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Jason Tyler
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 5:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Flip asked, "What actually makes Soji compelling?"

A few things come to mind:
- the actress and the character are very winsome. She's an engaging character even if you look at her as a human rather than an android.
- she is Data's legacy, and in part, Picard's too.
- Soji has super powers, but not so much as to make her invincible (as seen with Dahj's last stand). In fact, one of my disappointments with the season was that we didn't get to see her kick tail like Dahj. I bet we will if we get another season.
- her status (and Picard's) as an android open up some metaphysical/philosophical possibilities to explore.
- Kestra said it best, "You can have Picard and he can have you". They also set this up with him talking about the androids as children and needing someone to teach them how to live. Picard has never been very close to anyone (apart from in the Inner Light), and this angle as him as father figure deeply invested in his "daughter" (and vice versa) could be a very enjoyable angle to explore.

The hyper-critics throughout this season look only as far as the episode that has last played rather than to what they are also trying to set up for future episodes/seasons. This has been tiresome, especially as some of the points people have harped on have been addressed in subsequent episodes. (How much did we hear a flood of complaints about the EMH and its witness of the murder, and how it was glossed over - then in a later episode it ratted her out! Many such examples could be produced).
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Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 11:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Violations

Analysis aside, I simply didn't find this episode entertaining or pleasant to watch. It brings up some interesting in-universe points for discussion, but the entire topic it broached could have been handled way better. The Ullians were a really interesting race and the opening scene with Keiko had me excited for exploring this memory recovery concept, then it devolved into what felt like a bad episode of Law and Order SVU. I cringed my way through this piece of garbage after that and there was nothing endearing, plot-advancing, or even worth my time, including the music. I'd go as low as one star here, and put it at the bottom of the TNG barrel with Riker's other memory coma.
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Sun, Dec 3, 2017, 5:25pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

"1. there is one thing that will always be scarce - land. In The Orville, we've already seen that Ed and Kelly lived in a high-rise apartment. Who decided that?"
They likely coordinate with their government to obtain housing.

"What if they want kids and want a roomier place with a backyard? Sure, you can say there are now more worlds to migrate too, but what if their family is all on Earth and they want to stay close to them?"
Similarly, I'm sure that the government would have a process for determining moving . I imagine that one of the primary factors in determining who lives where would be based on need. There are likely structures in place to deal with conflicts.

"2. Kelly says we no longer work for money, but for reputation. Isn't that simply making others think more highly of you so that you receive benefits from them? How will that be beneficial in post-scarcity and why will people feel the need to work to achieve that? "
Most Humans seem to have a desire to feel important, to be loved and care for, and to "leave a mark". These can suffice as ample motivation for working. Others feel a desire to explore, to learn, or to teach. Such things can be rooted in evolutionary impulses or societal and cultural forces, and can exist outside a political system rooted in the desire to accumulate property or wealth.

"There have always been people who worked not for money, but for reputation. They have always been the most egoic people in society. "
There are many such individuals examined in Trek even! As you imply, a desire to accomplish and work can exist outside a system that bases power and value on wealth. Social Power still exists in star trek, in the form of reputation, command, knowledge, and skill. If motivation for reputation can exist outside capitalism, why can't others?

"3. Another thing that is never going to be scarce - services. Say I have a sore back and want a back massage every morning. Who is going to do that, and what for? "
I think others have state the obvious answer to this above. Robots, or holograms, or machines do a good amount of the labor that no one desires to do. And that's really what you're really asking, who is going to do the dangerous, unpleasant and terrible things that need to be done. The current answer to this question is the poor. That is because in a society with scarcity, humans themselves become a resource to be exploited and used. In the Federation, such necessities are taken care of by automated systems. A person may invent such a system because they wish to help others or society, or to become famous, or simply because they seek to accomplish something that hasn't been done. There are many examples of this in Trek, like Dr. Zimmerman who made Holograms (EMH) to do basic medical work.
We are actually currently seeing some issues because of advances in automation, with many working people being replaced with machines. This is because humans are not the most efficient resource for most jobs that include repetitive tasks, manual labor, monitoring, etc.. On top of that Humans don't seem to enjoy those jobs, as we have really evolved to be problem solvers, tool-makers, and thinkers.
Those are also the jobs that machines are best able to accomplish, and in a post scarcity world there would be thus little need for humans to do such jobs.

What i'm trying to say is the services that Humans actually enjoy performing are the tasks that humans are evolutionary better designed and equiped to do. Humans aren't normally interested in giving a backrub everyday, but may be interested in solving the logistical or technical problems in creating a tool that many people can use.
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Sun, Dec 3, 2017, 4:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

"Instead it wallowed in myopic self-pity, which B'lanna seems to do every time the subject of her Klingon heritage comes up. Amazing how Jammer notes on one 7 of 9 episode that "At the same time, Seven of Nine stories are getting a bit repetitive (doesn't she essentially learn the same lessons every time, unable to later apply them to similar situations?)" Magically, this insight doesn't apply to B'Elanna's Lineage."

I think Jammer explains this in many of his Voyager reviews; the difference is in regards to the portrayal of character development. Whereas, as you say, Seven seems to have to learn a very similar lesson over and over again, Torres in the final seasons seems to experience an arc. In many ways Torres actions here can be seen as a result of her experiences from previous character episodes, and there are many hints to suggest this. As Jammer implies, this really is a culmination of B'Elanna's experiences in Barge of the Dead and Drive and earlier episodes.

"B'Elanna had a relatively tame childhood bullying experience and also her father was seriously derelict in his fatherly responsibilities. Boo hoo. And for that she's goes waaaaay overboard with issues that should've been largely addressed in that episode where B'Elanna was split into human and Klingon halves that had to work together and come to terms. "

As you know, Sci-fi allows us to explore many complex themes, one of which is identity. Many Trek series have explored this with characters who come from two different species or cultures. Spock. Deanna. Worf, as raised by humans. Worf in many ways is a mirror of Torres, especially in regards to his feelings regarding his son Alexander. These issues provided by these characters and their quests for identity are best explored over time and through interaction with other characters and perspectives. I believe the acting in this episode did a good job of making the character's motivations seem more real.

Finally I would agree with your comment about her treatment of the Doctor. Especially coming on the heels of Flesh and Blood in which Torres and the Doctor share some significant moments and lessons regarding holographic life. There should have been more said about his rights or feelings.
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Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 10:09pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

I like the part where they find the locked hatch in Engineering and we have the line "This isn't a secure area, there shouldn't be any sealed hatches!"

Because the warp core, the inner workings of all of the critical systems, and antimatter containment don't need to be kept secure at all...
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Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 10:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Does anyone here remember in Romeo & Juliet, when the lovers clone themselves before renouncing their relationship to please their parents? And then the clones fall in love but are forbidden by their families from being together? So they kill themselves out of heartbreak, but no one ever finds their bodies and everyone assumes that they managed to elope together. Everyone moves on with their lives, perhaps a little perplexed and irritated, but ultimately none the wiser of their tragic fate, and no one "real" has died.

No one else remembers it happening that way? Hmm, I wonder why...

No stakes, no epiphanies, no reflection.
No tragedy, & no drama.
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Mon, Jan 2, 2017, 4:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

The part when a crazed Riker had pretty much given up hope and had come from a reality where the borg had won, really got to me. It was just somthing about it sort of depressed me.

Also I found it funny how Worf was rushing between two consoles.
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Wed, Dec 28, 2016, 10:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

I just finished watching this episode for the first time. And I have to say that this is probably in my top 10 tng episodes of all time (so far). The fact that the episode took so many twists and turns and truly made me question what was actually going on and really hooked my attention. Makes me love it.

Jonathan Frakes' perfomance was amazing. I can understand how the "it was all a dream" ending could disappoint people. However, I liked it. It was the first time that there wasnt anything to figure out, there wasnt really anything that pointed to the resolution. The audience is supposed to sit back relax and enjoy the ride. The fact that very little made sense, truly put me in Rikers position and involved me in the experince.

4 out of 5: The one time that "it was all a dream" is acceptable.
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Thu, Jul 19, 2012, 11:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

One of Tuvix's arguments for life was that Neelix and Tuvok weren't really dead; they were still alive in a way. I think the same goes both ways; Janeway didn't really kill Tuvix, because Neelix and Tuvok were still alive. They simply ceased to exist as one.
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