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philosopher-animal
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 12:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

There's also an anti-Vietnam war part to this, too:

"LOKAI: You have read about it in history, I see. How can I make your flesh know how it feels to see all those who are like you, and only because they are like you, despised, slaughtered, and even worse, denied the simplest bit of decency that is a living being's right? Do you know what it would be like to be dragged out of your hovel into a war on another planet? A battle that will serve your oppressor and bring death to you and your brothers? "
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philosopher-animal
Fri, Aug 25, 2017, 9:07am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

About the Betazoid telepathy: "Tin Man" says that Betazoid children are not usually born telepathic - they grow into it. So maybe Deanna just likes being childish - it *is*, after all, her mother she is interacting with.
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philosopher-animal
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

This is one of my favourite episodes of fiction, period, though I don't claim it is one of the *best* such. Funny how that works. (It influenced my thinking and feeling in spite of some of the flaws discussed.)

As for Requiem for Methuselah, *exactly* the same point is raised, yes.

However, there's also a *minor* take-back. I am not sure why he held so, but my father (who used to catch some TNG with me as I grew up) thought that Beverly's line about not believing Data when he says he can't love her was the most important one of all. Data is *deluded*: in a way the whole point of the episode is that he *does* love, his protestations not withstanding. I agree with this interpretation, even though as I've learned, it is not intended in the scripts. Though there was apparently a draft of "Skin of Evil" where Data says "how empty it will *feel* without her presence" (emphasis mine - the closing scene with Data wondering about the loss of Tasha).

It is sort of an "emotional Turing Test" watching Data. He's reserved, but is he unemotional? How does one know? (See also "The Most Toys", for example.)
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philosopher-animal
Sun, May 29, 2011, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

I remember the buzz about this episode on the BBSes when this was "expected" - all the speculation (based on pre-release semispoilers): "Mark Twain!?" "Guinan in the 19th century?!" "Data's head??!!" It was a severe letdown. If the information about it being stretched into a two-parter is right, frankly I'm not surprised. The aliens in this episode are abysmal. No *depth* at all. On the other hand, I was one of the ones who also noticed the explanation of two of Guinan's earlier remarks - not just the "beyond friends and family" thing, but another. Guinan also told Geordi (why is he almost always Geordi and not Mr. LaForge?) in "Booby Trap" (IIRC) that she was attracted to bald men because a bald man was kind to her once. People at the time took it to mean Picard, but very few people noticed the possible explanation in this episode - or rather its sequel.
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philosopher-animal
Sun, May 29, 2011, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I've heard it suggested somewhere that Majel played Lwaxana as a version of herself. (Think of the DS9 episode where she tells Odo that nobody has seen her real hair.) I have also heard that she was a wonderful and caring person - Wil Wheaton mentions this, for example. So I do wonder about the expression of loneliness. I also read that Majel had partial native american roots, and my native american friend has some of the same attitudes as Lwaxana, which if you don't understand the context do make her annoying in ways that aren't easy to fathom (though, yeah, L is annoying in other ways too). A complex puzzle.
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philosopher-animal
Fri, Apr 1, 2011, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

I'd put Darmok higher because of how it can be sort of twisted to apply to itself -think of TNG itself as a legend ...

Also, as someone who wonders about such things as the nature of communications and concepts I do find the "crazy premise" wonderful, even if absurd if taken literally.
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philosopher-animal
Mon, Mar 7, 2011, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

Do we know the Vori actually look like humans? What would stop the manipulation from including a part of the "program" to ensure they look like the species of the recruit? (And hence gain sympathy, etc.)
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