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Top Hat
Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 4:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

I like the Klingon tea ceremony. They soon drop the concept that Klingon culture would have a space for elegance and simplicity alongside all the "rah! Violence and honour!" stuff.
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

And wouldn’t I have been in everyone’s best interest to place the ban in abeyance when the Romulans and Federation were allies against the Dominion? Maybe the technology simply didn’t shake out.
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

They should've named Amanda or the Suzie Plakson character "Cindy Q Who."
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 3:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Such comments do not add much.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jul 25, 2021, 9:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

There's scarcely a planet on TNG that doesn't feel like it's populated by about eight people and consists of roughly three locations. Even the most backwater of planets somehow has world government and is ruled by a single bureaucrat with webcam in his office. So the idea that so much concern is extended to this one small community seems on brand.
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Top Hat
Fri, Jul 23, 2021, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

Interestingly, this episode never actually uses the word "clone." In place it uses "replicant," the Blade Runner term that appears as a noun nowhere else in all of Star Trek. Who knows what it practically mean, but it may be the case that the duplicate O'Brien had a very short lifespan, since there's no reason for him to outlive his objective.
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Top Hat
Thu, Jul 22, 2021, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

Funny enough, both Armus and the Sheliak were played by the same actor, Mart McChesney.
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Top Hat
Thu, Jul 22, 2021, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

You know what I find especially odd about the charaterization of the Bringloidi? They're greedy, or at least money obsessed. Danilo tells Picard, "you must be worth quite a bit to own a fine ship like this" when he's trying to set him up with his daughter. In the episode's last line, Brenna notes that P.M. Grainger "Sounds like he might have more than two coins to rub together." But why would people who have been detached from broader human civilization for centuries, living this apparently agrarian and largely non-hierarchal "back to nature" existence, be so obsessed with money?
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Top Hat
Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 12:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

One thing that strikes me about this episode is how TOS it feels insofar as space feels big -- like any problem needs to be settled in this tiny corner of space. The Bringloidi and Mariposans both have a problem? Clearly the only conceivable way of resolving this is to shotgun them into a single society. SImply resettling the Bringloidi -- who do not seem especially numerous -- on Earth or some other place? Suggesting that other people in the Federation might want to relocate to Mariposa and provide breeding stock that way? None of these seem possible within this episode's frame. And it seems entirely within Picard's authority to broker all of this, because space is big -- way bigger than it would feel in most of the TNG-era Trek that followed.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 20, 2021, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Interface

Until Soong's death, so did Data, technically, though he didn't realize it.
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Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 8:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

You're thinking of "The High Ground," which the BBC refused to re-air for some 15 years, as did RTE in the Republic of Ireland. Sky One would show an edited version of it. That's not a government ban in the strictest sense, but it's close, since these are examples of public service broadcasters refusing to show it for entirely political reasons.

As for "Up the Long Ladder," I seriously doubt it's the most offensive depiction of he Irish ever to air on the BBC.
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Top Hat
Sat, Jul 17, 2021, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

This an odd episode for a number of reasons, one that writers have been pretty much been content to ignore. It has Q acting explicitly as an agent of the Continuum for the first time since "Hide and Q," though I guess he does the same in "Death Wish." It doesn't mesh with what we hear about the Q and reproduction on Voyager. It implies Qs have been hanging out on Earth long before "Encounter at Farpoint." It even makes the Q mortal. And its version of [de Lancie] Q is distinctly more malevolent in this episode than in hardly any other episode post "Q Who."

Now, you can come up with justifications for some of these if you like, but it all adds up to a decidedly anomalous episode. And then there's the fact that it really sidelines all of our regulars and gives a one-shot guest character the character arc, which precisely is what all the guidelines said not to do. It's a good thing Olivia d'Abo is so likeable, because her character could be unendurable in the wrong hands.

It would have been nice to build up Amanda's relationship with Crusher and make it into more of a Beverly episode.
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Top Hat
Sat, Jul 17, 2021, 9:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

Perhaps he just told Picard what happened, rather than any Klingons.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 2:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

If I'm not mistaken, the Warp 10 = infinite speed thing was introduced in The Star Trek TNG Technical Manual in 1991: https://xaeyr.typepad.com/files/franchise-star-trek-tng-technical-manual1.pdf. See the footnote on page 55.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 13, 2021, 2:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

Just out curiosity, Ben, is it your voice that is heard in the documentary Trekkies? Because someone in that film tells Denise Crosby a similar story about Skin of Evil.
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Top Hat
Mon, Jul 12, 2021, 11:07am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

One fact that might be worth remembering is that the USSR already had a female astronaut by the time this episode was made; Sally Ride wouldn't become the first NASA astronaut until 1983. So the idea of the Romulans but not the Federation having woman captains/commanders by this point might not have seemed so implausible.
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Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 4:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

I always thought that line might be accurate without being literal. Like maybe there’s no strict rule against women being starship captains, but that plenty of factors to do with Starfleet’s culture conspire to make it extremely unlikely.
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Top Hat
Sat, Jul 10, 2021, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

And are we supposed to think that they evolved into their Voth-form on Earth, took off, and then remained in evolutionary stasis for the subsequent 65 + million years? I mean, perhaps that's biologically possible, since an organism won't necessarily evolve if it has no reason to and there are life forms on Earth that haven't changed in many millions of years. But doesn't that conflict with the notion that the Voth is what happened if you take a hadrosaur and add 65 million years of evolution, as Janeway uses the holodeck to project?

So maybe the hadrosaurs survived the extinction of the dinosaurs after all, and, leaving no fossil record, continued to evolve for numerous millions of years before taking off for the Delta Quadrant later (maybe the 20 million years that the theocrat mention?). No scenario really makes sense.
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Top Hat
Sat, Jul 10, 2021, 12:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Even if we can accept that somehow advanced dinosaurs came up with space travel and fled Earth, just WHEN are we to imagine this having happened? The hadrosaur genus is believed to have ended in the Late Cretaceous but before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. So they took off earlier, and the meteorite conveniently wiped out all traces of their advanced civilization?
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Top Hat
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

What do they references to Halloween actually accomplish here? Is there a thematic significance to be link between this episode and Carpenter's film? Or is it just a case of "because we can"?
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Top Hat
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 12:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Or maybe the Husnock were a spread out, diasporic race rather than a more concentrated regional power.
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Top Hat
Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 10:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

It's beyond the scope of this episode, but I did always wonder: was this particular Husnock ship far from home? Did they attack the colony purely out of spite or is this a Gorn kind of scenario, where they perceived it as encroaching their territory? Are there empty planets and crewless ships sitting not terribly far away?
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Top Hat
Wed, Jul 7, 2021, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

To strip things down even more, I don't think it follows that "Kevin can do this extraordinary thing" means that he should be able to do a different, also extraordinary thing. It's like wondering why Usain Bolt can't fly.
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Wed, Jul 7, 2021, 7:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Allow me to submit that there is a giant piece of evidence that Kevin couldn't recreate the colony: he didn't. It surely would be in his best interest to do so, because then it wouldn't have attracted attention. So either he couldn't do it or he didn't want to. And honestly, the question is a bit of a nonstarter because we don't have a tonne to work with.

There's something innately unsatisfying about debating the capabilities of your stock "mysterious superbeing." If this were an RPG, sure, they'd need some stats that would show what a game master is expected to have them do and what their limits might be.

There also tends to be a convention that the most godlike of powers is the ability to create life. There's also a convention that killing is easier than creating, so I have no trouble with the notion that Kevin can commit an instantaneous universal genocide but be incapable of sustaining a living colony on a much smaller scale. The ship is another question altogether -- it's a thing, it does things, but doesn't need any agency of its own.

The question of whether Rishon is actually alive or sentient is an interesting one academically, but also a somewhat dramatically inert one. Clearly she's his creation, and has no independent existence without his continued agency. The fact that she's almost as nonplussed by the recent destruction of all their neighbours as Kevin was speaks to this -- would be original Rishon act that way? When he "dismisses her," it plays less like him killing her a second time and more like him discontinuing an illusion.
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Tue, Jul 6, 2021, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Even if an illusion isn't the right language, it appears that these changes Kevin makes to the planet and to Rishon are dependent on Kevin's agency. Perhaps recreating a fully functioning colony, even temporarily, is simply beyond his abilities.
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