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Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 12:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

There were a lot of things about the Equinox's story that didn't quite tie together. In part I Captain Ransom says they travelled 10,000 light-years in two weeks, yet in part II the aliens that showed them the, er, "magic fuel creatures" were only 50 light-years behind them (and with a ship only two light years away). So either Voyager missed an empire spanning 9998 light years or the writers forgot exactly how long they'd been doing it. Then there's the food thing. They'd been starving for weeks but they still had rations left to eat? It's a shame less time was spent on the story of the Equinox and more time on pointless action.

Captain Ransom had too easy a change of heart. He went from "I had no choice!" to "killing an uncertain number of these magic beings is probably wrong" in the space of one e-walk down an e-beach. In the first part he seemed like a steely-determined monster who felt nothing at murdering dozens, and the next part a man who couldn't bear to see another creature die. Again, the fact that it was never made clear just exactly how many had died made a discontinuity between the two halves. In part I it implies he's killed dozens and has little guilt. In part II it implies fewer murders (but the necessity of more to come) but a lot more guilt. I found the change jarring.

Then there's Janeway having a meltdown and going almost insane with vengeance. It seemed like a huge leap out of character, especially considering she was putting her crew in danger for what seemed to amount to a vague personal vendetta that had been brewing for all of five minutes. Perhaps it would have made sense more had it been leading to a continuing story arc, rather than a predictable one episode conclusion. And no one mentions it ever again. Maybe she should lay off the coffee for a while.

Oh, and the Doctor's magical reappearance with ethics reinstated. What was that all about?

A disappointing conclusion to a promising first part.
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Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 9:55am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Azati Prime

Strange how the idea of Travis having nothing to do on the show is so worthy of comment in this episode, an episode where he has more to do than any previous episode of the season. Also, the only offensive thing about his sidelining is that fact that people think it's racist! Seriously. It could be because his acting hasn't been particularly good in the couple of episodes he had the lead. It could be that the writers chose to focus on three main characters as opposed to an ensemble type show. The idea that the only explanation is because the writers were racist is an affront to the work Star Trek has done in promoting strong black characters. Sisko, Worf, Tuvok...

Maybe next you'll get angry that Doctor Crusher had nothing to do in the movies because the writers didn't like redheads.
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Thu, Jul 8, 2010, 1:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

Enterprise just can't win with you can it? When it does a great sci-fi episode that isn't grounded by "reality" or "real world situations" you bitch about it. And yet when it does a great episode concerning a real (albeit futuristic) moral dilemma of harvesting organs from a clone, you bitch about the science.

This episode made me and my girlfriend cry, because the story was so sad and the plight of Sim so disturbing. I have a degree in cosmology. She is researching neuroscience, specifically MEMORY. If two actual scientists can make the leap, why can't you?

The irony is that even the best scientists out there can fail to see the world in new ways. Only 150 years ago, scientists believed that the human body would not survive travelling at the speed of locomotives; that invasive surgery was impossible; and that radio had no future. Almost 100 years ago, Einstein himself thought quantum physics to be incorrect (even though he accidentally invented the discipline), and atomic energy to be impossible. So if you are unable to predict the future of science then you are in good company. However...

Star Trek has never been anything more than sci-fi for the masses, but generally speaking it never crosses too great a line with sci-fi as to make it unbelievable. What's to say that whatever Phlox injected the symbiont with did not contain Trip's memories? There is enough leeway to say that this episode does not cross that line as much as other "Fun With DNA" episodes, in fact probably less. Ultimately, the idea that it IS "Fun With DNA" is narrow minded interpretation, rather than incorrent implementation. This episode, as far as I'm concerned, does not cross the line. It is only a means to an end. And it's a very poignant end.

If you can't accept weird ideas or new ways of thinking about science at all, why are you even watching science fiction?
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Tue, Jul 6, 2010, 10:30am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

I may be in a minority here, but I think the Xindi arc was one of the best things Star Trek has ever done. If anything (and people won't like this) I find it a far more coherent and just generally better series of episodes than the finale of DS9. The key is to consider this season apart from the first two. The first two seasons were essentially Voyager-lite but with an arguably more likeable cast (no fucking Neelix on Enterprise); season three veers off into more 24-like territory, and makes this is the season when Enterprise establishes its own identity. Take it on those terms and this becomes one of the finest seasons Trek has produced, up there with season five of DS9 and the middle seasons of TNG.
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Tue, Jul 6, 2010, 8:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Expanse

Regarding the maps thing, it's quite common for the home continent of the map maker to put that continent centrally. I live in Japan too, and yes, many times you will see a map here that puts Japan in the centre. Equally, I have seen maps where the Americas are central and Asia is split in two on either side of the map, although both of those variants are less common than the traditional (and correct) way of having Britain in the middle (then again, I am British so I would say that).

And Malcolm and Hoshi would disagree with the assertion that all of the characters are American. Malcolm even has a local accent!
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Mon, Jul 5, 2010, 8:35am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Regeneration

I find it hard to believe that people don't like this episode just because they can't understand the continuity. This episode is a brilliant example of following up on a previous story AND filling in a few continuity holes yet still being a great standalone story (something which the fourth season, for all it tried, never quite managed).

The Borg are a few surviving stragglers of the Borg Sphere that travelled back in time in First Contact. They escape the ice and go on their merry way, interacting enough to make a good story but not so much that it explicitly goes against everything that has happened before. They don't say their name (IIRC, they never identified themselves in Q Who either) and they don't leave any trace of themselves behind for study. This gives ample scope to allow for Picard and co. not knowing anything about the Borg, nor there being any record of them. The only record Picard may know of is that of a powerful race using cybernetic enhancements being stranded on Earth and then escaping. As Phlox reminds the viewer, the Bynars used cybernetic enhancements, and it's reasonable to assume that they aren't the only known species who do.

It also explains away two continutity issues: how the Hansens knew about the Borg, and how come the cube in Q Who was so far out of regular Borg space. When the Hansens left, all they had to go on were "rumor and sensor echoes". Considering how little evidence of the Borg was left during the episode and the fact they never identified themselves, rumours and sensor echoes would be all that was left. The Hansens would have been aware of the term "Borg" from the El Aurians, but remember, the El Aurians are a race of listeners, not speakers. As for the cube being so close to Earth during the early episodes of TNG (not only Q Who but also The Neutral Zone), again we're given the reason why. They sent themselves a message to come snooping around. In a way, it also helps explain a bit about First Contact. Why pick that time to go back to as opposed to some earlier time? Because they knew they'd have to go back to then, get frozen and thawed so they could send the message to themselves in the first place.

So yeah.
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