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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

One of the best from "Next Gen."

This episode is what spurred my dream of a Star Trek series based on the Academy. I'm not sure why they've never considered that. Ripe material.

Take a group of classmates and follow them through the Academy and their first assignment. Handled well, it could be the best Trek ever.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 4:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

I have a weakness for possession stories where the characters get to act very out of character.

Marina Sirtis benefits the most from the outing. And I thought Troi/Data/O'Brien made a potent trio.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 4:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

The set-up was really weak as others have discussed and distracts from the episode. Yet watching them react to an amnesia-induced reset was very interesting.

I think this would have worked a lot better another one of Q's tests.

I enjoyed Erich Anderson's guest appearance.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 8:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

For people in a quest for perfection, they were happy with rather ordinary physiques. Seems like they would have muscled up some.

And I'm not sure how having a couple of dozen people out of thousands leave your colony is somehow as bad or worse than having everyone destroyed by seismic activity.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Jul 31, 2018, 9:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Violations

I think about five more shots of those poker chips spilling to the floor would have greatly improved the episode.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 9:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

I think I see pattern emerging with one commenter with pretty much any episode:

The show is boring. It's playing in background while he does other things. If something has even a molecular whiff of homosexuality about, he springs to brief attention.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

Funny how that these episodes that kind of suck generate such passionate commentary on various issues.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 9:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

Funny how that these episodes that kind of suck generate such passionate commentary on various issues.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

This episode was pivotal in the evolution of Next Gen and "Trek" in general. Wonderful!
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

^ I feel that way about your comments.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 5:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

Well, do what you want. But perhaps you might have enjoyed the show more if you had put away your Instagram, and perhaps the Instagram might have been better if you had turned off the show.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 5:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

@Dave: That could have been interesting. Although the anti-Denise crowd would have had ministrokes!
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 5:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

And regarding that Soliton Wave that apparently gave Geordi quite the erection:

From what little they explain about it, I don't see any practical use for a starship that needs to be able to go in and out warp and change directions in an instant.

I suppose if it's a highly energy efficient and far safer than it proved to be in this test, maybe it would be a better way to transport raw goods between two stable places -- say Earth to Vulcan.

I'm not sure how the test ship wasn't smacked to bits at the beginning of the experiment. And like someone else said, this thing seems to have a better future as a defensive weapon than a way to get around.

Romulan ship decloaking? Just Soliton Wave it back to its side of the Neutral Zone.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

OK -- no one else has said it, so I will.

Alexander is kind of prissy for a human boy, much less a three-fourths Klingon boy.

Lord knows child acting must be the toughest kind to cast and direct. But you'd think someone first in casting and later in directing would have found some way to draw a little more rough-n-tumble out of the character.

I think Alexander would have been chewed alive in a Klingon school.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 9:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Big thumbs down.

Matt Frewer is beyond annoying. The crew is way too gullible. The solution to fix the planet is preposterous.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 2:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

Enjoyed both your insights, Peter G and William B.

And yes -- I like the reunification theme with two wildly different interpretations of what that would be.

And finally, Earth's own history is filled with implausible military ventures:

-- Why did the agricultural South, with almost no industry to speak of and 9 million people (many of them slaves), think it could take on the much more industrialized North with 22 million people of almost all free people?

-- Why did Napoleon think he could march across Russia in winter?

-- Why did Tem├╝jin think he could build an empire stretching from to Korea to Eastern Europe on horseback? Oh, wait! It worked -- and he became Genghis Khan!
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 10:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

As for the Romulan invasion of Vulcan, yeah it's a little farfetched. But not nearly as much as y'all are making it out to be.

Point One: You keep treating "Federation Space" like it's land on a planet and occupies a densely settled continent that would be hard for an army to cross.

"Federation Space" is basically little dots of life in a vast expanse of emptiness. ALL KINDS OF SHEET is happening in "Federation Space" all the time. The Breen got into "Federation Space" and effed up Betazed. And we have no idea if Vulcan is "in the heart" of Federation Space anymore than Betazed. We have no real idea where anything is. They never explain it.

What we can extrapolate:

They went from Vulcan to Klingon Space to the Romulan home world in what appeared to be pretty short order. And if the Romulans are offshoots of the Vulcans from way back, then they probably didn't go that many light years to find their new home world back then.

So between the general vastness of all space and a reasonable conclusion that the Romulan home world ain't a big haul from Vulcan, it's not such a silly idea that they could reach it.

Point Two: Holding the planet with 2,000 soldiers. Yeah, a bit farfetched again -- BUT:

Think about the few depictions of Vulcan onscreen. They seem to live in almost primitive conditions, sparsely settled around caves. You never see matte shots of a huge city like on Earth or the Klingon or Romulan or Cardassian home worlds.

Yes, they were warping while we were in the Iron Age, but since then, their technology seems almost stagnant. They don't seem to employ a lot of it in their planet.

And there's every reason to think the planet is actually sparsely populated. These are logical people on a hostile, dry planet. They probably keep the population very low to extended resources. Vulcan doesn't look like the kind of planet that would be hospitable to hosting billions of inhabitants.

Then given their extreme devotion to peace -- they're constantly chiding their human allies over their rash emotional warlike responses -- it's likely they actually don't have a lot in the way of planetary defenses.

Finally, there's something of an intellectual arrogance that runs through them. They probably never conceived anyone could pull this off or even want to invade them, so they don't prepare against it.

Overall, for all those factors, I'm not sure the invasion plan is nearly as far-fetched as many of you have made it out to be.

I see it a lot like the U.S. and Iraq in 2003. Easy to invade, hard to hold. It's the "entrenched" part that gets more far-fetched.

I think the Romulans could take the planet, BUT:

1. If they think the Federation would just sit back and accept it, that's a massive miscalculation. (And I think that's where Romulan arrogance comes into play).

2. They'd encounter the most effective passive resistance campaign on Vulcan in the history of the galaxy! I think the Vulcans would mind-phuck them pretty quickly. The invasion force could eventually be assimilated into Vulcan culture without the Vulcans even engaging in what we think of as traditional warfare tactics.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 9:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

You can overthink any "Trek" episode to death.

Look folks, this one hour gave us trips to Vulcan, the Klingon Empire and the Romulan home planet in one episode! I'm tingly in my extra-long pinkie finger thinking about it.

We get Sarek and Perrin! We get Spock! Hell, we get a Zak-Dorn! We get good humor! We get drama! We get a clash of cultures! We get personal drama!

Really, they could have done a three-story arc with all this material.

(I have to agree that not a lot came from this in the end. And that is what -- for me -- keeps this from entering the realm of BOBWs)
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Riker's shexual shenaniganshs strike again!

For no other reason than Ashley Judd/Ensign Robin, this is a noteworthy episode! She was adorable in the role.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 7:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

I liked it. It's not an epic by any means, but a good "space is dangerous" episode that mixes up the crew and gives everybody some peril and something to do.

And for all of you who whine all the time about how preachy Next Gen can get in social commentary episodes, you should wetting yourself over the happiness of a straight-on action episode.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 7:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

LOTS of comments on a fairly middling show.

So let's talk about Carmen for a minute. I felt like she was the right type for Phuck-Ready Riker. Too bad the old man tripped.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 7:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

I'm with Rahul. I like this just fine. 3.5 stars from me too.

What would have been better: A two-parter with the same material, with much more fleshing out of Sela.

It would have been nice to see a transition in Sela over the course of two-parter to a more complex character, perhaps used a few more times to be redeemed.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Jul 23, 2018, 1:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Starfleet admirals are the worst!

About the very best you can hope from one is an insufferable attitude. It goes downhill from there. Many of them seem to be true menaces to society.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 7:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I'm kind of where Jammer is on this one.

I admire the episode completely. I just didn't enjoy so much. I'd rather watch "Redemption II" again.

But I absolutely salute Next Gen for having done the episode.

As for DS9/Next Gen, I liked DS9 better. But that doesn't diminish Next Gen in the least.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 7:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Redemption, Part I

Love the Klingon/Romulan story arc. LOTS of great characters and moments packed into a one-hour episode.

The Sela appearance was truly shocking at the time. Not as good as BOBW, but pretty close.
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