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Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 12:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I just finished watching the first season of Discovery after putting it off for so long. I'd like to thank the thoughtful commentators here for their analysis, which was so often a comfort to me through what I can only describe as an ordeal. This is not the Trek I knew and loved. This is barely a good sci-fi show. There are a lot of reasons for this which have been elaborated upon in great detail by more intelligent minds than mine, so I won't go on about it. But the biggest reason that Discovery is an abject failure for me, is the lack of a real ensemble. I had a look at IMDB and there are a total of four characters at this point who could be considered the core cast. Four. Burnham, Saru, Stamets, and Tilly. There is a bridge crew who apparently have names. We never heard them. We never got even an inkling of who they were. Generic black chick, asian dude, robot chick, and cybernetic girl. All the other series had an ensemble. We got to know the characters, their backstory, their personalities. I know it's early days, but all of that was tossed in favour of action set pieces, plot contrivances, twists, and cliffhangers.

I hate this show.
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Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 4:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

Still as powerful and brilliant as it was when it came out. Among the very best episodes of any Trek series.
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Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 10:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

Loved it. But then again I'm a fan of Star Trek AND shit humor / dick jokes. So I'm the target audience.

Honestly, I'm not sure if it was the marketing but I can understand peoples issues with the tone. But for me I saw it as a light-hearded, slightly edgy comic send up of Star Trek and nothing more. I don't think it will ever be a "drama," and I honestly hope it doesn't. Will definitely keep watching.
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Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 10:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Absolutely cringe-worthy throughout, but only because Odo's pain is so common and easy to relate to for anyone who has ever held some unrequited feelings for another. The performances are great and the Odo/Quark and Odo/Worf scenes are fantastic.

I'll point out that the poster above who pointed out that Kira is reduced to being merely a prop in this (and other) episodes is spot on, and to me this is a major flaw in the story. I was left puzzled as to why Kira would all of a sudden develop feelings for a guy like Shakaar given their shared history, but I suppose these things do happen. The problem is this was never explored. When Kira gives Odo the "if you had asked me a year ago whether this would happen..." line it both fails to provide proper motivation and also drops a massive 5 ton foreshadowing anvil for what is to come.

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Fri, Jul 7, 2017, 1:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

Having Sisko sleep with Dax is a huge misstep by the writers which should have at the very least had some repercussions for both characters.. I only sort of enjoyed the mirror episodes but I recognize that they were meant to be fun and became a sort of seasonal tradition. Yet it still bugs me because it seems so totally out of character. It also belies the fact that if you think too hard about these mirror universe episodes, the universe in which they exist becomes more and more ridiculous and improbable. Is Dax a joined Trill in the mirror universe? Assuming she had the same previous hosts, what were their lives like? Were Sisko and Curzon close friends? Because if so, its just unfathomable that he wouldn't find a way out of that encounter.

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Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 12:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Dramatis Personae

This episode: 6/10
Avery Brooks: 10/10

Love it when he hams up the place
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Wed, May 10, 2017, 12:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

Just hit this one on my latest re-watch.. I remembered it fondly but found myself utterly engrossed in it once again. I think the episode's success comes in making the viewer care about the junior characters enough so that the emotional gut-punch carries enough weight at the end of the episode. The number of Trek episodes across all series which have this power are few and far between, and "Lower Decks" ranks with the best of them.

Like others, just want to thank Greg for his fantastic insight also. That angle probably would not have occurred to me, at least not explicitly, but Greg is absolutely spot on.

Lastly, Shannon Fill. Fantastic performance, for me one of the best guest spots in the entirety of TNG.
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Sun, Jul 31, 2016, 8:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

The episode is mostly terrible, but somehow manages to hold the attention all the way through. I actually give Wheaton and Judd the credit because I think they were a charming and believable pair. Two things annoyed me enough that it bothered me:

1. The "brainwash" effect the game has on the crew works purely in service of the plot and in an "on demand" fashion. Worf, for example, is never shown playing the game. He acts 100% of the time as though everything is normal, and while trying to capture Wesley its as though he were just another intruder or whatever - Riker is the same during these scenes.

2. The scene where Wesley and Robin hook the game up to the computer is just cringe-worthy due to Wesley's constant leaning over her. Give the lady a bit of space you maniac!

Ashley Judd alone gives this episode a star, another half for a good performance by Wheaton.
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