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Tomalak
Sun, Aug 1, 2021, 5:05am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

I think the episode was weak and interaction he had with Sisko was nothing to write home about, so that may be why they never brought him back.

In-universe, you could argue that Sisko handled him far better than Picard - his impatience with Q and lack of respect or intrigue may have made Q decide he wasn't going to have much fun with Sisko and never come back.
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Tomalak
Sat, Jul 31, 2021, 7:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Trish, I agree with your post earlier but not your most recent one. What is "rude" is similarly subjective - and certainly not consistent across cultures - but that does not stop reasonable people pointing to rude behaviour or non-rude behaviour even if people wont always agree. If I said it isn't rude to tell some old lady to fuck off if she politely asked for directions, I am sure you would have a sensible explanation for why I was wrong. No sensible person would be convinced if I then said "Oh, Trish, don't you realise rudeness is subjective?". Similarly with Riker
As you say, he wanted a normal romance built on mutual attraction and was put off by any sense of obligation on Yuta's part. Calling this creepy is just very weak, and pointing to subjectivity doesn't change that.
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Tomalak
Thu, Jul 29, 2021, 3:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

It's a long time since I've seen the episode, but I don't think you're right about obnoxious or leering. There seems to be an unargued assumption in some of the comments on this site that any flirtatious behaviour or attraction to the opposite sex is inherently creepy. It seems very out of touch. I'm not getting at you, Tidd - your comments are always worth reading and you're not the only one. But I do disagree.
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Tomalak
Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 5:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

Sorry, Tidd, but yeah. It's one of the most famous phrases in Latin ever, so it really shouldn't be attributed to one of Ancient Greece's greatest.
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Tomalak
Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 9:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

It never went away. Any definition of eugenics that doesn't include abortion of Downs syndrome babies is worthless.
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Tomalak
Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

"Enough of a possibility for the British Government in the late 80s to ban the episode"

???
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Tomalak
Sat, Jul 17, 2021, 4:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Great post, Chrome. I would add - and many won't like this - that Kirk's attitude makes a lot of sense in the Star Trek universe. Clearly, across all Star Trek series, species makes an enormous difference. You see the odd Ferengi who isn't interested in latinum but on the whole everyone acts like being Ferengi makes you greedy and exceptions to this rule are curiosities. And that is how the Ferengi are presented, too. You name your species, you have your stereotype that all its members mostly live up to. In the case of Klingons, it's obsession with violence and killing and battle. Even if Kirk hadn't lost his only child to them, it's not some great indictment for him to notice this.
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Tomalak
Thu, Jul 15, 2021, 2:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

You would have thought at very least it would destroy the shuttle. The shuttle is flying into every wall in the universe at very high speeds.
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Tomalak
Thu, Jul 8, 2021, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

B5 is much better sci fi than Nu-Trek, but Jammer has reviewed Star Trek for decades so it makes sense he would decide to review Picard - especially when he didn't know how it would turn out.
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Tomalak
Wed, Jul 7, 2021, 3:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

If you were watching for a great love story you'll be disappointed. But I don't think the writers were going for that. What I saw was a very realistic example of two highly attractive people being infatuated with one another and having a brief fling that didn't last because the interest was always rather superficial. It happens a lot - as does sexy women exercising together.

"I'll concede the scene where they have dinner and he outmaneuvers Troi on her ethical dispute was pretty solid"

As is often the case in Star Trek, there was a good answer to him and his Romulan analogy. I think Troi should probably have said something like "Yes, it's about life and death. Saving lives and preventing death. Starfleet aren't pacifists and we will act in self defence, but we would never end lives except in self-defence, so I feel quite fine ethically about using my powers to support them, thank you very much. You not only aren't saving lives, but you're not even picking the ethical side at all - you a gun for hire, making money for yourself and your clients that particular month."
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Tomalak
Sat, Jul 3, 2021, 4:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: LD S1: Second Contact

Thanks for writing these, Jammer. For what it's worth, I agree with your big picture points completely. Lower Decks was mostly painfully unfunny and Mariner was a rubbish character - but the cartoon still had its merits as you suggest.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jul 2, 2021, 2:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

Top trolling, Tomas. Did you set yourself a personal goal of writing a post that makes Booming's contributions here look mature?
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Tomalak
Tue, Jun 29, 2021, 1:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Great post. I think it's unlikely the actress is (primarily) to blame. Burnham's problems are so deep rooted that whoever writes the character is doing a terrible job.

I think a combination of poor writers and their woke terror about portraying a black woman as anything other than a demi-god have combined with a ridiculous % of screen time to produce a car crash show.
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Tomalak
Sat, Jun 26, 2021, 4:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

I think it's an interesting episode politically.

It presents the argument for capital punishment in a negative light, strongly implying it's just an expression of violent instincts rather than something rational. But it also clearly argues against a certain liberal view that doesn't really accept that some people are violent by nature and that gives little room for motiveless hostility as a driving factor in violent crime.

Depending on your politics you'll find different parts of this more v less persuasive, but it's a lot more sophisticated than Star Trek political messaging normally gets.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 25, 2021, 10:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part I

"You don't go to war over asking an ally for something. There is more risk of war over clandestinely acquiring it from an enemy of the Federation."

I think the suggestion is not that asking for it would lead the Klingons to declare war, but that it would lead the Romulans to do so if the Klingons said yes.
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Tomalak
Sun, Jun 20, 2021, 7:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

"It's possible that the fall of Betazed is all the more shocking, both to characters and audience, because everyone implicitly accepts that prescient & mind-reading Betazoids should have seen the attack coming, but were by the millions, unable to sense that the Dominion was anywhere near the place."

If TNG is any guide to how useful these powers are at figuring out the non-obvious, only once all the ground troops had landed and slaughtered a couple of million people would some Betazoid would have said "I sense great hostility!".
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Tomalak
Wed, Jun 16, 2021, 12:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Anything that happened between Q and Vash would probably be pretty tame by human standards. The Q and the Grey has an amusing twist, Braaten. Spoiler alert...




Q spends the whole episode trying to seduce Janeway as he wants to reproduce. In the end he mates in front of her with someone else and all he ever wanted sexually was briefly touching one another's index fingers (admittedly with Janeway then holding the baby). Janeway is baffled: "That was it?!".
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Tomalak
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 3:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

10 out of 21 actual episodes is quite a long watchlist!
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Thanks, Jammer. To be clear, I think an average is just that: one data point. Clearly it is telling in this case but no one would sensibly claim that one simple average for each season tells you everything you need to know.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Sorry, the 0 for the clip did funny things to my Excel but once you put it in properly the numbers are the same as yours:

S Average
3 2.90
4 2.81
6 2.75
5 2.69
2 2.45
7 2.44
1 2.20
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Hilariously so did I just now! I got these numbers:

Season average
3 2.90
4 2.81
6 2.75
5 2.69
2 2.57
7 2.44
1 2.20
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

The Defector is my favourite episode of TNG, but your mileage may differ. Of course, truly great is only one measure and as you say, the average quality did rise after Season 2, at least in most fans' eyes. It would be interesting, actually, to compare the median episodes of each season, too. :-)

There is also the fact that the season only had 21 episodes plus a clip show - so had less chance than any other season to impress. All the other seasons had 26.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 7:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Some good points, Ari. I think TNG's second season did have some great episodes - including one introducing arguably the greatest Star Trek villain(s) ever. But it had a lot of forgettable or worse episodes, too. Other than the important exceptions of Q Who and Measure of a Man, I can't say it had a single great episode.
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Tomalak
Thu, Jun 10, 2021, 9:27am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

"Denying natural selection is indeed silly, but we may well discover that reality is more subtle and more complex than we first thought."

As I keep pointing out, what Dayala above was suggesting is not a subtle or nuanced development in our understanding but the complete overturning of all that we understand. You may or may not think this is likely one day, but the script does not remotely hint at this - which suggests the cause here is that usual Star Trek problem of misunderstanding how evolution works rather than the belief that natural selection will be refuted one day.

"Natural selection basically says that an organism that has characteristics that give it advantages in a particular environment have a greater chance of surviving and producing offspring."

"That sentence is true for specialists but far less so for generalists like Humans. "We, as a species have not adapted to any specific environment... There are Humans in the antarctic and in space."

Different humans have evolved in radically different ways in response to different environments. Skin colour is perhaps the most obvious. But this isn't a unique point for humans (look at bears v polar bears) and hardly proves the sentence is less true for humans - quite the reverse.
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Tomalak
Thu, Jun 10, 2021, 4:36am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

I guess there are (at least) two questions here:

Will we one day discover natural selection is not the guiding force in evolution? Possibly, but it seems very, very, very unlikely.

If we did make this discovery would we have to start from scratch and basically ditch almost every word that has been written on the topic since 1859? Yes, we would.

What is not coherent is to try to save the episode by proposing something that completely and utterly overturns evolution by natural selection and then treat it as merely an incremental change in our understanding.
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