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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 10:47am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Having heard about the negative reputation of this movie, I admittedly was hesitant to even give it a go. Even though I loved the first one and didn't really care much for the second, the fans opinions of The Final Frontier somehow got to me. Boy was that a mistake.

Storywise, the film falls short. It doesn't really have a villain and the plot kind of gets lost mid way. The evil entity at the end was just as much a dissapointment to me as it was for anybody else. But be that as it may, this movie has a helluva lot going for it.

Because it isn't about the story. It's about the characters we have all come to know and love for so long now. They have aged, they have become dependent of each other, not as mere working colleagues, but as family.

So when the big Three sits down at a camp fire on a purely recreational weekend in the wilderness it feels not only legit but even most appropriate that they sing a song or two. Preferably an easy one, so that Spock can adapt. Yes, it feels a bit cheap when Scotty walks into a beam and passes out, but why focus on that particular moment when the rest is at least satisfactory?

The relationship between him and Uhura might not be the most believable, but it isn't out of the question, and besides it serves as the perfect excuse to show the viewers that they too, have a human side. It was a bit of shock to see Uhura's seductive dance, but it was just as much fun as Nichols probably had doing it.

I have three more points which I can't tie up in an eloquent way, so let me just list them:

The scene where McCoy and Spock encounters their most traumatic moments is nothing but Trek gold.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this the first time we saw Klingos speaking only klingon in their own company?

And honestly, who didn't enjoy Chekov in the captain seat?

3 Solid Stars.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 7:46am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I re-watched this yesterday. Sorry to say, but I have to lower my previous 2,5 Stars to a meager 1,5.

Here's why: I've mentioned many times before that I have a problem with time-travel episodes, because they are cheap storytelling tricks to concoct whatever plots you like without any regard to what has already been established. They never make any sense and work differently in every episode.

So, they all become convinced that if the stranded crew doesn't re-do the accident, the colony will cease to exist; why? They did exist simultaneously for 200 years without any problem, why can't they continue to do so? And with the same logic, if they didn't manage to escape wouldn't they just reboot the whole time sequence, still causing everybody to disappear, effectively creating a time loop? Or are they supposed to build a parallel, duplicate colony to the one that already exists?

The story is extremely poorly thought out if you scrutinize it even the slightest. Which is almost always the case with these type of scenarios. Of course there is something called suspend of disbelief, but that only works if the rest of the story contains elements of very high quality. In Star Trek IV they get a free pass, in Voyagers finale as well, in the Visitor etc,. But here ... The characters you love and respect only come off as stupid.

The main thing they manage to do is to deepen the relationship between Odo and Kira; however I fail to see how they couldn't have done it any other way. The only thing this episode has going for it is Bashirs banter with O'Brien, which is stellar enough to put it just above the 1 Star mark.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Gotta hand it to part 2 of this double feature. I definitively enjoyed the 1st part, which was essential as a build up. But except for a couple of great scenes which hadn't much with the main plot to do, namely the one with Sisko's father refusing a blood test (amazing and highly relevant scene), there were very little fireworks. In part 2 it kinda continues for a while, throwing the watcher in a couple of directions before finally rolling it all out in a very satisfying, quite spectacular way.

Through the use of the Defiant it even managed to feature the whole DS9 cast, albeit in a somewhat limited manner. It wasn't real clear why the Defiant had to get to Earth, but it didn't really bother me. The showdown against USS Lakota was tense and engaging, serving as an effective story element.

It definitively is a challenge to sell the Federation as the bad guys without having them infiltrated (thus them not being the actual Federation). In this case they do a great job in convincing us that paranoia and fear has gotten to the better of at least some of them - as it surely has happened in Earth's history a number of times already.

The Changelings are there. 27 people are dead. And through clever writing you keep on waiting for them to show up; but they don't, or they almost do - as when Sisko was set up - until one of them finally manifests and tells us that they don't have to do anything, that he (Colm Meany was brilliant as fake O'Brien btw) and three colleagues are basically standing by, watching, as we slowly smoke ourselves. I for one found it quite cogent. Cogent and entertaining.

All in all I give 'Homestead' 3 Stars and 'Paradise Lost' 4 Stars. I feel somewhat generous but I just like the slow burn theme of this double whammy.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 6:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

Perhaps the intention was well and good, but the "What a charming Negress!" dialogue felt really blunt. As someone already pointed out, would Sulu react the same if a historical character greeted him with "What a charismatic G***!"? Shouldn't Kirk have stepped in a explained that "With all due respect Sir, we would prefer it if you refrain from derogatory terms of such kind."

Yeah whatever, a part from that I liked the episode enough to put it on my re-watch list.

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Sleeper Agent
Sun, May 31, 2020, 2:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

Would have given it three stars if it wasn't for Uhura's complete absence.
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Sleeper Agent
Sun, May 24, 2020, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

Except for the somewhat foggy main plot, I don't see the critique here.

On the contrary the crew felt very much in line with the personalities we have gotten to know over the past 3 seasons.

It was indeed very nice with an episode focusing on Chekov and Spock.

I also really dig the music, which felt fresh and daring to include so much of in a Trek episode.

Would watch again.

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Sleeper Agent
Thu, May 14, 2020, 12:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

Yes, it would've been amazing if Uhura served as the alien vehicle. I don't mind the guest actress, she did a very good job, especially when channeling those of Zetar; but man Uhura would've KILLED it.

Overall a good episode with a cool enemy, some creative plot elements and solid dialogue. A bit slow sometimes, but hey it's TOS. The pressure chamber felt somewhat random; and man did they milk those last minutes "Just like that Spock! Just little more, yes; perhaps a teeny weeny bit more ..."

Also, Scotty might not always be spot on with his diagnosis "It's just space!", but what he lacks in concluding, he makes up for in bed side manner.

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Sleeper Agent
Fri, May 8, 2020, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Mark of Gideon

I very much agree with @Trek fan above, who gives a spot on summary of the episode. Although I have to mention the scene on the bridge when Scotty is one second away from cursing the Gideons, which in my humble opininon is one of the funniest in Trek history.

(Rock solid) III of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Wed, May 6, 2020, 12:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

It got a bit much when they started to chase each other around on the Enterprise, and it felt kind of strange when Kirk aborted the self-destruct sequence and the momentum of the episode died. But I liked the aliens and their mysterious powers. Frank Gorshin did a wonderful job as Bele as well.

All in all quite enjoyable.

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Sleeper Agent
Mon, May 4, 2020, 3:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Whom Gods Destroy

SPOCK: Please forgive me, but exactly where is your fleet?
GARTH: Out there waiting for me. They will flock to my cause, and for good reason. Limitless power, limitless wealth, and solar systems ruled by the elite. We, gentlemen, are that elite, and we must take what is rightfully ours from the decadent weaklings that now hold it.

Boom! The first true barn burner of Season 3. Love it, absolutely love it.

IV of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 3:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

Very boring episode which takes the ending from "I, Mudd" and stretches it out over a whole episode. Uhura's appearance and Spock's singing were the only highlights IMHO.

However, reading some of the comments makes me wonder if I was being too impatient with "Plato's Stepchildren". Certainly I will have to return to this one some day and give it another shot.

But as for now,
I / IV
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Apr 18, 2020, 4:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame


Just rewatched it and saw that they do indeed show Voyager close to Earth in the last scene, albeit just a few seconds, but nevertheless.

I'm a bit confused as to how the Borg sphere came out before Voyager through the hub (?).

I'm still disappointed we never got to see the Doc playing golf.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 4:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

@Trish: Excellent analysis! Very perceptive.

The kids got really annoying after a while, and for the love of God, why didn't Kirk throw a towel over Uhura's mirror? Still, I liked Gorgan and the overall story wasn't that bad. I found the scene where the two red shirts who got beamed out in space quite disturbing.

II of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 9:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

Just re-watched this gem and it's even better than I remember it to be.

I love what it does with Torres as a character, and I love how it depicts Klingon culture, and I absolutely love the last scene. But if you don't like B'Elanna (talk about character development!), Klingon culture or mystical concepts (FYI near death experiences is a very real and very powerful phenomenon), then this isn't for you.

4 Stars.
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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

I like the premise, too bad they never bothered to complete the script.

This could've been a good episode though, it had the right ingredients, but unfortunately no experienced cook.

On the whole some 50 minutes of underwhelming Trek. Nothing more, nothing less.

I of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

There we go. To be honest I didn't know what to expect, so I just took it for what it was. With this in mind I have to say that "Endgame" was a more than adequate finale to a series which I at first had a hard time to accept, but now when all is said and done, have learned to absolutely adore.

The episode felt like the blockbuster motion picture we never got for Voyager, meaning what it lacked in depth, it made up for in action and excitement. Would really appreciate watching this on the big screen one day. I'm not too keen on the premise, but it was all extremely well executed; and two Janeways is obviously a big plus regardless of how you look at it.

Here's a few points I would like to touch upon:

-I can't believe no one has mentioned the most emotional scene in the whole movie, when Admiral Janeway hugs Captain Kim in the shuttle. In a way it redeemed the whole Harry Kim character, and I for one couldn't hold back the tears.

-Grease ball Chakotay was painful to watch.

-Alice Krige did an ok role as the Borg Queen, I guess. However, I much prefered Susanna Thompson, who did a much better job in conveying a sinister aura.

-Paris with his priorities set straight was just satisfactory to behold. He finally grew up.

-Going back to Harry Kim again, his speech was great and served as yet another redeeming action to his character.

-It was nice to see some good old klingons again, and Torres daughter was great, the little we saw of her. Too bad she wasn't featured more; albeit understandable.

-The ending was too abrupt. The first shot should've been the last, or something similar. Would have benefitted a lot if at least the end credits showed Voyager being in the proximity of Earth.

-Doctor Joe... seriously? They should've gone with Papageno. Just sayin'.


With that said I would like to conclude with two last indirect remarks.

1. I really like this forum and will continue to use it as I make my way through both new and old Trek episodes. Hopefully, as long as I live. Thank you Jammer for this excellent site, and thank you fellow trekkies, for your comments. As Tim-1 so eloquently put it, this feels like an old friend.
2. In the words of the great Springy: “I love many things about Voyager, but even if it didn't have all those things, I will love it forever for Captain Janeway alone.“
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Sleeper Agent
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 1:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Assignment: Earth

Great guest appearances, nice props and an interesting intrigue; but as many have mentioned, it drops the ball half way in and has a hard time recovering from what turns into a boring mess.

On another note: from what I can remember NSA's existence wasn't officially admitted until the 80s (?), thus making this episode (one of) the first soft disclosure of the organisation?

And yeah, what was that woman/cat all about? Her name being Isis certainly is interesting.
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Sleeper Agent
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Equinox, Part I

@ Marc

I don't know how to address most of your rant. But let me just briefly mention that the value of one's morality is based upon consistency.
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Sleeper Agent
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

@ Peter G.

I'm fully aware of all the scorn Sisko got in "For the Uniform".

My point, however, was the way it was expressed. I don't know if it is because the captains are of different sexes, but the comments about Janeway tend to be somewhat more belittling, as seen in the example I gave, which talks about her having a "flimsy desire for 'revenge'" despite "her sonic showers being intact".

Comments like that (and it is my feeling there are many of them), have an underlying nuance of sexism. If you look through the comments about "For the uniform", you don't really find criticism of that nature.
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 3:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

@Loud Morn

Excellently put, both of you.
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 7:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: By Any Other Name

-No one likes a predictable story; I therefore salute the death-by-cube-crushing scene. Even today that would be unpredictable, not to mention the late 60's (!).

-Scotty drinking the alien under the table has to be one of the best Trek-moments in history.

-I like the idea of Bones injecting the alien with crystal meth, but it isn't very exciting TV. Perhaps it could've been.

-Flirtatious Kirk makes my skin crawl.

-To those of you who are upset the aliens got away without being punished: do you really think the circumstances permitted that?

II of IV

@Springy - Great comment! =]
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Sleeper Agent
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Patterns of Force

I don't know; this is pretty far from everything I associate with good Trek. "A Piece of the Action" at least had a bunch of hilarious moments, whereas this has nothing going for it. The ending felt like a contrived mumble, and seriously what the devil was that speech by the führer?

For some reason, it also bothers me when Kirk and Spock beam down to a simpler culture and end up being captured without any direct means to solve the situation. It just feels so stupid. Like a federation observer who breaks the prime directive so that he can introduce nazism to an alien culture. ...

I/II of IV
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Sleeper Agent
Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 4:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

-The risk-speech was a bit over the top in its execution; for a while I was convinced Kirk was still possessed by the alien.

-Immediately when Sargon enters Kirks body, he starts to talk ... like ... Kirk. That was a bit dissapointing, but I understand.

-Once again a missed opportunity to use Uhura. She would've been a perfect host for Thalassa. I understand why though; but what a shame.

-Didn't really buy into the whole android body main plot, but on the other hand, I feel it really wasn't about that.

-Bones gets no credit but he is the true hero of this episode.

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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 4:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Gamesters of Triskelion

I love the aesthetics and simple premise. Not too found of over-the-top Kirk, and would have loved to see more of Chekov and especially Uhura, who once again were underused. What's the point of building them into the story if they are just going to serve as background? I mean they manage to give Spock and Bones proper roles in every Big 3 episode.

On another note: Anybody else noticed the general BDSM flirtation of the episode? The dungeons, the harness, the whipping, Shahna, Chekov tying up the female Thrall and Uhura getting pseudo-raped? Maybe it's just me, but it felt somewhat blatant.

Anyway, it sure was entertaining.

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Sleeper Agent
Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 1:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

In a time before holo-decks were invented...

I won't lie, this is incredibly silly and to a great extent: downright stupid.

But there's also no denying in that it's absolutely hilarious.

Sawbones, Spocko and the last scene with my favorite quote "Captain. I'm also curious as to how you propose to explain to Starfleet Command that a starship will be sent each year to collect our cut."

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