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Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 1:40am (UTC -5)

"With all the talk you gave to how sexist the B-plot is, I'm just curious.... what kind of sexism are you saying "Molly must go with her mother" is? Is it sexist against women by saying that the women must take care of the children or is it sexist against men for implying that a man obviously can't be capable of caring for a child on his own?"

I don't remember even giving this a thought watching this episode. Did I miss something?
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Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals


True. This list is an old one. I might have to look at my ratings and reevaluate.

I graded 'The Visitor' 3.5. I still think it will make the list but I did dock 'For the Uniform' a point for there being no repercussions for Sisko's actions. Maybe a 3.0 episode shouldn't be here.

I shall return!! :-)

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Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time


Weren't they there the first time to satisfy Jadzia's curiosity?

It's been a while, I could be off here.
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Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 6:10am (UTC -5)
Re: Sphere

I tuned into this on because the cast sounded so good.

I didn't finish it.
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Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind


From a while ago :-)

"And Kira... does Kira do anything bad DURING the show? My memory is faltering a bit."

I'd say wanting to kill her mother for being Dukat's bedfellow to save and feed her family would count as "bad"
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Mon, Aug 27, 2018, 9:31am (UTC -5)
Re: Frequently Asked Questions

@ Jammer,

"People most often ask if I've watched other sci-fi shows like Babylon 5, Farscape, Firefly, Doctor Who, or the various Stargate series. The answer is no to all of the above, and reviews are not forthcoming. I have no plans to go back to watch any other old shows."

I of course am in no position to tell anyone, especially you, what to do.... but knowing how much you love DS9 you REALLY REALLY should take in BAB5. Even if you watch it and decide not review it, I'm sure you would enjoy the wrting and the characters. I just binge watched it (I own the DVD's) and it holds up well (writing). The computer generated graphics are an aquired taste, but like Trek you just let yourself emerse in that "universe" and you are good to go.
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Mon, Aug 27, 2018, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: The X-Files

While I agree with Jammer, the series and in some regards this movie is all over the place, I just loved this movie. The best X-Files movie by far.

It takes "finding the truth - but not in a way that really matters" to an all new extreme.

I sooooooo wanted Scully to see what Mulder saw, but in grand X-Files fashion she doesn't.

I think trek could learn a BUNCH from the execution of X-Files season 10&11 when they write the new "Picard" show. Season 11 was sooooo much better than season 10 because, IMO, they didn't try to appease too many folks and cram too much stuff into an episode seemingly for the purpose of satisying the fan-boys. They were just good stories that let Mulder & Scully be Moulder & Scully.
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Sun, Aug 26, 2018, 2:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

Nice list Iceman.

These lists always change over time :-)

Here's mine.

#1. Trials and Tribble-ations
#2. Duet
#3. For The Uniform
#4. In The Pale Moonlight
#5. Explorers
#6. The Way of the Warrior
#7. The Visitor
#8. Call To Arms/Sacrifice of Angels
#9. In Purgatory's Shadow
#10. The Search
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Tue, Aug 21, 2018, 12:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

William B
Wed, May 9, 2018, 2:11pm (UTC -5)

"I don't really know B5 -- it's on my list, I swear! "

OMG William, you must.... you simply must! I just finished a binge watch of BAB5 and I tell ya, the emotional moments are still emotional to me.

But I'll disagree with Peter and say you don't need to have watched it to understand the "arc" in DS9... not at all.

and Peter G (from too long ago, sorry)

"You and many others refer to Brooks' acting ability, and yet on screen it's clear as day to me that he's present, living the situation, and replying to people with a measured quality that belies thinking things through. That's good acting in my book, however what it lacks in S1-2 is a lot of verve, or shall we say gusto. It's so measured that one might almost wonder whether this is a real person in an office rather than a fictional hero-type character. He doesn't play it like a hero, but rather like an office manager some of the time, and that goes to stylistic choices to me. I think he was going for 'regular guy' and what the show needed a bit more was 'great leader', and later in the series the pendulum probably swung too far in the other direction going at times over the top (in the writing as well). Which leads to William's comment... "

That has to be the best attempt at justifying poor acting I've seen yet :-) Also, I don't equate acting to his leadship choices... many times I have applauded his actions and choices.

"But...Geordi?? I actually can't think of a character in all of Trek who least fits the word "arc" than he does. He's like part of the furniture, he's so dependable. His relationship with Data does evolve over time, but let's face it, it's all about Data when it comes to the two of them, as Geordi barely has any real stories at all in TNG. And what few stories he gets tend to be either bad or...controversial. I think that's a serious writing fault because Burton could easily have held his own through some well written stories. But they screwed him."

I'll agree here. Although he did stink up some "romantic" moments... I thought Lavar was pretty darn good, probably better than Michael Dorn if you think about it. TNG became the "Data/Picard" story. Geordi wasn't the only character to suffer....
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Tue, Aug 21, 2018, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

Peter Swinkels
Thu, Jun 28, 2018, 4:09pm (UTC -5)

"Just one question: Why would T'Pol's age be classified?"

It's not.... it's Archer humor. Officially I'm sure it's privileged or "CO's eyes only".
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Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 8:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

wolfstar, Peter G,

"Voyager ruined the Borg the way Enterprise ruined the Vulcans and Discovery ruined the Klingons. (A similar analogy can be drawn with the moment that Dukat went from three-dimensional to "cartoon evil" on DS9; fortunately it didn't happen to the Cardassians as a whole though.)"

Voyager didn't ruin the borg, the movie First Contact did. Anything after that was fair game.

Enterprise didn't ruin the Vulcans either. It gave them more depth as a race.

Discovery has only ruined the Klingons in appearance. Which seemed to be the birth-right of the writers throughout trek.


"This started towards the end of Voyager, not just with the increasing overreliance on the Borg, but also when the Ferengi ("Inside Man"), the Klingons ("Prophecy") and other Alpha Quadrant races ("Unimatrix Zero", "Flesh And Blood") were rolled out to unsuccessful effect with no solid scriptual underpinning, as if to say "Look! It's the Ferengi/Klingons/the Borg Queen! Are you not happy?" - as if their mere presence would make Trek fans rapturous, so who cares about the script?"

I agree with all except the borg. Voyager was in the Delta Quadrant, it was going to happen and really wouldn't have been right had they not had to deal with them.

"Then we got Discovery which again totally rewrote canon"

Well, the jury is out here... the only real hardspot is the Spore drive and that "science", but I think that will get shelved and then it will be a blip in the trekverse, not a sweeping space-travel overhaul.

"I'm just so sick of this endless recycling. Like when you've worn and washed a t-shirt hundreds of times until the colors have all faded. The more this approach is taken, the more you just end up with a copy of a copy of a copy that eventually bears no resemblance to the original. Or that looks like it and tries to emulate it on a superficial level, but is hollow and has none of the heart. You end up with B-4 instead of Data. Simulacra Trek."

I'm with ya. But because "they" decided to put STD in before TOS, we will have more recycling. The primary reason I wanted this new series to be post Nemisis.

But hey, we could get B4 in this new "Picard" series :-)
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Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 6:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase


I own everything trek...have watched them all at least 3 times ... some (VOY and ENT) many more....

... and during my current binge watch of TNG I came across this episode and I swear, I DON'T REMEMBER IT!!

Now it's not a bad episode so....

It was like watching new trek!!!!

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Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 5:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?


I don't think they can mess this character up. There is too much "Picard" out there and he's too big a trek icon.

But I wholeheartedly agree, Patrick should have nothing whatsoever to do with the writing. Spot on.

My biggest concern with this new series is how they are going to explain away Irumodic Syndrome.

Personally, I'm hoping they make him a Federation Ambassador, draw on the Sarak mind meld etc... maybe put him in the middle of reunification? .... something like that.
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Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

Wow, some pretty interesting conversation here guys.

I think all have really valid points.

What I always hated was just how easy (in the 24th century) it would be to make everyone happy. Good lord Federation and Cardassia, MOVE YOUR PEOPLE!!! .... or get together in a room and redraw the lines to appease those that are most affected.
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Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I


Wow. Nick speaks of his personal experiences and all you can muster is that?

Live a day in someone else's shoes...
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Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite


I'll shock this one up to the 24th Century really educates it members, unlike today's US public schools.
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Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

@ Peter G.
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 12:23pm (UTC -5)
@ Yanks,

"The distinction to be made is that DISC portrayed Michael as being heroic and more visionary than her captain, taking matters into her own hands and then being judged harshly by her inferiors."

Don't agree. She acted emotionally and irrationally when she took out her Captain. ... and she got court-martialed for it.

"This was the tone throughout DISC, where Burnham is always right and everyone else is a chump until they realize they should be on her side. They paid a token amount of lip service to the idea that she did wrong, but mostly it was window dressing while the actual foundation was on her being the best thing ever."

Well, the series IS centered on her. I think that was to be expected. As it turned out, Lorca (MU) was the biggest reason for her use (over use).

"In Ensign Ro it's completely the opposite"

Not entirely. We don't know her attitude/conduct before she arrived at the Enterprise other than being raised under Cardassian opression. We can summize that her actions resulted in a bunch of deaths and resulted in her being thrown in prison - for life. That's a pretty serious mis-conduct.

"where even Ro is convinced she's hopeless and doesn't belong in Starfleet. The difference of most import as far as I can tell is Ro has actual humility, and the writers aren't out to show her off."

Ro wasn't the center of a series, she was the story for one episode. Michael repeated indicated she herself she thought she didn't belong or was worthy of wearing the uniform.

"She does the right thing in this episode primarily because Guinan and Picard are there to help her in the right direction. Without them she likely would have been too weak and confused to do the right thing."

Agree. Consitant with her past and being an Ensign and very similar to Michael getting her opportunity via Lorca and circumstances beyond her control.

"This is a real person, not an icon or a 'hero'. And yeah, although somewhat 2-dimensional I always liked Ro."

I got the same vibe. But Michael was pretty "real" too after she landed in prison.

"That said I'm happier with Visitor playing Kira than I would have been with the typically humorless Forbes."

I'm not unhappy she turned the role down because I like Nana as well, but I'm sure she would have nailed the part had she chosen to. I think you are labeling Forbes as humorless... that's ENS Ro.

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Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 12:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

I watched this recently (since seeing STD) and wow, .... where are all the haters here? She's responsibile for the death of 8 star fleet officers?

Michelle Forbes - what a great actress. If I remember correctly, she was offered the role of Kira in DS9 but turned it down. I'm certain she would have been fantastic.

She appeared 9 times in TNG. But I was watching 'Half a Life' and was taken completely off guard when she walked in the room to plead with her father.

#1. Suprised to see her in such a small role.

#2. That hair-do was something else! :-) An upsidedown Jeanie bottle on top of her head. :-) ... she still looked good!!

I've always liked this episode, primarily because of Forbes and Picard's interaction with her.

3 star ep IMO.
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Tue, Jul 31, 2018, 11:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame


"@Yanks, that's only the symptom of a larger issue with Voyager. No one said Voyager had to be as dark as BSG. But, they undeniably squandered a great premise by choosing to do nothing with it."

I don't agree. Tons of folks wanted it dark, with lots of crew conflict, broken down Voyager, starving etc... You are understating what's reflected on every board and on this site.

"Your comment ignored other parts of the premise."

In your view.

"What about the tension between the Starfleet officers in the Maquis?"

The Maquis had an issue with the Federation and the stupid treaty, not Star Fleet. (as we saw in the DS9 epsiode "The Maquis".

"What happened to the Delta Quadrant that was described by Q in "Q Who?"?

Please be more specific. We saw a HUGE area controlled by the Borg. Were the Borg supposed to be interested in technology only like in Q Who, or interested in biologics like we saw in BOBW and FC?

"The larger problem is, Voyager chose the path of least resistance in every single situation. Instead of boldly pushing itself out of its comfort zone or taking Star Trek where it had never gone before, it settled for being 'passable', when it could have been fantastic."

It WAS fantastic. You obviously wanted it to be something other than Star Trek in the 24th century.

"That, I think, is why Voyager gets so many complaints. It's a solid 2.5/4 series that could have been *so* much better."

More like BSG? .... character assassination at every turn? ... turning on your shipmates? .... alchoholics .... murderers? .... politics? .... religion?

I graded VOY out at 2.89.

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Tue, Jul 31, 2018, 7:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame


My mini-assessment of nuBSG....

The first 2&1/2 years & RAZOR - it's some of the best most riviting TV drama I've ever seen.

The rest you could throw away.

ENT: E2 was fantastic trek!!
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Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 10:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame


"One final bit of commentary, I have seen a TON of comments in virtually every episode's review talking about how Voyager is a poorly executed show because somewhere halfway through the second season, they dropped the pretense of trying to follow the initial premise that Voyager was stranded so far from home with finite resources, food, shuttles, etc. I have to say that for ME PERSONALLY, I didn't have a single issue with this. A show where there was constant tension of people starving, working aboard a ship that was badly damaged, in constant need of critical repair, people dying (we'd have chewed through the crew compliment pretty quickly!), and so on would have just been grim and not enjoyable to watch. Or at least, not for 7 seasons."

That was called 'Battlestar Galactica'. I watched and for the most part and very much enjoyed it. But I don't want my 'Star Trek' to be BSG and I for one am glad they kept the tone where they did.

Also, huge 'Enterprise' fan here too, glad you enjoyed it.
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Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 8:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family


I just watched this one a couple days ago. I agree with everything you said but I'd like to add that IMO the biggest "thing" that the Borg took away from Picard was his liberty, freedom of thought and choice.
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Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 6:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Well played borusa, well played.
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Mon, Jul 16, 2018, 7:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Equilibrium

Nolan Campbell, get well soon!!

At least you have a bunch of trek to keep you busy. :-)
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Mon, Jul 16, 2018, 7:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude


"when it suits him"? .... circumstances didn't have anything to do with his decisions here?

Good lord.
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