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Tim Carroll
Sat, Feb 28, 2009, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

I didn't enjoy this episode as much as others from the season, but one thing that actually did ring true for me was Ellen's almost-immediate reversion on seeing Tigh again. If there's one thing we've learned about those two over the years, it's that their relationship is utterly, utterly toxic to both of them. They're madly in love, but it also drives them both - especially Ellen - to be incredibly jealous and petty in matters concerning each other.

Remove Tigh from Ellen's life, and New Ellen that we saw last week comes to the fore. Bring them back together, and she quickly becomes Old Ellen again.
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Tim Carroll
Wed, Sep 3, 2008, 8:20am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

Watched this one today, for the first time since I saw it at the movies. Age hasn't improved it any, although at least it no longer carries with it the crushingly bitter disappointment in Trek's creative forces that I'd guess most of us fans were going through at the time.

Remember what it was like? Enterprise's *horrendous* second season had just shuffled zombie-like into hiatus, leaving us all feeling empty and unmoved. The foul stench of moldy, past their use-by-date plots still lingered, but there was a small ray of hope in "The Expanse" that the show might finally turn the corner.

Then THIS piece of garbage came out, and you realised that Star Trek was going to die very soon, regardless of how well Enterprise's third season turned out. Not because it was a *bad* movie; because it was a hideously *mediocre* movie that embodied your worst fears about the state of the franchise: Star Trek was brain-dead, a walking corpse, the living dead... and nothing short of a LONG hiatus and a complete creative refresh would save it.

It was like a punch in the face, really (even though "These Are The Voyages..." would put it to shame soon thereafter). Bad time to be a Trek fan.

I think that's part of why it got such a bad reaction from fans - Trek was in bad shape at the time and when TPTB could have fixed things with a great TNG movie, they blew it and consequently all our hopes away.
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Tim Carroll
Fri, Aug 29, 2008, 9:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

People often point to Voyager as the beginning of the end for the Borg as credible villains, but I've always felt it was this movie that turned the Borg from a genuinely menacing threat into something far less interesting. All Voyager did was run with the concept originally created here. Only problem was, it was never a good idea to begin with.

In fact, the Borg Queen was the Worst. Idea. Ever. The reason the Borg were so uniquely frightening to begin with was that there were *no* leaders of the Collective. It just existed, mindlessly carrying out its endless quest to reach perfection. They were the ultimate Trek Evil Computer(TM) villain.

The Borg Queen ruined all that. Suddenly, the Borg had an individual leader who made independent decisions and had emotions and all that jazz, and ALL that mystique went POOF and was never regained.

Voyager's "Scorpion" was the last time the Borg felt scary. It's also the last time we had a Borg Special (TM) without the fucking Queen. Coincidence? I think not...
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Tim Carroll
Fri, Aug 29, 2008, 6:04am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

My favourite in the series, although it's a *very* close tie with TWOK. Reason being that although TWOK is the definitive Trek movie, TUC gave us that most rare of all gems in the Trek canon: a dignified end. Trek has historically had problems in delivering satisfying payoffs to its bigger stories, no matter which part of the franchise you look at. (Even DS9 - bless its dark little soul - couldn't deliver a satisfactory resolution to its longest-running tale. Namely, Sisko's "destiny". Which as it turned out, was to push a guy and a book off a cliff. Wow.)

TUC gave the TOS characters a beautiful sentimental send-off, wrapped up in an exciting, fast-past plot. Even though it doesn't hold up to close scrutiny quite as well as TWOK, it's forgiven by the fact that this is *it*. The last adventure. There's a pervasive sense of finality throughout the film, and the closing "goodbye photo" and log entry where Kirk hands off to TNG is note-perfect.

Final chapters as good as this are a rare thing. A four-star outing for me, easily.
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