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Silly
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:35pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 9:28am (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Sun, May 20, 2018, 3:11am (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Sun, May 13, 2018, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Sun, May 13, 2018, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Tue, May 8, 2018, 8:44pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 4:26pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 7:55pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 9:14pm (UTC -5)
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). http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LampshadeHanging
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Silly
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
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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Silly
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 11:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

@acd "The transfer of memory was supposed to be voluntary but the memorial was malfunctioning [...] Voyager repaired that part of the memorial and added a failsafe" etc.

Yep, very good point, a few small lines of dialog could so easily have fixed a lot of these problems.



@Skeptical "I'm willing to forgive alien races for doing things which we might think of as horrible because, get this, they're ALIENS. [...]How do we know these people simply don't experience psychic trauma the way we do, and thus don't have to worry about PTSD"

Yep, good point about aliens being alien... It should happen way more than it does.

Also, it's possible the aliens don't even really have long term emotional memories and built the monument for that very reason. They NEED that intensity to remember it.
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silly
Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 2:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

When I saw the trailer for this way back when the show first aired, my reaction was an eye-rolling "ugh, sounds incredibly stupid". Voyager was just not wow-ing me at the time.

I didn't watch it until last year, after seeing it pop up in a few lists as being best of Voyager and what not.

It's surprisingly quite good. And yes, the actor did an amazing job. It's absolutely believable he's somehow a merger of the two m
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Sillyk
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 9:18am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

I always has a different take on this whole episode--- that the entire thing was contrived, perhaps even starting with Kes's initial injury.

It was quite clear the aliens had Janeway's number right from the get-go, and it was also made amply clear they were quite technologically advanced. Perhaps they had even heard of Voyager already before it arrived.

Voyager and Janeway often have way more than a little quasi-Ugly American "walk around like we own this quadrant" attitude and certainly Janeway's "I'll just do your little endurance ritual thing" is extremely condescending.

If the entire setup was contrived, that makes the repeated "it's all meaningless" even more on the nose. Certainly it seems like a possible lesson and I would bet that Janeway pondered this event many times later on.

So I'm suggesting ultimately that the aliens simply cured Kes and protected Janeway when she carried her up the temple.
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Silly
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

I watched the first few seasons of Voyager during their original broadcast but mostly stopped. It just seemed like lightweight rehashed TNG. And ways in which it differed, like the Seska episodes... silly, absurd, and soap opera in the worst ways. Meanwhile it all but completely chucked any real use of the premises.

But some part of the Voyager disdain was simply franchise fatigue.

Rewatching them now, or probably 2/3 for the first time, it's not so bad, since I know what to expect and that it ain't really going anywhere. Now I can pull up a random episode and enjoy it as a lightweight TNG.
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silly
Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Not the best evar episode, but for the Senioritis 7th season, not so bad at all.

As others have said, Troi actually having a task that matches with her actual talents was nice.

But, the Worf/Riker "Worf, you sound like a man who's asking his friend if he can start dating his sister" scene was golden and fitting and gets it up to a 3*** imho.
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Silly
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 8:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

William B: "this episode ends up foreshadowing the much larger-scale "Riker vs. Picard" showdown that features as a part of "The Best of Both Worlds," in which Riker is again overpowered and facing Picard, and somehow has to succeed against a superior foe. I think that episode is a continuation of and answer to this one"

That's a very interesting point, the parallels are striking, and I agree it likely was more serendipitous than planned.
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Silly
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 8:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I always liked how sarcastically Picard said the lines "In my century, we don't succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility."

He KNOWS he's full of it and doesn't care.
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Silly
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 7:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

I actually liked Justice and considered it the first good episode with anything serious to ponder. It's definitely flawed though. Perhaps the most glaring is the omission of Picard's history with the Crusher family-- Picard having sent Jack Crusher where he died... and there was a very real possibility it was going to happen again, this time with Wesley.


They most annoying thing to me was Picard's absolute obsession with discussing the (supposed) problem with the Prime Directive... the aliens learned everything Data knew, but there are untold thousands of laws and tiles and it's entirely possible the aliens would not have even realized it.

It also seems like the Edo God would help in this situation. The one Edoan says "we cannot allow ignorance of the law to be a defense" may well make sense for people in that society who have had years to learn it, but for a guest who has merely visited for a couple hours? This is an absurdly child like understanding, and even a dangerous one-- what if a Cardassian or Klingon ship visited and one of their people killed for a ridiculous reason?


Oh, and Tasha was absolutely incompetent here for failing to discover the punishment for crimes.
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Silly
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 4:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Picard killed the duplicate Picard because he was boarding the shuttle and about to leave. Killing P2 was the most direct action he could take up to that point to ensure the cycle didn't repeat. A shot in the dark to some degree, to be sure.
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silly
Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Watch carefully... Picard is chatting with Beverly up until he goes into the room for dinner... and on the ship, that's when Riker gets out of bed and freaks out Beverly...

Seemingly fives minutes or so pass (if that) and Riker has arrived with his fake alien gill, that even passes inspection.

So in the space of under five minutes, Riker and Beverly have concocted this plan for Riker to pretend to be compromised and Bev puts in that fake gill... That seems a bit unrealistic....
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silly
Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 9:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Home Soil

The opening sequence where the Director REALLY REALLY REALLY doesn't want visitors, and Troi tells Picard that he's hiding something and is panicky about having visitors...

Um...

That the Director was having a big ol' orgy with the female technician (or even the entire staff) would also explain the situation.

Especially considering the reason for his panic wasn't really ever firmly established.

That would also explain why the female technician is EXTREMELY gracious upon the Enterprise crew arrival... it smacks of over compensation.



Anyway, it did look kind of goofy when Captain and company were in sickbay bent over staring at the life-form, but it nevertheless seemed like the way real people would act.
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