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Troy Gravitt
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

IN MY HONEST OPINION:

Best Orville episode yet.

Listen folks, "The Orville" is NOT Star Trek. All it is (and what I believe it should strive to be) is a breezy, funny, and entertaining weekly action show which uses TNG as a template.

That isn't to say that it can't break it's own mold and become a fairly straight Rick Berman Star Trek clone someday, and a new character, new writer/producer, new idea might inspire the show to evolve into that direction, but so far I say this show works best when it doesn't take itself seriously.

Take last week's "Into the Fold", for example; a fairly straight Rick Berman Star Trek clone that is barely better than the worst episodes of Voyager or of Enterprise. This episode was at its best when it tried to be funny (the comic timing of the "glory hole" joke, Isaac's "vaporise" line) and at its worst when it tried to be anything else. After seeing this nadir in Brannon Braga's writing career I felt concerned for Orville's future.

And then "Cupid's Dagger" showed me what The Orville can be at its best; a breezy, funny, entertaining episode that uses TNG as a template so that we Trekkies can latch onto something which is familiar (the ready-room, the bridge, replicators, turbolifts, sickbay, grey spaceship, etc) and simply focus on the story without exposition needing to explain the tech or setting.

The Bortis/karoake scene; hilarious. The elevator scenes; irreverant. The entire episode's tone is just what it needed to be. Did you really want to watch an episode of the Orville simply dealing with peace negotiations? Deep Space Nine knew you didn't, that's why "The Storyteller" gave us the wrinkle of the teenage girl (and speaking of DS9, "Cupid's Dagger" is a better episode than "Fascination", I hope you agree).
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Travis
Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 12:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

Regarding DS9 morality, the Starfleet personnel have good morals, but DS9 liked to ask and answer the question "what happens when the rest of the world doesn't live in paradise?" "Normal Trek" as you say assumes everyone you deal with is rational and can be peacefully dealt with. The problems with the Bajorans, the Maquis, and later the Dominion showed that sometimes you can't afford perfect principles when you're dealing with people who don't have it as good and just want to burn it all down. Janeway liked to speak the Federation gospel until she finally recognized it was going to get them killed if she couldn't be a little flexible. Sisko had to deal with gamblers, assassins, spies, con artists, civil wars, and interstellar wars to the death all on his doorstep.
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Travis
Wed, Oct 23, 2013, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

Chris, it's even worse than that. Neelix was made a team leader because of his "survival skills" which have never been seen. Neelix told Hogan to collect the bones because they might be useful (true); however, he neglected to notice they were at the mouth of a cave which usually means a predator that ate that creature. Later in the episode Chakotay tries to make nice with the natives by speaking calmly and acknowledging they can only understand his tone and not his words. What does Neelix do in this tense situation? Gets right in their faces and starts yelling. Not to mention the Kazon became Voyager's enemies only because Neelix started a fight with them in the very first episode!
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Travis
Wed, Oct 23, 2013, 6:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Learning Curve

This was a great premise for an episode. In fact, the first couple seasons should have been full of stories like these. It pissed me off that the premise of the series was the combined crew striving to get home, but everyone was in uniform by the end of the first episode. Not all Maquis were Starfleet trained and no way would they all want to be back in uniform within a couple days of being in the Delta Quadrant. There should have been constant conflict amongst the crews and this episode should have been the 3rd or 4th, not at the end of the season.
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Travis
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 5:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

JB, I always took the opposite view when it comes to most species on DS9. TNG had alien of the week or cardboard cut out charactatures of those races, but DS9 gave them all very deep backstories. The other thing I enjoyed about DS9 was that they weren't afraid to blast giant holes in Roddenberry's utopian vision wherever appropriate. With your comments about the Klingons, we got to see a little more about Klingon society through the eyes of Quark and Grilka, and (real) Martok. I never liked the one-dimensional nature of most Star Trek aliens (how can an entire species specialize in one thing?), but I loved how when Quark ended up on Qunos he made a mockery of the Klingon's warped honor code.
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Travis
Tue, Sep 18, 2012, 8:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

"Is a weapon a WMD if it doesn't cause any destruction?"

Yes. He used chemical warfare against those colonies. They would have died if they didn't evacuate.
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Travis
Fri, Sep 7, 2012, 12:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Sintek, that's one of the reasons I love watching DS9. The Cardassians and Bajorans were fully fleshed-out ideas and believable unlike most of the species in Star Trek. They tried to give the Ferengi some depth on the show but couldn't get past "greed! Stupidity! Comic relief!" With the Bajorans and Cardassians their species wasn't all about one thing.
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travis
Mon, Aug 20, 2012, 7:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

"On behalf of the United Federation of Planets, welcome to Deep Space Nine."

"Yes, yes. Now where are the games?"

The episode is 90% silliness, but that opener worked perfectly considering how nervous Sisko and the gang were just a minute prior.
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Travis
Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Jay, there was an episode mid season where Quark stopped by Vic's and commented that he liked the place and said he'd stop by from time to time.
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Travis
Mon, Feb 21, 2011, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

Interesting. I stand corrected then. I didn't even consider Weyoun got him sick in order for him to stand trial. I'll have to watch that again.
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Travis
Sat, Feb 19, 2011, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

I agree with everyone that the race issue seemed sudden and out of place. That being said, my favorite moments of this episode were the entire cast walking (striding) past Quark's to the holosuite in costume and Sisko singing at the end. I think people would have thought higher of this episode if the baseball episode wasn't in the same season. While Sisko's love of the game certainly warranted a baseball episode, having two fluff shows in the final season was too much.
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Travis
Sat, Feb 19, 2011, 5:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

One of the things I enjoyed most about the "great river" story was how true to life it was. The whole barter system for needed parts plays out here in my unit in Afghanistan on a weekly basis and probably has throughout military history.
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 12:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I didn't mind the episode per se, but there were two elements that drive me nuts: Red Squad and Jake Sisko. The whole concept of Red Squad defies logic. An elite group of cadets? They're young, inexperienced, and in training. The term "elite cadet" seems like a contradiction. Also, their identities are supposed to be secret. What's the point of being the "noble elite" if nobody else knows about it? What happens when they become officers? Do they all go to Special Operations or does "red squad" appear on their resume?

My other problem is just not liking what they did with Jake Sisko. Basically he grew up to be an a**hole. He calls himself a reporter, but acts more like he works for the National Enquirer (that's a gossip magazine for you non-Americans). He tried to throw his best friend under the bus by lying to him about wanting an interview with the Grand Nagus. Here he had genuine concerns with the fanaticism of Red Squad. When it came time for him to make a speech that could potentially save all their lives, the only words that came out of his mouth were "my dad wouldn't do it so you shouldn't either." Really? You've made a name for yourself on this ship as a punk civilian and that's your argument? No wonder they charged with Watters right off the edge.
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 10:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

I enjoyed most of the episode, but I thought Quark got off way too easy. Dax disowned him for being an arms dealer, but the moment he turned his back on the deal she was playing cards with him. How many deaths were caused from the weapons he sold in the first half of the episode?
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 10:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

Jay, Bashir was there. He could have told Martok and Tain about everyone on the station.
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 9:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

The Maquis stopped being freedom fighters or "defending their homes farmers" as soon as The Maquis episode was over. Cal Hudson told Sisko they formed the Maquis in order to protect themselves from the Cardassian colonists. Sisko and Dukat exposed the situation and got the arms smuggling to stop. When that was revealed to Hudson, he just whined that it's too late and he intends to win this war. The Maquis became nothing more than terrorists at that point.
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 5:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

One major plothole in the story that wasn't pointed out here. At different points of the episode Worf is accused of accidentally destroying the ship and willfully destroying it. These are huge legal differences.
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Travis
Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 5:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

This is a couple years old, but Dimitrius is way off the mark. Weyoun didn't infect Odo with the virus, Section 31 did.
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Travis
Thu, Feb 17, 2011, 10:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Shakaar

Jay, they stop calling it that after this episode.
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Travis
Thu, Feb 17, 2011, 8:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

Brad, Tain said they brought all of the Obsidian Order combat vets out of retirement for that mission. Since they built the fleet in secret, they probably also had to provide the manpower in secret which required a lot of their own personnel. With the Cardassian dissident movement, reduction of Order agents, and the revelation that the Order tried to start a war with the Dominion, the revolution was a lot easier for the Cardassian people. It looked like the Tal Shiar was hurt, but not beaten by this though. I think we saw them in later episodes.
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Travis
Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 11:37am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Quick math: in order to sustain the species when there's only one shot at reproducing, either both sexes would have to be able to carry children or the women would have to have a minimum of triplets every single time. They'd need twins every single time just to keep the population stable. Let's hope they never have a war or plague. Also, if she's only got a 2 day window to conceive, do Ocampans drop what they're doing and jump in the nearest bed whenever their palms get sweaty? And rubbing feet to make the tongue swell and being bonded by goo for several days? If there is a God he must really hate the Ocampans.
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Travis
Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 10:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

The "barrier" is a mathematical impossibility. You can't measure infinity, so it's not something you can achieve. How do you get to infinity if you have no way to know if you're there? Warp speed is on a graph curve where warp 10 can't be reached. Infinite speed requires infinite energy. Now if he went warp 9.999999999 then that would be believable, and in fact when they go warp 13 in All Good Things they simply readjusted the scale so that another number represents infinity. The Voyager writers made the same mistake in another episode when they had to "break through" the event horizon of a black hole as if it was a physical barrier and not an arbitrary point in space. It was bad enough that Torres and Paris were allegedly able to do something Starfleet engineers haven't done with unlimited resources, but they completely dropped this idea and never revisited the issue. They developed an engine that goes to infinite. Why couldn't they dial it back a notch and be home in a week?
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Travis
Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 7:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

Gender issues aside, the dialogue in this episode spun Ferengi logic like a top. Quark had to explain in great detail over a couple hours that if women wore clothing and worked, then they'd have money to spend on the economy. No $hit. For an entire civilization of cutthroat capitalists to not realize this on Day 2 of business school was a terrible oversight on the part of the writers. Now if the Ferengi businessman had a decent comeback to Quark's assertions the episode could have been worth the effort. Star Trek is renowned for moral debates. This was a missed opportunity. We didn't need to be spoon fed another bad Ferengi comedy episode.
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Ravicai
Tue, Jul 14, 2009, 2:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Initially I found myself wanting to type a long winded comment about why this episode was so terrible, but after reading all the comments I'll just summarize;

This episode SUCKED!!!!!!
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MaxGravity
Sat, Feb 21, 2009, 12:26am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

Anybody else catch the irony in Lampkin's demonstration that the pen is mightier than the sword?
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