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Yet Another Chris
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

I'll agree with Charles. It was depressing seeing Neelix take up residence on a dead rock for ever and all time. All the same, his send off was nicely done.

Along with others, I'd hated Neelix at the start. He looked like a Farscape character and definitely seemed to be the Jar Jar Binks of Trek. He came a long way, though; however, it should be said that part of the reason he stood out is because most of the other characters stepped backward (i.e. fell totally flat). But he wound up being a really likable character, and he deserved to see Earth more than most.
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Yet Another Chris
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 3:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

As with most episodes of Voyager, this one had potential that it failed live up to it. There need to be more characters who dislike and disapprove of Janeway. She's a smug and dangerous leader, and there ought to be at least a few people who are short with her, if not staging outright mutinies. I thought Mortimer would be that person, but no luck because, you know, Janeway has to come out smelling like roses.

Every potentially adversarial character is either dispensed with immediately, or else their character is inexplicably made tame from one episode to the next. I think this partly explains some people's love of Janeway. It's not because she's a good or interesting character, but because that the writers created the illusion that she's a sound leader by removing any sensible voice of opposition.

That said, I did appreciate that she gave Mortimer the room he needed to dislike her and even to be insubordinate. I just didn't care for her savior complex.
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Yet Another Chris
Mon, Dec 19, 2016, 10:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

I just finished this, so maybe I'll change my tune, but I mostly really liked it. Mind you, years ago I'd read a partial spoiler about this and have been laboring under the misconception that the entire series was nothing but a fantasy Riker was living out in the holodeck. Imagine my surprise when that turned out not to be the case at all.

I loved the final montage. I had no problem with Trip's death, but wasn't so keen on the fact that he and T'Pol didn't end up together. I suppose losing a child can do that to you, though.

While the parallel between Pegasus and These Are The Voyages isn't entirely clear, I appreciate what they were going for. Since the start of ENT we've had the historical import of these events shoved down our throats. I found it annoying at first (especially with Archer's smug boy-scout attitude), but eventually came to appreciate having the mythos rounded out. In These Are the Voyages, we finally get to see why this mission was so important. And much as we (so often erroneously) look to the founding fathers for at least narrative insight, here Riker looks for some basic principles to guide him. He revisits a time when interplanetary alliances were hard-fought and decides that he has to work to preserve the Treaty of Algeron. Far from being an insult to the characters and series, I think it was an appropriate tribute.
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