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Ross TW
Wed, Mar 30, 2016, 10:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Sins of the Father

I can't watch this episode without thinking about Ezri's conversation with Worf in DS9's 'Tacking Into the Wind.' What a great 10-year arc that begins here!
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Ross TW
Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 10:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

I would think, when beaming into a hazardous environment where you can barely see and have to yell to be heard, you should always travel with a partner. Instead, Riker, Worf, and Geordi split up alone. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.

Worf's refusal to give blood to the Romulan is the most potent of the story threads here, but it's nice to see the Romulans scheming, even if we don't know what the scheming is about. It broadened the canvas of the Trek universe.
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Ross TW
Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 10:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

I've seen this episode countless times, but this is the first time I consciously realized they didn't bother to make the aliens look alien at all. They're perfectly human in appearance. I assume this was on purpose, to make the allegory more hard-hitting, especially at the time.

But the message is something that still has relevance today. It's also interesting to compare the takes on terrorism here vs. Deep Space Nine (with Kira, especially).

Ron Jones with another memorable score, too.
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Ross TW
Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

I love this episode! So much fun, endlessly rewatchable. I might slip it into my Voyager Top 10 just based on entertainment value alone.
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Ross TW
Sat, Jan 23, 2016, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Fourth Season Recap

Doing a franchise re-watch and just finished Voyager's 4th Season. One of my fave seasons in Trek, and definitely the best of this particular series.

I forgot just how often Seven and Janeway fought in this season, but the tension is SO compelling. It provides a through-line for both characters, and they grow a lot in the process. Seven's a breath of fresh air that makes everyone she interacts with better. (Even Harry, who I've never disliked; I thought his crush on Seven was cute and realistic.)

I feel like there's a loose attempt at continuity here. Early on, Seven and Harry work on building Astrometrics for several episodes (and that set is awesome). There's the Hirogen, the letter from home, ramifications of the 8472/Borg conflict (followed up on in Prey and Hope & Fear). So ... I appreciated that a lot.

I felt like Janeway changed a whole lot this season. From 'Year of Hell' onward, she became notably more aggressive in her actions. Coincidentally or not, this coincides with her 'letting her hair down.' I wonder if the writers liked the Janeway they saw in 'Year of Hell' and just kept pushing her in that direction.

Epic, all-time episodes in S4, like 'Scorpion,' 'Year of Hell,' 'Prey,' 'Living Witness,' 'Message in a Bottle.'

Also, one of my favorite dialogue exchanges, between a Hirogen and Paris:

"I once tracked a silicon lifeform through the collapsed mantle of a neutron star."

"I once tracked a mouse through Jefferies Tube 32."

Love it.
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Ross TW
Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 12:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

I liked the lighter parts of this episode. The banter between Worf/Jadzia, and the FX of the runabout navigating the asteroid field.

However, the fact that the Cardassian defector is such a jerk really stacks the deck. If he had been portrayed as sympathetic or truly scared, maybe Worf's choice would've seemed harder or carried more weight. But because he's so rude, dry, and stand-offish when talking to Worf and Dax, it doesn't make us feel sorry for his fate.
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