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Shayne O'Neill
Mon, May 7, 2018, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

"a little more sensitive than Tucker". Well yeah, a man facing his own execution might be a tad emotional.

The bad science, eh, its star trek, treks got a lot of gibberish science (I do however rue that my grand prediction of "higgs boson" abuse in ST:DISCO hasnt come true). The details should serve the story, not the other way around.

My problem is that the premise is a total ripper, but the resolution is monsterous. Symb isn't wrong, what is proposed is murder. This episode has never sat well with me for the same reason Tuvix never has. Some ethical choices are too big, and some crimes too monsterous, to yield to crass utilitarian thinking.
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Shayne O
Sun, Nov 9, 2014, 9:58am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

The point about incompetent Admirals however is perhaps apt. One thing working in the public service has taught me is that people seriously overestimate the competence of senior staff. It was not lost on me, for instance that the department head was the CIOs son, and that at 25 with no qualifications there was nothing that made him more suitable than his underlings, some with PhDs and decades of experience. But the right connections and perhaps the right social skills get you to the top. And this is the same for almost any organization, public or private. Humans preferance a compelling smile over a compelling set of qualifications. And we're poorer for it.
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Shayne O
Sat, Oct 18, 2014, 4:57am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

I actually really like Enterprise a lot. I think the second half of the third season made for some of the best Trek since, the Dominion war. Tense, spiraling out of control, and with the whole world at stake. Season 4, its OKish, but this episode they really phoned it in.

Captain scores the green chicks? Tick. Sexist essentialism. Tick. Women as property. Tick. Men as insatible slaves to desire. Tick. This might have been great fun if it was made two decades earlier. But in those two decades prior to this, popuar culture had started actually asking women how they feel and we learned that this is no way to treat women.

I understand Orion slave women are part of Star Trek lore, but that could have been the plot point to a far more interesting episode about gender politics, objectification and the sex trade.

Instead we got this. Honestly, it felt like cowardice from the writers, or more likely the cigar chomping studio execs demanding "MORE SAUCY".

Bah. One star.
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