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Wilbur
Wed, Jun 13, 2012, 6:22am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: A Day in the Life

I didn't like everything about this episode, but parts of it hit me hard. My ex-wife was volatile and self-destructive. She wasn't a good mother to my children (two boys). She started drinking toward the end. I've had some good relationships since then, and I'm a lot happier now than when I was married. But I still get kind of messed up on my wedding anniversary. And I still have a picture in a drawer . . . .
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Wilbur
Fri, Jun 10, 2011, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

If they broke ground on the Millenium Gate in Portage Creek, Indiana on 12/31/2001, wouldn't it be done by now? I've been through Indiana lots of times since 2001, and I've never seen anything like this. There is a Portage, Indiana on Lake Michigan right across from Chicago, but there is literally nothing of consequence there. Maybe Janeway found some other way of shutting down the project after all.

Hey, why build this on top of a town anyway? Has anyone driven through Indiana? They have lots of empty spaces where you could build a crazy shopping mall/biodome/plot contrivance.
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Wilbur
Wed, Dec 8, 2010, 9:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

Why would a planet made out of water need a gravity machine at its center to hold it together? Gas giants don't need gravity machines. Maybe the planet was too small to generate a large enough gravity field to hold itself together, but if that were the case, it would have been nice if the episode had actually SAID so. Europa (6th moon of Jupiter) is one big ocean covered by a layer of ice. But even if the ice melted, the water wouldn't just start floating away into space! (Europa has a silicate mantle and a metallic core, but that's not the point. Even if it were water all the way through, it still would generate enough gravity to hold itself together. Right? I'd be happy to be corrected by any astrophysicists in the room.)
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Wilbur
Sat, Oct 23, 2010, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Exodus, Part 1

I am a turtle and I love you all.
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Wilbur
Sun, Nov 15, 2009, 7:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

1. During the "Red Squad, Red Squad" chanting scene, you'll notice that the Vulcan cadet in the back is NOT chanting. We can speculate what the Vulcan cadet was thinking: "These humans are talented, but emotional, which is exactly what I would have expected. I am concerned that their emotionalism might get us killed, but I've known that to be a risk ever since I joined Starfleet. I might question the humans' command decisions if I thought that I was prepared to lead this mission, but I am not. Therefore, the only logical course of action is to observe the situation while performing my duties as best I can."

2. Captain Watters had undeniable charisma, but that doesn't mean we should believe everything he says. (Why should we be as gullible as the cadets?) Watters claims that Captain Ramirez told him to "continue the mission." Were there any witnesses to this conversation? We know that Watters was much too proud to go slinking back to earth in a broken ship with a dead Captain and a failed mission. There was nothing he could do about the dead Captain, but he sure as hell wasn't going back to HQ without completing his first ever mission. He had ambitions of being an admiral someday, and admirals don't begin their careers by failing their first missions! I don't think Ramirez told Watters anything when he died--he was too busy dying!
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Wilbur
Thu, Nov 12, 2009, 8:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

I thought Aluura was nice.
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Wilbur
Sun, Nov 1, 2009, 5:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

Hundreds of years ago (as far as I can tell), my ancestors were serfs working for some baron in Southern Germany. Any of them could have been beaten to death for talking back to a baron. All of them, I'm sure, faced daily injustices. And when they went to sleep at night on their beds of straw, they dreamed of a world where they would be treated as human beings. I live a life of extraordinary comfort and freedom. When I feel like giving up, I have to remember that my life is a fulfillment of their dream. I have a responsibility to honor that dream, just like Captain Sisko has a responsibility to fulfill the vision of Bennie Russell.

It hardly matters that Captain Sisko isn't real. The dream itself is real, and everything good that we've accomplished as a species is a result of that dream.
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Wilbur
Sat, Aug 22, 2009, 7:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

Ah, nice catch on the Benzanite, Jay! I noticed that, too. It is a minor issue, but I wonder how a mistake like that could have been made? We only ever had two episodes featuring Benzanites, and the writer must have been relatively familiar with those episodes. Otherwise, why make a Benzanite reference at all?
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