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Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 3:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

The episode doesn't work as Science Fiction because it draws heavily from Oscar Wilde's original.
So there is a wholly Hammer Horror story denoument that is too supernatural for this genre.
I bet Marina Sirtis loved camping it up and the guy playing ambassador baddie must have enjoyed the rapid ageing and death scene at the end.

Utter campy crap-but I am hoping that was the intention.

As for politically savvy drama-hmm sorry-don't buy it.
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Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 3:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Realm of Fear

So why were the crewmember giant slugs again?
Oh no don't worry.

The missing crewmembers idea and out of phase slug like aliens all feature in 'The Vanished' a scenario for Fasa's Star Trek rpg written in 1983-oops!
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Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

Ok, so Picard avoided committing genocide by not el,iminating the Borg collective through Hugh last season cos-you know-genocide is very very bad and then without a shred of thought let alone soul searching the energy vampires from planet inane are entirely wiped out.
'Maybe we could negotiate?'
'K then,bye'
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Wed, Jan 16, 2019, 4:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

I liked this one although it borrows hugely from TOS: City on the Edge of Forever .

so: Season 5-again a few very fair and good episodes ( Darmok, Inner Light eg) eclipsed by the mediocre.
I can't bear to think about episodes like The First Duty or I,Bore and that one with the Ferengi and Lwaxana Troi.

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Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

The incongruity of the differing levels of technology are forgivable because the story is so powerful and emotive.
This is surely one of the ,if not the best TNG episodes.
I think it must be one that everyone tends to remember just like The Other Side of the Sky fills that slot certainly for me in DS9 and City on the Edge of Forever in TOS

Bravo TNG.
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Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 12:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

Floors-yep but then how come they can breathe the air if they are out of phase?
No, I have no idea what I am talking about but this was ok-ish.
Another transporter accident-another episode where no one else can see the key character-perfidious Romulans.
Yes, a lesser episode.
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Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 4:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

It is really difficult to dislike this episode but I feel I must give a paradoxical verdict .

The episode was well executed-Stewart is great here showing the residual trauma that reappears in First Contact.
However it is the beginning of the rot that sets in with the concept of the Borg.
Hugh,the friendly Borg.
Hmm-what about Dennis, the amiable Dalek or Cyril ,the helpful Cyberman?
The Borg are not evil or wicked and ,as mentioned above, the Borg drones are all victims of the Borg collective but they are supposed to be an implacable enemy.
Of course Picard should have used 'Hugh' to attempt to wipe out the entire species. It could never have worked -even the TNG writers knew you could not keep a good villain down although they had difficulties knowing what makes a good villain eg The Ferengi.
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Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 3:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Imaginary Friend

How many times do we have to have the alien energy being slipping into the space ship and causing invisible havoc.

Not only on Trek but Space 1999.

I agree with Jammer's review-completely crappy episode.
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Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 4:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

I do not agree with Jammer here.
I cannot believe that the writers have pulled out that worn out plot of incapacitated ambassador replaced by Picard in a rush again.
As for the core business of Picard falling in love, Kirk-like- with the babe of the week-just give me a break guys.
Ok-she is an empathic metamorph who imprints herself on her one true love-so far so Disney channel,causes random rowdy rough types in ten forward ( huh-how did they get on board?) to act like jerks and gets Riker's magic trouser snake going.

The allegedly tragic ending is clumsily telegraphed and mishandled.

I really do not care one jot about it.

One star for having Tim O'Connor in the show as a nod to fans of First Season Buck Rogers
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Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 3:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I concurr with the negative opinions of this episode.

There was nothing original in this yawn fest with the exception of Majel Barrett's rather poignant confession of isolation.

If there ever was a recreational planet as depicted on the holodeck I think I would give the coordinates to the Crystalline Entity.
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Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 4:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

This was a good ,solid story.
I agree with the difficulty of casting the same actor as the expelled ,manipulative bastard Locarno and the more noble but still flawed Tom Paris.
Starfleet Academy the tv show-yike-no thanks.
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Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 5:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

I am afraid I cannot join in with the praise for this episode.
Sending a warning to yourselves is dealt with in a superior way in the sf novel Thrice Upon a Time by J P Hogan but ok one cannot match a novel in a tv episode.

The biggest problem for me is that there is maybe 30 minutes of story here and we go through the time loop ploddingly several times .
Credit is due for using different camera angles as the crew begin to have that uneasy deja vue feeling and there is a good turn by the main cast but this is a narrow concept that would take up about a quarter of an episode of the faster moving stuff we are used to these days.

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Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 12:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I think there are two stories here.
The first is the well-intentioned one having a go at intolerance of alternative sexual lifestyles.
I didn't mind that message driven element although it may well seem clumsy in retrospect.

The second story is episode 9,000,000 of the further adventures of Riker's insatiable trouser snake.
Honestly guys-what were they thinking?-one can only imagine the variant anatomy of true androgynes but that sort of thing won't stop Will's willy of course.

Lock him up,or lock up your daughters and anything else with a pulse!
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Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 2:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

I thought this was another transcendent episode.
All of the characters who served in this episode were well presented eg Riker's position was very well portrayed by Frakes, Picard was able to talk with authority on Klingon cultures because of his role in that arena and it was nice to have Alexander showing understandable concern for his father and confusion over his initial 'Klingon' intransigence.
The ethical dilemmas were shown in a nuanced way.
I liked this one.
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Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 4:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

I quite liked the Deadalus class reference and we went on to learn a bit more about Captain Shumar in the Novel Starfleet:Year One.
I quite enjoyed that book.
So Brent does a variation on Lore while Colm just plays a heavy and Marina actually does quite a decent villain.
The possessed characters foiled again by some technobabble solution or other is tired by now though and overall I felt this was a thumbs-down episode.
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Wed, Sep 26, 2018, 4:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

So why didn't the alien race that took over the ship just buy a photon torpedo launcher from a ferengi trader and blow up the enemy installation themselves instead?

I cannot believe this merits 3 stars,Jammer-cliche was piled upon cliche.
Troi beats data at chess as Kirk beats Spock at chess, the crew is once again taken over ,possessed,subborned in an excessively convoluted and unstable plot-Riker gets his leg over everyone in sight.
Oh and Picard ,admittedly having allowed his mind to be taken over, destroys a crew of innocents which is put right with a mere apology?-I don't think so.

Never mind the plot holes-this was not fun.
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Wed, Sep 19, 2018, 4:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

Quite a lot of cliches in this episode but,for me anyway, it worked reasonably well until the last reel.

Haven't we been here before with scientists from an isolated society wanting to run away to space?

I concur with the above views and wonder how masterpiece a society it is that lives in a small bubble on an inhospitable world.
Some aspects of this story were missed or ignored when Enterprise was written. Our colonists are from the 22nd century but are shocked at the idea of transporters. Other comments in the show suggest the transporter was invented around the 23 rd century-oops!
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Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 4:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Violations

I agree that the drama in this episode was thrown away by it being obvious that Jeb was the culprit.
The huge offence in this episode is the typically TNG nonsense about humanity having evolved beyond violence by the 2300s.
In A Taste of Armageddon ,I think ,Kirk makes a much less condescending speech about this (" we are killers but we are not going to kill today") and even though Picard reminds us that we retain the potential for violence somehow he just sounds so patronising that we are back to the awful first season all over again.
One to be flushed down the intergalactic toilet.
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Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 4:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

TNG should have stayed away from cod psychology and who would consider it a good idea to have a grieving child assisted by an emotionally dead robot?
Apart from the fact that Data is of course nothing like that as executed by Brent Spiner.

Void reflecting shields back at you?
Whatever-not interested.
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Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 3:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

I rather liked this episode with Worf having to deal with fatherhood.
Alexander's misbehaving seemed convincing enough to me but I do get the point about it needing to be a Klingon child being bad as humans are altogether paragons of virtue in Rodenberry's unrealistic humanist vision of the future.

Michael Dorn , as usual, makes this episode work.
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Wed, Aug 22, 2018, 2:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Ah yep-the unbelievably irritating guest star ruining an already dodgy episode.
Not quite as infuriating as the appallingly dreadful turn given by Saul Rubineck in The Most Toys but well on the way.
A contemptible pile of reeking pooh and no mistake.

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Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 5:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

"Commander Sela-sit down please and welcome to your end of year appraisal.
Please do not be distracted by the sounds of disruptor pistols and screams from down the corridor.
That is just Senator Pardek taking the honourable exit following the inevitable failure of your invasion-well can we really call it a 'plot'?"

Part One had such promise but Part two was so rubbish despite some gravitas laden performances by Nimoy and Stewart.
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Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

A bad start as Riker is acting like an annoying horny teenager again.

Having the entire crew brainwashed. subborned or possessed worked well in the old pocket books TOS novels but it was a cliche by the time of TNG.
The crew is too easily ensnared but as noted before TNG often turns into a seventies porn movie pastiche and that happens here as the crew are all getting off all over the place.
The erotic moment of the series goes to Marina Sirtis describing how she gets off with her sundae while Riker looks on barely containing himself.
Yes ,Marina you have to run the chocolate ice cream around the rim.
I think that is an arrestable offence in several states.
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Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 3:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Another one I remembered from the original run and for the wrong reasons.

Throughout the episode we are led to believe there are many fatalities.
Well we only see one dead bridge officer-not anyone we ever met before.
If a quantum filament can do that much damage to a Galaxy Class ship it is a wonder there is still a fleet.
Mind you this episode at least confirms that the 1701D was just thrown together by some cowboys and should fail its MOT.
Seriously-the ship's systems are that fragile?

I agree with Jammer.
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Wed, Jul 18, 2018, 5:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

If the Enterprise was confronted by a Borg cube rather than a space chandelier there would be no question-kill the Borg if you have a chance.
The overgrown quartz monster is far too dangerous to be allowed to run free .
The Doc was right
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