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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

I often wondered that. I think it's more plot omission than plot hole. Perhaps Arcturis has some way of monitoring the Borg (as we see in "The Best of Both Worlds," they don't seem that protective about their signals).
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Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 5:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

That concept lingers for a while. Note this exchange in "Deja Q":

DATA: Although I do not require sustenance, I occasionally ingest semi-organic nutrient suspension in a silicon-based liquid medium.
Q: Is it good?
DATA: It would be more accurate to say it is good for me, as it lubricates my bio-functions.

At some point they quietly dropped the idea that he has any biological component (note that the absence thereof is what saves him in First Contact).
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Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

The matter is revisited in "Q Who?":


DATA: There is a system of roads on this planet, which indicates a highly industrialised civilisation. But where there should be cities there are only great rips in the surface.
WORF: It is as though some great force just scooped all the machine elements off the face of the planet.
DATA: It is identical to what happened to the outposts along the Neutral Zone.

The intention is that it was the Borg. Nothing comes of the informal Romulan/Federation pact on the topic, however.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

It was once a common way of describing the first decade of the 20th century (which doesn't lend itself to a convenient short form like 20s or 90s) and there was some attempt to revive it 100 years later. Didn't majorly catch on.
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Top Hat
Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 10:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Yeah, I think that badly staged last scene taints people's impressions of what otherwise is a solid if not quite top tier episode.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 12:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Does the fact that someone might interpret questions of morality differently than I mean that no one can ever discuss morality?
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Top Hat
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 12:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

I've got to assume the changeling is injured or somehow incapacitated. It had ample opportunities to leave on its own if it wanted to.
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Top Hat
Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 1:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

Are there any indications that Vulcans believe in an afterlife? Clearly a kind of transmogrification of the soul is possible but that's extremely rare. So is it generally assumed that a Vulcan's katra dies with its bearer?
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Top Hat
Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 7:03am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

It's really an issue all over the franchise and and in dramatic storytelling more broadly: the main characters need to do everything plot-relevant, no matter how mundane.

I think those sequences on the planet are about the flattest staging in the history of Star Trek. Even the cast members seem on the verge of falling asleep.
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Top Hat
Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 7:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

Jeri Ryan wasn't plucked from sublime obscurity to play Seven. She was already a regular on a short-lived cable TV show, Dark Skies (had a bit of a cult audience at the time, as I recall) . It's odd that she would be moonlighting as an extra.
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Top Hat
Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Clues

Is Ardra's description of Data: "he's an android. He is incapable of deceit or bias. He has no feelings to get in the way of his judgment" necessarily to be taken as an indication that he's flat out incapable of lying? In context she's saying that he'd do his job as an arbiter impartially. Furthermore, how would Ardra know one way or the other? She seems to be extrapolating from the "he's an android" point.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 9:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Gee Sisko, you know the most famous fight with the Gorn didn't actually happen ON Cestus III, right?
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Top Hat
Wed, Jun 10, 2020, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

It occurs to me that other than “The Begotten,” this verges on being the only episode where Odo being human is vital to the plot.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 1:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Put differently, while it would ideally be great to find some way for Seven and Hugh's connection to be established organically by the story, failing that, would you rather it simply not to be explained or to be explained via clumsy exposition?
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 1:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

I would agree that it's not great writing, but frankly I'm not sure that having gaps that the audience can fill in for themselves is an entirely terrible thing. Doesn't that actually speak of respect for the audience, that they don't need to be spoon-fed every tiny item of backstory?
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Seven and Hugh clearly did know each other, since she gave him the means to contact her. I guess once in the Alpha Quadrant she visited his colony of ex-Borgs. Or maybe by that point Hugh was circulating within the Federation and she met him that way. But it's hard to get much emotional investment in their connection when they share no screen time.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 11:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

Presumably Dukat came and went using one of the Dominion long-distance transporters that we learn about in "Covenant." As for why the Dominion couldn't use the same method to send a few kamikaze Jem'hadar to DS9... dunno.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 9:58am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

My biggest problem is that the Borg venting into space seemed to lack dramatic payoff in subsequent episodes (except giving Seven more reason to hate Nerissa, I suppose, but she already has that because of Hugh).
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Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 9:55am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

To be clear, I'm okay with First Contact not providing an explanation -- as I said, "prepared somehow since this is a specialized mission" is fine by me (but if it's a forcefield, why wouldn't that protect against a mekleth?). But if we're extending that courtesy to First Contact, we should extend it to Picard too.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Frankly, I always thought the "the Borg can survive in space" thing in First Contact was a bit far fetched to begin with. Even if you don't need to breathe, your skin will freeze, your inner fluids will seek any exit available, you're being subjected to ungodly levels of radiation, and it's either incredibly hot or incredibly cold without much in the middle. It's perfectly logical to me that the Borg can't survive that unless they're prepared in advance in some way.

Furthermore, when exactly was that Star Trek was rigidly reasoned, logical and consistent? I mean, I'm not a particular fan of Kurtzman but this is exactly the kind of thing that would've had people cursing the name Braga two decades ago, and Berman before that. Different dance, same song.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

I guess you could say that the ones in First Contact were specially prepared to go in space (which after all is an incredibly inhospital environment, that'll kill you with radiation, pressure, cold, even if you take the little breathing thing out of the equation) and that not every Borg is.
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Top Hat
Tue, Jun 2, 2020, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

Tim Lynch's review from when the episode aired mentions that it was rumoured that Dr. Russell was originally planned to be Pulaski. I've never heard anything to support this claim, but it's an interesting counterfactual: bring Pulaski back and set her at Crusher at odds. It wouldn't have quite worked with this story as told, not the least because she has an existing relationship with Worf. What do people think?
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Top Hat
Sat, May 30, 2020, 10:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

I wish they would've somehow written in a clever trap that the Ferengi use to disable the Enterprise. It would've been nice for the Ferengi to actually demonstrate their sneaky side, and the Enterprise losing a firefight to them is simply pathetic. But there are also many other episodes where the Enterprise barely seems to be trying in these combat situations... too much yelling "Damage report" and not enough yelling "Fire all weapons!" or, for that matter, "Warp away!"
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Top Hat
Fri, May 29, 2020, 2:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

It's later, in "By Inferno's Light," that Gowron reinstates the Khitomer Accords. "Apocalypse Rising" ends with a bit of milder detente, but the conflict is still on.
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Wed, May 27, 2020, 12:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

And this is a small private craft rather than a heavily armed warship such as TNG initially feautred.
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