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Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 9:18pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

You can surround actors with all the flashy CGI and colorful lens flares you want, but you're telling me after all the development time, you can't figure out a more elegant way to do an 'exposition dump' than two characters walking along in the desert, delivering said exposition? During the opening scene?? Naturally, they have to repeat each other's names and ranks several times for our benefit, JUST like people who have known each other for years typically do.

I laughed during this scene and it didn't get any better for me, either. Dull, obvious dialogue and endlessly pretty lighting. The artistic striving of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Product.
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Sun, Sep 10, 2017, 11:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

I watched the premiere...

My only reaction is that I am baffled as to how this got made. It evoked absolutely no emotional reaction in me whatsoever. I think I chuckled once, so no-go on the comedy either.

I have nothing against Seth MacFarlane... I'm grateful for the sincere work and the financial commitment he made to the remake of 'Cosmos,' which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I will remain baffled. I won't be watching any more of them, because... well, just NOTHING. I felt afterwards like I feel after eating an Egg McMuffin. Not sick, not upset, not impressed, not really anything.
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Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 7:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Doomsday Machine

What a masterpiece of hour-long drama and action. With the updated effects, it stands up with anything being produced today. Echo the comments previous on Windom's performance... a man barely holding it together, crushed in defeat, loss and shame. Doohan's performance was memorable here too, especially his obvious and constant irritation with the finicky transporter tech. I also love Spock's quiet, grave condolence to Kirk on Deckard's death. Tense, exciting, perfectly paced... it's just great.
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Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 9:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

Just saw this one for the first time, after missing it every time in original run and syndication.

The planet-side part with "Anna" was indeed tedious in the extreme. However, I must say that the second-to-last scene between The Ambassador and Picard was extremely well done... I think it was the combination of the eerie wind/sound effects, the rather effective music (some interesting melodic detail actually snuck through the usual background dirge of latter seasons!), and the excellent acting by both Stewart and Pierpoint.
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Mon, May 15, 2017, 9:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Family

Agreed with previous commenters that some years under one's belt adds a great deal of emotional weight to re-watching this, as opposed to originally having viewed it as a much younger person.

In addition to the great acting by the leads and guests, I'd like to add that I thought Marina Sirtis was absolutely wonderful in her scenes with Picard and B. Crusher. So much warmth and genuine caring... a long way from the earlier 'Counselor' in Season One who would stand on the bridge and give vague pronouncements about the motivation of every alien race encountered.
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Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 8:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Agreed with the praise given here... very moving and impressive episode. That end scene between Anderson and Stewart always stays with me for awhile.

Two quick subtle things that always impress me:

-When Kevin 'transforms' at the end, each time he does there appears to be a practical, on-set source of very strong light that frames his face before the CGI takes hold. It works really well, combined with the eerie-wind sound FX, and I'm glad they did something different rather than just 'sparklies' taking hold.

-When Rishon is shown to be an illusion, her dissolve goes through stages which includes one that seems to be just an almost 'plastic' form with primitive facial features. Again, not just a simple effect and really evident that extra care and time was taken in so many parts of this episode; someone/many someones were really sweating the details on this one.
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