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Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 5:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Hello Gentle Sentients!

Well, not saying I agree one way or the other, but I noticed. Perhaps it is the HD, which made quite a few things more obvious over the series.

Now, I wouldn't have mentioned it myself, but I do recall thinking "what were they thinking with that outfit?".

Regards... RT
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Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Hello Gentle Sentients!

@Peter G.

Well said. I believe you took many of the thoughts I'd had in the past and put them together in a more coherent line of thought than I might have been able to.

If I might add a bit, I'd thought at the time (and since then) that the situation on the Enterprise was unique. It was the Flagship after all. And Riker had been Captain for a while during the Borg incursion. In another timeline, perhaps Picard could have been made Fleet Captain, or Commodore, with Riker being Captain.

And given all the experience Riker has, that you mentioned, I think Jellico was short-sighted to just ignore what Riker said. He seemed to go into the situation with a chip on his shoulder regarding Riker, and I think that is what turned myself off to him. And Riker got his dander up when Jellico seemed to just ignore his input and his concerns. Heh, they were written to never, ever, get along, and that worked. :)

Regards... RT
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Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

Hello Everyone!

@Gary wrote:

Which brings up the cinematic-necessity-but-aggravating-stupidity of their space battles always being shown at insanely close range, though sometimes we're told they are thousands of kilometres apart. But they move around each other, and collide, as if they really are a few ships'-lengths apart. Again, watching dots zap invisible light beams at other distant dots wouldn't work, but ... please let me accept this is just a visual convention, and don't get confused and have ships bumping into each other every time an engine is taken out!
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I think on this nearly every time I see a space battle in ST. As far as I can recall, the only time they said they were farther away, and the ships didn't seem to be at point-blank range, was in "Balance of Terror". Of course the Romulan ship was mostly cloaked, but I really felt it was truly a ranged fight. Especially when the Enterprise just starts lobbing photon torpedoes in the general area they thought the enemy might be in (and I know they said phasers, but it was torpedoes shown, just a minor oops before they got things straightened out).

Regards... RT
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 3:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Hello Everyone!

I'm making my way through the RSS (so, so far behind) and saw quite a few deep, in-depth comments about it and why Worf might act the way he did.

I looked back at my comment from April 2017 (good review I think, check it out) and this line stood out:

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I didn't like how Worf was written as devious, making it rain just to get back at Dax, with the excuse that it was for the good of the people. Hogwash.
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Remembering back to when I first saw it, and again when I re-watched it, I thought Worf's motivation was less to teach a lesson to soft Feds, and more to teach a lesson to Dax to start being more serious about things (life, love, her past, her future). Those... umm... *scrolls up because they are fogotten*... "essentialists", are just a means to an end, until they go too far. He simply wanted to show her up, and it was one of the least loving things I could think of someone doing to someone they care about. Worf just wanted to make it Glemmening on Jadzia's parade. He succeeded. The rest of the episode is simply filler to help that to happen.

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

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When this first aired, I was shocked and astonished and pleased to see The Traveller. I think it partly had to do with the acknowledgement of Anything from the first season, and the thought that Wesley might Indeed be something special (apart from being a brainiac) and reminding us of that from season one, was kind of neat.

When I discussed it with my friends back then, we didn't think it was a cheat at all. Today, I have to stand by those thoughts. I think The Traveller was a pleasant surprise, and a nice touch of continuity.

Heh, I just went back and scanned Jammer's review. I almost worded it the same. :)

Oh, and we didn't Hate Wesley, but did sometimes have a mild annoyance with him. :)

After reading so many who didn't like The Traveller, I figured a mention from someone who thought he was a positive in the episode was in order...

Of course, these are just more random thoughts... and your mileage may vary.

Regards... RT

P.S.: I wonder now, if the episode wasn't written backwards? How do we get TT with Wesley again, and they wrote it back to front from there.... but that just popped into my head as I was about to hit submit.
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

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@Prince of Space

Thanks for the comment. I was just watching "The Hunted" with my Wife the other night, and decided not to say "They are walking to the emergency", as Worf and a crewman were in no particular hurry to get to the escapee. It would have broken her immersion, and I'm having a hard time getting her to like the show anyway. :)

Regards... RT
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

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@Rahul

I enjoyed your take on it, but thought you glossed over (just a bit) about Odan not telling Beverly about being joined:

CRUSHER: Well maybe you should have thought about that sooner. Maybe you should have told me what you were. It didn't seem to bother you to remain silent yesterday.
RIKER (Odan): It never occurred to me. This is what I am. Did you ever tell me that you are only a single being? Of course not. That was normal to you.

If a pile of species they'd come across were joined/dual in some way, perhaps. But Odan knew there were few if any other races that did this. He knew ahead of time that his situation was rare, being joined, and not thinking to mention it to someone who might just have fallen in love with you is... strikingly bizarre to me.

We all know what the Future is in DS9, but that hadn't happened yet. In this episode, at this time, that was a lame excuse. I'd have liked it better if he'd said something along the lines of "I would have told you eventually, when our relationship was stronger", or words to that effect.

Thank you for your comments, I've enjoyed reading them...

Regards... RT
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 1:23am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

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@Cody B

You know, I do enjoy Voyager, but lament that it could have been so much more. That being said, I am doing a ST re-watch and would never leave Voyager out of the mix. They had many fantastic stand-alone episodes, but sometimes I sort of wished they'd not hit the re-set button quite so much. It'd have been nice to see them still making repairs the next episode after getting pasted a bit, but the ship is usually fine the next show. I would not skip it, personally.

As for Enterprise, I watched it during it's original run, and thought it was very underrated. I liked the long season arc they eventually had, but also enjoyed many of the episodes that were earlier. I've not done a re-watch of it yet, but once I'm done with DS9 (one episode left) and STV (two seasons), I am looking forward to watching it again. Heck, I might even mix it up with Voyager, since they are in different times, just to keep things from getting stale.

Myself, I'd say watch 'em both. You never know what might tickle your fancy, and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Forgive my late comment, I'm waaay behind on my rss reading. :)

Regards... RT
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Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 3:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

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@Prince of Space

Thank you for the nice comment, it was much appreciated. :)

Regards... RT
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Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 12:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

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@Peter

My only thought is that, if they went to the academy in San Francisco, they might have a passing knowledge of Alameda, just from being in the area for however many years they were in California. Of course, it might not exist after their Third World War.

Oh, and I've loved your comments I have read over time, thank you for being here. :) I almost said "unless you are not Peter G, but I did a search, and it's you. :)

Regards... RT
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Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 1:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Hello Everyone!

I have not really read the Jammer review, I just sort of skimmed it.

I have not read any of the comments.

This episode was so painful to me when I first saw it, I (for the first time in my all Trek re-watch), skipped it.

I do recall they talked about what they'd done before, being honest to the original crew, after they found out. And something about making "something" the real crew could find, which turned to mush or something. Then their life forms vanished for good, which the "real" Voyager found later... their "lives" and exploits gone forever...

It was the most painful episode of Trek I ever watched, and not in a "good" heartfelt way. It was an abomination and should be burned with fire.

And I am not kidding. Burn this one.

RT
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Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Hello @Viktor

I'm way behind on my RSS feed, but I hope you are enjoying your foray into TNG, and the rest of Trek. I've seen them all (the 60's ones in the 70's) and it keeps me coming back to watch them again.

Enjoy the ride, and I almost envy you, seeing some of them for the first time...

RT
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Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 2:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

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Heh, it took me three tries over two days to read over all the comments. I will admit my eyes started to glaze over (and my mouse wheel spun a bit faster) with all the comments about politics.

Okay, on to things I didn't see really covered or answered...

I think Rom probably got all of that latinum by talking to Moogie about what to invest in. I'd figure he probably talks to Mom on a regular basis.

I really had a problem with Quark being so out of touch with current events on Ferenginar. Doesn't he get the weekly newsletter? Doesn't he still have wait staff that are Fenengi? Wouldn't they know? And, as I already mentioned, I'd think Rom is in regular contact with Moogie. Perhaps Rom didn't tell him because he didn't want to upset him... but that is pretty thin. Quark would have to have been completely and utterly out of touch to not know what was going on there, and I don't think that is like him, based on previous episodes and scheming and contacts and whatnot...
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Now I figure the Romulan who eventually votes "yes" to attack is probably given special powers to speak for the Praetor, but I think we should have seen him at some time. The Leader of the Federation? Naaah, we've seen him and he's best left to Earth. But the Romulan Leader would have been a nice touch, I think, in the same room with Chancellor Martok. Either hilarity or respect would ensue.

And I've thought for a while now that Sisko should have been promoted to Rear Admiral, or at least Commodore (we've not seen too many of those in ST). I think it would have been a natural progression. Too bad the Captain of the Flagship (and the ship itself) never shows up or is even mentioned, even once. I did wonder during the original run why no one ever talked about them. Even something as a line drop: the Enterprise led the successful re-taking of Betazed, or something... but I digress...
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For some reason, I really liked the scenes where Damar is just lying on his back, in a basement, staring at the ceiling, believing he has completely failed. His turnaround seemed quite natural, once he was given different ideas to work with.

I really find it neat that what started out as a somewhat minor character, and flunky to Dukat, eventually turned out to be so much more. And it seemed like such a natural progression, at least to me. Many of the characters changed over the years, but at the end, I somewhat like his the most. As an aside, Dukat's seemed to be whatever the writers wanted him to be that year: bad guy, gray guy, bad guy, then finally incomprehensible mess.
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Lastly, Sisko making certain Odo wasn't going to take matters into his own hands with the Founders, just sounded wrong to me. I don't know why, but it grated on my sensibilities. Perhaps it just sounded forced, to make a point. We all know Odo is going to do whatever the heck he wants to, and if it's saying what Sisko wants to hear, so be it. Perhaps it would have been best left unasked, but they wanted to make a dramatic point. I cannot explain my thought clearly, I fear, but I did cringe a bit when he asked it.

I think that is all for now. I hope Everyone is having a great day... RT
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Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 2:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: When it Rains...

Hello Everyone!

There are many great comments here, both for and against.

I will add my two cents towards those that mentioned the Cardassian Rebels needed to be trained how to be subversive. They really didn't learn anything from the Bajoran rebels they were fighting against. They still felt superior strength would be needed and they'd win. They learned nothing from their fights. As for them not liking Kira, it wouldn't have mattered who it was, as long as it was a Bajoran showing them how to be insurgents. Kira simply had the weight of the Federation behind her, and anyone else would not, short of Shakarr. (sp)

I love Gowron and his eyes (I'd read once that he opened his eyes like that on purpose during an audition, to make himself stand out. Might be true, since I read it on the internet...). And in a way, though it was forced, I can see him doing just what he was doing. He'd been written as petty and insecure over the years, so this was no surprise to me (other than "Look who's here!"). It'd been better if it had been a few episodes earlier, in my humble opinion.

Oh, and as for Garak, he would gladly help Damar defeat the Dominion, but he would never forget and would get any revenge he wanted, though it may take years of smiling at him... Of that, I have no doubt.

Keep smiling... RT
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Sat, Sep 22, 2018, 2:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

Hello Everyone!

My original point with this post was to tell Jammer what a great review this is. I had emotions come up, nodded in agreement or disagreement, and when I was down to the end, I thought it was nearly poetry. Whether you agree or not, it is very, very well written and there was a great deal of thought put into it. Thanks Jammer, again.

And since I'm here, I thought I'd add some random thoughts, in no particular order...

It was mentioned by @William B that the attack on the cloning facilities might just be revenge, with (perhaps) no real war reasoning. I disagree. The Vorta speak for the Founders, and when the cloning facilities are destroyed, there are eventually fewer and fewer Vorta's around to speak for them. If Weyoun (8? 9?) is killed, who is the intermediary between the Founder and those who are running the war? A Jem-Hadar? I think destroying those areas are a logical first step to defeating them, right up there with destroying the K-White facilities. The Vorta are the Dominion's weak link, in my humble opinion.

@The Dreamer. I figured blood for the book was something along the lines of disappearing ink. Perhaps even along the lines of the blood of an innocent (which may or may not have been the case). A chemical reaction. That book was made long, long ago, and who knows what was infused into its pages? Anything advanced enough is considered "magic" to those who are not as advanced, and if it was helped along by the Pah Wraiths at some point...

It does seem weird they'd keep the book around though: (Here are the ways to destroy our gods). Seems like something the Norse gods would do though, since they knew they would be defeated at the end.

Lastly, I think, is that Damar just needed someone to show some faith in him. He'd probably been on board with the Dominion when Dukat brought them in, and would have kept to that course if Weyoun and Company had just treated him as an equal, instead of a subordinate (and the lives of the Cardassians a priority as well). Dukat, in that one shining moment, knew what Damar needed and gave it to him. Would Damar have stayed the course if things were going better? Sure! No reason to get off of the winning horse. But the storyline really allowed us to empathize with him, and eventually root for him. Babylon 5 was masterful at making the characters (eventually) change over time, so that your loyalties and hopes for them changed. While Damar's change was, by comparison, much quicker, it felt natural to me considering what was going on.

Lastly, part #2: When this first aired, we didn't sit and endlessly debate the Philosophies and motivations of all the characters, we just accepted them. In a way, I sort of miss those days...

As always, regards, and be gratetful we have such a great show to discuss...

RT
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Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 11:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Ultimate Computer

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@Dr Lazarus

I never thought it was for a day or two. If M5 had worked, or waited to go bonkers, those crewmen would never have come back on board the ship, and M5 would have been the new Captain. That was how I took it.

Regards... RT

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Thu, Aug 23, 2018, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

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Boy. This one is just... boy.

I didn't like it during the original run, agreeing with the forced feel of the whole thing. I did attempt to give it a shot during my re-watch, as I've seen quite a few episodes in a new light as I've slowly crept along...

But no. To me, it was cringe-inducing. And not just for the forced feel, but for the forced drama of a small town in Indiana having to decide if it wants to be razed to the ground.

I lived in small town (1,800) Michigan, near the Indiana border, when this first aired, and now live in small town South-central Indiana. I'm thinking this town looks about the size of Austin. One main drag going through and that's about it. So I'd peg the town shown here to be around 1,500 to 2,500 people. Now, most of the towns this size in Indiana are not that big geographically, not their town parts anyway. Nearly all of them, if you drive two miles (or less, sometimes much less) from downtown in any direction, put you in areas with huge acreages of farmland. For me, I just could not wrap my head around why they'd want to destroy Austin (for example), instead of building it at the edge of town. They'd need a bar, a few restaurants, gas stations, and interstate access. Bang! Build it so it stops just outside of town, and you have all of these things.

Destroying the small town to plop this thing down on top of it was just stupid to me, and all I thought was it must have been written by someone who had not been to small-town America for a while, if ever.

And I don't believe it was a larger city with 15,000 or so people, because it just didn't look that big. If they wiped out Seymour or Columbus, they'd not only lose all the shops, but also the motels and the hospital. Nope, it looked village-sized to me.

They'd not bother to buy out all of those business people, and the townsfolk. They'd buy up farmland close to an interstate, and make an off-ramp for it.

And that... is why I dislike this episode. It must be thumbs down...

Regards... RT
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Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 3:07am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Hello Again, Everyone!

While checking my notes (yes, I have made notes, sue me), I realized I did not mention those fantastic Red Guards. I and my friends over the years had wondered what they did because they never seemed to do anything. But in VIII, if anyone kills the Leader, they must attack everyone! But only then!

*Good Afternoon. I'm Tirga, leader of the Red Guard, and I must ask (because we couldn't tell, quite embarrassed actually), did you attack the Supreme Leader, or was it her? We really need to know because after that trick with the force that cut Snoke in half, we really don't know who the bad guy is here. Thanks for your time...*

It must have helped the Red Guards a great deal when they went back-to-back, because then they just had to try to defeat everyone. If Ren had said something along the lines of, oh... I don't know... "It was her", she'd have been cut down.

Still, I really liked that the Red Guards were top-of-the-line fighters, who could take on anyone. Especially if they were against Force neophytes, which they'd probably have had some instruction on. Too bad not one of them seemed to have a... blaster. Just get three or four of them to distract her (or New Supreme Leader!), and blast away! The Red Knights, I mean Guards, could have been in control... but I digress...

Enjoy the Day... RT
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Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 1:44am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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I'm finally putting pen to paper on some random thoughts. Honestly, some of them are still a jumble... perhaps I'll do better after I tie this onion to my belt. Ahh... nice.

They didn't tell us just how much of the Empire fell when Palpatine died. Yes, there was much rejoicing, but if I recall correctly, the Rebel fleet had just been pulverized at the end of VI. If they had sent every one of their remaining capital ships out to a system to protect it/show the flag, wouldn't that have been about ten systems? They cut the head off of the Empire, but it was just too big to die. I really thought when VII came out, they would show this happy New Republic everywhere, but in reality, they showed us one planet that got blowed up real good. Sure, they renamed the Empire (First Order), but I'd imagine they had just as much power after the fall of Palpatine as they did before. Heck, the local Govenor's might have been even more ruthless keeping things in line. Do you think the Storm-troopers on Tatooine just went toes up upon hearing the Emperor was dead? I think not. The Alliance would still have had a big, uphill struggle.

The problem was, in my mind, the First Order must have been the rag-tag fleet, and the Republic being big and grand, because the Rebels won in VI. It was the opposite, but they didn't tell us outright, just figuring we'd figure it out when we saw the Death-planet defeating the Capital of the Republic. Except that, well, I certainly didn't figure that out for quite some time. And it stayed that way until well into VIII, even when I saw the crawl saying FO had decimated the peaceful Republic, when I realized only the Main Power could build one of those stupidly huge ships that the Rebel Republic blew up towards the beginning. Then I realized I had it all wrong, and it made more sense for the Republic to still be hounded into the ground, using the same old clunky ships they'd had before. If they took over the Empire completely, they'd probably be using their ships (because, why not?). The New Republic was just a very small slice of a much larger pie. I doubt it was just me, but my thoughts were that after the death of Palpatine, the Republic eventually just took over. I thought the First Order were some embarrassing leftover from the Empire that just needed to be squished so that peace and love could reign. Heck, I had an embarrassed feeling about them in VII, I just didn't realize the how and why until this movie. I'm not a simpleton, but I truly figured the Rebels has won in VI and had control of (most) things by now.

I think my main problem with these two movies is that I got no real sense of urgency or possible defeat, even as the last of the New Republic ships were slowly being destroyed. I was pretty ambivalent actually. In IV, V and VI, I really had the feeling that this could be the end, if they didn't pull the rabbit out of the hat. Here, it seems to be even worse, and... nothing. Though I must divulge that I saw the Original Trilogy on big screens back when they came out. 12 times for IV, seven times for V and five times for VI. And they were three years apart, with no spoilers to be found, unless you bought every single rag out there (and they were mostly wrong on many things).

And the actors, while they did fine, just seem to be missing something. I flashed back to Han in V, sweeping his hand/finger back and forth describing a thought while in the cockpit of the Falcon (or your Worshipfulness in IV), or Luke being the whiny teenager in IV, or the seeming true joy of those two and Leia when they'd brought down the Death Star. They made me feel like they were actually there, in that time, doing those things (include Lando "I have problems of my own..."). The current actors (perhaps it is the direction), just don't seem to bring anything extra to the table. Perhaps the original trilogy just had an off-the-cuff feel that made it seem more real, that THEY WERE THERE. Perhaps the new ones are just too polished and perfect. Maybe they are over-directed.

I might have missed something, but there was no mention of Coruscant in either VII or VIII. It would seem the Republic would have to be in charge there to have any hope of doing, well, anything, as it seemed to be the Hub of both the Old Republic and the Empire. That's where the power was wielded from.

While I realize IV was made to be a stand-alone, in case it failed, you wanted to come back and see more. You NEEDED IT! And V did not disappoint and left us wanting more. And VI did not disappoint me, even with their "small" problem (wait... is that a zipper?). These don't leave me wanting more. I am glad I have seen them, and I'll watch them again. I'll watch the next one. But I don't have that yearning to find out how they'll recover from only having a hand full of unarmed shuttles, the Millennium Falcon, an awesome force-sensitive and one small boy with a neat ring. Oh, and a guy who knows his way around a Star Destroyer. *shrugs*

There was some question about who killed Snoke. I figured it had to be Kylo because they kept showing him as he was being belittled. If they'd had a long shot of Rey, perhaps I'd have thought it was her. But no, it was Ren, because Snoke wasn't smart enough to realize enough is enough when making someone feel small.

Hmm... gravity bombs. Perhaps that ship (what's that new name? Super Impressive Massively Powerful Large Eradicator sounds good. SIMPLE Destroyer) is so big it forms it's own gravity field, thus bombs from above would, eventually, fall towards it. And we've seen other ships with their own gravity (Falcon and... well... all of them) so another theory is they'd fall towards the "bottom" of the ship, then coast into their target. She got that button to fall down towards her after all.

Boy, I really like to give characters the benefit of the doubt, but the Empire General Veers from V could whup General Hux with just his pinky. I'm certain the actor is doing it how he is told, but darned if he wouldn't be a fantastic protagonist in an installment of Captain Proton... And, I just don't get the feeling of Power from him. Grand Moff Tarkin, he had an aura of confidence. I swear when I hear Hux giving orders, I totally expect the underlings to laugh and have him arrested (when seen for the first time). Not joking here. It's that bad for me.

I didn't read too many of the Star Wars novels, because many of them produced a suction, but Timothy Zahn was great. Just throwing this out here, but if he was handed the reins after these two, and wrote up a story, would it be possible to make into a screenplay? Sometimes a good novel just doesn't translate, but I'd think he'd be able to write rings around what we've had so far.

Lastly, please don't think I'm against VII and VII, it's just that I think they could have been so much more than they were. I did like the light moments in the movie. I did like the little bird/thing near tears as Chewie was about to have dinner. I did like the little bird/thing on the Falcon (because we always seem to need to have something that is totally incongruous with the rest of the plot (and I'm okay with that)). I did enjoy the battle at the start of the movie. I did enjoy being told "This is not snow. It's salt and it's different. Get it?"

Well, okay, last is now. How stupidly big are these ships going to get? We had the Star Destroyer in IV, then the Super Star Destroyer for Vader. Now, we've got SIMPLE, and that seemed so stupidly huge until we saw the one Snopes was on (it was even bigger, wasn't it? I think so...).

Thank you for listening. I was only able to read half of the reviews, because darned if it didn't take me an hour to get through those, so I might have mentioned something that was already mentioned. If so, many apologies and please have this albatross as way of recompense.

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT

P.S.: Heh, I kept thinking Snopes instead of Snoke, and finally mis-spelled it near the end. I kept it there because it made me smile. Your mileage may vary. :D
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Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

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@Joe M.

It has been a while, but I always thought they figured the Archon crew had been absorbed into "the Body", but they had fought it long enough they had earned Legendary status among the rebels. That was my take anyway. The Landru computer seemed to have been around for a long time before the Archon arrived.

Regards... RT
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Tue, Jul 3, 2018, 2:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

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I think it comes down to this: If Sisko had found out about the plan through subterfuge, or found a map of the attack wrapped around a cigar (historical reference), he'd have had no problem with it. But he has some Honor left. And it just didn't feel Honorable, at that time, to massacre an enemy to save the skin of the Vorta who arranged it. Because the Vorta was despicable.

If they'd shown Sisko, and to a lesser extent O'Brien and the rest, just wanting to execute them without a second thought, they would be no better than the Jem'Hadar...

Enjoy the Day Everyone... RT
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Tue, Jul 3, 2018, 2:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: A Time to Stand

Hello Everyone!

Forgive me, I'm just running this through my head a bit...

The Dominion seems to want good Public Relations as "Benevolent Invaders". They keep Jake around to help with that PR, but seemingly only with the Bajorans, as his stories are somewhat one-sided and StarFleet media never sees them. But the Bajorans see him around and know he is okay, and that is important to them as he is the son of the Emissary. And they seem to need to keep the Bajorans happy, because the Wormhole Aliens seem to like Bajor for some reason, and whatever the Dominion thinks of the WA's, they know they could control the wormhole.

So... unhappy Bajorans could make for unhappy Wormhole Aliens, which could make accessing the supply lines problematic if the WA's are actually watching. They cannot be certain they aren't.
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Sir Bedevere: ...Exactly. So, logically...

Peasant #1: Jake must remain alive and unharmed to keep the Bajorans somewhat happy(ish) to hopefully keep the Wormhole Aliens happy or ambivalent (just in case they are watching) so that they might be able to use the wormhole if/when it becomes available.

Sir Bedevere: And therefore...

Peasant #2: If anything, the Dominion might want Jake there just to show how nice and merciful they can be to the son of the Emmisary. They wouldn't do anything to him until the day they might have to leave. Then he would be toast.

Sir Bedevere smiles and nods approvingly as they run off to try and weigh a Jem Hadar...
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As always, they were just strange thoughts running through my head recently, and no disrespect to anyone, real or imagined, is intended...

Regards... RT
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Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 4:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Hello Everyone!

I probably liked this one more than I should have. When I saw it originally, I'm fairly certain I was just starting to really like TNG again. I'd stopped watching it for a bit after season one (heresy I know), but had seen an earlier season three episode that brought me back. Perhaps this one touched me because of the Guest Star Joey Aresco, who played "Hutch" on "Baa Baa Black Sheep", the somewhat real/fictional depiction of the United States Marine 214th squadron during World War II (the show later renamed Black Sheep Squadron, because it sounded like a kids show... go figure the parents couldn't figure it out after the dogfights...).

But I digress.

It really sounded like something weird and boring Starfleet would actually do. We'd heard many times about one Starship or another heading out to do some diplomatic work, and usually only in the Captain's logs... (while heading to a conference about the problems on Melba 2, and if they should be called "Toast", we encountered an Anomaly...).

Here is an actual weird, boring problem the crew has to solve or make better. Yes, it was started with something being stolen, but in the entirety of the known Galaxy... it's actually somewhat mundane. It is something they do all the time, and it just got a little hotter than they were used to. A few baddies stealing something? Really? Mundane...

For years when watching TOS, I'd yearned to see some "normal" stories. Something on K-7, or something that was just on their normal patrol and involved the "regular", day to day operations. Everything always seemed to be ship or Galaxy shattering... if they didn't get it just right, all was lost. In my re-birth of watching TNG, this was mundane, and perfect. Perhaps that is why I liked it so much. If they didn't get the result they wanted, no-one would care! The folks can duke it out until their sun goes nova! And we'll say we tried and then head out to taste some new variations on toast...

As always, your mileage may vary... but Two Thumbs up for Me...

RT
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Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

Hello Everyone!

Boy, after all of these years, I still ponder this one...

My random thoughts...

Doctor (his name, not The Doctor), is simply a fantastic program that has gone so far above and beyond its original programming it is essentially another person on the ship. But I say essentially. It is still a program. Just because it is aware that it can leave the holodeck (Moriarity as well), does not mean it is alive. It must have a soul, that inner spark that leaves upon death and heads out to a higher realm.

When his (I say that only because his image is male) programming came upon the improbable circumstance of both crew members having the unlikely perfect 50.0 percent chance of living, Doctor said he chose the one that he liked the best. But I think it was his programming saying this one is a bridge officer, and this one is not. And... done. Whether Doc knew it or not, that was his game-changer. He doesn't know all of the things that go on with the programming, just that he follows it. If there had been even the slightest indication (.001 or so, for arguments sake), he would have saved Jetal, if she was the .001+.

I love Doctor in Voyager, and in this episode. Always have and always will. But when it comes down to it, he is still a program, and can be edited, deleted or enhanced (as shown here). 7 talks about individuality, but at her base, she is still human, and has been brought back into the fold over time. She has computer parts in her, but the thinking is she is still human at her core. And still has her soul.

At the end of time, when there is no more power for Doctor, he will simply blink out of existence. No Valhalla, no Heaven... just nothingness and done.

End of program...

Regards... RT
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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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