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Jason R.
Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 5:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

I also just can't stand the combination of that name and hairdo. It's just this cloying Lassie-ish Leave it to Beaver vibe. Wesley had alot of that too. You just wanna punch this kid.
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Jason R.
Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 5:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

Count me among the supporters of this episode. I thought the relationship between Timothy and Data was totally plausible and still do. As a kid I thought Data was amazing and might have imitated him too if I could have. More than any other character, Data was the one I would have wanted to be like at Timothy's age. It's more than just him not having emotions and being this invulnerable being - there is just this serene calm that makes you just know that everything is going to be alright. This is the guy you want in your corner as a kid more than Riker, more than Worf or for that matter Thor or Ironman or whatever superhero. There really is something special to Spiner's performance.

That said one thing that really rubs me the wrong way with this is the way the senior staff are hemming and hawing over Timothy constantly. I can't quite put my finger on it but something about those scenes of Troi and the others worrying so much about this little kid's emotional upset is really grating and pretentious.
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Jason R.
Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Sixth Season Recap

Mal thanks so much for posting that interview. Moore says and confirms all the things I have felt about Voyager from the start. It is interesting to hear that the back office was so dysfunctional. Truthfully, as a Trek watcher, I never really had any idea about that sort of thing. I didn't know anything about the producers or writers. Heck I had not even heard of guys like Moore or Menosky until I started reading Jammer a few years back!

I really laughed at Moore's comments that they could never recast Spock or Kirk. I guess this was made before the the J.J. Abrams atrocities and of course Discovery etc...
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Jason K
Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 8:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

It's interesting watching these for the first time in 2020. Avery Brooks is at his best when he's playing extremely intense or extremely goofy, yet he always seems uncomfortable playing it down the middle. I enjoy his acting a lot, it's got a very "jazzy" feel to it.
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Jason R.
Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 5:41am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DiTrydyyJVTc&ved=2ahUKEwic2ZLdn_LqAhXBnOAKHXI7AwQQo7QBMAR6BAgEEAE&usg=AOvVaw1v--fE4oXAUJpEMDhWkL1I"

I believe this video channels my emotional reaction to the trailer quite well.

Alternatively, I consider this response equally valid:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DH6yQOs93Cgg&ved=2ahUKEwjfpfP1ovLqAhVmlXIEHUNDAvUQo7QBMAB6BAgAEAE&usg=AOvVaw0DazHdPkX2qF1ghePhUSEf
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 11:40am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Nolan I do get where this sense of resentment over "appropriation" comes from. You've got this subculture that was traditionally mocked and scorned by the mainstream that carries the torch for a franchise for decades in the wilderness. Then they arrive at the promised land - mainstream recognition - and get denounced as "toxic" and worse, have to step aside for people (especially women) who never once showed the slightest interest- and even mocked them - for their love of this show. Suddenly the clubhouse isn't so exclusive anymore and the people who built it are kicked out.

I get the impulse behind this resentment but that doesn't make it less toxic than it is. There is no constructive purpose to trying to wall off a subculture from outsiders. Older Trek fans need to let go of the resentments and insecurities of their youth because holding onto them is self-defeating and pointless.

That said, if you don't like the new decor in the clubhouse you can always leave I.e. not pay more money for to CBS. I for one always have the old shows that I can watch on Netflix.
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Jason R.
Thu, Jul 23, 2020, 5:25am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Trent have you watched 1010010 recently? The Starbase in that episode is stunning. Watching the Enterprise dock with it was a real treat that ironically, I didn't care much about back when I was a kid in 1987, but now enjoyed far more as an adult in 2020. So much nicer than the muddled ugly mess we get from Disc and Picard. If they did a starbase scene now I probably wouldn't even be able to tell what it was or even what race it belonged to. The effects now are incomprehensible visual gobbledygook to me.
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Jason R.
Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 10:58am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Not disagreeing Focksbot. But they ought to be trying for something better. Voyager's otherwise mediocre "Nemesis" at least got this right, as the Nausicaan looking aliens turned out to be fairly nice and reasonable.
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Jason R.
Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 7:59am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

@Focksbot I believe Picard described the Nausicans as anarchists in the TNG episode "Allegiance" while Major Kira was a little less diplomatic and referred to them as "thugs" in DS9 "Favor the Bold".

As for their appearance, I see it as a good thing that they look grotesque. Firstly, as a nod to some semblance of real scifi, any alien should be unattractive to us. It's only in Star Trek that a being from another world could look human with just a couple ridges on the nose or green skin tone. Second, if tolerance and a new humanity is the message, then the ability to make peace with beings that look like evil demons is, frankly, crucial or the whole "evolved" human is just a sham.
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Jason R.
Mon, Jul 20, 2020, 8:46am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Breaking the Ice

"One poster remarked above how it seemed wrong that Vulcans should have arranged marriages and other 'backward' social norms because they're 'intellectually advanced'."

I never understood this particular objection myself. The main reason one would insist on choosing one's own mate rather than having it arranged by your elders is due to chemistry, love, compatibility and other emotional vagaries that have very little sway in a rigidly emotionless, logical society.

If love doesn't enter into it, why wouldn't a young person defer to his wiser more experienced elders? Arranged marriage sounds perfectly logical to me given what we know about Vulcan society.

Of course I'm not sure how that works into the whole Pon'Far thing (I guess you fight over whatever candidates your family deems acceptable?) but no one ever said Trek was always consistent.
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 10:45am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Booming jeez picky picky. Being a strong independent woman and a murderous psychopath = having it all.
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 10:42am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"They are like a monkey's paw. Your wish will always be granted, but the result will always be a curse, and a mockery of your desires--hence, we have Star Trek: Lower Decks."

Haha nailed it JP. It reminds me of the entire Star Wars Sequel trilogy as some alleged antidote to the sins of the prequels. Be careful what you wish for.
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 8:52am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Mike to be fair to the writers it is possible that multiple independent storylines were fused. So you have a story about Picard abandoning persecuted and demoralized refugees. Then you have a story about an evil empire conspiring to persecute android underdogs and conspiring to infiltrate the Federation to do so.

Individually the stories provide one kind of message, but when fused, that message seems inverted.

Personally, I kind of like the idea that the persecuted could really be a legitimate threat. This could be true (and often is) and yet shouldn't justify persecition. It's easy to condemn witch hunts when you know witches aren't real, but that is a moral dodge. If some burned at the stake really were evil witches, it would not have made the witch hunt morally correct.

Or to turn it around, wiping out organic life isn't justified just because organics really are out to persecute you.

But who am I kidding - I am giving way too much credit to the Kurtzman crew even delving into such nuances.
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Jason R.
Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@William that's fine but as you noted, it is unlikely the show will be any of those things.

I am not at all against marrying serious subject matter with semi serious or even comedic tone. Something can be irreverent and fun while still taking its subject matter seriously and treating its characters and setting with respect. Anything by Joss Whedon falls into this category as do shows like Breaking Bad and its spinoffs, or even recent entries in the Marvel universe like Thor Ragnarock. I would be intrigued by such a take on Trek.

But there's simply nothing in the trailer that suggests that is what they are going for and in any event, there is zero reason to believe that the Kurtzman crew are even capable of pulling off such a feat. Even as far as purely cynical snarky comedy goes (a la Family Guy) I doubt this show will be successful. It has failure written all over it.
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Jason R.
Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 5:58am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Wolfstar LOL!! Horta versus Vorta....

"And people here proclaiming once again that “it’s just not Star Trek” (such a tired trope) before they have seen a single episode tells me more about the bias of that “fan” then it does about the show. Ugh. The definition of toxic fandom. Give it a chance before summarily writing it off."

Since Trek is no longer broadcast over the air for free but must be paid for via subscription service (CBS All Access in the USA or Bell Crave in Canada...) by "give it a chance" you really mean "give over a minimum of $15" (or whatever the minimum subscription costs).

Also, while I agree the "this is not Trek!" argument has become pointless when evaluating the quality of this or that existing show that one has already committed to watching, I do think when evaluating a new series that one hasn't decided to watch yet, it is highly pertinent.

Consider that literally the only reason most of us would consider watching this show is that it carries the Star Trek brand. Absent that brand, it's just another Comedy Central slapstick adult cartoon that most of us would never think to watch (not because those shows are even necessarily bad, just because we don't have the interest or the time)

So when the Rolex company releases a special series of watches for $26.99 each on sale at Walmart and Target is the Rolex collector wrong to say "it's not a Rolex!" or must he "give it a chance" and buy one?
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Jason R.
Wed, Jul 15, 2020, 6:06am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

As a business decision, I find CBS's strategy here dubious. Don't get me wrong - I understand the idea behind expanding the Trek brand, creating different products for different tastes etc... I see the logic but I also think this will fail.

I think retail branding has something to teach us. Many high end brands like say Armani or Coach develop a certain cache, a certain following. But it's niche, it's exclusive, and ultimately there is a ceiling to how much money you can make selling to a narrow high end niche.

The frustration there is that the brand has huge name recognition with many beyond your niche but they can't afford it. It's too exclusive. So you expand the niche. You make it less exclusive. A different flavour for every taste and price point.

But this expansion is the death knell of a niche brand. Suddenly an Armani suit isn't a big deal anymore because everyone has one and your longtime niche buyers, the ones who made your brand, see you as selling out. They move on to greener pastures. Meanwhile the mainstream mob is fickle, you are beleaguered by competition and as the influencers in the niche abandon you, so too do the main streamers until your brand is devalued and your sales plummet.

This pattern applies to Trek as much as to a designer suit. CBS purchased a brand, Trek, which was a niche product popular with a niche of people, albeit one with enough pop culture name recognition that it was known somewhat beyond the niche. Now CBS is going to make a Trek for every taste. But if everyone is watching Trek, then it loses its identity and the original niche abandons it because it is no longer *their* identity. And the mainstream follows just a little bit later. The brand is truly hollowed out.

Setting aside any consideration about art or what is true Trek or whatever, just as a business strategy, this is a terrible path CBS is on and a terrible waste of the investment they made when they acquired the Trek brand. Just my two cents
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Jason R.
Tue, Jul 14, 2020, 9:08am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

"Voyager’s final season was, overall, far better than TNG’s seventh. Similar number of great episodes, but way fewer shockingly boring phoned in episodes like “Masks.”"

Haha say anything else you like about Masks but "phoned in"? From where? Someone's acid trip maybe?

I always give shows credit for ambition and guts even when they fall flat on their faces. Masks is a failure but an ambitious one.

It's a bit like Threshold. It may have a well deserved zero star rating but I'd rather watch it than the equally rated Shades of Grey any day of the week.
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Jason R.
Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 9:38am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I

I might add Silly it's anti Trek. How many times has the series dealt with the idea that one should never prejudge a species or a situation by a few stray encounters - Arena, Devil in the Dark, Encounter at Farpoint... it is practically the central thesis of the Trek ethos not to make snap judgments and to preserve life, even at the cost of the ship's own destruction. It goes beyond even the Prime Directive!

And then there's Janeway who picks up a few garbled messages via a 6 year old telepath and suddenly it's Hee Ha let's help the Borg blow them up / assimilate them. How convenient it gets you home in the process Janeway. How convenient.

I'd accuse the writers of betraying these values by arbitrarily making 8472 every bit the genocidal maniacs Kes made them out to be, except that Chacotay figures out what's up almost immediately. He's 100% right. And yet..... there is no consequence to any of this. They just move on. It's like Sisko poisoning a planet all over again, except multiplied by about 1,000.

Poor Arcturis. That guy wasn't nearly angry enough. He should have arrested Janeway, slipstreamed to earth and testified at Janeway's court martial. Then gotten her assimilated.
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 7:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Siege

@Rom I think in the context of DS9 it is utterly disingenuous because there is just no chance, none, that the senior staff won't go. So it isn't even about forcing conformity or bullying as it certainly would be in real life. It is just narrative flimflammery really.

Funny enough though I recall in Babylon 5 there is this kind of scene where the commanding officers are announcing something shockingly illegal (I won't spoil it in case some want to check out the series) and actually several crewpeople actually do walk out. But in that scene it is the main cast who have already decided to proceed and it's the extras and occasional cast members who have to make the call on whether to go along with it. So there is no phoniness to it because we really don't know for sure which way it will go.
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Jason Kolman
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 9:47am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Jammer,

It's hard to believe I was 15 when I first came upon your site. I believe I was using Netscape Navigator and working at the public library for minimum wage at the time. I just wanted to pop in and say it's nice to see your site still up, running and productive!
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 5:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Booming the creation of the hologram and its behaviour was clearly *unintentional*. Rewatch Booby Trap. Not up for debate.

I don't understand why people can't process this fact. Have to keep pointing it out every couple years.
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Jason R.
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 7:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Booming we also know what they know: that Geordie never did anything with the hologram and that its creation was just a fluke / comedy of errors from Boobie Trap.
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Jason R.
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 1:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Favor the Bold

"@DLPB, Damar is only 3 inches taller than Kira. It is more of a fair fight than one would imagine."

If they were both human it would be pretty ridiculous for Kira to beat down Damar like that no matter how tall she is. But since we have no clue how an average Bajoran female versus Cardassian male would stack up it's basically up in the air.

Incidentally, given that Vulcans were supposed to have 8 times the strength of humans, T'Pal should have been a beast and easily smacked around Archer or any of the other humans which I was laughing about when Archer threatened to put her on her ass or something. That would have gone as well as Sisko's wrestling match even if Vulcan females are 1/2 as strong as the males.

But now I'm getting off track. The really crazy thing is watching Sisko beating up Jem'Hadar genetically engineered super soldiers. Like Uncle Ben beating up Captain America in a fist fight.
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Jason R.
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 1:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Jack It's specious to claim that absent a "higher power" we are in some kind of moral anarchy- no doubt some religious people love that argument but gimme a break. So if Archer decided to nuke the planet and exterminate the population for kicks unless I subscribed to this higher power I'd be powerless to criticize him?
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Jason R.
Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 11:25am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

" Doesn't the "wisdom" of the Prime Directive rely on the notion that we humans know exactly the circumstances which decide whether we interfere with another species or not?"

No that is literally the opposite of the Prime Directive.
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