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Thierafhal
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Very poor showing from Worf in this episode. Security Chief of the Federation Flagship gets disarmed by a couple of fat security guards. Even though according to the episode, the city they are in is a neutral place, this is still a volatile planet and because of Worf's total cluelessness, his Captain is put in danger. Very bad writing and once again, Worf is written as a total failure at a job that he should be the best in Starfleet, at. Can't beat out an ill terrorist in an impromptu phaser quick draw in "The High Ground". Gets fooled by a diversionary tactic in The Best of Both Worlds, part 1, by the Borg and Captain Picard is captured. Even though "Rascals" came after this episode, Worf can't hit the broad side of a barn against a Ferengi and gets shot. Stupid plot contrivances....
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Thomas
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

I don't remember Marina Sirtis putting on an accent. I mean, she always had a slight accent because she's Greek, but apart from that...
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another David
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 8:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

If I recall correctly, after securing a "no death penalty" for Thomas Riker they said personally to him that they'd get him out...but unless I'm mistaken, they never did and never attempted a prisoner exchange or political fix to break him out, leaving him to rot in the Cardassian prison, breaking rocks. I was watching for something to happen in that regard after that episode.
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methane
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

While I won't argue what's driving Sisko, I'm not sure the Prime Directive compels him to stay out of it. The central plot of the mirror universe stories in DS9 is that Kirk and crew have already deeply interfered with this society. It could be argued that the original interference created an obligation to help deal with the consequences, although how and to what extent is debatable. It certainly doesn't appear Starfleet has issued any directives on this particular issue.
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RandomThoughts
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 5:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

Hello Gentle Sentients!

Well, not saying I agree one way or the other, but I noticed. Perhaps it is the HD, which made quite a few things more obvious over the series.

Now, I wouldn't have mentioned it myself, but I do recall thinking "what were they thinking with that outfit?".

Regards... RT
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anthony
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

I agree with the commenter who said they enjoyed DSC S1 but found it flawed. I find Michael and Saru to be very compelling, very Trek characters. Also share the prequel bummer - I’m more interested in seeing the new characters develop than seeing Pike in the captain’s chair...

The 1st short was pretty good, but could have been 5 min longer to develop the ideas a little more. Looking forward to the one about Saru, who is my favorite DSC character
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Daimon ThotDestroyer
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 12:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

People who think this episode is a scathing indictment of contemporary sexual culture is probably getting too grey to acknowledge their own mounting senility. While some radicals might have outrage to sell (as radicals are want to do from either position) I doubt anyone at large would consider Matt's character as rapey. We know he's no Kavanaugh. The scenes were gross, but in a bad softcore porn and sickeningly cheesy way not in a conspiracy against third wave feminism way. Quit begging the question you unwashed nerds. The episode was bad in its own right no need to insinuate more. They wouldn't even get Ferengi right until DS9.
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Hello Gentle Sentients!

@Peter G.

Well said. I believe you took many of the thoughts I'd had in the past and put them together in a more coherent line of thought than I might have been able to.

If I might add a bit, I'd thought at the time (and since then) that the situation on the Enterprise was unique. It was the Flagship after all. And Riker had been Captain for a while during the Borg incursion. In another timeline, perhaps Picard could have been made Fleet Captain, or Commodore, with Riker being Captain.

And given all the experience Riker has, that you mentioned, I think Jellico was short-sighted to just ignore what Riker said. He seemed to go into the situation with a chip on his shoulder regarding Riker, and I think that is what turned myself off to him. And Riker got his dander up when Jellico seemed to just ignore his input and his concerns. Heh, they were written to never, ever, get along, and that worked. :)

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

Hello Everyone!

@Gary wrote:

Which brings up the cinematic-necessity-but-aggravating-stupidity of their space battles always being shown at insanely close range, though sometimes we're told they are thousands of kilometres apart. But they move around each other, and collide, as if they really are a few ships'-lengths apart. Again, watching dots zap invisible light beams at other distant dots wouldn't work, but ... please let me accept this is just a visual convention, and don't get confused and have ships bumping into each other every time an engine is taken out!
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I think on this nearly every time I see a space battle in ST. As far as I can recall, the only time they said they were farther away, and the ships didn't seem to be at point-blank range, was in "Balance of Terror". Of course the Romulan ship was mostly cloaked, but I really felt it was truly a ranged fight. Especially when the Enterprise just starts lobbing photon torpedoes in the general area they thought the enemy might be in (and I know they said phasers, but it was torpedoes shown, just a minor oops before they got things straightened out).

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 3:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Hello Everyone!

I'm making my way through the RSS (so, so far behind) and saw quite a few deep, in-depth comments about it and why Worf might act the way he did.

I looked back at my comment from April 2017 (good review I think, check it out) and this line stood out:

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I didn't like how Worf was written as devious, making it rain just to get back at Dax, with the excuse that it was for the good of the people. Hogwash.
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Remembering back to when I first saw it, and again when I re-watched it, I thought Worf's motivation was less to teach a lesson to soft Feds, and more to teach a lesson to Dax to start being more serious about things (life, love, her past, her future). Those... umm... *scrolls up because they are fogotten*... "essentialists", are just a means to an end, until they go too far. He simply wanted to show her up, and it was one of the least loving things I could think of someone doing to someone they care about. Worf just wanted to make it Glemmening on Jadzia's parade. He succeeded. The rest of the episode is simply filler to help that to happen.

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Hello Everyone!

When this first aired, I was shocked and astonished and pleased to see The Traveller. I think it partly had to do with the acknowledgement of Anything from the first season, and the thought that Wesley might Indeed be something special (apart from being a brainiac) and reminding us of that from season one, was kind of neat.

When I discussed it with my friends back then, we didn't think it was a cheat at all. Today, I have to stand by those thoughts. I think The Traveller was a pleasant surprise, and a nice touch of continuity.

Heh, I just went back and scanned Jammer's review. I almost worded it the same. :)

Oh, and we didn't Hate Wesley, but did sometimes have a mild annoyance with him. :)

After reading so many who didn't like The Traveller, I figured a mention from someone who thought he was a positive in the episode was in order...

Of course, these are just more random thoughts... and your mileage may vary.

Regards... RT

P.S.: I wonder now, if the episode wasn't written backwards? How do we get TT with Wesley again, and they wrote it back to front from there.... but that just popped into my head as I was about to hit submit.
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Hello Everyone!

@Prince of Space

Thanks for the comment. I was just watching "The Hunted" with my Wife the other night, and decided not to say "They are walking to the emergency", as Worf and a crewman were in no particular hurry to get to the escapee. It would have broken her immersion, and I'm having a hard time getting her to like the show anyway. :)

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Hello Everyone!

@Rahul

I enjoyed your take on it, but thought you glossed over (just a bit) about Odan not telling Beverly about being joined:

CRUSHER: Well maybe you should have thought about that sooner. Maybe you should have told me what you were. It didn't seem to bother you to remain silent yesterday.
RIKER (Odan): It never occurred to me. This is what I am. Did you ever tell me that you are only a single being? Of course not. That was normal to you.

If a pile of species they'd come across were joined/dual in some way, perhaps. But Odan knew there were few if any other races that did this. He knew ahead of time that his situation was rare, being joined, and not thinking to mention it to someone who might just have fallen in love with you is... strikingly bizarre to me.

We all know what the Future is in DS9, but that hadn't happened yet. In this episode, at this time, that was a lame excuse. I'd have liked it better if he'd said something along the lines of "I would have told you eventually, when our relationship was stronger", or words to that effect.

Thank you for your comments, I've enjoyed reading them...

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 1:23am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

Hello Everyone!

@Cody B

You know, I do enjoy Voyager, but lament that it could have been so much more. That being said, I am doing a ST re-watch and would never leave Voyager out of the mix. They had many fantastic stand-alone episodes, but sometimes I sort of wished they'd not hit the re-set button quite so much. It'd have been nice to see them still making repairs the next episode after getting pasted a bit, but the ship is usually fine the next show. I would not skip it, personally.

As for Enterprise, I watched it during it's original run, and thought it was very underrated. I liked the long season arc they eventually had, but also enjoyed many of the episodes that were earlier. I've not done a re-watch of it yet, but once I'm done with DS9 (one episode left) and STV (two seasons), I am looking forward to watching it again. Heck, I might even mix it up with Voyager, since they are in different times, just to keep things from getting stale.

Myself, I'd say watch 'em both. You never know what might tickle your fancy, and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Forgive my late comment, I'm waaay behind on my rss reading. :)

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 3:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Hello Everyone!

@Prince of Space

Thank you for the nice comment, it was much appreciated. :)

Regards... RT
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Thierafhal
Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

One thing I found very interesting in this episode, although it was played for laughs, was Riker's overt racism against the Ferengi. When they were beamed aboard, he hadn't even met them yet and already, on the assignment of quarters, he says: "not too close to mine".

I think Riker has every right to distrust them considering he was leading the landing party of humanity's first "known" contact with the Ferengi, in the first season episode: The Last Outpost, and he saw how deceitful they were. He was also captured by them in season four's Ménage à Troi.

The reason I find all this interesting is because of a line in another first season episode from Riker. In Lonely Among Us, we hear the tail end of a conversation Picard and Riker were having about the Antican and the Selay peace delegates the Enterprise was ferrying to a peace conference. I may have the exact quotes off a bit, but basically what is said about their hostility to each other:

Riker: "I never understood that kind of hostility even when I studied earth history."

Picard: "...oh yes, well they feel such passionate hatred for one another on customs, god concepts, even strangely enough, economic systems."

I guess Riker learned fast from practical experience. One of the Selay even asked about how close their quarters would be to the Anticans, something echoed by Riker in The Perfect Mate as I have already referenced. Funnily enough as well with Picard mentioning "economic systems", I'm guessing Riker is not a fan of the Ferengi's capitalistic nature either.
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RandomThoughts
Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 12:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Hello Everyone!

@Peter

My only thought is that, if they went to the academy in San Francisco, they might have a passing knowledge of Alameda, just from being in the area for however many years they were in California. Of course, it might not exist after their Third World War.

Oh, and I've loved your comments I have read over time, thank you for being here. :) I almost said "unless you are not Peter G, but I did a search, and it's you. :)

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 1:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Hello Everyone!

I have not really read the Jammer review, I just sort of skimmed it.

I have not read any of the comments.

This episode was so painful to me when I first saw it, I (for the first time in my all Trek re-watch), skipped it.

I do recall they talked about what they'd done before, being honest to the original crew, after they found out. And something about making "something" the real crew could find, which turned to mush or something. Then their life forms vanished for good, which the "real" Voyager found later... their "lives" and exploits gone forever...

It was the most painful episode of Trek I ever watched, and not in a "good" heartfelt way. It was an abomination and should be burned with fire.

And I am not kidding. Burn this one.

RT
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Hello @Viktor

I'm way behind on my RSS feed, but I hope you are enjoying your foray into TNG, and the rest of Trek. I've seen them all (the 60's ones in the 70's) and it keeps me coming back to watch them again.

Enjoy the ride, and I almost envy you, seeing some of them for the first time...

RT
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RandomThoughts
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 2:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

Hello Everyone!

Heh, it took me three tries over two days to read over all the comments. I will admit my eyes started to glaze over (and my mouse wheel spun a bit faster) with all the comments about politics.

Okay, on to things I didn't see really covered or answered...

I think Rom probably got all of that latinum by talking to Moogie about what to invest in. I'd figure he probably talks to Mom on a regular basis.

I really had a problem with Quark being so out of touch with current events on Ferenginar. Doesn't he get the weekly newsletter? Doesn't he still have wait staff that are Fenengi? Wouldn't they know? And, as I already mentioned, I'd think Rom is in regular contact with Moogie. Perhaps Rom didn't tell him because he didn't want to upset him... but that is pretty thin. Quark would have to have been completely and utterly out of touch to not know what was going on there, and I don't think that is like him, based on previous episodes and scheming and contacts and whatnot...
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Now I figure the Romulan who eventually votes "yes" to attack is probably given special powers to speak for the Praetor, but I think we should have seen him at some time. The Leader of the Federation? Naaah, we've seen him and he's best left to Earth. But the Romulan Leader would have been a nice touch, I think, in the same room with Chancellor Martok. Either hilarity or respect would ensue.

And I've thought for a while now that Sisko should have been promoted to Rear Admiral, or at least Commodore (we've not seen too many of those in ST). I think it would have been a natural progression. Too bad the Captain of the Flagship (and the ship itself) never shows up or is even mentioned, even once. I did wonder during the original run why no one ever talked about them. Even something as a line drop: the Enterprise led the successful re-taking of Betazed, or something... but I digress...
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For some reason, I really liked the scenes where Damar is just lying on his back, in a basement, staring at the ceiling, believing he has completely failed. His turnaround seemed quite natural, once he was given different ideas to work with.

I really find it neat that what started out as a somewhat minor character, and flunky to Dukat, eventually turned out to be so much more. And it seemed like such a natural progression, at least to me. Many of the characters changed over the years, but at the end, I somewhat like his the most. As an aside, Dukat's seemed to be whatever the writers wanted him to be that year: bad guy, gray guy, bad guy, then finally incomprehensible mess.
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Lastly, Sisko making certain Odo wasn't going to take matters into his own hands with the Founders, just sounded wrong to me. I don't know why, but it grated on my sensibilities. Perhaps it just sounded forced, to make a point. We all know Odo is going to do whatever the heck he wants to, and if it's saying what Sisko wants to hear, so be it. Perhaps it would have been best left unasked, but they wanted to make a dramatic point. I cannot explain my thought clearly, I fear, but I did cringe a bit when he asked it.

I think that is all for now. I hope Everyone is having a great day... RT
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TheNagus
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

No jeering on my part. I was 100% serious. If you're going to make big assertions you need to back it up with logic, not just quote more dogma which won't convince anyone except those already convinced.
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Robby the Arandarian
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

So no-one caught the reference to Forbidden Planet? Even with the Tempest hint? Dear oh dear.

Holodeck/holographic materialization of thought like FP’s conscious materialization of ‘good’ (including Robby) versus nightmarish dream realization. But no ‘monsters from the Id’ this time, coz Picard trusts his ship!
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TheNagus
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

"After Adam and Eve sinned, they became imperfect..." How can a perfect being sin? The two concepts are totally contradictory. It's like saying that a perfect circle can have dents in it. It simply doesn't make sense.
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Star Truck: the worst generation
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 10:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

This episode was damn interesting. The premise is bizarre, but the ending even though it’s out of character for Janeway and the rest of the crew was riveting. Sometimes the show works too hard to make it obvious that Janeway is not Captain Picard this produces moments that some may hate but I find entertaining. Generally speaking I like it when episodes try to buck fan expectations. I appreciate it when producers take risks. The episode is a 7,200 out of 10,198
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RandomThoughts
Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 2:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: When it Rains...

Hello Everyone!

There are many great comments here, both for and against.

I will add my two cents towards those that mentioned the Cardassian Rebels needed to be trained how to be subversive. They really didn't learn anything from the Bajoran rebels they were fighting against. They still felt superior strength would be needed and they'd win. They learned nothing from their fights. As for them not liking Kira, it wouldn't have mattered who it was, as long as it was a Bajoran showing them how to be insurgents. Kira simply had the weight of the Federation behind her, and anyone else would not, short of Shakarr. (sp)

I love Gowron and his eyes (I'd read once that he opened his eyes like that on purpose during an audition, to make himself stand out. Might be true, since I read it on the internet...). And in a way, though it was forced, I can see him doing just what he was doing. He'd been written as petty and insecure over the years, so this was no surprise to me (other than "Look who's here!"). It'd been better if it had been a few episodes earlier, in my humble opinion.

Oh, and as for Garak, he would gladly help Damar defeat the Dominion, but he would never forget and would get any revenge he wanted, though it may take years of smiling at him... Of that, I have no doubt.

Keep smiling... RT
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