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Silly
Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 5:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

@Jill "I didn't care for this ep when it came out, or even on my second viewing, but my third watch moved me to tears"

Similar for me.

I wonder if that's largely because as you pointed out, a lot of the substance here is Seven's gradual and wordless attitude change, very well played by Ryan.

You really have to be paying close attention, and Voyager (and really most Trek) doesn't usually require or encourage that because things are usually loud and right in your face.
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Silly
Sun, Sep 5, 2021, 4:56pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

@Peter G. "No wonder the Wadi are rolling their eyes."

That is a really good point. When you don't know what's really going on, they seem quite callous and indifferent. But they're actually thinking "what the hell is wrong with these people?"
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Silly
Wed, Sep 1, 2021, 9:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

I don't know if creating an illusory colony like the illusory Rishon was outside Kevin's powers. Possibly, but the episode isn't explicit about the scope of his powers.

My personal assumption was that he had the ability, but didn't want to go that far and hide all his guilt. He wanted to be reminded of it and wallow in it. He wasn't initially trying to fool the Enterprise, he just went to that when they wouldn't leave.

I think, sadly, having lived as a human without his powers, he was simply out of practice even thinking in those terms. This is why he failed at tricking the Husnock, then failed at tricking the Enterprise. Also, his clumsy effort to distract Deanna.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 31, 2021, 5:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Sisko and Nog have surprisingly good chemistry.

Perhaps both Brooks and Eisenberg have/had good chemistry with other actors. Certainly Nog improved massively by being upgraded from a "comic relief" type character.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 31, 2021, 5:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Inquisition

Look how little Sisko really offers in the end meeting with Odo and the others. Starfleet won't confirm nor deny the existence of Section 31, etc, then he *advises Julian to accept being recruited*.

Seems to me Sisko, as a high ranking officer in a critical post, is perfectly well aware of Section 31 and may have even recommended Julian for recruitment.
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Silly
Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 8:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

*relieve, not retrieve
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Silly
Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 8:29pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

It would be interesting to see this redone by a modern Trek.

It's 100% believable that the evil Kirk half would attempt rape. I would like to see how this would be handled now. Probably they would never use a main character for this now, because the character would be so badly tarnished.

The best part here for me is the "good" Kirk absolutely overwhelmed by the Spock and McCoy arguments. "Yeah, that sounds reasonable" over and over.

As for Kirk not relinquishing command, possibly machismo, but also possibly he simply couldn't even make that decision by that point.

This is an early episode, and thus an early installment of when can you retrieve the captain? Granted, this is a case so whacky Starfleet would never have thought of it. But split into two halves?

Clearly he should be declared incompetent. But to be fair, the Good Kirk wasn't obviously impaired at first. But really, he has no more claim to the throne than Evil Kirk.
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Silly
Fri, Aug 13, 2021, 6:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

"later as Dukat"
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Silly
Fri, Aug 13, 2021, 6:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

The main dog alien was played by Marc Alaimo, better known as late as Dukat. The mask hides him and his notable neck and the voice is so distorted he's pretty much unrecognizable. However at one point he stretches out his arm in the dramatic way Dukat sometimes did. "an entire universe set in flames"
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Silly
Thu, Aug 12, 2021, 6:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

Wheaton's comments on his costume are interesting. It's ironic that he got those subdued colors, not just relative to popular gain of the 80s, but the bright blue, gold and red of standard Starfleet uniforms. Still, that orange looks pretty 80s now.

I had just assumed they gave him bulky sweaters because he was still a skinny kid and sets are typically quite cold.


This is the first decent episode of season one, but when it becomes the total Wesley wankfest and Picard advises the crew to think happy thoughts, you definitely know where you are.

It's just silly Picard not only took the advice of this sick mystery space alien, but went far beyond and made him an acting officer.

But Wesley was meant to be a main character, and this was probably better than him being otherwise jammed into stories.


Bleh, Engineer Argyle and especially Riker are behaving quite unprofessionally toward Kazinski. Even if he is an ass, they are still officers.
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Silly
Wed, Aug 11, 2021, 9:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I was always struck by the idea of the cadet ship circumnavigating the Federation, thinking that would take an awful long time.

But according to the DS9 Technical Manual, Bajor is only 52 light years from Earth. Wow, if 52 light years is considered "deep space", then the Federation is drastically smaller than I ever thought.

This also rather contradicts actual statements from TOS.


Anyway, is 52 light years considered "deep" space even today?
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Silly
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 6:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

It would have been cool if Kira had appeared. Ah well.

It's true this was conceived as a Picard vehicle, but they realized Picard was unlikely to be that much different in the slightly altered realities.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 6:15pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

I agree with the above that one thing that dampens the fun is that regular DS9 already has terrorism, war, political games, etc, so it wasn't as different as the original TOS episode. Basically, Mirror DS9 was about the same as regular DS9, with the characters just switched around.

That does dampen the fun because I'm not terribly interested in investing time in figuring out the new intrigue because there's no point.


Also, to me, the TNG episode "Parallels" kind of spoils the Mirror Universe idea anyway. In that (excellent) episode, Worf switches among numerous alternate universes. So what's so special about this one?
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Silly
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 5:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

The DS9 Mirror Universe episodes never did much for me. Like other reviewers, it feels like I should like this but somehow it's blah.

I think it might be because it straddles the line about whether it's meant to be taken seriously or not.

One thing I did NOT like was Mirror Kira seeming to know all about Prime Kirk's visit and what Mirror Spock did that ultimately brought down the Terran Empire. It felt ridiculously self aware, like she had just watched that episode.

This is nearly 100 years later. That would be pretty long ago trivia by now, IF Kira had any way of knowing all that in the first place. She might easily know about the great Spock that foolishly brought down the Terran Empire but wouldn't have the make "Kirk" practically on the tip of her tongue.


Nana Visitor was very good here though. She looked great and played a convincingly different Intendant (and I learned that word from this ep). Mirror Kira was a compelling character in her own right and could easily have been credible villain.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 2:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

That 52 light year number has to be considered a mistake, imho. That wouldn't have been "deep space" in even Kirk's time.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 2:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

I liked it well enough, though the "ancient Bajorans" building and launching spaceships really needed at least some fleshing out. Using the word "ancient" seems misguided because it appears the protection wants you to believe they were not much beyond ocean sailing to make the achievement even more incredible.

It just seems they don't want you to think "ancient" Bajor must have had the ability to launch ships into space, ability to construct a pressurized cabin and provision it with oxygen, etc etc etc.

It's difficult to directly compare, but I don't think 1221 AD is considered "ancient" in Earth's history in a technical sense. Certainly 500 years ago isn't, it's considered the early modern era.



As for Bajorans at home learning of the ship somehow making it to Cardassia, I don't think that requires an FTL return trip or communications. A standard transmission would work, it would just take five years.


Incidentally, I was googling to see the distance from Bajor to Cardassia, which is five light years, then find out Bajor is only 52 light years from Earth ...

Um, say what?? 52 light years is considered "deep space"?
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Silly
Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 9:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

Heh, I'm on an anti-Dax campaign I guess. Really these are thoughts from back in the day when this first ran.

I'm not a Dax or Jadzia hater at all, but I never liked the Dax-centric episodes. I couldn't care less if this guy makes off with the worm nor if Jadzia died.

The guest acting and the side stories were pretty good.
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Silly
Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 9:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

As mentioned above, it is pretty weird how quiet Jadzia gets about all this. Kira even lampshades it.

It does put quite a damper on the drama when the central character apparently couldn't care less. It's vaguely justified by the script (she's hiding something) but I can't help but think the production minimized Jadzia's role here because Farrell couldn't carry much weight in the acting department.
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Silly
Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 9:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

@Rahul,

But what about The Sisko? It seems to me the Emissary business all but disappeared until well into season three with "Destiny". I was quite curious of what was up with that, yet it seemed practically dropped. For Dax, in season 1 there is "Dax" (seventh episode), season 2 has "Invasive Procedures", "Playing God" and "Blood Oath".


And yes, it doesn't help that they skirt the issue, (which MUST be well settled law with the symbiont issue anyway). Enina's "Curzon was in bed with me" just doesn't cut it.

This reminds me a bit of TNG's "Too Short a Season", focusing on characters I couldn't care less about. Memory Alpha says the writers were enthralled with Dax, and it shows.


I have so many issues with this episode:

* The Bajoran Judge's attitude is ridiculous. The "I'm old as hell and won't deal with BS" is fine but when Sisko says Jadzia isn't Curzon the judge says "It would have been easier on me, Commander, had you not raised that particular point." Well damn, sorry to inconvenience you having to do your freaking job.

* There is absolutely no way "Klaestron Four" has a "unilateral extradition" treaty with the Federation. Wtf??

* The station isn't "technically" Bajoran, it IS Bajoran. And it's unlikely Bajor has any diplomatic relations whatsoever with Klaestron. Meaning, there would be no mechanism for even an extradition request. These Klaestrons kidnapped someone and should be charged for that. I certainly think THAT issue would take priority.

* The Klaestron kidnapping makes Odo look pretty bad.

Some of that is early installment weirdness, like Odo's poor security. But a lot of it seems like they thought they were telling a great story so just kind of glossed over some problems. But it's not a great story.



There are some pluses here and there. I did like they grabbed the ship with the tractor beam after it seemed to have gotten away.
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Silly
Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 10:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

According to Memory Alpha, Siddig got the script the day before shooting and so didn't have any time to prepare for a very different characterization.

Also, yes, Bashir's possessed dialog was dubbed because they didn't like the voice he used on set. I would be curious to hear the original because there's a very good chance it's better than what they replaced it with.

This suggests to me that they didn't know or couldn't convey to Siddig what they actually wanted. I would bet they didn't allocate much time for this either.
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Silly
Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 10:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

Lol, I haven't seen this since it first ran, and all I remember was Bashir being possessed and Siddig's spectacularly bad acting. "Open a channel."

This didn't inspire much confidence in the series at the time, but fortunately Siddig proved to be a great actor and this just a crazy flub.
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Silly
Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 9:43pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

Garak's line after shooting Entek "pity, I rather liked him" was a meta joke.

The producers really liked the character and how well the actor played him and didn't want Garak to kill him, but it was kept because they very much wanted to build Garak's character.
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Silly
Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 9:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

Another annoyance of the end is the mother is so prozacy in attitude. "Ah well, I knew I'd have to go to jail someone" and she and her son happily go with Sisko.
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Silly
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 8:54am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

I'm glad to see some of the later commenters didn't much care for it, because I certainly don't. I think this episode is so badly flawed that 1.5 stars is being generous.

Back when season 7 first aired, it was hampered by far far far too much focus on Ezri Dax. But early DS9 was also vastly overly focused on Dax!


In seasons 1 and 2, It seems like the production assumed Dax would be the breakout character and practically acted like Jadzia was the star of the show. But that never happened. I doubt it ever would have happened, but rolling out these deep Dax backstory episodes BEFORE the current character was even established certainly didn't help.

Would TNG Measure of a Man have been so compelling if it was one of the first few episodes, before we got to know and like Data?

Note that the very Spock-centric Amok Tine and Journey to Babel came about AFTER and BECAUSE Spock was a hit.

Probably this episode should get a little leeway for its clunkiness because it's a very early one before the show got its sea legs. But that doesn't fully absolve it because the extreme doting on Dax was quite deliberate.
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Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 9:18pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

And I did not like AT ALL that Odo got so submissive to Koloth when Koloth says he's a Dahar Master. Koloth essentially threatens Odo.

First, why would Odo know much of anything about Klingons, especially those kinds of details. Maybe he gets a monthly security magazine? But that's minor, Odo could have learned.


The bigger problem is Who Freaking Cares? This is a Bajoran station and Odo is security chief. Is Koloth actually going to attack Odo?

This is just flat out of character for Odo. It's just sort of a variant on the Worf Effect. The script made Odo back down in submissive awe just to establish how Significant it is to be a Dahar Master. Never mind that there's another one in the drunk tank.

And maybe they should wear a Dahar Master belt or button or something?
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