Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 98 - In the Flesh

"The ship encounters a training facility for an alien invasion of Earth."

Everything on this facility looks exactly like a Starfleet facility, right down to the people and uniforms. But, in reality they are really genetically altered Species 8472 (the aliens seen in the episode Prey). They seemed to have gone to this elaborate lengths in order to learn about Starfleet, by completely simulating everything about them. Seems waaaaaay too overboard. The groundskeeper/leader of Species 8472 is played by Ray Walston (from  My Favorite Martian) and he was awesome. Seriously, it's worth watching just to see his performance.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 97 - Extreme Risk

"B'Elanna purposely puts herself into increasingly more dangerous situations. Meanwhile the crew decides to build a new shuttlecraft, the Delta Flyer."

Really not much to this episode. Torres is clinically depressed and has a death wish. Chakotay helps her to overcome it ... in one day basically, which is ridiculous. The crew builds a new and improved shuttlecraft, somehow how they are able to just build large complicated machinery, which is ridiculous. Nonetheless, it was an alright episode.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 96 - Drone

Do to a transporter malfunction, something happens with 7 of 9's remaining Borg tech ... and it begins to create another Borg?? Weird concept. But anyway, he knows nothing of the Borg and is actually a nice guy, they name him One. Unfortunately the real Borg are drawn to him. They attack Voyager but One beams over to the Borg ship and destroys it. Somehow he survives, but barely. The Doctor tries to save him but he wants to die, saying he should have never existed in the first place. Weird, my parents said the same thing to me. Anyway, the episode was OK and it added more depth to the 7 of 9 character. Plus visually, the Borg scenes looked great.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 95 - Night

"Voyager loses power traversing a dark region of space containing theta radiation."

They have entered a region of space with no stars and suddenly they lose power. Meanwhile a weird alien is seen on the ship. In addition to this everyone on Voyager is irritable and bored. Janeway has locked herself in her room for days. A ship approaches, it is piloted by a Malon and he is a trash hauler?? Whatever. He offers to exchange a safe passage through a vortex in exchange for that alien. Janeway finds out that these two are at a war because the Malon keep dumping toxic waste through the vortex into the aliens space. So Janeway decides to destroy the vortex, but not before Voyager goes through it. This is literally the plot to Erin Brokavitch.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 94 - Hope and Fear

Janeway is still trying to decipher that message from Starfleet. Her luck changes when Arturis (an Alien with great brain power played by Ray Wise) comes aboard. He figures out the code and the message is for them to go to certain coordinates. When they arrive there is a Starship waiting, it is empty but has new technology on it. Everything is looking good, until the real message is finally decoded ... Starfleet is basically giving up on them. It seems that Arturis lied and also faked the Starship. He did it all because he blames Voyager for helping the Borg defeat those aliens a few episodes back. This had a trickle down effect that killed most of his race, so now this is his revenge. What a ridiculously over the top plan.

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Star Trek VGR Episode 93 - One

"Seven of Nine is left alone on Voyager when a nebula's deadly radiation forces the rest of the crew to stay in stasis and the Doctor's hologram projectors are disrupted."

All around, weird episode. First of all, the ship needs to pass through a radiation force so Janeway puts the entire crew into stasis except for 7 of 9??? Since when is this ever an option? Then 7 of 9 starts going mad and hallucinating because she is lonely. This also seems out of character for 7 of 9. To be honest, I don't even like this character anyway. She is boring and Jeri Ryan can't act. In the episode 7 of 9 says that she is not into acting out fantasies ... so ironic.

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Star Trek: Insurrection

This movie gave a giant Insurrection. Actually it didn't, I hated it... just really wanted to use that joke. Here is the plot: Data is on an undercover mission to observe the peaceful Ba'ku people, he is wearing a cloaked suit. Right away it's stupid. Why go to these lengths to observe people on a planet when I'm sure you have the ability to just watch them from a ship. Anyway, he malfunctions and goes rogue. This all leads to the revelation that the Ba'ku have a way to rejuvenate people, the Enterprise crew gets caught up in this feeling of immortality. Picard starts a romance with some woman, Troi and Riker get back together and Geordie can see again. But, under it all is a giant cover up between the Federation and the Son'a (a rival race to the Ba'ku). The Federation is secretly planning to help the Son'a forcibly relocate the Ba'ku so that the Son'a can have the rejuvenation process all to themselves...for some reason???? Anyway, there is a big fight and the Enterprise wins. That's literally all that you have to know.

So the plot was ehhh. It was very silly, even by Star Trek standards, lots of one liners and hacky jokes. Acting was still very good, and of course guest-villain F. Murray Abraham was great as the Son'a leader. The Son'a were supposed to look like "mummies" but they just look like Fred Armisen, seriously! Visually the movie looked fantastic, particularly the ship battle scenes. My favorite scene was when, in an attempt to calm the crazed Data down, Picard and Worf sing him a score from HMS Pinafore. Normally I trash scenes like this because it seems so dumb that Star Trek character are always so into 19th and early 20th century arts. It's like me saying that I am way into Gilgamesh. But, too be honestly I like HMS Pinafore and Gilbert & Sullivan in general, so I will let this one slide. In short, HMS Pinafore is excellent.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 92 - Demon

"Tom Paris and Harry Kim take a shuttle down to an extremely inhospitable planet to obtain fuel."

This planet is designated "demon-class" because it is so deadly to humans. Paris and Tom go on it to get some much needed deuterium. They are enveloped by a metallic liquid and they die, then they come back to life. They go back on Voyager but are barely able to breathe. Their bodies are then discovered back on the planet. Seems that the Paris and Tom aboard Voyager are aliens that have taken their form. Instead of fighting them... Janeway makes a weird move. She allows them to basically clone the Voyager crew using their "silver blood" in order to build their own society. ...So there is a planet full of Voyager clones now???

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Star Trek VGR Episode 91 - Living Witness

"A Kyrian museum curator 700 years in the future hopes a Voyager relic containing a copy of the Doctor can confirm their version of history."

This is defiantly one of the standout episodes of the Voyager series. It is very creative and entertaining. This society paints Voyager as a violent ship that destroyed their land. But, basically this was all just an assumption, lost in time and based solely on a few artifacts. The Doctor is accidently released from an artifact and tries to set the record straight. It is a difficult episode to describe, but I would suggest that everyone check it out.

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