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Robbie
Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 10:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

In general, I don't like Q. He's an arrogant twit toying with humans for his own amusement. This episode was ok in its exploration of what a human would do with such powers. BTW, the whole concept of an "omnipotent" being is absurd. The very idea of being able to do "absolutely anything" is self contradictory. Could a Q make square circles? Make paradoxes non paradoxical? In short, make A not A? Obviously not. The Q we see obviously ISN'T omnipotent, else he couldn't have had his powers removed, as we saw in Deja Q.
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Robbie
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

Data’s exchange with Picard on the efficacy of terrorism really annoys me. He asks, why not be a terrorist if it achieves your goal? He SHOULD know better than to say that, because we see in other episodes that he fully recognizes that the nature of the means to achieve an end very much factors into the question of whether achieving that end justifies them. He’d hardly argue, to example, that the means Kivas uses to achieve his ends in The Most Toys are in any way justified by those ends.
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Robbie
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

A number of the comments are more interesting than the episode. It’s somewhat refreshing to see a comment board where commentators are given such free rein, particularly on the topic of religion. My take: It’s obvious that the makers of Star Trek (especially TNG) have always wanted to portray their human characters as having a rationalist/humanist view. TOS had a few nods to religion, but none of the TNG humans ever mentions it. Only the Klingons do. There is respect given to the Klingon viewpoint only because the humans wish to be tolerant of other beliefs. The cultural observer declares that seeing “The Picard” would inevitably lead to witch hunts and religious wars. This stretches credulity. We were told that the natives are proto Vulcans who gave up their belief in the supernatural long ago, and have a more rational outlook, yet we’re supposed to believe that the rantings of ONE guy with no supporting evidence are going to be embraced by MANY others, and lead to all sorts of bad things? It doesn’t make sense to me. What the cultural observer says seems to have been put in his mouth only because the writers wanted to reinforce the “no religion” attitude, not because bad consequences were “inevitable”. On the other hand, Picard isn’t saying to the natives “You’re idiots if you have religious beliefs and/or beliefs in gods”. He’s simply saying that HE is not a god, and there is no rational basis for believing he is. In that sense, he’s not “promoting atheism”. Nice closing comment on Picard’s part.
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Robbie
Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 12:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

Crusher's attitude in this episode really annoys me. It's fundamental that someone owns his or her own life, NOT the doctor conducting the treatment! If Worf wishes to take his own life (regardless of how silly others think it is), Dr. Crusher has no business saying no. If Worf chooses to RISK his life on an experimental procedure, that is not her call. If she had decided no, Worf should be within his rights to tell her to stick it and have the procedure done by someone else. How dare she talk of restraining him. I also didn't like the way she behaved when the procedure succeeded. Not gracious at all.
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Robbie
Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 11:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

I'm pretty much in agreement with Jammer's review. History shows that whenever an effort is made to pursue a "Utopian", it involves an effort to suppress human free will. Geordi's views on being aborted for not being "perfect" are thought provoking. And Picard's hand wringing about making the only rational choice (letting everyone die was hardly a good option) made me want to say "shut up and suck it up already!"
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Robbie
Wed, Sep 30, 2020, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

Another poor Troi-centric episode. She comes across as petty, full of self pity, and bitchy after losing her powers. It makes a mockery of any advice she could possibly give about facing adversity with grace and courage, qualities lack in her.
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Robin Smith
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 11:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

This is my second time through "Enterprise " from start to finish. I only watched a few episodes when it first was on UPN, but enough that I did care about Trip and T'Pol. Anyway, I feel really really cheated not to have a fifth season to watch. You may not agree, but I have come to be much more attached to this crew, overall, than I ever have to the TNG Enterprise crew. Usually, I watch TNG when I want to take a nap! I'm especially tired of malfunctioning holodecks on the Enterprise D (that's what happened to that holoprogram Riker and Troi used in that out of sequence TNG episode that was supposed to be about the NX-01, another broken holodeck). Anyway, I've enjoyed "Enterprise", and not just the last two seasons. So sorry it ended so soon. Btw, I'm an original "Trekkie" since I was 11 y.o. in 1966.
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Robert H
Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

Thinking about it some more, there is another powerful similarity between this episode and political events now in July 2020. In the final scene, Picard quotes a noble statement from Satie's father, which infuriates her and causes her to melt down. This is much like the radical leftists today, who, when confronted with the words of their noble spiritual father Martin Luther King, that one should "judge a man not by the colour of his skin but by the content of his character", also have a melt down, in a similar way to Satie.
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Robert H
Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

This episode eerily captures the current political situation in the world, today in July 2020. The Black Lives Matter movement started as a quest for righteousness, but as time went on it morphed into a witchhunt, brutally sniffing out racism under every rock and greatly stirring up division. Even the race theme of this episode (the Romulan grandfather) mirror's today's ultraracial categories of "white supremacy" and that it is racist to say that "all lives matter". How sad that an episode like this could never be made today, tv producers would run a million miles from it, it cuts too close to the bone, it is not politically correct. Accusations are the order of the day - they are telling us we should accuse more, more, MORE, not less! J'Accuse!!

It is a stark and sober revelation that our society was stronger and more advanced thirty years ago than today. We could tackle these issues squarely then my friends, but we cannot today.
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Robert
Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

@Mark - VOY had some great episodes, no doubt. But people feel that VOY ruined things because they fleshed things out that maybe worked better without being fleshed out.

I would argue that the Borg and the Q worked better when you knew less about them, even if Death Wish was clearly far better than Encounter at Farpoint.
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Robbie
Sat, May 30, 2020, 3:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

There seem to be a few different stories and it’s been a while since I read it, but two reasons for them using the Klingon battlecruiser model for the Romulans:

- One story was that the original Bird of Prey model was lost when a building or garage burned down (!)

- The other is that the Bird of Prey designer, Wah Chang, was not fairly paid for his work for Balance of Terror, and decided to destroy the model as retribution.

It’s curious enough I’ll have to see if I can find more! But at least this gave us the most detailed interior we’d ever see in an alien ship in TOS.
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Robin
Wed, May 27, 2020, 11:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

Finally, after all of these years, I've managed to watch/rewatch all episodes of ENT. My career, my travel, other obligations kept me from watching much of it 20 years ago, but I did watch enough to become fond of Trip, Malcolm, and T'Pol and to enjoy at least a few of the episodes. Now, I can say I appreciate all of the series. Yes, some episodes are silly or even boring, but I feel like that about most of TNG and Voyager. I've grown to like DS9, but it has it's fair share of clunkers. I'm a fangirl of TOS since 1966 and I will admit ENT ranks second on my list of Star Trek TV show. And this particular show I find it low key, but engaging and interesting, showing a "sweeter" side of them. It's one of my favorites.
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Robert
Wed, May 13, 2020, 4:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

For those unfamiliar, that's a Christian lectern in Booming's picture:

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/640x360/p07vnjl1.jpg

Guess this muddies the waters a bit.
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Robert
Wed, May 13, 2020, 2:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

The Enterprise had a chapel with a cross in it. Just sayin'
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Robert
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

"Who needs large space fleets when Michael Burnham can solve every problem for you."

Or Wesley Crusher. ;-)
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Robert
Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 1:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Sorry, GarretH. The point still stands. I don't know where I'd rank all these Treks. I try to find something I like in all of them despite their shortcomings.
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Robert
Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

"It seemed to me a little self-centered of Picard to constantly say that Data gave his life to save his. Data gave his life to save Picard *and* the lives of everyone on the Enterprise."

That's true, Data and Picard were working together to stop Nero and more broadly save the Enterprise (and the Earth!!). The key difference between Data's sacrifice and Spock's sacrifice in The Wrath of Khan, for instance, is that either Data or Picard could have made the sacrifice of their own life, but Data unilaterally decided that the best decision was for him to die and Picard to live. Naturally, the result is that the Enterprise is saved as you say, but Picard alone is understandably left with the feeling that it could have or should have been him who made the sacrifice instead of Data.
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Robert
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 12:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Flip

"A narrative is not the same as real life, and what's narratively satisfying goes beyond simple plausibility."

They aren't setting up a narrative. At least, not yet. It's a small scene that will almost certainly be followed up next season. The comparison to Chakotay/Seven was given already, but this is actually better than that because there's time to write a Seven/Raffi story still.

Generally I agree with you all that it was out of the blue, but it's hardly important for this episode and maybe that's just the way it should be.

@Tim:

"They got pushback for the heterosexual coupling too! There were pages and pages of comments here complaining about Jurati and Rios. Some called it a pander to the primal instincts of the audience"

One thing is for certain, even in the off-chance that some writer from the show is reading such comments, they wouldn't take such criticism seriously. Trek's always been bad at setting up romantic relationships, but I think DISCO at least got that right. Hopefully, Jurati/Rios will get some more relationship time together next season, but I won't be upset if they just move on and find other people. Not everything has to be huge episode-long or arc-long story, There just wouldn't be time.
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Robert
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 11:17am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Supposedly, Seven's sexuality is brought up originally with the Byazl character where she said something ambiguous about a relationship the two women shared. When the episode aired, people here did bring up that Seven might be at least bisexual, so it must've resonated with some viewers.

The studio's in an awkward position where it wants to portray more homosexuals but it knows it will get push back no matter how its done. To be sure, this show isn't expressly about sexuality, so there's no reason why they should go in depth about anyone's sex life. They chose to do play lesbian characters subtly. Yes, they could have gone at the topic from another angle, but at least they're moving.
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Robert
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 6:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Just in case anyone still wants to see this, they're giving away a month of free All-Access due to the corona virus until April 23rd. Just run a search for this offer (I think you need a promo code). Hope this helps some people. Stay well, all!
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Robert
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 12:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Again with the Keiko jokes. I see we've hit a new low in the comedy department.

I'm looking forward to Jammer's review.
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Robert
Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 8:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

Nice try, but Klingons aren't "black" nor is Alexander ever played by a black actor.
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Robert
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 11:07am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

"Mr. Plinkett’s ST/SW reviews are essentially expressions of that Inner Old Man"

That's not really true. They liked ST: 2009, after all. Most of it's critical analysis for the sake of critical analysis, but to say "RLM hates all the new stuff and loves the old stuff like an old man" is misunderstanding their content.
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Robert
Sun, Mar 22, 2020, 1:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Yanks said:

"Because [Arik Soong] is Lore?"

It's true we don't know what happened to Lore (though it's likely he was terminated) and Arik does seem by all accounts a sketchy character, but Arik's need to finish the golem in order to keep on living seems genuine. It's also hard to imagine what Lore would want with an android that can carry a biological's thoughts, as he himself said that biological beings are inferior to synthetics.

My real question is will Picard and the Romulan fleet really be on opposing sides next episode? It seems like the Romulans have been vindicated by Sutra's actions, so it wouldn't be surprising if we see an alliance, even if a temporary one, between the Picard's crew and the Zhat Vash. It would also be a shame to throw away characters like Narrek and Rizzo who have gotten so much screen-time this series, for better or worse.
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Robert
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@Dom

Don't forget bouncing green CG Yoda who gives up after a single fight! My poor childhood nearly died that day. When I watch A New Hope I just pretend that Obi-Won was waxing sentimental about a different set of adventures we never got a movie for.

Then I realized that if Jar-Jar didn't kill Star Wars, it must truly be immortal.
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