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Jon
Fri, May 15, 2020, 7:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

An actor friend who has made a 30 year career playing Clemens on stage, screen and audio books, says this portrayal makes the man too argumentative and annoying. I suppose it's in the writing as well as the actor doing the role.
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Jon
Wed, May 13, 2020, 9:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

The the person wondering why Ro wasn't kept as a regular character -
Ro was originally intended to be a regular on DS9.
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Jon
Mon, May 11, 2020, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Imaginary Friend

Trivia - the actress who played Isabella was later seen as Tommy's girlfriend on Third Rock From the Sun.
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Jon
Fri, May 8, 2020, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

From her first episode, people have been describing Lwaxana as "The Auntie mame of Star Trek." Here', she actually becomes Auntie Mame to Alexander.
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Jon
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 9:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Violations

No mention of Worf's mandatory deadpan one-liner?

"Klingons do not like to be probed."
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Jon
Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 9:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Clearly, the authors of some of the more recent comments need to google "Max Headroom".

Better yet, search YouTube.
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Jon
Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 9:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Redemption, Part I

Let me just say that Gwyneth Walsh as B'etor, a.k.a. the Sister with the Cleavage, is super hot!
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Jon
Sun, Apr 12, 2020, 4:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

I really dislike the episodes in which Beverly or Deanna falls for some random interplanetary douchebag.
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Jon
Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

This was the first Lwaxana episode in which I felt genuine empathy for the character.
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Jon
Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

South ofNorth: the bit was not "stolen", it was an homage. Anyone who knows Animal House was waiting for the "Sorry".
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Jon
Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 1:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Trivia Time:

Clive Revill (Sir Guy of Gisbourne) staRred as Fagin in the origininal Broadway cast of the musical OLIVER! opposite Georgia Brown (Worf's mum.) Also in the cast was a pre-Monkees Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger.

And to add another layer of coincidence, Jack Wild, who played the Artful Dodger in the movie version, was also in the Kevin Costner ROBIN HOOD.
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Jon R
Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 4:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

A lot of commenters raise the valid question "Why doesn't the Dominion destroy the array from orbit?".

In a real war if they would have that a final option if they can't retake it.

But whatever. I'll let that slide. I'll accept the very loose logic that "it's too important to destroy".

What bugs me is this... why do the Jem'Hadar come through that cavern at all?

Perhaps my memory is just poor (which is possible) but I don't recall them ever explaining why the Jem'Hadar can't just transport into the camp.

Does the camp have a force field? If there is then clearly there's an opening in it right where that cavern is. So if there's an opening, they should be able to use a transporters :/
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Jon
Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 9:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

No comment about Picard quoting Mae West? (Goodness had nothing to do with it!)

Also, does anyone else think that the "devil" costume was INTENTIONALLY cheesy and comical?
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Captain Jon
Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Gooz

I have commented on this topic in previous episode threads but will do so again here since it has been brought up in such a nasty manner. Disparaging someone for their weight is inappropriate and mean-spirited, not to mention counter to the spirit and message of Star Trek, especially TNG. Say what you will about the acting, the writing, directing, having to pay (or in your case illegally download) to watch these shows. But attacking someone’s body and appearance is wrong and only contributes to what I view as the decline of our society.

I applaud these aging actors for appearing as they are, save Brent Spiner who’s character required de-aging. None of them went on unhealthy diets to slim down or got work or Botox to look younger. They presented themselves as they are. None of them appear the same as TNG season one. Hell, they all ages by season 5! But that’s how we all are! We all change and age over time.

So criticize the production of this show all you want, Gooz. But making personal attacks is uncalled for and only makes you out to be a sad, nasty person.
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Captain Jon
Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 12:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

Q returns in another lackluster outing that actually breaks from the usual problems of previous episodes but still has new ones. Unlike most season one episodes, “Hide and Q” actually has pretty decent pacing and features some strong dialogue between Picard and Q and Riker and Q. The premise is sound and for the first three acts the episode is heading towards success.

But then the wheels come off as Riker breaks character and allows power to corrupt him. Even with as little characterization to this point as there is, I’m not buying it. Yes, the death of a little girl is tragic but should it really be enough to send Riker off onto a power hungry show? Again, I don’t buy it. Sadly the premise is squandered. Q doesn’t lose because Riker proves he has the will to overcome temptation but instead because the crew has to reign Riker back in. Had Riker not done his show for the bridge crew and instead just left the ship, Q would’ve won. Altogether not handle the way it could have been.

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Jon
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

For those confused about the definition of irony - ask Alanis Morrisette. Wait - don't.
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Captain Jon
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Battle

“The Battle” is a flawed but enjoyable entry that gives further insight into Picard’s background as well as establishing his tactical prowess that, to this point, has mostly consisted of him surrendering. The Ferengi are better used here, with most of their more annoying hijinks kept to a minimum. However, the crew doesn’t come across too well. First, Crusher takes far too long to figure something is suspicious about Picard’s insistent headache, which inexplicably start before the Stargazer is even revealed. If the orb is what is causing his headaches, how does it do so long distance?

The flashbacks to the Stargazer battle are both haunting and fun, however the pacing of the third act seems odd. If the point of all of this is for the Stargazer to destroy the Enterprise, why is no actual battle taking place with no exchange of weapons fire? Of course, it’s up to The Boy Wonder to outsmart his own crew and save the day, which makes them look even worse once again.

“The Battle” is fun but it could have been so much more.

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Captain Jon
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 11:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I believe someone asked they made Picard 94. As I recall Roddenberry envisioned Picard as being around age 60 when TNG began. I vaguely recall this also being mentioned in the Encounter at Farpoint novelization. Patrick Stewart’s age has no impact on the character’s age and him being gray and bald was a benefit. Hey, it’s better than casting someone who was 60 and really would’ve been in their 90s by now!
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Captain Jon
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

Where to begin? Absolute trash. While not the season’s weakest, it’s down there. This episode suffers from not knowing whether it’s a campy romp or a serious analysis of the Prime Directive. Had it stuck to either one of these instead of starting with one then switching to the other, it may have been better. The Edo are too campy to take seriously and their one law makes little sense especially when being enforced by these people.

The greatest potential lies in the debate over the Prime Directive. There is some valid substance here but unfortunately by the time we get to it the episode is too far gone.

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Captain Jon
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 9:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

There’s something about the tone of “Lonely Among Us” that I find to be unpleasant. It’s hard for me to put my finger on but I’m left with a bitter taste in my mouth after watching it. Normally I’m a big fan of scores by Ron Jones but I think I find this one to be his weakest.

The episode is slow and boring. There’s not much going on and it takes the crew far too long to act when they realize Picard has been possessed. Shouldn’t there be some Starfleet regulation that allows for this scenario? Instead, Riker, Crusher and Troi tiptoe around the issue and allow themselves to be manipulated by an obviously possessed Picard.

The conclusion is also puzzling. Once Picard beams off the ship, shouldn’t he just be gone? How is it that they’re able to reconstitute his body from energy? It doesn’t make sense.

The subplot featuring alien delegates who antagonize one another to the point of hunting each other around darkened corridors is pointless. It also leads one to wonder why they’re being considered for membership in the Federation in the first place.

Overall, forgettable.

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Captain Jon
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 9:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

This is more like it! After a decent premiere, a TOS retread, a piece of garbage, and a lackluster episode with embarrassing villains, we finally get an episode with a sense of awe and spirit of exploration. It’s far from perfect, though. Of course The Boy Wesley is the only one who immediately notices The Traveller’s influence on events and is revealed to have a special destiny. The brilliant engineer is cocky, arrogant and very hard to line. And the mysterious dimension where thought becomes reality feels underbaked.

But there’s a genuine sense of awe and wonder that “Star Trek” embodies. The effects aren’t too bad for the time period. And the concept is pretty good even if more could’ve been done with it. Overall it’s a successful outing.

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Captain Jon
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 12:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

“The Last Outpost”, like many first season TNG episodes, suffers from slow pacing. Much of that can be attributed to a lack of characterization scenes. Everything onscreen is focused on advancing the plot, or cheap nonsensical gags such as the Chinese finger trap. The Ferengi also aren’t very convincing as villains. When they finally do appear in person, they spent almost all their time mouth breathing obnoxiously and refuse to hold still, as though they suffer from collective ADHD.

There is merit in that Picard and Riker each are given opportunities to show that while they are willing to fight, they choose not to fight. There’s entertainment value but there’s not enough meat to the story.

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Captain Jon
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 11:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

What a truly awful, dreadful episode. It probably wouldn’t be considered so offensive had it been cast differently, however it wasn’t so it comes across as racist. The plot is nonsensical and stupid. The customs and traditions are insipid. And the climactic fight is lame, as well as the solution. Nobody really comes across well here. Easily the worst of the season.

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Captain Jon
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

We’re on our second episode and already we’re retreading TOS episodes. One fortunate thing about that, however, is the acknowledgment of the events of TOS’s “The Naked Time”. That’s also a flaw because then it calls for a direct comparison to the original. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stand up to the task.

That’s not to say “The Naked Now” is bad. It’s just not good either. It’s entertaining with lots of lightheartedness but given this is the first adventure with these characters outside of the pilot, we’re not ready to see them acting out of character just yet. We’re given insight into their feelings, yes, but we spend most of the episode watching all the women pretty much get horny while the men get annoyed and frustrated. Fun but inconsequential.

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Captain Jon
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 2:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Not the greatest way to start the series, “Encounter at Farpoint” is thinly plotted with showpieces that are unnecessarily dragged out. The separation and reintegration of the Enterprise serves no purpose other than to show off the ship’s new feature. And there are one too many extended shots of someone looking at the bridge in awe for my taste.

However, the characters are all introduced well and allowed to contribute in some fashion. Q is intriguing with the Humanity on Trial storyline containing promise. Though the mystery of Farpoint hardly lives up to the hype, the aliens are certainly unique and beautiful to behold. A rocky start.

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