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Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 1:25pm (UTC -6)
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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Mon, Nov 25, 2019, 1:55am (UTC -6)
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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Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 3:14pm (UTC -6)
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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Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 5:43am (UTC -6)
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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Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 9:24pm (UTC -6)
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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Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
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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Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Lonely Among Us

Hypnosis coming up is like a record scratching moment— it reminds that the show wasn’t that far removed from the 70s.

There were some good bits, like when Picard freezes everybody on the bridge and Riker keeps shouting for someone to restrain the captain. It looked a bit goofy, but kind of a believable goofy.
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Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 5:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Watched it in the theater and have never been able to through it again. Abrams so glaringly understood none of this material, it was as if a two year old put it together from random Trek bits, with huge helpings of Wrath of Khan.

And the trailer not revealing Harrison was Khan. Lol, any fan of the original movies guessed in two seconds who this angry violent anonymous man was. Sheesh.

For me this movie has so many problems, it’s hardly worth the effort. The completely nonsensical opening scene accurately reflects all the nonsense to follow.

There was a brief moment when Kirk and Khan teamed up that was great and something like that could have been a wonderful premise for the whole movie, but alas, not to be. Old Spock calls new Spock to warm him “this guy is REALLY bad”.... never mind that Montalban’s Khan had a very legitimate beef with Kirk.

This movie is a parody of Trek and for me, the worst Trek movie.
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Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 5:49am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: The Forsaken

Modern day ambassadors are often simply political gifts and getting to do travel to interesting places perks of that. Seems to be the dynamic here and why Sisko gleefully pawns them off on noob Bashir. And Lawaxana’s very large personality likely precedes her, particularly with O’Brien on the station.
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Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 2:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

My reaction to Kevin confessed to killing the Husnok was quite like Beverly’s... utter shock.

BZ, Dr Crusher didn’t pick up the music box, Data did.

As for Kevin recreating the Husnok? It’s generally far easier to destroy than create. Humans have the power to nuke a city, but not recreate it just like that.
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Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 12:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

Pulaski’s interactions with Data here pretty quickly doomed the character, which is too bad because she actually became a quite good character as the season progressed.

They seemed to be aiming for a McCoy/Spock rivalry, which on paper might have seemed, um, logical with Pulaski being the cranky doctor and the android Data being quite logical. But Spock was an adult, while Data was much more like a child, so it came across like a mean middle aged woman picking on an elementary school child.

Not a good dynamic, and with Data being a fan favorite, her fate was sealed quick.
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Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 3:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

Notice how they never actually discuss Kirk’s plan, and even in sickbay, Spock is circumspect about it, saying merely that they to carry out the Captain’s plan.

Seems likely the production knew perfectly well that lilling the aliens with high atmospheric pressure made no sense. Swapping that out for some technobabble radiation would have really helped.
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Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 3:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

This is actually a poor man’s “The Lights of Zetar” from third season TOS.

Non-corporeals looking for bodies and killed with a dubious atmosphere trick. Here, Phlox briefly “kills” everybody to drive out the aliens, while in Zetar, high pressure is used.

Though not regarded highly by most TOS fans, I actually do like “Zetar” a lot. The pressure treatment was ridiculous but the alien possessions are very creepy and the ep has solid acting and emotional punch as the possessed lady struggles to defeat the aliens.

Sigh. I didn’t watch Enterprise much when it aired and so I’ve been randomly watching eps now. The opening act on this one had me thinking wow what did I miss, then of course it went badly south.
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Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

This was quite like “Code of Honor” in the horribly cliche Indian plot.

The Wesley part wasn’t too bad, and nice to see some story closure.

It’s comical that the Traveller tells Wesley to have faith the humans/Cardassians can solve their problems on their own. Wesley’s response should have been “you know how many times I’ve saved their a$$?”
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Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 1:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

It does seem Picard should have simply ordered Worf to do the procedure. It’s insane to expect Worf to come to terms with his past out of the blue like this in these tense circumstances, like, apparently a few hours at most. And Worf’s rationale was clearly based in racism and anger.

Picard has certainly ordered people to do far worse things.
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Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 7:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Stunt doubles: lol, yes, they're obviously not the actors, but you would have had a 21" possibly snowy and black and white picture in 1967, not the 60" Crystal clear HD TV you're watching it with now.

To me this is sometimes visible even in TNG. For example, near the end of Conspiracy, the old grey haired Admiral starts fighting and tossing people around. In the wide shots, it's obviously a much younger guy.

The great thing with these HD releases is hot much more detail you get to see... with the downside being warts and all. I actually tend to find the random hairs out of place on actors' heads more bothersome, including shatners in this very episode.
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Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 11:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Definitely a favorite from when a kid, lol, but it still has its charms.

It is kind of comical how Spock spends like 20 minutes watching Kirk on the view screen commenting "good, good."

Definitely an iconic episode. This one was featured in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, after all... A great bit where B&T are watching Kirk walk/climb the mountain then later they are forced to walk up the same path from the same camera angle. Vazquez Rocks if you're curious.
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Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

I’m with Trek Fan, I think this is for sure a 3 star. With the very creepy garbled voice when the Zetars possess people, it is actually a solid understated horror flick.

Sure, there are warts, like calling Mira “the girl”, and clunky lines from Uhura/Chekov/Sulu. And I agree in principle that the episode would be stronger if it featured a regular crew member, but I don’t hold structural show issues against specific episodes, and this actress knocked it out of the park.
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Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 5:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

This gets three stars for Stubs’ put downs on Troi alone.

Stubs was an unusually well written and played guest character for Trek, especially for a scientist. While amusing for the viewer, his Troi put downs are believable for a very smart middle aged scientist. He knows what she is and what she’s doing and thinks it’s silly and annoying.

The “i’ll put two nanites together” creating an entire civilization is silly but at least has the Dr Moriarty precedent. It’s comical because it’s like the writers come up with this clever little bit and build a story around it while in reality people would have been sticking nanites together to see what would happen long before they shipped them.

Same with Geordi accidentally creating Moriarty by a simple misstatement— hello, QA department? Even funnier is that Geordi is basically blamed for it.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

It was nuts that they just allowed Troi's mystery possession pregnancy while in the middle of a critical and dangerous mission.

They should have put her in a shuttle or whatever with a doctor since she was determined to have the baby.

One nice touch-- in the briefing when they reveal it's some sort of alien pregnancy, Worf turns and stares at her. It's nice because Worf is typically depicted in a very non subtle way.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 9:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

While it has some solid bits, it has some very weak ones.

It often plays like a cartoon, such as when the female crew member jumps off her seat and slides across the floor yelling "we're moving", and the commissioner guy is practically grinning when contact with the shuttle is lost.

The crew becomes severely insubordinate right after they land.

Boma's insistence on a funeral and Spock saying nice words at it when Spock and Scott are frantically trying to fix the ship is insane. Is that what Boma wants/expects if he dies? He doesn't want them to use every moment to save themselves?

McCoy's rank and position make his tangling with Spock more reasonable, but chatting with the junior officers about Spock not having a heart is extremely inappropriate.

And of course, dead horse, Spock dumping/lighting the fuel was entirely logical. It was a gamble, but not illogical considering sensors were not functional.
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Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 9:28am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I thought the crazy lady aspect worked quite well. It's stated clearly she dedicated her life to studying the entity after her son was killed... it's not surprising that her motivation was obsession with avenging her son.

She HID it well.

The annoying part for me is that Picard is pleasantly surprised they can communicate with the entity. Well, duh, Lore colluded with it and they knew that, so obviously some level of communication was possible.
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Sun, May 20, 2018, 3:11am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Wesley being the last one actually really does make sense, as a couple have said.

He’s on a vacation that’s quite a lengthy trip for him and he would not want to play a silly game which he could do at home. And they didn’t force him until the end because he didn’t really seem like a risk.

Picard probably WAS forced by Riker/Worf etc.

I was more annoyed by the Data ex Machina ending because it seemed dishonest. Wesley is running around being chased in full panic mode with nary a hint they had actually fixed Data.
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Sun, May 13, 2018, 9:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

This episode requires that you know the "absolute power corrupts" trope and that that is what they are trying to do here, because the ep didn't pull it off.

Though, in Riker's case, it's more "absolute power turns you into a prick."

The main problem is it happens way too fast... Riker's smug look when he saves everybody to the ship. Seems to me, he would likely be demoted for insubordination.

Essentially, the morale of the episode is actually "don't become possessed by powerful evil forces", exactly the same as with Gary Mitchell. The one difference being Kirk seemed to actually figure that out without a Q like character telling him precisely what was going on. (And for any younger fans, that's from "Where No Man Has Gone Before", a strong early original series episode.)
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Sun, May 13, 2018, 5:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

I always think people underrate this episode. It shows aliens acting rather alien but with a relatable goal and motivation. The killing of Marla and its impact on Jeremy clearly freaked them out.

It was also wisely pointed out by Troi and Picard that the alien’s plan didn’t make much sense. The faux Marla was obviously unprepared to respond to that argument.

I also found the portrayal of faux Marla very convincing as a mother.
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