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khatsar
Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: A Man Alone

The scenes with Bashir growing a misshapen lump in a tank get me every time. Once it was verified that the contents of Ibudan's biological sample container were viable cells, he could have just analyzed the genetic material to ascertain their origin. Why did the clone develop as an undifferentiated blob of cells and not as a regular-degular humanoid? I see why the *plot* needed to wait until the last minute for the clone reveal, but...ugh the ridiculous science. I wonder if there is an entire class of clone people generated via Trek forensic investigations.

The Quark-Odo dialogue about relationships felt superfluous, but is kind of amusing given his development later on in the series. :)

The head mob leader dude was supremely punchable-- good casting on that one.
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khatsar
Sun, May 28, 2017, 9:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

As a woman of South Asian descent, I did get a little kick out of seeing Padma Lakshmi on a Trek episode. She's gorgeous. But her acting left something to be desired. I don't think this deserves zero stars, though. It wasn't THAT bad.
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khatsar
Sun, May 28, 2017, 8:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Vanishing Point

I also want to add that while this episode is ultimately just another "Oh Shit I'm Invisible!" Trek offering, this one kept me guessing right until the end. While it's obvious quite early on that all is not as it seems, I was hoping the twist would be more interesting, especially once we saw the alien terrorists. I was also hoping that Hoshi's ability as a linguist would come into play on that front. The ending was quite a letdown after all that buildup. :( Still, Sato (ill-timed anxiety, shrillness, bad decisions and all) remains one of my favourite Enterprise characters, and I'm glad to see her get an episode to herself.
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khatsar
Sun, May 28, 2017, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Vanishing Point

Am I the only one who gets minorly miffed every time the writers confuse DNA with protein? Trip asks if Phlox is able to pick up Hoshi's DNA with the scanner, and the reply is that no, the "amino acids" (the components of PROTEINS) are too degraded. *facepalm*

I have no problem with fictional Trek science like make-believe elements or strange alien diseases...but when the writers botch simple facts of human biology, it grates on me. These small irritations are sprinkled throughout the other series as well, but seem especially concentrated in Phlox's dialogue. That may just be my perception, though.
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khatsar
Sun, May 28, 2017, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

Oh my Lord. Archer already knows the Kreetassans are offended at the sight of people eating in public. So he graces their planet with an animal that engages all bodily functions out in the open? Porthos couldn't get his fresh air on a less sensitive away mission? How could Archer expect the Kreetassans to accurately predict which native pathogens would affect an alien quadruped based on a "genetic profile?" I would imagine any such analysis would be speculative, at best.

If Archer was a responsible pet owner, he wouldn't be taking Porthos down to populated worlds at all. I noticed that the crew doesn't scrub down before leaving the ship. Who's to say what alien races may not be deathly allergic to dog hair? ;)

Phlox's needling about Archer's sex life was creepy, and I'm sick of hearing about his 500 degrees. I'd rather see more creative medical techniques or other evidence of his ingenuity. Show, don't tell. As it is, I'm unimpressed by Phlox so far. When sweaty Archer hands him a vial and Phlox plunks it directly into the clean box without even quickly sanitizing it, I cringed a little. He conducts surgery on Porthos without putting on any kind of surgical protective equipment, and watching him converse with Archer directly over the tank was a little gross. This may be the scientist in me overreacting a little.

Archer's wet dream was unnecessary; I can understand why he'd have conflicting feelings about T'Pol, but I didn't need to see all that, and the Freudian slips were embarrassing to watch. That final scene with T'Pol hinting attraction toward Archer was absolutely silly, and I tire of the writers' attempts to convince us Archer is Sexy and Totally Not the Blandest Captain in All of Trek. The sexual tension between T'Pol and Trip, on the other hand, feels far more natural to me.

Hoshi catching the bat was awesome, though, and Phlox's nighttime routine was mildly amusing.
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khatsar
Sun, May 28, 2017, 1:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Seventh

I'm not sure why T'Pol would feel guilt over shooting Jossen in self-defense. Also not sure why she didn't just use the stun setting. She never tells us that Jossen's death was an accident, so I don't see a reason to conclude that her weapon was accidentally set to kill. The entire crux of her guilt is baffling.

Also baffling: that this type of incident would affect a highly trained Vulcan agent to the point of requiring brainwashing, or that Vulcan High Command would re-assign her to this mission years later. I appreciate Blalock's acting, but this plot made very little sense to me. And I don't think Menos did a good job of coming across as sympathetic upon capture. He launched into his "poor me, I have a family" act a bit too eagerly. At no point did I get the sense that this is a Vulcan who chose to abandon his culture. It would have been nice to see some remnants of Vulcan coolness.

I did enjoy the last scene with T'Pol and Archer-- I far prefer that dynamic to the "mutual attraction" drek from A Night in Sickbay.
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