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bencanuck
Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

"You know, she used to be a Borg, like him."
"Oh wow, she's that Ranger! She's notorious. Ninety-nine or Eleven or..."
"Uh-uh. She goes by Seven."

I love that they joke with names of other Women Whose Names are Numbers. But one of them is from Get Smart, contemporary with TOS. The other is from a 2010s Netflix series. I have to say I appreciate any joke that relies on such bizarre combinations of fandoms.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 7:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

@Jason R.: "poor continuity"

I used to think this too (and it may indeed be true of later seasons which I haven't re-watched recently!), but the specific examples that I pointed out in early S3 are actually running threads of continuity. My whole point is that I'm surprised at what was actually there and what I missed.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 6:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

@Jason R.

Ron Moore joined very briefly in Season 6. Not only is this three years later, but a completely different showrunner was in charge in Season 3 (Jeri Taylor, not Brannon Braga). It's quite possible for both to be true.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

Skywalker (in 2016) points out that Janeway is painting at the end of the episode, and this harks back to "Sacred Ground". She has adapted this into her personality. Perhaps the thing she felt the loss of at the end of that episode is resurfacing. She is changing from the little girl who loved mathematics and never enjoyed life's nebulous answers. It's continuous but subtle.

But while the end of the episode recalls the past, the beginning of the episode foreshadows the future. It is the first time that Janeway suggests Neelix as ambassador. This, like his security practice mentioned in "Warlord" and the breakup with Kes there that deprives him of his emotional grounding, contributes to his arc heading into "Fair Trade". He really has nothing. They are at the end of his usefulness. He is hoping to extend it in some way. Security? Diplomacy? What is he? Who is Neelix to others? And does he know it and can he accept it?

I'm beginning to wonder if season 3 was actually rather subtle on character development and some of us missed it at the time. I seem to have missed some of the interesting cues.
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Bendy
Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 9:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

While this was for sure a meh episode, I will say the point (or at least attempted point) seemed pretty obvious to me. That ultimately, given the choice of enhancing her ability to handle a higher gravity environment or retaining her identity as an Elysian, she came to the eventual realization that retaining her cultural identity, even if it means being perceived by others as being disadvantaged, was the more important choice.

And yes, I'm, watching this series (for the first time) in 2020. So far, it's holding up surprisingly well
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Ben
Sat, Jul 25, 2020, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

What never made sense was WHY Kes went crazy...oh she lost her memory and blah blah but that never made sense. She left as an all powerful transcendent and thankful being and comes back as a decrepit demented psychopath.
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bencanuck
Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 5:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

There's something enjoyable in the fact that, a few episodes later ("Family Business"), the replacement for the runabout they lose here (the Mekong) is named the Rubicon. The Caesar references don't stop in the two-parter.
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bencanuck
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

Some people have commented on how Weyoun and Dukat threaten the station with a (large) Jem'Hadar battlecruiser. It seems ridiculous to some people.

It's true that they wouldn't stand a chance. But actually, Dukat, Weyoun, and the audience don't know that. Until "Call to Arms", we all still think Federation shields are useless against Dominion weapons. DS9 has no ablative armour. Even with armour, the Defiant could barely hold off against a few (small) Jem'Hadar attack ships ("The Search"). While the station is armed to the teeth, if its shields were ineffective, its civilians (or even Ops) would be in real danger from a Jem'Hadar ship of that firepower. It's a real threat. Foolhardy perhaps. But threatening.
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Ben
Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

James T. Kirk. Jackson Roykirk. Doesn’t sound similar to me. Really a sophisticated computer couldn’t tell the difference?
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Ben
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 8:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Great episode. Couple of observations. The uniforms they wear on the planet were ridiculous looking. Also I always got confused between the lead councilman’s name-Anon 7 and the planet’s name - Eminiar 7. There’s plenty of other numbers to choose from!
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Ben
Thu, May 28, 2020, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

Interesting episode. Disliked as a child like it more now. This episode feels like no other. There seems to some sets and music that were only used in this episode so it would seem. I am tired ! And your shining brightness has stuck in my head since the 1970!’s
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Gubenuj
Fri, May 15, 2020, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I can’t wait to hate the new Captain Pike show (which I will never watch, and about which, I do not know a thing) already. Two months without new Trek news to preemptively hate on has really sucked!
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Ben
Wed, May 13, 2020, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Never understood why people give this episode such a high rating. Interesting from the standpoint that it is the first episode with Kirk and the other crew but the plot is basically one that we will see again and again. Man has superpowers which must be overcome. Not that exciting. The cage was so much more interesting although NBC rejected it for their own reasons. Glad they did since I like Shatner over Hunter.
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Ben
Mon, May 11, 2020, 2:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

Disliked this episode as a kid; dislike it now. Very dated and silly. The kid with super powers. Not that interesting. Weak second episode for a brand new sci fi series. The next few are much better. Charlie was just annoying. Sorry
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Ben
Thu, May 7, 2020, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

Always loved this episode. One question. Why would an inhabitant of the planet choose to go back to the era that Kirk gets sent to? Seems like there are better choices.
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Ben
Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 11:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: That Which Survives

Really one of the top ten worst TOS episodes. Thought so watching reruns as a kid in the 1970’s and confirmed now. Totally ridiculous plot and over the top poor acting. Yikes!
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Benito
Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Finding this website has been really nice on my rewatch of TNG! I could never intrest anyone i know IRL in star trek so i always felt lonely enjoying these fansastic series. But reading these reviews and the comments after each episode gave me a sence of community. So i want to thank you, Jammer, for your wonderful website and also to some of the commenters i tended to look up and read every time by their names: William B, SkepticalMI, Elliot and Luke. I cant stress enough how i enjoyed your thought out critiques and disscussions on almost every page. Thank you again.
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bencanuck
Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Many people have come out and said that Data's death is a case of euthanasia.

Is it? Or is there a nuance here?

Data is essentially hooked up to a machine that is sustaining his life, but he has no option to repair his actual body. There is no hope of his body winning the fight. He cannot return to life without the life-support machine and in his own body. If the life-support machine is discontinued, Data just naturally fades away quickly.

Some people refer to this as 'passive euthanasia', but I think we normally treat 'pulling the plug' on critical life support as having different moral and legal requirements than 'active euthanasia'. For instance, Booming quoted some 'very liberal' laws. Those are almost certainly for active euthanasia (not passive euthanasia or pulling the plug), because far less liberal states have less stringent requirement for 'pulling the plug' on life support.

Perhaps, in good Trekkian style, some nuance is in order, even if the whole time we're dealing with an analogy for non-organic lifeforms.
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Ben S
Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Wink of an Eye

While I can overlook almost all the flaws in this episode, the one that always gets me is that Kirk fires a phaser on the bridge, but it doesn’t appear in real time (even though it should). The story just kind of ignores that he did it.
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bencanuck
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

@Daniel

"The key is that you never see the original TNG characters (Picard, Data, Troi, Riker) use those words. I think that would have broken with the characterizations."

Is that really true, though? Picard has said 'merde' on TNG. Riker has used Romulan curse-insults (such as in "The Defector"). They definitely have these words in their vocabulary.

If it would break characterization, it isn't due to the vocabulary in itself. What distinguishes the speech of Clancy, Jurati, etc. from these characters' is the casualness of the word in the middle of the sentence, e.g., as for emphasis. In the past, when Picard and Riker used such words, it was almost deliberate and decisive.

Also, it was in a foreign human or alien language...
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bencanuck
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Trent

"Also, why does Riker talk about "Newton's fourth law of thermodynamics"? As far as I know, Newton doesn't have a law of thernodynamics; he wrote about laws of motion. What's up with this line?"

Newtonian dynamics of the 18th century and the new thermodynamics of the 19th were notoriously conflictual in their view of time as essentially reversible (everything in Newtonian physics has reversible time propagation) or essentially irreversible (thermodynamics, entropy). This was a huge question: is thermodynamics real or is it an approximation from our ignorance? Some giants of the 20th century, like Ilya Prigogine, devoted their entire lives to this problem.

Riker's conflation of Newton and thermodynamics deliberately flags the law as nonsense from a scientific POV. Thus, when it becomes clear that the law is an in-joke between two old friends, it is funny.
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bencanuck
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Booming

"So I guess Raffi brought money with her"

It's pretty much a given, not some wild idea. Raffi has bet latinum with Rios on whether Soji is still alive. One would assume she has access to this latinum on the La Serena. That's a more natural notion than that she is betting money that she has no access to on a one-way trip (she plans to stay behind on Freecloud).

"How did Dajh get into school and then accepted into daystrom?"

We have known since the earth-bound episodes that Dahj didn't actually have any record of being in or at a school. She only had credentials of graduation. She never 'got into school'. She never attended. The limited lifetime/past/history of both sisters was implied much, much earlier. I assume we don't dwell on this fact in this episode, because we have been living with it for half the series at this point.
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bencanuck
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Quincy

"It's PTSD. And yes, that's exactly how it works. You have a flashback from some stimulus. You react to it as if it's real. And you're not aware of your actual surroundings."

Thank you for saying this.

Needing to hold something for support is not an unthinkable reaction to trauma resurfacing. I have this effect. Picard walked onto a bridge with no railings. It was real danger as his trauma surfaced. Not only was the danger that the episode showed realistic or reasonable, it was so realistic, I could see the train wreck coming, which made it all the more sympathetic for Picard.
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benoksis
Sat, Jan 4, 2020, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Anomaly

Alex, good points.
Jamahl Epsicokhan, that's not an "In brief".
Generally, I found the problem with the prisoner to be that he was too helpful (even before the airlock). He was a device to set up future Expanse-verse plots, and it was all laid out in his thinly veiled exposition. As a plot device, he would have given the info for a good meal. So the airlock was just to let us know Archer means business. To bad he couldn't have demonstrated his determination in a more sophisticated manner (like ben sisko getting back into the heat box).
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Bensa
Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 12:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

😂😂😂
Picard: ‘Before I start swinging across the ship’

Guilty pleasure episode.
7/10
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