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Mike
Thu, May 3, 2018, 9:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

What a weird episode. Story made no sense.
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Mike
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 6:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

Janeway was hot in this episode! Genuine on-screen chemistry between her and the inspector! And she outsmarted him in the end! Bravo Janeway!
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Mike
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 1:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

The main issue in this episode is an allegory for the current climate-change debate so it was kind of ahead of its time for 1998.
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Mike
Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 7:58am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

Was this two-parter a hot mess? Sure it was, but who cares! Nazis, the gang as underground French resistance fighters, wild and crazy Holodeck fun! It was entertaining, I enjoyed it.
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Mike H
Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

Not sure if mentioned earlier, but I remember this episode as one where Kirk is describing the action at the end as it occurs, not like his usual captain's log. I thought they overwrote this one, and had to cram in the climax at the end with Kirk's descriptions.
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Mike H
Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 5:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

Spock: "I'd advise ya to keep dial'n, Oxmix."
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Mike Latoris
Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 3:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

"Picard is able to resist a woman that no other man on the ship can resist; but not a video game? (it was unclear to me whether the whole crew is smitten because she is their perfect woman, or if she actually has some magical/chemical/whatever force that actually has a controlling influence, but either way, Picard resists it)."

No, he didn't. He obviously stayed in her quarters overnight when she asks him to, and when he's asked how he resisted her charms, he doesn't answer the question. Because he didn't.
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Mike Shanahan
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 9:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

I thought "skin of evil" was one of the most enjoyable shows in the whole series. I loved Armus the smartass alien. The way he spoke was great. It's very polarizing for most people, some hate it some love it.
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Mike
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 12:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

Dax says harumph to weapons dealing having a positive impact. This is right after a scene where we learn that Bajor was saved by a weapons dealer - the exact same one Quark is being disowned over.

Another note, this is the second episode where Trek bemoans someone selling weapons 'to both sides'. The other is the Arsenal of Freedom from TNG.

This is something that has actually happened, with the US selling weapons to both sides in the Bosnian war - although not at the same time and not in the same amounts. This is supposed to have exacerbated the war, but it's hard to tell for sure.

Contrast with the US giving aid to both Israel and some of its enemies. The aid isn't always weapons, but the any aid does free up money for weapons. It's hard to tell if this has made the states more or less belligerent, again.

This is a complex political issue with no clear answer, and I'm discouraged that the writers didn't take it up in a show that's supposed to show off shades of grey.
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Mike
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

I thought it was entertaining despite some of the obvious silliness. One thing that's always bugged me about this episode (other than if they had just followed standard protocol about not beaming anything aboard until it's identified and deemed safe....) is when the weapon detonates and we see all the other weapons detonate in turn. Wasn't the blast radius several hundred kilometers as observed by the crater on the planet? The others were all 'flying' in formation only a few dozen meters apart. The explosion of the first (and subsequent detonations of the others) looked like they had a blast radius of about 15 meters. They could have contained that by wrapping it in a wet blanket.
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Mike
Sat, Dec 16, 2017, 9:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

J Fenzel,

Rey and Kylo switching would have been an epic move. So much is invested in Rey that her turning evil would have been huge. Like Frodo choosing to keep the ring.
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Mike
Sat, Dec 16, 2017, 12:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I am a guy that saw the original trilogy in theaters (saw Star wars in 77 on my 9th birthday) so I have been a fan since day 1. I was super excited about the prequels and found them to be very disappointing.

Then I got excited again about TFA, but while it was a decent Star Wars film, It left me a little flat. It was simply a rehash of the first Star Wars for the most part.

I really enjoyed Rogue One, and felt it had a solid original trilogy feel to it.

Thursday night I saw The Last Jedi and again, it left me flat. Overall it was a solid film. The special effects were excellent and the acting was solid, but it just seemed kind of dull to me. Some thoughts:

The movie was very long. As many have pointed out, they could have dumped the entire casino plot and no one would have missed it.

I was not a fan of Laura Dern's character.

I didn't like Rose preventing Finn from sacrificing himself for his friends. Luckily for all it worked out in the end. Good thing for the Resistance she was not there to keep her sister from making her sacrifice or it would have been a much shorter movie.

I liked Snoke in this movie and thought he was an effective villain, but much like Darth Maul in Episode One, he was killed off too soon.

The whole Princess Leia surviving the vacuum of space was really odd. I do not understand how that was possible. She apparently is able to fly also. Why not use those force skills earlier?

I just cannot get into Kylo Ren. I am not a fan of Adam Driver so that may be why these films don't do it for me.

Mark Hamill did great, and I thought the ending with him was very effective.

I am also not a big fan of the Hux character. I do wish he had killed Kylo when he had the chance.
I did like the guy that was commanding the Dreadnaught. Much more believable as an Imperial commander.

What was the point of Captain Phasma? Just an excuse to say that Brianne of Tarth was in Star Wars? Brought nothing to either film.

I was not a fan of Benicio Del Toro's character either. His manner of speech was kind of annoying as well.

Everything else was fine. Like I said, not a bad movie at all, but this series just doesn't have the Star Wars feel anymore.
-Mike



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Mike
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

PS If no one mentioned it:

Stamets is still tripping balls.
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Mike
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 11:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Wow. Discovery just showed its heart.

I'd show this episode to anyone. Everyone did right by each other in the end, just one time. That's all it takes.

And I KNOW Mudd will never break his word.
They gave him everything he wanted.
His Moment of Heaven.
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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

Satie's pet betazoid was able to to tell that the Klingon spy was telling the truth about not sabotaging the engines. She then jumped to the conclusion that he must have had assistance. Why did she not just ask the Klingon if he acted alone? Her betazoid would have been able to tell there and then that there was no conspiracy.

Apart from that point, I don't think this story fits into the trek world at all. We're constantly shown how society has evolved into something close to utopia, yet they expect us to believe this kind of rubbish could still occur. I call bs.

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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 7:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

Thanks Jammer. After the yawnfest of part 1, I came here first before going for the second episode. Now I can just skip it and move on. You've saved me from another hour of tedium.
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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 6:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

@Luke: glad someone else noticed worf's bad behaviour. He threatened to kill the Yridian if he didn't take him to the prison. Very un-starfleet.
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Mikey
Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

I just can't take sirtis seriously anymore. I can't agree with those above who applaud her acting in this episode. She really only varies between playing a victim, and shouting at someone, with very little in between. Just comes across as whiny imo.



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Mikey
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 7:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

On another note:

Picard has the enterprise perform a caesarean on the dead alien and birth an infant. Then he just wants to fly away and leave a newborn to its own devices? I find this incredibly hard to believe.
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Mikey
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 7:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Geordie should have gotten the hint long before Leah had to tell him she was married. Simple.

There's nothing wrong with showing interest in someone (although in the workplace it should be handled with caution) but when the other person shows no interest that's when the game is over. If you push it further you are entering the realm of creepiness.

Leah absolutely did not owe Geordie an apology.
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Mikey
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 7:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

This is a good episode. But...

What the hell is going on with the phoenix? Where's the doctor to relieve him of duty? Where's the counsellor to prevent him cracking up in the first place?

I can't believe that starfleet wouldn't have strict protocols to prevent exactly this kind of situation.
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Mikey
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 8:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Awful, just awful.
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Mikey
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 5:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Why does Picard want to return to his original age? I can understand the others, being relatively young, but Picard is not far from old age. I'm 45, and I would jump at the chance to be young again. OK maybe not 12yo, but I would have liked him to ask the doctor if she could shave a few years off...

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Mikey
Wed, Aug 16, 2017, 7:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

Speaking for those of us who don't find Troi physically attractive (I think she's actually quite ugly), this is an insufferable episode. I wish I could find her attractive, then maybe I could overlook what a whiny, know it all bitch she really is.
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Mikey
Wed, May 3, 2017, 6:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

@Ildaf
I think the main problem is continuity. 8472 were first depicted as an invasive species intent on wiping out life in the universe. They were later shown to be victims who just wanted to be left alone. I think the writers are at fault here.

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