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Sheldonari
Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

Suru is the highlight of the episode, and of the series so far.

Now, that's what an empath should be.

Take that Deanna Troi.
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Sheldonari
Sun, Mar 11, 2018, 4:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Rise

I think that this dialog:

Ambassador: " What happened to you? Where's Sklar?"
Neelix: "Mr Sklar... returned to the surface"

Was particularly funny in a very un-Neelix way.
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Sheldonari
Sat, Jan 13, 2018, 8:26am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

This episode surely started like a parody of itself.

It slowly got better, but not by much.

I really wanted and expected Earhart to learn to pilot the ship and become a crew member. That's what the real one would have done.

No one of the 37's going in the ship and no one of the crew staying behind seems quite wasteful to me.

And the ship should have stayed for some months and shared technology with this new civilization.

This episode had the potential of being the setup of a whole season. Instead nothing of consequence happened.
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Sheldonari
Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 4:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

I kind of expected Data to randomly shout Aku Machente! after palm punching someone.
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Sheldonari
Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 12:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

This is a case where one character (Picard) goes antagonistic just to have some 'TV drama'.

Change Picard attitude, make him fully support Nikolai's plan, and the episode is consistently improved.
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Sheldonari
Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 5:28am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

@DLPB that's why I am enjoying The Expanse books and show so much.

But Star Trek has FTL travel, transporters, and almost all aliens being humanoids since the very beginning.

In fact, Star Trek is not for me 'physics science fiction', or 'biology science fiction', but 'social sciences science fiction'.

The basic premise to watch this show for me is: The writers (Roddenberry et al) were deeply aware of European Colonialism, and also were profoundly ashamed of it. So the show is a way to say: imagine a world where Europeans did not obliterate other cultures when they got better ships.

The Prime Directive is one example of it. It basically forbids what the Spaniards did in Mexico and Peru. Another example is the inter planetary species miscegenation. Spock had a Vulcan father and Human mother. There are Klingon and Human hybrids, Klingon and Romulan hybrids, and possibly more. This makes no sense in science fiction, but it makes a lot of sense in the parallel to colonialism.

This is where the apology for this episode comes from. This episode fits the parallel social narrative perfectly.
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Sheldonari
Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 5:23am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Ohh a Biology Mayor said humanoid design is improbable!

Tell you this: He is right, it is quite improbable. Humanoid parallel evolution and intelligent design have extremely small probabilities of actually happening.

It is, however, hundreds of orders of magnitude more probable than this: faster than light travel, transporter beams, faster than light communication, and most of the science in Star Trek. If you are watching this show, accept that the science depicted is only a dream without much chance of any of it actually happening.

In other words, enjoy the show for what it is, nitpicking the science will get you nowhere.
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Sheldonari
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 1:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

Everyone here is talking about the episode being an euphemism for homosexuality, but at the same time, it can be taken at face value and it is still a valid point of view.

There are many asexual people now, and the dangers of pregnancy are real.

It also reminds me of the Solaria planet in Asimov novels.
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Sheldonari
Sun, Jul 30, 2017, 11:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

"I will not look in your direction", followed by such a long stare is one of the highlights of the episode, if not of the season.
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Sheldonari
Sun, Jul 30, 2017, 4:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

Many people here complaining about the impossibility of a language that uses metaphors so extensively, while on the other hand difficult in communication is what should actually be the norm in all first contacts.

Arabic language is one language that uses metaphors extensively, it is extremely poetic and flowery compared with other languages.

Even then, we can not communicate with dolphins or whales, and they do have a language. We can only deduce dolphin's language is a series of echoes that represent 3D things in the sea.

I suspect most complains about the Tamarians language come from people who only speak one language and can't bother with subtitles.
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Sheldonari
Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 5:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

Terrible outdated diet choices by the computer. I would have the same complain about the chocolate fudge.
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