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Springy
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 11:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

Watching and commenting

--Peacemaker. Why should it bother Worf that Riva negotiated Klingon-Federation treaties?

--Riva's bee line for Troi is very creepy. He's just generally creepy, though the presentation of those three communicators is nicely done.

--It's hard to buy the idea that Troi is returning the feelings, but I guess she is.

--Very boring. I literally fell asleep. Will have to try to finish this later.

Buona Notte, Trekolini.
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Springy
Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 1:04am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

Watching and commenting . .

--I have some memories of this one. Not good memories.

--Ugh. I think I'm supposed to charmed by Okona, but he just comes off as arrogant, phony, and annoying.

--Teri Hatcher. She looks pretty.

--And Okona is describing "what Life is," to Data. We're back to our Season-theme. This time the emphasis is on joy, freedom, living as you want to live, to be truly alive.

--Data is buying in, and trying to learn how to add some of this fun stuff to his experience, so he can be a real boy. The Piscopo part is wretched. The Data trying to be funny with Guinan is pretty cute.

--Never change, Data. I love you so much more than Okona.

--Lots of dry humor, what's funny, what's not funny, how individual "what you enjoy, what you think is funny" is.

--Quite boring. Bad dialogue. Lots and lots of silly. Two captains want to arrest Okona.

--Picard uses GoToMeeting and gets all parties on a conference call. Nothing is resolved.

--Slow, slow, slow - slow - moving.

--Kind of an unbearable lightness of being theme, here. You can fly high but miss out on relationships, or get involved with others, be more grounded, but miss out on flying high. You determine the balance you want. Choose your poison.

--Okona very King Solomon, here. New Life in the womb. This scene with the two Dads is horrendous. Bad dialogue, horribly acted. Ugh.

--It is not a good sign when I can't wait for an episode to be over.

--Data does a comedy routine. He finds out that life isn't really living if your experiences are not genuine.

--Take this episode, please.

A stinker.
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Springy
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

@Peter G

interesting thoughts. I hadn't given much thought to Pulaski interactions with Moriarity and how they might affect her perceptions. But certainly that is significant.

To a certain extent Pulaski's challenge was about AI in general, and to that extent, it was answered with a resounding YES I CAN, by Moriarity (or the computer through Moriarity, as you astutely point out).

But to the extent that Pulaski's challenge was about Data specifically (and it definitely did have such a component), it was not answered. That's OK - How human is Data? and How is Data human?are two questions we'll be answering throughout the run.
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Springy
Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

@Chrome

Yes, Pulaski's question about Data really is just left hanging. Data figures out what there is to figure out, which isn't much . . . but things go totally off the rails once Moriarity becomes sentient.

The challenge for Data, of solving an original "whodinit" crime, perpetrated by a truly clever criminal, never materializes.

The challenge is not figuring out a mystery, but getting Moriarity to stand down. That's a job for Picard.

I wondered if that little murder mystery, with the killer-wife, was meant to show us that "see, Data can figure out a Holmesian mystery without having read the story before - he is capable of intuition and original thought" but if so, it didn't really do the job.

It's not a big problem that the ep doesn't answer the question, IMO (though Pulaski should have made some mention of it). "How human is Data?" is an ongoing question.
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Springy
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 10:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

Ah, just wonderful. So well done by all involved.

Again, just as in eps 1 and 2, we're talking about what it means to be alive. "I think, therefore I am," posits Moriarity. Picard is not so sure he agrees.

Pulaski - I love her. Muldaur is great.

I love how good naturedly, but directly, Pulaski challenges both Data and Geordi, and how happy and enthusiastic she is to go along, and find out about Data's abilities.

She doesn't really care if she's proven right or wrong - like Geordi, who's disappointed in the first Holmes adventure for being too easy - she just wants it to be a real game, and she wants to be in The Game.

The Game. You gotta be in the Game. You don't want to just exist. You want to be ALIVE.

More talk of Death in this one, too. The mortality prohibition has been removed: the holodeck characters can kill them. Moriarity doesn't want to die, and Picard doesn't want to kill him. But how interesting it is that Picard words it that way: "I don't want to kill you." He's refused to unequivocally concede that Moriarity is truly alive, but he thinks Moriarity can die. Ah, Picard. Think that one through.

Now, we're cooking! Go, go Season 2!
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Springy
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 8:44am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

@Chess

I'm going to take a wild stab at your question: What happens to all the dishes the replicators must create?

My theory: Only the food and drink are replicated. The cups, dishes, silverware, etc, are beamed. So when you're done, you put your dishes back in, and they are beamed back to the storage area. The transporter cleans and disinfects them in route, for reuse.
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Springy
Sat, Aug 10, 2019, 7:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

Nice spooky elements to this one, and a "right in your face" continuation of the "what is life/what is death" theme from the opening episode, as Pulaski reminds herself that Data is officially considered alive, Naghilum asks about how life begins, and Picard discusses his beliefs about life and death with fake Data and Troi.

And then we have Naghilum itself, who seems very powerful, yet is an absolute nothingness. This fits a popular concept of Death. Picard escapes it by not being afraid of it, by usurping its power and becoming Death himself. He pushes this to the brink, and finds himself unafraid. And he tells it they'll meet again, but out in the stars. It's not spooky anymore; he's faced it down.

RATS: Pulaski days they're rats in a maze. Geordi says the rat says "forget the cheese, I just want out of this trap." Is the 50% chance at life, that Naghilum dangles out there, the cheese? But that's not the way out of this trap, is it?

And the constant pairing of Worf and Riker seems like an Id and (governing) Ego thing. Worf, with his boogeyman story representing the deep fear of Death, Riker with his "at ease, Lieutenant," calming Worf, representing the rational , controlling part. Worf wants off the Bridge!! I think this is all about Picard's inner conflicts in the situation.

Notice how Riker reveals his own fears and relief, at the very end.

Worf also gets some independent character development here, with Picard worrying about unknowable elements of the Klingon psyche right before we head into a big, black scary void that unpredictably appears and disappears.

There's an underlying theme regarding communication, sound and silence - it's mentioned constantly. Communication to the outside is gone. It's sketchy otherwise. Lots of miscommunication and people cut off from, or needing encouragement, to speak. How life has both an inner and outer component? Need them both? I dunno.

Well, this one really got me going. I shall cease the Springy-babble. For now.

A good ep, though the Naghilum portrayal as that big, smeary face was off putting.
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Springy
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

@William B

There is a focus on children, but I think all the changes and comings and goings and such are part of the overall "growth and change" that is shown.

We're conceived, we're born, we grow physically and emotionally and intellectually, we experience joy and sorrows, pleasure and pain, we age, we die. Change and growth is a constant from start to finish.

@Chrome

I think the first Season had a lot of episodes about the past - the impact of the past, the need to let go of it, etc. This Season seems to be taking a different turn.

PULASKI : Read the review and comments and want to add: I love Pulaski. She's a scientist and she's trying to categorize Data. She's never seen anything like him. She knows he's a machine.

And though the ep focuses more on childhood and living in general, there's a hint of what we'll see more of: Not just what it means to be alive, but what it means to be human. Pulaski's pokes at Data all Season long, figuring out just what he is. Pulaski is a very strong and straightforward person and she does it in her own way.

The idea that her acerbic nature is somehow worse than McCoy's - can't see that AT ALL. I love both characters. I like Beverly OK, but Pulaski better. Wish we could have had them both. Might've made for a good friendship and some nice tension.
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Springy
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 6:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

Well, a so-so start to the Season, but I'll take it.

Ep seems to be about LIFE. What is life, is man made life (Data, genetically engineered viruses) really life? When does life begin, what defines it? Pulaski asks Data if he could possibly have feelings; Picard asks if Ian can talk and Ian comments on his wet face and hurt finger.

And lots of talk of growth: life means growth and change.

In our exploration of what constitutes life, we even get an abortion discussion, complete with fetus on screen and a bunch of men discussing what should happen to Troi's body. Days later asks Deanna if her unborn child is sentient.

But ultimately, Life is defined by Death - lots of references to the crew's, and the desperately ill victims' of an outbreak,
vulnerability to death, and of course, Ian dies.

And there's love and attachment and sustenance - We have a motherless child (Wes) and a childless mother (Deanna). Fortunately, Worf volunteers to tuck Wes took bed. Others must sustain him

Lots going on in the ep, but I'm too tired to think.

Picard has never played with puppies???

Average offering overall.

Ciao, Treksters
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Springy
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

This one is decent, keeps my interest, and has some fun aspects as we watch our (relative) contemporaries try to deal with the 24th century.

Pretty low key for a season ender, but the "we're back!!" from the Romulans was nice and ominous.

As a whole, the ep seemed to have a "the more things change, the more they stay the same" message.

Lots and lots of talk about the effects of the passage of time, on Earth's society, on Romulan technology, on Medical science, and more.

But humans are still human, Romulans are still Romulans, and Claire's many times great grandson looks just like her husband Donald.

Onward to Season 2.
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Springy
Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

@Chrome

Interesting thoughts.

What struck me about Remmick was that he hides his true self through most of Coming of Age. Then we get a tiny glimpse of the real Remmick, and he seems like a very humble, decent fellow.

In Conspiracy, Remmick again hides his true self, but this time, when we get a glimpse, we find an arrogant monster-in-charge.

It does seem as if the aliens try to choose their hosts with care. They express disappointment at getting Riker when they wanted the Doctor, for example.

Maybe the idea is that the first, "mother alien" chose Remmick because he is so good at doing what he's told, even to the point of subjugating his true self. He knows how to hide what's really inside.
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Springy
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

A good one.

Quinn especially was well acted ("Now, Klingon, it's between you and me"). But they were all good.

Great tension building, with many creepy and wonderful moments, ending with the exploding head (Remmick, we hardly knew ye).

Seems to be about what we allow inside, how we are defined, as Data absorbs a ton of data, Picard goes with his gut, the aliens inhabit many important bodies, and Riker refuses to eat squirming larva.

Season 1 is definitely ending better than it began.
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Springy
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

I liked this one.

The overall theme, about the relativity of time, the way the past leaks into the present, the way it enhances the present, but living in the past can paralyze us - literally (the time warping machine) and figuratively (long-ago Paris and more)- was a bit heavy handed, but overall it was well acted and well presented.

I liked getting some backstory on Picard. Patrick Stewart was absolutely excellent, letting us see the very reserved Picard's emotions . . . sort of. Just outstanding.

The entire cast, regulars and guest stars, did a nice job. I was entertained throughout, didn't get bored or zone out. And I especially liked the three Datas part. Only the one in the present could be effective, but luckily, Android Data knew who that was.

Winner winner replicator dinner!
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Springy
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 12:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

Having now read the review and comments:

--The Troi vs the monster parts were the best parts of the ep, provided some interesting info instead of the endless repetitive scenes of the monster trying to upset our brave crew.

--I liked that Tosha's death was so sudden and senseless and arbitrary. I liked that the best of 24th century medicine could do nothing for her. They get blindsided, they get reminded of their own powerlessness and need for each other, and so do we.

I might have to actually spring for CBS all access so I can watch "Picard." Stewart is so very good.
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Springy
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 11:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

The monster was hokey, and the story was slow moving and not very interesting.

However, the ending ceremony was a nice send off for Yar, after such an ignominious and senseless death. I also liked the death scene in Sick Bay, how Beverly tried so hard.

Though it's called Skin of Evil, it seems to be not so much about Evil as it is about loneliness and isolation vs community and relationships. I suppose the moral of the story is that loving relationships keep us out of Evil's grasp and keep even Death from fully defeating us.

It seemed unnecessarily dangerous, and also cruel, to leave the creature alive on the planet. They should have left him some means by which to off himself.

A slightly below average ep, except for its significance as the first ST ep to feature the death of a regular character. That gives it enough of a boost to hit average to slightly above, IMO.

They could've made a "The Wrath of Armus" follow up movie outta this one. Benedict Cumberbatch as Armus, natch.
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Springy
Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 10:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

Eh. It was ok. Well cast, on the guest star front, as the Brekkians couldn't have looked or acted more obnoxiously snooty and fake, and the Onarans couldn't have seemed more pathetic and desperate.

The episode isn't so much about drug addiction as it is about the Prime Directive and making hard choices - not doing the easy thing or seeking instant gratification.

The scene where Yar explains drug addiction to a clueless Wes was awful.

More fuel added to the Picard/Crusher mutual attraction thing, though knowing this is going nowhere, it just makes me sigh.
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Springy
Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 10:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

Didn't really like this one. Somewhat dull. Some good character development got Geordi and the Picard-Crusher thing.

The whole arms merchant plot just bored me. Could not get into it, had trouble keeping my eyes open.
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Springy
Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 10:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Coming of Age

I liked it.

I liked a lot of little things about it, the details of the portrayals of the cadets and of Star Fleet. Gave us a real sense of how much bigger Star Fleet and the Federation is, than just the Enterprise.

Wes and Jean Luc are both put through the ringer, partly by fakery. Jean Luc passes his test and, in a nice scene, provides some fatherly encouragement and advise to the less fortunate Wesley.

I liked the Remmick portrayal, though that whole business gets wasted when next we see him.

A good, solid ep - the cast is starting to gel.
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Springy
Wed, Jul 31, 2019, 11:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Home Soil

Don't have much to say, here.

Am struggling a bit to get through Season 1. I'd forgotten how less than wonderful it was.

The episode mostly held my interest. My favorite part was when Data had to dodge the laser and ended up destroying it.

I also liked how the crew was interested and excited about the life form, and worked together. Everyone played a part in the resolution. We also get some teamwork vibes from the crew on the planet. Perhaps it's meant to deliberately parallel the way the life forms work together in the saline solution.

Got a bit preachy in the typical ST way, but not overdone. A good, solid offering.
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Springy
Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 10:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

A slow start on that Talarian vessel - endless. But picked up well once we got back on the Enterprise.

Nice intro info and development for both Worf and Geordi, as we watch Picard begin to understand their inner lives. There's quite a bit of talk about individual perspectives and inner lives (and outer shells) - what makes us who we are.

A good one.
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Sun, Jul 28, 2019, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

Not bad. I'd call it an average offering.

I liked the way the Aldeans tried to identify the true talents of each child. And I thought Wesley was well used in the ep, providing a link between the planet and the ship, the younger children and the adults.

The premise was silly and didn't work all that well, but plot holes and such are par for the course. I didn't find this ep anymore guilty of plot hole issues than your standard ST fare.

I felt sorry for the sterile Aldeans, and I thought their joy and quick attachment to the children was touching.

The alien-ness of the casual way they brought up "buying" the children was interesting, too.

Sorta TOS like with the preachy, "teaching these aliens a lesson" ending, but a decent ep overall.
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Springy
Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

The fact that the admiral was going to regain his youth was obvious from the moment the actor (Rohner) and his "fakey old guy" shtick hit the screen. That business, with the unnatural movements and voice especially, really ruined the whole ep. The story just wasn't strong enough to overcome it.

The ep seemed to be made to showcase Rohner, but you don't showcase a block of cheese in a case with hot lights. Bad choice for the pretty cheese, and for the pretty case.

Yes, I'm saying our ep was an awful cheesy mess.

The story itself was predictable and made little sense.

The actress playing Mrs Jameson was well cast and did a good job.

The ep seems to have a theme about the dire consequences of rushing things, of letting your desires overwhelm your brain - e.g., civil war results when Jameson wants to resolve a crisis so badly he makes a rash choice, and his death results when he takes all the medication at once - it's what happens when you don't take your time, when you try to grow your apple in too short a season - or perhaps, cast your lead actor without screen testing him first.
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Springy
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 4:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

Nicely done.

Here's what I notice:

--The Bynars are so uniquely integrated with their computer, they can't function without it.

--Computer on legs Data, takes over the flying computer, the Enterprise.

--Riker considers having a uniquely integrated relationship with the computer as well (through Minuet, who is plainly an extension of it as she talks about accessing the computer banks).

Lots of stuff about relationships and working in tandem with other people and with technology - not just for the Bynars. Technically-enhanced blind Geordi and Android Data are painting, Dr Crusher is meeting up with her cybernetics expert idol, because she thinks figured out how to combine cybernetics and biological regeneration techniques, Yar and others are heading off to play Paresi squares together in special outfits.

Anyhow, it seems to be about relationships and the role of technology in both enhancing and diminishing them. To its credit, the ep just presents this, without lecturing us or passing judgment.

Kept my interest, and had some good character development as well, though a little heavy on Riker for my tastes.

Best so far.
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Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 10:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Datalore

@Chrome

Great points, agree that it makes sense for Wes to relate to Data (and vice versa), and for Wes to notice discrepancies.

What bothers me about Wesley Boy Wonder isn't that Wesley is exceptionally smart and observant, that's fine. I don't mind Wes, or that he's a mega-genius. What I mind is that, in these eps, the adults are usually unbelievably and artificially dumbed down . I get exasperated with the portrayal of the adults, not with Wes.

@Peter G

It's funny you should mention the music as they explored the Soong lab. I almost never notice any of the music. But I did notice that. It stood out - agree it was a plus.
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Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 5:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

Not good. Lots of silly, though I enjoyed Yar and Troi laughing at Riker.

Lots of stuff about smells, and what you "take in." And stopping things. Stop the virus (for now) with isolation till you figure out how to kill it; stop the spread of uppity males by killing them until you figure out maybe isolation will work; go stop the Romulans with your big powerful ship.

Big people, threatened by a tiny virus. Big women, threatened by tiny men. But small outpost threatened by big bad Romulans. Small Angel One planet feeling threatened by big bad powerful Enterprise. Little Trent feeling threatened by Big Riker.

Moral of the ep: Size doesn't matter.

Just glad to put this one in the rearview mirror.
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