a form of shoulder pads on when we saw the top of his clavicle region. I just kept staring, thinking to myself "He has no neck". At the end, he looked more normal, perhaps because he had a regular shirt on, and I figure he just didn't have as much padding to imitate what would be under there. At the very least, it was distracting. And Worf, as he turned away to leave during his scene with Bashir, looked like his ridges went nearly straight up. I was reminded of some helmets in LOTRO. I always thought his forehead curved more gracefully.

Speaking of Garak. I suppose I'd thought he had come to terms with helping the Federation/Klingon alliance when he helped bring in the Romulans during "In the Pale Moonlight", and he'd also said something about wanting to be there as the first parts of Cardassia were liberated in "Tears of the Prophets". So I was surprised his underlying problem was his help was going to get Cardassians killed. He'd just been compartmentalizing it away, until it ate at him enough to burst through in a scene I watched at least twice. I thought it was quite compelling, and Very Garak.

I think I like Ezri just fine. As I've mentioned on other posts, I tend to take characters just as they are. She just... was. So I accepted her. After reading some of the comments above, I believe in hindsight Jadzia might have been relying more on the Dax symbiont in how she did things in the first season, perhaps as a result of her training. Then as time went on, melded Jadzia with the favorite parts of the previous hosts, until she played Tongo until all hours of the night, enjoyed both Ferengi and Klingons, and some days decided to just go out and have FUN (perhaps a bit more of Farrell in there as well), among other things I'm forgetting. Ezri on the other hand, had no training, so is seemingly relying on Ezri Tigan to make sense of things, and while that makes her a bit flighty, it also makes her more interesting to me. It would be worse if she was a somewhat more stoic version, acting like Jadzia in the first season.

I turned my thoughts of Sisko around from some of the other comments: Perhaps he doesn't want her there for selfish reasons, perhaps he thinks Jadzia's friends can help her with the transformation better than her old friends could on that other ship (@methane touched on this a bit above). Not only did he know two versions, but many of them helped her by hosting her previous memories in "Facets". Short of going back to Trill for a while, I think this group can help her along. In my mind anyway...

Lastly, Ezri should have told Garak to take some time to think about it, instead of telling him Sisko would be happy to hear he was back on the job. That wasn't a very counselor comment, and a poor writing choice.

Thanks and have a great day... RT
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Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 12:42am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

@mark

*One eyebrow raised...*

"Astonishing..."

Thanks for the information. Wow... Just... wow. :D

RT
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Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 12:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

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@Bill

I never knew those things about this episode and I always thought his beard looked funky. I suppose they thought he/they needed a beard, because where was he going to shave? :)

I wonder what they added into the episode? It always seemed a decent(ish) premise to me, but felt like it was half an episode stretched out. Perhaps it was...

Thanks for the insight... RT
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Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 8:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

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I just hit this one again on my re-watch, and was pleasantly surprised as, once again, I had forgotten much of it. My thoughts, in no particular order:

When One is getting his first injection of information, they keep the shot on his face, and it really struck me as his mouth dropped open slightly, and a look of awe crept in. I really liked how Boehmer acted here, and throughout.

As others mentioned, I also noticed when Doctor didn't say one bad thing about his emitter being in One (not even a slightly snarky comment), once One was up and about. It was as if he was just simply pleased to see this somewhat new lifeform, with a big smile when he scanned him. And I figured right then that One would be able to construct a new emitter eventually, some day down the road.

I never thought the Borg would really grow their own children (unless they had an idea about how to do something better), but my thought was if the Borg assimilated a unwilling participant who was with child, they'd keep the baby and grow him/her as Borg. Out of a population of millions or billions, there'd be quite a few babies around as well, and they'd just keep them too, so long as it was efficient to grow them. We already know they kept children, since Seven was young when assimilated.

We saw in the brig of the Enterprise that there was water for the sink in TNG episode "The Hunted". Perhaps they usually use a sonic shower, but do use some water sometimes and thus, a towel.

As much as I liked the episode, it sure seemed to be moving fast. I agree that parts of it could have been spread out over two or three.

I really liked Neelix interacting with One in the corridor. He just seemed like the perfect sentient to be helping him right there. Although I did feel that Neelix accepted him rather quickly, with no apparent trepidation (see previous comment).

When they were in engineering, and One came up with the algorithm, my first thought was Seven just realized she wasn't going to be the first stop for complicated problems any more. I don't know what her face was supposed to convey then, but I didn't read pride or satisfaction, more like "Oh crud, he's just out-done me".

We now know that no matter what they do to their weapons or shields they cannot be upgraded any higher than they are now, to be able to defeat a Borg ship. I'd think One's overclocking the systems would probably stick (heh, but you know... Voyager), but they would obviously need to upgrade their capabilities. In all fairness, they did show them attempting to do that a few episodes ago in "Retrospect", but this should show them they need to go much further than they have. In their current state, if One couldn't get weapons or shields any higher than that, no one can.

Lastly, One had multi-phasic shields up, or some such thing, after he destroyed the sphere, and the first thing Janeway says is "Get a lock on him!". Would they be able to?

I think that's about it. Thanks for your time and have a great day... RT
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Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 3:30am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Hello Everyone!

Wow, what a great recent discussion!

My somewhat disjointed thoughts are that Jedi are trained to resist a Sith wherever they find them, no matter the cost. If it isn't a law, it's a rule the Jedi are taught from the beginning, since the Sith delve into things that are best left un-delved, and get power from areas that are better left untapped (dark side). And over the many years, they figure that is bad enough to override common sense and *light up* on the ruler of the entire known galaxy.

But when the Jedi power up before the bad guy does, they fall right into his trap. Heck, he's found a way to turn a stupid trade agreement dispute into full power for himself, and they don't think he is still working the long game? Even holding their saber *unlit* would be enough to convince that they were attempting to grab control of the government. Now, this was all manipulated of course, but they weren't bright enough to realize how they were being used?

What I don't quite get is why does Palpatine do all of this? He has a thirst for power, but once he gets it, what can he do with it? Conquer the outer rim planets? Okay, fine. But Star Wars never mentions an outside power or area to control. It seems the Republic had pretty much every planet within their sphere of influence already in the group. That's why they didn't really have an army, because there were no bad guys. He needed an army to back him up when he took control, and he got it (after inventing some bad guys). But what then? If he was looking for ultimate power, I think he'd already gotten that from the Dark Side, so now he just sits on the throne, with no one else to defeat? I'd think he'd get bored.

I'm reminded of that fantastic Robot Chicken skit where, in the middle of finding out the Death Star has been destroyed, someone calls him for a sandwich order. He'd hate running the galaxy, and the tedium that comes with it. While he probably *saw* a rebellion coming, he'd probably relish it because it would give him a reason to flex his muscles. And after it would be put down, once again, then what would he do? Now, if they'd even mentioned another portion of the galaxy that had different rulers (other than the Hutts *squish*), or even another galaxy to move into and put under his influence... maybe.

*I don't know... cole slaw... what is everyone else getting?... I'm not going to eat it anyway...*

And my ramblings are over... for now... :)

Regards... RT
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Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 12:46am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

Hello Everyone!

Well, it wasn't quite as bad I remembered, but it still wasn't good. And Neelix ended up in Sickbay, on a spacious bio-bed. His book and blankie would have been just fine. I wonder where Tuvok threw his stuff?

I did like this exchange though:
CHAKOTAY: Looks like they went this way.
SEVEN: My tricorder isn't picking up any lifesigns. How did you reach that conclusion?
CHAKOTAY: Footprints. I guess you never assimilated any Indian scouts.

That did make me smile.

Enjoy the day Everyone... RT
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Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 2:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Battle Lines

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@Drewmina

I noticed. But it isn't the only reason Tallman was (maybe) in the episode. She was Dr. Crusher's stunt double on TNG as well.

Oh, and I loved, loved Babylon 5.

Regards... RT
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Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 2:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

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@Matt

I always figured Quark kept playing with Dax, even it it often showed him losing, because he liked her, she probably brought a different perspective on how to play, and learning how to beat here could only make Quark better at defeating everyone else. I think the rest play because, to be the best, you have to try to beat the best.

Just a thought... RT
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Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 12:26am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

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Let's see, where to begin? Ah, with the last message of the Dominion vessel: Attacked by Federation warship... *boom*. And 8 months strained credulity for me. Perhaps if they were hiding in an asteroid field or something. I realize there are less ships behind the lines in open space, but Nog/Jake crossed the line into Dominion territory in no time. I'd think the Valiant would've been spotted before this, perhaps by the Dominion raiding party that was going to attack the Starbase (which, thinking again, must have been pretty close to the border). Oh, and if some of the Dominion ships survived their attack on the station, wouldn't they have gone looking for their other ship, or find what destroyed it? (Hopefully they scuttled the runabout, it hadn't blown up yet, had it?)

Didn't they say in an earlier episode that two officers are required for any mission? Especially one to see the Nagus...

Heh, Watters gets a battlefield promotion, and then it's battlefield promotions for Everyone!

I really thought Nog was going to say something about their chain of command and where he should actually fit into it, until he was told he was going to be a Lt. Commander and Chief Engineer. Then his eyes lit up, he sucked in a little air, and said thank you sir, I'll be in engineering if you need me. Then at the end, he realizes he'd over-stepped himself, and by not being a voice of reason, aided in the destruction of the ship. Oh, and weren't his pips for Lt. Jg (one full and one dark) instead of Lt. Commander (two full and one dark)?

I really think Nog was sucked in by his need to be accepted, as if he wanted to prove himself, and when he was given a promotion and a great deal of responsibility, he attempted to be the best at it he could be. And that clouded his judgement. I am wondering why he wasn't in engineering during the attack though. LaForge or Torres would be down in the guts when the action was thick and heavy, not doing things from the bridge.

There was such a long pause when the Captain went down... like nobody knew what to do. The Commander should have been up immediately, but instead sat there with a big arrow pointing towards her head and a balloon reading "Not Ready". I'd actually thought Nog would wait a moment to see if they'd get over their shock, then take command and tell them to get the heck out of there. Instead they wasted precious seconds getting pummeled from the rear as they sailed along...

Lastly, I think, I'd recently seen a show where someone who was abducted and held for 18 months defended their abductor, because of something psychological.
Somehow, that struck me as I watched Dorian defend Watters. He wouldn't let them go home (or even talk about it), but had kept them safe and made them feel like a valuable part of the team, etc. Perhaps at this point, there is no way she can find any real faults in him, because of the mental conditioning...

Any accurate or inaccurate thoughts in the above post are purely coincidental and may be explained away by random chance... :)

RT
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Sat, Jan 13, 2018, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Hello Everyone!

Heh, I also somewhat agree with all of the positive and negative responses to this episode. :)

I won't re-hash what has already been hashed above, so I'll bring up a tidbit that struck me rather early in the episode. Torres said something about them being 60,000 light-years from home. Again with the 60k. I mentioned in an earlier review that they should be closer than that. They'd probably traveled a couple thousand themselves (70k light-years distant taking 70 years or so), in a couple of years, and they also found a few shortcuts along the way. And don't forget Kes flung them 10k. I'm thinking 55k max, and maybe closer to 50k. And since the last episode where they mentioned 60k (I don't recall which one, but I believe it was this season), they've gone nowhere. Now, if she'd over-exaggerated by saying a million, billion light years, that'd be fine. But 60k makes me think they've only gone backwards, then forward 10k from Kes, and that's it.

Your mileage may vary... :) RT
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Thu, Jan 11, 2018, 1:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

Hello Everyone!

Two thoughts...

1) I'd actually hoped for more of a fight. They just... stand there and put power against power. I was thinking more throwing around, doing some damage to the station and themselves. Sort of like Gandalf and Saruman, when they fought in Lord of the Rings.

2) I'd have found it more enjoyable if the Wraith was the only one in the stone, and a Prophet showed up on the station just as the tablet was broken. Why encase them both for 30,000 (linear) years?

Maybe three thoughts...

3) I was surprised the Wraith seemed to be losing so quickly, as the two forces would seem to be on-par with each other. Perhaps Kira wasn't holding back, and being a true believer, just let the power flow, while Jake was screaming NO! on the inside, and mildly fighting the Wraith. I can see that tilting an even scale...

Enjoy the Day Everyone... RT
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Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Elaan of Troyius

Hello Everyone!

Admittedly, it has been a couple of years since I saw this one, but there is a part that mildly bothers me: weren't the TOS phasers powered by batteries? I think back to The Doomsday Machine, where Scotty informs Kirk that he has one bank recharged while they are on the Constellation. I'd think they could be stone dead in the water and still have phasers, if the batteries hadn't been bled off for something else. It wasn't until The Motion Picture that they said they were powered directly from the warp engines, and specifically made the point when Commander Decker countermanded Kirks order for phasers when they were having their problem.

Here, Kirk asks Scotty if he can get him partial power to the phasers, and he replies "No, sir, not a chance".

If I am mistaken, or mis-remembering things, please let me know. I just figure they'd have phasers because they had already been charged from the get-go.

All that being said, this was one of my favorite episodes growing up (around 12 or so when they started to show full episodes in the afternoon in '77). It was tense, had intrigue, and a bit of a space battle. I still enjoy it when I queue it up and would give it a thumbs up.

Take care and have a great day... RT
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Sat, Dec 30, 2017, 7:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Paradise Syndrome

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@Trek fan

I liked your comments, and something else struck me while reading them, that this show really made me believe they were out past the edge of known space, all alone. They chugged along at impulse for quite some time, and it seems no other ships were close enough (at warp) to help them. No matter what they ended up doing, it was all on the Enterprise.

Regards... RT
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Sat, Dec 30, 2017, 6:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

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@Tanner

As far as the deadly drug goes, as I recall, the entity in Spock was able to use and augment his mental abilities, so he'd be able to sense if someone was coming at him with a phaser and stop them. But someone believing the hypospray was deadly, and eventually injecting Spock/entity with it, caused entity to leave. In conclusion, no one could get close enough to Spock to shoot him, so they had to resort to subterfuge.

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Thu, Dec 28, 2017, 7:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

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@Peter Swinkels

I have wondered that as well. It struck me as a submarine theme, where any sound is transported through the water. I think they could have had a big, loud party and no-one would have known. Heh, as long as Spock doesn't crawl out and blindly put his hand on the console, hitting multiple buttons, making them go "beep beep beep" and sending a signal. :)

I just realized I'd never left a comment on this episode, and thought I'd rectify that after my comment toward Peter.

This was one of my favorite episodes when I was a kid, and it still is. My Father used to watch Star Trek during its initial run, but I was unable to appreciate it as I was one year old and had more important diaper things to think about. But after Star Wars came out in '77, the old Star Trek episodes started to come on in the afternoon, and I was psyched (Star Wars got me into Star Trek). I would record them on cassette and listen to them over and over, and I believe this was one of the ones I heard the most. It was tense, fun, and while I knew the "good guys" were going to win, I didn't know how, or if there would be major damage, etc. It was spectacular. If I'd had a rating system back then, it'd have been four stars, and it still is today. Sure, I can pick the nits (Spock's hand comes to mind), but it made me feel like their space was truly dangerous, and they were out on the edge of it.

Heh, but even at the age of 12 or so, when the weapon was coming at them (limited range...), I wondered why they just didn't go up/down or left/right. But I can forgive this episode that foible.

Regards and enjoy the day... RT
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Thu, Dec 28, 2017, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

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@Jake

Yes indeed. I was a bit older than you (24), but is was excruciating to wait out that summer. When I'd run into other fans, we'd talk and talk about the episode, and what might happen next. I must have watched it at least ten times that summer, before the finale. And we all thought it was completely unfair we had to wait that long. :)

Regards... RT
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Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 12:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

Hello!

@Nesendrea

I really liked your take on that. Cultural evolution does seem to have moved rather quickly in the information age. And for me, your example of a decade, and seeing the changes, was somewhat striking.

Thanks! :)

Regards... RT

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Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Hello Everyone (again)!

@Slackerinc

Heh, I didn't look at your post when I'd made my last comment, and should have, but maybe it's for the best today, not mixing things...

I agree that would be a plausible explanation. It seems to take a while for things to change on a planet, even this one. If we did this, we might sanitize it a bit (remove some wars and whatnot), and compress the time.

I like that thought, and will keep it in mind the next time I view it. :)

Take care Everyone... RT
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Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 10:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Hello Everyone!

Oh, just a sudden thought: They had this program that was designed to put a *hopefully* humanoid alien sentient being into this setting so they could see what life was like there. They must not have run the scenario past any politicians, because I could not see them allowing a true depiction of said politician. :)

He'd be bringing flowers and candy to everyone he saw...

Have a Great Day and I hope all had some sort of Merry Christmas and eventual Happy New Year!

RT
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Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 3:22am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

@Jammer

Just catching up a bit and I saw your note from Nov. 5th.

Thanks!

It's the little things. You didn't HAVE to change it, but you took the time to do it, and now it's better. Much appreciated. :D

Regards... RT
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Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 1:13am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

Hello Everyone

It was silly when the two of them showed up with the wigs and flintlocks, and I thought it was cute and sort of true to how time on the simulator might work. But it was a perfect set-up for... Bortus. I laughed so hard when he asked if he was early I had to stop my recording. Tears flowed. I was entertained.

Was it a good story? Well, it was different, at least to my eyes. Not horrible but not fantastic. The star rating is probably on the nose, but so close to a three I can taste it. As I'd had a strange day at work, I was not trying to figure it out, although I thought it'd be something that wasn't real (I was thinking aliens at work, doing something weird, based on old TNG memories). Honestly, Kitan isn't my favorite because, well, I don't like the makeup. It just looks like plastic to me, much more than the Bortus makeup. It pulls me out of the immersion a bit. But seeing her parents (heh, nice) and getting a bit of backstory was decent. And that she was on the simulator, but not knowing it, my work-melted brain thought it was... well... decent enough. I really think the laugh I got towards the beginning skewed me towards a higher rating. But that isn't all bad to me.

@Skoply I really, mostly, dislike Family Guy, but I know the characters and when I read your note I truly laughed out loud, as that is one of the few things I've seen from that show. Thanks!

I hope the series does well, as it seems to have steered away from the d**k jokes a bit, which is a plus for me. There are many kinds of humor, and if it veers away from the Family Guy type towards more of the types of humor TNG could have done, but didn't, I'll continue to enjoy it.

Lastly... I know this show is nowhere near the level of Babylon 5, but I recall JM Straczynski mentioned that he always wanted his show to have at least one funny moment you could laugh at, even during the darkest episodes. While they didn't always pan out, they usually did. If The Orville can be semi-serious and have a stupid funny moment or two in it, well, I'll keep watching until the thing ends...

Thank you for your time and thank you Jammer... RT
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