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Tue, Jul 25, 2017, 4:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

This episode was so full of itself and the ego of the writer, that everything 'realistic' was lost in the shuffle (or as 'real' as star trek can be anyway). A shuttle crashing yet again? no problem. 8 day coma? no problem. Harry crossing 120 miles of wilderness on an L class planet in 8 days with just a tricorder pointing in the right direction? no problem. A planet on the other side of the galaxy that is exactly like medievel England, complete with Shakespeare? no problem. And on and on.

The thing that pulled me right out of the episode completely was when Torres asks Shakespeare to get her a thin sheet of tin and bronze alloy plated with gold, as if she would even ask him in the first place, and then he comes back the next day with one. lol. I couldn't get one of those made nowadays in less than a week probably. But apparently they just have them lying around on his primitive planet.

Just like the dilithium, which of course he recognized immediately from a crystal looking thing on a computer screen as 'winter's tears'. The screen alone would have made him shit himself just seeing it. And I know that when I see a picture of a crystal I can identify the specific one it is and exactly where to find them, especially if it is located in only one spot that I would never know about because I wasn't allowed to go there ever in the first place or risk being killed.

And why was the flyer out of dilithium anyway? It hadn't been running for over a week. What, they only carry the exact amount of dilithium to last exactly the length of their original mission, and if you go past that by a few hours you're screwed I guess? And apparently they have no food on the flyer either, since Torres had to bargain for some with Shakespeare. Maybe they use a replicator, but the escape pods have at least a weeks worth, and there should be 2 escape pods left on the flyer. So the whole situation there makes no sense.

And Shakespeare listened to some log entries and knew every detail about everyone on the ship? Would the logs even mention that seven says 'you will be assimilated' and 'I will comply' etc. and that Tuvok is a vulcan with no emotions, and that there is a subtext of a love between Chakotay and Janeway, and that Harry was interested in kissing the twins, and that Paris and Torres are in love? etc. etc. Even if they did, he discovered all of that in the thousands and thousands of log entries, that he somehow knew how to listen to, and somehow could understand, despite 90% of it being technobabble that he wouldn't comprehend in the slightest about warp signatures and transporters and away missions and tritanium and holodecks and EMP's and alien monsters that eat starships and on and on, and wrote it into a play and rehearsed it and performed it, all in a week. oh yes.

Another absurd episode from this absurd show where the writers just don't care about what they are actually writing about, just as long as they can force a 'moral' down our throats. And oh my. What an original 'moral' it was too. Violence is bad. Oh really.

1 star. Mostly for the Tuvok scenes.
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Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 8:36am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

This episode isn't so bad. 2 1/2 stars from me.

It was meant to be silly and cliched and corny. And it was.

And maybe it's because everyone knows it already, but I'm surprised that noone mentioned that Ethan Phillips (Ulis) was also Neelix on Voyager. Just thought I'd add that in case others didn't know :D
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