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Sloan
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 12:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Ultimate Computer

I've been doing a complete rewatch of TOS (actually quite a few episodes I hadn't seen before) but this is the first one that I felt the need to comment on. Jason mentions it somewhere further up the comment thread but I didn't see anyone really address it -- the M5 is making logical decisions up to the point where it decides to destroy the unmanned freighter. What possible logic or programming would make the computer decide to do that? Even if the M5's decision making is based on Daystrom's "engrams" and Daystrom is having a mental breakdown... why is this the first time M5 behaves in an illogical manner? That ship is not a threat. I suppose an argument could be made that the ore freighter is an inferior version to M5 since it seems to be an unmanned drone, but if Daystrom felt that way he would be killing everyone around him for not being a genius like him...

Dave also asks the question I was wondering by the end of the episode... The Daystrom Institute and The Daystrom Award are named after this dude? I guess he must really atone for murdering a crew and half worth of Starfleet's finest after he gets out of that rehabilitation center.
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Sloan
Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

"In short, he disobeyed orders for a reason. That to me is somewhat interesting, because it reveals a "real" Tom Paris. Not one who is watered down to brainless compliance, resulting in the token Lt. One-Liner we've often seen."

I agree with what Jammers says here, but unfortunately we've had 4 seasons of Lt. One-Liner now. At this point, THAT is his character. So this sudden love of the ocean making him willing to disobey orders is a big character flip. Not as bad as if they made Harry or Neelix suddenly go rogue, because at least there is SOMETHING is Tom's backstory that foreshadows it.

I feel like these new character traits, ie Tom's love of all things oceanic, seem to be conjured up to serve one episode's plot, so it is hard to take seriously. Does it ever come up again in future episodes? At least his Hot Rod fetish, and Holodeck programming is consistent enough.
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Sloan
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Gee
To answer your question - no, I don't have the slightest interest in Section 31. That part of DS9 (and ENT) bored me to tears and in my opinion is better suited to a La Femme Nikita or 24 style of show and not Star Trek.
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Sloan
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 8:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

A series about Section 31? Maybe they should set it on a planet which has 31 hours in each day, and have one episode for each hour and a season for each day. They could call the show, oh I don't know... 31
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Sloan's Wad
Sun, Oct 7, 2012, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Tacking into the Wind

@Nebula Nox
I disagree. If Bashir sent a message to Starfleet Medical, claiming to have a cure to Odo's disease, killing him would not only be obvious, but it would serve absolutely no purpose.

It's not like he wouldn't have records of his findings, official reports, and even word-of-mouth evidence of his cure.

Killing Bashir would raise too many questions, and you have to keep in mind that Section 31 doesn't want anyone to know that they created the disease and infected a non-founder well before the war even began.
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Sloan
Wed, Aug 3, 2011, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Regarding the episode "Conspiracy":

Warning: There be spoilers ahead!

Don't get me wrong, Conspiracy is one of the handful of season one eps that I find is actually half decent, but I'm making a list of episodes for my friend (who has never seen ST:TNG) to watch, and I think I'm gonna put this one on the "skip it" pile. Not for the reasons that the majority of episodes such as "Angel One" and "Code of Honor" make that list (ie: they suck and are too painful to sit through), but because I think the Star Trek universe as a whole stands up better without it. Here's my rationale -- without this episode, the conspiracy that Picard is warned about in "Coming of Age" becomes a possible reference to Section 31 (the clandestine group from later episodes of DS9). Add the fact that the ending of "Conspiracy" implies we will hear from these aliens again, and yet we never do... well, it's a bit unsatisfying. (and the claymation bugs... Holy cheesy effects, Batman!)

Is there any reason to have her watch this other than to see Picard and Riker viciously blow up a man's head? (Seems like in any other episode of TNG they would've at least explored if there was a way to extract the alien without killing Remmick, but I guess Riker's still holding a grudge from "Coming of Age." Heheh "Eat Phaser, Remmick!")
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Sloan
Tue, Oct 19, 2010, 6:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

If only the plot of this holo-novel had been the actual second episode of Voyager... man this series would've been awesome. Too bad.
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Sloan
Tue, Oct 19, 2010, 5:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II

Forgive me if this is explained in part one, I haven't seen it -- I'm going off of Jammer's review and a viewing of part 2, but I'm having a hard time understanding why the Borg don't just assimilate Voyager? If Voyager's crew has knowledge of how to create a weapon that the Borg want, wouldn't the fastest way to get that knowledge be to assimilate them? We've seen in Best of Both Worlds that when the Borg assimilated Picard they gained access to knowledge of the Enterprise's secret main deflector dish weapon and, either through Picard or their own ability, even came up with a defense for it.

The Borg just never seemed the type to "negotiate" with any species. But I guess they have to in order to tell this story.
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