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Craig
Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 1:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

The original metaphorical representation of the Q-continuum as a desert way-station worked because the humans didn't interact with it to any significant degree.

Once you had humans surviving on the battlefield with Q, and using Q weapons, the whole premise falls apart. We're talking about mere humans surviving on a battlefield where presumably amounts of power that could shred galaxies are being hurled back and forth. And then somehow picking up and firing the symbolic representations of weapons that could do the aforementioned shredding of galaxies.

It's clear that the writers didn't give any thought to the limitations a symbolic representation of omnipotence and the utterly alien dimension of omnipotent beings should have.
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Craig
Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 4:21am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I think what makes this episode interesting is that Janeway does something very human, but not at all heroic. From a human psychological perspective, it makes perfect sense that she'd choose two friends over one guy she's known for a few weeks. But the human choice isn't the heroic choice in this instance. In fact, it's rather monstrous.
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Craig
Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 1:34am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

Why didn't Janeway send any of her crew into escape pods? With the aliens blown to hell, those escape pods should have had a good chance of, well, escaping.

Not sure why there is so much Kim hate on this forum. I don't find him to be a particularly interesting character, but I do find him completely inoffensive. He's essentially an extra with a name. The only character I hate is Neelix. The only Neelix scene I've ever enjoyed is the one where Tuvok kills him. Makes me laugh hysterically every time I rewatch it.
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Craig
Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 10:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

Why is this thing so damned tough? It's older than Voyager, yet Voyager's attacks bounce off it like a squirtgun. If Cardasians had such invincible shields, why not use it on their actual ships instead of wasting it on a missile?
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Craig
Tue, Aug 25, 2020, 11:38am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

I seem to be one of the few people who enjoy the Ferengi, at least the DS9 version of them. That said, even for a Ferengi fan, this was boring.
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Craig
Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 2:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

I laughed often as was charmed and entertained. 2 and a half stars.
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Craig
Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

"Actually I was going to suggest a change of outfit"
ROTFLMAO!! The episode was worth it just for that one joke. :-p
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Craig
Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 10:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Revulsion

I liked it, mainly on the strength of Dejeren's actor. I completely believed that he was a slave tortured to the point of insanity, which made me pity him even when he was ranting hysterically or trying to murder Tores. If he were a human enslaved and tortured by holograms, would we even consider him a villain for destroying those holograms?
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Craig
Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 1:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

The reactions from the crew just seem bizarre, especially in light of things we will know about them later. They react like angelic aliens who view even the slightest of flaws in humans as grotesque. Yet we have seen them react like normal humans many times, even before this episode. They magically become these utterly alien paragons purely for the purpose of judging humans.

Additionally, Picard is later revealed to have a reverence for archaeology, to the point that he considered a career as an archaeologist, and was a little tempted to become one again when offered that role by an old mentor. Yet he has zero interest in talking to what are essentially living museum pieces?
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Craig
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 10:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

If it's that easy to completely disable a ship with it's shield up, why aren't these "verteron" devices routinely used as weapons?
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Craig
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 10:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

I think I have to disagree with Jammer about the B-story being filler. It's about competitiveness and how people want to be the strongest, fastest, etc, even when it's pointless. And then the Ferengi are here to emphasize this point by being the embodiment of capitalist competativeness. It's not filler; it's foreshadowing.
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Craig
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 9:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

Michael Dorn is such an awesome comedic actor! :-D
Worf's scenes are priceless! If this were purely a Worf episode, I would highly recommend it. Alas, the rest of the episode is meh, at best.
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Craig
Sat, Aug 10, 2019, 10:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

Every aspect of Beverly's role just seems odd. Being interested in force-field science is more Geordi's purview. Investigating a murder is Worf's wheelhouse. Where are they while all this is going on?
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Craig
Sat, Aug 10, 2019, 9:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

The idea that Ferrengi wouldn't have scientists just sounds silly. Patents are profitable. The research division of Ferringi corporations should be top notch.
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Craig
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 8:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Am I the only one who winced at the thought of giving Picard a 12 thousand year old item that belongs in a museum? The thought of something that old getting jostled about every week is just...*facepalm*
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Craig
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 2:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

...so...if the stuff they were stealing was a waste-product of warp engines, why do they need to steal it? Couldn't they just harvest it from their own ship?

That's the problem with terrorism in such a high-tech universe: even the lowliest of space-travelers by definition has access to anti-matter and other incredibly energetic materials. If you can travel to the location of anything worth stealing, then you've already got anything a terrorist could realistically want to steal.
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Craig
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 7:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

The O'Brien/Kieko scenes really felt like they should have happened in early dating, not once they were married.

I can't help but suspect that the relationship was created purely to service what was really a Data episode, and then the writers realized they liked the relationship and wanted to explore the characters more.

Had they thought of that earlier, the two dating could have been a subplot for a season or two, culminating in their wedding.

But they didn't, so we get scenes like this were the dating happens post-marriage. A pity. I would have liked to see their first meet-cute.
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Craig
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

Why isn't the name of the actor who played 'Danny' in the credits?
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Craig
Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 8:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Episode summary: A bunch of blue lights make Saru feel so peaceful that he resorts to using violence on Michael to keep the feeling of peace.

Hey, at least the episode title fits this time!

So far we have mushroom spores that make Stamets act high and crazy, and blue light aliens that make Saru feel a sense of peace and tranquillity. Something tells me someone on the writing team has a fondness for recreational drugs.
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Craig
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 8:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Jack - I have to disagree with your assessment of Sisko's physical assault on Garak. That was the whole point of the episode. Sisko 'looses it' when he realizes that Garak's 'detour' was to plant a strategic bomb on the Romulan Spaceship. Sisko delivers some accusations. And Garak, with a bloodied face, comes back with the most important line in the episode - "That's why you came to me". The devious, the plotters, the 'Obsidian Order'. The episodically developed semi-symbiotic relationship between these two - neither good nor bad. Only real. That's the message I took from this episode. And this was a Garek episode (perfectly acted), not just a Sisko episode.

IMO
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Craig
Mon, Sep 29, 2014, 12:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

Another perfect example of Janeway being an idiot and the prime directive not working. Even though Paris had already gone through with it she decides to condemn the entire planet to death, perhaps some of the humanoids would evacuate but it doesn't even look like they're prepared to do that.

I don't buy the argument that the prime directive prevents them from saving that planet, who is to say that the oceans belongs to that humanoid species that is destroying it? There was mention of other lifeforms in that ocean and since they weren't even aware of anything below 1000ft or so then who's to judge the intelligence of other the animals in the ocean? In essence a Federation vessel has caused the death of countless species by allowing one to be reckless.
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CraigBolton
Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 3:20am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

What really got my goat about this episode and Enterprise as a whole was the laziness and seeming lack of thought in it. Archer's hair growing after his transformation made me tune out initially and the, for some reason, seeing the scene where the shuttle pod is searching for the missing away team with a spotlight made me lose it. This is a clip that is immediately followed by Reed looking into a monitor and sting he had spotted life signs. I think we can agree that the scanners don't require light, so why spook your quarry by shining a hot, white light on them? It's just one of the small examples that accumulated to take credibility away from Enterprise as a whole and the entire franchise itself in the process. This show is all about what was mainstream at the time: sex, universal appeal, and diving down Star Trek for a new audience. What they managed to do by trying to appeal to new viewers and old fans alike was fail at both. They whored out the Star Trek name and alienated the loyal fans hoping to fit into the "trash television" niche.
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Craig
Mon, Jul 29, 2013, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Collaborators

I felt like this episode got Zarek's politics all wrong. I always viewed Zarek as an extremist on the side of civil liberties and democracy. If anything, he would be fighting for *more* visibility in the justice system and fighting *against* capital punishment.
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craig
Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 8:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Errand of Mercy

One has to take Star Trek plots with a grain a salt. If the Organians turned out to be humaniods, vulnerable to being conquered, it wouldn't have made the message stronger. It would have more likely gave a message of the immorality of pacifism.

In the first season almost all the episodes are either super advanced beings teaching them a lesson or Kirk outsmarting a computer.
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craig
Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 7:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

The fight scene if pretty funny. As in other episodes they use stunt doubles who only look vaguely like the actors. In the fight scene in Mirror, Mirror Spock's double has curly hair.
And it stupid that Khan gets taken down by Kirk with a piece of plastic pipe.
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