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Trish
Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 7:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

Arena: Kirk is forced by an alien to fight the Gorn while the crew can only watch from the ship.

The Gamesters of Triskelion: Kirk is forced by aliens to fight the thralls while the crew can only watch from the ship.

The Savage Curtain: Kirk (this time along with Spock) is forced by an alien to fight simulations of historical bad guys alongside historical good guys while the crew can only …

Once might have been creative. But every single season?!

I'm a fan of Trek, but I can't deny its flaws.
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Trish
Sun, Jul 14, 2019, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Is There In Truth No Beauty?

Ah, the irony no Next Generation fan could miss:

"I realize you can do almost anything a sighted person can do, but you cannot fly a starship …"

… Geordi.
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Trish
Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 7:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

Is everybody else okay with those weak women being the ones who immediately started fainting left and right?

Of course, it did give us an opportunity to see more female crew members than in probably any other half dozen episodes combined.
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Trish
Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 8:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Gamesters of Triskelion

It's hard to take any episode seriously as an anti-slavery tract or as anything else when they couldn't even be bothered to have Shatner look like he was TRYING not to "step on the opposing color" in the climactic contest.

This episode wasn't a serious anything.
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Trish
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 8:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

I think many people are thinking of the anti-aging drug as a tangential subplot, but it's the whole point: Much as a person might want to "go back" to fix and/or atone for the mistakes of youth, the attempt to do so is fatal to the person they have become.

Despite bad make-up and worse acting, this episode starts looking a lot better when you reach the time of life when you have to start facing that reality.
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Trish
Thu, May 16, 2019, 11:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

I think a lot of the negative reactions come down to "There shouldn't be religion in Star Trek!"

Well, that's obviously not true if "should" means what the writers did in fact put there over the years. You want a series untainted by religion, hey, write your own. This episode just is what it is, and if you enter into its "universe," then it means something. If not, then it doesn't.

What I found most fascinating on my most recent viewing of this episode was Chakotay's repeated resistance to the whole thing. At first, it seemed out of character. After all, isn't he the designated "spiritual one" on the crew? But as the episode went on and for the first time I paid special attention to his apparent attitude, it began to make sense, and to be very consistent indeed with his character. He seemed practically offended the whole time by the captain's willingness to throw herself into an alien spiritual rite, almost as if he thought, "If she won't convert to my religion, which is the one and only REAL one, then why is she embracing these stupid and dangerous alien superstitions?"

If you didn't see that when you watched it, try watching it again, and see if it jumps out at you.

It would have been interesting to see him make a "journey" of his own by confronting this reaction, and question why he could not accept another culture's spirituality as he would have liked others to accept his. Of course, this was a Janeway episode rather than a Chakotay episode, so he didn't make such a journey, just kept having the same reaction from beginning to end.

That happens in real life, too.
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Trish
Thu, May 16, 2019, 9:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

This episode, which made me cringe with embarrassment for the actors (especially Brent Spiner) the first time I saw it, has actually grown on me through the years. I have come to see something intriguing about a culture that finds meaning in enacting symbolic stories about the rhythms of day and night, light and darkness, life and death. A culture fascinated by boundaries.

Maybe it's because I've had to navigate a lot more boundaries as the years have passed. Maybe I just didn't "get it" at first.
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Trish
Wed, May 8, 2019, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Inheritance

@ Matt

You said, "I just don't see how someone can have a back and forth conversation with the hologram of a dead person."

The same way they have back and forth conversations with the holograms of fictional characters all the time on the holodeck. Or the way Geordi did with the hologram of a living person he'd not yet met, Leah Brahms. Computer algorithms analyze what the person says and create a response, based on the parameters programmed into the system. Just part of twenty-fourth century technology.

Heck, some chatbot programs don't do that too badly in the twenty-first century. Even not much past the middle of the twentieth century, there were people who asked to be alone with the computer terminal so they could confer in private with a conversation program designed to mimic a counselor.
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Trish
Tue, May 7, 2019, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

I mean, "STARRED" a cat. Not just "included."

"Starred."
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Trish
Tue, May 7, 2019, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

I thought the "filler" story about Spot was better than the "real" story about warp drive suddenly being bad. If anything, there should have been more stories dominated by Spot, and indeed more crewmembers dominated by Spot.

PS: I am not at all being influenced by the feline in my lap. She's not at all forcing me to type any of thi

SEND HELP! She won't be distracted by the catnip for long …

… and in conclusion, I think Star Trek would be a better franchise if every series included a cat.
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Trish
Sun, May 5, 2019, 10:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Basics, Part I

Okay, am I really the first person to wonder while watching this episode why when obtaining water was supposedly the top priority, Chakotay didn't figure out that he could have made a still from uniform fabric (whatever that magical 24th century fabric may be) until Hogan permanently vacated his?

You mean the same captain who sacrificed a lock of her hair as tinder for their campfire would not have taken off her jacket, as Ensign Ro did to give it to a Bajoran child in a refugee camp?
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Trish
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resolutions

Okay, everybody, about the monkey:

The line that tells you what it's doing in the story is when Chakotay says it can't be domesticated, at least not easily.

It is a metaphor for Janeway settling into domestic life, something that apparently attracts her enough to get her to flirt with it but then always withdraws from her. That's why when she bids the monkey good-bye, she tells him to use the house. That's what he's all about: making yourself at home.

And that's something she leaves behind when she returns to the ship.
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Trish
Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

On my most recent viewing of this episode, what I kept wondering was why Crusher, a medical doctor, was doing the "psychological autopsy" of Reyga (trying to determine if it was psychologically plausible that he had committed suicide) with no help from Troi, the ship's counselor.

When McCoy dabbled in psychology, the writers added lines of dialogue pointing out that he had studied psychology as well as medicine. I don't recall anything like that in Crusher's background.

I know, the story is showing Crusher going out on a limb all by herself (except when Nurse Ogawa gives her access to the autopsy files after her suspension), and a cooperative effort with Troi would have spoiled the mood. But they could have had Troi being about as "helpful" with psychology as Data and Geordi were with engineering, telling Crusher she did not have strong reason to say Reyga was not suicidal.
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Trish
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 10:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

It would be interesting if there were a way to know whether there is any correlation between liking this episode and having at some point actually faced one's own death, or accompanied someone else on that journey.

The idea of it as a time when we become like children facing an unknown "monster" and wondering if having more "faith" would bring peace has a depth that may not be appreciated by those who have not (yet) been there.

Unless the Morrock happens to come very suddenly for you, I think you will someday understand.
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Trish
Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 1:00am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

I'm not generally big on prequels in general, so I was never big on Enterprise as an entire series. This episode seems to have been intended as sort of an origin story for the Prime Directive, and it doesn't work for me.

I stopped reading the comments when I got halfway through 2014, amazed that over a period of several years, nobody had mentioned the TNG episode "The Perfect Mate," in which Picard is outraged by the limitations placed on a sentient being who has been raised all her life to be a diplomatic "gift" because she is, essentially, a rare other gender that the Federation had not been aware of among her species, and he insists on opening new vistas to her, radically transforming her view of herself and the universe.

Picard's actions were clearly considered by the writers to be right and good, and so they wrote no dark ending with suicide and reprimands that would hold up a figurative billboard proclaiming to the viewer, "This is why we need a Prime Directive!" They gave us only a bittersweet resolution in which she will be forever the person she became by knowing him, and as a person of duty like him, she chooses to follow through with her assigned duty, while Picard keeps a stiff upper lip as he watches a woman he seems to have fallen in love with marry a man who cares more for trade agreements than for her.

The Trek franchise has always been fond of grinding axes, and its writers have never been very subtle about it. It's generally pretty clear which side the viewer is "supposed" to be on by the end of an episode. No, it is not about accepting all possible approaches to morality; it's usually a pretty heavy-handed effort to impose the writers' morality (even if that morality is sometimes the oxymoron of imperative moral relativism). Apparently, a TNG viewer is supposed to think pretty much the opposite of an Enterprise viewer, even though they attempt to draw on the same fan base.

Forgive me for not wanting to subject myself to moral whiplash.
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Trish
Mon, Feb 25, 2019, 7:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

This episode contains one of the greatest "howlers" in Trek: The heartbeats are picked up by sensors whose efficiency has been increased by a factor of "one to the fourth power." That is, ONE!

Arithmetic was apparently not the writer's strong suit.
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Trish
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Survival Instinct

Way too many "somehows" in the middle of the technobabble in this episode.

Yeah, there are some great bits of dialogue, but too much of the episode IS dialogue.

I don't get the following Ron Moore has among some in Trek fandom.
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Trish
Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 5:14pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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