Sunday, October 30, 2011

Um... DUH

Star Trek XII Rumor Mill Finds that the Movie Villains Could be Familiar ... -

They already sad this.

And everyone was all freaking about Khan. And we know it's not him, so just chillax, people.


Freaking can begin later. We have a cast. We have a script. Breathe already. You know, J.J. gave us a gift: he gave you a way out. If you're not up to this, use it, but QUIT FREAKING OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE.

My shouting is over.

Friday, October 28, 2011

What We Lose Will Change us Forever

DS9: Extreme Measures

Personally, I think it's nice to get away from the Dominion War stuff for a while and wrap up Section 31 in one fell swoop. And have a peek into Sloan's life. And hear that Julian looooooves Ezri, which occurred to me about two freaking seconds after she showed up... I mean, hey, new Dax, maybe she can date Bashir! Duh!

The important thing isn't Odo's cure. The cure is an afterthought. The important thing is the illness and his and Kira's reactions to it and that had to then be dealt with but it lays clear that they set the stage for her implicit acceptance of his impending, I use a lot of words.

When I have kids, and they go to play with the other kids, no one's gonna understand them, are they?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

No reason

Enterprise: Two Days and Two Nights
This also has no bearing on anything. Yes its good TV but they don't even bother to throw in any alien aliens for good measure. It's funny. Good job.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

No family is perfect

Deep Space 9: Family Business
This is how families are. Maybe a little more money than you normally see, but this is how failies are. Personally, I love the Ferengi episodes. Rom Rules!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bountiful Mercy

Enterprise: Bounty
Archer is nothing if not merciful. He cares for people. Even people who cart him off o be executed on Kronos.
He cares too much.
It makes him soft, so soft that where Kirk would have stranded Sklar on a planet full of android copies of his wife, Picard or Sisko would have arrested him, and Janeway would have found someone he wronged and taken him to their homeworld for trial, Archer buys him a ship.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystery of the Haunted Deck and other Nancy Drew adventures

Voyager: The Haunting of Deck Twelve

This is an episode that has been brewing since Season 1 of TNG. No, longer. Season 1 of TOS. That is all.

Monday, October 17, 2011

This is the End of All Things Trek

Enterprise: First Flight
Its not even a bad show.
That's the worst.
To watch the program begin with the vulcans hindering and people breaking orders... the thing is, it didn't have to be that way. And we always thought it wasn't. So to have our supposed future rewriten... it needed to be reinforced. Enterprise was a flawed show. Eps like this just reinforce the fatal flaw in the concept.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Would that it Were...

Enterprise: Terra Prime

This is what we should have been seeing. The whole time. This would have made a fitting final episode, too. In fact, it was the final episode.TATV is a holonovel in the 29th century, when someone made a holonovel about Riker using a holonovel to decide something important.

Elizabeth Tucker is the embodiment of what we see in the future, in both universes. T'Pol may not act like much of a Vulcan, but she is Vulcan enough to react like Sarek did in III: "My logic is uncertain, where my son is concerned." insert daughter. Problem solved. And for Trip too. This episode is about hilighting how similar the two races are, and how together they can succeed at anything.

Done and done.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spock's Father!

TNG: Sarek
#171, Season 3, Episode 23
Aired 5/14/90, Stardate 43917.4
Guest Starring Mark Lenard, Joanna Miles, Colm Meaney, William Denis, Rocco Sisto, and John H. Francis.
Teleplay by Peter S. Beagle
Story by Marc Cushman and Jake Jacobs
Directed by Les Landau

Type 1: Police Action - no
Type 2: Character W/ Problem - yes
Type 3: Re-creating Earth's Past - yes
Type 4: Alien Aliens - no

Spock is referred to here, not by name, but it is the first contact we've had since "Encounter at Farpoint" with the original cast. Just thought I'd point that out.

Pat Robertson recently said that it was okay to leave a spouse dying of Alzheimer's, a statement which most of us found to be despicable. This episode is obviously meant to show us a reaction to Alzheimer's - one in which the family and friends of the person who is ill go out of their way to protect him to the point of hiding his illness from the one who has it. It is a fascinating and well-perfomed look at the emotional impact of the illness, as well as giving a great glimpse into the character of Sarek, his inner feelings and demons, and the love he always had that we always knew he had for his son - a love never stated until now.

TNG is still very much about Spock, and Sarek, and it is that, more than anything else that allows the new movie to work so beautifully, and to tie together the two ends of this very long emotional cord in an overwhelming display of what is right in the world now that the movie has happened. We could not save Vulcan or George or Amanda, but we were able to save a few things and change others for the better. Spock has now heard his father say he loves him - not in so many words, but maybe in this new timeline, Spock and his father will choose to meld, as they never did before.

We don't know much about the cause of Bendii. Certainly Shatner's books speculate on the disorder. But we know now what rests inside Sarek's calm exterior, and it makes even more poignant when he says, in TSFS, "My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned."

Damn straight.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

After All Is Said And Done

Enterprise: These Are The Voyages
Trip has a great speech about trust... and that's just exactly what was violated in this ep and really in the whole show. This ep is its own apology.

And two things:

1. This is the only episode that one can, with certainty, state is not canon. Neither the part on Enterprise nor the part on TNG can be corroborated or confirmed. Riker never had time to do all this with Troi, who has had a drastic change in hairstyle, lemme tell ya.

2. I don't think it likely that in ten years no one in the senior staff was promoted or transferred off of Enterprise, given the lack of experienced officers in Starfleet. This suggests that "These are the Voyages" is a work of popular historical fiction as seen in holonovels on Voyager only a year later, only with a far more sinister context. The characters in TATV are obviously derived from real people, possibly in the concept of the "alternate universe", fanficcy "Would the Federation exist without Trip Tucker?" kind of way. If someone had published this on we would think it was cute. They made it an episode.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Empty Warheads found on Writing Staff

Voyager: Warhead

Okay, so... yeah. It's a little ADD, but that's Brannon Braga. You could easily get 2 or 3 stories out of this, but that's typical. And it is kind of neat to see Harry actually win something for a change, but... apparently he also went a full 24 hours without sleep and then back to duty on the bridge.

One... is the Loneliest Number...

Voyager: One

Okay. One.

First. This is a great story. I mean it. Spectacular.

Jeri Ryan is a really great actress.

Seven is also the new kid on the block. It's her first season on Voyager. 25%.

Twenty-five freaking percent of freaking episodes post Season 4 feature Seven as a central character. She is 11% of the cast. Chakotay got 6. This is not okay. Another Seven ep? we said. Really? we said. Argh!