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Sun, Apr 8, 2012, 10:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Lifesigns

Don't get me wrong, I loved the episode, but again I have major tech problems. Maybe I've been reading too much smart SF (Greg Egan, Ted Chiang, Ken McLeod) but it seems that if one's consciousness can be loaded into a holo-program and then downloaded back into body later, then the Vidians either should upload themselves into computers and live in a virtual reality (with nanotech manipulators for connection to the 'real world' or they should upload themselves, create non-phage-infected bodies that are resistant or in some other part of the universe without the Phage, and then download back down. The whole ST universe seems to be too tied to physical bodies with the tech they have. Of course, the upload is only done here to give the Doctor a love interest, and it is done well.

Not sure what to think about the whole Doctor emotions vs. programming issue - hadn't though of it before, but I will now.
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Sun, Apr 8, 2012, 9:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

Thanks to Carbetarian for also seeing the Dark Star rip-off (or hommage, depending on how you look at it.) I'd also like to agree that this is just too improbable to be anything but silly. And let me add another point, which no one has mentioned: how ridiculous the whole 'doomsday weapon created by the Cardassians' idea is. I don't care if it was modified by the Maquis or not. This thing is the size of a shuttle, and it can hold off Voyager and the defense fleet of a planet (granted less advanced). If Voyager can't simply destroy the thing once it was found, and is at risk of being destroyed by its secondary defense systems (as opposed to the primary detonation charge that can destroy a moon), and the thing can go over warp 9 and adapt itself to any technology then why didn't someone in the Alpha quadrant invent it (assuming it is a hybrid of Cardassian and Maquis tech), make 10,000, and nuke every enemy civilization in the Alpha quadrant???

My point is that the tech simply exists to string the story line along and allow Torres to have some interaction scenes - but to do so Voyager cannot just destroy it, so then the tech makes no sense at all. Just more poor writing. This episode was crap.
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