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von Bigglesworth
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 6:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Somehow I don't think that there would be this 'rape' uproar in the comments section if it were an Orion slave girl spreading their pheromones around. In fact, I don't think that I've ever heard anyone complain about them and the reactions their pheromones cause. I would check the comment sections to those episodes, but I'm busy - my dog is in heat, and I have to make sure that she doesn't rape any males.
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von Bigglesworth
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 1:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

I'm seriously conflicted by this series. To put my opinion into context, I should let you know that for the past couple of months I've been working my way through Voyager, and I'm struggling. Really struggling. The plots are too derivative from what Trek had done before, the character development is poor, and the story arc is neglected. Frankly, I only like half of the Voyager episodes. Whereas Discovery is the complete opposite, the story is new for Trek, characters have personalities with potential arcs, and there is an actual story arc. It is refreshing and entertaining, and I like it. But do I like it because it is refreshing or because it is quite good? I'm not sure.

However, one thing that I am finding very disappointing is the lack of episodic plots. Having a series story arc is definitely the way to go, but at the same time is there really any need to push the episode story to the background? In previous incarnations of Trek, the story of what happened to the Glenn and the race to save the mining colony would have been the major plotline to an episode. In Discovery, it is again the opposite, with the stories just being an afterthought in which to wrap the series story arc into segments. I feel that it is suffering because of this. The balance just seems all wrong to me.

So do I like Discovery? Kinda. Do I like the episodes? Not really. Am I currently enjoying it more than Voyager? Yes.
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von Bigglesworth
Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 11:30am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

Hmmm... the episode is okay. With pilots tending to be quite weak and with the rather negative reviews of the episode before it aired, I went into the episode with grounded expectations. I thought the episode, however, did quite well, with the aim obviously to provide the immediate setting and characterization rather than plot or universe building. Some of the criticism seems to be aimed at the lack of comedy, but I don't think that it helped that we've all seen the comedic scenes before, in the trailer.

It's light-hearted Trek and it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but writing the show off after just one episode is daft. Imagine if we all did that at Encounter at Farpoint.
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Kerr Avon
Mon, Dec 26, 2016, 6:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" meets "Brain Damage". With a little nod to "A Clockwork Orange" at the end.
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Devon
Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 5:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

I seem to be in the minority here - didn't like the episode too much.

I felt the SF officers were protesting an easy victory over the Jem Hadar too much. They were half suggesting not to take Keevan's intel and instead give the Jem Hadar a fair fight. Good luck explaining that to Keiko if Miles doesn't make it.

Yes, Keevan could have agreed to Sisko's convoluted plan. But he didn't end of story. And even if, from what I've been told about the Jem Hadar, they would not voluntarily lay down their weapons to be sedated by Bashir.

You can lament how the Jem Hadar have no say in their fate and how unfair all of that is, but we didn't shed tears for any of the thousands of them so far killed on the show. None of them had a choice either.

The B-Story is equally ham-fisted.
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shevon
Mon, May 5, 2014, 5:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

So why did most of the negative emotions manifest themselves into sexual behavior? troi was a little impatient, snippy, but what was really overpowering was the sexual aggression. Like the writers were saying that agressive sexual behavior in a female must be a psychological problem.
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Von
Tue, Apr 17, 2012, 10:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Nitpicking aside, one has to be impressed that the showrunners were able to tie up almost every major and many minor plot threads in this finale. The final shot reminded me of the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
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Von
Tue, Apr 17, 2012, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

I'm watching Voyager for the first time after having completed TNG, DS9 and ENT. I'm not hating it so far, but during this episode I noticed one irritating aspect of Mulgrew's acting: the wide-eyed, eyebrow-cocked stare while the music swells and we cut to commercial. The first time in this episode it was an overdramatic embellishment. The second time it was distracting. The third time it was just plain silly. Maybe a drinking game is in order?
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