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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 6:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Arena is definitely overrated.

The morals in this episode are total BS. When the Gorn states his reasons "You were invaders!" McCoy exclaims "Could he be right.", expressing moral self-doubt.
No, that's not even close to a justification.
If group of Cubans settled and island off the coast of Texas which belonged to the US, it wouldn't make it ok for Americans to just start killing them, without any notice or negotiations.

How superior can the Metrons be. Forcing two aliens to fight to the death and promising the execute the loser's crew is hardly the act of a superior being.

The good part is actually the ridiculous slow motion fight scene between Kirk and the Gorn. That is a laught a minute.
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Sat, Sep 11, 2010, 10:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

"I'm disappointed."

By what? The fact that someone has a different opinion?
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Thu, Sep 2, 2010, 7:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Breach

Yes, this was an episode of traditional Star Trek - preachy, "utopian" and patronising. Prejudice really is that simple folks, and all you need is an inspiring speech to end it.

God, for the days of DS9.
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Sun, Jun 27, 2010, 1:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

@Jay: you said: "it's all the same...when you're brainwashed by a cult (be it fringe like this or mainstream like Christianity)"

It's a shame that you don't grasp the brave thing that DS9 was trying to do when it was on air, which was to move beyond the dogmatic secularism of previous Trek series and allow a more open-minded and sympathetic - if still secular - view of religion. This expansion allowed for new storylines and characterisation that would have been impossible on TNG, Voyager or TOS or indeed most other TV sci-fi at the time.

You should also tell the hundreds of millions of sincere and thinking Christians that they have been brainwashed by a "cult". (Not like freethinking atheists, who believe the Universe in all its wonderous mathematical complexity was created out of nothing and for no reason, and that's that, end of story, oh and people who don't agree with us are dangerous and mentally ill... ^-^ )
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Mon, May 18, 2009, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

Hi Jammer,

I love your reviews. They are always thoughtful and incisive. And you are not afraid to call BS when Ronald E. Moore or the writers fail. Is it just me, or is the execution (acting, props, music, CGI) systematically sublime but sometimes hobbled by occasionally dubious plotlines and gratuitous retcons? (EG: Black Market, Hero..).

However, I have to basically disagree with you on this one. The finale, in terms of plot and believability, was catastrophically bad. The writers throughout the seasons raised expectations and mysteries: the Opera House, Starbuck's nature, the Music, and basically decided to give no justification whatsoever. There is absolutely no payoff for any of this.

There were just a lot of bad calls and bad writing, that either didn't work, lost my suspension of disbelief, or 'ruined' the BSG universe:
* Hoshi/Lampkin (what?)
* Dean Stockwell eating his gun (OK..)
* Technology (*catastrophic*, as you note)
* Starbuck (so our gritty, "naturalistic science fiction" show now has vanishing angels, lovely; they should have put her in a Viper for the final battle and have her go up in a blaze of glory; would have kept the mystery without being silly)
* Racetrack's nuke (serendipity (again) indeed)
* The Opera House (2.5 seasons of ominous visions playing "The Shape of Things to Come" just to have a particular route to CIC..)
* The Music (oh wait, God did it)
* Head Six/Baltar (more God..)
* Freeing the Centurions ("they deserve it"!)
* The Baltar/Caprica Outtro/ending (the BSG universe literally comes to an end)

Battlestar was an amazing experience partly because it created a plausible, compelling and even visceral universe for us to inhabit. It felt real. The finale undid that. It had half a dozen cop outs that went from dissatisfying to completely implausible.

I am inclined to agree with Josh Tyler's review "Why The Battlestar Galactica Finale Is A Huge Cop Out And It Doesn’t Matter". These problems are there, but there remains so many beautifully acted gems of scenes within the plot's incoherent edifice. So many times I was moved or blown away. Roslin's farewell and Baltar's "farming" (brought in quite late in the show, but was extremely effective) practically brought tears to my eyes. Boomer's dilemma, particularly after the imprisoned-Athena Helo-sex scene, had an awful tragedy to it. The action sequences are phenomenal.

These don't undo the travesties in the writing. Beautifully acted and executed scenes within a catastrophic plot that literally threatens the BSG universe's believability, Daybreak II was a diamond-encrusted turd.
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Mon, Apr 13, 2009, 4:27am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

The major flaw in logic in the episode is that one of the Organians comments at the end that by interfering this time and allowing the humans to live they wil never be able to run this test again.

Why exactly? They said themselves at the outset of the episode that not every crewmember dies every time, anyone who has lost some of their crew could leave a warning beacon in orbit. Given that they erased everyone's memory anyway could they not have done this prior to Archer leaving any kind of warning for anyone else and simply allowed Enterprise to continue their mission.

That way they could have continued to run this test as long as they wanted.
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Mon, Mar 24, 2008, 8:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Think Tank

I didn't like the way the Think Tank was so obviously sinister, right from the first scene. doesn't Voyager ever do anything subtle?
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Thu, Sep 20, 2007, 6:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

DS9 was not only the best series but also had the best ending out of ALL the Trek series (TNG getting second place, with Enterprise and Voyager getting left behind like an evil step child). Let this be a lesson to all shows: If you run a show for seven seasons, reward your loyal viewers by giving the show a good send off and covering up as many of the loose ends as possible.
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