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Top Hat
Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 8:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

This is one of numerous episodes where I'm forced to wonder: where is this taking place? Is this in some sort of neutral space (nobody accuses the Ferengi of violating a treaty by their presence or anything like that), and if so, why is a war game being conducted here? Especially considering that Starfleet apparently saw fit to dump the Hathaway completely empty and unguarded in the middle of nowhere. It's in bad shape but it's still Starfleet property and I bet some Pakled-grade aliens wouldn't mind stealing it if they could. Why not conduct a war game in the vicinity of a starbase, where the brass can carefully monitor everything that's going on?
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Sun, Aug 25, 2019, 9:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

That raises an interesting point. Is it perhaps the case that Odo doesn't even TRY to attempt a realistic face since he knows anything less than perfect will come off as off-putting? Is the face he adopts not necessarily the best he can do, just what he knows people will be comfortable with?

The downside here is that he's unlikely to get better if he doesn't practice.
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Sun, Aug 25, 2019, 10:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

It is interesting that the Leyton-changeling exhorts him to "keep practicing." Is this mockery of his weak skills?
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Top Hat
Sun, Aug 25, 2019, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

And that is indeed the explanation that the show attempts, in this very episode (same scene, actually!):

BENTEEN: Well, if you ask me, that was a pretty convincing seagull.
ODO: Thank you. Though I'm not sure the gulls would agree.

I'm not sure I'm entirely convinced that it makes sense that Odo can even replicate objects that pass scrutiny perfectly but can't do faces, but it is necessary to the construction of the character: he's a misfit and an exile, after all.
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Top Hat
Sat, Aug 24, 2019, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

I don't think it's a conceit that Odo cannot accurately reproduce faces; it's consistent with a character who is a novice, largely untrained shapeshifter. Note that in episodes like "The Alternate" we see that he is capable of a lot that he cannot control. Now, what is inconsistent is that he can accurately replicate other things, like a rat (is a rat's face easier than a humans? I can't imagine why it would be).
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Top Hat
Thu, Aug 22, 2019, 8:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

They're just more practiced at impersonating solid in general, and presumably have reached the point where they need little specific preparations.
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Top Hat
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 6:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

I gueeess... that would be a bit imprecise for Data.

Agree that the contractions thing is silly. I'm not sure if it's protest so much as just a feature of the production process... picking out every misspoken contraction would be quite a feat. (I've listened to that one at the end of "Datalore" plenty of times and I'm still not sure I hear "I'm fine," versus a very quick "I am fine").
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Top Hat
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 2:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

One might suggest that Data gained the ability to use contractions after assimilating Lal's memories, but the rest of the series doesn't especially bear that out.
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Top Hat
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 1:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

However, Data also says more plainly "She can use contractions. I cannot" in this very episode. Odd to be inconsistent within a single script.

For what it's worth, the series Bible states that Data "usually avoids contractions." That would be fine except that him not using contractions is a plot point several times ("Future Imperfect" is another example).
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Top Hat
Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 8:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

A method for avoiding spoilers: do not look at the comments on reviews before you see the episode.
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Top Hat
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

The debate is more interesting than the episode. Talking about it is more fun than watching it.
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Top Hat
Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 7:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

Ah, the old "I get to fat shame people because I'm a smoker" argument. This place is awful and its commentors are disgusting and will get no more of my time.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 6:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

Television is an (audio)-visual medium, which means that decisions about lighting, composition, stagecraft, costuming and casting constantly affect the topics presented within it. Now, if you framed your line of inquiry along the lines of "It's unfortunate that the episode's casting (etc.) choices mean that the points it's trying to make about gender can't land," that would make a certain amount of sense. But simply to say, "How the episode was cast is not relevant" is simply wrong. It is. It always is. Because, again, visual medium. And there is no way an episode of an American television series where the villain is a big black guy lusting after a white blonde is ever not going to be about race.

Note as well as that race/ethnicity is mentioned through the episode: American Indians, the Ming Dynasty, the status of Frenchness, etc.
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Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 11:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

I don't think you're entirely wrong but I think your post displays the limits of speaking of "aboutness" in these totalizing terms. Whatever interesting points it might make about gender have difficulty landing because of how the episode was cast and presented on the level of costume and stagecraft. Perhaps to a blind spectator it might not register as racist, but to those of us with vision, certain things are hard to look past.
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Top Hat
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 11:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

I'd be very surprise if this episode weren't inspired by the Celtic legends of the leanan sidhe.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 7:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I feel sorry for anyone who does not have the ability to empathize or identity with people demographically different from them.
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Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 9:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

You know what I've never understood about this episode? Where does it take place? Presumably there's some unclaimed space where both the Romulans and the Federation periodically operate without there being any talk of treaty violations (we see this in other episodes by "Tin Man," "Timescape" and "The Pegasus"). But why would the Romulans be doing this dangerous experiment outside of their own territory?
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Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

On some level I kind of like that the Skrreaans are not depicted as a being cute or cuddly or inspiring or even exceptionally likeable; the experience of being of persecution and displacement is not, after all, a character builder. But I wonder if the writers realized just how unsympathetic they made them, and the implications of the apparent message that "don't bother treating refugees sympathetically because they're ungrateful zealots anyway. Better to send them on their way and call it a day."

Especially since the original concept was that the Skrreeans would stay on Bajor, I wonder how that would have impacted the rest of the series. Like, would we see the odd Skrreean extra in scenes on Bajor, or have occasional lines about the Skrreeans are supporting Shakaar in the next election? Would we get substantial updates about they fared with the Trilar Peninsula? Or would it have fundamentally reshaped the direction of the series, at least where Bajor is concerned? Without that ending, the episode has a TOS/TNG sort of feeling of "one and done, never have to think about that again"... only with the aliens warping off instead of the Enterprise doing so.
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