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Patrick D
Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 10:07am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Trek reflects the times. You see a lot more Cold War stories in TOS/TNG than you ever see in Voyager. If the writers want to comment on terrorism and immigration in Trek, they need to set up some conflict in the Trekverse that’s similar. It’s not like Star Wars where it’s all fantasy - Trek by nature is interested in talking about current events through allegory.
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Patrick
Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 8:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Did anyone notice Seven was sleeping in a bed before Harry came in and woke her up? That was weird; it must have been one of those Borg regeneration mattresses.
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Patrick
Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 6:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

I love this episode because of Jeri Ryan’s portrayal of the Doctor. She was hilarious, enjoying those prison rations!
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Patrick
Sat, Jan 18, 2020, 7:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

The discussion here about B’lanna being raped is interesting. There was an episode of Law and Order SVU where, basically, a bunch of rich moms were sleeping with some guy that misrepresented himself as some person of influence of a fancy pants school everyone wanted to get into, and they were deciding if that was rape, because the women didn’t say no. I forgot how they ended the episode (sorry). So if you lie about who you are and someone sleeps with you based on this identity, is that rape? People lie all the time. There was also an episode in DS9 where Sisko represented himself as Dark Universe Sisko, and was with Dark Universe Dax, which I also thought was messed up.
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Patrick D
Fri, Jan 3, 2020, 6:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

From what I remember in college, I'm pretty sure Chrome is right on this but keep in mind this episode is dealing with an altered past. In this new past, the U.S. was not making efforts to take down the uranium-carrying submarines or getting the major brain drain of scientists. If you follow the events in the manner CotEoF details, a stronger Germany would indeed be in a much better situation to develop the atom bomb without American interference, regardless of what progress they made in the "correct" past.
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Patrick
Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 8:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

Haneek: “Hi, we are the Skrreeans. We are refugees from the other side of the wormhole. Can you help us?”

Kira: “Of course! We found 3 million of your people in the Delta quadrant and they’re on their way. Please make yourself at home on the station while you wait. Here’s some food, and that dress you saw in the window that I thought you liked. And guess what? We found a whole planet in our galaxy that you can settle on. Our gift to you!”

(30 minutes later)

Haneek: “OK. Peace out assholes. We’re outta here. And fuck you very much losers. Don’t call. Don’t text. Don’t contact me in any way.”
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Patrick
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 12:10am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Beltran’s acting is so bad in this episode, it’s distracting to the point where there is no possible way to enjoy it.
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Patrick D
Tue, Dec 17, 2019, 10:44am (UTC -6)
Re: Viacom's Web Assault

So what’s the deal with Control? April Fools in December?
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Patrick
Wed, Oct 30, 2019, 5:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Blaze of Glory

I’ve always felt that Sisko was projecting the anger and betrayal he felt about Kasidy Yates onto Eddington.

Remember, she was a horrible horrible person. First she was like “a big step? That’s all you have to say?” as she was planning to move her smuggling operation onto the station. She asked Sisko for special favors to avoid a “health inspection” to ensure a meeting time with the Maquis. And when she was caught, she says “I’m not going to stand here and apologize.” And then when she came back to the station after incarceration, she got all bitchy again right away. Meanwhile, Sisko keeps cooking and wasting his nonreplicated veggies on this ingrate.
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Patrick
Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 9:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Realm of Fear

Late to the party, but would like to comment that "plexing" may be related to vagal maneuvers / carotid sinus massage, which does slow the heart rate.
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Patrick
Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 1:48am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

Good episode but...

...I couldn’t really get THAT into it because I just don’t buy that Ghemor and Kira are as close as father and daughter; it’s pretty ridiculous tbh.

The whole sharing of Cardassian secrets thing was a stretch too; apparently these secrets can only be shared verbally, face-to-face while experiencing severe mortal pain. Ghemor is such a drama queen.
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Patrick
Thu, Aug 22, 2019, 7:49am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

TNG - pregnant Ogawa is the cure

VOY- pregnant Torres is the cure

DS9 - pregnant Ekoria is the cure

Who was the pregnant elixir on Enterprise?
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Patrick
Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 3:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

Worf: “I raised Alexander”

Really Worf?
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Patrick
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 6:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I think the newer wiser Odo should have got in the Defiant with the original Odo and flown into the anomaly. They could keep doing this over and over again every 200 years, increasing the number of Odos exponentially until they have enough to create a Great Link that would rival the Dominion.
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Patrick
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:27am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Agree with Vladimir. Pah Wraith Keiko was hardly different than Fine I’ll Wear The Red Dress Keiko. You would think as a botanist, she would grow some choice plants that may put her in a better mood.
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Patrick D
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 4:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

Jammer's aside that DS9 was deeper than TNG is an interesting point. I disagree. But, on that same track, I think TNG (and TOS) were a lot more fun and inspiring. I could practically anyone into TNG (and Firefly), but I've found DS9 one of the hardest sells ever. The show is DARK. One could tally how many titles of the episodes features the words, "Blood", "Death", or "Darkness" and other negative sounding titles. How many episodes are centered around war, death, cruelty, terrorism and things of that nature. How many episodes use the Ferengi as the only things to lighten the proceedings in a in a ham fisted way. DS9 is a mature television, but it's not escapist entertainment.
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Rick S
Tue, May 21, 2019, 9:09am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I just saw this episode and was blown away by how relevant it is to these modern times. Perhaps my favorite episode of Trek for me so far (TNG, now DS9). Wow.
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Maverick
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 4:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Wow... it's been a while since i don't post anything here.
Been watching Discovery and coming here (most times a little late) to see peoples reactions and points of view on the series.
I just realized watching the last 3 episodes whats Discovery seems to be for me: It's Enterprise on steroids.
I started getting interested in trek when a was about 10 to 12 yo, thanks to my father who loved the TOS movies. After wathing all, some years later a begin watching in that order: TNG, DS9, VOY, TOS e ENT. On every single incarnation of trek, I can point my favorite episode, i remember them in detail. Same happens with the worst of every series, except Enterprise. I enjoy the show, but i've never took a single outstanding moment from that. Never had a absolute favorite or absolute worst. Everything was kind of in between. A can't remember a single episode in detail. And mind that I've just finished watching ENT about 4 years ago. Now, Discovery gave me the exactly same feeling. I just finished watching the damn thing and i can't remember any relevant detail from 5 episodes ago (I can't even remember witch was that episode). I never rush to watch the just-released episodes (I live in Brazil, and we receive them via Netflix with 1 day delay). Theres no excitement or expectations. It was just mildly entertaining. I'll admit i just love this incarnation of capt. Pike. That was the outstanding moment of the series, and i wish they could keep with the enterprise instead of following Discovery in the future. I'll also bet that they'll problably won't last more than 4 seasons, as Enterprise, because there's little "real trek" content to keep fans interested.
All that said, i still pretend to watch it till it ends, and, just as Enterprise, with just enough curiosity and wonderment to keep me going.
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Ricky
Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 3:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect is a great episode and I love it.

BUT!! There's one huge problem I have with this episode. The problem is that this episode of TNG ends right at the most interesting part. All of the time loop shenanigans were great and the story they told with them landed pretty well; but this needed to be a two-part episode, the debrief between Picard and Dr. Crane would have been compelling and emotional.

You could have had a "fish out of water" type of episode as the second half, with the Enterprise crew helping the distraught crew of the Bozeman come to terms with the fact that everyone they know and love are dead, the world has changed dramatically, and Klingons are now accepted in polite society.

Great episode but a huge missed opportunity.
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Patrick
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 7:08am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Hold on now, Santa does too exist!
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Patrick D
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 9:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Brother

In light of the return of Discovery, I made a quiz for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to make a modern Trek show:

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE CREATOR OF A NEW STAR TREK SERIES? (by Patrick D)

1. Will your Trek series/movie take place in Trek's past?

A. No
B. Yes

2. Have you watched The Original Series?

A. Yes
B. Does watching old parodies of it, count?

3. What's the inspiration for your new Star Trek series?

A. Firefly
B. The New Battlestar Galactica
C. A and B

4. What's your favorite Star Trek Movie?

A. Wrath of Khan
B. Wrath of Khan
C. A New Hope
D. All of the above

5. Will your Trek series/movie try to adhere one iota to continuity?

A. Yes
B. What am I? A fucking nerd?

6. What will your Trek series/movie feature?

A. Green Animal Women!
B. Space Battles!
C. Klingons!
D. The Mirror Universe!
F. Khaaaaaan!
G. Tribbles!
H. Section 31!
I. Thoughtful, exploration of the human condition through a humanistic lens
J. All of the above, except "I".


IF YOU HAVE CIRCLED THE BOTTOM CHOICE FOR EACH QUESTION: CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE HIRED!
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Patrick
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 4:26am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

Why didn't Voyager stay nearby for a couple weeks so they can perform literally THOUSANDS of years of research on methods that might help them get home faster?
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Patrick
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 4:11am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

The thing that annoyed me was when the Doctor, when defending himself, claimed Voyager is all he knows, so that's all he could write about.

What about when he was on that planet where timed moved faster than the rest of the universe? He lived there on that planet for YEARS.
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PatrickD
Sun, Dec 16, 2018, 10:54am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

Before people start piling on me, let me tell you a story. I was sexually molested for YEARS when when I was a child by a MALE. Unwanted, full-on sodomy. Second of all, I'm a bisexual, so I know a thing or two about anal sex. During that extremely long patch of time when I was recovering from what was done to me, Star Trek pretty much was the thing that kept my sanity together for a good decade and a half. The stories and philosophy was a respite from the awfulness of real life. So, when I see this beautiful creation that has meant so much to myself and millions of others being turned into a mindless, shoot-em-up cash cow, I get a little defensive. So, I will use the term, "defiled" from now on. Happy, everyone?
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Derrick
Sun, Dec 16, 2018, 7:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

This episode was ridiculous. While it brought up an interesting moral dilemma with far-reaching real world implications, the ending was absurdly horrible.

A child prisoner of war illegally given up for adoption. He had unconfirmed signs of physical abuse but certain signs of psychological damage, from collapsing in emotional agony to a form of attempted suicide by police. This resulted from said kidnapping and an outright called by name Stockholm Syndrome. His 2500 day brainwashing is so extensive he has made almost no progress from his psychological damage and as a child still wants to stay with his kidnapper. So against the wishes of his legitimate defacto legal guardian grandmother who also outranks the captain, and without the recommendation of the medical personnel who should have clearly had the child under 24/7 observation, the victim is returned to the abuser who's laughably incapable military couldn't be a credible threat in war without fake SOS signals.

Picard should be in prison in life, dishonorably discharged, and used as a textbook bad example for all ethics classes to come.
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