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Fri, Dec 7, 2012, 2:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

I don't agree that Ben was supposed to be or should have been Guinan, because he clearly follows the pattern of the other junior officers. Each of them is a junior version of one of the senior officers. Lavelle = Riker. Sito = Worf. Ogawa = Crusher. Taurik = LaForge. and Ben = Guinan.
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Sun, Oct 28, 2012, 5:16am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Force of Nature

Dull dull dull dull dull. The most pointless, white-noise waste of an hour ever. I'd rather watch "Manhunt" or "Shades of Grey" than this.

The Spot business was indeed filler, written to replace what would have been a much more interesting sub-plot in which Geordi's sister comes aboard to try to help him through the loss of their mother. The story would have revealed Geordi as a bit of a control freak, refusing to accept that his precious technology could ever be the cause of environmental damage and concentrating on that issue precisely to avoid dealing with the lack of control implied by his mother's unexplained disappearance, and his sister would have helped him to face his issues. That story was dropped because it was yet another never-seen-before family member coming aboard in a season full of such stories, which is an understandable concern. But what they replaced it with was so much crap that I'd much rather have had another family story than How to Train a Cat Using Tuna in Your Bra.

And after all that, the warp speed limit was Never Heard From Again except for one off-hand reference in which it was specifically suspended for political reasons.
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Sun, Oct 28, 2012, 5:06am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Attached

This to me in the very opposite of "Dark Page." I found it horrendously contrived, with the mind-linkers having absolutely no purpose in the story whatsoever other than to force the Picard-Crusher relationship forward. When a technobabble gadget actually has a purpose in the story, I can suspend disbelief and go with it. This has no such quality.
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Sun, Oct 28, 2012, 5:01am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

Gotta say, I'm surprised at this. This was always one of my favourite TNG eps, giving Lwaxana some believable motivation for the way she's behaved over the years, and a good solid story for a character who is still one of the show's most neglected. And I thought Majel's performance was just fine.

And that you gave "Force of Nature" more points than this? I'm mind-boggled.
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Tue, Sep 11, 2012, 3:09pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

One little thing that I appreciated about this episode was that, for once, someone else got "possessed" and "impersonated" by non-corporeal aliens. It's always the Starfleet crew who get taken over every time this kind of thing happens (which is fairly often across the whole Trek 'verse). But this time we see that all the wacky high-concept stuff that goes on in the galaxy at large doesn't just affect Starfleet ships - it screws with other people too. And this time we're just there to help out.
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Tue, Sep 11, 2012, 2:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

Regarding Troi "confronting" Picard on the bridge - she did no such thing.

She very clearly indicated she wanted to speak to Picard in private so as not to drag his personal feelings out in front of the crew. He was the one who said it wasn't necessary. It was only once he told her to go ahead that she discussed the matter on the bridge, and then it was in the turbolift alcove out of earshot of anyone else.

And she also very clearly stated that she was bringing the matter up because unresolved emotional issues can affect a commander's decision-amking process, making this very much a matter that "affects the operation of the crew" and in fact the whole point of Troi's presence on the bridge.
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Tue, Jul 17, 2012, 2:41am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: Faith

@ MP and Jammer re Barolay: She has been one of Anders' resistance fighters at least as far back as "Downloaded" - she helped him set up the bomb in the basement carpark. I think the reason she seemed to be dismissed as a "redshirt" here is simply that she cut her hair and thus looked unfamiliar. But it's the same character, thus explaining Anders' extreme reaction to her death. You see them together again in "The Plan."
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Wed, Jul 11, 2012, 8:32am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Dirty Hands

@ Michael: "Secondly, the human race is in an existential war and some people find it fit to start peddling commie crap about working conditions? Are ANYBODY's working--or living, for that matter--conditions favorable?! Affirmative action and R&R!!?"

I think this point was deliberately made right at the top of the episode. After the raptor hit Colonial One, Roslin was all "Oh poor me, I have to move to the other end of the ship. Tory had her shoulder dislocated." That to me was there deliberately to show how she thinks she's got it bad, and then to show us how bad it REALLY is. Hell yes she's got favourable working and living conditions, if the worst she can complain about is moving to the other end of her personal palace. That's the point. The refinery crew do have legitimate concerns, and claiming that "everyone's in it together" is simply a way of willfully ignoring their rights.

As for the hardassness of Adama v Tyrol, I read it as Adama actually agreeing with Tyrol all along. But because neither he nor Roslin could be seen to be negotiating with strikers, or else everyone else would try it, he had to do something so deliberately and blatantly "eeevil" that there was no chance Tyrol would not back down. Then, once he has, Adama can give him everything he asks for and that he wanted to give him all along. Tyrol just had to be seen to give in first, for the sake of the chain of command.
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Wed, Jul 4, 2012, 8:23am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Hero

As to the question of which D'Anna we're seeing here, I don't think it's Journalist D'Anna from "Final Cut." I'm pretty sure it's Manipulator D'Anna from "Downloaded."

In the flashes of memory between death and resurrection, we see clips forward to "Rapture" and backwards to "Downloaded," but we do not see any clips from "Final Cut." I think the dream sequence set on Galactica is just imagined - she was dreaming about death, and who would be more likely to kill her than Galactica marines?

In fact, I'm pretty sure the D'Anna we follow most closely throughout the rest of the series is the "Downloaded" one, not the "Final Cut" one. I don't think we see Journalist D'Anna ever again after "Final Cut" (except for in the deleted scenes of "Downloaded" itself).

(Just like we never see Caprica-Cavil again after LDYB2 - it's Galactica-Cavil who becomes the Big Bad. Although there are two Cavils in "Occupation," I think the one releasing Tigh is just a random veersion, and the one frakking Ellen is the main one.)

For that matter, we never see any reveal of Adama or Roslin finding out that D'Anna was a Cylon (which I imagine they'd be pretty pissed about, given how much they trusted her in "Final Cut"). By the time "Occupation" comes around, they obviously must know, because several copies of D'Anna are clearly part of the occupying force. But I would have liked to see that reveal.
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Fri, Jun 22, 2012, 2:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

I think this is actually one of the best Romulan episodes the show ever managed - it made them feel like an actual culture rather than just green villains with pointy ears. I particularly like when Toreth said, "Contrary to propoganda, Starfleet is neither weak nor foolish." It's always nice to hear another empire's honest opinion of "us" as it helps round out the picture, and like Mark Lenard's Romulan Commander from TOS, it shows a certain grudging respect between warriors even on opposite sides.

It's also one of the strongest Troi vehicles. I like to think it was events like this and "Chain of Command" that pushed her further towards command responbilities as seen in season 7 after her horrendous showing in "Disaster."

And it was an even better show when it was remade as DS9's "Second Skin."
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Fri, Jun 22, 2012, 2:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

The dog did it.

The dog.

Did it.

*shakes head sadly*
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Tue, Apr 5, 2011, 9:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

I get the feeling the entire idea behind Sela was that Denise Crosby regretted quitting in season one once TNG got famous, and begged to be on the show again. Then they had to come up with a plot to make it happen. In one way it's nice that TNG never forgot the character (she appeared at least once per season after she died), but in another way, it's a pretty transparent attempt by Denise to ride on TNG's coattails.
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Thu, Jan 28, 2010, 1:41am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: The Plan

I'd like to add a note about the young kid Galactica-Cavil "befriends" - not my original thought, but one I agree with.

What is the boy's name? John. Why does he come to Cavil? Because his parents don't want him. What does he want? To be loved and cared for.

The boy IS Cavil. He's not real. He's Cavil facing himself - a child of the Final Five who only wanted to be loved and found worthy by them, but felt rejected, and so ran off on his own. Cavil kills the child to kill the part of himself that ever loved his parents, so that he can continue to pursue his revenge against them for having not loved him, without being hindered by such stupid emotions himself.

All the while, not understanding that it's exactly that love, which all the Cylons begin to feel for someone at some point, that keeps on ruining his plans.
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Sat, Oct 17, 2009, 12:40am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

to David - March 28, 2008: Thank you for such an insightful essay.

I too have always been fascinated by "The Best of Both Worlds," and I, like Jammer, consider it to be one of those defining moments of television viewing that stays with you.

I love the complexity of the writing, how the themes complement each other. At first glance, the title seems to refer to how the Borg are cyborgs, using biological and technological distinctiveness to improve themselves. But what it's really about is how the Enterprise crew reacts to it.

Riker spends the episode torn between wanting a captaincy of his own, and not wanting to leave the Enterprise. In part 2, he gets the best of both worlds - he becomes captain of the Enterprise, but only at the cost of losing and possibly having to kill his friend and mentor.

And if Riker had taken command of the Melbourne, like everyone told him to, it would have meant the end of humanity. The Melbourne was destroyed at Wolf 359, and I don't think Riker taking command a matter of weeks before would have changed that.

No - it was Riker being in command of the Enterprise, of a crew he knows and trusts and understands, that saved humanity.

What I also always love about this episode is Shelby, especially Elizabeth Dennehy's performance of her. The moments that aren't scripted, like when she tells Riker, "If I may be allowed to continue with Mr Data, who does not require sleep," only to be shut down by her. Oh, the sass she puts into that walk away... I love it.

And later, during that unusually extended battle scene on the bridge, when Riker tells her, "They have the ability to analyze and adapt, Commander," and the dirty look she gives him, saying loud and clear without a word, "I know that, you asshole. I'm the Borg expert here, remember?" Brilliant.
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Thu, Aug 13, 2009, 2:36am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

I'm watching this right now in 2009, almost 15 years after it was written, and it's absolutely terrifying how prescient it is. These things are happening RIGHT NOW in American cities.
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Thu, Apr 9, 2009, 11:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: Someone to Watch Over Me

What they've done lately is get rid of all the potential "future of the Cylon race" hybrid babies. They got rid of Nicky in "Disquiet," they got rid of Six and Tigh's baby in "Deadlock" and they appeared to get rid of Hera this week (although I'm certain that's not the end of it).

All of which would seem to tie into the unspoken possibility that Kara has actually been the first hybrid all along. Which makes it all the more ironic that they tried to use her to make a hybrid way back in "The Farm."
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Tue, Apr 7, 2009, 11:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: No Exit

Badass Badlan wrote: Hmm... the final five all saw odd things in respect to their resurrection/exodus. Including seeing people that weren't there and believing that they had chips in their heads. Sound like anyone else we know??

I write:


frakking hell. It's him.
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Mon, Jan 26, 2009, 2:42pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

If I remember correctly, the big fight scene at the end was the ultimate point of the episode - the point on which the rest of it was built. All the stuff on the way there was intended as stuff just to do while we got there. That it turned out better than the fight scene is one of script-writing's big ironies - last-minute stuff often comes out better than long-laid plans.
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Tue, Oct 21, 2008, 3:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Final Cut

As to the moment when D'Anna asks her cameraman to get a close-up of the air recycling system and he doesn't, it seemed clear to me that the two of them were working together in that moment, not against each other. Dualla was giving them a tour and showing them boring, irrelevant stuff, pointing out the recyclers as if they were exciting. D'Anna was going along with her with her command to her cameraman, not serious about it. It was just for Dualla's sake. The cameraman knew that, and so as soon as Dualla was out of range, he laughed it off.
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