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Robbie
Fri, Nov 13, 2020, 12:32am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

Jesus Christ, this episode pissed me off. Yes, she’s a psychopathic totalitarian murderous bitch. No punishment could possibly be too severe for her, and no amount of sympathy for her Luddite views could remotely justify anything she did. Some of the things that really annoyed me: Why the hell were O’Brien and Sisko so damn passive when der Fuhrer started issuing her totalitarian punishments? I would have told her to go fuck herself, instead of doing the Gandhi bit. The only enforcer type shown was her brainwashed mama’s boy son. Take him out, for crying out loud (as O’Brien FINALLY decided to do)! As others have said, it’s very difficult to believe that at least some of the “followers” wouldn’t have been totally pissed off about being lied to and made to suffer deprivation, torture and death at the hands of this despot.
I find it irksome that some are somewhat sympathetic to her cause. Pontificating about how “bad” technology is on AN INTERNET WEB PAGE? Really? I saw this sort of thing when Avatar came out: people going on and on about how they would love to wear nothing more than a loin cloth and swing in the trees. Hey, I have news for you: You can do that RIGHT NOW. What’s that you say? You don’t want to? How surprising. I laugh at armchair “naturists” whose idea of being “anti-technology” is driving to the Whole Foods market in their Prius while railing against tech on their smartphones. God, I wanted to punch that smug bitch in the face.
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Robbie
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 11:34am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

I hate this episode. It’s giving something of the middle finger to the entire premise of original Trek, in essence saying “remember all that Roddenberry stuff about how humans had evolved beyond the petty differences that plagued it in the relative dark ages of the 20th century, such as Sulu saying there was no such thing as the ‘primitive thinking’ of racism? Remember how the show commented on social problems by have the enlightened Earth people encounter beings on OTHER planets with those problems? We’re going to JUNK all that. Not only does Earth still have social problems, it has a social problem that’s practically IDENTICAL to that of 1968-69, which just happens to be when the episode airs”. The ripping away of the “enlightened 23rd century” veneer in order to engage in naked pandering to the then-current hippie movement is revolting. None of the hippie characters is at all interesting or worthy of admiration. Also, teenagers TODAY are so joined to their smart phones that the line by Chekov’s ex girlfriend about never doing what a computer says is ludicrous. BTW, I have quite a different perspective on the whole “Herbert chanting” business after watching the Youtube video “Inside Star Trek The Real Story Herbert Solow Robert Justman”.
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Robbie
Mon, Nov 2, 2020, 4:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

This episode was interesting mainly because I went to school with Michael John Anderson. He was quite the personality.
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Robbie
Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 10:26pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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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Robbie
Sat, May 30, 2020, 3:34am (UTC -6)
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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Robbie
Fri, Sep 27, 2019, 12:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Sins of the Father

I must have only seen this episode once before, years ago. Since then, I’ve seen the other TNG and DS9 episodes more often and was a little burnt out over the Klingons (especially in DS9). In retrospect, it was stupid to watch Reunion and Redemption without understanding what Worf’s discommendation actually meant!

This was a lot fresher than I expected and is a great episode.
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Robbie
Tue, Sep 10, 2019, 10:35am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

@Trek Fan: I think you nailed it for me what this episode drags on. It should be more interesting based on the ideas, but seeing everyone slowly drain and fainting over and over gets old and puts the viewer to sleep. Yo

@Trish: Yeah, this definitely stood out, not in a good way. *Of course* they made Uhura faint first, of the line of crew members outside sickbay was all women. Sigh ... On the general topic, Kirk is not usually the womanizer he has the popular reputation of being, but his glancing at the yeoman twice in this episode is pretty slimy. “I could definitely do with some rest and relaxation on some ....... lovely ...... planet.”
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Robbie
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 8:23am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

It had been a while since I had seen this one. The “phaser overload” scene and the accompanying music is awesome.
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Robbie
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 8:21am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Operation--Annihilate!

This episode had its strong points, but I agree with Lizzzi that it was paced slower than many of the other S1 episodes. It *should* have been more exciting than some other episodes, but most of the others in this season never seemed to drag.

- As said before, seeing the California filming locations was very nice.

- I’m surprised the inner eyelid and Spock’s blindness is not more criticized as a cheap way to add drama. I haven’t seen Amok Time in a while but remember that the big twist at the end was done better.
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Robbie
Sat, Jun 8, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

Brilliant. 5/5! The interactions between Janeway and Da Vinci are writing gold. A brilliant homage to pursuing your dreams, however impossible. One of voyagers best!
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Robbie
Sat, May 25, 2019, 1:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

After knowing this episode had bad reviews and reputation and I had generally skipped it for years, it was better than I expected. I somehow forgot about the whole planetary action and final scenes and thought it would all be a slow episode aboard the Enterprise, so at least that helped.

And man, are Karnas and his guys wearing acid wash camouflage? Too awesome.
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Robbie
Fri, May 24, 2019, 9:04am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

I can’t disagree about any of the criticisms here, but think Trent nailed it about viewing this through a S1 perspective.

The zoomed-in Daimon on the viewscreen with the white background actually had a pretty neat appearance, especially when they shot Picard standing in front of it. I liked that better than if the Ferengi was sitting in a standard bridge set.
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Robbie
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

I thought it was a decent episode. Only lines I thought were really bad were Arissa’s “I’m dying. I can’t cry, the dead don’t cry” or something like that.
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

It’s awful and judgmental, but I skipped this one on my watch-through of the series tonight.

Like $G said, there’s something dull about the episodes where 1-2 people are trapped or lost for 40 minutes of the episode, whether it’s TNG or DS9. Extra bonus points if they are stuck in the same cave set that they use for everything (“The Sword of Kahless”, “Nor the Battle to the Strong”).

I’ll get over my short-sightedness and watch this when the mood is right...
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 7:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

I should’ve added that I hope for some recognition of the new Klink *D7* — at least some comment from the Discovery crew along the lines of “what is that?” Oh well.
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 4:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

1. Random thought, along with the Trek movies since the 2009 one — why are hand phasers now burst weapons as opposed to beam? It was one nice way to differentiate them from Star Wars blasters. I only thought of it again with all the nanoprobes chasing Burnham. A beam weapon would’ve seemed a lot better there.

2. Pike is the man. Somehow the writers/Anson Mount have got that balance between a competent, serious captain and someone with empathy. Much as I like Picard or Kirk, I’m sure Disco Pike would be the best one to serve with.
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Robbie
Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 7:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

Like Petetong said, the multiple matte painting backgrounds and indoor / outdoor sets really add a lot to this episode. With the amount of rubble built up and cast of extras, I wonder how much the budget of this one compared to the average DS9 episode.

Much more compelling than some of the times they go to Cardassia/Bajor/Ferenginar and you only see one painting and a single indoor set the whole episode.
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Robbie
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 1:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I am with Elliot here - why the heck did a transport ship have a cloaking device, and why was it never questioned in the episode?

I would’ve also guessed that it would take the Defiant about 10 seconds to blow up a Bird of Prey — especially if they fire phasers and torpedoes simultaneously for once — but at least the ship isn’t shown to be ridiculously overpowered here.
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Robbie
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

Man, poor security chief Nhan in the last scenes here. She’s apparently suffocating on the floor and Burnham is calmly having an extended conversation with Airiam and the Discovery. Guess she’s OK though.
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Robbie
Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 3:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: The Sound of Thunder

@Leif -- I am definitely with you on the disappointment with the humanoid red angel. It was a real letdown. I was excited for something much more alien (like something like TAS's Kulkukan or Dramians. I never knew that the Iconians were shown in Star Trek Online but it looks like a great creative representation too.
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