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SpaceCadet
Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 9:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

@Markus: I’ve pointed that same thing out before. It’s an incredible coincidence that the Enterprise-D is at the rift in both timelines when the Enterprise-C comes through. But that is a concept of television. It would make less sense to the viewer/or take up to much time to explain why “our” Enterprise-D suddenly shifts realities to the alternate timeline while it’s light years away from the right when the Enterprise-C comes through.

@Sean Hagins: Yes, as many others have commented in the past, Ent-D is rather passive in this battle compared to what we know it is capable of. We can explain that away if we can imagine that a lot of it’s torpedoes have been depleted from previous battles and there phaser reserves are also lower; and that too many torpedo blasts would further destabilize the rift. In reality, I’m sure it was a budget thing. This was already an expensive episode and it has a lot of FX shots. And even this space battle, as passive as the Enterprise-D is, is still very exciting and well handled.

To those complaining about the use of Guinan in this episode and how her mysticism wasn’t necessary, it’s a sci-fi show! It broadens her character and makes her even more intriguing to learn that she has powers to intuit changes in space-time. It is entirely possible that if she wasn’t used on the show then the writers could have retooled it so that Picard and crew would independently come to the conclusion that the Enterprise-C should return to its own time and make a noble sacrifice. But having Guinan there is great because it makes that character more interesting and alien, she gets to have dramatic conflict off of Picard, we see the bond of their relationship if he truly trusts her intuition, and Whoopi Goldberg was a major A-list star at the time and a great actress so it makes it more of an event episode. And I have no problem with a bartender being on this warship. Again, it’s Guinan! Haha.

Regarding people’s issues with Tasha Yar/Denise Crosby being back/hurting this episode, I thought her return here was brilliant and exciting! What a great way to bring her “back to life” and highlight a major difference between the regular timeline and this alternate one. Crosby wasn’t the greatest actress in general on the series but this episode is probably her best work and in no way does she damage it. Plus, the love story is great because I totally buy into it despite how fast it happens. I see and feel the chemistry between Yar and Castillo and also, Christopher McDonald is an excellent actor and makes Castillo so charming and fleshed-out.

There is a big debate on here about the whole “meaningless death” thing and I get both sides of it. A meaningless death is a very real thing that happens a lot in real life and to see it depicted in “Skin of Evil” is rather bold. But for TV viewers that can be underwhelming and depressing and considered a poor way to send off a character whether said character is beloved or not. But people can have their cake and eat it too: our Tasha Yar still died the meaningless death in “Skin of Evil” while the alternate Tasha got the heroic death in “Yesterday’s Enterprise” (although she didn’t end up dying directly from those events after all lol).

Anyway, this is still my absolute favorite episode of Star Trek ever and I can watch it infinitum forever. Everything is on point here: the acting, writing, direction, special effects, set design/lighting, incredible score, intriguing storyline, the action, the dread, the mystery, the love story, the guest stars, the brief bit of humor in the beginning, the filling in on the history of the Federation with the Enterprise-C. Just great stuff all around!
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SpaceCadet
Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

@Trent:

How do you know Sito is “accepting a covert mission (of the kind she never entered Starfleet to pursue).” It could be regular Starfleet business for officers from time to time having to go on such covert missions. We saw an example of this is in the “Chain of Command” two-parter. Sito should feel lucky that Picard allowed her to have the chance to redeem herself on the Enterprise - a most prestigious post on the flagship of the Federation. And you make Picard sound nefarious when he would have no way to predict that after allowing her to serve on his ship, that events would transpire that her talents and the fact she’s Bajoran were ably suited for the sensitive mission at hand. No one ever said Starfleet was safe.
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SpaceCadet
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 6:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

This is my favorite episode of season 7. I love AGT too but that was also a non-sensical technobabble story. This hour holds together tightly. Just a lot of sweet character moments for the senior crew, the junior crew, and their interactions. The end is so bittersweet and touching.
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SpaceCadet
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

Rediculous but a lot of fun to watch. Great to have Barclay back, our beloved characters acting erratically, the tension, and great direction by McFadden. Call it a guilty pleasure and I think we should all take it given the lack of them in the 7th season.
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SpaceCadet
Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 10:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Such a fun, sentimental, and moving episode and perfect end to a beloved series. I’ll pretend this is how TNG properly ended, (with the promise of Data still alive 25 years hence and a professor at Cambridge University with dozens of cats), versus what we actually got with “Nemesis”.
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SpaceCadet
Thu, Dec 21, 2017, 2:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

@CRUFP: This isn't Troi's third time counseling someone. You mentioned "The Nth Degree" in which she counseled Barclay but she also originally counseled Barclay in "Hollow Pursuits" even if it was rather briefly.
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SpaceCadet
Tue, Dec 19, 2017, 12:59am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Correction: Dennis McCarthy did the wonderful score.
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SpaceCadet
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 12:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

@Borusa: Starfleet is akin to the military, not a private company workplace. Therefore, it is not out of place for Riker to forcibly grab Barclay's arm and reprimand him. And Riker has every reason to express displeasure at Barclay's level of performance.

@PeteTongLaw: you're right, it is unfortunate that the engineering staff is depicted as all men and wouldn't be cast that way nowadays but interestingly this was already a step back for TNG because the first season depicted a female chief engineer in only the second episode, and the second season featured Ensign Sonya Gomez prominently in a couple of episodes as part of Geordi's staff and she was intended to be a reoccurring character. At least by 1995 we had a main cast chief engineer with B'Elanna Torres on Voyager.

Yes, it was dickish of Wesley to also be a bully to Barclay when his character is the type that in the real world would also be made fun of for being a know it all child prodigy but it also makes sense in a way because it's not uncommon for those that want to fit in and be accepted to follow group think even if it's something negative like bullying another person. Wesley probably just wanted to be part of the group and be in on the joke though it was nasty. That rang true to me.

Anyway, this was a good, entertaining episode that is also thoughtful for one, addressing the issues of holodeck use privacy and the recreating of actual people to use however you want, and two) portraying a less than standard heroic Starfleet officer type who is socially awkward and struggling to fit in. That struggle and the efforts of his shipmates to reach out in various methods was really fascinating to watch. The Ron Jones conducted orchestration was excellent work. Same with the costuming. The humor was so good and you can tell the actors are just having so much fun playing their holodeck counterparts. Barclay is also an interesting complex character and Dwight Schultz really brought him to life. I also enjoyed the misdirection at the end of the episode that you think the character is leaving the episode for good and I remember the first time watching as a kid thinking how disappointing after really enjoying this unique character and then being delighted that it was just another holodeck re-creation. The save the ship dilemma did feel forced but I did at least like the reasoning and deduction used to figure out the solution. The one thing that I've never liked at all and I've never seen pointed out by anyone else is the lame end of Act One/cut to commercial when the officer's drinking glass has a leak in it and the officers in Ten Forward make this huge dramatic deal over it and the music swells ominously. I mean c'mon, your glass springs a leak and then the mood of the episode is supposed to become grim and dangerous and the audience is supposed to go "Oh no!" It was a bit over the top. I guess the writers couldn't figure out a smoother way for an act break. But still overall, very good episode. Also, reading these comments was the first I've ever heard of Schultz being some kind of nutjob which would be shocking if true. In fact, the guy wanted to do Star Trek and got connected with the role on the show because he worked with Whoopi Goldberg on the movie "A Long Walk Home" and asked her if he could get on the series. Fun fact!
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EageryounspaceCadet
Sat, Sep 21, 2013, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

I really love archers speach.

I think they could have reached some accomadation, or negotiated a deal with the valakians to give the Menk more autotonamy.


Maybe The evolutionary leap Phlox predicts NEEDS The winnowing out of people who are likely to die after the valakinas are gone, in order to happen.

Having a Cure, DEFINITELY gives you a sizable bargaining chip.

Should be able to negotiate for anything up to a continent.
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SpaceCadet
Mon, Mar 18, 2013, 12:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

Great and moving episode and memorable introduction of the Cardassians to the Trek universe. A good amount of deleted scenes from this episode were recently recovered including one where Gul Macet and Captain Maxwell are both on the bridge of the Enterprise staring each other down. Pretty cool stuff that's posted on YouTube.
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SpaceCadet
Mon, Mar 18, 2013, 12:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

YE is one of my favorite episodes of TREK and possibly my favorite episode period. It's always a toss-up between it and the first part of The Best of Both Worlds. I remember reading in a print interview where Rick Berman wish he had saved the idea of YE for a feature film. I'm sure that would have been awesome but as it is it's still a perfectly crafted dramatic hour of television.
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