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Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 3:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

I found the last scene really interesting. In a way both Kira and Odo lost a child. Neither was interested in parenthood but when a baby was in danger (Keiko not strong enough to carry injured baby post-shuttle accident due to wounds/the baby changeling's illness) both Kira and Odo volunteered to care for it (Kira's surrogacy/Odo caring for the changeling). In the end, both lost the child they were caring for but not completely (baby went to his biological parents who are friends with Kira/changling absorbed into Odo). Neither child is gone from their lives completely but neither Kira nor Odo is a parent any longer.
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Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 4:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

I really liked it. It was sorta sad, and a little bizarre, and definitely had a bit of a Solaris feel to it (as someone mentioned in a previous comment). How would you feel if you knew that a duplicate of you was living out another life somewhere else? That the decision was pretty much made for you (as far as we know in the episode)? Torn? Betrayed? Violated? Maybe it's because I don't mind a little mystery and when things don't totally make sense. There's poetry in chaos, too. Things don't always need to be tidily resolved or understood (and honestly the validity of the science in the episode is irrelevant to me, the entire premise was bizarre so I just didn't care.) I liked Course: Oblivion, too. I didn't need or want there to be a "point". I guess there's a reason humans have been writing tragedies for ages...Maybe it's a little gratuitous but to me it's just another element of life to explore.
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Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 2:07am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

I love the actress. She is graceful and plays this role as such. She was captivating I agree with Crusher that she was conditioned for the marriage. It seems odd that upon imprinting with Picard she still chooses to marry into slavery. He allows it regardless of the fact Picard fights for the "freedoms" of others in past episodes. The prime directive has always been a bit of a crutch for TNG. Convenient to the whim of the plot lines but easily set aside. The time period of the show are clearly still hovering in a past preception of a woman's place. Not to mention how everyone seems to "fall in love" in only a few days. This episodes at least a good job if creating believable reasons as to why Picard is drawn to her. Both actors have clear chemistry and that aspect of it is compelling.
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Sun, Mar 1, 2015, 11:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I still wonder why people dislike this episode so much. They can never really give me a good reason, they just seem to latch onto things they dislike, without ever thinking about the story that it's trying to present.

I never got any impression that this was a cheap attempt to repeat Measure of a Man, but rather that it was simply another big step in Data's character progression. I never found the Exocomps utterly unbelievable, as they showed signs of actual intelligence beyond that of mere farm animals, and the entire point of the series is "to seek out new life", so of course it becomes grey whether three unique creatures are worth the lives of Picard and Geordi, despite how much we personally like them. Every argument against this episode seems to be judging it harshly for the wrong reasons, rather than what the story was really about - Data.

So frankly I'm baffled at the lengths to which people go to rationalize their dislike of this episode. It's imperfect, but every Trek episode is imperfect. Boring? I'd hate to see what excites you if actual science fiction isn't exciting enough for you. Was Darmok too tedious? Or Measure of a Man too slow and contrived? Bizarre rationalizations abound.
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Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 8:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

I love that episode. I've always found Worf and Jadzia's chemistry to be very evident and their love deep and moving. In my opinion they were the best star trek couple along with Troi and Riker, Picard and Beverly and Paris and B'Elanna.
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