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Leaf
Fri, May 7, 2021, 11:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 6: The Prisoner

Hah, the above reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Six_(The_Prisoner)
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Leaf
Thu, May 6, 2021, 1:00pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 4: Sanctuary

This episode is an homage to the Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. Lucas himself took inspiration from another Kurosawa film, The Hidden Fortress, when he wrote Star Wars.
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Leaf
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 6:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

Love this episode but I wish there had been more follow-up and consequences for Geordi. He was tortured and violated in ways that would take some time to recover from. The scene at the end of the episode with Troi was a good start, but he's seemingly over it by the next episode and it never comes up again. Wasted opportunity for character development.

Another thing that bothers me regarding follow-up is the obvious security vulnerability with Geordi's visor/interface. Maybe this is just because I'm an I.T. guy, but it seems like nothing is done to prevent further exploitation of this major security vulnerability. Nobody thinks about preventing this from happening again? The Enterprise is a high profile ship. Of course, Geordi's visor would again be abused in Star Trek Generations, leading to the destruction of the ship.

Great episode otherwise. Really makes the ongoing conflict with the Romulans feel more personal.
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Leaflet
Mon, Jun 15, 2015, 2:54pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Sins of the Father

As good as this episode was, it would have been great to see "A Matter of Honor" in reverse.
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Leaflet
Wed, Jun 10, 2015, 2:14am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

I have always had a soft spot for this film, mainly because of a few excellent and in my opinion, essential scenes in the ST continuum.

The first is the campfire sequence in which McCoy is going off on Kirk for being irresponsible and careless...and Kirk elegantly and believably responds by sharing his feelings about the way he knows he's going to die....alone. This works on so many levels. First you have the three iconic men of Trek (the big three, if you will) in each others company in a touchingly intimate and deep way that we really haven't seen before. When Kirk says "I knew I wouldn't die....because the two of you were with me" it drives home the acknowledgement of the kind of deep, almost unspoken, unconditional friendship and bond that exists between these men and it's laid out in a simple and classy manner. It then turns into an even deeper reflection as Kirk explains further that he knows he'll die alone, as in not in the company of his friends or dear ones. The look the on faces of the other two round off what is a masterfully written, directed and performed scene. The three lead basically tragic lives, with no families of their own to be with when off-duty, and yet they still have each other. Kirk then is the most tragic of the three in that he feels that when his time comes he won't even have these friends there with him in his final moments. Absolutely profound.

The next scene is the much acclaimed Sybok flashback scene and subsequent "I need my pain!" dialogue from Kirk. Jammer and others have said enough about this sequence so I won't attempt to parrot them.

Finally there is the scene where Kirk and co. meet and confront "God". Look past the hokey special effects, painfully obvious ominousness of the God character and McCoy's flip-flopping out-of-character moments and you have something genuinely well done.

Kirk is not just confronting this "God" in the here and now but in his one simple question, "What does God need with a starship?" he is simultaneously questioning every God, deity or entity of faith that has ever existed or rather purported to have existed. He puts into question the very concept of belief and faith in supposedly "higher" beings, something humanity has struggled with in the past and continues to struggle with now. Since the days we drew stick figures on cave walls through to today, for all our advances we still cannot provide a definitive answer. Again profound, not lacking in the nuances of the Kirk character or the attitude of ST as a whole, it manages to articulate the point across well; that one way or the other we will never know.

As for the God character, I address you directly Jammer, is it really important who or what it is and why it is there? The mysterious element serves it well but that aside, any explanation would only distract from what the picture was trying to get across, namely that whatever this entity is it is not "God". Trek viewers are usually imaginative enough to assume what this being likely is or why it had to be "imprisoned".

Perhaps this can be seen as a motif for the dangers of blind belief, represented by Sybok in this scene, who would surrender to a religion that is only as powerful as it's believers make it, represented by this more or less powerless yet still dangerous being wishing to be unleashed to "spread it's wisdom to every corner or creation". In other words God is our prisoner because we created him and he is only as powerful as we make him.

Also the score in this film was outstanding.
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Leaflet
Tue, Jun 9, 2015, 10:54am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

@ Paul M.

Unfortunately such words and tactics are staples in the pseudo-intellectual arsenal of the bigoted zealot bent on "bringing peace to all" from his underground missile-control headquarters.

Straw men, false equivalences...you name it they commit it only to vindicate themselves in their sick quests for glorified violence and forced conflicts.

Bu what's astonishing to me is not that such people exist, even today, but that they appear to be viewers of Star Trek and yet every meaningful portent and caveat is completely lost on them. It goes right over their heads I guess. Maybe to them it's all about the phasers and photon torpedoes with some bothersome white noise about peace or tolerance or something or other mixed in.

I was going to suggest that perhaps such people draw inspiration from the Romulan or Ferengi episodes but on further reflection the former are far too courageous and the latter far too honest for me to see the likes of DLPB cheering them on.
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Leaflet
Tue, Jun 9, 2015, 6:05am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

As opposed to those like you who are directly responsible? If you take no lessons from me then perhaps you will learn some shame and pick yourself out a nice tin-hat and go fight these wars against "muslims" or whoever else you deem to be the boogeyman of the age with the same vigor and sincerity you show here with a keyboard.

And be at ease. I have no reason to hate myself or anyone else. Even you and those like you I cannot bring myself to hate because that level of emotion is far beyond what you and your misguided vision of the world are worth, frankly.
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Leaflet
Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 11:29am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

@ DLPB

Perhaps it is difficult for you to accept that more than one person thinks you are wrong and dangerously so. Rest assured this is my second time posting on this site.

You remember my lot in the 1930s? May I ask how old you are? Be careful you are not taking offense on the behalf of others from another time.

Churchill was indeed a war-criminal, not for WWII in particular but perhaps if you care to educate yourself in the plight of the Afrikaners or Sudanese you would find it hard to dispute that notion.

It doesn't take a trendy liberal to understand that alienating about a sixth of the world's population on the basis of the religion they happen to follow is an extremely idiotic foreign policy doctrine....if peace and security is your goal.

You didn't single out religious extremists...you flat out denounced "muslims"...I am not one myself but I have to wonder if you would have the courage to say such things in a market square in Mecca, Istanbul, or Cairo.

Of course peace and security for all is of no interest to you, your lot only has the courage and character to indiscriminately bomb whole peoples from the safety of a war room. So far the international community has done a poor job of getting in your way but trust me there will be a day when your brand of racist sadism will be a thing of history. Teachers in schools will point to the likes of Ariel Sharon and speak of him the way we speak of Hitler.

But for now the stage is yours oh brave radical! Send countless other men and women off to die in senseless war for profit, murder seas of unarmed citizens whose life worth to you is less than that of an animal. Wake us all up with the sounds of fighter jets and gunfire! Indeed!
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Leaflet
Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 3:22am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

@ John Walsh, DLPB

These same haughty, accusatory cries for justice have been heard around the world before. The same howls of hysteria paved way for an Austrian painter and his band to cause havoc and calamity in the name of any vainglorious birthright. Whether you don a NSDAP armband or rally under an IDF flag remember that intolerance begets justified opposition, violence begets terror, and the loudest hatemongers always hang first.
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leaf
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 1:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

Seriously... this episode really creeped me out. Given all the principles of the Federation (and Star Trek as a show), how is it possible that they would have no protocol in place for sexual misconduct on the ship. And even at that if two people end up in sick bay because one made a violent physical sexual advance of another crew member.... how in the world could this go un-noticed, undiscussed, etc.? He forced himself on her. It's great that she happens to be tough and could fight him off but.... hello? How is it that that issue is not addressed?

Not only that, but are holodeck people simply able to be used as prostitutes? There is no discussion of the holodeck woman's consent either.

And yes.... similarly having Tom be expected to consent as such is also insane.

This whole episode was severely disappointing to me. Even if there are different customs among crew members, portraying their sexual needs as things that other crew members should be forced into "helping with" puts across an insane perspective on sex. One that it seems is extremely out of line with all the other principles of Star Trek.
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Leaf
Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 2:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Unification

This entire two-parter is just painfully tragic. So many good gamepieces to utilize, and they are wasted on a swiss cheese plot. I felt fremdscham for everyone involved in this episode, just because of how wonderful it COULD have been, and how hopelessly it falls on its face. Lets consider only the biggest problems:

1. The Romulans are clearly totally unprepared for war, which would have been the immediate consequence.

2. Moving thousands of troops in poorly defended Vulcan transports, because they are just so sneaky. It's as if they lack enormous, mighty, invisible space warships to do this...

3. They kill thousands of their own troops... Instead of beaming them aboard their warbird? That's their contingency plan? A sentient ham sandwich could come up with a better strategy.

4. Worst of all... WHY? The Romulans have nothing to gain from any of this! Nothing but war and occupation in the middle of enemy territory. All just to stick it to those mean old Vulcans.

The great irony of this episode is that... It's entirely illogical, captain!
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Leaf
Thu, Jul 18, 2013, 3:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Message in a Bottle

The part that hurts my brain is where the audio signal is "too weak" but sending the most complex hologram on the ship works because he's a "stronger signal". Riiiight. This is like uploading the entire contents of one's hard drive because a single e-mail attachment failed to send.
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Leaf
Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 2:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

This is a fantastic episode and quintessential Star Trek.
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