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Silly
Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 8:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

Boring boring boring.

The crew didn’t really seem all that alarmed by random crap popping up all over and that the ship was being transformed.
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Silly
Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 8:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

Voyager’s final season was, overall, far better than TNG’s seventh. Similar number of great episodes, but way fewer shockingly boring phoned in episodes like “Masks.”


I find Voyager way better now than when it was first run. When first run, it felt like— and was— mostly reheated leftover TNG. But add in 20+ years of distance of no new TNG, and it plays a lot better.

Voyager should have a disclaimer “abandon all continuity ye who enter here.” The lack of continuity was a deep flaw because Trekkers have long been deeply concerned with continuity. But the upshot now with streaming is you can pretty much watch any random episode and not feel lost. It really just boils down to Kes vs Seven timeframe.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 9:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Juggernaut

It’s weird, the “regret” scene of Torres at the very end confuses me a bit. It seems to suggest a connection to her anger issue, which would make sense to bookend the episode, but it doesn’t.

She wasn’t angry toward the core worker. She was understanding and tried to reason with him. She feels badly having to kill him because he’s a victim.


The only way I can see the ending connecting to Torres’s anger issue is that the core worker is operating on pure anger, and defeating him is symbolic of her defeating her own anger. But viewing her that would make her look like a monster. Would make no sense.
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Silly
Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I

I agree with Jason above. Janeway’s decision to bargain with the Borg to defeat 8472 is unambiguously wrong and immoral. It’s an incredibly convenient and self serving. There’s absolutely no valid reason to believe Kes‘s hysteria about 8472 killing everything is correct.

Knowing the Borg—- and Starfleet/Janeway do—- the logical assumption is the Borg started the war with 8472... and this it later found to be the truth!

I shudder to think of the reputation Voyager left behind in the Delta Quadrant. I would expect it so bad that most of quietly created an anti-Federation alliance.
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Silly
Sat, Jul 11, 2020, 7:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

I was actually surprised what Chuckles did and that it didn’t work ... lol, since it’s streaming, I had no idea how far into the episode I was.

They may have played up Chuckles’ sudden interest in history, but I think most of the crew and especially Janeway would have fought like hell to save the capsule. That’s practically a religious artifact to starfleet. I would have risked a lot for it.
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Silly
Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

I agree with others that this thing might actually be a demon from hell, and especially that Janeway worries that too.

I didn’t much care for the first two acts being a rehash of Cause and Effect before switching to the afterlife story.

Voyager did this mid story switcheroo in so many episodes, I strongly suspect it was two writers working separately on each half and only sharing what the midpoint needed to be.
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Silly
Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 1:31am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

Meh, other than the questionable acting by the lady, it’s about as good as any Enterprise episode.

To be more fair, maybe 5% of Enterprise episodes are good to great. The other 95% are about like this one. At least this one wasn’t boring.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

While I wanted to see what happened at Wolf 359, the Enterprise at a far-off distance really made it far scarier. It really upped the stakes, IMHO.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

Underrated, imo. A second tier classic, me thinks.

This episode was one of the most impacting emotionally for me. It’s heart rending partly because though Deanna tries to reassure her mother what happened wasn’t her fault, it kind of was!

But that doesn’t mean you don’t feel very badly for Lwaxana. It was a mistake, but the price is so high! And Deanna’s message was exactly right— tell me the good memories.

Also, considering Lwaxana’s mostly dreadful overbearing episodes before this, it creates a surprising gut punch to anyone with a seemingly crazy relative... here may be something you don’t know about that explains their behavior. That does not excuse it, but it does create some understanding. That’s a complicated ball.

One other thing I *really* liked is that they didn’t beat you over the head with explanations about what happened— that Hedril reminded Lwaxana of Kestra and that’s what triggered the whole thing. Trust me, ST tends to make every plot point super clear in dialog, so this was a welcome change. And, ironically, probably for the same reasons of lots in this thread, the producers just didn’t care for this episode.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

And, no, the saucer crashing as it did would not have instantly killed everyone. The saucer cruises along to a more or less controlled “landing”. There’s even dialog, where Data says he’s leveling the descent.

There is a nitpick though where Riker and others clearly realize they will be thrown forward when the saucer stops... then why didn’t they take brace positions?



One other thing I really liked was it became clear Picard would go back in time, and I 100% expected the destruction of the D would be somehow averted. Nope, still happened in all its glory And that’s another nice touch— Picard didn’t *know* about the destruction, so he wasn’t aware to try to stop it. Seriously, a worse script would have had the echo Guinan telling him about it.

And related to that, I did NOT realize the D would be destroyed. Contrast Search For Spock, where it was in the trailer... “the last voyage of the Enterprise.” It’s true the trailer did show the D saucer about to impact, but it was a small bit and not clear what was happening.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

I think this movie is highly underrated. Yes, the Enterprise B scenes were darn weak, and having Cameron play another incompetent officer to make Kirk look good was bad. But the Next Gen stuff was good.

One thing I *really* liked was when Soran manipulated Picard into sending him back to the station. This was a wonderful moment of showing vs telling. Later, Soran does literally tell Geordi that El Aurians are a race of listeners, but this Picard scene is first. There’s no cheesy sound effect to show Soran has a “power”, there’s just him reading Picard’s emotional state. A skilled human (manipulator) could have done this too. But Soran did and used it. I think that’s wicked solid.
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Silly
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

I just found it mostly boring. Some intriguing stuff, like I liked how Picard realized he was feeling younger when he started dancing to the Latin music.

But I did not like the massive regression of Data. Annoying and boring retread.

Also, the reveal that the Son’a and Ba’ku were not only the same species, but actual children and parents was rather strange. Were they aware of this or not? Why was this hidden? And the Enterprise figures it out easily enough. Did those Starfleet in charge of the duck blind do no due diligence?

One might think the Feds were so intent on stealing the fountain of youth from the planet that they skipped some steps. But then why bother with the duck blind at all? Seems like a rather cumbersome formality.

And of course why does Picard have such certitude the Baku own the planet? This is squatters’ rights on steroids.

Kudos though to mentioning the losses to the Borg and Dominion. Nice continuity, though it makes one wonder what the Enterprise has been up to during the Dominion war.

Lol though Riker flying the freaking 1701 with a PC joystick. Oh, and the joystick popping up so dramatic out of the floor. Wow, it goes back to the old joke that the worst science on Star Trek was always computer science.
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Silly
Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

lol, like others, I quite distinctly remember this episode from my childhood, literally 40 years ago! I didn’t like it whatsoever, but it sure stuck in my head.

Ok, I actually did quite like the Lazaruses spaceship/time machine. Nice little prop.

It’s really not clear that one Lazarus is sane and one crazy. I could scarcely tell the difference. Bones couldn’t seem to tell either.

What really always bothered me was the place they get trapped to fight for all eternity... so, they are immortal? Is there food there?

Also, considering the two Lazaruses NEVER meet outside the over-exposed room, it seems a reasonable explanation is that they CAN’T, so there was actually no danger. How would they *know* that meeting would destroy the universe? Its not exactly something you can test.

Lol, horrible episode, but a good conversation starter.
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Silly
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

I thought it was pretty good. Janeway got her ass called out, and it was a very good indictment.

Come on! “Well we thought 8472 was a bigger threat”! Come on! How self serving can you get?
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Silly
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

This wasn’t bad, but they cut to the chase way too soon. There was way more story available with 8472.
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Silly
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

As clunky as the Tasha/Wesley scene was, it was not as much ripped from a school anti-drug film as it may seem, at least not where I lived. I was a teen and it was eye poppingly informative. All the anti drug stuff I had seen pretty much went direct for the pure hell of heroin or whatever addiction. What was NEVER presented was that it might just FEEL GOOD. So, as goofy as Wesley’s aww-shucks thing was, for many of us in the real world, it was reality.

I’m assuming the powers that be, at least where I lived, never explained the “positivess” that drug use had because it would seem like promoting it or something. I don’t know though, because you would see someone smoking weed or something without the extreme consequences of worst case heroine abuse or whatever, and it’s a pretty quick leap that you were being lied to, so I question this rationale.

Anyway, they could have played this scene better. It would go a long ways if Wesley had just nodded in befuddledment, rather than the aw-shucks thing they went with.
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Silly
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

I hadn’t seen this in like 30 years, but the lead in Bandersnatch reminded me very strongly of Charlie. So I’d say this ep left an impression on me.

The reason is trivial though. A late teenage male with a bouffant who is more than a tad unsocial.
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Silly
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Considering Kirk, Scotty and Bones were infatuated with Khan, it’s very plausible to see MacGivers seduced. She may have become a historian for the very reason she is very, uh, interested in men like this.

Also, Khan expertly put some strong mind screws on her. She’s a historian, not command or security. Likely there isn’t much training in how to handle a sexy genius from centuries before.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

This episode is one I liked a lot better when I was a kid.

This episodes is crap! Kirk is right, it is a torture chamber! I don’t care what the aliens claim. BS!

The episode fundamentally expects you to believe the aliens deep down, after a nice Kirk Speech are good. Ok, but, no. Sorry.

It does have great Kirk/Spock/McCoy material, but still, no way.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 5:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

The Enterprise floating in blue cloud skies looked so wonderful to me—-many years later The Voyage Home’s brief similar shot of the Bird of Prey “Bounty”. Just looked fantastic.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

I’m rewatching it. It’s great.

I’ll fanwank... there’s a very good reason the Gorn moves in slow motion- it’s explicitly stated the race is cold blooded.

There’s plenty to critique- like why did Kirk and company not immediately beam up when first beaming down to the colony when it was very obviously a trap. And Uhuru screaming when Kirk was taken from the bridge... lol because teleportation is quite mundane in this universe.

But still, this is a first season ep of TOS. Come on, they were quite literally making it up as they went along. And thank you Lucille Ball!
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Silly
Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 12:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

It’s bland but a fairly competent bland. That is, it wasn’t terribly marred by season 1 troubles. It would have fit with some tweaks as a bland episode in season 3 or 6. Actually it would have been a strong season 7 episode.
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Silly
Fri, May 8, 2020, 10:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

What’s great about this episode is that even having seen it and the rest of the series, I still find myself seriously being convinced Kira is a Cardy.
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Silly
Tue, May 5, 2020, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

It’s a lousy episode, but really gets 3 stars for this one line: "Picard and his lackeys would've solved all this technobabble hours ago."
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Mon, May 4, 2020, 6:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

People question why Quark is here... he says it’s because of Zek. It seems reasonable to me he’s there because he’s scared for Nog. While not stated on screen, it seems a reasonable guess Zek may have given Quark information that spooked Quark. Quark complaining to Dax is just his normal bs/rationalizing/anxiety.
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