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borusa
Wed, May 16, 2018, 4:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

I remember feeling very uncomfortable when first watching this and rightly so.
This is a super episode, ably assisted by a star turn from the venerable Jean Simmons.
I agree with the comments about the 'I've broken stronger men than you!' meltdown in the last reel but as someone said it was a necessary dramatic development.
TNG at its best in my view.
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borusa
Thu, May 10, 2018, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Agree with the comments on the sexism with the females breaking pots on heads-I guess they were trying to swash a buckle.
Patrick Stewart looked ridiculous in that daft Errol Flynn outfit although poor Michael Dorn took the award for idiotic costume.

I loved the mandolin smashing and inadvertent shooting of Data moments but these were nowhere near enough to save this abysmal mess.
Unlike one of the commentators above I generally love the Q episodes but John de Lancie looks like he knows this is a huge mistake throughout.

3 wormholes from me and a never do that again.
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borusa
Wed, May 2, 2018, 4:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

I remembered seeing this one first time round and liking it .

Barclay becomes a wonderful cross between Hal and Gary Mitchell and I concur with the wish to believe his subsequent contributions to communicating with Voyager in the Delta Quadrant are possible because of residual improvements by the dotty aliens.
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borusa
Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 4:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Identity Crisis

I remember seeing this first time around and finding the body horror theme pretty creepy.
I think I would hand back my tricorder if all it takes to identify the aliens is UV lights and my scanner cannot detect them.
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borusa
Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 4:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

There were some really creepy scenes-Riker thinking something was in his room and the morgue scene-which equalled some of Kubrick's work in The Shining.
Unfortunately I share the views about Super Troi flying through a green cloud yelling 'Where are you?'
I thought all she was supposed to do was yell;'Now!'

Not so sure that I would object to the one moon bit for a hydrogen atom-as the aliens are probably not supposed to be versed in our language but then again they are telepathic.

I think this was an ok episode.
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borusa
Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 2:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I guess that the writers assume that the audience is composed of their impression of teenage boys who have limited exposure to women so maybe Geordi's crass and, frankly, offensively creepy behaviour is supposed to meet the audience demographic.

Or, possibly, the audience in 1990 was not attuned to sexual harassement issues to the degree we are now.

Then again there are plenty of other , more recent, examples of obtuse sexual unawareness outside Star Trek-Attack of the Clones being a prime case.

It is just a huge cringe fest and if I was Leah Brahms I would be getting the hell away from that creepy stalker guy.

Space baby plot-yawn ( apart from Picard 's reaction to killing the mother).
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borusa
Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

The height of societal development is the invention of star trek's bespoke faster than light travel.
A society that is advanced enough to build a warp engine is ready for admission to the glorious space empire.
One might more readily believe that the invention of warp drive creates a risk of contamination that a pragmatic space empire may wish to evaluate and warn off ( as in The Day the Earth Stood Still).
As for Riker taking advantage of the ingenue Malcorian technician-this is Star Trek sexism that would make Captain Kirk blush.

There is no way that Picard and Trois' appearance in Carolyn Seymour's lab would be consistent with a non interference policy.
But as someone observes above conducting covert surveillance by planting spies in the unsuspecting society is hardly consistent either.

Krola's actions toward Riker are unforgivable of course so when Durkin basically says' Oh,Krola-you silly old darling' as the formerly evil sadist recovers in sickbay the shaky dramatic framework of this episode crumbles away completely.
There is more though cos we then have Ms Seymour's character staying on the ship. Shades of Catherine Hicks in ST IV-I wonder what would have happened to her character uprooted from eighties Florida and plonked into the 23rd century.
The point is, I guess, not about what may happen to either character but to grant wish fulfillment fantasies for the fans .

Didn't like this one and the other Trek offering with the same title is better.
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borusa
Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Clues

I'm with Scott-who is much more succinct than I am .

So here is a starship that is part of a very large fleet run on quasi military tenets. It regularly reports in to star bases-drops in for maintenance and crew assignment ...and so on.
Yet here we are expected to believe that nobody in the whole of starfleet are going to notice the ship's own record of elapsed time-timestamps on communications and all the other forged records on the ship which will be evident once the Enterprise contacts anyone else.
Their ship and everyone on it are two stardates behind where they should be.

That planet they are headed for is a good example.
They are going to ask why the ship is two days late.
Picard will immediately be alerted to the lost two days , the whole daft premise unravels.

I am sorry but for me Jammer's rating is way too generous.
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borusa
Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

A reliable tenet of TNG is just when you think it has emerged from the mire of the earliest seasons with their one dimensional characters, boring treknobabble driven plots and annoyingly archaic mores we get an episode like this.

Devil's Due was a season one-esque festival of yawns.
I completely agree with the one star.
I also admire the guy (or gal) who saw this as a TOS episode.
I agree entirely-just substitute Harry Mudd for Ardra and it could have worked.
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borusa
Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

I think I agree with you Jammer here.
So, the Ferengi are now accepted as a rubbish enemy,we don't want to overdo the Romulans and the Borg should be used sparingly so out of nowhere we have -the Kardashians.
Much of this story's internal logic is good, it is great to have Colm Meaney's character blossom but the ending is only acceptable as an element in the creation of DS9, along with the Bajorans and what knot in due course.
So this is a bit of a partial pilot.
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borusa
Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 3:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

Pleasant but not groundbreaking-I would agree.
I liked the relatively soapy aspects of the episode but hard to think of Data planning on getting married someday since we all now know he has a looming date with destruction in Nemesis.
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borusa
Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

I think that Marina succeeds in showing how far out of her composed character Troi is thrown by the loss of her empathic abilities.
She has a very human meltdown and is realistically traumatised brittle and hurting.

The rest of the episode is baloney.
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borusa
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 7:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

Interesting someone mentioned Dr Who:

Contrast-Classic Dr Who with New Who: classic has slower direction,plastic sets but superior drama-with old vs new trek:
Same slower direction and plastic sets on TOS ( although they spent more on their show than the BBC did on theirs) but in terms of quality...
Discovery simply goes from strength to strength-it easily holds its own with the best of the previous shows in its and is superior to some of its predecessor shows,particularly ...ok-I won't .

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borusa
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 4:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Reunion

Super episode-great link to Sins of the Father and good introduction to Gowron.
I agree that Suzie Plaxton played her character brilliantly and a shame they bumped her off.

This was a brilliant Worf episode.
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borusa
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 6:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

The perils of the internet age include the probability that every plot development has already been anticipated and detailed long before any on screen revelation occurs.

Lorca being from the MU was considered almost before his first on screen appearance but it was nicely handled.

This continues to be an enjoyable show and ,naturally, we are all now awaiting the return of the PU Lorca ( presuming that MU Lorca cannot have killed him because if his MU self died so would he?)


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borusa
Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 4:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

I remembered this episode as one I had enjoyed when I first saw it.
Having an episode that focuses on one of the more secondary characters in the show was nice -I would have to confess I am not a great fan of McFadden's portrayal but here she was convincing as her universe descends into nightmare.

I am not sure that bringing back The Traveller was such a good idea -although 'Where No One Has Gone Before' is one of the very few good points in Season One the TOS novel it is adapted from-The Wounded Sky-is vastly superior so having him pop back up dispensing metanonsensical physics is a bit of a trial to say the least.
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borusa
Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

Forgive an old lawyer but actually Jean Luc -stabbing someone in the chest with a dagger constitutes a crime in my book while advocating for one party in a custody dispute is probably ,at its worst, unwise but not any sort of crime ( unless things have radically changed in a few centuries).

I think the problem with this episode is that they missed the story-it ought to have been another court room drama but then again no one would have been invested in the guest characters so it would have been a huge bore-wait a minute it was a huge pointless bore anyway.
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borusa
Thu, Jan 11, 2018, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

Brent Spiner had an awful lot to do in this episode and I would like to say his performance was superb.
I prefer his portrayal of Soong's 22nd century ancestor in Series 4 of Enterprise to the 'professor Littleoldman' impersonation here.

I agree with Startrekguy's observations-after this mutinous farrago Starfleet ought to conclude that Data is too easily subborned and far too dangerous for active service.

The Data Lore switcheroo was infuriating and how come Soong didn't spot the difference when he opened up the android's head-he would have seen the serial number 001 next to the Intel badge surely.

Two episodes ago Dr Crusher manages to wholly reverse Picard's cyborgisation ( probably not a word) in a few days-a total medical science miracle but two weeks later she can't remove a few parasites accidentally ingested by a child-that is a ridiculous inconsistency.
Also leaving dangerous fauna near a playground should result in a prosecution for corporate negligence and while we are at it if Riker is supposed to be looking after these kids he can be charged as well.
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borusa
Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Gosh-lukewarm praise from Jammer for this episode which must be one of the best episodes of TNG.

The good:

The entirety of Picard's visit with his older brother's family.
One of the main reasons this works is the use of Jeremy Kemp against whom Stewart is superb.
The climax of the mud fight may seem simplistic to our informed eyes-today's audience would say -'Jean Luc -you have years of therapy ahead of you to address your PTSD and you can forget about returning to duty ' but back in 1990 I think it would have worked.

Worf's visit with his parents-homely yes but enjoyable

Not so good

The late Jack Crusher's inane and schmalzy holomessage .BTW what happened to the undersweater for his tunic?
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borusa
Wed, Dec 27, 2017, 4:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

The tightness of the direction in this second part assist in glossing over the plot holes but the wrap up doesn't bear close inspection.
Patrick Stewart carries it off very well and his 'Almost Human' comment nicely indicates the deep psychological scars that are explored further in the next episode ( and in First Contact).

The trouble is that the Borg would likely sweep up the federation without breaking a sweat so having them so easily defeated just does not seem convincing no matter how much technobabble is chucked at the problem.

Still-it gets the job done.
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borusa
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

At last -after almost three seasons of almost nothing to write home about (with exceptions eg Sins of the Father) we have this , I think, faultless episode.
The direction is taught and the tension relentless.
I entirely agree with Jammer on this episode .
I really feel this is a transcendent instalment.

It is a shame that the Borg subsequently had their teeth pulled too easily really but Best of Both Worlds part 1 is the zenith of TNG.

So : that is season 3.
My verdict on the season:
95% mediocre, forgettable ,flawed missable tedium and 5% great.
Those ratios are about to improve though.
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borusa
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

I am pretty sure I had given up on TNG when this was on the first time around as I could not remember it at all.
This was a tedious collection of overused Trek themes as has been remarked upon already.
God knows what the heck Geordi's new mojo has to do with anything at all and no , please,please Mr yawn fest-in-a-hilarious-full body condom-don't transform into a glowing superbeing.
Yep-series 3-hmm-at least the Borg are coming to kick the Federation's arse next week.
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borusa
Thu, Dec 7, 2017, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

So I really did not want to find anything to like in this episode but it seems to me to be important for a couple of reasons:

1. This seems to be a step in the right direction for the Ferengi-they are a bit more nuanced here and it is the first we see of their salvation as something other than irritating Space Goblins which is eventually realised in Quark.

2. I think the Wesley sub plot is relatively successful although ,of course, Data should have spotted the signal.I liked his promotion scene.

Against that:

1. Lwaxana Troi -relentlessly tiresome.
2. Daft 'comedy' wrap up-not funny.

I guess I can't complain at Picard's ham acting-Stewart is acting Picard acting Shakespeare so of course it seems Hammy.
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borusa
Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 4:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Sarek

This was a good episode with its frank exploration of the debilitating betrayal of the self that is Altzheimer's disease.
Patrick Stewart's emoting scene recalls Leonard Nimoy's emotional breakdown in TOS episode The Naked Time -I think it is almost identical.

Mark Lenard lends TNG some class and gravitas and I loved Geordi and Wesley's fight about who was the most useless Lothario.
Great that Wesley reminded us of Geordi's creepy holo love affair.



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borusa
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

When I saw the name of this episode appear as I booted up Netflix I thought-oh no-I remembered this one with appropriate dread.
I hated it at the time and with good reason,
it is another implausible hour of silliness.
Come on guys-Saul Rubinek's pantomime villain would barely hack it for a 1980's remake Twilight Zone episode.
The deranged giggling and mincing about in that idiotic costume do not aid the suspension of disbelief.
I agree with Jammer on one point-there is no plot.
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