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Top Hat
Sun, Nov 17, 2019, 4:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Or to pun terribly, they didn’t want to play the Q card too often.
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Sun, Nov 17, 2019, 10:56am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

I guess Kirk got so tired of hearing that humans were so inferior to be of interest that everyone stopped asking after a while.

I suspect that the writers didn't want us to get Q fatigue (as opposed to just plain old superbeing fatigue). I suppose a viewer so inclined could say that Douwd is literally a Q by any other name. But to the extent that rating the individual capacities of godlike beings makes any sense, the Douwd seems a little less powerful than the Q, since the Husnock were able to outdo Kevin's initial defences.
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Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 6:54am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

I mean when they bring the Cogenitor to the mess hall with them early in the episode, where Trip first meets them. It triggers the rest of the narrative but it feels a bit contrived -- is this "take your Cogenitor to work day" or something?
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Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 5:46am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

One thing I never understood: why do the couple take the Cogenitor with them to Enterprise to begin with? Are they like the equivalent of people who bring their pets with them everywhere? Or was there a practical reason to do with their fertility?

Watching it again I'm struck by how sneaky Trip is from early on. He takes surreptitious scans of the Vissians and sneaks around both his vessel and Enterprise. He knows that what he is doing is underhanded. He could try to leverage his new friendship with the Vissians to try to get more information about the lot of Cogenitors (maybe he could ask Reed's love interest to give a different perspective -- maybe some of them see the situation quite differently than the couple do) and perhaps state his concerns outright if he feels it necessary. They might get defensive and it might not help, but at least the outcome would have been no worse than what happened and probably wouldn't have fallen back on the Cogenitor personally.

It's interesting how naive Trip comes off in this episode. He clearly knows he's doing something risky, hence the subterfuge, but consistently ducks the real consequences. Consider this exchange:

COGENITOR: Would you be punished if they find out you've brought me here?
TUCKER: Punished? No, but they might get a little angry.
COGENITOR: I would be punished.
TUCKER: Maybe I should take you back.
COGENITOR: No, no, I want to see more.

Trip should probably ask what such punishment might entail but he doesn't, even though it's clear that Charles's is risking more in their little adventure than he is.

As others have noted, it seems like the episode is less about trans rights (it's a muddle on that front -- has Trip literally never heard of non-binary people on Earth?) than a cautionary example about the White Saviour Complex. And on that level, I think it's kind of clever. Trip has no way of knowing how people will react to the idea of "Cogenitor Liberation" but his own behaviour -- this pattern of sneakiness -- demonstrates that he knows it is at least risky. He feeds Charles liberal pieties like "Then you've got to convince them" because that's all he has in this situation; he knows they're only interacting with these people for a short time and have no real leverage for affecting social change.

So I don't think the message is necessarily against intervention or human rights activism, so much as "Don't be an idiot"... or at least, don't make it all about yourself.
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Mon, Nov 11, 2019, 5:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Yes, no doubt due to the fact that Colm Meaney was in that film (which, for the record, is about Wales). Ireland does actually have plenty of legit mountains, mostly in Munster.
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Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 10:55am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

I would dispute the first point. It’s more that is recognized or acknowledged that destiny. He is, especially at this moment, not happy about it. Returning to Earth, he is actively trying to avoid it.
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Tue, Nov 5, 2019, 8:09am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

I get the impression that both planets regard it as a total war, with no meaningful distinction between combatants and non-combatants. But I guess you mean it's a bit implausible that aliens have never become entangled in this conflict before, which I guess I would agree with.
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Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 9:19am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Does this episode place much focus on Alkar's actual accomplishments? I don't really more than lip service paid for me. He mostly seems like a stock manipulative villain, so any points about private-public persona of powerful men don't really land.
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Mon, Oct 28, 2019, 7:32am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

I'm not sure if modesty is innately about shame or shyness. Vulcan society is quite heavy on ritual, which presumably helps sustain the suppression of their emotions -- maybe a sense of modesty is part of that. I suppose you could extend this to asking why they would ever wear clothes, except in situations where the temperature demands it.

I suppose the simplest answer is that has internalized human norms and is enacting modesty not for her own sake but for Trip's.
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Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 2:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

It appears that the "no conflict" mentality came in with TNG, in part to distinguish it from TOS.
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Fri, Oct 25, 2019, 8:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Say, do you think they held funerals for Tuvok and Neelix?
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Fri, Oct 25, 2019, 9:19am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

One could make the case that Garak losing a taste for torture has less to do with being saturated in a Federation climate (which DS9 is only nominally in any case, and which he occupies as a marginal figure) than simple disuse. It's a specific situation, too, in that he's meant to torture someone he's become personally friendly with, which perhaps didn't come up when he was with the Obsidian Order.
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Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 5:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

Deanna Troi might differ, and so might T'Pol. Star Trek actually has some terrific fathers (Sisko is one) but it does a lot more father-child plotlines than mother-child ones, which is an issue in itself. So there's a larger pool of fathers from which to pick bad ones if you want to.

Also, what Picard thing are you talking about? I can only imagine it's "Bloodlines," in which it turned out that he was not his son at all. Maybe you mean "The Inner Light"? There's some tentative unrest with the son and his relationship with his daughter seems all around terrific.
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Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 12:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Let's recall that UPN promoted it sort of like it was about rape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrmYThAzARg. Frankly, if they wanted to do an episode about false memories, it's a very unfortunate choice to layer it onto an episode that even suggests a rape-like experience, as the writers' points don't exactly land.
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Mon, Oct 14, 2019, 8:17am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

I always thought this episode (which I mostly like) has an unresolvable plot (or at least thematic) problem towards the end. Odo assembles for Kira a list of 25 suspects:

ODO: My sources on Cardassia have given me a list of possible suspects. They all have the computer skills, the opportunity and the motive to carry out these attacks.

Conveniently this list seems to be nothing but a set of names -- it doesn't detail who they are or their potential motivations or their skill set. Prin ends up being fourth on that list -- a tad convenient but not outside the realm of possibility. But the fact that he was on the list at all means that he is known to be a computer expert with a malicious vendetta against the Bajorans. I guess that sort of is possible -- but does it fit thematically? This sort of flies in the face of "just a domestic servant," no? Okay, so he acquired the computer skills after his disfigurement in order to pursue his eventual revenge but he did it with a sufficiently high profile to be known to Cardassian intelligence.
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Sun, Oct 13, 2019, 8:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

Is it clear that McCoy outright lacks the authority to overrule Kirk on this point? It seems possible he has just decided not to, only to register objections.
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Sun, Oct 13, 2019, 6:33am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

@Omicron, that's precisely what I was getting at. The phrase "differently abled" might help reshape the language, since "disabled" has an edge of "there's something wrong with you," rather than that society and your environment fails to accommodate your needs. This episode seems like wants to make a statement about the way we construct disability, but it's too muddled to say anything coherent.
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Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 11:12am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

This was very interesting commentary, MusicalTurtle... I can't help to think more than this wretched episode deserves. I do find the point interesting that Melora is not strictly a disabled person, but an alien who travels outside of environments her species has evolved for. Does the euphemism "differently abled" apply more strongly? After all, the problem is the environment around her, nothing inherent to her body.

Would this episode had made more sense without the science fiction twist (which in a lot of ways fails to make sense -- shouldn't Melora be way less humanoid if she evolved in such a different enviornment?) and simply been told about a more conventional disability? Does it even make matters worse -- Melora's problem is that she's strayed too far "out of her lane" into a world that she's ill-suited to?

PS: I read it long ago, but there's an essay specifically about this episode called “No Ramps in Space: The Inability to Imagine Accessibility in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” It was in this academic collection: https://www.worldcat.org/title/fantasy-girls-gender-in-the-new-universe-of-science-fiction-and-fantasy-television/oclc/43634837.
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Mon, Sep 30, 2019, 6:44am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

It seems uncontroversial to suggest (as others have) that this episode would have worked better during Odo's tenure as a solid (did they pull the plug on that prematurely due to poor fan reaction, by the way). It would be easier to spin Odo's behaviour as adjustment to his new state.
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Mon, Sep 30, 2019, 6:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

That's for. I don't mind Ezri but it really comes at the expense of the ensemble. It's striking that Sisko has so little to do this season after the opening arc and before the final one.
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Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 8:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Wolf in the Fold

Or Wrigley's Pleasure Planet, mentioned in "The Man Trap." I like to imagine that that actually was Risa -- Wrigley briefly purchased the naming rights in the 23rd century but they lapsed after the chewing gum marked declined.
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Fri, Sep 27, 2019, 11:34am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

In addition, we've seen in "Crossfire" Odo actually neglect his duties when overwhelmingly lovesick. Romantic behind cynical exterior is prime Odo (and a lot of classic detectives, as noted).
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Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 11:59am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

It works within a regime of objects and symbols, which is pretty anathema to abstract art -- maybe surrealism would be more it?

U would actually say that something like "The Royale" comes closer to avant-gardism through its unbridled strangeness; "Masks" comes off as both too studied and too cash-strapped to conjure up a truly weird vibe. In truth, in laying out all of its themes in such a banal way at the end, it is less like abstract art than a mediocre undergrad paper on the topic of abstract art.
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Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 3:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

So fascinating to see an authentic post from 1990.
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Mon, Sep 23, 2019, 8:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

Some elements of O'Brien's backstory are kind of odd because they were conceived when he was understood to be an officer (he wore lieutenant pips and was even referred to as "Lieutenant" in dialogue once or twice). They only decided he was enlisted later on.
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