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Tommy Tutone
Sun, Sep 27, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Note: For those who have read Michael Piller's book, the whole point of the book wasn't "My script got ruined by meddling from executives and actors." The point of the book is "This is how a typical script gets made in Hollywood."

I'm not sure if any of Pillar's script ideas would've worked, but eventually they had a deadline to meet and did the best with what they had. There's not much I can say to add that hasn't been said already, from the lame villain and muddled moral dilemma to the inconsistent tone and bland guest stars.

I can sum up the movie in one word: Boring.

And it's a shame that this movie essentially killed the franchise. After doing a movie written and directed by two Trek veterans (Piller and Frakes) which flopped, they went with outsiders for Nemesis which was even worse. RIP TNG
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Tommy D.
Sat, Sep 26, 2020, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I'm sorry but thats an awful comment not in the spirit of IDIC.
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Tom
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Deadly Years

I'm a Millenial and as far as I'm concerned, the Boomers can have the world. The X-ers might feel disenfranchised but for myself and the other Millenials I know you tend to look around and wonder what the fuss is all about and what everyone is fighting over. Regardless, I think the world will be a very different place once the Boomers are gone.
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Atomguy
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 9:24am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

I must say, this film is damn perfect. I didn't grow up on Star Wars, but by god I love this movie so so much, especially the god. damn. score.
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Tomalak
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 1:59am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

"Extremely mediocre episode. What bothered me endlessly was how Melora's borderline insubordination in the beginning is never even commented upon.
"I know Starfleet isn't strictly military, but an ensign being rude and even hostile to superior officers without anyone even saying something?"

Indeed, it wasn't realistic. "Rude guest star joins the main cast for an episode" can work. In Data's Day the Vulcan (Romulan as it turned out) Ambassador was noticeably rude - but she wasn't part of the Starfleet hierarchy. In numerous TNG episodes Ro Laren was rude too - and got in trouble for it. But simply inserting a bolshy, unprofessionally difficult Ensign into the DS9 cast and seeing them completely overlook her behaviour made no sense.
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Atomguy
Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 8:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

This comments section functions as a really interesting time capsule, with people getting more passionate as time gets on.
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Tomalak
Sat, Sep 19, 2020, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

The interactions between Sisko and Bashir in this one are so much fun. I wish we'd seen a bit more of the naive, brash Bashir of the first couple of seasons. While he was annoying, the way others reacted to him was a joy to watch - including Kira's amusement when Sisko slaps him down in this one.

I think Brooks did a good job of portraying an almost fatherly approach to Bashir, with a fondness for him coming across along with his irritation.
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Tomalak
Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Siege

Winn's decisive role in stopping a coup she had initially supported is an example of why she's such an intriguing and sophisticated villain. Most Star Trek villains would have reacted like the Bajoran Colonel and dismissed the accusations as lies. She immediately wanted to know the truth - and made it happen, crushing a coup that would have given her far more power.

I know it sounds like I'm praising her to the skies, but her vices should hopefully go without saying. But her convictions and that weird sort of integrity she shows are just as significant. They make her a far more believable and interesting TV villain. What a great job the writers and the actress did with her character.
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Tomalak
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Homecoming

Great point from Jack above: why is Rom getting any share in profits from a bar he doesn't own?
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Tommy D.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 4:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Trent

I would bet on the Omega molecule. Hopefully having one showrunner for a full season will give some consistency to the show. I really liked the concept of the red angel in season 2, but it fell apart in the middle and didn't really recover.

"You just don't feel like this Discovery crew - and Kurtzman Trek in general - is an actual collection of highly trained scientists and navy-persons."

Its funny, but this is one reasons I can't fully immerse myself fully in The Orville. I know its part of the nature of the show but it bugs me. On Discovery, I don't feel like the crew lacks competence, but it feels like they lack discipline, which also irks me at times.
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Tommy D.
Wed, Sep 16, 2020, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@flipsider

I don't care much for seasons 1,2, or 7 of TNG. However, 100% agree about the soundtrack of the early seasons. Its fairly incredible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYub8A9suIQ
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Tomalak
Wed, Sep 16, 2020, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

Almost everyone above dislikes this episode, but I don't care. I enjoyed it, and think it's fun a second or third time round too.

Yes, this was rather "One planet, one single culture" ... like almost every other episode of Star Trek. Yes, thingy was an abhorrent person - which was kind of the point. Yes, her followers didn't all give up ten years of beliefs the minute she was exposed - which was kind of the point.

Good drama done well.
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Tommy D.
Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 11:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Booming

This is true, though fortunately, Worf's decline in hairstyle prowess seemed to have an inverse effect on the quality of DS9.
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Tommy D.
Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 3:31am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Well, I'm just hoping the show evolves through hairstyles much like TNG's did through Worf. The better his hair, the better the season.
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Tommy D.
Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I don't find the show mean spirited at all, although of course, ymmv.

@Mertov

I'm actually kind of excited for season 3 of Discovery as well. I thought they were so close to figuring it out with the first half of season 2 before it kind of fell apart at the end.
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Tommy Tutone
Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Awful, awful, awful episode. Feels like some of the crap from the season 1-2 era. It starts off good but once it turns into It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World with the Federation, Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians all squabbling over finding the hidden treasure I lost all interest. A few episodes ago the Federation and Cardassians were at war and Picard was brutally tortured. Now they're searching for the palm trees in the shape of a letter W. Why not throw the Ferengi in as well? The retcon/revelation itself was silly but was the least of the problems with this episode.

Update on Norman Lloyd: He is still alive at age 105.
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Tomalak
Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 9:46am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Startrekwatcher, I agree with your main point but I am surprised you apparently didn't like season 6 of TNG? I'd say it's one of the strongest - if not the strongest.
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Tommy D.
Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 4:11am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

JG Hertzler!

@Escechapp

I think the weapons going out was just a gag on Shaxs finally getting his number called to fire away after being rejected, ala how Worf's mostly aggressive course of action suggestions in TNG were continually shot down by Picard and RIker.
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Tommy D.
Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 5:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Yanks

I agree. I thought it was much better than last weeks episode, which although it had its moments, I thought the first 5 minutes or so were almost painfully unfunny. This one was way more enjoyable throughout.
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Protomolecule
Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 9:45am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

But their sexuality is so central to the story that leaving the viewer to fruitlessly try to puzzle out just what was the nature of Soren's 'offense' (it reminds me of The Far Side's "Cow Tools" debacle) does rather blunt the message, and it's a wholly unforced blunder on the writers' part.

If they'd just left out the bizarre monosexual reproduction discussion (exactly where do couples get that 'inorganic husk' from, and if they're manufactured where would their pre-technological forebears have found them?) and instead made it clear that Soren's species were true hermaphrodites, then there would have been a simple and obvious explanation of what it meant to 'prefer a gender'. It would be hard to detect such a thing if both partners kept quiet about it, of course—though I could see there being subtle tells of some sort—but gender-biased individuals would still run the risk of getting caught while seeking each other out.
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Tomalak
Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 7:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I am now three episodes in. While it's much better than the awful trailer led me to believe, it just feels like Futurama with far worse jokes. Mariner is indeed painfully unfunny to watch.
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Tomalak
Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 9:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: In the Hands of the Prophets

Some fascinating discussion above back in 2014. I think Star Trek clearly has taken a pretty sceptical line towards religious beliefs for a long time, and this episode is an example of it. But that sceptical take is usually nuanced and thoughtful, and Sisko and Kira make some valid points in defence of the Bajoran faith (Winn less so!). We also see a much more positive example of a religious leader in Bareil.

What's curious is that some above seem to take any nuance, any departure from a strict "religion poisons everything" Richard Dawkins narrative, as some kind of sloppy error by the writers. They think the only way Star Trek would not be a militant atheist show is by accident.

Personally I am glad that this and other episodes don't make out that every Bajoran is a gullible moron, unable to make any arguments in their faith's defence. It's a particularly odd demand when the Prophets definitely do exist and send orbs and so on.
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Tommy D.
Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 8:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

" I suppose there's still time to bring in Jonathan Frakes to have Riker doing a kegstand on the bridge, but we'll see."

You know you'd at least chuckle at that.

I think the show has some charm, though the comedy has not really resonated with me for the most part. I think I actually enjoy being back in the look of TNG the most, which I didn't really expect.

And I agree, Q would be perfect. But this feels like a Wesley Crusher cameo coming.
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Tommy D.
Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 7:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Since its the best of Trek, DS9 should be required viewing for all :)

This show takes a lot of cues from TNG, and I think its poking fun at its problematic portrayal of the Ferengi, and then dismissing that portrayal at the end when Mariner contacts the Ferengi, who is a friend. I just took the bar scene as Boimler having his day, but we as the audience know he still has lot to learn outside of his by the book mentality.
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Tommy D.
Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Its taught at the Academy, according to Harry Kim.
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