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Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 12:43am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

This is yet another demonstration of why this show failed. It isn't the only completely wrongheaded episode in the series, but that anyone could write it in this day of, for example, international condemnation of women's oppression in certain parts of tlhe world lends it an air of something darker than moral incompetence.

Its authors basically steal the premise of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", with big dollops of the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Outcast" and even "Angel One." Only in this case, it uses the as u st unformulated Prime Directive to effectively sanction slavery, the trafficking against their will of sentient beings, and forced reproduction involving an oppressed class of fertile beings who are denied basic rights. It implies that "culture" trumps (ha) the inalienable rights that all sentient beings share, not least in the vision of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's philosophical world, exemplified by the early TNG episode "The Measure of a Man" and countless Star Trek episodes where the Federation denies entry to numerous candidate worlds based on their sentient-being rights violations.

The Prime Directive is supposed about noninterference in developing worlds, anyway, not respect for "culture" over rights. Yes, there are "consequences" to Trio's actions - just as there were "consequences" to Franklin and Jefferson papering the French countryside with copies of the US Declaration of Independence. That doesn't mean we wish they hadn't!
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Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 12:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I disliked the end of the episode but I saw the point.

People are up in arms but this is sci fi folks, there's always an answer, just make it up.

Here are some questions that ill attempt to answer, take it or leave it.

How did the liquid copy Voyager? Easy! The same way it copied the crew. Voyager sank halfway into the stuff, it got Tom Paris from just his hand. We know nothing about what the liquid can and cannot do and truthfully, neither did the original crew. The demon episode only shows us what they went through at the time, it doesn't show us necessarily what the liquid is capable of or doing and the whole "can't survive away from the planet" thing is an example of scienctific answers which can be wrong. That was a hypothesis disproven by this episode.

How does Voyager survive in space/the crew survive on away missions? Evolution or maybe it was capable all along and the crews hypothesis was incorrect, as I mentioned. I'm going with a combination of both.

Why did the copies leave the planet? Kim and Harry had an incredible draw to the the planet in Demon yet in Oblivion, they're off heading to Earth. Again, this is explained and even exampled in the episode. The entire human crew have a massive drive, a built in instinct to head back to home that is copied along with their memories. Janeway refused to turn around even as her crew is dying and Paris wants 20s Chicago as honeymoon. The pull towards Earth beat out their connection to the Demon planet. You can nitpick and say well the doc and 7 shouldnt be affected but again, later on we see how much 7 wants to head to Earth as everyone else, she's been influenced as much as the originaI 7. As for the doctor, he likely doesn't care either way but again is going along with the flow of the crew. I think this instinct, this drive to head to earth completely overrode their connection to the planet, causing them to forget their origin and setting them toward their doomed course.

2 years from earth!??? WHAAAT????! Why not? This crew has gone on a different journey as the original crew. They're working with an ENHANCED warp drive here. It's not difficult to think that they won some technological lottery (I'm saying they got very lucky) that the original crew missed. Keep in mind that they had the original crew ahead of them while heading BACK to the Demon planet, this means that when they reversed course, the original Voyager was heading towards them, this pans out; they were in fact way ahead of the original Voyager, travelling incredibly fast and would likely have gotten to Earth first.

Why the sad ending? I think the implications of changing the original Voyagers course and choices would have been obvious and too great. For example, Voyager would have either gotten their hands on the Enhanced Warp Drive or tried to head to wherever the copies got it. We just have no idea how this information would have influenced the original Voyager and therefore, it wouldn't have made sense to have them get it. Which I agree is depressing, tragic and just plain sad, but no more than day, 3m people, an entire species being wiped out by the Borg or an inhabited planet being destroyed by a black hole or exploding other words, these things happen. It just hits home more because this is a copy of our fave crew.

I found the episode at the very least, interesting. I liked both episodes as improbable or impossible as their storylines are.
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Sun, Nov 4, 2018, 10:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

I guess whether or not you view this show as sexist really depends on where you come down on the whole "death of the author" question. Star Trek was a show that was deeply progressive for the 1960s, and in many ways remains that way, but it's also a product of its time. It's funny to rewatch in that I think the show is far less sexist than people often think of in a lot of respects (the popular notion of Kirk as a complete slut is basically a collective fabrication of pop culture), and more sexist in other ways.

The meaning of a work can change over time; witness feminists burning their bras as symbols of oppression when modern bras were invented and popularized by a woman decades before. In that vein, I think the "Turnabout Intruder" is a show that was trying to be progressive, comes off sexist, but has looped around enough that a modern viewer can take a different but still progressive message from it.

Lester is a tragic character, and the episode hammers that point home. While fans still quibble over exactly how to take the "women can't be starship captains bit" (and it's the hardest part of the episode to explain away, and factors into the series' general issue of being progressive on women in a lot of ways but very quiet on them in leadership roles) I think it's kind of irrelevant insofar as it's just part of Lester's tragic story. Maybe she actually did get passed over unfairly. Maybe Kirk did behave like a jerk, as many young people in relationships did. But it's festered into an all-consuming passion for revenge, like many a classic Trek villain.

I guess the ultimate question is whether you think Lester is supposed to be emblematic of women as a whole, or should be judged as a character. And I think the intention was definitely the latter. Women aren't all crazy people, Lester just was, and it's understandable why.
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Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 1:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

This was by far the worst episode. Characters in Star Trek don't leave people behind in klingon prisons! Characters in Star Trek knockout or stun enemies. The don't snap their necks!!!
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Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 3:53am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

A an european I can't understand why some people are upset about the so called f-bombs. Star Trek featured people killing and torturing since the 1960s. No one complained and many people even let their kids watch the shows. Yet you are upset by a bit of cursing?
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Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 5:07am (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

I absolutely hate both Abrams-movies. Nevertheless I'd prefer a series in den abramsverse. I'm very happy with the way the novels continue the story in the prime-universe. A new prime-universe series would probably ignore the events of the novels.
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Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 6:56am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

I agree with Jammer that the plot is illogical when Dr. Crusher can find cure in a few days and advanced race cannot figure that out in eons.

I do like the part where Aldeans encourage kids to follow their feelings (encourage them to do what they love to do such as art & music) instead of thinking (calculus).

PS. The angelic little girl's face reminds me of a like a younger Miranda Kerr.
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Thu, May 15, 2014, 4:29am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

1. Babylon 5
2. Buffy/Angel
3. Game of Thrones
4. Firefly
5. Jeremiah
6. Dollhouse
7. Rome
8. Stargate Atlantis
9. Dark Angel
10. Battlestar Galactica (1978)
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Thu, Feb 28, 2008, 3:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

The paradox begins in the future. Kes is sent back from the moment of death to continually jump backwards. The cure takes place in the present but not before Kes is sent back to her conception.

Since, of course, that future never actually takes place, it follows that a hypothetical future can reach back in time and erase itself.
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