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Sean J Hagins
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 5:22am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Desert Crossing

I REALLY liked this episode. I like the fact that Zobral didn't turn out to be the baddie of the piece (like I expected)

This episode shows again that neutrality is best. Rather than taking sides, we try to show people the real solution to problems. I think for the show, they tried to take this road, and it worked reasonably well
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Sean J Hagins
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 4:16am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fallen Hero

I actually almost didn't watch this one because I thought it was going to deal with Risa and immorality. I'm glad I read the synopsis, or I would have missed a good episode! I like the Ambassador. She wasn't "out of character" for a Vulcan, but she WAS friendly! Which would be realistic-an ambassador couldn't expect much success if she acted superior all the time'

Good to see the younger actor from Crazy Like a Fox as the alien baddie. I like how the chase played out-suspenseful and interesting!

I also like how T'Pol acted when she thought her "hero" was "fallen"

I guess it is possible that once the Federation was formed, starfleet suddenly achieved Warp 7 (I guess it makes sense that the Vulcans would have a leg up on humans since they already had warp technology when Cochrane did his famous flight-I actually kind of see it as compared to another sci-fi series-Animorphs! In that, the Andalites was kind of stuffy, and Ax (the main Andalite character) told our humans that they were actually a little afraid of humans. He mentions "your species went from their first heavier than air plane flying to landing on the moon in 66 years! Andalites took over 2 centuries to achieve that!" The implication is that humans are very quick to learn and inventive. Perhaps this is the case with humans in the Star Trek universe compared to other races We've met Ferengi and Nausicans already, and while we didn't see much of their tech, it seems that it isn't much different in the 22nd century than it is in the 24th. After all, if those Ferengi thought Enterprise had stuff cool enough to steal, they can't be much more advanced than them, and in the 24th century, it really seemed like their stuff made them a joke compared to Starfleet (maybe I'm reading that incorrectly)

Anyway, it is a good show, and again, I like the prequel feel to it. I'll bet Malcolm is REALLY wishing they had shields like everybody else!
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Sean J Hagins
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 3:01am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Vox Sola

I LOVED the music in this episode! It had that quality of mystery and spookiness that the episode more than lived up to. It was good to see what I think of as a classic Trek episode. In that there were no villains, just communication with a very different lifeform! Great! It was also good to see the captain's hobbies and his friendship with Trip
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Sean J Hagins
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 12:58am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Detained

Ok, now my review of the episode:

There are many different things this episode can be associated with from real life events. It is a shame, but as Ecclesiastes 8:9 says, "Man has dominated man to his harm" I know a lot of people here do not believe this, but I look to God's Kingdom to correct the problems in the world as it soon will. This includes this kind of treatment after the wicked are destroyed and the earth is a paradise.

The episode itself gave a touching example of how these things happen. Racism, fear and prejudice run rampant today, whether it is internment camps, or peoples personal ideas (eg: Someone from Race "A" did something bad to me, so all people from Race "A" are bad) What helps me to fight this prevalent attitude is remembering that "God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”​—Acts 10:34, 35.
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Sean J Hagins
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 12:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

@SlackerInc I will never say what television can show. I am a Jehovah's Witness and am completely neutral about politics and such. It is God who will judge of all us on our actions, not us. That is why we preach to people, but we do not try to force anyone to do anything. We all will account for our actions ourselves
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 10:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Detained

This is completely off the topic of the episode review, but I have a question that maybe someone can answer:

I wonder how they have child aliens. I mean I know that the rules of child actors are that they can only work limited hours and must have a tutor on site. I was wondering about this, because the alien actors on Star Trek usually have 2 hours each for makeup application and removal. I would think that by the time the child actors go thru that, there would be very little time left for actual acting! I asked that in a review for the Voyager episodes with the Borg kids too-anyone know the answer?
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 9:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Oasis

Well, I just watched the show in its entirety. That was unexpected-it still had that spooky, mysterious element! Great!

I guess the only negative to it in continuity is the fact that the Enterprise crew could fix the computer with its holographic creations. I mean holograms in Starfleet only make an appearance 200 years later. I used this analogy earlier, but it's like a 19th century steam locomotive mechanic fixing a 21st century jet engine.

But that nitpick aside, I really liked the episode! I see T'Pol seems jealous of Trip! Hehe-that was amusing
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 9:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Oasis

Episode had a deliciously spooky beginning, and then changed to a stranded crew. Not a bad one.

You know, I found Liana to be quite attractive here. It was Annie Wersching's first acting job. I don't mean this in a mean way, but it is uncanny how people can be made up. Every other single photo of her that I've seen, she looks TOTALLY different and not attractive at all! I think it is the hair, mannerisms, and I'm not sure what else. I mean she even looks different in the facial features than she does everywhere else.
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 8:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

@SlackerInc

You said, "Most scientists are atheists". I would like to draw your attention to a few accounts:

https://www.jw.org/en/library/videos/#en/mediaitems/OriginsLife/pub-jwbiv_201606_3_VIDEO

https://www.jw.org/en/library/videos/#en/mediaitems/OriginsLife/pub-jwbiv_201604_3_VIDEO

https://www.jw.org/en/library/videos/#en/mediaitems/OriginsLife/pub-jwbiv_201606_2_VIDEO
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 2:46am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

Ok, I am going to make my comments on this episode before reading any previous ones (although with the bashing of Enterprise in general here, I can only guess what they will be...)

I LOVED this episode! It was genuinely funny (and not all Ferengi episodes are to me from TNG and DS9) and I was entertained.

Yes, I know that the Federation doesn't officially meet them until 200 years later, but they never actually named their race, so I'll give that a pass.

I am actually seeing the Spock-like humour in T'Pol (When she withheld the key from the captain), and Trip and Archer had their funny moments too. Also, it was neat seeing the little boy from the Carbomite Maneuver as well as Shron the Andalite, Neelix, and the other guy (who looks familiar too but I can't place). I like how goofy the Ferengi are, and I think it is neat that not all the threats and baddies the Enterprise runs into are life and death. My only thing is that a lot of the main cast had nothing to do but play dead on the ground (well, at least they still got paid, and they had an easy time remembering their lines!)

Ok, so now I am going to read the comments. If I am wrong, I apologise, but if not, I will say that people need to lighten up. I just don't know what people want in their Star Trek. For me, I watch television for light amusement. If I laugh at a comedy episode, then it did its job. The only issue I had with the show is the "Oo-Mox" and the way they objectify T'Pol. I never understood this, and I think the show would be better for it if they left that alone. I mean I think Crewman Cutler is VERY pretty, and it doesn't come from a skintight outfit or a sultry walk. Shame on Star Trek for that kind of common denominator baseness!
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 1:32am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

Again, I don't know what everyone wants. I personally liked this episode. I don't see it as anti-hunting as much as anti-exploitation of people. When it was thought that the hunters were just shooting wild boar, Archer had no problem letting Malcolm join them (even if he wouldn't do the actual killing), but of course killing an intelligent lifeform is wrong.

Many hunt in the area I live in, and I've gone myself before. We do not kill for sport, but actually eat what we hunt.

I would honestly like to know what the nay sayers here want the episode to be like. I read one response that they wanted the wraiths to be evil and trying to tempt Archer. Ok, that kind of thing has been done in episodes too, but Star Trek has always had episodes where the "alien monster" was not a monster at all (Like the Vorta in Devil in the Dark) Classic Dr Who did this as well (I am thinking of the episode " Doctor Who and the Silurians" in the Jon Pertwee era)
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Sean J Hagins
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 12:37am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fusion

@Grace: Archer did not hypocritically try to get in Kov's personal life-he was following orders. You can tell he didn't want to so the Admiral had to even tell him, "The Vulcans let you keep your science offer-we should return the favour". And he used persuasion under a mental force that Tolaris tried to do with T'Pol

I actually really liked this episode.

I still don't understand why everyone is bashing Archer. It seems from the reviews that Kirk and Picard are the gold standard of captain, and Sisko, Janeway and Archer are losers. I don't understand that!

Especially in Archer's case as he is literally paving entirely new ground (space?) here! And he IS learning every episode. I mean he's REALLY unbent already when you compare this episode (still in season 1) to the premiere! The only one I have the most issues with is Trip as he has spurts of insubordination. But either way, they are all learning and improving

And no one mentioned it, but there's the chief from Chips! YAY! **He's also the new Kirk's dad to link him via Star Trek** Just a shame Worf wasn't in this episode (Michael Dorn got his start on Chips too)

If anything about this episode, it reminds me of the Next Gen episode with the telepath who basically did the same thing to Troi. As much as that is, I personally thought all of the Vulcans would show some kind of quirk to verify that the purging of emotion is the right path for them. But the chief (I don't know the character name), and the engineer Vulcan seemed stable (despite the fact that they enjoy a smile whilst chomping on chicken), so this kind of leaves it open to the possibility that Vulcans don't have to be totally emotionless and still function

Another thing that kind of bothered me is that the Vulcan ship needed help. I mean, yes, it could break down of course, but I thought their technology was so far above humans that asking them for help would be like a modern 21st century auto mechanic asking a 19th century steam locomotive builder for help using the car's computer diagnostics. I'm surprised Trip could even comprehend the gear the Vulcans used. Although come to think of it, I guess maybe that analogy is incorrect because when the Federation is formed, I don't think there was a major leap of understand once Vulcan joined up
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Sean J Hagins
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 11:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@EventualZen, Thanks for asking! And no, not everything in the bible is to be taken literally, but the bible explains itself. For instance, the creative days are not literal 24 hour days. We know this because the Bible frequently uses the term “day” to designate various periods of time. In some cases these periods are of an unspecified length. The account of creation found in the Bible book of Genesis is one example of this.

But on to your question: DID GOD USE EVOLUTION?

Many who do not believe in the Bible embrace the theory that living things emerged from lifeless chemicals through unknown and mindless processes. Supposedly, at some point a bacteria-like, self-replicating organism arose, gradually branching out into all the species that exist today. This would imply that ultimately the mind-bogglingly complex human actually evolved from bacteria.

The theory of evolution is also embraced by many who claim to accept the Bible as the word of God. They believe that God produced the first burst of life on earth but then simply monitored, and perhaps steered, the process of evolution. That, however, is not what the Bible says.

According to the Bible, Jehovah God created all the basic kinds of plant and animal life, as well as a perfect man and woman who were capable of self-awareness, love, wisdom, and justice.

The Bible account of creation does not conflict with the scientific observation that variations occur within a kind, not different kinds
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Sean J Hagins
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 5:48am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Shadows of P'Jem

A couple things to add:

Yes, I do agree that the series is sophomoric with how they use T'Pol's body. The tied up thing makes sense, but the way they filmed it was just to be crude and base. I didn't really think of that until I saw Jammer's comment, but he is 100% correct (a rarity that I fully agree with him, so hurrah!)

Also, I like how Shron the Andorian is coming along. I mean I can easily see how they become founding members of the Federation-it seems that he has honour (and not just the Klingon way, but true decency), and he almost begrudgingly is beginning to respect and perhaps even like humans (or pink-skins). I know it won't touch this as this is of course really made here with all that implies, but I wonder if he would have called humans brown skins or something if he met darker hues humans first. Which actually reminds me of something-I know there are Black Vulcans and Romulans, but I think that with a race like Andorians with a completely made up pigmentation, it would be neat to see other hues like green skinned (well, I guess that would be too close to Orions), or Red or another vibrant hue
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Sean J Hagins
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 5:41am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Shadows of P'Jem

I LOVED this episode! Probably my favourite thus far (at least second best). I like how past events are referenced. So, the Vulcan high command is looking for someone to blame for P'Jem (and yes, they seem very vindictive, but I do remember that there are Romulan moles trying to sway the Vulcans, so I'll chalk their bad behaviour to that). Also, it seems the Vulcans and Andorians are engaged in a cold war with proxy groups that they sponser fighting for them. Also, T'Pol is becoming more and more part of the crew. This episode had it all for me
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Sean J Hagins
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 3:32am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Well, I am going to give my review of this episode before reading any of the comments:

I must have blocked this completely from my mind, because the only thing I remember about it is the doctor quizzing Cutler about medical terms (she is very pretty, and it was neat watching her remember the names and connections of medical terms), and I remember them watching a movie and Trip claiming he had something in his eye (that was actually the only scene with him in it!)

Besides that, the show was HORRIBLE!

First, for the "B" plot: polygamy is fundamentally wrong! And yet they try to normalise it with the doctor having multiple wives. And rather than that replusing Cutler, she "wants to be friends and see where it goes"?? Disgusting!

And the "A" plot-well, all I can say is I'm glad this is fiction. For one thing, they play evolution like it is fact, and then decide to not help a civilization who needs it! That is REALLY out there!

I will use this as an example (albeit, it is a poor one, but I can't think of anything else): I am Black myself, and yet, if let us say the Black Death would kill every every European and Asian person in the 14th century (it was a Eurasian pandemic at that time), I would never condone letting it happen if I had a cure, just so that Africans would never be enslaved, or First Nations wouldn't be decimated! That is horrible!

Again, I'm glad that such things are in God's hands, and no human would ever have to make such a choice, especially since the choice given in this show is what the writers feel is acceptable!

But, in universe, I can see Archer maturing, and even mentioning a directive. He can see that such blundering into others lives is injurious

Ok, I'm off to the comments now-I'll read a few, but I still stand by what I said
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Sean J Hagins
Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 1:12am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Silent Enemy

A fun little episode. While I do not celebrate birthdays, I do appreciate learning a bit more about Reed. He's not just some "crazy Brit that likes to blow stuff up", but he apparently has issues at home with his father, and some backstory there.

Also, the aliens were chillingly bullying! A good episode with a good "how are our heroes going to get out of this one" vibe.

I also like how technology is being portrayed. The phasers are very experimental. And the power boost was kind of learned by accident on the fly. Sad to say, but in real life, a lot of technology is acquired during wartime as well. And just as in this case, I don't think the development of such powerful phasers would have happened if the crew wasn't desperate.

I also like the fact that the signaling buoys were destroyed. I mean that Archer actually was going to ask the Vulcans for help, but couldn't. It shows that he was willing to humble himself and ask for assistance rather than pridefully going his own way-a character builder! Again, I know a lot of people here don't like Archer, but I feel that he *(and Starfleet) are new to all of this, and they are learning as they go.

I have no problem with the aliens here never being heard from again. It was obvious that they were bullies that wanted to steal some kind of bodily fluid from humans, and when they saw how inventive and quick-learning Enterprise was, they stayed far away!

Again, it has to be hard to make a believable prequel when real life effects on TV are so much better than the original, and I think they handled it well. As a contrast, think the Star Wars movies. Now, I like the non-Disney films, but if there is one thing the prequels fell in for me was showing a regression in technology. *(Now I know it is different in that the Star Trek prequel series is about a Starfleet that is barely off the ground, whilst Star Wars seems to have had space travel for thousands of years, but still tech used in the clone wars seems better than the Galactic Civil War)
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 11:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

I really liked this episode. I like how it just hints at the temporal cold war so we can use our imaginations. I also think that I am a lot more forgiving of different things than other Star Trek fans though. None of the issues mentioned that I read bother me. Note-I didn't read all of the comments, but the ones I did, seem to have a problem with certain things overall that I just don't
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Civilization

@H S Rivney

Point #6: Once again, this is a prequel! In this Enterprise, the crew is afraid of the transporter and barely understand it! They probably didn't know you COULD transport something somewhere else without going on the transporter pad first! Actually, maybe you couldn't (that might be something that isn't invented yet)

I personally think Enterprise did a good job of showing that this is a prequel (especially since the "future" deals with a 1960s show with 1960s effects and a shoestring budget)

You know, though, this really is to be expected. The reason why the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are still being written is that the characters and situations are constantly updated in newer books. *(Bear with me, this is NOT a non sequitur) I have talked to kids about older books like the classic Nancy/Hardys or the Three Investigators, and they can't get over the fact that when the young detectives get in trouble, they can't whip out a cell phone and call for help. Or if Nancy is lost in her roadster, they ask why she didn't use GPS! I don't think a lot of people can put themselves in a time period when reading/watching a story!

I think it must have been VERY hard for the Enterprise writers to show that this prequel really has less technology (and know-how) from a show written in the 1960s, and I think they did a good job of it. I just think that Enterprise came too late. I think that if it were made before Next Generation, it would do as well and have a sucessful 7 years (as the other 3 shows did)
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 3:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Civilization

A very good episode! I think I see why it did not do well though from the comments. **And this is not a riff on what others think about the show**:

It seems that a lot of Star Trek fans are comfortable with the "rules" already set down. (eg Humans are civilized, Prime Directive, etc). I would actually be disappointed if Enterprise ran like that! This show shows that exploration is fresh, new and the humans travel is seat of the pants and untried

Also, I applaud the way the episode turned out. Because if there was a bad contamination of culture from Enterprise, THEN it would be foolish of the crew to do it again and again. This way, with bad aliens on the planet doing bad things and our heroes stopping them, it would make sense if Archer and co do this kind of thing again (so that plot isn't shut down the rest of the series). I mean, yes, eventually they (or another 22nd century crew) will do something that will make Starfleet realise that a non-interference policy is prudent. Until then, I can enjoy the show!

I also like the indigenous woman from the planet. Maybe my tastes differ from most, but many of the actresses are not attractive to me, but she is.

I also like that they refrained from bad language this episode. For that and other reasons, this is the last Star Trek series (I mean the last one made) that I watch
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 6:45am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Breaking the Ice

I don't have a problem with the arranged marriages either. Especially since they are not forced to abide by them (as T'Pol WAS able to get out of hers)

I also do not understand why everyone is bashing on Archer. I actually think his personality is a natural progression (regression). I mean Kirk is 100 years or so before Picard, and he is a lot more implusive and "immature", and Archer is even 100 years before that! The lack of protocols and the overall feeling of "winging it" makes a lot more sense as well since there is no Federation, and humans seem to just be at the cusp of interstellar exploration (an admiral in the opener said they were just ankle deep in the ocean of space)-this very much seems that way

The Vulcans ARE arrogant-they have dealt with other emotional species already (like the Andorians, and Tellerites), so they should know the reaction that would ensue from "peeking over the shoulder" of the Enterprise, but they just don't seem to care.

Yes, I know the gravity on the comet is wrong, as is the sound of the explosion and the ice breaking, but it's science FICTION! I take it all with a grain of salt! It is so odd to me that some nitpick this, but have no problem with the concept of Vulcans/Romulans/Klingons, and whatever alien you insert! It's all fantasy and just a simple enjoyment

I love the visual of the comet! It's so cool to see the beauty of God's creations-even something as "simple" as a floating ice ball!

I also think that as the series goes on, we will see Archer (and the rest of the crew) mature and grow, and also see T'Pol realise that humans are all right after all!
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 4:22am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: The Andorian Incident

I saw this once before, and it still is a shocking reveal that the Vulcans were hiding an espionage station in their temple! I can definitely see why Archer shared this with the Andorians, and it did lead to trust for humans (a lot more than it would have) in future
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 3:15am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Terra Nova

I seriously don't understand the dislike for this episode.

I can TOTALLY see the Novas thinking humans (or Earth) is responsible for their misfortune. They just had arguments back and forth about accepting colonists and then a "bomb" (they might not have been able to tell an asteroid from a bomb) hits!

As far as changing language, look at real life-we (Jehovah's Witnesses) within the last decade put out a new edition of the bible since the edition from the early 1960s. Why? Because the language HAS changed!

An example of this is to read a novel from 60 years ago. A small example-if a novel from that era said that at the party, Ed and Robert had a gay time, it would mean a happy occasion, as opposed to the meaning it would construe now! That is just one example. Another, which is even more recent is saying that something is "sick". I would think of that as twisted and replusive, but apparently youngsters today use that as "cool" or "neat". And this is NOT from an isolated group of people. Imagine a couple hundred or so colonists by themselves for 7 decades-they would still speak our language, but have unfamiliar terms. It is especially believable to me as the terms are about underground or rocks ("That's shale!" for a lie would make sense as shale falling would be a worry in a tunnel)

I can even seeing not knowing they are from Earth as firstly, anyone still alive before the asteroid fall (like the old woman) was a young child at the time, and wouldn't understand much. And also, since there already were bad feelings about new colonists from Earth, the adults probably all adamantly stated that they were Novans now.

Someone else mentioned about how dumb it is not wanting more colonists. Well, again, look at real life. It was what? The 17th century when the white man really began colonizing North America? Yet, the feeling of "we don't want foreigners" started VERY soon after that!

All of the things mentioned in this episode don't seem so farfetched to me.

But that's just my take on it-we all like what we like.
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Sean J Hagins
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 1:06am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

So, watching this again, reminds me of the spooky TNG episiodes as watched as a tween and teen with one of my best friends (they came on really late on Friday night). It's a delightfully scary episode!

On a negative note, there were 2 things I have to mention:

--The cursing. Such a shame that there is swearing in this. I don't like the h- and d- words in some of the earlier series, but by the dawn of the 21st century, TV has gotten even worse in what it allows

--The odd sleeping arrangements. I didn't notice this before, but in the tents, T'Pol was alone, and Cutler was with Ethan! They weren't doing anything, but that kind of thing is just asking for trouble. I only saw these episodes once before a few years ago, but this must have slipped my notice
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Sean J Hagins
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 8:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

Ah, the lovely Kellie Waymire! I always thought she was really pretty! Actually, I think she is more attractive than any of the regulars of the 5 shows of Star Trek I've watched.

The show was good too-I don't have as much to say about it, but I did enjoy it.
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