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Chrome
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 11:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: This Side of Paradise

All in all, a nice little story. In the original draft for the script, the spores were supposed to be a benevolent group conscious, and being possessed by the conscious would put someone in a state of bliss. I still think there are cues from that script in here -- everyone affected seems to act in coordination to possess others to maintain some sort of symbiotic relationship with the planet.

I like how people were slowly converted one by one, which led to some memorable interactions with the straight man (Kirk) and the euphoric crew he encountered.

Of particular note was Spock's dramatic shift from being very order-orientated to letting down his guard and feeling happy with a woman he could finally share that with. There seems to be a number of messages we could take from this episode - about freedom leading to happiness, but that freedom without purpose is empty. Yet -- I'm not sure the story really sticks to any focused message on the subject.

The Kirk-Spock fight makes this worth the price of admission. 2.5 seems about right.
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Alessandro Picone
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 8:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

I quite liked this episode, and I don't quite understand why others did not. It an example of how compassion and humanity can win over the abstract, heartless Prime Directive. I was only sorry that Vorin killed himself, there wasn't really any good reason to do so. We have many examples in the Star Trek saga of people from less advanced civilizations who were very happy to join the more advanced reality. It seems that nobody really bothered to explain Vorin the many advantages of 24th century federation
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Broley
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 4:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

salutations to all and jammer,

i read your review jammer, i dont understand anything with the cbsaa application you say, i watch on netflix, its fine here. but maybe cbsaa is ok now too because this review is from last year, ha!!

i like this episode but not like you maybe, i like the first three episodes better. like you say, why is lorca worry so much with burnhams' safety? i am confused by tyler and burnham relation too. i dont think they are for each other, it doesnt feel to me that way, maybe other people dont think so, i understand.

but stamets and lorca conversations are really strong, manifestation of enthousiasm and curiousity. i also know before something would happen to stamets. i am going to watch the next episode as soon as possible. this is good. i wanted to watch two or three episodes every week because i am busy and i am now on episode 10 after 3 weeks. so i think its good for me. but my partner wants to go faster too so i have to do the same, ha!

thank you jammer for reviewing.
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Other Chris
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

@Ari Paul "I'm rooting for Armus."

Perfect.
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Booming
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 4:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Of course I know about "the Chek" but I grew up after the beatles so f*** him.
You know like the Rock... I can already see him telling it to the warp drive...
I need a tall guy with muscles not a dwarf with a fancy haircut.
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methane
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 3:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Well Booming, you may be pleased to know you think just like the network executives in charge did back in the 1960s! Too many old men! No young people would want to watch that!

Roddenberry didn't fire Scotty, but he did go and hire an actor who looked like one of the Monkees. This was their strategy to appeal to teenagers and give the girls someone to look at*. Of course, Roddenberry made the character Russian to advance his vision of a united Earth, but the character was primarily there to look pretty.


*I think the girls mostly still preferred Nimoy
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Alcoremor
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 2:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

I loved this episode when it premiered. I was 13 at the time. Some of he one-liners are (and remain) funny, and the verbal jousting between Picard and Q was then, and is now, pretty amusing.

My 41-year-old-self notes, though, is hat the episode is an empty suit. Not in an entertaining way, though. The stakes are zero, and one can search in vain for what exactly it is that Q is giving as a favor to Picard. A lesson that Picard must not dismiss feelings of love, or that he must not deny that he has those feelings about Vash? Who knows?

Since these lessons are not those in which Q has expertise delivering, basically.... nothing is going on in this episode, except for generic Sherwood Forest “action” where the ladies dispatch of the bad guys with flower pots and Q occasionally pops up to Interact with some dreadful performances delivered by actors supposedly playing the standard figures in the Robin Hood legend.

The episode is a little tonal mishmash. Early on, we’re primed to see something interesting play out - that of how do you repay a debt to someone who wants nothing more than to never see you again? This idea is never developed. It is as he p producers stumbled upon a marginal reason for the yearly Q appearance (he owes Picard a debt!) and then goes straight for lowest-common-denominator.... “adventure.” There’s no credible segue that bridges the opening scenes with the Sherwood ones.

The lack of urgency and focus seemed to show itself in Q’s lines - maybe one of high was quotable and the rest of which were forgettable. DeLancie as Q seems vaguely disinterested in the proceedings-not that one can blame him- resulting in the most forgettable use of Q in the entire series’ run. I would rathe r have listened to the speech that Picard was to give, than have watched what was produced.
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Chrome
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 9:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

@Cetric

As I’m rewatching TOS I notice that they hardly ever keep a regular Yeoman around, even when the actress was exceptional. Number One’s absence from the show’s chemistry is really noticeable in 2019. (Thanks NBC!)
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Booming
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 9:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

I have to comment on that because if we are talking about dumping characters and yes I'm totally drunk with okish reason then I think they should have replaced Scotty with a hot hunk. If I want to see a fifty year old guy with loooots of make up I move to Amsterdam.
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Cetric
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 2:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Unnoticed yet:
This episode seems to be the first which introduced the closing pun among crew (Kirk and McCoy mostly) usually aiming at Spock, which became a feature in many episodes. So this is significant for the chemistry thing TOS is famous for, among other things.
Also enjoyable dry remarks of Spock to Kirk: the moment he tells Kirk he's supposed to go on shore leave, as has been honored already in comments here. And when he shows up after Kirk is done with beating up Finnegan, standing there at a distance and asking Kirk "Did you enjoy it?" Priceless.
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Too bad they did not establish Yeoman Barrows as a new regular cast member. More sexy than Rand for sure.
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Sloan
Sun, Jun 23, 2019, 12:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Ultimate Computer

I've been doing a complete rewatch of TOS (actually quite a few episodes I hadn't seen before) but this is the first one that I felt the need to comment on. Jason mentions it somewhere further up the comment thread but I didn't see anyone really address it -- the M5 is making logical decisions up to the point where it decides to destroy the unmanned freighter. What possible logic or programming would make the computer decide to do that? Even if the M5's decision making is based on Daystrom's "engrams" and Daystrom is having a mental breakdown... why is this the first time M5 behaves in an illogical manner? That ship is not a threat. I suppose an argument could be made that the ore freighter is an inferior version to M5 since it seems to be an unmanned drone, but if Daystrom felt that way he would be killing everyone around him for not being a genius like him...

Dave also asks the question I was wondering by the end of the episode... The Daystrom Institute and The Daystrom Award are named after this dude? I guess he must really atone for murdering a crew and half worth of Starfleet's finest after he gets out of that rehabilitation center.
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Edward
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

a closing episode that sets up the rest of the way
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Edward
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Oath

love how 24 discussion overtook this with some hatorade for Brannon Braga
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Edward
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: A Disquiet Follows My Soul

never knew this was RDM's directorial debut, guess it shows when reviewers hate it for focusing on specific things.
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Edward
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sometimes a Great Notion

can't help but think how other writers would mess up this episode
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Michael
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 9:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

@Thomas

"Are you sure faith is always a bad thing? Children have but faith in their parents to do what’s best for them, and without that, they might not learn how to become responsible adults. "

Well, he did say faith without evidence. If a child has faith in his parents while they beat him daily, then yes, it's a bad thing.

Nothing in this world can be relied upon, which is where religious faith comes in. The paradox is, I find, that faith in God is first required to have evidence of God. In an age where we have utmost faith that what our senses tell us is true, that is something that is extremely difficult to overcome.
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Sam
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 6:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

Great fun little episode. I don't know why everyone is so hard on Lwaxana, she is funny and looks amazing especially for her age. I first saw this episode when I was about 5 or 6 way back when it first aired. I always loved the fun costumes when I was a kid and the alien makeup. Troi was my fave ( Now as an adult I tend to like Picard, Data or Bev) I loved Troi's outfits and hair and had the action figure. There were not many great female role models for kids my age.
I tend to like the comedy or the romance episodes a lot. I enjoyed them as a child, so it brings me back to that innocent time in my life.
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Sarjenka's Brother
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 5:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Trouble With Tribbles

If "City on the Edge of Forever" is the best TOS drama, then "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the best dramedy. (I say dramedy because there were dramatic stakes to the episode, which made the comedy all the better).

I think one reason the episode is so good is the characters stay true to character. They didn't have them behaving out of character just to achieve some laughs.

I think this episode is the one that cemented "Star Trek's" place as an enduring franchise. It's also the peak of the TOS to me. I don't see another episode coming up that matches it.

It's also one of the few Trek episodes or movies that puts every single minute to extraordinary use. The others:

City on the Edge of Forever
Mirror, Mirror
Doomsday Machine
The Wrath of Khan
The Undiscovered Country

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The Measure of a Man
Yesterday's Enterprise
Best of Both Worlds
Inner Light

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Duet
The Die is Cast
The Visitor
In the Pale Moonlight
The Siege of AR-558
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Booming
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 8:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

Because this popped up in the comment stream I read the review again.
It is a delight.
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Thomas
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 7:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

@Adam

Are you sure faith is always a bad thing? Children have but faith in their parents to do what’s best for them, and without that, they might not learn how to become responsible adults.
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Bruce
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 1:25am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Warlord

Those feet of Neelix as shown in the opening scene....looked like leftover Hobbit prosthetic feet from Lord of the Rings...
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Adam
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 1:21am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

I like this one because it illustrates nicely the danger of believing things based on faith (i.e. belief without evidence.) There is no conclusion that cannot be arrived at using faith. Is it any wonder that people believe in nonsense when using this unreliable method?
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Nick T
Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Real Life

This might be the first time a 90’s era Trek episode has made me cry. Really well done and acted. Agree with many from starting annoyed to ending with being touched. It says something that there are 12 years worth of comments for this episode.
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Broley
Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 7:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

hello jammer,

i'm agree with you, the klingon ship story was confusing. l'rell had a ship, no? now she is with this other ship serving kol? i dont understand also l'rell and admiral trying an escape. just walking? where?
thank god saru and pahvo story was good. saru is very interesting, i like that the writers play around with his fear and motivate us to think how he fellls like without fear, not sure if humans can understand really, but its good that the subject is explorated.

i like disco until now. better than voyager, only other star trek serie i watched completely. so many boring epsidoes. i still need to see the first two series.
but this episode was not one of the best so far. klingon ship scenes are bad.

merci!
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The Man
Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Actually Nick Poliskey you seem to have an obsession with whining about Robin Williams. This episode was not that great and you pretending that you like it doesn't change that fact.
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