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Sanagi
Mon, Mar 25, 2013, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Bloodlines

I actually like the idea of revisiting Bok, but the convenient long-lost son angle is so tedious. I particularly dislike DNA evidence being given as proof that we have to grudgingly accept this kid as Picard's son, and then find out no, Bok just rubbed some of Picard's DNA on the kid and no one could tell the difference.
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Sanagi
Mon, Mar 25, 2013, 11:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

I hate Alexander. He's relentlessly boring and he generates a Stupid Jerk field that makes Worf awful, too. This episode, and the later DS9 one, also makes him an inconsistently portrayed continuity snarl, elevating him from Bad Character to Intolerable Disaster.
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Sanagi
Mon, Mar 25, 2013, 11:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

I do like that this episode puts Troi to work on an interesting task that makes sense for her to do. If the episode had come in season two or three, it could've been a turning point for the character instead of the nail in the coffin.
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Sanagi
Sun, Dec 30, 2012, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

Worf isn't usually picked to star in weird concept episodes, but this one makes you wonder why. His outsider nature, his confusion and injured pride all make him the perfect hero for Parallels. And he's really funny, too.

(And I don't see how Worf/Troi is any more forced or problematic than Worf/Dax or Riker/Troi...)

In a way, this episode is my favorite appearance of Wesley Crusher, too, just because he's there and nothing big is made of it. The plot doesn't bend to make him the hero, he doesn't say anything silly... I do appreciate that they went a more daring direction with the character in-continuity, but I really like his understated appearance here.
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Sanagi
Sun, Dec 30, 2012, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Inheritance

Sometimes(often) the technobabble writers get lazy and just make up some new kind of radiation or whatever... But Data noticing the psuedorandom patterns of an android's eyeblinks is brilliant. A perfect detail in an otherwise mediocre episode.
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Sanagi
Fri, Nov 23, 2012, 4:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

I haven't seen this episode in ages, so mainly I'm bothered by the fact that the Scottish ghost has a Japanese name.
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Sanagi
Thu, Nov 8, 2012, 4:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

One of the recurring shames of early sci-fi is the treatment of femininity as just another alien land populated by simple stereotypes. This episode's a prime example. Even while raising the subject of misogyny, the episode depicts its central female character as jealous, hysterical and incompetent, while the displaced Kirk remains level-headed and practical. Setting this aside, the episode is as entertaining as any other Trek cheesefest. This one in particular demands MST3K-style remarks from the viewer, especially when McCoy finishes giving Kirk a physical, then tells him not to put his shirt back on just yet. The Shatner-meltdown at the end of the episode is also not to be missed.
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Sanagi
Tue, Jul 17, 2012, 4:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I agree that the moral of the story is problematic(particularly "Your life will be enriched by getting into fights with giant spiky-faced aliens"). But Q and Picard are so good in this one, I'd give it four stars anyway.

I love that the Nausicaans are presumably named as a reference to the classic sci-fi anime Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, to which Patrick Stewart later lent his voice when it was given a decent English dub.
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Sanagi
Tue, May 29, 2012, 3:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

It's true that it's only an okay episode, but I do love how it ends on the shot of Data's severed head. The entire plot has been tidied up and you know everything's going to be fine, but... Data's severed head! And Picard's just going to leave it there! Great use of the nonlinearity of time travel.
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Sanagi
Sun, May 6, 2012, 10:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

The genocide vs. survival argument was easier to answer in Doctor Who's Genesis of the Daleks, where the Daleks just wanted to kill or enslave everyone in the universe, but even then the Doctor couldn't bring himself to push the button. The Borg on the other hand believe they are improving the universe. As we see in Hugh, the Borg as a race are not malicious. Instead they are a cult of naive children. Their collective is one of blissful torpor rather than mind-expansion. Picard's notion that individuality is the better virus to inflict on the Borg completely works for me.

The best thing about this episode is definitely the fact that Picard and Guinan are wrong about something and are willing to admit it, which is much better character development than always being right or being stubbornly neutral in the face of common sense. This is my favorite Guinan appearance for that reason.
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Sanagi
Sun, May 6, 2012, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

I remember disliking this episode just for depicting a clearly stupid game becoming so popular. Little did I realize. Although in real life it's operant conditioning that did the trick, not doses of space drugs.

Speaking of, maybe Wesley resisted the game so long because he took to heart that lecture about drugs from "Symbiosis."
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Sanagi
Thu, May 26, 2011, 4:29am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Plan

I have no problem calling this a three-star episode on the strength of Dean Stockwell's performance alone. He's too much fun as a bad guy. I was also happy to learn more about these characters, something I didn't get out of Razor. BSG is about its characters, not its mysteries, so I was satisfied with that and not bothered by the rather weak answers The Plan delivered.

Beyond that, I'd have to agree with the negative comments. In particular, there's nothing interesting to do with Anders in flashbacks that wasn't done more simply and effectively in Daybreak.
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Sanagi
Sun, May 22, 2011, 6:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

Great finale, though I would have preferred a conversation like this:

Romo: All our ships, weapons, medicine etc. are running out of fuel, batteries, and whatever and there's nothing here that we can replace them with.

Lee: Well, maybe it's for the best that we have to start over. It breaks the cycle.

Romo: Your ideas are preposterous. But we're screwed anyway, so let's go with that.
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Sanagi
Tue, May 10, 2011, 1:23am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Razor

Good show, but I was still waiting for some deeper development of Kendra and Adm. Cain when I realized it was about to be over.
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Sanagi
Tue, Apr 26, 2011, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Hero

I liked this one. The weak points didn't bother me any more than the ongoing issue of the Cylons making no sense, which I've given up caring about. Really, the difference between "Hero" and an episode like "Black Market" is that this one is carried past the finish line by the show's most reliable lead actors, plus guest star Carl Lumbly who invests a lot of distinctiveness in what could have been a stereotypical character. (And for those who watched the Justice League cartoon: Pay close attention to his voice!)
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Sanagi
Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 1:40am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Black Market

One of the things that's refreshing about BSG is the way it takes its continuity seriously, so seeing the status quo fall back into place after being shaken up so much is disappointing. The idea of getting the Pegasus crew involved is even specifically shot down by Adama. At this point the Pegasus is just a bunch of extra guns and hallways.

It's also a shame to see such an intriguing villain get offed after some last-minute revelations about how evil he is. If this episode was going to count for anything in the long term it would've kept that villain alive. Sadly, it's not the first time a bad guy more interesting than Zarek has been created and disposed of while Zarek continues to wander around being too important to kill off but too boring to feature significantly in the plot.
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Sanagi
Wed, Apr 6, 2011, 2:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Home, Part 2

The one issue I had with this episode is Meier. He's a foil for Zarek, because Zarek has too much at stake right now to play his usual troublemaker role. The problem is that Meier makes Zarek seem boringly reasonable by comparison without being interesting himself.
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Sanagi
Wed, Apr 6, 2011, 2:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Final Cut

Galactica is already filmed in a way that makes you conscious of the camera, so adding a 'real' camera POV is problematic. It feels redundant and therefore uninteresting, but it also draws too much attention to the way the show is made.
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