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Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 2:43am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Just finished my latest rewatch (lost count now, maybe 4 or 5?)

This sucked worse than usual. I don't remember cringing so hard at the Chakotay and Seven scenes. Or thinking as hard about the ludicrous temporal mechanics (and implications thereof).

This totally sucked. Still enjoyed the rewatch on the whole, though. Janeway, for all her faults, is an entertaining captain. A better and bolder show would have given us some post-return episodes.
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Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 8:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

Came here to say the same thing as Gavin and orbops.

On my current rewatch I have been really enjoying Icheb so far, he's a better written (and acted) character than I remember. I find him thoughtful, interesting, full of potential, and a great mentee for Seven. To know that this character has been so utterly and pathetically disposed of by the Picard writers for shock value and faux-continuity only further cements the position that current-gen Trek is a waste.
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Thu, Jun 4, 2020, 5:23pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

Just bad.

Everything that happens after the midway point (i.e. Chakotay's otherwise inexplicable about-face) is Neelix's fault.

I can't say I blame Chakotay entirely. To paraphrase another commentator higher up in this thread, if Virginia Madsen showed up at my house claiming to be in love with me, I probably wouldn't turn her away either.

1 star, tops.
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Tue, May 12, 2020, 9:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

I agree with Lt. Yarko's original comment on the suit. I think Jeri Ryan is stunning but it looks ridiculous compared to the Starfleet uniforms and I can totally understand why the other female leads might have taken issue with it. It's out of place and it doesn't fit. It has nothing to do with Seven the character or Ryan the actor - both were among the best parts of the show. Thankfully they toned it down somewhat.

I also disagree with the implication that Paris had "ulterior motives" for his kindness towards Seven. I didn't get that vibe at all - more like "we all have a past" as he said.
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Mon, May 4, 2020, 9:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

Best part of this episode? 3 seconds of Patricia Tallman smashing Harry with one of those ceremonial rods.

Absolutely irredeemable virgin-fantasy garbage.
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Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 8:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part I

First, I won't dispute that this episode was fun and, unlike a lot of early Voyager episodes, held my attention throughout.

But one thing has been really irritating me since I watched it and it can't be just dismissed as "they just didn't know any better in 1996" : apparently 20% of voyager's computer can be not only stored in but ACCESSED BY a PC from that year. This strains credulity in an extreme way even for Star Trek. Even if we hand-wave away the fact that Ed Begley Jr. somehow taught himself to access 29th century tech and maybe harness the timeship's storage device, he's still using the equivalent of a pentium 90 or whatever to hack voyager's transporter buffer and access their main computer (which of course has no security whatsoever).
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Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 12:04pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Tattoo

The first half of VOY S2 is just so weak and this actually stands out as strong episode for me as well. Yes I can see why people (including Beltran) have problems with it. I think most of that comes from the constraints of the format, being that we have to introduce, explore, and resolve this week's problem within a set amount of time. It doesn't allow for much nuance. But I found myself surprised to be actually engaged.

I liked the Chakotay backstory. A bit cliched and predictable, sure, but well done overall. It gave his character some depth and motivation, especially his spiritual side. The "sky people" angle might be a bit overdone (what was it? a "genetic imprint"?) but I can forgive that a little I suppose. I also liked the fact that this race didn't actually have some magical technology they would have to deny the Voyager crew but rather travelled to the Alpha quadrant on generational ships. Nice touch.

I'm rewatching Voyager for the first time in years and I must have blocked this out of my memory. I can't honestly recall ANY good Chakotay episodes, so I'll treat this one as a bonus. 3 stars for me.
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Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 12:03am (UTC -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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 -5) | 🔗
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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