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Trish
Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 5:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

Speaking of grasping at straws, the laughable notion that Discovery is for true progressives and The Orville is for the right-wing is the shoddiest bit of pop culture propaganda imaginable. If one factors in DVR viewing, more people are watching The Orville than Discovery, so while Orville doesn't have a huge audience by network standards, it does have a sizable audience by sci-fi standards. The canard that this audience is primarily made up of "men's rights activists" is a joke on its face.
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Trish
Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 8:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Am I the only one who wondered why organisms that live and move within the near-vacuum of space (and in a region the dialogue indicates is even nearer to vacuum than usual) would have flagella? I mean, how could they move by flagellation without a medium?
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Trish
Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 8:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

To see one comment after another from commenters with male-sounding names (all we have to go on in cyberspace) insisting that this episode isn't sexist, while comment after comment with female-sounding names says it is, reminds me a lot of a bunch of white people declaring with authority what is and is not racist.

It's a lot easier to declare that a character that fits an unfavorable stereotype just HAPPENS to be a member of the group that has traditionally been denigrated with that stereotype if you yourself were lucky enough not to be a member of that group and therefore have not had to spend your life living the stereotype down. It's not that such a character may not occasionally (very occasionally) really just "happen" to be a member of the denigrated group. It's just that if it's had no bad effect on your own life, it's a lot easier to give the writer the benefit of the doubt.

I'll bet you Roddenberry knew very well the origin of the word "hysteria," even if it's a dog whistle some of you can't hear.
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Trish
Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 11:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fallen Hero

I have to admit I never got into Enterprise, and this is one of only a few episodes I've watched. But one thing I'll say I liked about this one: V'Lar is actually plus size.

I think it must have been part of Roddenberry's universe bible that not only is the Federation post-scarcity, post-poverty, and post-bigotry, but also post-obesity, even post-paunch, at least for women. (Let's face it: Shatner's girdle was only so effective.)

While that's a lovely dream, every so often it would have been nice to see a female character in a costume sized in the double digits. I'm not sure if we ever did before V'Lar.
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Trish
Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 10:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

Gotta love it. An episode so slow-paced (not necessarily "bad"; it's hard to account for individual tastes. But definitely slow-paced.) that the comments talk about economic theory, religion, and sexual morality.

Back to the episode for a moment: I agree with those who think this would have been a lot better if the writers had bothered to show us a reason for Harry to go "home" to Voyager.
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Trish
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, 1:01am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I've never seen an interview with Ron Moore about this particular episode, but having seen an interview with him about the TNG episode The First Duty, I'm inclined to suspect that he really thought The Valiant presented a real moral conundrum that viewers would find challenging, with much to be said for both sides, and maybe more to be said for the amok cadets' side.

He thought it would be wrong for Wesley Crusher to "rat" on his friends, apparently more wrong than for them to throw their dead friend under the bus after pressuring him to go along with a stupid stunt they knew was against the rules for a reason. He was on Locarno's side, mocking Picard's "speech about duty and honor." I think he probably approached The Valiant with the idea that the cadets were doing basically the right thing and it just didn't work out. In that sense, Jammer's reaction of "Reality is somewhere in between" probably comes closer to what was intended than most of the commenters' reactions.

But Jammer's view is not mine. I just wish Jake had been given better lines to argue the anti-stupidity position.
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Trish
Fri, Sep 14, 2018, 8:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Journey to Babel

Gotta love those DMSes (Dramatic Moment Sensors) on starships. The door knows it's supposed to open to let Amanda storm out of Spock's quarters, but stay closed for a slapped-silly Spock to lay his hand against it.
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Trish
Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 10:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Okay, I hate to ask this, but did Odo bring a bucket with him for the days-long journey to Earth?
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Trish
Tue, Jun 14, 2016, 11:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

For all the similarities with "I, Borg," I think this episode has the most in common with "The Offspring," in which Data creates and then loses his daughter, Lal. Even the scene with the as-yet-unnamed drone waddling down the corridor as crewmembers do double takes, and especially noticing a human female, is reminiscent of the new android before it gets a human appearance.

The overarching story in each is virtually identical: The character who epitomizes emotionless logic striving toward humanity gets a "child" who becomes more human than the "parent," and that very breakthrough leads to the "child's" death, ultimately "humanizing" the regular character.
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