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Samuel
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 4:58am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

I think this one probably suffers from sitting in the middle of the superb series 4. Worst of series 4, no question, but the show has made far worse, and the very worst episode, Profit and Lace, is yet to come. The scenes between Odo and Lwaxana are sweet and have some emotional truth to them. The Jake stuff is just empty rubbish. It might be interesting if he made a choice to trade longevity for a burst of brilliance, but he never appears to understand what his happening to him, so it's just a bunch of weird nonsense with no consequences.
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Samuel
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 8:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

I really wish that there was an alternate take of the scene where Sisko picks up Leyton's admiral pips, in which Sisko pins them on himself and then starts cackling maniacally.
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Samuel
Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 9:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

The silly thing here is that the net that is mapped is 2D in a 3D space.The Romulans can easily fly around the net if they want to. Such a silly premise!
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Samuel
Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 9:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Emissary

A lot of symbols and foreshadowing here. Kheylar arrives in a box she calls a coffin and is killed off in a later episode, looking ahead at her death. She says she won’t be so easy to get rid of and proves it by brining a child with her who is always now attached to Worf. The poker game is a game of bluffing, a new skill for Worf that he has to immediately use. The penultimate would be if we get a Captain Worf series eventually that picks up is thread. Stellar episode, folks.
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Samuel
Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 5:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part II

I have no qualms with the ending. But it is striking how disrespectfully the Vorta (Let’s call him “Joey”) treats Odo. After all, this is not in keeping with how Weyoun treats him most of the time.
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Samuel Lawrence
Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 4:17am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath

This would also explain why Goran'Agar and Bashir can't find an answer to the problem in the environment - the planet had nothing to do with Goran'Agar's ability to break the addiction. It was inside him all along, to use the cheesiest possible phrasing.
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Samuel Lawrence
Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 4:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath

Love this one. Just a theory here which I think would be consistent with, if not proved by, the content of the episode - maybe all the Jem'Hadar actually need to do to break the addiction and produce ketracel white internally is to stop taking the drug externally. They might all have some internal system which produces the drug, which temporarily shuts down when they get it from an external source, or it may be that the Dominion supplies them with a higher level of it than their body needs, so they become dependent on that higher level. (Bashir says to Goran'Agar that his body is producing exactly the amount of white he needs to survive). Don't forget that while they are genetically engineered, they must have been bred from some other naturally evolved creature - maybe production and internal consumption of ketracel white is part of that creature's natural process that the Dominion found a way to produce externally, then they manipulated their use of it.

It's implied in other episodes that if denied access to the drug they tend to go insane and kill each other - it may be that the reason Goran'Agar didn't die is just because there were no other Jem'Hadar around to kill him. So the lethal factor in losing the drug is actually the horrible withdrawal symptoms causing the Jem'Hadar to go insane in the period before their body achieves its natural ketracel white balance.

Just a fan theory - but doesn't it seem like something the Dominion would do? Telling the Jem'Hadar that only the Dominion can supply them with this vital substance, when in fact their bodies can produce it themselves.
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Samuel
Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 4:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

@Thunderchild - As the Defiant is leaving DS9, Sisko tells Bashir that there are hundreds of Klingon ships between them and Dukat. Presumably the ones that beat the Defiant to DS9 were some of these hundreds of ships.
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Samuel
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:52am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

I thought this was excellent - understand that some couldn't suspend their disbelief on the science. I personally could given that this has always been a soft sci-fi show.

Think all the actors were great, particularly Billingsley and Trinneer. Billingsley does a tremendous job of showing in his very few scenes his journey from thinking of Sim as an organ pool which makes him a bit uncomfortable to loving Sim and being horrified by what he needs to do. Trinneer also walks the line very well between making Sim very like Tucker but a little bit less confident and more alien.

I burst into tears at 'You were a hell of a father'.

The ethical questions are so huge that it's almost impossible to judge, but I did think the episode did an excellent job both of hearing people out and showing that they were doing something they hated through grim necessity. Echoes of 'In the Pale Moonlight'.
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Samuel
Mon, Jun 4, 2018, 4:20am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Exile

There were undertones of the worst aspects of online dating in this episode - meeting someone based on limited information who has done way too much research on you, lied about their appearance, and treats their loneliness as an excuse for ignoring your wishes.

Oh and everyone who says that Hoshi is 'escalating' the situation through her clothing - please stop it. People's bodies are their own, to dress as suits them. No outfit makes a person act badly. Tarquin's creepy behaviour is entirely on him.
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Samuel
Wed, May 9, 2018, 4:13am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Future Tense

I liked that you never found out why the ship was there or why it was so important to the Tholians and the Suliban. It helped to create a sense that the Enterprise crew were trying to make the best decisions based on very little information about an hidden conflict of vast importance. Episodes like this help to build a sense of mystery about the Temporal Cold War - mystery that I hope is eventually resolved in a satisfying way.
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Samuel
Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 2:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

I think this episode was meant to be a comedy. But the only time I laughed was at 'Faith of the Heart'.
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Samuel
Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 7:49am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Two Days and Two Nights

This is probably the best Risa episode. But that's kind of like saying that it's the tastiest glass of urine.
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Samuel
Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 4:44am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

The scenes at the beginning with the Ferengi moving around past the knocked out crew could potentially have been compelling - if they hadn't been the Ferengi, but rather some new race. It could have been mysterious and creepy - why are these people here, what are they looking for, what do they want with the Enterprise crew? But because it's the Ferengi, we know they're here to steal stuff and leave, so we're just waiting for the plot proper to start.
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Samuel
Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 7:32am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

What a great episode. Some people seem to view DS9 as a relentless, grim slog. This episode disproves that notion. It takes the larger story's threat and fear as its starting point and builds from it into one of the funniest and warmest-hearted episodes of Star Trek.
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Samuel
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 3:07am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

The Ventu's word for goodbye is the same as the fascist salute from the Terran empire. Throughout the episode I kept thinking the Mirror Universe Terrans were going to show up.
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Samuel
Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 3:33am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Prophecy

Lots to dislike here - Harry running around the ship trying to avoid being raped while people tell him how lucky he is comes to mind. But Tim Russ is absolutely priceless in this episode - one of the funniest performances he's ever given as Tuvok.
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Samuel Lawrence
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 8:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

Why does everyone assume that Changeling Bashir didn't attempt to save the baby Changeling in 'Begotten'? It could perfectly well be that he did all he could to save it, but was unable to. This is something that happens to real doctors all the time. People often point out that he didn't link with it, but maybe he simply knew that this disease was something linking wouldn't help with, in the same way that it wouldn't help a patient suffering from TB to give them a bone marrow transplant. Or maybe he found a way to link with it without the other characters noticing, but that couldn't save it.
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Samuel
Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 11:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

So the next month the civilization will be gone, at the rate it evolves. So who cares? The plot contrivance is a pointless excuse to make religion a strawman. Yaaaaaaaaaaawn...
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Samuel
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 9:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

Trite and unoriginal writing. Orville does its worst when Seth tries to wrestle with theology. Such a shame, since the episode had potential.
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Samuel
Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 11:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

LaMarr should never have been promoted to engineering. Two words to explain why: majority rule. One more word: statue.
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Samuel
Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

So, why didn’t the statue thing come up later when LaMarr is up for promotion to engineering? ::balldrop::
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Samuel
Fri, Oct 27, 2017, 1:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

It was nice to see Major Hayes from Enterprise show up as the PR guy for John.

Prior to this episode, I was concerned that the Union is really a Terran Empire. Think about it: the ship has already been involved in a dispute that disrespected one crew member's cultural convictions and also invading a ship/world in which the crew overthrew the government and its religious system. This is imperialism of the worst sort, invading and ruining cultures as it goes.

But this episode demonstrates that the Union has some sort of code or doctrine such as the prime directive that deals with non-interference. But where was this code in the previous episodes? The multiculturalism of TNG is dead as a doornail in Orville.

But at least this episode offers the hope of infusion by good episodes of Sliders and the neat scifi elements from that show.
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Samuel
Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Since the rise of YouTube came, it is more realistic to think someone would fall for another by watching video blogs. This episodes works better now because of this.
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Samuel
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 10:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

Neely,

It’s a prototype ship with a technical problem. But it’s a partially functioning vessel.

This episode is symptomatic of Voyager’s pathology: too quickly hitting the reset button, and little risk in characters evolving over the course of an episode or the series. Arcs are stalled.
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