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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 7:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I know that Danar's ability to sneak around the Enterprise and hack into systems just advances the plot, but is the security on the ship really that bad?

I can't even log into my work email without a password, but the Enterprise controls can be accessed by anyone who walks up to them. The sensors can't find Danar 100 feet away, but it can detect life on a planet in orbit 200k feet above it. Plus, haven't they ever heard of security cameras?
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Frake's Nightmare
Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 5:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

Wesley's jumper - yes, it's the 3 stripe special again.
Riker smarmy sleaze fest. Yukk!
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Frank Offenhaus
Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 11:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

I love this episode but the biggest problem which I never see pointed out is the timing of the event that moves into Act III namely when Sisko is discovered by Martok.

The entire setup of the devices is ready to go and Sisko is literally about to activate it which would've caused everyone to see the Martok changeling. But when his fake name is called by Gowron, he just stops and walks up to Gowron to be discovered. It makes no sense at all. It's not like anyone knows what this guy looks like off the top of their head. So a little confusion about where the guy Gowron called ensues just before Martok is exposed.

Why Sisko stops and decides to walk up to Gowron can only be explained by accepting that the plot needed to move forward as written in the script which is a big problem for me. instead, they should've had Sisko's fake name called while Odo was dealing with getting the final device into place. This isn't the first episode in which poorly directed / timed events made me go "uh... what?"

That's a lot of writing to cover what is basically a minor annoyance. 3 stars seems fair.
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Frake's Nightmare
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 4:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

Wesley's jumper - not a jumper but there is a silver padded jumpsuit, with tank top and matching headband. Snazzy!
Then back to his gold, red, blue stripe thing.
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Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 1:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I like the story and especially the presentation. The characters reliving the scenario and interacting directly with the camera while stepping out of the scenario is effective and draws you in. My only real problem is that we've been over the fact that Worf has had every rank. privilege, and holding that was Klingon stepped away. The idea that they could demand the return of someone they don't recognize as a real Klingon is a step too far, and should have been Sisko's first argument.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 1:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Coming of Age

"Bonus amusement at the idea of Starfleet bringing in failed actors for low paying gigs for corporate training (something I've personally done) instead of just using holodeck tech..."

I would hope that the "lab" was at least in a holodeck even if the actors were real. Otherwise that's an awful lot of construction for a two minute test of one cadet candidate.
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Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 10:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Every time we get some of that good "Louis & Rick" banter, it makes me happy. This was one of the best.
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Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 9:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Prophet Motive

7 out of 10, the fact Qark annoyed the prophets into submission is worth it
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Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 10:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

If you overlook the goofy alien aspect of this episode, you can appreciate the character development shown here. Picard has come full circle from the awkward encounters with children in Season 1 to his touching "no one is alone on the Enterprise" comment. Wesley and Beverly really show their human side as they are still dealing with the death of Jack. Worf shows the touch of fatherhood that we will see again with Alexander. I appreciate that they dealt with a real issue of losing a loved one in the line of duty, even if other parts of the episode were weak.
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Frake's Nightmare
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 4:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Datalore

Wesley's jumper - again with the tricoloured striped grey blue thing. What does he wear off duty ?
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Park G
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 2:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

I disagree entirely with this take.
I thought it was a very interesting episode that gave a more nuanced look at Lwaxana, who I always personally liked as a character.
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Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

Just got around to watching this after running through 7 seasons of TNG , with some perspective on ''how things work', in the ST universe , I can understand why maybe a casual Sci-Fi fan who has never bothered watching the entirety of tng or tos (or it's movies) will probably think it's a decent sci-fi film . As for a ST fan to call this movie out as being poorly written and lame.

That being said, it's a 6 on 10 for me , (or 21/2 out of 4 in this case), like some have mentioned , the movie beats the drums on solid notes , Kirk being reduced to a Starfleet spokesperson and finding retirement boring , honestly just Kirk , no Bones, Spock, Chekov or Scotty would of sufficed to convey what the entire scene was about.

The whole uniform thing didn't bug me, in fact it might of gave an undesired touch of realism which I enjoyed. On the same note, I loved the refitted Enterprise bridge and the darker scene shades to give it that movie like atmosphere. And of course the advent of Worf's promotion, Picards entire extended family perishing in a fire adds to ''event'' being essentially a ''tng'' movie and not a star trek movie.

What sunk this movie was poor writing, the potential was there for something memorable , instead we get a retrofitted Ent D getting blow out of the stars by an out dated bird of prey, Riker forgetting that shield modulation is a thing and that he heavily out guns a D12....they should of given the Duras sisters a Neg Var class , they had the model from All Good Things, could of made for a more credible battle.

The whole mechanics surrounding how the nexus works could of been plot armored had they taken time to write a few more restrictions on what can and can't be done with the bloody ribbon. They say ships blow up yet at the beginning of the movie we see evidence that the transport ships withstood the nexus for a few moments before imploding, and the famous argument Picard could of returned at the point in time in 10 forward and have Sorin arrested.
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Frake's Nightmare
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 11:19am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

Maybe they could have just traded Tucker in for a contract payment - then they would never had to worry about repairs and his slow ass team ?
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Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 7:02am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue


Come on. What the Ben Shapiro interview and tell me this woman has any malice in her. I don't doubt she and others have been bullied by Disney/Lucasfilm. ... especially anything entity that has Kennedy associated with it.
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Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 7:01am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

I thought this episode was rather sordid and illustrated how twisted and uncompassionate Kai Wynn is compared to Opaka.

Wynn was literally beating a dead horse (Bareil) and everyone except Bashir seemed okay with it. It was a death but by a thousand cuts....
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Frake's Nightmare
Sun, Feb 21, 2021, 5:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

Someone must have suggested this already - just do a memory implant of x years of life & counselling, then blammo!
(I agree with previous posters, and Bashir's comment - cellmate put in 'programme' to test, break and punish him - or in a more charitable view, to give the chance for remorse and redemption).
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Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 2:59am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Stop comparing the Dominion to the Third Reich. The Dominion is Israel (Founders) + America (Jem'Hadar and Vorta).

It's funny how Trent likes to go on his anti-white spiel when the Federation he likes was the Federation written by Roddenberry, a white man, while the Federation he hates was written by Berman, Behr, etc., who are basically all Jewish lmao.
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Kevin Eanes
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 9:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

I liked the little moment in Act 1 where Uhura hugged Chapel before she left the bridge to beam down to the planet. It was a nice, small touch that showed a bit of human sympathy and decency.
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 11:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Except it wasn’t “just a dream.” It was a real-life problem that caused Jake to become a scientist and devote his entire life to solving. And he did.

Complaining that you don’t like them getting a second chance is the same as saying that you have no regrets about your life with your father and/or kids (congratulations on that, because you’re the only human ever to experience it) and also that you think the series would have been better without Sisko from this point forward. So ... okay on that front.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 9:52am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

A couple thoughts on the limited music. Getting anywhere into the realm of pop culture would risk seriously dating the series. Locking it in to the time it was produced, so to speak. The old music is so old it doesn't matter, and yet we can still relate to it as civilized or sophisticated. TNG is squarely an 80s TV show, but it does a good job of (mostly) avoiding the tropes of the day, so it holds up. Had Cetacean Ops (dolphin tanks) actually appeared on-screen, Riker played a synthesizer instead of trombone, and Beverly's plays were instead re-watching of The Cosby Show, it would pull people out of the story. Also how much "pop" music from the 1600s do we listen to today? That's where we are compared to TNG/DS9/VOY. Only the best of the best remains, and there's not a whole lot of it. The show could take the Bill and Ted route and make up some near-future music, but without any contemporary 24th century stuff I think it was just too much extra effort.

Also, the music isn't usually the point, so going all-in on something contemporary would be a distraction. If the Doctor was singing something crazy like the diva from The Fifth Element then it wouldn't be possible to contrast his curated repertoire with the algorithm-based synth dreck Tincoo "composed" for her hologram. Similar for Data and his painting. He should be laser-etching holograms in silicone crystal wafers, not smearing oil pigments on canvas. But if he did that, then that's all we the audience would be focusing on. Not his desire to express creativity and understand emotion. There'd be too much "what" and "how" while losing the "why."

The more cynical take is that modern songs, even covers, would require licensing deals and extra fees. When the production won't pay SAG for a couple extras to speak a line, then it's not too surprising they'd want to avoid the cost (and hassle) of getting rights clearances. In a more modern context, there's even the concerns about playing in international markets, where music/imagery/pop culture needs extensive vetting lest it offend China's social gatekeepers. Yes that's a much more recent thing, but even back in the day, bland and inoffensive almost always won out over the alternative. Rick Berman was famously anti-music in the sense that he wanted the musical score for the episodes to be background wallpaper. We only got a little more than halfway through TNG before he fired composer Ron Jones for being too good at his job, leaving the rest of that series, plus DS9 and VOY in a bland musical wasteland.
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 5:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

"BABIES! THEY'RE JUST STUPID BABIES!" That's what I found myself yelling at my screen the entire episode; every time Karen barked some dogmatic insult to Jake, or Captain Ambitious made some nonsensical decision or put on a serious face.

If the intent was to feel rage at these characters, and no sympathy when they died... success?

And yes, I *know* what I was like at 18-22, in my first career job. I was eager, smart; had a lot of disruptive new ideas, and didn't yet know what corporate hierarchy would be like. So in a way that precociousness tracks. But at no point did I see myself as equivalent to experts with decades of experience. And with the risk of dying added.. are you kidding?
If the element of duty and bravery of the child-crew rings true for you, look at it as a warning flag of the dangers of extravert culture and groupthink (e.g. encouraging cults of personality and egomaniacs like this). Because to me it just feels like a cautionary about how wrong it is to recruit naïve kids for military service, rather than any commentary on starfleet ideals, soldiering, military experience, or bravery.

To give credit, @Springy re-framing Watters as insecure, did make me reconsider a little. I had taken his spying on Jake as a signal of how he *usually* runs his ship; not as a signal of his decline.
And @Kyle, in general, I often find myself marveling at how calm the regular ST cast are, when facing death. So I'm not putting down those aspects of military bravery. Quite simply, if theses kids were cautious and determined to survive, and things didn't work out, or if they were written as trapped behind enemy lines for reasons beyond mission goals, having them die would have felt like the tragedy it is. Instead it feels on par with arrogant kids getting drunk, and crashing their cars in a drunken race. Darwin award deaths. No nuance, just bold stupidity.
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 4:17am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Still looking forward to the general discussion thread...
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 3:05am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

Never liked these Hirogen...each and every sentence it"s 'the prey' and/or 'the hunt'...that tires quickly.

And I have to nitpick again :-) But these episodes only last 40 minutes for me, so that makes F&B 1h20 minutes together...not 2 hours. Quite a difference :-)
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Trek or Wars
Thu, Feb 18, 2021, 10:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Bliss

One of these comments may have mentioned it, but I'm not checking them all so... Nobody seems to mention the fact the the Monster Expert flew back into the monster at the end. Or am I missing something? If not then it explains why he has been "trapped" for so Many years and why he was so adamant about Voyager destroying the Beast, because he couldn't resist the temotation to go back to his greatest desires, even though they were literally trying to kill him. See vices. Or maybe I just imagined the whole thing.
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Frake's Nightmare
Thu, Feb 18, 2021, 5:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

Wesley's jumper - reprise of last episode; blue grey sweatshirt with the red, gold blue stripes.
Quelle surprise - give Riker some power and he's a prick.
Were there any episode's with both Q and the Holodeck - AAARGH!
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