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Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 4:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap

I absolutely loved DS9, especially once the Dominion War story arc got going.

The writing was excellent and very imaginative. I really enjoyed the characters as well, especially the recurring characters such as Dukat and Garak.

I really hated a couple of things about the series, however.

First is the dreaded Ferengi episodes. I don't think I need to go into detail.

The second is the concept of the Prophets (and pah wraiths), which was absolutely not necessary to the show. DS9 would have worked fine as a show about a space station next to a wormhole in the middle of an intergalactic war. I didn't need to hear the endless babbling from the Bajorans about the grated on me so much that at times I found myself hoping that the Cardassians would re-invade Bajor just to shut them the hell up. The Prophets were absolutely unnecessary. The wormhole itself, which connected distant parts of the galaxy, was interesting enough by itself.

But the writers truly went off the deep end by introducing the pah wraith concept. Why is it necessary to have some unexplained "evil" to serve as an antagonist when you already have an enemy (the Dominion) that has been developed over 3 seasons?

The writers plunged into insanity, however, with Gul Dukat. Dukat was perhaps the most brilliant villain (or tragic hero, depending on how you see him) in the entire Trek franchise. He commanded the occupation of Bajor, could be a real bastard at times, and yet he was a loving father, and a helpful ally to the Federation. He really established a relationship with Sisko and even got Kira to thaw out a little. I actually liked him and saw him as one of the "good guys," although perhaps misguided at times.

And then, the writers turned him into a one-dimensional fanatic, and finally into a supernatural comic book villain with red eyes. Gone was the complexity. Gone was the painstaking character development. He was just the bad guy now. The scene with him fighting Sisko in the fire pit was so dumb that I was laughing at the screen.

Then, they make Sisko one of the Prophets? That's really nice. Just abandon your job AND YOUR SON!!!
I don't want to point fingers, but I think that writer-producer Ira Behr is the one responsible for all of this religious crap. He said in an interview that he wanted to make Sisko into a god. Gene Roddenberry is rolling over in his grave.
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Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 2:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Second Season Recap

Can anyone explain what the purpose of Neelix is other than to be the Jar Jar Binks of Star Trek? I swear that if I hear him say "Mr. Vulcan" one more time, I will throw my TV out the window. He is THE most annoying character in all of Star Trek. He adds absolutely nothing to the series. He has no technical skill, apparently sucks as a chef, has no qualifications to be an ambassador, and is useless as "morale officer."

If his sole purpose is to be a foil to Tuvok, this idea fails miserably. It seems that the Trek writers just tried to find two opposite characters and give them dialogue with no apparent purpose. Tuvokis one-dimensional, with the only dimension being "seriously boring" or "boringly serious." Neelix is just a bumbling goofball. Neither character causes the other to grow, and there is no comic relief provided by their interaction. Compare their relationship to that of McCoy and Spock or Riker and Data.

I would rather sit through an entire Ferengi episode on DS9 rather than watch Neelix for 2 minutes.
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Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 2:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

Is it me, or is Malcolm Reed one of the worst characters on this series? I've been trying to like him, but this episode put me over the edge with his ridiculous pissing match with the major.

When I think of a security officer, I think of a huge, menacing dude who kicks butt and loves weapons (e.g., Worf). The security officer is the person you do not F with. Ever.

Reed is a small, slightly effeminate, thickheaded British guy with a serious chip on his shoulder and absolutely no personality.

In the first place, there is no reason for him to have such an unpleasant demeanor. Worf was all business, but he had an interesting personality and had some funny and lighthearted moments.

Secondly, his only qualification for being a security officer is that he comes from a military family. They should have given him something that actually makes him qualified, such as being a former British SAS operative.

And where the hell is his "team" of security personnel that he is always talking about? Does his team consist of just Travis and T'Pol and the random redshirt we see get instantly shot every time there is a security threat?

Frankly, I think the MACOs are much better qualified than Reed's "team" to do anything security-related. They have better weapons than Reed's team and they actually don't get themselves shot within the first 5 seconds of screen time.
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Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 1:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Hatchery

I keep asking myself why the crew needed to takeover the ship in the first place instead of using Starfleet regulations that were available to them.

T'Pol had grounds to relieve Archer of command, even just temporarily so she could contact Starfleet Command for further instructions. Instead, she just accepts being relieved of duty without question.

In the scene with Tucker and Phlox where Archer defies Phlox's order to report to sick bay, Phlox had the legal authority to relieve Archer of command (and he even mentions this fact). Yet, he just walks away with Tucker.
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