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Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 8:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

^I think the title was just arguing that the research experiments were inhuman/inhumane, Janeway and the crew were confronted with that and in choosing to use them maybe they started down or continued down that dark path.
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Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 6:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Chrome I didn't think it was a hard mandate, but I was reminded of it, because to me this episode shows why it was made. The Defector is great, and even if Barclay never appeared again, Hollow Pursuit would still work, but here it feels to me something is missing.
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Jason R.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 5:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

"Remember, we (Federation) had an incredibly powerful weapon against them. One in which they had no defense... seems like a plausible angle for them to take."

I beg to differ, extremely. Let's recap what we learned from Scorpion.

These were the guys who could one shot a Borg cube - that would be the same type of ship that could take on a Federation *armada* single handedly - with a ship the size of a runabout.

Oh yeah and they could string together 9 of their little runabout ships for a makeshift death star / planet killer. And they were shown to have hundreds if not thousands of these ships. Do the math. That's what? 100+ makeshift planet killers?

So yes, 8472 had no "defence" against the nanoprobe weapon except -uhhh using their hundreds of *death stars* to blow up the Federation in about 6 minutes?

What's offensive about this episode is that it completely negates what we saw in Scorpion. It is a massive retcon of a species that had only been shown once or twice before. In other words, classic Voyager writing. Because yes, species 8472 could turn Earth into chunky rocks and probably blow up the sun while they're at it just for kicks, but Janeway defeated the Borg with coffee. Never underestimate the power of coffee.
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Binging TOS
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 5:02am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

I just saw this for the first time after avoiding Insurrection and this film for years. I fully expected to dislike it. I figured this would be as bad as Star Trek V. I'm going to differ with many of the 100+ comments above and say I truly enjoyed this. Flaws, sure, but I liked it a lot. I thought the story, pacing and dialogue were the best of the TNG films.

I'd rather grimace at Tom Hardy's Picard not resembling Patrick Stewart than wrestle with the mere existence of a Borg Queen.
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Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

I’ve never watched Enterprise before. I thought people were joking about the decontamination scenes. I have never seen anything so ridiculous. First of all, it’s not a sexy premise, they’ve got some kind of space fungal infection. Second, why can’t they do their own ears? I don’t really buy that these people aren’t fit enough to do their own backs, but they can certainly do their own ears. Thirdly, it’s just not sexy. The tension isn’t sexual tension, their dislike for each other has no chance of being transmuted into passion. It’s just two people who don’t like each other talking in a room, but half naked. You’re not wondering “ooh are they going to say sod professionalism?”. So the idea that it was okay to include such a stupid scene because it’s titillating is even more insulting, because it’s not titillating at all.

Combined with the space strippers (again weirdly and aggressively not sexy despite clearly being there to be sexy, eating bugs is the opposite of sexy!) and as pointed out the two female characters being a competent cold woman no one wants around and a sad scared teacher, it’s such a step backwards after Voyager.

I had real difficulty telling Trip and Reed apart in this episode, at least until they spoke. They have the same face! And they both seemed to be engineers. In the next episode Reed is a bit more firmly established as the weapons guy but it was very confusing here. All of the other characters have very different appearances to each other and also better differentiated characters.

Apart from these issues I enjoyed it. I think they could have portrayed the Vulcans a bit better, but I like the idea also explored in the next episode that they don’t really explore like we do, for its own sake - or at least they don’t before getting the idea off us.
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Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 1:31am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

@Chess - I am sorry to hear about your brother. I hope you and he have some quality time together before his passing.

I agree with your assessment of this film. It's obviously not perfect, but for me it hits all the right notes. I was so excited when I first saw it on the big screen with my friends in my final year of high school, and it has lost none of its charm in the years since.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 11:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

Watching and commenting

--Peacemaker. Why should it bother Worf that Riva negotiated Klingon-Federation treaties?

--Riva's bee line for Troi is very creepy. He's just generally creepy, though the presentation of those three communicators is nicely done.

--It's hard to buy the idea that Troi is returning the feelings, but I guess she is.

--Very boring. I literally fell asleep. Will have to try to finish this later.

Buona Notte, Trekolini.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

Loved this one, reminded me a bit of The Prisoner, very much a throwback.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

The episode itself gives no details but Janeway theorizes that they may have stolen info from the Borg. Maybe I’m missing something here, but the episode’s premise sounds like it’s built on quicksand.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

Wow, seriously the only thing I remembered about this episode, which I think I lastsaw in 1993, is "tennis elbow". But it all started coming back, reading this review and the comments.

I have nothing to really say in defense of this turkey, but two small things:

Why's everyone so hard on Beverly (not my favourite character either) for her actions in this episode, but they give Riker and even Picard a free pass for "The PEgassus". Seems like both of them should have been hauled over the coals for Starfleet for that. Picard mentions offhand at the end an "inquiry" into Riker's conduct, but, seems to me he could be considered just as guilty. I don't blame you all though; Riker and Picard make a great duo and I honestly always wanted to see them team up more, but the regs on ship kind of prevent tht most of the time as one of them always has to remain in charge of the ship.

The other thing, of course, is that I totally agree with the comments about the ridiculous portrayals of the Ferengi in this episode and others, and the weird attitude toward some of the alien races on this show. But I'd just like to put forward the idea that, just because this one family decided they wanted to honour an ancient Frengi death ritual custom, doesn't make it the norm among all Frengi, or imply that the whole race follows this one creed.

Now back to hating. Carry on.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 6:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

I don't know that anyone is being unfair to anything.

What I'm saying is that it's more than plausible for species 8472 to do this using the information they had, albeit patchy and incomplete.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Two Days and Two Nights

Whaaattt? Kirk hit on every woman he met! " as if human beings were above the very notion of having a sex drive [on Trek]." Please!
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

"People FEARED dying. It terrified them!"
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

Yanks, it’s a matter of details. You may remember TNG’s “Future Imperfect” where machines could read Riker’s mind and create a “future” for him but it was riddled with holes, as would seem likely from simulating something the simulators know nothing first-hand about.

Nor am I being unfair to Voyager, as I made the same criticism about TOS’ “Patterns of Force” copying Nazism. However, I think even Patterns makes more sense as they had someone from Earth with historical expertise who should understand and be familiar with the Nazis.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Desert Crossing

Imperial Dunes, California was also used in a few Star Wars films, too. We really do have a lot of interesting places here. ;)
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

@ Chrome
"So the Dominion comparison is invalid and Rahul’s criticism is fair."

So what's wrong with species 8472 practicing in the Delta Quadrant?

They are telepathic, so they could gain the necessary info from their contact with the Voyager crew and any Borg they linked with. The Borg had federation/Earth knowledge.

Remember, we (Federation) had an incredibly powerful weapon against them. One in which they had no defense... seems like a plausible angle for them to take.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

@Lupe Clone Kahless didn't automatically had those memories, the priests say they basically uploaded into his head their religious texts and presumably whatever else they wanted, since their plan involved Worf. It's why he didn't know things like who the man from legend he spoke was .
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Funny, i sort of remembered this episode, but only the mystery plot bit and not at all Aquiel or the Geordi romance thing. So much of that type fo character stuff on TNG just seemed like total fluff, to me. Oddly though, I actually enjoyed it when DS9 did similar explorations.

The twist witht he dog being a life-absorbing "mimick" alien is, of course, straight out of Carpenter's take on The Thing. Not a bad thing to reference.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 12:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

Right, we don’t know what fluid space is and is easy to conclude the writers themselves don’t know. The wormhole on the hand, is very well established over multiple episodes including the pilot. So the Dominion comparison is invalid and Rahul’s criticism is fair.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 12:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

@ Chrome’s Voyager Alt

"Of course The Dominion had a stable wormhole so, yeah."

For what we know about fluidic space, it might just be a simple as setting a point and entering our space. It might be like a mobile borg transwarp hub. Distance might be irrelevant.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:59am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

Nog probably jinxed things. He did make a remark in "A Time to Stand" about putting a Jem'Hadar on the Defiant.
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Chrome’s Voyager Alt
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:18am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

“‘Anyhow, the weakness of the episode is the lack of credibility of the 8472's plan to impersonate Star Fleet to such a degree from like 60,000 light years away.’

The Dominion Changelings wave hello.”

Of course The Dominion had a stable wormhole so, yeah.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 3:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Dr Bashir to Ops, medical emergency: Bobbington McBob has sustained a serious case netflix binge watch end-mourning. 300 ml of tarkalian tea, stat
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Agree with Vladimir. Pah Wraith Keiko was hardly different than Fine I’ll Wear The Red Dress Keiko. You would think as a botanist, she would grow some choice plants that may put her in a better mood.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

Trip holding up the slice of white bread and asking "Have you tried this?" is one of my favourite moments in Star Trek.

Otherwise - yeah, fine but unremarkable. So, sure, two stars. Worth watching the white bread moment, though.
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