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Springy
Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 10:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Contagion

Just a quick hello. Got to thinking about this site and my ST watching on indefinite hold as I deal with working from home, and trying to be a kindergarten teacher at the same time -with my little one at home, now - she hasn't been back to school for . . . has it been one trip around the sun yet? :)

I am well and determined to get back to watching ST, on the flip side of this apocalypse.

I take a quick look at the Picard comments when I get a chance. Intriguing!

Live long and prosper.
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Springy
Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 4:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Just a quick hi to say: I enjoyed this first ep! An intriguing, nicely done start that makes me want to watch the next one. Good choice to hook us with Picard-Data relationship.

The sweeping cinematography was wonderful. And I liked the feel of the dream sequences.

Have only seen one "Picard" and have been so busy I had to put my TNG rewatch on hold.

Have missed my ST interactions on this site and hope to get back to them.

Also: Patrick Stewart. Hasn't missed a beat. Just great.

I have high hopes (high apple pie in the sky hopes).
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Springy
Sun, Dec 29, 2019, 10:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

@Kevin

"Ultimately the question should be: how do you minimize suffering? " . . .

"There is no suffering in remaining dead."

The death of a person causes no suffering for the dead person. The death does cause suffering for those left behind though, i.e., those left to live with the absence.
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Springy
Wed, Dec 25, 2019, 10:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Ugh.

Really stupid, though it had some good moments. I liked Data as the judge.

I watched some eps last night while wrapping presents. I'm now trying to comment on the eps I saw, before the details flee my aging brain. But I feel like most of this one went in one ear and out the other, instantly.

Not good.

And since in my part of the world it's still the 25th, Merry Christmas, Trekeroonis. Live long and get great gifts.
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Springy
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 6:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

Notable because: The Cardassians!

Whether it's a marriage or a treaty, it takes some love and trust and patience and hardwork to get used to each other, and make it work.

Try my seaweed; I'll try your potatoes. It's hard to part with the familiar, to accept change, to put the past behind you. Just ask Captain Maxwell, whose familiarity with O'Brien (trust in him) helps save the day.

Both partners must be acting in good faith, though, for a cross-cultural marriage to work . Keiko and Miles are hesitant about each other's food preferences, but they want the marriage to work.

The Cardassians . . . I think they've been fooling around behind The Federation's back!! Jean Luc tells Gul Macet he'll be going through his Facebook messages and texts from now on.

A good one. The Cardassians and O'Brien: always an entertaining combination.
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Springy
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 6:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

I like Data, I like the O'Briens, I like Beverly dancing. . . what's not to like.

A fun episode that explores what it means to be friends, and to be human.

As you can tell if your reading these on the comment stream, I was home from work today and did a binge watch.

This was my fave of the day. Just fun.

Good one!
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Springy
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

I liked the exploration of what it means to be disabled - Troi's been the one-eyed man in the Kingdom of the Blind, and now, youch, she's lost that eye. The Blind don't get it and infuriate her with their platitudes.

An interesting premise, pretty well realized, though Troi's completely illogical, wildly emotional reaction was a touch overdone. She's a grown woman, and a counselor.

I liked Guinan's role in talking get off the ledge.

Lots of talk about depth, and like the last ep, lots of talk about what is real. And perspective. The creatures don't see the strong as the Enterprise does. Things that affect three dimensional creatures don't affect them. Troi knows that the non Empath humans don't understand her. Etc.

Though there's talk of Troi feeling like she's losing her Enterprise family, and Riker basically acting like a family member, this ep takes a small step away from the heavy family theme of the Season.

Slightly above average.
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Springy
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 5:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I liked the tell through the desert part, and Wes admitting how much Picard means to him. The renewal that he's doing the Star Fleet thing to make Picard period makes sense and will come into play later, when Wes realizes Star Fleet isn't what he really wants.

I'm not a Wes-hater, though I find Wes-knows-best eps cringy. This wasn't one of those.

A nice send off for Wes, and as in the last ep with the orphaned boy looking for Dad (much as Wes does here), we're starting with the season long family theme.

There's something going on here, I think about control - getting what you need when you both take and give up control. Faith, trust, confidence, patience, persistence - you'll get your life saving water, and your lethal garbage incinerated.
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Springy
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 5:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Well, kinda silly (that ending line made me laugh, though), but passable.

Many things don't bear closer inspection, but it's a fun outing: We get to see older Bev and Jean Luc, no-visor Geordi, etc.

I suppose we're meant to learn a bit about Riker here, but I just couldn't pay that kind of attention to this ep.

Average.
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Springy
Sun, Dec 8, 2019, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

RIP, Rene' .

A wonderful actor who added so much to this series, and seemed very well loved.

I've been trying to think of my favorite Odo moment, and though I can't narrow it down, I enjoyed his banter with Quark the most. Shimerman tweeted a nice message in remembrance and it wasn't surprising to read he considered him a close friend. They had great chemistry.

I did love when they were stuck in Odo 's office together:

QUARK : Should've listened to my father. He always warned me this was gonna happen.

ODO : What? That you'd spend your final hours in jail? I could have told you that.
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Springy
Wed, Nov 27, 2019, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

I love K'Ehleyr and was sad to see her go. She would have made an excellent regular or recurring character.

But, the drama of her death was almost worth the loss. I was riveted to the screen throughout. Dorn was great. His anguish at K'Ehleyr's death, his hot-blooded, completely unstoppable, jaw-dropping killing of Duras.

Alexander was never a well done character - not on TNG or DS9. Too bad. With Worf and K'Ehleyr as parents, he could have - should have- been a very interesting character.

More on the Family theme - so far, prominent in every ep this Season.

Definitely, with K'Ehleyr and Worf trying to make a big decision about their personal lives, and the Empire trying to make a big decision about its next leader, we see a lot about the role of tradition vs personal preference vs concern for others (the bigger picture). There's also an emphasis on time and timing, as Picard deliberately delays the proceedings, K'Ehleyr tries to explain and understand why she delayed telling Worf about his son, Worf and K'Ehleyr run out of time, and we learn Worf is biding his time, in regard to getting his good name back.

Both Worf's decision and the Empire's decision are simplified when death limits the options to one.

An excellent episode - the moment Worf kills Duras is absolutely unforgettable.

Good stuff.
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Springy
Wed, Nov 27, 2019, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Legacy

Eh. It was OK. Casting wasn't great - Ishara looked nothing like Tasha. Zippo. And this bugged me, from Ishara:

"Our parents were killed in some crossfire just after I was born. Some people took care of us for a few months, then one day we came home and they were gone. So Tasha took care of me, and when I was old enough I joined the Coalition. "

The "then one day we came home and they were gone." The wording is as if she was out with her older sister, the two of them came home, and they found their "foster parents" gone. Just weird wording for someone who was probably around 4 months old at the time of the event.

I know, picky, picky. But it bugged me, and the whole episode felt sort of haphazardly put together.

Continuing with our Family theme for the Season, certainly, though I didn't find it particularly enlightening about Tasha.

Forgettable.
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Springy
Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

Just making a comment here because I just read that Michael J Pollard died on the 20th of Nov - i.e., Wed.

I immediately thought of this episode, where Pollard's baby face couldn't quite disguise the fact that he was 28 and not prepubescent.

An interesting and talented actor who distinguished himself from the pack. RIP.
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Springy
Sat, Nov 23, 2019, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Giving some thought to the title - Remember Me. It's an odd title for an ep that seems to be more about not forgetting others, than hoping others remember you.

But the part that memory plays in our lives is certainly being explored: Quaice can't stay in a place where his memories of Patricia are so vivid. The fact that Wes remembers the Traveller saves Beverly. Beverly places great importance on remembering her disappearing comrades; the implication is that it is the only way to keep them in the Universe now - alive in her memory.

It's interesting that Beverly is making her own world and that in that world, her "wild claims" are taken seriously well past the point that might be expected. It's no coincidence that her thoughts are creating her world, and the last thought anyone has is that maybe BEVERLY is the one that's lost. Picard, Riker, Data, etc. - they're not able to suggest Beverly might be the one with the issue, until Beverly herself starts to wonder.

It's interesting to that Picard is the last one to "abandon her."

But Beverly still has one last thing, even after Picard is gone: Herself. Maybe that's what the title refers to, that Beverly has to remember Herself. She had to stop seeking non existent external help and validation, she has to remember Beverly.

Well, people in my Universe are calling me away. Back soon, but in the meantime: Remember me. :)
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Springy
Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

A good one.

A great Beverly vehicle - I may be forgetting something, but I'm thinking it's her finest hour.

It's been a rough a couple years in the Springy family, and my Thanksgiving table is down three people from two Thanksgivings ago. I had just finished counting the guests and making my shopping list, and thinking about the diminishing number of people, and lo and behold, I get this episode next in the line-up, to complement my thoughts.

Maybe we ALL make our own realities.

The ep keeps us on the Family theme we've seen all Season, but with a very different, creative angle. There's the obvious mother and son connection, but more than that, we see, through Quaice's reaction to his wife's death and Beverly's Incredible Shrinking Crew experience, how all our loved ones, our connections and relationships, define the size of our Universes: quantity and quality.

Nice touch to bring back the Traveler.

Well done!
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Springy
Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 1:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

I actually think that there are episodes that do refer back to this one, and the fact that this traumatic experience has stayed with Troi.

I could only remember one instance, so I looked up the wording, in The Offspring:

TROI: Why should biology rather than technology determine whether it is a child? Data has created an offspring. A new life out of his own being. To me, that suggests a child. If he wishes to call Lal his child, then who are we to argue? 
PICARD: Well, if he must, but I fail to understand how a five foot android with heuristic learning systems and the strength of a ten men can be called a child. 
TROI: You've never been a parent.

That last line - that's a deliberate reference, I think.

I have a vague feeling I've noted others as we went along.

Not that it didn't deserve a bit more attention and emphasis for get character development, but my feeling is that it wasn't zero.

If any more examples come to me, I'll post it. I'm thinking possibly with Lwaxana . . .
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Springy
Sat, Nov 16, 2019, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

Well, certainly continuing with our Family theme here, but - not great. Lots of silly, the most absurd thing being the way Jono's attempted murder of Captain Picard is just sorta brushed off. No biggie, kid's OK to return home!

Though it went in the opposite direction, Picard's quick decision about the boy's fate reminded me of Sisko sending the Cardassian boy, who had been raised by Bajorans, home to Cardassia. I realize now that I was wrong to ding Sisko for his hasty, unilateral decision-making - he was merely following established precedent.

Kinda dull. A few good moments.
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Springy
Sat, Nov 16, 2019, 12:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

This episode was good, a solid offering, but not a favorite. I think this is mostly because I find Soong unlikable and not very sympathy-evoking. He's manipulative, kinda nuts, and one dimensional.

Spiner is fantastic in it, and fun to watch.

There are really three sets of brothers in this - the little boys, Data and Lore, and Jean Luc and Robert. We just finished watching two brothers fighting in Family, now we're watching more adversarial-brother action.

I suspect it's really all about Jean Luc. The resentments between Jean Luc and Robert, and how they've impacted Picard. Jake is resentful and feels made fun of by his little brother Willie, and now a parasite is in Willie's belly. Lore takes what Dad has to give, leaving his younger brother to be different, more detached.

Onward.
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Springy
Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family

I really liked this episode.

It was a departure from the standard ST fare, and a well done one. The bucolic, peaceful, sunny beauty of La Barre, Picard's hometown, was such a great contrast to their usual surroundings.

Everything is so . . . down to Earth. Soil, vines, grapes, wine, a child, a marriage, home cooking. Talk of the ocean. Of reclamation. You can almost smell the mud when Picard gets covered with it.

The performances were outstanding.

The Worf stuff was wonderful character development for Worf. The Wes stuff was less significant, but interesting nonetheless.

Roles, relationships, the way we build our lives, the paths we choose and the people along the way - the paths we don't choose, and the people we leave behind.

Just a beautiful little interlude before, like The Enterprise, we're all charged up and on our way.
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Springy
Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

It's a rare two parter where part 2 is as good as part 1, but Best of Both Worlds manages it.

Ingenious resolution, every aspect well done, just as in part 1. Moving and well acted. A winner.

Riker rises to the occasion; they all do.

As to the title of the ep - I thought it was about how The Enterprise had to use both Independent (individual) effort and Team (collective) Effort - to win the day against a foe that could only use one of those methods.

The Enterprise had to be Borg-like in managing to continue even after "its head was cut off," so to speak (i.e., Picard was taken from them). They had to work together to quickly mend the great big hole.

But they also had to be able to tap into their individual talents and abilities - notice the emphasis on separation: Riker had to let go of Picard. The saucer had to separate. The shuttle craft had to leave the mother ship.

The Borg couldn't "just let go" of Picard. They can't separate in any way. Not really. So they lose.

So The Enterprise had the Best of Both Worlds - the World in which individuality is most prized, and the World in which teamwork is most prized. They had both abilities, and they had them in spades. Excellent individual talents, excellent ability to work together and sacrifice for the team. They valued separation; they valued togetherness.

They defeated The Borg.

Boom! Just fantastic.
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Springy
Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 6:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

The best season ender cliffhanger EVER. Yes, EVER.

So well done.

I loved Shelby. She was perfect for the occasion. I loved the juxtaposition of her comment to Riker about not being able to "make the big decisions," and that spine-chilling ending with Riker making the biggest of big decisions:

"Mr Worf, fire!"

So many wonderful moments and not enough time to do them justice. Kudos to all players. Oh, my!
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Springy
Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

I didn't really like it.

I can't think of the right word for this ep. It bordered on silly and cliche, but was well done.

I enjoyed Worf''s frustration with Geordi's way with women. Wes and Beverly had an awkward dinner. Will and Geordi had an awkward time in the elevator. Lots of references to indentity knowing others and knowing ourselves. Letting ourselves be our best selves.

The laying on of hands (healing the sick, raising the dead) and the title, Transfiguration, gives the ep heavy handed religious imagery.

The science/technobabble was super weak.

Average. Very average.
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Springy
Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

Watching and commenting:

--Well, it's plain that this one is meant to be lightweight.

--Wes is leaving for the Academy. People giving credit and blame. . .

--Tog kidnaps the trois for the menage.

--Lots of talk about talk. Communication.Communicating telepathically, out loud, through gestures/actions, oral exams, written exams. Genuine, disingenuous.

--Talk about the future . . . not really picking up the thread. Hard to concentrate or care. Not that interesting.

--Competition, control.

--Boring

--Picard getting Lwaxanna back through poetry and pretense.

--Wesley misses his chance at the Academy but becomes a full ensign. Wesley, the "little one," grows up.

--Earning things vs cheating/faking your way to them?

Not horrible, but not great. Below average.
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Springy
Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 1:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Sarek

Well done.

Great performances from Stewart and Lenard - a classic. In lesser hands might have been overwrought, hokey even. But I found the story of the brilliant, legendary, (but aging and ill) ambassador, genuinely moving.

I have always liked the character of Sarek and his portrayal by the talented Mark L, and he turns in a virtuoso performance, here. Perrin is also well portrayed. They all are.

We've been looking all Season at life, what it means to be alive, the need for relationships and for purpose. With Sarek, we take a look from a different angle. He isn't Data, struggling to feel, he's a Vulcan trying not to feel. He isn't inexperienced Lal, learning control, he's a learned man losing control. He isn't dead Tasha preventing a meaningless death, he's lived a life full of purpose and meaning, and he wants to die with dignity.

But for everyone we've seen during this outstanding season, ultimately the message is the same: We need each other and we need to belong and we need purpose.

The mind meld takes the idea of needing support, needing connection and intimacy from others, and dramatically pushes it to its limits. But we also see more everyday examples, from Perrin, from the rest of Sarek's entourage, and from Beverly, as she comforts a very needy Jean Luc.
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Springy
Sun, Oct 27, 2019, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

A good, sold episode, well put together, written, and acted. An interesting episode, that leaves you with lots to think about.

"The Most Toys" title is obviously a reference to the well known Malcolm Forbes quote about whoever dies with the most toys, wins.

And the title gives away the theme, IMO - value and values. Data is a valuable object. But we see he's also a valuable friend, co-worker, officer, even loved one.

Varria tells us exactly what Data's made of at the beginning and she shows us at the end. Geordi says Data's more than just a "walking pile of circuitry and memory cells," and it certainly seems as if he is.

Picard says Data "has been lost," and in a way, they do lose Data. He comes back a different Data. He's no longer the naive Data who falls for every Riker poker bluff.

He loses his innocence. It's a coming of age story, for an android.

The little interlude between Troi and Worf, and Worf's instant reaction: "Data," when the shuttle blows up, is meant to provide yet another view of the complexity of sentient beings, what they value, and how they value. Worf, as Deanna mentions, is a Klingon, he does things the Klingon way. But it does not mean he doesn't have feelings or make independent decisions. There's only so far your inherent "programming" can take you.

Data fires at Fajo, then (essentially) lies to Riker (deliberately leaves Riker with a false impression). Then he feels the need to see Fajo in his captivity and let him know that he's lost all his toys.

Data weighs the pluses and minuses of firing and fires - the feeling for me, when he says he cannot "let this continue," is that he's found a way around his programming, and the same with his lie - it's not strictly a lie, after all.

But Star Fleet getting their nose into all this is the last thing he needs. Star Fleet tried to have him dismantled and said he was property, at first. They tried to take Lal. No. Data keeps his disrupter use, I.e., his knowledge that he's more independent (and more dangerous) than people think, to himself.

Best line:
 
DATA: "You are a fine debater, sir. It is a pity you have used your verbal gifts for mere hucksterism and the advancement of your own greed. "
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