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Tim-1
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

The genius of Voyager is how they make the impossible believable.
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Tim-1
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 8:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

Just one more thing....

This episode may win the prize for the worst looking bad-guy aliens.
They looked comparable to some 1960's episodes of Doctor Who.
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Tim-1
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 1:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

I loved this episode! Actually, any of the Doctor centric episodes are a hit with me, and this one had so many hilarious moments in it. Clearly, Seven and the Doctor are two of the best characters in all Star Trek!
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Tim-1
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 4:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Survival Instinct

It struck me....that I agree with one of the commenters above (EP) I believe, about B'elanna's rudeness. Allow me to expand EP's comment in proposing the difference between Seven of nine's personality and B'elanna's. Seven's personality is a product of a lifetime pursuit and implementation of scientific knowledge, logic, and perfection. when she was freed of the Borg she was liberated from dronedom but still retained the framework of the ideals and attitude-dna of what the Borg imparted to her....minus the character flaws, capriciousness, and pettiness warts of normal humans. She had to learn all over from scratch on how to be a human again. If her personality puts off people it is due to her encyclopiedic well to draw on....not the hang ups of an insecure snob.
In very short time Seven is making great strides in finding her human abilities to show feeling and compassion.
Unfortunately, while B'elanna is an excellent engineer, she remarkably seems to go out of her way to be a certified bitch. And look at all the practice she has at being human (well, at least humanoid..she is half Klingon) compared to the fetching Seven.
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Tim-1
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 8:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

Captain Ahab.

Well, not as deep-rooted as that. But Janeway continues to puzzle me. Perhaps her nickname should be "The Curious Captain". Curious because her behavior is not consistent. For example Kirk and Picard had different approaches to their MO's but at least they had consistencies in their overall tendencies. Examples of her actions thus far, need not be repeated as all you commenters have covered it. Here, she goes all Ahab and hell-bent like the wrath of Kahn and even demotes Chakotay. In a way, it was a behavior reversal from what the Janeway/Chakotay duo would have acted like (or expected to act like) in the very beginning of the series. But you know, maybe by either accident or design, it may make Janeway more interesting....certainly more unique.
This episode had the usual head scratching moments and bad science, but what an exciting episode! I was head over heels (still am) with Grace Park in Battlestar Galactica. And now Seven of Nine graces (pun intended) Voyager.
Lots of respect for Chakotay in this one.
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Tim-1
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

Thank you Yanks.

I needed that!
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Tim-1
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

Apples are real life and oranges are fiction.
The above is what I always try to remember when watching any fiction tv show.
This episode clearly demonstrates what a sane captain would not do in a real-life situation. Firstly, Kim would not have the authority to make the call on anything as important as changing course of the ship. He is there only to pilot the ship and be a watchdog so the brass can rest. Real Captains train their subordinates to wake them in any important decision making.
Second, no captain in their right mind would be idiot enough to beam up a bomb of mass destruction, especially an alien one that they knew almost nothing about.
The safety of the crew and ship always comes first unless you are trying to defend your homes or allies in a war, etc.
Third. do you leave the decision to Kim?!! is this a democratic command? I am still scratching my head on this one. It is not of course, a big deal because shows like these are really about entertainment. However, as much as I try to give the writers a certain poetic license to make things work in a fifty minute episode, This one truly could have used just a little more believability. Still....a very entertaining episode!
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Tim-1
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

I am ashamed to say that this episode was so boring I stopped watching after the fender bender. I am usually easy on the Star Treks but there is an exception to every rule I suppose. Maybe the episode was decent and maybe I will actually finish it someday but I had I boredom meltdown here.
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Tim-1
Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 9:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Seven and the doctor's incredible duet "You are my Sunshine" is all that is necessary (to me) to add to the comments thus written.

One of the most beautiful women in the world and one of the most beloved people in Star Trek stole the show singing for about one minute!
They were simply put....Outstanding!
Jeri Ryan lifts everyone near her....can make a mediocre song sound like Beethoven, she make's everything lovely!
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Tim-1
Tue, Aug 6, 2019, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Juggernaut

I think Jeri Ryan was one of the sexiest, most attractive , and interesting characters of all the Star Treks. And that is among many other gorgeous actresses/candidates who played in Star Trek. Whenever seven of nine is the highlighter in an episode it is always good!

This particular episode was ok but I have always found B'elanna's temper annoying and immature for a Starfleet officer.
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Tim-1
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

As a late (very) comer to these posts It struck me as to one of the reasons I loved this episode. In a way I feel an empathy to the duplicate Voyager crew in that my comments (like the duplicate crew) will not be heard of, or remembered, and lost to nothingness. The commenters on these posts are like ghosts to me, perhaps you are all not even the same persons as you were when you wrote your particular comments. And the show and all (or most) of what you opined, are now in the distant past. A shame really....I have enjoyed reading all your posts. It would have been fun to get to know some of you. I am watching Voyager for the first time and I am just loving this show. I am in my retirement now so I have more time to indulge in some of these discovered gems.
This episode was a ground-breaking idea in terms of bending the imagination and crossing the "what if" barrier. A Twilight zonish episode! We got to see a Star Trek without the safety nets. We got to feel their pain and fear of actually not able to pull one out. This show made us really grieve for them and share their helplessness....and mourn them. And best of all we feel the sense of great loss of them losing everything. Plotholes....so what. It is the imaginative license that has always saved Star Trek.
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Tim-1
Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

I am as much on the fence with Janeway's inconsistencies as anyone , but she was right this time. A captain alone light years from home with a crew of complicated personalities needs the discipline of leadership. Janeway must balance the discipline according to the degree of how the infractions impact the stability of the leadership. Otherwise, letting people disregard direct orders effectively neuters the command structure and kaos sets in. Paris committed very serious infractions and left no choice for Janeway to make an example of him.
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Tim-1
Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 9:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Thank God for Southby.
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Tim-1
Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

I did not think this episode was boring at all. It had some interesting moments (weep inducing empathy, a rare support for Neelix, a challenging predicament, etc.). I am puzzled at times by the caning of some of these episodes (and from other Star Trek series as well). One cannot hit a home run every time and should take from each episode all its merits and try to cover any shortcomings with the use of imaginative license. After all, they are only one hour episodes and the writers are not scientists or engineers. I think they do the best they can with the time they have and complexity of the show. I admit that there are better episodes than others, and I have some issues with a couple of the characters, but in the long run, Voyager turned out to be a better show overall than I thought it would. I do not condemn critique (it adds to the fun of posting) all I am saying is that if you look at the core of most of these episodes, I think the effort is there to find a balance between the action part and the human interaction part.
And I will add a little humor in stating that a far more danger to the little girl might have been when the time came to tell her about Janeway's decision making!
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Tim-1
Fri, Jul 26, 2019, 8:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Civilization

I, for one felt this was one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time....including all series renditions. It reminded me a little of "City on the edge of forever" in regards to style. On a trivial note, I agree with John. I never warmed up to Trip's character. I always found him insolent, disrespectful to his superiors, reckless, and acted like an excited high school boy.
Enterprise is my favorite Star Trek series notwithstanding.
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Tim-1
Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 10:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

This episode was entertaining but I was hoping to find out how Voyager extricated themselves from the mess at the front end of the 700 years.
And how would the doctor follow the path of Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant 700 years later? And what a long, lonely ride that would be.... Bummer.
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Timothy
Thu, Jul 4, 2019, 6:07am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Crossroads, Part 1

"It is what collaborators always say. I had no choice. I only followed orders. I tried to make the best of a bad situation but what they really do is enjoying a better life than the rest while making it easier for the occupiers to control the population. "

I really don't like that word, "collaborator". Aren't we all collaborators to some extent? When we enjoy a better life than the homeless guy on the street, we collaborate with the system that has taken the land, food and natural resources that rightfully belong to everyone, divided them up and put them in the hands of those deemed more worthy of them. I really don't see any difference. The concentration camp begins with the policeman.
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Tim C
Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 7:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

Every couple of years I like to check back in and read this one again. Never fails to make me smile!
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Tim C
Sat, May 25, 2019, 4:43am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Lol Booming, I came here to post the same link. I was giggling the whole time, even if I haven't agreed with all their criticisms of the show to date.
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Tim C
Fri, May 24, 2019, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

I'm loving how one minute of teaser, consisting of just pretty-looking shots of a vineyard and an expositional monologue, is already drawing loud declarations of how much this series is going to suck. Never change, Internet. < 3
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Tim C
Thu, May 23, 2019, 11:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

How about: when Janeway altered the timeline in "Endgame", Voyager's early return caused a butterfly on Earth to flap its wings, which lead to Starfleet's Chief Of Fashion making a different call on 2390's uniform design, and also his choice of sandwich for lunch.

Fun fact: I'm in my tenth year of military life and my fourth uniform (fifth if you count the new dress uniforms!) Starfleet's got nothin' on the ADF.
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Tim C
Thu, May 23, 2019, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

^^ Chalk it up to alternate timelines, I guess.

There's a teaser trailer now, too:

https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=f3om4V_-Y0Q

Like DSC, the production values at least are gorgeous.
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Tim C
Wed, May 22, 2019, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

What do we all think about the five seconds of leaked ST:P footage?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhnXRrRv5oM

Seems like Picard is no longer a household name twenty years post-Nemesis.

There’s also a leaked set photo here:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6shNmRXoAQropK?format=jpg&name=large

At the very least, it’s fun to see 24th century uniforms again!

(I left this comment on Jammer's Blog, but I don't think it shows up in the comment stream on the reviews site, so it felt appropriate to leave it here instead as the last appearance of Picard.)
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Tim C
Sun, May 19, 2019, 6:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Watched this one last night cause I was in a bad mood and wanted to see somebody in a worse one. Wasn't disappointed! Remains one of my favourite episodes of the show. Unrequited love, to put it delicately, fucking sucks, and Auberjonois' performance with Echevarria's writing give us a devastatingly on-point depiction of it.
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Tim C
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 3:15am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

Not too bad. I liked it! I especially liked that it wasn't really Ed, but Claire who was the real saviour of the universe.

When I look back on the entire season, though, my feelings aren't as positive. It was better than the first season, but only slightly; many of original gripes with the show are still present. The mashup of humour and drama is frequently awkward, the ship itself still looks like a cheap fan-made knockoff of the Enterprise D, the acting is all over the map, and it still feels far too familiar far too often.

Should the show be renewed for season 3, I hope they can follow the example set by "Sanctuary" (a triumph of episodic sci-fi, I thought), and focus more on building out their own unique universe, with their own unique sense of humour, instead of the bargain-basement "TNG, but with lame sitcom gags!" that we were too frequently served up in the past.
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