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Stuart Milton
Wed, Jun 21, 2017, 7:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Babel

I like this episode.

However, the main thing that niggles me about it....

Why when someone falls victim to the disease does the person (Dax, Sisko being main culprits) get this look of fear/horror/confusion as they are speaking their first affected sentence? Surely to them its absolutely normal, the other people in the conversation would be aware, but no themselves yet.
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Stuart
Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 3:44am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I haven't read all the previous comments, so apologise if this has been said.

About 2/3 the way through this episode, I though it was going to turn out that Job on was also victim to memory regression, and that his assistant was the real culprit.

Not sure if that would have been a better ending or preposterous.
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Stuart M
Fri, May 12, 2017, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

So the swarm have transporter technology. Despite numerous times being told it didn't exist in the delta quadrant.
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Stuart M
Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 12:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

"You want to supervise me and corporal Cole" Trip to T'pol

What a great idea Trip!

Can't blame a guy for trying
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Stuart M
Mon, Mar 6, 2017, 5:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

"Evasive pattern Beta 140....dual attack mode"

"Initiate attack maneuver kappa 140"

Since when has a Starfleet capt called attacks from a playbook?
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Stuart M
Mon, Mar 6, 2017, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Another poor episode of Voyager, this story could've been (was) told exactly the same in Tng. The whole point of Voyager should have been their journey home, the scavenge, the blending of the 2 crews. Not incidental occurrences on random planets for no reason.

Why were Kim & Tom even in the system alone? what were they and Voyager both doing that required them to seperate?
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Stuart M
Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 3:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

Was I not paying enough attention?

one moment trip is getting his feet rubbed, the next Archer is explaining about primate Xindi and their star coordinates. Where did he get this information from?

And didn't he already understand Xindi coordinates when he was given the directions to the Xindi homeworld in the previous episode? Are these episodea written in complete separation, with the writers of one not knowing what's in the next?!
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Stuart M
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 5:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

few thoughts....

The spatial anomaly in the cargo hold, why is it stuck there? presumably the ship is travelling through space, so they would've passsd the anomaly on their travel - yet some how its attached itself to a certain part of Enterprise.

The Xindi prisoner in his dying breath gives the coordinates to the Xindi homeworld. How did the crew know how to interperate these coordinates?

Also they reached that homeworld awfully quickly!
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Stuart M
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 10:20am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Expanse

Watching this episode as I type.

2 Points so far

1. The Delphic expanse is "2000 light years across", and it'll take 3 months to reach at warp 5. I make that approx 50 light years away from Earth. Yet Archer has never heard of it!

2. The photonic torpedoes have a range 50x greater than their previous ones. That seems an awful lot more!
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Stuart M
Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 2:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Breach

I'm currently rewatching Enterprise on Netflix, in anticipation of Discovery later in the year.

Some of the episodes are truly dire, I don't recall think they were so poor back when they forst aired.

As for this episode, its better than the average for season 2 - but not great in its own right.

I agree with other comments re Travis' climbing skills, I noticed this before and was hoping during Horizon they'd show some sort of recreational climbing wall/simulator to at least add some plausibility.

The tribble was a nice touch, anything that links into TOS reminds me that this is meant to be a prequel series.
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Stuart
Thu, Dec 22, 2016, 10:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Siege

Where was Garak in all of this? I mean a the Bajorans are invading the station and there is no scene that tells you the only resident Cardassian is getting out?
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Stuart
Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 8:20am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

@Peter G.

Bottom line is I don't think Jellico was necessary to resolve the conflict. I think his attitude caused the internal conflict with the crew. You can be a CO and get people to follow your orders but you don't have to purposely conflict with them which is what I think he did. He did nothing to help the crew trust him, other than Starfleet saying he was now in charge.

Still a good episode though, but the practicality of it is not there, to me.
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Stuart
Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 10:46am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

I don't think Jellico did anything to help foster an environment where people could work with him. Riker even told him he had the people so wound up there was no joy in it. A CO has to be stern and command but he also has to create an environment where people can work together. It seems to me Jellico just came on and started barking orders and didn't even introduce himself to the crew at the change of command ceremony. When Troi comes to tell him you could be a little less Klingon about how you are doing things, he sends her packing without even giving her counsel any consideration. Again as a CO you need to listen to the professionals around you. Could Riker have tried harder, I doubt he would want to because of reasons I mentioned already, but perhaps.

Further, I didn't see that Jellico brought anything much to negotiating table other than making the Cardassians wait to throw them off balance. Riker comes away thinking, ahh at least he knows what he's doing with them, and Troi says no he doesn't. In fact, when the Cardassians asked Jellico where Picard was he was taken out of sorts as another poster mentioned. And that was when Riker took over the discussion in the conference room. Hope I haven't mixed that sequence up.:)

Riker has proved himself a sound tactician in many other situations before there is no reason to doubt his instincts here. I am sure he'd have dealt with the Cardassians as needed.

I admit some teams work better together, and mixing won't always produce the same good results. And Riker and Jellico definetly didn't get along here. I recall Picard picked Riker because he was adamant that his CO would not beam down into a crisis and Picard thought that was a good characteristic to have in an XO. Someone who would stand up to him.

And further to all of this, where did the Cairo go? If you have a crisis on your border don't you want more ships? If you want Jellico to head it up, leave the Cairo with the Enterprise under command of it's XO and Enterprise under command of it's XO and you could temporarily assign quarters to Jellico who could serve as the Flag rank, transfer his flag to the flagship and he can coordinate the small task force from there. The change of command was not required. How many times has Riker led the Enterprise into conflict without Picard...a few...

So maybe I'm wrong but Nechayev helped to create the situation but introducing "an unstable element to a critical situation".
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Stuart
Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 10:58am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

It seems to me that the problem was not Jellico or Riker for that matter but Admiral Nechayev. From the moment she told Riker he would not be in command in Picard’s absence she took the wind out of his sails. And it immediately set up the conflict to follow.

Consider, Riker was captain of the ship in when he saved Earth from the Borg. He was captain again when he stopped a Romulan invasion force heading for Vulcan. So it is obvious he is a tactician and a competent commander. To not be offered the Enterprise when Picard is not there would be a slap in the face. That’s how I would feel. Especially since too he was offered 3 other commands, and now he can’t have this one! I’d be pissed off too. But to his credit he continued working under Jellico as best he could. Then I feel that Jellico thought that he had to make a statement and show everyone who’s boss so he comes up with a 4 shift rotation, (it could have been anything else though) that he knew could throw things off a bit, sort of like establishing dominance in a wolf pack. He wanted to show them he is the new alpha. I mean I don’t see 3 vs 4 shifts being a problem. Then Riker says Ok, I’ll do it. And he goes Picard-style, as he would be accustomed to doing for the last 6 years, and talks it over with the department heads. Who tell him it’s too hard to do so quickly. He plans to report this feedback to Jellico but never gets the chance. Jellico chews him out…no talking…get it done! Professional or not, at that stage of my career and coming this far I would have been looking for my own ship and leave Jellico with his “precious Pearl”.

It seems to me that there are 2 styles of command, in general anyway…you can manage or you can lead. The manager is concerned with schedules and programmes and stuff, whereas the leader is concerned with developing talent below him and bring out the best in others, mentoring. Both styles are important. I reckon Jellico was a manager and Picard, and therefore by extension Riker, were leaders. I think Jellico tried too hard in the wrong way. Yes he needed to make the ship battle ready etc but the crew is a veteran crew, they know how to fight, it can’t be too hard. Even though La Forge tells Riker, he doesn’t mind the changes as he understands them, he just needs time…which Jellico feels he doesn’t have.

I don’t mind Jellico and Cox’s performance is spot on. What I am saying is that he didn’t need to be so boorish, the crew would have responded as they are trained if he’d be a little nicer. I mean didn’t stop to give a speech at the handover ceremony. He might have said something like, “Thank you Captain Picard. You have a fine crew here. I know that a change of command can sometimes be unsettling but I also know that you are well trained professionals and we will adapt to this quickly. The next few days will be a transition as you get used to my command style. There are potential dangers along the border we might face soon and you may not get a chance to know me before we are into the thick of things. In the heat of the moment, orders don’t always make sense or cannot always be explained, but if you’ll respond to my orders as you would Captain Picard’s we’ll see ourselves through this bad weather.” That would not have cost him a minute’s time and the crew would probably have understood where he was coming from. However, I guess the writers felt the need to create a little conflict with the crew.

My major problem is that the writers felt the need to shake up things by scaring the fans with a Picard leaving the show and change commanders, then reset it like it never happened. Was it really necessary to relieve him of command? What would have made things even better was if they dealt with Picard’s torture in the subsequent episode…have him wake up in the middle of the night sweating on the floor or something. Even with the Borg, these important life changing moments seemed cured the next week. I know in the Trek universe several weeks may have passed but don’t let that happen, deal with the raw results of that kind of torture next week. And maybe later in the season too. And having said all of that, I love both episodes…Any way that’s my two cents.
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Stuart
Sun, May 8, 2016, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

I thought FOR SURE that Troi was going to end up being a hologram...I'm surprised that nobody else apparently thought that. :)
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Stuart F
Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 2:40am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Real Life

This is the worst episode of Trek I've ever seen. It made me very angry. They trivialize real pain and suffering by putting the doctor in a situation where it feels real to him, and he has the ability to easily correct it by just saying "Computer, alter program so that Belle lives", and he doesn't do it. Why the heck not??? Is he a masochist or something?????

Zero stars from me.
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Stuart
Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 9:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

This episode takes place sometime after First Contact. I thought when Admiral Hayes' ship was destroyed in First Contact, he would have gone down with the ship. Seemingly not because he's still around! Maybe the admiral is a hologram! Or like Weyoun...Weyoun-5! Maybe he faked his own demise Section 31-style. Or he was the first one to the escape pod.
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Stuart
Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 11:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I felt the end of this episode was unwatchable. Tuvix being taken to his death was an execution, pure and simple. I guess Janeway is a pro-lifer, she certainly doesn't believe that a person is in control of their own body. The crew was not in character either.

However, despite all that, what could have made it a great episode was 5 minutes at the end showing that Neelix and Tuvok did not agree with Janeway's decision and now distrusted and disliked her. They were not magically recreated out of the ether - they were reconstituted from Tuvix, so they should have the benefit of the last few weeks of his experiences, feelings, and thoughts. I think that is what Janeway forgot. Unfortunately, the writers did too.
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Stuart
Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 7:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

A couple of things that weren't mentioned:

1) Does anyone else think Keiko was a bit of a b*tch for telling Miles they were going to have a baby by letting Molly tell him?

2) I was so convinced that the new Emissary was going to be a shapeshifter. I mean, if the Dominion was watching these goings on from afar, surely they would be kicking themselves that they didn't think of it themselves! How can Sisko not have thought of that possibility? They just accept a guy on his word when he says he's a famous guy from 200 years ago???
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Stuart
Mon, Feb 15, 2010, 9:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

Thanks, that episode looks like the one. Would have sworn it was VOY
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Stuart
Mon, Feb 15, 2010, 10:54am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

HI Jammer and everyone,

Does anyone remember a VOY episode when the ship docks for repairs at an apparently abandoned station and the stations computer starts to do bad things?
I am going through all VOY episodes and reached S7 so far and I have not seen it. I would have sworn I saw that when I was younger.
Does anyone know what episode that is?
Thanks
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