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Sillyk
Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

It’s almost amazing how bad this is. There’s a decent high concept here, but it doesn’t come together at all.

Totally perfunctory.
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Sillyk
Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 8:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

There was some great stuff in the episode that’s often forgotten because so many don’t like to watch it.

When Yar demonstrates the holodeck, Lutan responds in alarm “You can create people? Without a soul?” That would have been an interesting perspective to build a plot on. Or maybe flesh this one out.

And Data, with his early strong lack of tact:
DATA: That's from an obscure language called French. Counting coup
PICARD: Mister Data, the French language for centuries on Earth represented civilisation.
DATA: Indeed? But surely, sir — (Riker cuts him off)
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Sillyk
Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 8:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

According to Wikipedia, Gene Roddenberry wanted an early episode to establish desires and fears of the crew. Unfortunately, it didn’t work very well.

The Naked Time, an early episode, did a great job of establishing Kirk’s and Spock’s personalities. Kirk’s veritable love and obsession with the Enterprise was laid bare, with the very real possibility of the ship being destroyed in 30 minutes. Spock feared losing control of his emotions, and that is exactly what happened here.

I think the reuse of the Naked Time plot, with the crew seeming to have no particular knowledge of Kirk and his Enterprise were actually meant to indicate they didn’t plan to lean on the original series too much, though I don’t think that worked either.

It is funny to read of others that came to TNG later. It’s a very different perspective than for us in 1987, thoroughly grounded in TOS, groaning in dismay at episodes like this. I’d say most of us hung on until it got better, but oh boy, you definitely weren’t telling any of your non-Trek friends “wow, you gotta watch this!” That really didn’t happen until The Best of Both Worlds.
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Sillyk
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 8:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

Strejda

Well, I can’t say at this time for sure, but any ship commander has to make commands to save the ship, as is later shown in Deanna’s officer test.
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Sillyk
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 8:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

Ugh.

This episode falls into my personal “tropes that must be banned.”

* No BOXING episodes that aren’t actually for real boxing.
* No N4Z!/H!TL3R episodes unless they are legitimately about those things.
* No AMERICAN CIVIL WAR episodes that aren’t really about it.

Bleh. Contrast with “Death Wish” which had a remarkably nifty metaphor for the Q realm, with the gas station.

For that matter, I would rather have had the Q war exist entirely in the Death Wish comet with everyone just yelling at each other.
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Sillyk
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Pretty good, but Geordi was ridiculously friendly and understanding. I just feel like since he was directing, he wanted to play it as Geordi not being a bad guy.
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Sillyk
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 9:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Sheesh, DYAC is back with this new iPhone Swype.

“Potatoes’s and Kim’s”... um, “Paris’s and Kim’s”.

After re-reading some comments, it is amusing to ponder how their replicators work... what exactly have they been eating? It converts energy to food... so does that food have their flaw? If they eat it long enough (gradually replacing the cells in their bodies), are they cured?

Haha, best not to think about such things too much if you like the episode.
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Sillyk
Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I’m in the Like camp. The technological issues make my brain bleed, but Whatevs.

But I actually think this could be a two parter. It was very fascinating to see the mimic Paris and Kim having the same personalities with the same arguments as their real counterparts desire being fully aware of what they are. Potatoes’s and Kim’s arguments were both compelling.

Same for all the characters. They should have turned around right away yet were literally programmed to try to reach earth.

Also, I was happy the reveal was pretty early on. I rolled my eyes at first when Chakotay said the demon planet was one of their most interesting missions and assumed it was just a wink wink to the audience, but am grateful in the next scene it was confirmed.
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Sillyk
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 5:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

I personally think this episode has greatly improved with time. I saw it when it was first run back in 1987 and hated it.

By far the biggest problem was having a goofy episode where everybody was out of character was way out of place as the first episode after the pilot. We didn’t know these characters at all, and making Picard look like a confused old man while Riker saves the day was awful.

Even Wesley as wunderkind wasn’t that bad the way it played out here, and while developing Wesley in that way was horribly dreadful, it was season wide and not specific to this episode.

This episode could comfortably fit in seasons 3-6 with a 3 star rating.

As for whether it’s “funny”... Trek very rarely does comedy well, so whatevs. There are funny bits here and there but Voyager’s Tinker Tenor is the only Trek episode setting out to be funny that really succeeds, imho.
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Sillyk
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

I was VERY worried when this episode started. Three very worrisome shots in a row at the start.

1) The first shot of the 1701-D floating into view from below and dead on in front... the multicolored deflector dish looks awful and cheap. And the ship looks very ugly and strange. Of course, we’re long used to it now, but after the quite beautiful movie era 1701, yuck.

3) A very badly handled camera shot of Picard strolling through engineering. Very very shaky, shockingly amateurish.

2) Picard/Stewart’s baldness and age. This one was more subjective, me being still a teenager.

Another very early annoyance was the saucer separation. Partly the way over the top music and melodrama. But also, Data insisting it was an *extreme risk* and Picard doing it anyway. Data is a computer... really, the saucer would likely have been destroyed, and possibly the engineering hull as well.

Lol, oh, and Q’s “freezing” of people.
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Sillyk
Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 5:49am (UTC -5)
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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Sillyk
Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:51pm (UTC -5)
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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Sillyk
Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:43pm (UTC -5)
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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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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Sillyk
Wed, Jul 12, 2017, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Conundrum was insanely over the top though. Macduff was able to seize control of the Enterprise and its computer, alter its data, give everybody (INCLUDING Data!) amnesia, yet the enemy he's attempting to destroy is over 100 years behind the Enterprise in weapons technology?

Ridiculous, but still a fun episode.



In The Inner Light, yes, their technology seems primitive, but there is no reason to believe all humanoid species would progress technologically at the same rate... Perhaps the Kataanians understood minds/memories/spirits way better than humans and thus mind VR was early tech for them.

Also, they may be more advanced than they appear, similar to how the Ba'ku were far more technologically advanced than they appeared to be.
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