A DS9 episode made an eerily accurate prediction of the 2020s. I remember watching that episode when it was new! I was about 12 and new DS9 was the highlight of my week back then.
I've posted a few articles by this guy, but I really love in when someone can write good, earnest analyses of old pop culture. Squidward, the new Spock.
It's too Star Trek to work as an action movie. It's too much of an action movie to deal with the Star-Trekish premise in any satisfying way.
THAT BEING SAID, I'm currently living in a city with rapid gentrification, and seeing paradise destroyed by a bunch of miserable people with ugly plastic surgery faces does strike a chord with me.
Voyager but out of context is an excellent work of comedic editing. I love Voyager but it sure got wacky a lot.
- Remember when Rosanne got Tom Arnold his own show? A very tongue-in-cheek ad for the show, followed by Stephen King advertising the new Dark Tower book.
- A Tumblr entirely dedicated to anti-Riker memes. Reading it through, I get the feeling that the maintainer doesn't actually hate Riker at all!
- On a related note, what are the chances that the new Picard show's secret plot twist is time travel and/or time travelling into the other timeline's past? Star Trek's last non-prequel was eighteen years ago and they've now got countless prequels-to-prequels. They seem pretty committed to being prequel-only at this point.
- In my opinion, the greatest - or at least greatest looking - web comic of all time is A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible, which was active in the 00s. The illustrator later did the artwork for the game Braid.
- Some extremely brave scientists in India blog about researching King Cobra nests.
- The Ten C Commandments. Not to be confused with the Biggie Smalls song.
- A new client and a bad cold killed off Weekly Links for a couple weeks, but not its unconquerable soul. Pachelbel's Chicken.
- Sauron's Eye Dwitter.
- "This page is a truly naked, brutalist html quine."
- Intentional and/or unintentional comedy gold mine: The Star Trek wiki has a page for breasts. It explains breast feeding and provides several episodes as citations.
- The Public Domain Review has an article about what 'x' is for. It's a shame that their site is almost impossible to navigate, because they publish some incredible stuff.
- I'm a bit late to the game, but someone made an incredible Apollo 11 webapp to commemorate the recent 50th anniversary.
- "Who Put The Bomp" in Finnish.
- Memory Alpha, the main Wiki for Star Trek, has an article on sneezing. It begins with one of the finest pieces of dialogue Star Trek has ever produced.
- The Young Lady's Book: A Manual Of Elegant Recreations, Exercises, And Pursuits: A Georgian book which has sections on moral deportment, embroidery, etc., but also some ridiculously detailed sections on mineralogy, entomology, "the escrutoire", painting, and archery.
- It seems to big to post directly, so go read Gunshow's epic Ghost Ship story.
- Before the second prequel, I always assumed the "Boba" in Boba Fett was the female version of "Bob" in the same way that "Roberta" is the female version of "Robert". Related is Mark Hamil's excellent rejected idea for Boba Fett.
- Noodles are 4000 years old, as least. The hidden lead is that the archaeological record suggests rice and millet were dominant in ancient northern China, whereas the oldest transmitted literature lists the five staple grains as broomcorn millet, foxtail millet, soybeans, wheat (but what kind?), and hemp. The discovery of large amounts of rice in northern China - where it is too dry to normally grow - also implies north-south connections that archaeologists have been increasingly finding evidence of, but old historians used to assume didn't exist. The fact that those five were so often singled out probably reflects more that they could be grown in the north, even if rice was apparently quite common.
- Wikipedia has a very long page on Kirk/Spock slash.
In season 2, TNG was a bad show with a few good episodes. By season 4, it had become the finest science fiction show ever made. This is the transition season, and is so all over the map that it's impossible to summarize.
Evolution - Actually not awful for a Wesley episode. Extra two stars for bringing his mother back, minus one star for her going on and on about her son. - 3/5
The Ensigns of Command - Watching Data trying to figure out mob psychology is pretty fun. In 2018, watching a group of opinion-sharers sabotage itself out of sheer tenacity isn't the subtle analysis of human behaviour it once was. - 5/5
The Survivors - A personal favourite of mine, not just for the ending, but for the image of a well-manicured lawn and cozy house in the middle of a genocide-scared wasteland. - 5/5
Who Watches the Watchers - What's a "proto-Vulcan"? Are they going to go back in time and become the Vulcans?- 4/5
The Bonding - The concept is clumsy, but the beginning and ending are actually pretty moving. - 4/5
Booby Trap - The Geordi parts are good, although "Geordi is the only one who can't get laid" is a pretty weird series-long character arc. A lot of reviews say it's creepy, although let's not pretend we all don't know what the hollodeck would be used for. The moral of the story is that humans don't need to worry about computers, because computers will never have gumption, or mojo, or chutzpah, or whatever. Not only is that hacky, clichéd sci-fi, but in the real world, thousands of physics undergrads have programmed the sort of gravity simulations the computer is not supposed to be able to handle, in their free time. - 3/5
The Enemy - Geordi is good in this, and the Worf subplot is so bold that I can't give this episode a low rating. - 4/5
The Price - One of many "Diana gets a headache" episodes. Nothing spectacular. In the end, the Feregis get stranded alone, forever, with not hope, and they play it up for laughs. I've always thought it was extremely disturbing, and a disproportionate punishment for characters that were scoundrelly-at-worst. But, of course, about half of us mainly remember this for one specific scene. - 2/5
The Vengeance Factor - Not a bad idea, but the execution is extremely boring. - 1/5
The Defector - Solid military thriller - 4/5
The Hunted - Another episode that's a nice idea, but a bit dull in practice. - 3/5
The High Ground - This is so boring that I stopped watching the show for eight months. - 1/5
Déjà Q - This is the legendary facepalm episode. - 5/5
A Matter Of Perspective - Passable Rashomon knockoff. - 3/5
Yesterday's Enterprise - Even the best episodes of season 3 can feel pretty rushed and low-budget. Except this one, which is so well-crafted, and done with such a deft touch, that it's hypnotic. - 5/5
The Offspring - I hope you like emotions because prepare to have a lot of them. - 5/5
Sins Of The Father - As I kid, I was never crazy about the Klingon politics episodes, so watching this one as an adult I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Like 'The Defector', it is basically a very good paperback novel that's incidentally also a Star Trek episode. - 5/5
Allegiance - The parts with real Picard are good fun, and the parts with fake Picard reminded me of Uncle Jesse's Diary. - 4/5
Captain's Holiday - There've been a lot of schlocky scripts in Star Trek's history, but this is like a bad fanfic. It seems to be a find-and-replace-all Indiana Jones story, except with unmovtivated time travellers who give up easily, and don't mind standing around waiting. At one point, Picard goes on a weird, random, racist tirade for no real reason. Right after the dramatic climax, Picard explicitly points out the gigantic, stupid plot hole the entire episode is built around. In the last scene, he blatantly orders Riker to have sex with him, which gives Riker a weird, goofy smile. - 1/5
Tin Man - Tired episode made better by Brent Spiner, in spite of not much screen time. It's easy to forget what a subtle actor he is. - 3/5
Hollow Pursuits - One of the funniest Star Trek episodes, and one of the best of the series. In spite of the comedy, it's tactfully done at a time when most shows were still doing clumsy Very Special Episodes. This is also the episode where Wesley goes from being annoying to being some kind of ascended smugness demigod. - 5/5
The Most Toys - This is one of my favourite plot fake outs. It starts out as a wacky comic relief episode, and smoothly shifts into something creepy and disturbing. - 5/5
Sarek - I like this episode for the little details, like Sarek having a type, or some of the windows in an Enterprise corridor having cheap Venetian blinds. - 4/5
Ménage à Troi - Weirdly a lot of rape jokes for a family-friendly show. Wesley is going to leave the Enterprise forever, but decides not to so that he can save the day, again. - 2/5
Transfigurations - Beverley falls in love with a foldy man, and then he turns into a glow stick. - 2/5
The Best Of Both Worlds: Part 1 - I like that fact that they wrote an extremely tense body horror/military thriller, seemingly spent more money on it than on all of the other episodes combined, and pivoted the whole thing around catty office drama.
I haven't mentioned it before, but it's worth saying that Whoopi Goldberg could make even a good episode ten times better. What would this have been without her bleak attempt at a motivational speech and knowing look of pity? I kind of forgot this, because I was just a little kid, but at the time Whoopi Goldberg was mainly a hip stand up comedian. - 5/5
The overall average score is 3.577, rounding up to four.