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Unicron
Wed, Aug 20, 2008, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Interestingly, I'd have rated the ep a bit lower. The premise is good, but I think the execution was lacking. What made Barclay work on TNG is the fact that, despite his neurotic quirks, he's still a brilliant and capable engineer. The writers managed to show that quality as well, even though the quirks were usually the focus of a Barclay story. It gave him depth.

Here I have a hard time thinking that he hasn't indeed relapsed into holoaddiction, and that's in no small part due to the simulations feeling... well, fake. Barclay says that he feels more comfortable with the holograms than his coworkers on the project, but that seems to be because the holocrew is programmed to think he's an indispensable genius. They spend more time complimenting him than they do actually helping him with his work and making his view seem more believable.

I dunno. I just don't think Barclay was handled as well as he should have been, and Troi wasn't really given much to do - it's nice to see Marina again, but she's not a huge component in the story. Some parts of it were way too predictable.
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Unicron
Sat, Apr 26, 2008, 10:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

Yep. :) The warbird showed that, despite being isolated, the Empire was still keeping an eye on its rivals. It was nice to see warbirds used well in a few eps, as well as on DS9 and VOY. I'll admit, "The Neutral Zone" isn't a particularly well written ep, but the first appearance of the TNG Romulans at the end does improve it a bit for me. The Romulan theme was cool too.
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Fri, Apr 25, 2008, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

I agree with much of what's been said. Jammer, thanks for the reviews. :) I really wish we'd seen more use of the Romulans in the later series, because this season really showed their potential. The warbird is a gorgeous ship too.

And of course the Borg made their first appearance, with BOBW setting a new trend for cliffhangers. TNG was a bit shaky in the first two seasons, but at this stage it really started to shine. It found its footing. This season also contains my all-time TNG favorite (though several others come close), Yesterday's Enterprise. I've always been a history buff, so it was nice to see a "what if" sort of ep superbly done.

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