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Raphael Bloch
Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 6:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

I liked this episode well enough up until the full spandex bodysuit. What the hell? They even had space Jesus turn into an energy orb in the end, so was the super awkward bodysuit step really necessary? You can even see all the wrinkles on it. I really can't take that supposedly deep part seriously.
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Raphael Bloch
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 5:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

Loved this episode. But if there's one thing that makes me furious, it's blantant continuity errors and obvious contradictions. This episode in all its greatness has one of the most glaring and frankly stupid mistakes of all TNG. Data says "she can use contractions. I cannot", and Admiral Dirtbag asks "what have you done about that?". Data then proceeds to use not one, but two contractions on his answer and nobody acknowledges this. I mean it's right there, possibly in the very same page of the script. How has nobody in the cast & crew noticed this while producing this episode is beyond me.
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Raphael Bloch
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 5:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

Holodeck's magic at its finest. We fed the computer all the info we have, and it somehow filled the gaps on its own so now this holographic machine actually works. And look, we can even run perfectly accurate simulations of each deposition so we won't have to sit through an actual trial. How convenient, eh?

Seriously I love TNG but I hate when the tech work way better than it should.
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Raphael Bloch
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 6:13am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

"We will escort your vessel to the neutral zone"
>ships leaving in opposite directions
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Raphael Bloch
Tue, Feb 7, 2017, 7:52am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

I disagree. Concerning Mussolini, there is nothing to indicate he was anything but a Catholic. The very essence of Italian Fascism is based around "Dio, Casa, Famiglia", or God, Home(land), Family. Sure, he might have been wary of organized religion, as it might be an obstacle to any dictator, but his faith in the Christian God is always clear. And he did sign a pact with the Pope anyway. Living in Italy, having studied Italian history and sadly dealt with modern fascists does not bestow absolute truth upon my words but certainly helps.

Hitler, on the other hand, is more complicated. He did make plenty of reference to God and the Providence in his Mein Kampf. He stated that it was this Providence who kept him alive through the many plots to kill him. It is true, as it has been said, that Nazi Germany opposed organised religion and pretty much any cultural association, not just atheist ones. But still, the regime was following a distorted religion sometimes referred as Positive Christianity. It was an attempt to mix racial purity nonsense and Christianity, and saw Hitler as some kind of holy messiah. It shares nothing but the name with Christianity obviously, and was largely nonsense.
My point isn't that Hitler was a Christian or an Atheist. My point is that bringing Nazi Germany as an example of either one is not a really good idea. The cult of personality and the close mindedness of the ideology behind Nazi Germany leaves little room for religion, atheism, or any other Weltanschauung.
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Raphael Bloch
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 6:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Manhunt

Silly episode, but I agree with @Chris: the Dixon Hill office scenes were hilarious.
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Raphael Bloch
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 6:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

Solid episode, but I have to apply some doublethink to truly enjoy it: first and foremost, asteroids fields this dense, although common in sci-fi, are an absurdity and really undermine every story featuring them.
I agree with previous observations regarding Picard destroying a ship that "belongs in a museum" by his own words 40 minutes earlier.
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Raphael Bloch
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 4:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

One of my personal favourites, and one of the very few reviews I strongly disagree with. This is the ine episode I'd show to a newbie to make them understand what Star Trek is all about. Also, it is possible to be not religious and still have spiritually in your life. I didn't feel for a moment that Picard's stance in this episode somehow undermines his discussion with Data about death in Where Silence Has Lease, as prevuoisly suggested.
I do not wish to dive into the years-long religion debate here, but I just wanted to drop a quick note to those who bring Nazi Germany as an example of atheism: as a matter of fact, Nazi had little love for atheists. They disbanded all the atheist associations and Hitler himself made clear that a lack of belief in higher powers and no religious instruction could never be tolerated and represented a potential source of indiscipline.

As a side note, I love how people still discuss about TNG after all this years. Really speaks volumes about how good this series was.
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