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dkeppens
Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Except for all the back-and-forth Chakotay's doing over exposing the Ventu to technology, I kind of like this one but I can't review it since it could never have happened. So they use the phasers to punch a hole in the energy barrier and crash the shuttle on the barrier, but while the shuttle blows up into a thousand pieces, it's still transporting them to the surface safely ? Give me a break. This episode ended with the intro. Time for Janeway to accept her losses, grieve over Chakotay and Seven and resume course to the Alpha quadrant. The end.
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dkeppens
Mon, Jun 18, 2018, 1:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Right, by now, one has to wonder if someone from casting or writing or both had a serious real-life score to settle with Wang. So, after over six years of displaying Kim as a whiny, incompetent mama's boy who also wouldn't be able to "get a lock" if his life depended on it, we now get this. He spent six years on the bridge and he still hasn't heard what the prime directive is ? Not even a hint of doubt about his decision to jump into the middle of this conflict until he actually gets back to Voyager so we can have another one of those scenes where holier-than-thou Janeway can slap it in his face, cause you know, we need more of those. And make it quick ! No matter though, cause as a reward for his incompetence, he can now get his first real taste of command. Great going Janeway.
Then we need to wade through about half an hour or so more of Harry being the most incapable officer ever to have graced the bridge of a starship, interspersed, of course, with a sprinkling of that intelligent Kim-dialogue about his intense desire to crawl back into his mother's spacious womb, that by the end, when he does ultimately resolve the situation, who still cares anymore ?
That is why this episode does not work, or MOST Voyager episodes for that matter and why this show was the start of the steep decline of quality in Trek, lazy writing around unrealistic characters nobody can empathize with.
Let's be honest for a minute. Even if they did do a turn-around at this point and actually gave him an episode to shine in, it STILL wouldn't work since we all know by know he's some sort of genetically engineered lab construct that escaped from a lab where real people were researching a cure to attachment disorder. And what is this garbage B-story about Icheb and Torres ? Every time this lingering remnant of one of Voyager's worst outings concerning the Borg gets screen time my heart crumples, since it's just more proof that getting the other three "Borg children" of the ship was NOT the realization they committed a horrible mistake and trying to make up for it, but rather just a stroke of luck. Beam that thing out into space already.
To sum up, trash, as usual.

Note : I wrote this before reading Jammer's review. Seems we share a lot of common points on this one
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Dkeppens
Sun, May 27, 2018, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

One of Voyager's lows, so, really, REALLY, low and a great disservice to the whole Q storyline over the years. It started off nicely with some of the most amusing moments of Q ever, the tattoo thing and Q calling Neelix a bar-rodent got me on board for sure, but things went downhill so fast i suddenly remembered i was watching Voyager... Best forgotten
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Dkeppens
Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Profit and Loss

Granted. There's a lot of holes in this one, but i kind of enjoy it. Let's be honest here for a second. We all know it's considered correct to evil-eye the ferengi-heavy episodes, but i can't be the only one who secretly enjoys their quirky ambiance. Also, to add to that justified statement about robinson's potrayal of garak, how brilliant is shimerman as quark, no matter the episode ? It could have used a deeper delve into cardassian politics (am i really saying this ?), the romance acting was cardboard, and the writing generally sloppy, but i just can't turn off an episode that has a lot of quark :-)
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dkeppens
Sat, Oct 26, 2013, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

I just finished rewatching this episode after a long time. I have to say, despite vividly remembering not being too keen on it when i first saw it, it definitely left a better impression on me now. Despite the age of TNG, the visual effects still work reasonably well which definitely helps on an episode that relies so much on them. After all, Watching Armus do it's thing is undeniably central to this episode. Reading the comments, i also fully have to agree with most statements, especially rob's. It is quite refreshing to see an actual unredeemable villian in star trek for once. One might argue many more were to follow but although that may be true upon their introduction, in most cases, later developments in the franchise destroyed that aspect for most adversaries. Even the borg tended to display some human elements by the end of Voyager (geesh, thanks Berman). I also have to agree with the, admittedly pointless and low-key, death of Tasha be fitting for the episode and the character of Armus, making this a strong point. Even so, it's never a good sign when the initial impression wasn't good. Still, in retrospect, i'd have to rate this one 3 on the jammer scale.
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