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Glen Bradley
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 5:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

Wow, if Captain Picard’s soliloquy to close this episode doesn’t speak to cancel culture then I don’t know what.

This episode could have been written today and been even more relevant than when it first aired.

This one truly stands the test of time, the mark of high art.
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Brad Hinds
Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 11:25pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Has anyone actually posited a serious argument that the Federation is or should be "rainbows and butterflies"? I find this questionable at best and reminds me of Sisko's equally specious remark in DS9 that Earth in the 24th century is a paradise.

I find it strange how some of you are quite hostile to even the faintest sense of optimism or idealism, especially the kind exemplified throughout Trek. What is it about it that triggers you so?
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Brad Hinds
Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 11:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance


On the contrary, I would argue that Trek has explained quite convincingly how greed has been - well, I wouldn't say eliminated because that would be a stretch, but certainly tempered. For one, the humans of the 24th century live in a post-scarcity society in which everything they could need or want is readily accessible. How would greed as we perceive it even manifest in such an environment?


How dismissive and myopic. Human failings are not immutable. They are not fundamentally encoded in our DNA - they emerge from the many inadequacies and imperfections of our socio-economic structures. Who are you to say that in a future as depicted in Star Trek where the nature of those structures has shifted radically would not also radically change humans and for the better?
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Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 6:24pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

An excellent analysis as always, Elliot! Glad to see you're back.
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Brad Hinds
Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 9:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

LOST was an astonishing television series. Probably the most ambitious since the turn of the century and certainly one of the very best. I was initially very caught up in the sweeping mysteries of that show, but it was around season 5 and 6 where that changed. I remember going into the series finale just wanting to see what would happen to those characters - answers to questions be damned. I wasn't disappointed and I've never been as moved by a piece of fiction in any medium. Lindelof and Cuse cop a lot of crap (the former in particular even though he's produced equally incredible work such as The Leftovers), but I loved how they ran LOST from start to finish and wouldn't change anything for the world.
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Samantha Bradley
Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 12:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part II

Just two things about this episode that really made it work for me:

1) The epic light show of a FIREFIGHT that you KNOW who the participants are and what they're firing

2) NO RESET BUTTON! This is the big thing here with Isaac: the fact that he won't be welcome back on his home planet, and the fact that he will have to win back the crew's trust (and ESPECIALLY that of the good Doc and her children).

I also loved how the writers and the directors utilized Yaphit and how Claire's son Ty got to be a bit of a hero too
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Samantha Bradley
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 11:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

Dave in MN

"Really enjoyed the doctor's plot .... I was pissed at those parents for easily condemning Marcus very easily and calling Claire a liar, so yes, Isaac shutting them down was very satisfying. (Great casting/ acting from all the kids)."

I agree COMPLETELY with your assessment there. Isaac's assmentment was completely on point here. (Trust me, I was rooting for Claire and Marcus the whole time, calling Jody and Nathan's BS.) The sweetest part for me was Claire asking Isaac to be her date for Bortus' Ja'loba. And the acting there was absolutely ON POINT.

"I was ready to hate the character of Cassius immediately (I like Kelly and Ed as a couple), but kudos to the actor for making him likeable and believable."

So was I, until I saw Cassius in his teaching role. Also, I LOVED when Ed came knocking, apologized to him, and showed Cassius how to make it up to Kelly. I think the two had more in common than they realized.

John as Gordon's love advisor? Almost priceless.

"Also, Topa grew!"

I just about forgot about baby Topa. Nice to see him age into a handsome ten-year-old Moclan.

I've been a lurker here for some time, but I watched all 12 episodes of the Orville's first season. And let me say that I really liked ALL the episodes. And I just watched "Ja'loba" for the second time, on demand. I enjoyed it even more than when I watched the premier yesterday. (I wonder if Alara and John were dates together for the event since the near ending showed then together at the piano.)
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Samantha Bradley
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 10:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

@Dougie yeah. Bortus peed.

My general thoughts on this episode
- Even in 25th century space, racism and the problematic single mother trope is inescapable. What really pissed me off (no pun intended) was Marcus' "friend" James' mom and dad acted so much like they were better than Claire.

- Ed's drive-by past the window of Kelly's quarters? Really?

- The zipper jacket John made for Gordon, and the simulator difficulty from 1 straight to 8.

- And the relationship woes continue for Alara.

All of this leading up to Bortus' Ja'loja (the Great Release). Well, at least we may see something between the captain and Lt. Janel Tyler.
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Samantha Bradley
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 10:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: General Discussion

Well, it's come and gone. All I will say is that it has something to do with the Great Release 😆
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Wed, Aug 22, 2018, 6:23am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire


Long-time lurker on this site and always found your comments incredibly insightful. You've certainly expressed what I have always found problematic about DS9 and distilled my fondness for Voyager (which was previously inexplicable to me).

Just curious to quickly ask if you have ever watched LOST.
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Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 6:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Basics, Part I

I'll keep this short, because that is really all this episode (really, any episode with a Seska scheme) deserves - too much stupidity from the crew to be enjoyable.
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Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 12:04pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

Caught the premiere last night, and the show certainly looked pretty. It also had some interesting concepts. As opposed to others, I found Michael to be a rather compelling character - she is clearly conflicted to some degree (her humanity versus her Vulcan training) so I look forward to further exploration of her background. The Science Officer was also unique and entertaining. I liked Michelle Yeoh, but found it hard to get invested in her character when I knew that she would be kicking the bucket soon.

My issues with the show so far are as follows:

1. Continuity is out the window. I honestly am confused whether this is supposed to be in-continuity for the Abrams-verse or the original universe. Certainly seems much more Abrams to me.

2. The Klingons makeup. HATE it. Too heavy, too fake. Yuck.

3. The Klingons motivation. "The Federation are too nice. Me fight them." Unless I missed something (which is possible).

4. Lens flare. Please...just...stop.

5. CBS All Access. No thank you. See you on Netflix.

Lots of comments comparing this premiere to the prior Trek outings. While I agree that Farpoint was a very weak episode, at the time of first airing I seem to recall that most fans enjoyed it rather than hated it. I will grant that the reaction was more akin to "Yay, new Star Trek!" than to the quality of the episode itself, but that is my recollection.
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Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 5:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

I'm in agreement with many of the other reviews in that I found the show unoffensive, but ultimately uninspiring. There were a few chuckles, a few more awkward pauses and several more, just, sloooooow moments. I'm a patient sort, so I'll give it another chance, but I'm not hopeful.
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Samantha Bradley
Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 3:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Meld

I just watched this episode for the first time and I thought the main part was awesome. About Suder, what I got was: You know Deanna Troi lost her empathic powers only temporarily. Now imagine the Betazoid who never had any empathic powers, who perpetually sees other beings (including, even, himself) as flat, with no dimension whatsoever. (This is what I get when asked if he had any feelings on the matter, Suder says, "Nothing.")

Being as such, I think that for Tuvok to have experienced the extra impact of the meld (struggling even more than usual for a Vulcan to suppress those violent thoughts), Ensign Suder had to have just enough telepathic ability to imprint (or trade) that violent tendency for more self-control. Also, thinking about Suder's punishment makes me think that executing him would have been too easy, so just keep him in isolation under armed guard would be more of a real punishment for him.
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Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 6:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

Just finished watching this episode, and have to commend (as Jammer does) that final shot of Picard. So much emotion, so much conveyed without a single word being spoken. Compelling.
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Peter Bradfield
Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 2:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I agree with some who have said the biggest problem with this episode was that this should have been Voyager's first two-part episode with Sharon Lawrence's Amelia Earhart being an unintended and even unwittingly first true protagonist to Janeway in the Delta Quadrant -- perhaps even giving us shades into how Janeway would have to deal with Seven of Nine.

Just imagine if much of the the crew had wanted to stay on the planet -- with an actual view of that city -- instead of trying to get back to the Alpha Quadrant via some things Earhart says that she didn't intend or were taken out of context by much of the crew? I think that would have made a much more interesting story as well as good basis for Voyager's first two-parter, instead of waiting for season 2's finale and season 3's opener.
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Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 8:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: You Can't Go Home Again

I absolutely hated this episode. It felt like watching some silly Disney show where everything happens to work out perfectly in an absurd yet predictable set of events.

How on earth could Starbuck fly a Cylon ship that she has had NO experience with so well that she could out perform Apollo? Cmon people, she's like kicking organs and tentacles and somehow out flying the second best pilot in the squadron? It's so ridiculous. I can usually look past plot holes and silly things but this is way too overboard. It just blows my mind how people can look past such blatant fairy tale writing and not see it as something that makes absolutely no sense.. even in this sci fi world. I wish Apollo shot her outta the sky.
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Brad The Phat
Mon, Oct 1, 2012, 7:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

I haven't watched this movie in many years, and honestly I have no desire to. I just wanted to say that, even though it's horrible for a movie to take such a cheap route (IMO), I was always under the impression that the movie was Kirk dreaming.
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Brad Rock
Fri, Jul 20, 2012, 1:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

That line at the end got me, caused a combination of getting misty-eyed and laughing out loud. I didn't think another tolerable Neelix episode would ever happen.
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Mon, Jun 18, 2012, 7:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

Worf saved ds9. Now is where the series starts to be really good.
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Brad G
Mon, May 14, 2012, 1:59am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S1: The Miniseries

I still remember when I heard about this series in 2003. At the time, I decided I'd skip it, since I didn't care for the original BSG.

But a friend asked some of us over for a movie night, to watch this Miniseries shortly after it aired. He was really well-versed in good sci-fi, so we trusted him. Boy am I glad I took him up on the offer! BSG nights at his house, and those friendships, became some of my fondest memories of the decade.

A friend of mine knew Jammer in college and introduced me to these reviews. The reviews became a companion-piece as I watches the series. They deepened my appreciation for the best episodes and (usually) confirmed my own suspicions about the weaker ones when they (rarely) came along! Jammer is insightful, and nearly always spot-on in my opinion (my biggest disagreement might be "Final Cut," which I really liked).

Now it's 2012 and I just finished re-watching the series, re-reading Jammer's reviews too. The second time through, I found it even more satisfying and profound than the first. Without that voracious week-to-week appetite for pure plot I get during a good series' run, it was easier to sit back and absorb the larger story arcs, mythological elements, and great acting. Also, amusingly, the occasional slips where its Canadian-ness shows through (typically an oddly pronounced "o" here or there). So charming!

And with the series still fresh in my mind, tonight I came back to the Miniseries, just to compare. It's truly cinematic in scope, doesn't play at all like television. I'm not sure any other miniseries/pilot ever made as compelling of a case for a full series run than this Miniseries.

If I could compare my 3rd watching of the Miniseries to anything, it might be light hearing the opening heartbeat and "Breathe, breathe in the air" of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I hear that, and I know that (no matter how many times I've heard it) I'm about to be in for a great experience.

I guess this was more of a testimonial than a review. So it goes. Thanks for the fantastic website, Jamal!
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Sun, May 8, 2011, 11:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Well, you sure as hell seem to be suggesting as much!
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Wed, Apr 13, 2011, 8:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: The Captain's Hand

Who would want to be the Commander of the Pegasus? 3 down from 3.

Putting Tigh in as commander of the Pegasus would have been a more practical solution than Garner - or maybe it was a political decision to choose someone from within Pegasus to contain dissent despite their ability?
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Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 8:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Pegasus

Great review, great comments - kudos to max for an excellent analysis, and great episode. Loving this series.
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Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 6:59am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Flight of the Phoenix

Good points in the review, though this is the best episode of season 2 so far for me (watching it on DVD) minus the firing range scene. Not worried about star trek comparisons or DS9, as this series stands on its own. besides nothing is really truly orginal anymore.
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