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SonofMog
Tue, Sep 1, 2015, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

So, so, so sick of the "negotiator who cannot be replaced" cliche. It's one of those premises I can't remember ever seeing outside of Trek but occurs routinely within it, especially TNG. Enough with this stupid idea.
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SonofMog
Fri, Jul 24, 2015, 3:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

I love the scene where Picard is blowing into a flute that is clearly being held (and played) by some guy on his back out of frame. Didn't notice at first, but cannot be unseen once seen. Really funny.
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SonofMog
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 5:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

The Borg are not a race; they are an assemblage of victims. Every one of them has been abducted and 'assimilated' against their will. Their extermination is not the same as genocide. It is an end to their suffering and their ability to kill and victimize others. There's not really much of a moral dilemma there. I thought the misgivings contrived and transparently naive. Picard is right to begin with. The hell with Hugh. Kill the damn Borg. Every single death, every single abduction that the Borg perpetrate after this episode is on Picard. His decision is asinine. The entire crew, who have seen what the Borg are capable of, completely loses perspective because they meet a "nice" Borg? It's just not credible.
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SonofMog
Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I'm in the "overrated" camp on this one. The linguistic barrier seems cool at first, but if you think about it, it really makes no sense. I mean, after all, how do these people even know their own myths if they don't have the words to tell them? Presumably these stories involve descriptions, scenarios, dialogue; so why can't they use those words in the same way? They're using words normally to paint these images: "his arms wide," for instance. Why can they only use those words to recite images from stories?

It just makes no sense. I mean, how do these people actually communicate in detail? They're flying spaceships, for Pete's sake. How do you build a spaceship communicating only in mythic imagery? How do you order a pizza? Say one of these guys' air conditioner breaks at home. How do they schedule a repair? Call the guy, then what?

"Darmok, his air conditioner broken."
"Timpek, his schedule full until Tuesday at eleven-thirty."

Makes no sense. The whole idea is a house of cards. I can't even watch this episode because this is all I can think about the whole time and I just feel like it's too silly to even try to care about it. Not to mention the very idea that these people make first contact by kidnapping Picard and yelling stuff at him while an invisible space monster tries to kill them. Seriously, WTF is this?
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