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Silly
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

I thought it was pretty good. Janeway got her ass called out, and it was a very good indictment.

Come on! “Well we thought 8472 was a bigger threat”! Come on! How self serving can you get?
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Silly
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

This wasn’t bad, but they cut to the chase way too soon. There was way more story available with 8472.
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Silly
Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

As clunky as the Tasha/Wesley scene was, it was not as much ripped from a school anti-drug film as it may seem, at least not where I lived. I was a teen and it was eye poppingly informative. All the anti drug stuff I had seen pretty much went direct for the pure hell of heroin or whatever addiction. What was NEVER presented was that it might just FEEL GOOD. So, as goofy as Wesley’s aww-shucks thing was, for many of us in the real world, it was reality.

I’m assuming the powers that be, at least where I lived, never explained the “positivess” that drug use had because it would seem like promoting it or something. I don’t know though, because you would see someone smoking weed or something without the extreme consequences of worst case heroine abuse or whatever, and it’s a pretty quick leap that you were being lied to, so I question this rationale.

Anyway, they could have played this scene better. It would go a long ways if Wesley had just nodded in befuddledment, rather than the aw-shucks thing they went with.
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Silly
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

I hadn’t seen this in like 30 years, but the lead in Bandersnatch reminded me very strongly of Charlie. So I’d say this ep left an impression on me.

The reason is trivial though. A late teenage male with a bouffant who is more than a tad unsocial.
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Silly
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Considering Kirk, Scotty and Bones were infatuated with Khan, it’s very plausible to see MacGivers seduced. She may have become a historian for the very reason she is very, uh, interested in men like this.

Also, Khan expertly put some strong mind screws on her. She’s a historian, not command or security. Likely there isn’t much training in how to handle a sexy genius from centuries before.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

This episode is one I liked a lot better when I was a kid.

This episodes is crap! Kirk is right, it is a torture chamber! I don’t care what the aliens claim. BS!

The episode fundamentally expects you to believe the aliens deep down, after a nice Kirk Speech are good. Ok, but, no. Sorry.

It does have great Kirk/Spock/McCoy material, but still, no way.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 5:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

The Enterprise floating in blue cloud skies looked so wonderful to me—-many years later The Voyage Home’s brief similar shot of the Bird of Prey “Bounty”. Just looked fantastic.
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Silly
Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

I’m rewatching it. It’s great.

I’ll fanwank... there’s a very good reason the Gorn moves in slow motion- it’s explicitly stated the race is cold blooded.

There’s plenty to critique- like why did Kirk and company not immediately beam up when first beaming down to the colony when it was very obviously a trap. And Uhuru screaming when Kirk was taken from the bridge... lol because teleportation is quite mundane in this universe.

But still, this is a first season ep of TOS. Come on, they were quite literally making it up as they went along. And thank you Lucille Ball!
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Silly
Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 12:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

It’s bland but a fairly competent bland. That is, it wasn’t terribly marred by season 1 troubles. It would have fit with some tweaks as a bland episode in season 3 or 6. Actually it would have been a strong season 7 episode.
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Silly
Fri, May 8, 2020, 10:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

What’s great about this episode is that even having seen it and the rest of the series, I still find myself seriously being convinced Kira is a Cardy.
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Silly
Tue, May 5, 2020, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Q-Less

It’s a lousy episode, but really gets 3 stars for this one line: "Picard and his lackeys would've solved all this technobabble hours ago."
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Silly
Mon, May 4, 2020, 6:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

People question why Quark is here... he says it’s because of Zek. It seems reasonable to me he’s there because he’s scared for Nog. While not stated on screen, it seems a reasonable guess Zek may have given Quark information that spooked Quark. Quark complaining to Dax is just his normal bs/rationalizing/anxiety.
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Silly
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

Jadzia‘s death bed thing is MST3K territory. Bashir said he saved the symbiont and couldn’t do anything for Dax, but she’s still conscious and coherent enough to speak. Wtf??
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Silly
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 11:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Chrome, the one on Amazon prime right now Is the original theater release, not the Director’s cut.
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Sillyk
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Pretty good, but Geordi was ridiculously friendly and understanding. I just feel like since he was directing, he wanted to play it as Geordi not being a bad guy.
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Sillyk
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 9:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Sheesh, DYAC is back with this new iPhone Swype.

“Potatoes’s and Kim’s”... um, “Paris’s and Kim’s”.

After re-reading some comments, it is amusing to ponder how their replicators work... what exactly have they been eating? It converts energy to food... so does that food have their flaw? If they eat it long enough (gradually replacing the cells in their bodies), are they cured?

Haha, best not to think about such things too much if you like the episode.
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Sillyk
Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I’m in the Like camp. The technological issues make my brain bleed, but Whatevs.

But I actually think this could be a two parter. It was very fascinating to see the mimic Paris and Kim having the same personalities with the same arguments as their real counterparts desire being fully aware of what they are. Potatoes’s and Kim’s arguments were both compelling.

Same for all the characters. They should have turned around right away yet were literally programmed to try to reach earth.

Also, I was happy the reveal was pretty early on. I rolled my eyes at first when Chakotay said the demon planet was one of their most interesting missions and assumed it was just a wink wink to the audience, but am grateful in the next scene it was confirmed.
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Silly
Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 5:08am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

I like the movie and the refit Enterprise is absolutely stunningly beautiful. I'm mostly ok with the lengthy Kirk/Scotty Enterprise approach, EXCEPT:

Kirk rightfully gazes in awe at the ship... But also at the light panels pointed at it and other parts of the drydock that seemingly are irrelevant. It's confusing at first because you think it's stuff that is relevant but it isn't. Cutting out the shots of that stuff and Shatner's reactions to them would have greatly improved this scene.


Similar problem when the Enterprise travels through the cloud. Endless shots of the crew reacting in awe to what is essentially a screen saver on the view screen.


What makes it worse is later when Kirk and company walk out onto the outside of the ship, there is no reactions to what should be jaw dropping. Yes they're in a hurry but not even one shot of McCoy or whoever looking around bug eyed for a moment.
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Silly
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: You Can't Go Home Again

Figuring out how to fly the raider didn't bother me... The cyclons had raiders with pilots before and it's not surprising that as they evolved/developed, the ship retained the same basic mechanisms. Also, I don't see why stuffing the hole with the jacket wouldn't work. It quite likely would be a bit leaky, but that's no big deal.

However, how in the world would she find Galactica without any instruments? Apparently just looking out the "window"? Space is big. It's over 200,000 miles from the Earth to the Moon. She wouldn't even know which way to start.
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Silly3
Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Initially, I was annoyed with the lack of real consequences despite all the talk of severe consequences.

But it does make sense Starfleet would overlook some rules considering the war and plus Bashir has been pretty throughout vetted by this time and is a genius.

The episode itself remains weak though because not enough time was spent on this stuff. The retcon works amazingly well though.


Huge kudos to the actors playing Bashir's parents... One isn't even an actor! Along with great writing for them and Siddig's performance, it's very believable they are a real family.
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Silly
Mon, Nov 25, 2019, 1:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Caretaker

Voyager is actually better if you pretend it was made right now.

I watched it first run, after watching TNG and DS9, and found it a cheap copy of TNG. Which it basically was.

But rewatching it now with some distance from TNG, esp episodes like Future's End, it's really kind of cool.

Still weak with way too much technobabble and many flaws, but it does have its charms if looked at as if it were made now.
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Silly
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 3:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

Vedek Yassim was so well written and played, I thought she had been on the show previously and I had missed it.


Sisko’s angst about the situation seemed out of place, and certainly discussing the Vorta’s plan in the presence of junior officers like Nog was inappropriate. They’re at war, behind the lines with an enemy preparing to attack. That Keevan is a sleaze ball is irrelevant.
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Sillyk
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 5:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

I personally think this episode has greatly improved with time. I saw it when it was first run back in 1987 and hated it.

By far the biggest problem was having a goofy episode where everybody was out of character was way out of place as the first episode after the pilot. We didn’t know these characters at all, and making Picard look like a confused old man while Riker saves the day was awful.

Even Wesley as wunderkind wasn’t that bad the way it played out here, and while developing Wesley in that way was horribly dreadful, it was season wide and not specific to this episode.

This episode could comfortably fit in seasons 3-6 with a 3 star rating.

As for whether it’s “funny”... Trek very rarely does comedy well, so whatevs. There are funny bits here and there but Voyager’s Tinker Tenor is the only Trek episode setting out to be funny that really succeeds, imho.
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Silly
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 9:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Sarjenka's Little Brother: “I was fascinated with Lt. Ilea from STTMP. I would have had a Deltan as part of the core bridge crew”

That’s actually what Troi was! Not exactly a Deltan, but “William Riker”/Troi were reused “Willard Decker”/Ilia from TMP, reused by Gene.
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Sillyk
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

I was VERY worried when this episode started. Three very worrisome shots in a row at the start.

1) The first shot of the 1701-D floating into view from below and dead on in front... the multicolored deflector dish looks awful and cheap. And the ship looks very ugly and strange. Of course, we’re long used to it now, but after the quite beautiful movie era 1701, yuck.

3) A very badly handled camera shot of Picard strolling through engineering. Very very shaky, shockingly amateurish.

2) Picard/Stewart’s baldness and age. This one was more subjective, me being still a teenager.

Another very early annoyance was the saucer separation. Partly the way over the top music and melodrama. But also, Data insisting it was an *extreme risk* and Picard doing it anyway. Data is a computer... really, the saucer would likely have been destroyed, and possibly the engineering hull as well.

Lol, oh, and Q’s “freezing” of people.
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