Month: July 2012

  • Trekathon 452: Fair Trade (VOY)

    Neelix runs into an acquaintance from his criminal days. For once a Neelix story that’s almost pretty good. He’s mainly there as a comic relief character, and so the stories about him also tend to the comic – not a strength of Star Trek usually. But by making the story about Neelix’s concerns about ceasing […]

  • Trekathon 451: The Darkness and the Light (DS9)

    Kira faces her past actions as her resistance cell is killed off one by one. OK, it’s a bit of a return to earlier themes in terms of the consequences of the war. But I don’t mind so much when it’s done so well, and when we feel it has real consequences. It’s the first […]

  • Trekathon 450: Rapture (DS9)

    Sisko receives visions from the prophets following an accident. This is an episode that deals with some very complex political and religious themes. Sisko’s role as the Emissary finally comes into conflict with his role as a Star Fleet captain. And my main complaint is that he switches from one to the other without any […]

  • Trekathon 449: Macrocosm (VOY)

    Janeway single-handedly saves the Enterprise from giant bugs. There is one of the boldest sequences I’ve seen in Trek at the end of the first half of the episode, when Janeway is alone on screen for almost ten minutes, with hardly any spoken dialogue at all. It’s a long way outside the norm for TV, […]

  • Trekathon 448: The Q and the Grey (VOY)

    Q wants to end a civil war by having a baby with Janeway. The idea of a civil war in the Q continuum is an interesting one. The idea of introducing a change such as reproduction as the solution works. But the execution just doesn’t bring things together. We’re told that what we see in […]

  • Solidoodle Day 0: Software setup

    My [Solidoodle]( printer is nearly here, just waiting at the post office. So tonight is setting up the software and getting everything ready. I followed the [instructions provided]( for the Windows PC I’m installing this on. I’m putting the software onto my ‘big iron’ box, an i5 2600K with 8 gigs of memory and Windows […]

  • Trekathon 447: The Ascent (DS9)

    Quark and Odo crash land on a remote planet. ‘Tonal whiplash’ is the easiest way to describe this episode. We have a lighter story about Jake and Nog learning to be roommates, contrasted with Quark and Odo facing death on a remote planet. Every time they switched from one to the other, I was disoriented. […]

  • Trekathon 446: Star Trek: First Contact (MOV)

    The TNG crew return to save the Earth from the Borg. This is a very solid movie. It has some great moments, a plot that moves along at a fair clip, some interesting action scenes, and some good performances from the non-core cast. There are even some very nice directing choices, like the shot early […]

  • Trekathon 445: Warlord (VOY)

    Kes’s mind is taken over by an alien Warlord. I’ve found Kes to be an intermittently interesting character. Sometimes she’s the exposition backup in the medbay. Sometimes she’s just Neelix’s love interest. And then, every now and then, we get a glimpse of a more complex character, such as in *Cold Fire*, and here in […]

  • Trekathon 444: Things Past (DS9)

    Everyone takes a trip back into Odo’s memories of Terek Nor. I dislike episodes that change important elements of a character in order to tell the story. Here Garak suddenly becomes quite racist (speciesist?) towards Bajorans, and an apologist for the occupation. It’s new, and out of character for him – he’s been sold as […]