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Toony
Wed, Oct 9, 2019, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Strange Bedfellows

Winn's an agnostic atheist, she's playing the religion card for political advantage. She'll play that hand as far as she can take it, use anyone even so called 'gods' to get what she wants. She knows they are mere aliens indifferent to her peoples suffering.
When the Pah Wraiths wipe the slate she can have them make her their emissary, the highest position in her society and become the undisputed leader, she'll then eliminate them with Chroniton radiation and tell her followers what their absent gods demands.
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Toony
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Blood of Patriots

I figure Ed is a functional alcoholic, the first scene of this season was him telling Alara one thing they have in common is being alcoholics.
I guess in the Orville future alcohol and drug use are only permissible if the user is in control.
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Toony
Thu, Oct 19, 2017, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

Regarding the Romulans using Klingon ships, IDW comics offered an explanation.
In the episode Balance of Terror the ROmulans are shown to have plasma weapons and impulse ships putting them at a disadvantage until they developed the cloaking device, we can infer from TNG dylithium crystals are extremely scarce in the Romulan Star Empire so warp drive may have been reserved for fewer ships until they used quantum singularities. The episode Errand of Mercy which introduced the Klingons, shown them as going to war with the Federation but their war was ended by the Organians and the Organian peace treaty was mentioned a few times afterwards. In the IDW comics, the Klingons provided the Romulans with battleships and weapons in exchange for the cloaking device, they hoped to use them as pawns in a renewed war with the Federation. It all fell apart when the Romulans realised their treachery.
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Toony
Sun, Aug 7, 2016, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Now that I think about it, Solok was much like a romulan, I guess he skipped a few meditaion rituals or was close to Pon Farr or something.
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Toony
Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 5:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Requiem for Methuselah

I would like to point out the writer of this episode, Jerome Bixby further explored the concept of a immortal caveman who survived into modern times in the film: 'The Man from Earth'. It is basically a play and filmed in 2007 starring none other then Tony Todd and John Billingsley.
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Toony
Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 4:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

Strange that none of the personalities protested their surroundings.
The little girl immediately plays with Naomi.
The Klingon snacks on food at night.
An ensign makes a few logs.
Not one of them snapped to the reality they were in, equally odd is too many of them were from the Alpha Quadrant, the Borg piling them all on that ship is very unlikely.
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Toony
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 8:21am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

As far as I know Roddenberry's pitch that humanity has evolved was never put into any depth or detail so writers probably ignored it. I read on Memory Alpha he didn't think the Picards feud in 'Family' should be happening in the 24th century.
I recall in Babylon 5 a scene where a woman who spent one hundred years on a sleeper ship asks what she's missed. The Doctor says they met aliens, expanded to the stars built colonies, made new constitutions, had more revolutions, fought more wars and she says "We still haven't outgrown violence?"
The Doctor responds "It's going to take a lot more than a hundred years to evolve a better human."
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Toony
Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

Unimatrix Zero on the whole struck me as nothing more than a rip off of the then popular Matrix film, it was trying to rewrite the Borg as machines enslaving flesh with the lull of perfection. Doesn't work because it was badly executed and the Borg suffered as a formidable nemesis due to overuse and too many writers.
I did like the Queen in Unimatrix Zero though, too bad that kid was ignored by everyone otherwise everything the Queen said was a lie, Seven and other liberated Drones said they hear the thoughts of millions of others as a noise in their heads suggesting there's no direct communication. The Queen also lied about emotions, that boy will be raised - as Seven was - to be a Drone. Instead of having a Drone persona supplant his own like his and the Queens parent, he'll be raised to think and speak as the hive mind voice that sometimes speaks to the Queen. Of course, one year later, he's dead through future Janeways actions....
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Toony
Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 10:53am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

My thoughts
'three dimensional thoughts' the Queen means that he wasn't on the Cube going to Earth six years previously, she's saying she had a mental presence through the Collective and that's yet Picard recalls it differently with his individual human mind.
The Borgs plan was just to shoot up the launch site to make their prior invasion more successful.
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Toony
Wed, Sep 23, 2015, 10:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

Winn actually has every reason to go with the Pah Wraiths, they have been sold as evil fire monsters by the Prophets but as she said she has never felt the Prophets power, likely never had an orb experience or drank enough Kool Aid to feel them and believe.
As she once said in Rapture, during the occupation she was beaten for her faith, then straight after Bajor gained freedom her faith is worthless as the Prophets revealed themselves and to her, looked like the wormhole aliens that everyone else referred to them as. Worse, they did nothing for anyone unlike their adversaries who are imprisoned for what could be good reasons.
Winn could be a covert atheist who thinks the Bajorans are backward and maybe blames the Prophets for the Bajorans regression and being conquered by the Cardassians in the first place.
The Prophets struck me as like the energy and god like beings of TOS which also went with magic books and the like.
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Toony
Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 10:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

I think DS9 handles time like Timecop the present is immutable but the past isn't. It's possible Sisko, Dax and Bashir impacted their own histories in 'Past Tense' and maybe 'Trials and Tribblations' and the Prophets saved them by fixing a few threads that modified the present.
Sisko is now compatible to join the prophets because Sarah and Joseph were originally meant to be together but the premature death of Gabriel Bell and who knows who else in Past Tense unraveled all that, changing their characters and fates. I recall in season 2 Sisko talked as if Joseph had died years earlier but he pops up alive in season 4.
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Toony
Wed, May 27, 2015, 6:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Caretaker

I liked Caretaker it's just unfortunate all the stuff the writers talked about prior to the show was shot down in production by the network. They used to talk about the challenges the crew and ship would face in it's situation without industrial replicators or reinforcements instead they barely referenced these issues or they'd be there one week and gone the next.
Sometimes it took the piss for example in multiple episodes they referred to hull breaches on decks, you'd think they'd have been visible later on but weren't. In The Killing Game the Hirogens holodeck abuse led to the destruction of sickbay and damage and 'heavy casualties' one Borg scan one season later says the crew somehow lost six personel from the last scan by the Voth.
At the time it aired Voyager was a absolute dinosaur next to Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5 (the real anti Trek), Stargate, Farscape, The X Files and a ton of other shows surpassing it in every way. I recall all the fun online with people watching those shows all the discussions about where their story arcs and characters were going and then there was this ugly little TNG wannabee pissing about with predictable Trek nonsense. Nowadays it isn't too bad for one offs but still leaves a bad taste.
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Toony
Wed, May 27, 2015, 6:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

I can buy there being all alien crews in starfleet due to different species requirements like waste management, sleep patterns among other things. I can understand the Enteprise, the flagship and ship of the line, having a secular crew. I think Voyagers crew becomes a bit more believable when you remember Earth has a population of aliens including Bolians and Vulcans all adjusted to Earths lifestyle.
If not then I take it demiliterisation is a requirement for Federation memebership.
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Toony
Sat, May 16, 2015, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

The Borg changed everything Brian, the Borg changed everything.
As soon as one Cube orbitted Earth (one century after V'ger!) after smashing a fleet, they knew their idealistic bullshit had to end.
After the stories of parasites infiltrating Starfleet at the highest levels got out, starfleet had to tighten it's security measures.
After the ROmulans resurfaced with a fleet of warbirds comparable to starfleets finest, and destablized the Klingon empire, Roddenberryism had to end.
They're through the looking glass people....
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Toony
Tue, May 12, 2015, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

I think Section 31 was in on this plot too, it might have been a joint operation from all of them though only the Cardassians and Romulans could build a fleet.

@ Yanks

'The only real issue I see with this episode is that the Jem'Hadar attack the shuttle with Odo on it. It was given to Odo/Garak by a Founder, I find it hard to believe that Founder didn't make it very clear not to shoot the one with Odo on it.'

Good catch though later on in the series they did hint the Founders control over the Vorta and Jem Hadar to be overstated as they too seek power (demonstrated in episodes: Treachery, Faith and the Great River and To The Death), it's possible the Jem Hadar themselves saw Odos free range as a threat to the Dominion.
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Toony
Sat, Feb 7, 2015, 6:54am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

Without their communicators and universal translators how did the crew understand each other? I can imagine Tuvok knowing english but what about Neelix and Kes?
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Toony
Tue, Feb 3, 2015, 7:42am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

Despite the fact they are out there to seek out new worlds and civilsations, despite the fact the Ferengi knocked out all the crew and came close to stripping the ship, Archer simply says "I never wanna see you again!"
Nice going Archer.
A potential threat ignored so these dosy writers at their eleventh hour realization the Last Outpost was a first contact situation can get away with it.
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Toony
Mon, Feb 2, 2015, 4:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

The prophets being future Bajorans was a theory I read at the old official Trek site boards years ago, it does make sense.
Way I see it is that they are transdimensional like the Sphere Builders of Enterprise and may be part of the temporal cold war. The events of Past Tense where Sisko supplanted Gabriel Bell in history, the events of accession where a time lost poet remembered for incomplete works and returned to the Enterprise era where he lived his life on Bajor and completed his works likely peeked interest and divided the prophets leading to the Pah Wraiths.
Sounds daft but think Doctor Who where time is fluidic and if he and his companions rewrite the past (best episode example I can think of is 'Waters of Mars') it will mend itself in the future at the expense of a few individuals.
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Toony
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 3:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

The genocide of the founders began before starfleet found the quickening, it's possible this was more a joint section 31 and Tal Shiar plot in response to the destruction of a Tal Shiar and Obsidian Order task force, the bombing of a Romulan Federation conference, the Defiant nearly attacking the Tzenkethi and the destabilization of the Khotomer Accords and Cardassian Union.
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Toony
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Extreme Risk

Know what made the 'we must build a new shuttle' plot redundant? they already have a Runabout equivalent sitting beneath the saucer section, it's called the Aeroshuttle.
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Toony
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

So I take it Sisko was following starfleet general order 24 then. Watch TOS 'A taste of Armageddon' for reference. It's equivalent to General Order 7 where any Starfleet or Federation citazen will be executed for travelling to planets like Talos 4.
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