Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Killing Game, Part I”

Dan Adler: "Making sense" isn't really something this episode is doing, so I don't see why they couldn't go full cosplay, y'know?

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Moving the Pieces Forward — Star Trek: Discovery’s “The Sanctuary”

kkozoriz: Vance wasn't speaking literally there, it was a metaphor.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Meld”

David: pretty much exactly like Richard Castle.... 🤣

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Moving the Pieces Forward — Star Trek: Discovery’s “The Sanctuary”

Quoth Christopher: "Grudge jumping in Detmer’s lap while she was trying to pilot was perfect. Anyone with a cat and a computer can sympathize."

Kaylee, in fact, jumped onto the keyboard tray while I was writing this review yesterday morning.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Moving the Pieces Forward — Star Trek: Discovery’s “The Sanctuary”

Sigh. Of course, now I know that the world is spelled Kwejian and Book’s brother’s name is spelled Kyheem. Sigh again.

—Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: Second Season Overview

David Sim: The Sikarians were intended to be a recurring antagonist when they were created, but they decided not to use them again.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Tommy: Sorry, I don't buy the jump from "one Klingon killed the son I barely knew three movies ago" to "I hate all Klingons," particularly not from a character who had a party on his ship with a bunch of Klingons just one movie ago, not to mention one who upbraided Stiles for his prejudices in "Balance of Terror" and who was utterly baffled by Bele and Lokai's differences in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield." And even if you give Kirk a mulligan for David, that doesn't explain Scotty, McCoy, Chekov, and Uhura being just as prejudiced.

As I said in the review and reiterated in several comments, prior to this movie, every conflict with the Klingons was political rather than racial, with the sole exception being "Day of the Dove," where the racial prejudice was superimposed by the swirly thing and was wildly out of character for everyone.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Spock’s Legacy — Star Trek: Discovery‘s “Unification III”

Honestly, Zack Handlen's reviews on AVC are usually pretty good. His DS9 reviews (which he watched for the first time in the 2010s) were excellent. *shrug*

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Spock’s Legacy — Star Trek: Discovery‘s “Unification III”

Dennis, Christopher, and MaGnUs: Sadly, the "Kelvin theory" is still floating around out there. The review of this episode on the AV Club specifically expressed confusion about Discovery travelling to Vulcan because Vulcan was destroyed. *heavy sigh*

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Retrospect”

erictheread: I went back and forth on the rating for this. Ultimately it went up to a 3 because of the superb acting by Ryan and Picardo.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Retrospect”

Ohmarshmellow: as I said above, Kovin wasn't running from Voyager, he was running from the Entharen magistrate.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Retrospect”

Rob: There was an Entharan magistrate right there in the room, and he was the one who wanted to detain him. Kovin wasn't running from Voyager, he was running from the legitimate authorities on his own world. 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Mandalorian Gets an Unexpected Bounty in Chapter Thirteen, “The Jedi”

wraith: The Jedi could've gone down fighting. My biggest issue with the prequel trilogy is that it's a chronicle of the Jedi Knights' utter and complete failure. Most of the Jedi who were killed by Order 66 died not having the first clue why the clone troopers were shooting them in the head. Palpatine's plan works effortlessly and flawlessly because at no point do the Jedi even have the remotest idea of what he's doing. The Jedi were spectacularly incompetent. (My favorite moment in The Last Jedi is Luke saying that out loud. I nearly cheered in the theatre.) 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Search, Part I”

kalyarn: Thanks for that. And thanks for actually reading the bio!

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Prey”

David: You're jumping the gun a bit, but I agree with you w/r/t "Retrospect." The rewatch for that episode will go up later today.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: Seventh Season Overview

Claudia: I don't take it personally at all, why would I? If everyone agreed with me, the world would be very boring.

Having said that, I actually agree with several things you say. The only exception would be your comment that, "The Klingon Civil War came out of no where," as it didn't at all -- that was a culmination of a decade's worth of stories on two TV shows, going all the way back to "Sins of the Father" on TNG.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Mandalorian Gets an Unexpected Bounty in Chapter Thirteen, “The Jedi”

Yaddle didn't appear in any episode of The Clone Wars, so Ahsoka's line that she's only known one other member of the species can still work.

My favorite aspect of Dawson's performance is that she moved and stood the way the animated character did, both in terms of fight choreography (which was brilliant) and just that kind of always-leaning-forward mode that Ahsoka was always in. It was beautifully done.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Spock’s Legacy — Star Trek: Discovery‘s “Unification III”

Christopher: the original fanfic novella that Gabriel cut down to short story size for the anthology had that title. My mistake. Blame Thanksgiving prep.....

As for Picard, keep in mind that he also mind melded with Spock..... 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Spock’s Legacy — Star Trek: Discovery‘s “Unification III”

With thanks to Allyn Gibson on Twitter: Ni’Var is a callback both to the short story “The Thousandth Man” by Claire Gabriel in the 1976 anthology Star Trek: The New Voyages, where the term is said to refer to the duality of things; and to the Enterprise episode “Shadows of P’Jem,” where a ship was named Ni’Var, which episode writer Mike Sussman said was a tribute to that story. Given the definition in the Gabriel story, it’s likely that the choice was informed by that story, which is just delightful.

—-Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Prey”

John: Nothing to forgive. Agreeing with me is not at all required! Yours is a perfectly reasonable interpretation of that last scene.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Hunters”

matt: They also cast Tiny Ron (7' tall) and Roger W. Morrissey (7' 4") as the first two Hirogen we met.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“You had me at ‘unsanctioned mission'” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Scavengers”

It seems pretty clear to me that something happened to Georgiou while she was being interrogated by the director of Crash. :)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Hunters”

Quoth Mr. Magic: “and definitely gave Beltran some needed dramatic meat to chew on considering how he’d been sidelined.”

Except he hadn’t been, at least not yet. Just among recent episodes, “Distant Origin,” “Displaced,” the “Scorpion” two-parter, “Nemesis,” the “Year of Hell” two-parter, “Waking Moments,” this episode, and the next one all had really strong parts for Chakotay. In fact, one of the things I’m realizing in this rewatch is that Chakotay got a lot more to do than he’s given credit for, at least through the mid-fourth season.

—Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Mortal Coil”

BTW, something of note that I noticed while rewatching the episode: Seven very specifically says to Neelix that she would have done the same for any member of the crew. So this wasn't a one time thing, it wasn't something that would only work in this situation, she explicitly said she'd have done it for anybody. 

SO WHY THE HECK DIDN'T SHE?

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Message in a Bottle”

Mr. Magic, you're forgetting a TNG/DS9 crossover, which involved no characters, but did involve situations: "Lower Decks." The entire main mission of that episode was based on stuff that was happening on DS9, specifically the Cardassian dissident movement (introduced in "Profit and Loss" and also seen in "Second Skin" and elsewhere).

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Message in a Bottle”

Quoth borgqueen: "I did think it was strange that such a new, technologically advanced ship wasn’t deployed along the front lines of the Dominion War?  I know it was experimental but you’d like they would need all the firepower and new tech they could get."

Because it hadn't been deployed at all yet. This was a test run to make sure the fancy-shmancy new ship worked. You really don't want to do that on the front lines.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “Chain of Command, Part II”

ED: that's a very good analysis, thank you for sharing it!

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

“Your relationship isn’t very professional”—Star Trek: Discovery’s “Die Trying”

It's Oded Fehr Day! Not only do I talk about him here, but earlier this morning, Leah Schnelbach wrote a nifty piece on The Mummy, in which Fehr costarred as Ardeth Bey......

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Fandom and the Future of Star Trek

People forget this, but Trek was always pushing envelopes. Not just Kirk and Uhura kissing in "Plato's Stepchildren," and the costumes on many of the women, but also language. Trust me, Kirk saying, "Let's get the hell out of here" on NBC in 1967 was way way way more controversial than Tilly saying, "This is so fucking cool!" on a streaming service in 2017.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Fandom and the Future of Star Trek

Thank you for this article. I've been having this argument for as long as I've been a Star Trek fan, which goes back to the 1970s.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Mortal Coil”

And yes, I should've mentioned that this was a good vehicle for Chakotay, too. Once again Robert Beltran proves that he can bring it when given decent material to work with.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Mortal Coil”

Quoth Eduardo: "They could have been more specific about the inner workings of the process and how Seven’s successful attempt with Neelix wouldn’t necessarily work on other cases."

BUT THEY DIDN'T! In fact, they went out of their way to make it clear that Seven could do this with anyone. And they didn't.

 

Quoth Christopher: "I sort of got the idea, though, that the implication was that Neelix was so traumatized by his resurrection that it was shown to do more harm than good and they decided not to use it on anyone else because it would be too cruel."

Oh yeah, there's a fun conversation to have with Joe Carey's wife and kids when they get home in "Endgame." "Well, you see, Abhaya, we could've used Seven to resurrect your husband, but we did it with Neelix and he suffered an existential crisis that he got over in a week, and we didn't want to put Joe through that. So when's the funeral?"

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Meld”

David Sim: Yes, I think Richard Castle was a better role for Fillion than Mal Reynolds. I can think of half a dozen actors who could have done as good a job with Reynolds. But Castle was 100% tailored to Fillion (I base this in part on having met the man and spent time hanging out with him at the Big Damned Flanvention in 2005.....)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Mortal Coil”

Yeah, this one really presaged a lot of Fuller's later work. (You've also got American Gods with the resurrected Laura Moon....)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“People are afraid of what they don’t understand” — Man of Steel

X: Just a few points:

1. Yes, Superman is the ideal hero. Yes, he sometimes makes mistakes, but all we get in this movie are the mistakes. And then, to make matters worse, every subsequent movie in this sequence acts as if he is the ideal hero, yet we never actually see that.

2. There's nothing in the text of the movie to indicate that "Maybe" is the beginning of an unfinished thought. All we get is Kevin Costner saying "Maybe" in response to whether or not Clark should have let a bus full of children die. Also, your hypothetical finishing of the thought isn't any better. It's not "our" lives that Clark was talking about, it was a bus full of innocent children. And I'm curious, what's more important than that?

3. I really really really don't want Jesus in a red cape and blue tights. If you've read the other Superman reviews in this series (I covered all Christopher Reeve films early on, and Superman Returns prior to this and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League after this), you'd know that.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Concerning Flight”

"Sallah, I said no camels, that's six camels -- can't you count?"

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“You’re a responsibility hoarder” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Forget Me Not”

Well, to be fair, Gray was already trans before he was implanted with a symbiont.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Concerning Flight”

And that SF Debris review includes a disclaimer at the end about how Galileo lived long after Leonardo.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

“You’re a responsibility hoarder” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Forget Me Not”

bmac: O'Neill still has a pilot's personality, and they did use him to test their first attempt at a human/Goa'uld hybrid plane in "Tangent," which you wouldn't do with someone who wasn't an ace pilot.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“You’re a responsibility hoarder” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Forget Me Not”

Charles: I struggled with that, but the scripts have consistently referred to Adira as "she."

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Random Thoughts”

wildfyrewarning: That is an excellent point. At least "The Measure of a Man" (written by actual lawyer Melilnda Snodgrass) established a JAG office at a starbase, but given how remote and cut off most starships are, they absolutely should have a legal officer on board.

Having said that, Tuvok's role here isn't legal, it's as an investigator -- he's not being a prosecutor, he's being a cop, which is totally part of his job description as security chief.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Ascent”

BeeGee: You just had to give us the earworm, didn'tcha?

https://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Mandalorian Has to Slay a Dragon in Chapter 9, “The Marshal”

I'm still holding out hope that Temuera Morrison is really playing Rex.......................................

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“I will trust you to grow through change” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “People of Earth”

kkozoriz: Burnham commissioning Sahil was to officially make him what he already had been unofficially all along. 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Mandalorian Has to Slay a Dragon in Chapter 9, “The Marshal”

Technically, he shouldn't be called Baby Yoda, because he's not Yoda as a baby. If anything, he should be called Yoda Baby. I know, however, that I will die all alone on that particular hill.

I also loved, loved, loved that Mos Pelgo was immediately taken over by criminals the nanosecond the Empire pulled out, and before they even had a chance to finish celebrating Death Star II going boom. It's all well and good to overthrow the fascists, but nature abhors a vacuum, and the Ewoks can go "jub jub" all you want, but lots of people on the ground are going to wind up just as fucked.

The thing I like best about Disney's Star Wars is that there's been a lot more focus on the ground-level consequences and happenings of life in the galaxy far, far away. This process was started on Clone Wars, truly, but has been a particular hallmark of the Disney productions, especially The Last Jedi, Rogue One, and Solo, not to mention Rebels.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“I will trust you to grow through change” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “People of Earth”

Just so everyone knows, I'm seeing advance copies of the episodes that do not come equipped with captioning, and between that and how parsimonious CBS is with details about upcoming episodes, a lot of times I have to guess on spellings, as I did with Ndoye/N'Doye. Sorry about that. (It was a nightmare trying to figure out Sahil's name, as everyone was whispering it and/or saying it very fast.)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Year of Hell, Part II”

Christopher: geez, I forgot about that She-Ra scene.......

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

“I will trust you to grow through change” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “People of Earth”

Christopher: No, it was Stamets, Tilly, and Saru who all used "she" to refer to Adira.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “Spock’s Brain”

Killer Meteor: Thank you for that bit of trivia, which makes me respect the Medveds even less (which I wouldn't have believed possible.....)!

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Year of Hell, Part I”

Quoth Christopher: "It’s definitely a plot hole, but I’m able to go easy on it because the changes were dictated by the change in circumstance with Seven replacing Kes."

Changes were dictated, yes, but it wasn't necessary to completely ignore what happened at the end of "B&A." Hell, they could have made it so that it was Kes's knowledge that enabled them to survive as long as they did. There was no reason to pretend that they never got Kes's intelligence about the Krenim. There were plenty of other ways they could have done the same basic plot that would have actually paid attention to the prior episode.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Year of Hell, Part I”

Christopher: that's not a bad hand wave for the inconsistency with "B&A," but it's still a plot hole.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “All Good Things…”

Tommy: I've been enjoying your comments. Thanks so much for sharing your rewatch experience here!

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Distant Voices”

chadefallstar: I wasn't comparing the entire episode to "Frame of Mind," I was specifically comparing this episode's use of the main characters as avatars of Bashir's mental state with the TNG episode's use of the main characters as avatars of Riker's mental state.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Far from Home”

Charles: ARGH! You’re right, I mixed the episodes in which our heroes were trapped in a cell up. *laughs* Will fix….

—Keith R.A. DeCandido, saved again by the edit function……

 

EDITED TO ADD: Or not. Apparently, I can't edit the post....

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Scientific Method”

DFT: that was a good line of Tuvok's, yes. 😄

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be — Star Trek: Discovery’s “Far from Home”

Gene Roddenberry was famously asked why the  Enterprise  didn't come equipped with seat belts. He replied, "Because if they had them, the actors can't fall out of their chairs...."

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Raven

To be clear, I think it was specifically too early from the perspective of the crew's reaction, not from that of Seven's development. The crew's reaction was too much of the "she's one of us" variety given how early in her tenure it is. 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

“I am done being reflexively supportive” — Star Trek: Discovery’s “That Hope Is You”

durandal_1707: *grooooooan*

MeredithP: Thank you for the prompt to remind folks tofollow @Grudge_Cat on Twittter, because of course Grudge has her own Twitter feed.....

—-Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Basics, Part II”

swiftbow: Eh, Spock already pulled that in “Friday’s Child” on the original series.... *laughs*

—-Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “Firstborn”

Tommy: Fair enough. Sorry, a pet peeve of mine is when people in the comments ask a question that is answered right there in the article being commented on......

—-Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “Firstborn”

Quoth Tommy Tutone: "Is this the last canonical appearance of the Duras sisters before Star Trek Generations?"

Gee, if only that was answered in the "Welcone aboard" section of the article you're commenting on.................

---Keith R.A. DeCandido, fluent in sarcasm.....

 

Introducing the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch!

David Sim: Comment 37 was a joke. And It doesn't matter how that nonsense phrase is pronounced, because it's a nonsense phrase made up by Voyager's fake "Indian advisor," Jamake Highwater, a.k.a. Jackie Marks, scam artist extraordinaire.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Revulsion”

qbe_64: I just missed Orser in the "Sanctuary" rewatch. The process is, I list folks. Sometimes I miss folks. How much other detail varies. There's no real standard thing.....

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Darkling”

mcf4dden: I read comments on much older posts than this. I just rewatched the scene, and it looked to me like the transporter operator was stunned, based both on how it was shot and how Kes reacted. 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Star Trek: Lower Decks First Season Overview

Quoth Sunspear: "The tie-in stuff is too random and obscure. STO is prominent for me. So yeah, it’s more relevant."

The point is that STO is "tie-in stuff" also. There's no difference between it and a novel or comic book in terms of its place in the franchise.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

Nicolas Cage Saves the World From Spacemen in Jiu Jitsu Trailer

wiredog: I'm a karate guy, myself, but, um, this looks like movie martial arts more than actual martial arts........

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: Third Season Overview

Technobabble is fine when it's there in service to the plot. It's a problem when it becomes the plot. Few things are less interesting than the week's problem being some bit of made-up science that is solved by the characters using some other bit of made-up science.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Star Trek: Lower Decks First Season Overview

I don’t see the fast talking as an issue, but then, I'm from New York….. 🤣

—Keith R.A. DeCandido

“Just an outbreak of chaos” — Faust: Love of the Damned
It's starting to look like there will only be two or three new 2020 movies to cover in December: New Mutants and The Old Guard for sure, and possibly also Wonder Woman 1984 (currently scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, but I'm not counting on that remaining the case). Black Widow, The Eternals, The King's Man, Morbius, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage have all been pushed back to 2021.   ---Keith R.A. DeCandido  
Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Tattoo”

Quoth CuttlefishBenjamin: "I understand the mystery of the main character’s tattoos, which predict various crimes and disasters, to be the main driving plot of Blindspot, but since I haven’t actually seen that show*, I can’t comment as to it’s quality."

I have seen the show, at least its first season, solely on the strength of Jaimie Alexander, whom I adored as Sif in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show was absolutely horrible, and I didn't come back for the second season, nor did I miss it in the least. The only thing Blindspot was good for was keeping Alexander too busy to appear in Ragnarok thus sparing us all the ignominy of Sif being redshirted along with the Warriors Three in that misbegotten, overrated film.

(Yes, I hated many aspects of Thor: Ragnarok. Click here to read why.)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

“The line must be drawn here!” Star Trek: First Contact

I covered Generations as part of my original series rewatch:

https://www.tor.com/2017/06/27/star-trek-the-original-series-rewatch-star-trek-generations/

As for Insurrection and Nemesis, I'm not sure exactly, given how long it's been since I've watched either one, but I'm fairly certain neither would get higher than a 5. 

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

 

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Nemesis”
In honor of Indigenous People's Day, Tor.com isn't running any new content today, so no Voyager Rewatch. We'll be back Thursday with "Revulsion," and this week there'll also be an overview of the first season of Lower Decks and a review of the third-season premiere of Discovery.   In the meantime, if you want a day-appropriate Voyager fix, read my take on "Tattoo," which focused on Chakotay and was a disaster on pretty much every level......   ---Keith R.A. DeCandido  
Badass Pakleds? Badass Pakleds… — Star Trek: Lower Decks: “No Small Parts”

dougie: nothing to apologize for.  Thanks for posting and for the kind words!

---Keith R.A. DeCandido

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