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Crobert
Sun, May 23, 2021, 10:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

Loved everything about the episode except the ending.

Don't get me wrong - I like the bummer aspect of the ending I just wasn't convinced, at all, that going that route made sense given what we've seen from Sisko so far.

The ending just felt rushed in that regard. I didn't buy it.
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Crobert
Sun, May 23, 2021, 9:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

Man - I just really do not enjoy Dax. Terry Farrell is the weakest performer on the show by far - at least to this point. I don't buy the trill concept and I don't understand Dax's complicity in Verad's plan. They've tried to make the Trill concept clear but it's one thing to understand there are personality shifts from the joining and another thing entirely to watch that same symbiote continue on with the whole 'holding the station hostage' plan only to hit the episodic TV show cast reset button at the end.

Sisko's awesome ass weird acting style is the only thing that saved this episode. Avery Brooks is a freak in the best way.
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Crobert
Sun, May 23, 2021, 9:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

I really like the all-too-few glimpses we get of the rest of the galaxy that isn't some federation or empire's ship or star station.

So I was pretty excited for a storyline about smugglers. I'll give them a pass for how ridiculous it is for Picard, with his perfect narrator's dictation, to be passing as a grimy smuggler. How would Baran's crew even know what a formal human's accent would sound?

Richard Lynch's performance here stands out for me as I have just watched DS9's Duet 2 days ago which also featured a performance by an actor I only seem to see in one-off roles in TV shows. Stands out in a terrible way. No attempts to hide his Brooklyn accent or act in any way differently from any number of other roles I've seen him in. Just fucking awful.

Putting Riker on the team that was going to the Enterprise after knowing him for like 3 hours? The overly-contrived 'I can blow up your neck' method of maintaining a crew just really grated on me.

A real bummer given it was a premise I was really excited to see after the episode started in a hive of scum and villainy.
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Crobert
Sun, May 23, 2021, 9:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

This is honestly the first episode where their attempts at humor didn't make me die inside. I genuinely enjoyed some of Worf's pain.

Also - I need to keep this episode's opening in mind when people bitch about STD being too 'woke' or SJW - as though that is something new for a Trek show.
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Robert
Sat, May 22, 2021, 8:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

Genesis - the crew reverts to its primitive genetic predecessors but Data’s fine and cures them.
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Crobert
Sat, May 22, 2021, 4:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

The thing I hate about plots like this is that it makes it impossible to imagine a scenario where Starfleet would allow Data to be a Lt. Commander on their flagship because he's too susceptible to being re-programmed/remote controlled. It's a gaping security hole.
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Crobert
Sat, May 22, 2021, 4:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

The crazy part is you can practically see the resemblance with Dr. Soong. They hit it out of the park with that casting.
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Crobert
Fri, May 21, 2021, 4:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet

What an amazing episode. I've never made it this far in DS9 but wow.

This episode hits on a level no other Star Trek episode I've seen has ever managed to match.

Harris Yulin's is flat out amazing especially before the reveal when he manages to act so proud of 'his' atrocities without tipping his hand. Rewatching some of his scenes with Kira you can see what a truly masterful job he does in portraying a man who is laden with guilt but trying to hide it.

I simply cannot remember an actor in a one-off Star Trek role who was ever able to match this type of performance and we're really lucky they cast someone who wasn't going to just phone it in for the pay check on an often goofy TV show.

Still floored.
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Crobert
Wed, May 19, 2021, 2:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

My only qualm with the B story was that the resolution was legitimate instead of what I thought it was - Quark and Odo making the whole thing up about the Government building plan in order to bail out Jake and Nog without them knowing. I thought that would have been a much more interesting outcome - especially if, in th end, we see Quark selling the land for 6 bars of gold-pressed latinum.

It was weird seeing Jesse Pinkman's dad in an episode with an A plot that also takes place in Better Call Saul.
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Crobert
Fri, May 14, 2021, 7:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: A Man Alone

Wow...Keiko gives off serious "Karen" vibes and we're like 4 hours into this thing.

Please tell me this isn't going to be the normal. I've seriously not yet seen anything redeeming about her. Whether it's Skyler White or Betty Draper writers just can't seem to write a wife character without making her a shrill, joyless ball buster.

Don't get me wrong - at some point I was definitely on Skyler and Betty's sides because they were married to absolute garbage human beings but that doesn't mean they weren't still just awful spouses in their own right.
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Crobert
Fri, May 14, 2021, 7:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

Sisko speaking his mind to Picard is my favorite part of this episode and I *love* Picard.

Surprised so many people don't like it. Yes, it is irrational - that's the point. And Picard because he, too, is irrational in the guilt he holds onto. It was a genius bit of writing because it hearkens back to a huge event that should have had far greater shockwaves in TNG. It shows us that Sisko has an edge that the 3 shift rotationers on the Enterprise don't.

It's great writing and great TV for all those reasons and more. The fact it stuck with so many of you being one of them.

Sisko was wrong. That doesn't make it bad writing it makes it realistic. He wasn't there to see what Picard went through. His only exposure to the Borg was probably getting blown up into widowerhood. It would be very, very easy to convince yourself that you lost your wife because some flagship captain couldn't keep his shit together while in enemy hands.

I loved Sisko from the moment that happened.
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Crobert
Tue, May 11, 2021, 3:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Vash is an annoying Irene Adler ripoff.

I can handle goofy Robinhood stuff just fine, but I don't buy her as a character let alone a Picard love interest.
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Crobert
Tue, May 11, 2021, 3:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

I don't like episodes that should result in giant technological leaps forward but instead just end with credits and the show goes back to its normal routine.

It was fun seeing Barclay become a badass but it's always funny to me that after all this he apparently just goes back to being a nervous wreck engineer on Geordi's team. You'd think that Starfleet would have wanted to study him to see what else they could learn.
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Crobert
Mon, May 10, 2021, 5:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

The most remarkable thing about this episode is how the writers almost certainly never envisioned how it would suddenly become relevant with the advent of deepfakes and how famous people must feel about their likeness being used for AI-generated porn that is more and more indistinguishable from reality.

I liked a lot about how they developed the Brahms and Geordi relationship, it felt mostly realistic which is high praise considering how most of the single-episode relationships go down in TNG.
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Crobert
Mon, May 10, 2021, 5:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

I found this episode tedious and goofy. There was never a moment where we thought Arda was really the devil and I don't think we were ever supposed to. So it just became a question of 'how is Arda running this scam' and the answer wasn't particularly clever.
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Crobert
Sun, May 9, 2021, 4:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

Very fun episode not just for the premise but for the break from the usual method of story telling employed on TNG. Plus Data has yet to ever be a character I didn't enjoy.

I also really enjoy how at least one later episode references events from this one. I wouldn't have minded if TNG did that more often but maybe too much more and they would have been overdoing it.
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Crobert
Sun, May 9, 2021, 4:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

I think the idea of Troi losing her powers was a good one but it was her completely childish meltdowns as a result that resulted in a truly terrible delivery of that premise.

A friend lost his vision in his early 20s to an undiagnosed neurological condition. When he was first admitted to the hospital he was upbeat and hopeful but gradually sunk into a deep moodiness and stopped being helpful to the medical staff until it was pointed out that he was hurting his own care by not participating. He snapped out of the funk and started working with the staff again.

I would have rather seen something like that with Troi falling into a depression. People handle grief and loss in all sorts of ways and lashing out childishly is absolutely one of those ways but that doesn't make for a good TV viewing experience.

I did not feel empathy for Troi because she was acting less like someone suffering loss and more like a spoiled brat who had their favorite toy taken away.
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Crobert
Sun, May 9, 2021, 4:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

Do the TNG writers ever wrap their head around the reality that people can make bad choices or mistakes without being pigheaded assholes or comically inept buffoons?

Dirgo's actions aren't the problem it's the hamfisted way they wrote him going about it all.

I will say, the scenes with them outside held up remarkably well from a production standpoint.
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Crobert
Sun, May 9, 2021, 4:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

It's a wacky rape storyline!
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Robert
Fri, Apr 16, 2021, 7:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

Is there any connection between the symbol the cult used and the album cover for Judas Priest's "Sin After Sin"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_After_Sin
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Crobert
Tue, Apr 13, 2021, 5:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

I enjoy these silly little mystery episodes and I didn't mind how it unraveled. I actually really, really didn't like the idea that the Romulans were behind it because had that been the reality it should have precipitated war or an escalation that I don't think ever happens (I've never made it past the first few episodes of DS9)
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Crobert
Tue, Apr 13, 2021, 4:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

Such a bummer they killed her off. She was one of the best recurring characters and one of the stronger actors.
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Crobert
Fri, Apr 2, 2021, 5:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Legacy

I feel like this was a poor first attempt to start trying to leverage the Tasha Yar character's story.

I was not moved by very much at all about the performance but I did find myself wishing we had gotten more from Data revealing that maybe he had actually developed a romantic love for Yar given that they engaged in sinful pre-marital congress.

This was definitely a 'eyes glaze over out of a lack of interest' episode for me.
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Crobert
Fri, Apr 2, 2021, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

So far this is easily the best Bev episode. It plays to her few strengths as an actor quite well. She's just really sort of a one-note performer unable to convincingly display anything other than compassion for her patients and her trademark "Deer in headlights" type of performance. Once you get outside of confusion or compassion she rapidly drops to bottom of the cast in terms of performance. I almost never believe her scenes with Wesley, for instance, and rapidly become aware that I'm watching Gates McFadden trying to act.

I can't remember any other episode that focused on her that I enjoyed this much. The writing of the alternate reality's crew gets pretty absurd but that's ok given the whole scenario. I enjoyed the callback to the Traveler, I wish he had become a bigger piece of the Trek universe. Maybe he does and I've simply forgotten?
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Crobert
Fri, Apr 2, 2021, 5:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

I enjoyed the episode well enough but at the same time I found it borderline irresponsible. Ok, irresponsible isn't the right word but I feel like writers need to think about the logical impact of a story before they write it.

Here we see a routine remotely triggered that turns Data into the ultimate mutineer who could have easily killed the entire ship's crew. This is, to put it lightly, a glaring fucking issue that never gets addressed. There's no way you could allow a Lt. Commander on the flagship of the federation to continue to serve if he can be remotely commandeered.

This episode should have never been written the way it was. Ok the stupid poisoning plot device can stay there just have the cure be something very rare. The Enterprise races to the one place where the cure can be found. Beam down Data and whoever else. Data gets his hands on the cure and then boom is kidnapped by some of Soong's other robits who then transport him to Soong after disabling/removing Data's badge. You can still have the pressure of of the poison subplot without opening up a can of worms with Data and how vulnerable the Enterprise is if he can be remote controlled.
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