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Roger W Norris
Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 9:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

If you think wild things are going on on the Enterprises 'holodeck, check out Quarks! There should be an easier solution to the energy problem, though. Matter and antimatter meet to create energy. One of those streams won't cut off, creating the problem. Just cut off the matter stream! There will be nothing to mix, and no energy! Will that leave a bunch of dangerous antimatter floating around? I don't know. But it sounds much easier. Unfortunately, that would get rid of a good part of the show.
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Roger W Norris
Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 10:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

I have a very simple answer to the problem-- which probably wouldn't work! We know about matter and antimatter. In the last episode, we find out about time and anti-time.
Since the assimilators convert energy to radiation, you simply hit the assimilators with anti-energy. The assimilators will produce anti-radiation! Hopefully, they will counteract each other. More than likely, they will act like matter and antimatter, and blow everything up! And is there actually such a thing as anti-energy? But if we did that, we wouldn't have a story. So....
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Roger W Norris
Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 7:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

A couple of thoughts I've had over the years. Doesn't Festival resemble Pon Farr? Pon Farr affects only a few, and is not as violent. It happens every 7 years, while I assume Festival is yearly. But there are similarities.
If the Landru computer is 4000 years old, why is it even working? I would have expected the priests or lawgivers to know the truth, and to be in charge of maintenance and reprogramming. It may be like that because it's suffering the computer of senility. Don't destroy it. Repair it.
And if you want to know why things are the way they are in New Orleans, "it is the will of (Mayor) Landrieu."
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Roger W Norris
Tue, Mar 27, 2018, 9:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Tacking into the Wind

Having read the Memory Alpha version of these stories, I get to see how the stories were shaped. Since events had to shape the narrative, things had to happen differently than if these were real events.
Dr. Bashir said he had to contact Starfleet Medical to get early information about Odo. But they could get information from the Bajoran doctor who found him. That's information predating Federation contact. The Cardassians may have had information as well. Plus the Changeling orphan who appeared on DS9 had probably never been in the Link. That's all information on the Changelings that Starfleet didn't have. But if they'd done that, there would have been no reason for the next episode.
Also, I don't know how much Odo had been involved in activities fighting the war, but if he is sick, shouldn't he have been in the equivalent of a hospital bed? Where is his bucket? If changing shape make him sicker, don't change shape! But that also changes the episodes. But I like what they did.
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Roger W Norris
Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 10:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

Since this is the first appearance of Sela, a few complaints about her. According to a later show whose name I forgot, she is the daughter of Tasha Yar, who landed on Romulus 22 years ago. She definitely doesn't look 22 years old! If she is, she's too young to be a Commander (Captain). A human 22 year old Starfleet officer would be an ensign. If Romulans have Vulcan life spans, she's the equivalent of a teenager! So why is she a Commander?
And to complain about the makeup. If she's half Romulan, couldn't they at least make her a brunette? You might be able to ignore the ears. But she's much too much Denise Crosby, and not enough the offspring of Tasha and a Romulan. (But she makes a good adversary over the length of the show.)
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Roger W Norris
Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 12:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

Reading over the comments, it looks like this episode should have been postponed until the ideas could have been worked out.
If this had to happen, the Enterprise was the perfect place for it. Capt. Picard is a trained archeologist, so he knew what was going on. And the archive possessed Data, instead of the computer. So it made much less damage than it could have. (Someone should have really pointed this out.) It needed more work, but not too bad within its limits. One important question, though. Why does the goddess Masaka's symbol look like a Chinese man?
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Roger W Norris
Mon, Aug 7, 2017, 12:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Has Star Trek forgotten its own history? They had the same situation a century ago (their time) in the Omega Glory! You had some Federation official find that the native inhabitants lived long, and tried to aid one side to get the secret. Didn't anyone remember that? According to one independent reference book, Omega IV joined the federation as "Reagan's World." You had a vaguely similar situation in "Miri."
For that matter, where the heck was Guinan? She's about 400 years old. She would know about long lives. (Though I am upset that we never saw Borg drones from her home planet. And did the Borg use the el-Aurians to extend their own lifespans?)
An old idea reused--and not well.
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Roger W Norris
Fri, Jul 28, 2017, 1:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

It's always interesting to look at old episodes from the standpoint of the present. But the obvious question is: how did Stocker get to be a Commodore (and one of the few around)? We know now that everyone in Starfleet has to go to the Academy, as far as I know. So Stocker would have gone through the security training, and possibly the Kobayashi Maru test. He may not have been in battle, but he should have known what Starfleet protocols are about conflict with their adversaries. He didn't, but he was still promoted.
By the way, is the appearance of Kirk in this episode what the 85 year old Shatner really looks like?
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Roger W Norris
Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 12:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

If I was Worf, I'd suggest Danar defect to the Klingon Empire! He looks like a better soldier than them, and certainly smarter. He could teach them a lot. Or maybe he could get a job as an instructor at the Klingon Military Academy. Klingons are too willing to throw themselves into battle without a detailed plan. Danar plans. I'm just glad they're both on our side!
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Roger W Norris
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 12:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part I

Got a possible solution to history problems. Capt. Braxton isn't crazy. He has continuity fever!
He's monitoring the late 20th century. But the Eugenics Wars never happened.The computer revolution did. He tracks things down, and find it's all Voyager's fault! He rechecks the timeline, and also finds the solar system destruction. So he has to go back and destroy Voyager! Not only can't he do that, he's sent back 30 years too early. Being a time agent, he can't fix things, nor can he tell anybody. The strain of all this causes him to go insane!
He should have been able to say that Voyager changed history, as well as causing the explosion. That would have explained why the Eugenics Wars weren't mentioned. But it still makes more sense than the current Kelvin story line in the new movies in which Chekov is older than Kirk, and Spock had a romance. Probably why we need fan fiction.
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Roger W Norris
Wed, May 31, 2017, 6:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

Still one of my favorite episodes. They didn't just mention some sci-fi principle and ignore it. It became the premise of the whole show! Very good.
A few comments. Why didn't their super speed affect anybody? As they show on the Flash TV show, different dimensions vibrate at different rates of speed. So the astronauts were in a different dimension from the crew. Could they have evolved to the level of the Organians? They may have to. I have grave doubts they can leave the planet without dying or at least rapidly aging. But the old Trek story should affect this one. Can't anyone reinvent Scalosian water? Or would that not be fast enough? And we should have seen the Doctor on the planet.
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Roger W Norris
Wed, May 31, 2017, 12:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

I don't know about the supposed tractor beam, but I do have a suggestion for the tricobalt devices. They were to be used on Voyager's THIRD mission, which it never got to go on. Voyager was supposed to have a totally different history. How much of the unexplained information can be due to things that should have happened, but never got a chance to? Or are connected to crewmen who died because of the Caretaker's actions? One ( or is that Seven?) never knows.
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