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Timothy Metcalf
Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 11:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: In Theory

Regarding Data vs. the Doctor... Thinking back over TNG, i think The Measure of a Man is the only episode that really question's Data's right to existence and rights as an individual. The crew always treat him as an individual as deserving of rights as anyone. Outsiders sometimes question that, but never the people he considers friends. The Doctor, on the other hand, is constantly treated as an appliance. No one on the Enterprise would even consider comparing Data to a replicator like Janeway does the Doctor. The Doctor, unlike Data, has consistent trouble being respected as a unique individual. In part, this is because he's an EMH, and thus one of presumably hundreds of copies of a program. As we see in First Contact, EMH's are a standard feature on the latest generation of Starfleet ships, so it makes total sense that the crew would see him more as an appliance. After all, that's how Starfleet has treated "him." Data, on the other hand, is almost entirely unique. (The out of universe reason, of course, is that conflict within the crew was not allowed under Roddenbury.) While I really appreciate Data's journey towards personhood, I think that Voyager explores the oppression/dismissal of artificial lifeforms much more completely and poignantly with the Doctor.
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Timothy
Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

Loved this episode. I wish they had 10 more like it.
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Timothy
Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 2:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

Not understanding all the hate on the Sela character. It was an obvious conceit, to get Crosby back on the show, but so what? My hate is reserved for the writers, who wasted a character that could have been more fully explored (particularly in the movies, Nemesis should have resembled The Undiscovered Country and Sela/Crosby should have been front and center) and whom they turned into a one dimensional Scooby-Doo villain in her next installment (Reunification).

Anyhow, I digress. Came here to say that I've always felt the ending here was a bit ham ended, where Worf decides to spare Toral while giving a "This is why we're better than you" Kirk/Picard speech to the assembled Klingons. I would have done the scene with Worf taking the knife, looking at Toral, who is ready to die, looking at Kern, who is impatiently waiting for him to do it, then looking at Picard and seeing the disapproval on his face, and an idea comes to mind....

"No! I will not kill him. He does not deserve that honor. Let him live with the shame of his dishonor, as I was forced to do. I can think of no worse punishment."

*drops the knife, slaps Toral across the face, looks at Picard who gives an almost imperceptible nod, looks at Kern who grins with approval*

Gowron, "Very well." *turns his back on Toral, as do the other assembled Klingons in turn*

Seems like that would have been more in-character for Worf than to give a Federation lecture to his fellow Klingons.
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Timothy
Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 2:17am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Rajiin

Wait, why is Archer concerned about sex slavery now? Just recently he condemned an entire gender of an alien race to sex slavery, even refusing asylum to a refugee who was so distraught by their captivity that they killed themselves.
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Timothy
Thu, Apr 9, 2015, 11:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

I love these two episodes, but Sisko's blatant and consequence free violation of orders strains credibility, even by Trek standards. More to the point, it was wholly unnecessary for the plot, given the Dominion's "No changeling has ever harmed another" ethos.

Personally, I would have skipped the rescue subplot and ended the story with Garek and Odo escaping on the runabout. I'm not certain why it exists, except to consume screen time and provide a nifty Defiant pyrotechnics display.
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Timothy
Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

This episode was almost directly lifted from The Enemy Below; watch the back to back and you can almost make a drinking game out of the similarities.

Concur with the chorus of people that say Jammer had underrated this episode. This is classic Trek and Kirk right here, in fact I'm pretty sure BoT makes the essential ten episodes list for TOS.
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Timothy
Tue, Jan 13, 2015, 12:08am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

Watch the scene in BoBW where The Collective addresses Picard:

"You speak for your people."
"I have nothing to say to you. And I will resist you with my last ounce of strength."
"Strength is irrelevant, resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves....."

That scene still sends chills up my spine. The Borg are so completely alien in BoBW; you can't reason with them, you can't destroy them, they are a simple force of nature all the emotion of a spider devouring its prey, e.g., NONE.

Then came First Contact and a retconned Queen as a personification of The Collective. Alright, I can get behind the Queen, that's what Locutus' character was there for after all. Except of course she has to take things personally, get angry, and have a human desire for revenge. WTF? Remember how Locutus dismissed his "abduction" in BoBW, without a hint of emotion or concern? That's how the personification of The Collective behaves!

The Borg in BoBW and Scorpion (I can't believe I'm citing Voyager as an example of doing it right!) were genuinely frightening. After that they were just the Bad Guys of The Week.

And +1 for whoever mentioned RedLetterMedia. The part of his review called "A Tale of Two Picards" nails it. Completely out of character. FC is 90% dumbed down action movie and 10% Trek. The 10% was the final scene with the Vulcans landing, Lily, Picard, and Cochrane. That was Trek; too bad the payoff wasn't worth the pain of the rest of the movie.

In my mind TNG will always have ended with "All Good Things..."
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Timothy
Mon, Jan 12, 2015, 11:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Michael, you're really gonna nitpick the battle based on how many photons the Enterprise fired? That's the worst attribute of Trek Fandom right there, thinking that technobabble should drive the story rather than serve the story.

You can justify it easily enough, the limits of a TV budget and special effects technology at the time, but why bother? The ultimate point is that the Enterprise is fighting a hopeless battle for a greater cause. Three on One are long odds, she's doomed the minute they decide to stand rather than run, but they survive long enough to accomplish their mission and even take some of the bad guys with them.

If you think this episode would have been better with a drawn out CGI rendered wank fest like Nemesis (or, dare I say it, Sacrifice of Angels) I'm afraid you've missed the point entirely.
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