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Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 5:49am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: The Forsaken

Modern day ambassadors are often simply political gifts and getting to do travel to interesting places perks of that. Seems to be the dynamic here and why Sisko gleefully pawns them off on noob Bashir. And Lawaxana’s very large personality likely precedes her, particularly with O’Brien on the station.
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Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 2:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

My reaction to Kevin confessed to killing the Husnok was quite like Beverly’s... utter shock.

BZ, Dr Crusher didn’t pick up the music box, Data did.

As for Kevin recreating the Husnok? It’s generally far easier to destroy than create. Humans have the power to nuke a city, but not recreate it just like that.
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Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 12:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

Pulaski’s interactions with Data here pretty quickly doomed the character, which is too bad because she actually became a quite good character as the season progressed.

They seemed to be aiming for a McCoy/Spock rivalry, which on paper might have seemed, um, logical with Pulaski being the cranky doctor and the android Data being quite logical. But Spock was an adult, while Data was much more like a child, so it came across like a mean middle aged woman picking on an elementary school child.

Not a good dynamic, and with Data being a fan favorite, her fate was sealed quick.
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Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 3:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

Notice how they never actually discuss Kirk’s plan, and even in sickbay, Spock is circumspect about it, saying merely that they to carry out the Captain’s plan.

Seems likely the production knew perfectly well that lilling the aliens with high atmospheric pressure made no sense. Swapping that out for some technobabble radiation would have really helped.
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Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 3:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

This is actually a poor man’s “The Lights of Zetar” from third season TOS.

Non-corporeals looking for bodies and killed with a dubious atmosphere trick. Here, Phlox briefly “kills” everybody to drive out the aliens, while in Zetar, high pressure is used.

Though not regarded highly by most TOS fans, I actually do like “Zetar” a lot. The pressure treatment was ridiculous but the alien possessions are very creepy and the ep has solid acting and emotional punch as the possessed lady struggles to defeat the aliens.

Sigh. I didn’t watch Enterprise much when it aired and so I’ve been randomly watching eps now. The opening act on this one had me thinking wow what did I miss, then of course it went badly south.
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Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

This was quite like “Code of Honor” in the horribly cliche Indian plot.

The Wesley part wasn’t too bad, and nice to see some story closure.

It’s comical that the Traveller tells Wesley to have faith the humans/Cardassians can solve their problems on their own. Wesley’s response should have been “you know how many times I’ve saved their a$$?”
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Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

It does seem Picard should have simply ordered Worf to do the procedure. It’s insane to expect Worf to come to terms with his past out of the blue like this in these tense circumstances, like, apparently a few hours at most. And Worf’s rationale was clearly based in racism and anger.

Picard has certainly ordered people to do far worse things.
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Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 7:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Stunt doubles: lol, yes, they're obviously not the actors, but you would have had a 21" possibly snowy and black and white picture in 1967, not the 60" Crystal clear HD TV you're watching it with now.

To me this is sometimes visible even in TNG. For example, near the end of Conspiracy, the old grey haired Admiral starts fighting and tossing people around. In the wide shots, it's obviously a much younger guy.

The great thing with these HD releases is hot much more detail you get to see... with the downside being warts and all. I actually tend to find the random hairs out of place on actors' heads more bothersome, including shatners in this very episode.
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Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 11:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Definitely a favorite from when a kid, lol, but it still has its charms.

It is kind of comical how Spock spends like 20 minutes watching Kirk on the view screen commenting "good, good."

Definitely an iconic episode. This one was featured in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, after all... A great bit where B&T are watching Kirk walk/climb the mountain then later they are forced to walk up the same path from the same camera angle. Vazquez Rocks if you're curious.
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Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

I’m with Trek Fan, I think this is for sure a 3 star. With the very creepy garbled voice when the Zetars possess people, it is actually a solid understated horror flick.

Sure, there are warts, like calling Mira “the girl”, and clunky lines from Uhura/Chekov/Sulu. And I agree in principle that the episode would be stronger if it featured a regular crew member, but I don’t hold structural show issues against specific episodes, and this actress knocked it out of the park.
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Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 5:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

This gets three stars for Stubs’ put downs on Troi alone.

Stubs was an unusually well written and played guest character for Trek, especially for a scientist. While amusing for the viewer, his Troi put downs are believable for a very smart middle aged scientist. He knows what she is and what she’s doing and thinks it’s silly and annoying.

The “i’ll put two nanites together” creating an entire civilization is silly but at least has the Dr Moriarty precedent. It’s comical because it’s like the writers come up with this clever little bit and build a story around it while in reality people would have been sticking nanites together to see what would happen long before they shipped them.

Same with Geordi accidentally creating Moriarty by a simple misstatement— hello, QA department? Even funnier is that Geordi is basically blamed for it.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

It was nuts that they just allowed Troi's mystery possession pregnancy while in the middle of a critical and dangerous mission.

They should have put her in a shuttle or whatever with a doctor since she was determined to have the baby.

One nice touch-- in the briefing when they reveal it's some sort of alien pregnancy, Worf turns and stares at her. It's nice because Worf is typically depicted in a very non subtle way.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

While it has some solid bits, it has some very weak ones.

It often plays like a cartoon, such as when the female crew member jumps off her seat and slides across the floor yelling "we're moving", and the commissioner guy is practically grinning when contact with the shuttle is lost.

The crew becomes severely insubordinate right after they land.

Boma's insistence on a funeral and Spock saying nice words at it when Spock and Scott are frantically trying to fix the ship is insane. Is that what Boma wants/expects if he dies? He doesn't want them to use every moment to save themselves?

McCoy's rank and position make his tangling with Spock more reasonable, but chatting with the junior officers about Spock not having a heart is extremely inappropriate.

And of course, dead horse, Spock dumping/lighting the fuel was entirely logical. It was a gamble, but not illogical considering sensors were not functional.
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Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 9:28am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I thought the crazy lady aspect worked quite well. It's stated clearly she dedicated her life to studying the entity after her son was killed... it's not surprising that her motivation was obsession with avenging her son.

She HID it well.

The annoying part for me is that Picard is pleasantly surprised they can communicate with the entity. Well, duh, Lore colluded with it and they knew that, so obviously some level of communication was possible.
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Sun, May 20, 2018, 3:11am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Wesley being the last one actually really does make sense, as a couple have said.

He’s on a vacation that’s quite a lengthy trip for him and he would not want to play a silly game which he could do at home. And they didn’t force him until the end because he didn’t really seem like a risk.

Picard probably WAS forced by Riker/Worf etc.

I was more annoyed by the Data ex Machina ending because it seemed dishonest. Wesley is running around being chased in full panic mode with nary a hint they had actually fixed Data.
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Sun, May 13, 2018, 9:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

This episode requires that you know the "absolute power corrupts" trope and that that is what they are trying to do here, because the ep didn't pull it off.

Though, in Riker's case, it's more "absolute power turns you into a prick."

The main problem is it happens way too fast... Riker's smug look when he saves everybody to the ship. Seems to me, he would likely be demoted for insubordination.

Essentially, the morale of the episode is actually "don't become possessed by powerful evil forces", exactly the same as with Gary Mitchell. The one difference being Kirk seemed to actually figure that out without a Q like character telling him precisely what was going on. (And for any younger fans, that's from "Where No Man Has Gone Before", a strong early original series episode.)
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Sun, May 13, 2018, 5:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

I always think people underrate this episode. It shows aliens acting rather alien but with a relatable goal and motivation. The killing of Marla and its impact on Jeremy clearly freaked them out.

It was also wisely pointed out by Troi and Picard that the alien’s plan didn’t make much sense. The faux Marla was obviously unprepared to respond to that argument.

I also found the portrayal of faux Marla very convincing as a mother.
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Tue, May 8, 2018, 8:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Robert Joy's Yerid greatly helped sell this. Great acting and a refreshing break from the almost always cartoonishly simple guest characters.

I almost typed "he was actually doing his job" which is kind of funny, isn't it?
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Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

I really liked how Begley was obliterated with the torpedo. It was kind of funny how he played it "uh oh", but I was also relieved that the torpedo exploding the ship so close to the temporal vortex thing didn't create an explosion of technobabble.

Also, earlier, it was refreshing when the shuttle exploded Begley's lieutenant in the big rig. Something about the setup just seemed like there would be some overwrought naval gazing about killing the dude, but not this time.

Should Begley have been smart enough to raise the shields or whatever on the time machine? Maybe, but intelligence isn't experience (as Spock would say). And also, Begley had had a pretty long run of outwitting Voyager. Eventually he'd start to get cocky or goof or whatever.
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Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 4:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

I liked it. Though, this comes with me being familiar with Voyager, disappointed back when it first aired, so basically graded on a curve.

I don't recall seeing the balding young officer before, so for a while I assumed he was the villain.

I thought if a Conundrum type plot based on that, like what if in an episode the regular crew were gradually replaced by different actors. Perhaps with a bit of Remember Me as well, with one character being the only one noticing anything.
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Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 7:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

This was pretty solid, though with the problem that the Kazon always came across as embarrassingly cheap Klingon knockoffs. Wtf? They looked like costumes someone out together from a particularly crappy thrift store.

Seska's motivations make a life of sense here... Then she the runs off with the Kazon so that, uh, wtf, made zero sense.

The maddening thing is that had she remained on the ship, she could have been one of those Dr. Smith on Lost in Space or Dr. Baltar in BSG characters, where half the time they are helping you, half the time plotting against you sort of, but still with the goal of getting home etc etc. Think of Seska being a third wheel in the Voyager (Janeway)/Borg adventures, for example.
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 9:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Prime Factors

"I don't really understand what this technobabble means, but due to some rather convincing line delivery, when something happens on that weird graphical display, it's very easy to tell when it's good, or when it's very, very bad"

Yup, if there were an academy award for Best Technobabble Scene, the actors here really nailed it.
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Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 9:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

Holodeck and power fanwank:

Since the replicator makes actual matter, it probably takes drastically more power than the Holodeck. Like e=mc^2 more power. The holodeck is still just a super fancy projector.

I found the Kim/Paris holo scene waaay too long.

Neelix's rants were pretty funny, and in tv trope parlance, it seemed the writers were lampshading the absurdity of the plot (and many plots to come).
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 6:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

This episode had lots of bits that raise the rating at least half a star. A couple:

1) Janeway getting clocked in the face

2) Tuvok saying "I feel it is my duty to point out there is absolutely no logical reason to believe Kes is correct. However, since I have no alternative course of action to recommend at this time, I suggest we proceed."

In comical #2, Tuvok is aware he is adding absolutely nothing.

Seems like he's also wrong,. At a minimum, Kes had been shown somehow detecting the cracks in technobabble.
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 2:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Defiant

Riker's interaction with O'Brien was very smartly written. Miles was the biggest threat of realizing Tom wasn't Will Riker and this little bit of dialog pretty much neutralized Miles. "I have nothing to say to you, O'Brien. I think you know why."

A lesser writer would have had Tom sedate Miles and hide him in a locker somewhere, or something like that.
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