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Wed, May 3, 2017, 4:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

dejcallisto - good for you you apologist
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Sat, Aug 24, 2013, 12:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

This was a great episode, I don't understand how people can not like it. Well, actually I do...

Reading some of these comments, it seems like quite a few white people didn't like this episode. They didn't like being reminded of how white people were in the past. When they want to think of the past, they want to think of "Leave it to Beaver" and the all-American middle class family of the 50s. They don't want to think of the Benny Russel's of the past who lived in the same time period but experienced a much different life. I mean, people here literally complained that the white people were portrayed as bad in the episode. Are they trying to say that white people weren't racist in the 50s? And not all of the white people in the episode were racist anyway... All of the main crew (the other writers) weren't racist, even their boss (Odo) wasn't really racist or sexist. He did hire Benny and Kira's character. So personally, he's not racist, he's just not someone who's willing to fight the status quo.

And others are complaining that the racism wasn't subtle enough... Please, like racism is always subtle. Star Trek always went about disguising these issues with aliens and whatnot, but I'm glad they finally just went forward using a real HUMAN issue of the past (and present). You don't like that the episode dared to show that a black man's life in the 50s was hard and filled with injustice? How are you going to deal with the racism of the present if you're unwilling to acknowledge the racism of the past?

And then people are complaining about it not being a real "Star Trek" episode. There are plenty of derivative episodes out there that barely have anything to do with sci-fi. But people don't complain because at least the actor playing Quark is still dressed as a Ferengi. And this episode actually validates Star Trek and the future of the human race. Someone complained about the producers making the captain black. I'm glad they purposely made him black. There's no shame in that. People of all backgrounds should be able to have the same hopes and dreams for the future. Star Trek is about an equal future for everyone, it would be silly and hypocritical if there was never a Star Trek captain what wasn't a white man.

Lastly, I never understood why people hate on Brooks' acting. People say he "overacts," but I just see it as the kind of person Captain Sisko is. He has that kind of flare. He's not Picard, he has a sense of humor and can be very emotional (which means sad, happy, or angry). Picard rarely showed that much emotion, but that doesn't mean Sisko can't. Picard took quite a while to get worked up about things, but in a lot of episodes all it takes is a single instance for Sisko to start yelling his head off. I like that about his character though. So imo, Brooks isn't overacting, he's just being Benjamin Sisko.
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Sun, Aug 18, 2013, 2:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Man... I was so depressed after this episode. I was holding out hope that somehow when they reached the barrier, the duplication thing would trigger anyway. The fact that they avoided the time anomaly and all those people ceased to exist made my heart feel heavy. I can only imagine how the crew felt after they already decided to go through with the time travel only to miss it at the last second and realize that they doomed those people.

The children especially make it hard to deal with. The episode put a good amount of emphasis on the children and now we know that the little boy will never grow up to be a Klingon, and little Molly O'Brien will never get to see those plants grow...

People here are saying that they don't see the issue because the people would just not exist and it's not the same as dying, but I beg to differ. Those people were ALIVE. Those children had dreams for the future. They all had families and friends. Their people were alive for 200 years. Ceasing to exist is the same as dying. Who's to say that when we die we don't simply cease to exist too? What difference does it make for us if we died a natural death or not if in the end we cease to exist anyway. If there is no afterlife, then when we die, our lives and how we lived them have no consequence either. All our experiences, our memories, our lives would just be gone and it's no different than wiping our existence from the timeline.

Anyway, this was a great episode and I agree with the rating. But then again, I always think highly of the episodes that make me feel for the characters.
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