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wolfstar
Sat, Dec 7, 2019, 4:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Agreed Jason - any issues with the character aside, she isn't a good actress. John Boyega and Adam Driver are the strongest actors in these films, but Boyega's material in TLJ was a waste of his abilities.
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wolfstar
Sat, Nov 23, 2019, 8:01am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

There are also big advantages to not following up on, or having call-banks to, terrible episodes that are best forgotten. It's best not to remind people of them. So I wouldn't have considered it smart from a writer's perspective to have Troi reference the events of this episode in, say, Dark Page, The Loss or Face Of The Enemy - especially as The Child was written for another series and character and poorly adapted to TNG. The show still hadn't decided what it was at this point. For the most part, having a call-back to a bad episode during a good episode only harms it.
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wolfstar
Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 6:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

I agree with Skeptical, Connor and SouthofNorth - this is a candidate for worst Voyager episode, way below Threshold. I rewatched it recently for the first time since the 90s and was shocked how awful it was... everything that happens is just complete nonsense, with no reason to care. I don't like Q episodes generally (with the obvious exception of Q Who) but this somehow manages to be the worst of them all.
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wolfstar
Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 2:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hunters

Absolutely superb post, Proteus.
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wolfstar
Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 2:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

What Peter said.
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wolfstar
Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 6:13am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I'm the same, I loved this episode the first time I saw it but it's never really worked for me since. It's great upon first viewing because it's basically a "ride" episode - plenty of surprises and you never know what's gonna happen next, as the stakes keep being amped up. But on subsequent viewings I never found it that compelling - and yeah, the Garak/Dukat material just feels off. Dukat's conduct is certainly in character but Garak feels too on the nose. I'd still give it 2.5 though.
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wolfstar
Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 6:22am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Second Season Recap

S2 is my favorite Voyager season - it represents the show's most sustained attempt at arc storytelling and also has many great standalones. I love it for The Thaw, Resistance, Deadlock, Meld, Persistence Of Vision (which I find sensual, spooky and compelling), Dreadnought, Maneuvers, Basics Part I (shame about the botched Part II) and Investigations (I seem to be in the minority of people that really like that ep). Of course there are quite a few duds, especially near the start (I should add - the version of S2 we got in the UK didn't contain the S1 holdovers). The run from Maneuvers to Basics I is Voyager's most solid, one with only 2-3 duds for me. This season is also pretty much the last time Chakotay gets any decent character work in the series.

At the same time, I do very much understand the concerns regarding the lack of a sense of progress given that Voyager is still dealing with the same groups of people we met all the way back in Caretaker, Phage and State Of Flux (the Kazon-Nistrim and -Ogla, Vidiians, Talaxians) when the ship is supposed to have been hurtling towards the Alpha Quadrant at maximum warp for 2 years. And I agree with the consensus that the season's strongest episodes are standalones. But I love the Michael Piller sensibility to this season. It's the swansong for Voyager's original Taylor-Piller vision before the show drifts for a year (S3) then is rebooted (S4).
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wolfstar
Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 6:43am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

It's been interesting seeing this episode for the first time since I was a kid (I was abour 12-13 when I originally saw it and remember really liking it and thinking a lot about it afterwards)... so I echo TB's comment. I still think the plot and concept are good (original and engaging), but the execution is remarkably bad, something I didn't notice as a kid at all (amazing how imagination counts for so much when you're younger, and you mentally paper over the cracks and don't notice plot holes and shoddy production as much). As noted by others above, the alien society is really unconvincing - they're not just totally human but even seem American, and then there's even the laughable digital clock with Arabic numerals. Kes's parts are fairly effective, and I like how Janeway and Paris are in this episode (they're a big part of what makes it work), but the way they get caught up in the environmental protest group seems really contrived and convenient - then there's the fact the power plant has one solitary guard (who's easily overpowered) and appears to have no staff at all on the inside, so they just walk in. The ship-side material isn't too bad (and the post-destruction set is convincing), but rather tech-heavy and rote, and the characters haven't quite found their footing yet (which is to be expected at this stage in the series). Most of all, because the budget constraints are so visible, I just didn't feel the stakes or the impetus this time - it was much harder to get invested in the situation and outcome than when I watched it as a kid. Then there's the sudden reset ending, which just doesn't work in the way it's intended. Think I'm gonna settle on a 2.5 star rating - the script is 3*, but the execution is about 1.5*.
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wolfstar
Wed, Jul 31, 2019, 2:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

This is "only" a 2.5-star episode for me too, but the best thing going for it is the seriousness with which it approaches its difficult subject matter. The whole scenario may be contrived, and the reset button built-in, but the execution all the way is excellent - the performances and score are what make this work, and Michelle Krusiec is excellent in a difficult, largely mute role that's very physical and requires her to convey a lot of emotions just using her face and body language.
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wolfstar
Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 3:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@grumpy_otter That was absolutely beautiful and perfect, I'm going to save it, thanks for sharing - you invested so much thought and care into it. In every sense, the ending we should have had.
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wolfstar
Thu, Jul 4, 2019, 6:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Favor the Bold

Back in the day, my issues with Sacrifice Of Angels caused me to overlook the greatness of this episode, the Part 1 to its Part 2. But it's a superb piece of work, one of DS9's finest hours. I love Nana Visitor in these episodes and the way the occupation storyline puts Kira through the wringer. (Also, her season 6 hair is her best hair.) Another nice detail is the pragmatic working relationship that has developed between Kira and Quark. It's a good Vorta episode too (we learn a lot about Weyoun), as well as featuring the series's first real Founder-Vorta dialog scenes, which are superb.
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wolfstar
Mon, Jul 1, 2019, 6:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

Short notes on this episode, just some of the many reasons it's so great:

- it's the best Jem'Hadar episode (building on The Abandoned, Hippocratic Oath and To The Death, but more successful than any)
- and easily the best Vorta episode (Treachery, Faith and the Great River in S7 never worked that well for me; here, in the form of Keevan, the Vorta are shown at their most duplicitous and self-serving)
- on top of that, it's also a fantastic Kira episode... her storyline is brilliant and told in just a few scenes, many non-verbal; the dialogue is perfect but Vejar's direction and Visitor's acting do the heavy lifting
- Lilyan Chauvin is superb and incredibly memorable in her small but crucial role as Vedek Yassim
- excellent use of Garak too

For me, while A Time To Stand is strong, this is considerably better - so for me A Time To Stand is 3.5 and this is 4.
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wolfstar
Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 4:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

I read the comment as tongue in cheek.
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wolfstar
Wed, Jun 5, 2019, 7:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

I have more mixed feelings about this episode than I used to and would put it closer to 3 stars. I generally really like Bajoran-centered and/or religious-themed episodes, but the mysticism goes a little overboard in this one. The long-term plot aspects are intelligent and deft (the locusts prediction, and Ben stopping Bajor from joining the Federation), but... yeah, that scene on the promenade where he can see everyone's future doesn't work. I also don't think the writing choices for Winn were correct here – her speeches to Kira about not having believed Sisko was the Emissary and no longer knowing who her enemies are are too expository and on the nose. There's no reason for Winn to spell out her thoughts in this way and in such detail.

What really makes this episode work, though, is the family focus – particularly the way Kasidy is brought back into the fold, and the bond we see between Kasidy and Jake. This corporeal counterpoint to the spiritual plot gives the episode vital roots and brings it down to earth, and is the right note to end the hour on. I also love that Kira strongly defends Jake's choice and his right to make it even though it wouldn't have been her choice.
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wolfstar
Fri, May 24, 2019, 3:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

At best, the Picard show is a story that doesn't need to be told. At worst, it risks doing great damage.
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wolfstar
Tue, May 7, 2019, 3:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Haplo, Yanks - I've seen the DS9 documentary. I gave it an 8/10 (or a high 3 on the Jammer scale). It was great hearing all the actors talk so intelligently about their roles. For me the season eight part was the weakest element - admittedly they only had one day to come up with it, but I didn't think the writers' ideas worked and a lot of the groundwork and character choices seemed to have been borrowed from the relaunch novels. A shame there was no discussion of The Visitor or In The Pale Moonlight at all in the two-hour runtime, and no discussion of the geopolitical side of the show either (the parallels between Bajor/Cardassia and eastern European countries recovering from Soviet domination in the 1990s, Changeling paranoia in relation to terrorism fears in the U.S., etc.). I did really enjoy it, but it was a little too much of a love-in and nostalgia fest - which is entirely warranted, as the show is awesome, but I'd have preferred a slightly more sober and analytical look at what made DS9 so resonant and timeless, rather than lots of scenes of the cast singing and fooling around.
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wolfstar
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 2:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

This was 3-3.5 for me, and went a long way toward making up for the poor part 1. (The criticism stands, though, that past and future Kelly seem like completely different people.) J Lee handled all the technobabble really well, it's nice seeing Alara again, and Ed's character works better in this slightly grittier iteration. The episode also answers some questions about Isaac's, which raise questions of their own – the alternate-timeline Isaac in this episode served on The Orville for two years just as our Isaac did, and because he never established a bond with Claire and her kids, he's just as genocidal as the other Kaylon, which is a disturbing implication. I prefer this to Voyager's Timeless, which it echoes in quite a few places, but obviously it's no Yesterday's Enterprise. The episode reaffirms the importance of human bonds, which in an increasingly atomised era where screens have become our tools of community, is a welcome and quietly radical message.

The season as a whole has been excellent, with only 3-4 substandard episodes out of 14 by my count. It's clear that a lot of work, thought and love was put into this season, and it represents a major advancement from season 1, which was clearly a trial run. I will buy the season 2 DVD when it comes out to support the show. While the tone is closest to late-season Voyager, this is easily better than the troubled second seasons of Enterprise, TNG and Discovery. Talla was a great addition to the show (mainly because of Jessica Szohr's great performance and likeability), and it's the consistent worldbuilding, character development, relatability and family feel that make this season a winner.
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wolfstar
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 4:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Lodged Torpedo – I adore The OA too. I think it's my favourite TV show since DS9.
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wolfstar
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 6:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Hank was writing that about Michael, not about Mirror Georgiou. Guess your comprehension and attention to detail might not be all you proclaim...
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wolfstar
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 12:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The finale also creates the problem that Starfleet had a way to instantly bring Voyager home all along (or at least after contact was established with Voyager in Message In A Bottle) but chose not to because it was classified tech.

John's right. Once these things are out of the bag, they're out of the bag.

I found out thanks to the Midnight Edge video link that someone posted that (unsurprisingly) the spore drive wasn't part of Bryan Fuller's original plan. Fuller did create the Stamets character and plan to have advanced fungal tech in the series, but it was in the context of terraforming. It was Berg and Harberts who changed it to the "spore drive".
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wolfstar
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 11:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Everything in Trent's last comment is further evidence the Angel was originally intended to be something else but was retconned to be Burnham after the change in showrunners.
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wolfstar
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 6:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

"if people pay closer attention to the show they will be rewarded" is the opposite of my experience – the finale (and the show in general) is flashy and superficially enjoyable but the moment you start to think about any of it, it just crumbles. And season 2 is worse than season 1 in that regard. It's not about whether viewers can cope with the pace at which the show moves, I think most of us here can. The fact that a lot of people missed the start of the vision in Part 1 isn't because they can't follow the show or aren't watching closely enough, it's because it was a) poorly telegraphed and b) the scene actually makes less sense as a vision than as reality (they never even tried to fire on Discovery, they just took Burnham's word that it wouldn't work)

Back in the 90s I went to high school with a kid who was a fellow Star Trek fan. We used to swap video cassettes of the latest Voyager episodes... this was in about 1998 when season 4 was airing. Something I started to notice as the season progressed is that for him, there was no such thing as a bad episode. We could sit and talk about how great Seven was and how enjoyable the Hirogen arc was, but if I then said that (for instance) Vis A Vis or Demon was bad, he wouldn't agree and would always find a way to defend it. He wouldn't criticise the show or individual episodes, even mildly, and would force himself to like every episode – for him, it was automatically good just because it was Star Trek. I really enjoyed Voyager season 4 too but I started to find his attitude a bit weird. It was what I would now call a fetishistic mode of consumption – not watching a piece of drama to see whether it was any good or not, but essentially treating the writers as if they could do no wrong and seeing yourself as subservient to the show, duty-bound to defend it and mentally correct its shortcomings. But you know what... he was a 15-year-old kid and he doesn't do that anymore. And the reason he did it is because he wasn't very happy at school or home, the one thing he clung onto was Star Trek, and it was so important to him at that time in his life that he couldn't accept it being bad, even just for one episode.

I remember doing this myself with a film once too, in a moment of geekdom in my early 20s – I really supported the director, the film was getting a lot of flak and bad reviews, and I'd been really eager to see it for almost three years. Because I was so afraid it was gonna be bad (having looked forward to it for so long and invested so much of myself in it being good), I decided before pressing play that I was going to like it whatever. It *couldn't* be bad, because it was a film by director X, ergo it was automatically good and it was merely my duty as a viewer to receive and interpret it.

About halfway through the film I realised I was loving it, so didn't need to force myself to like it anymore. But I learned from doing this that it really isn't a good way to watch things. Years later, I still wasn't totally sure whether I'd actually liked the film for what it was or just made myself like it. So I never did that again. Often when we make ourselves like something it's because we don't have faith in its own merits, and we're afraid if we just watch it normally it won't live up to our hopes. I needed that film to be good to maintain my worldview and sense of internal consistency, just like my friend needed Voyager to be good to get him through the week.

This is what's going on here with certain people, I feel.
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wolfstar
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 5:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

One point relating to The Sound Of Thunder, that I find myself looking at again now that the season has ended:

In that episode, the red burst and the appearance of the Red Angel are separate. The initial burst draws Discovery to the planet, then the Red Angel appears several hours after this to knock out the Ba'ul network of weaponized observation pylons to stop them killing the Kelpiens.

The finale only shows Burnham making a single jump to Kaminar (to generate the signal, even though we've never been shown how her suit generates these red bursts). But it then also shows Burnham as the Red Angel appearing to Saru at the end of the episode, suggesting that the incarnation of the Red Angel that intervened to save the Kelpiens was Burnham too, not her mother as I'd wondered (and which might have been more logical).

How does Burnham's hastily-assembled "time suit" have the technology to permanently knock out the Ba'ul's pylon network across an entire planet? And why is she only shown making one jump to Kaminar when this would have required two?

(I mean, I know the answer to this – when The Sound Of Thunder was written, Michael wasn't intended to be the Angel...)
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wolfstar
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 5:22am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Let's drop this... Cody didn't even make the "fascist regime" comment in the first place, he was just quote-replying to another commenter. It's probably an inopportune and certainly hyperbolic choice of description, but Midshipman Norris was just speculating on the conditions in the writers' room. I agree it's a poor choice of words. Trying to accuse people of being anti-Semitic towards the new producer(!) is amping things up way too far though. Not every hyperbolic comment or turn of phrase that might be perceived as being off-color or in poor taste needs to be called out with a lecture. It just starts unnecessary arguments that take ages to die down again and sets people at loggerheads, and moves the discussion further away from the show. And if you genuinely want to encourage people to be more considered with their language, which would be a good thing for us all to be in an anonymous space like this, these adversarial call-outs and appeals to exalted victimhood the moment anyone makes even a slightly ill-judged remark are an actively counterproductive way to do it.
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wolfstar
Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 10:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

So based on various interviews, it seems the change in showrunners happened between The Sound Of Thunder and Light And Shadows, which explains a lot. Production on the first five episodes was near-complete and The Sound Of Thunder was well underway.

This explains the retconning of the signals. Brother introduces the seven original signals, which all appear over a 24-hour period, are mapped by Starfleet and drawn by young Spock in a premonition. The new signals that happen after that in New Eden and The Sound Of Thunder are correctly treated not as part of the original seven but as *additional signals*. It's only later on in the season (after Berg and Harberts had gone) that these were retconned as being the second and third signal (which they clearly weren't). In the Kurtzman half of the season, new signals that follow are then explicitly referred to as "the fourth of seven" and "the fifth of seven" etc.

Aside from a throwaway mention of Control in Point Of Light (Ash is told that the AI recommended him for the position, as it calculated that he would be an asset to Section 31), the threat of a deadly AI from the future is only introduced in Light And Shadows (the first Kurtzman-helmed episode). The information that the Red Angel is actually a humanoid in a mechanized suit comes at the end of The Sound Of Thunder, the first episode over which Kurtzman had any creative control (it was underway but far from complete when he stepped in).

Based on this, while I do think Berg and Harberts intended Control to play a role in the season, I don't think they intended it to be the main villain. I think they had another plan for the signals and the Red Angel, one more in line with the original announcement (at the start of 2018) that this season would explore faith vs. science. I don't think they intended the signals that happen during the season (Terralysium/Kaminar) to be part of the original seven, and I don't think they intended Burnham to be the Angel – likely either her mother or something else altogether.

The "search for Spock" also takes on a different light when we know when the handover happened. It's strung out as an ongoing thread through the early episodes, but dropped when Kurtzman comes in and we get the anticlimatic reveal that he was hiding on Vulcan the whole time (and his mental turmoil is instantly resolved too). This explains the conflict between Amanda's appearances in Point Of Light and If Memory Serves too – in the former she was written as if she didn't know where Spock was. I don't think Berg and Harberts intended for Amanda to have been concealing Spock. The explanation that his violence was holographically faked by the malevolent AI seems like a mid-season retcon too – I think Berg and Harberts wanted to do something different with his madness.

TL;DR: Berg and Harberts's original plan was for the season to explore faith vs. science, via a future entity (NOT Burnham) that guides the crew to intervene to protect societies (Terralysium and Kaminar) and save the lives of specific highly gifted individuals (Reno, Jacob, Saronna) as part of some future plan, but when Kurtzman took over as showrunner he made the season about Control instead and retconned various elements like the signals and the Red Angel to fit the Control storyline.
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