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Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 2:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

I find it extremely funny how everyone is saying that Paris having sex with Torres would have been the same as HIM raping HER, when it was clearly the exact opposite. Maybe it's because our so called enlightened culture doesn't normally think that women can rape men, but that is obviously what was happening here.

Torres was the one forcing the issue, demanding sex. Paris was repeatedly saying no to her, yet she kept pressing sex upon him. Isn't that rape? Or at least the beginnings of it? How is that any different than when Vorik demanded sex from Torres? It isn't. Yet people seem to think Vorik was sexually assaulting Torres, but she, doing the exact same thing, was just acting like a drunk woman or something, and Paris agreeing would have been rape.

It's very telling how noone else seemed to see that side of it but me apparently. Hmmmm....

And yes, they made a big steaming pile of mess out of the Pon Farr. I used to have sort of an idea of what it was and what it meant before this episode, but now I have no clue. I won't even get into all the stupid things they did. Most of it was already mentioned already.

Onto more mudane things.

There is a kiloton of gallacite to get, which would be enough to refit their warp coils, and they send down 3 people with backpacks to bring it up? That is 1000 tons. So that would only take them about 18 years or so. Silly.

I also find it hard to believe that 400 years from now there isn't a better way to climb down a cliff than using pitons and ropes. But that has been done several times in Star Trek now, so I don't blame Voyager, but I do blame them for saying this after they fell...

PARIS: Calm down. This wasn't Neelix's fault. I saw him drive the piton and it was solid. It must've malfunctioned.

Because a spike driven into a rock can 'malfunction'. I think the Voyager writers are in love with technobabble so much that they use it when they don't even need to. 'My rope broke! It must have been a subspace anomaly that decreased the density of the atoms causing an invariant breakdown of the particle field!'

All the aliens just vanish with Chakotay and the others. How? They have transporters I guess? Or are just really really sneaky? Either way, silly.

Vorick was just faking being all better when the Doc met him in the holodeck? How did he manage that? And why did he even bother telling the Doc? Why not just leave? He could somehow disable Voyager's transporters, communications, and shuttles, and then get to the planet without using them, or maybe he did it miraculously after he left? IDK. All nonsense.

And Tuvok telling Paris to allow himself to be raped by Torres (see above) was one of the most horrible things I've ever seen on Star Trek.

Tuvok allowing the Kal-if-fee to happen was also horrible. He knew Vorick had another way to deal with pon farr, namely meditation, and that Torres was not a Vulcan and was dealing with pon farr against her will, and that it was (supposedly) a fight to the death. He should have had Vorick sent back to the ship to meditate, and had Torres and Paris mate like he originally intended, which is less horrible(?).

All of this is just awful to me, this whole episode. Voyager really screwed up this time. I'm not sure what the point was. Rape is bad? Or good sometimes? Were they trying to increase our knowledge of Vulcan sexuality? If that's the case, it didn't work. It only muddled things up beyond all hope.

What a mess. I'm sort of at a loss what to think.

1/2 star.
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Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 7:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

Extremely mediocre episode. What bothered me endlessly was how Melora's borderline insubordination in the beginning is never even commented upon.
I know Starfleet isn't strictly military, but an ensign being rude and even hostile to superior officers without anyone even saying something?
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Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 7:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

Was Larry Drake cast as the "evil doctor" in this episode because of his prior role as the deranged doctor in "Dr. Giggles"? ;-)
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