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W. Scott Richardson
Sun, Oct 25, 2015, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Bride of Chaotica!

I'm with @Locke: The microphone cord swish was grandiose, in-character, unexpected, and made me laugh, genuinely.

I think Janeway's "Captain Proton" performance counterbalanced the Delaney twins in that one can choose what to perform when in a fantasy setting, and it need not correspond to the accepted norm. It's okay to play "Boobs and Brainless" but when you leave the Holodeck, Megan is back to being competent and responsible. Its also okay to play seductress or savior of the cosmos, but when you leave the holodeck, you go back to being the captain under Federation ideals (completely ignoring the Prime Directive at will) or her Ensign pilot.
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W. Scott Richardson
Sun, Aug 11, 2013, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Jem'Hadar

"Like Earth in the early Devonian period." That would be the period when ancient humans 'whipped it... whipped it good!'
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Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Have to say that this episode is ok but not great. Jake is an annoying character and does come across like a spoilt child here while the suggestion that experience is required to write is silly. Meanwhile Jake's cowardice is so brazen that he looks appalling. Basically he lost it for little reason. It wasn't convincing because I never felt his life was in real danger. He makes the guy who shot himself look like a hero.

What bothers me more though is that you never really feel the danger. It just doesn't feel like war ought to - and there is no real believability to it. Plus as usual the plot makes no sense so the writers can tell the story they want to tell rather than a plausible one. For example:

a) why would the Klingons leave no ships in orbit - ah so the Runabout could land without any problems
b) hell why did the Klingons land at all? They could destroy the settlements from orbit.
c) why send your most important personnel (doctor) to retrieve a generator on a dangerous mission which they aren't suited for at the best of times - ah it has to be the doctor because it needs to be a primary character.
d) why send the doctor without an escort?
e) I know what also send with him a civilian who's the son of the doctors boss!
f) Why are Klingons using mortars in the 23rd century and why is their explosive force so small?

Having said that I applaud the idea of the story and the seen with Jake and the fatally wounded officer in the foxhole is effective. I'd give this one a 3 out of 5 myself (can't abide four star ratings :) )
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W. Scott Richardson
Wed, Jul 6, 2011, 3:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow


The locusts comment is incredibly apt, as Capt Sisko had predicted that Locusts would destroy Bajor if they signed a treaty with the Federation. This was literally what we were seeing at the end of this episode, as when the Dominion brought war to the Alpha Quadrant, Weyoun sought a peace treaty with Bajor because of their unattached status rather than subjugate them had they been part of the Federation.
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