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Jonn Walsh
Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 5:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

Actually, as much as I never really cared for this episode, '90s guy' never really struck me as out of place. He's an off duty officer in civvies. Adult civilian clothing on TNG was typically distinguished itself from '90s couture by altering the waistline and/or the neckline and I felt that that was accomplished adequately here. The narrow belt with the waistline showing above it was a stylistic touch along with the no lapel neckline giving the ensemble a crisp neat look that said, "we still wear pants and shirts in the future but style still exists as well." It does not scream '90s to me.
I must agree with one of the comments above stating that hellish disembodiment will rewrite anybody's personality after 200 years. Surely enough to drive anyone insane in but a fraction of that time.
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jonn walsh
Sun, Jun 7, 2015, 7:48am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

Actually, in both A Taste of Armageddon and By Any Other Name, Spock is understood to have the ability to plant thoughts in others' minds.
In ATOA, he fools the guard into coming into the holding room after which they escape, though in BAON he gets zapped in the brain (indeed Spock's injury is their pretext for returning to the ship)
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jonn walsh
Sun, Jun 7, 2015, 7:37am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Ultimate Computer

A favorite of mine but there is a plot aspect that nearly kills it for me.
This is not Kirk's job. The Federation isn't merely a military organization...We're out there exploring and introducing our flavor of diplomacy and friendship to all the other species 'out there' by choice. We're out there because WE WANT TO BE. Starfleet personnel, Admirals, Captains and indeed, you would believe their crew as well, are living their dream. M-5 would simply be another tool at our heroes disposal.
Kirk, et al, are explorers and ambassadors in the final frontier performing interpersonal functions with other species that a computer could not begin to assume. No one's 'job' is in danger. It's an artificially created and inflated plot point.
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jonn walsh
Wed, May 20, 2015, 9:10am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

I'll take this over Abrams all day every day.....
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jonn walsh
Tue, May 19, 2015, 7:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

Shapeshifters. 10 minutes from Earth at Warp 9.
How can you get past that?
How can we meet ANY species in the first season of this show that isn't well known by the time 1701-D is roaming the Alpha Quadrant 215 years later, not to mention Kirk and the boys on 'no bloody A, B, C, or D' in 110 years, for that matter.
And, oh yes. I forgot. We're going to meet the Ferengi next week with Neelix making an appearance. Why?)
And the Borg are coming....
We meet species Picard will make first contact with and we meet species within months at Warp 4.5 (hours, minutes at Warp 9?) that we'll never hear of again......
Why oh why.
We DID NOT need a Ferengi episode (and I like the DS9 Ferengi shows).
And now it's all reboot.
Profound sadness.
I grieve with thee.
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jonn walsh
Sat, May 16, 2015, 8:24am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Muse

Okay. I agree with everything being said by those who like it.
A few problems for me:
I must agree, Jammer. 8 days unconscious is serious. Very serious.
She would've been suffering from all of the terrible effects of starvation and dehydration, not to mention possibly a concussion (or worse)...untreated coma with no nutrition, sitting tied to a chair in your own waste?
Because I don't recall Kellis the Poet changing out B'eLanna's bedpan.
And B'eLanna suffers no adverse effects from an 8 day coma? C'mon.
I really hate that I have to live with that BS just so Capt. Jane can fret over Harry's status. 8 days was an egregious error. Ridiculous.
And then it's 10 days?
And Harry has been grooming himself pretty well. Couldn't they have given us some stubble or some grime or ANY indication that this guy is roaming the countryside, traveling by night, for a week and a half, an alien in hiding on a strange, relatively undeveloped world.
Uh. The B'eLanna thing....unconscious for 8 days? Puhleeeeze.
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Jonn Walsh
Wed, Mar 4, 2015, 7:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Family

I had to echo the feelings of a previous poster here about the gratuitousness of killing off Robert and Rene Picard.
No fire suppression system there at Chateau Picard, I see.
I'm surprised they even had electricity or running water.
A glaring inconsistency.
Also, as I'm typing here I've got Nth Degree on and as much as I may like some aspects of it, it clearly is the episode that signaled the beginning of the end for the Will Riker character AND so begins here the era of the audio wallpaper soundtrack.
Say what you may about Night Terrors (one of my top 10, actually), the musical soundtrack is magnificent. The music in Identity Crisis was a transition...a hodgepodge with elements of the prior and the next episodes providing a bridge over the chasm between the 2 disparate styles involved. And then Nth Degree....and except for very few exceptions (The Inner Light being the prime exception), the aural tenor of the show would never be the same. And with it went a chunk of the show's heart. And boy, is Riker dumb in Nth Degree!
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Jonn Walsh
Fri, Feb 27, 2015, 9:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

And there's Corey ignoring the reasons why Israel's sovereignty was and still is necessary. Ongoing malignant world prejudices curry any need to consider Israel an illegally occupied land. Seems you may embrace some of them.
It's been over 60 years since Israel's formation- heck, even Great Britain acknowledged America's sovereignty sooner than that. The nation of Israel has been fighting a battle for survival against the horrors of genocide for thousands of years, the only difference today being that they can do so from within their own borders, supported by their allies, rather than as disjointed minority factions within others' borders against people like you.
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Jonn Walsh
Fri, Feb 27, 2015, 1:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

All of the debates notwithstanding, Kolrami lost. He lost because he refused to continue. If, outside of the bounds and effects of the match, a boxer leaves the ring during the fight, (s)he forfeits and (s)he loses. Baseball also clearly designates a winner in the case of forfeiture. Kolrami admits that he can't win so his leaving the table protects him from losing? Clearly, not. Unless there's a provision in the 'Rules of Strategema' (to which we, admittedly, are not privy) which specifically allows for a player to implement the indefinite or infinite suspension of a contest without forfeiture and its acceptance of defeat, we can clearly embrace the truth that, via the route of inducing forfeiture from his opponent, Data was indeed victorious. And further, after witnessing the frustration and anger that Kolrami took with him, I'd say that it's more than fair to conclude that Data "busted him up"! Great season finale! (shhhhh)
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Jonn Walsh
Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 11:03pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Never cared for this one....
At one point Present Picard requests Deanna remain in sickbay, with Future Picard under her observation. Only moments after Present Picard departs sickbay, Deanna has a disagreement with Pulaski and what does she do?
She leaves sickbay!! (defying a direct order)! Doesn't really matter though....after that, Present Picard never asks Troi anything about this observation of Future Picard.

Picard KILLED his future self? What? Awful episode.

@ Jack re: "your father liked to cook?"
I always heard this as Pulaski, to herself, finishing the thought with something like, "the bastard never even made a slice of toast for me!", or "I knew that arrogant pr**k was keeping secrets"....Perhaps ol' Kyle hid this idiosyncrasy so that Dr. Kate would handle all of the culinary responsibilities. He was, after all, characterized as arrogant, secretive and manipulative. And a tad chauvinistic....Actually, I rather enjoyed this as a positive continuity point, not the opposite.
All in all though, this episode is a heavy slab of dead weight.
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Jonn Walsh
Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 12:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

Special snowflake indeed. Yellow snow for sure.
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Jonn Walsh
Mon, Feb 9, 2015, 8:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Oh, and they walk so slowly. How does ANYTHING get done?
And McCoy gets absorbed but he's not set free by the LawGivers to experience FESTIVAL?
He's absorbed. He's Of The Body.
He should've been let free. "We were told to wait here" he says.
In the same prison cell as the infidels?
Strange. And then he's surprised and agitated when he realizes that Kirk and Crew are not Of The Body. There's just no logical continuity.
A real winceFest.
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Jonn Walsh
Mon, Feb 9, 2015, 8:14am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Okay, being passionate about TOS since its original run doesn't keep me from seeing it clearly and analytically.
The Festival.
5 PM until 6 AM.
Freak all night and clean/rebuild all day?
Is this every night? The streets were clean and unobstructed when Kirk and the Boys arrived so either all of the detritus and destruction from last night's mayhem had been dealt with already or there had been no Festival last night.
Broken glass, burned rubble, physical injuries.
I saw the prelude to rape, people hit with large sticks, rocks and other formidable objects being hurled about....Reger's daughter suffering obvious post-Festival trauma;
Who picks up the pieces and when is the laundry done?
When do these people sleep? Do they sleep at all? They do have beds.
And when Kirk and Co. arrive at Reger's hideaway, how is it that the torches are already lit?
Did you see the shadow of Reger's hand on the LightPanel, bottom right corner, as he sets it down? A shadow on a luminous light source such as this? A reflection perhaps, but not a shadow...Unless you're on a soundstage with overhead lighting and the LightPanel is a prop.
Oish! I'm only 19 minutes into the episode!
Oh, and the one who directs our Heroes to Reger's house for shelter soon after their arrival-worst overdub EVER.
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