originally posted by: markymint
I'll leave it at that. I notice no-one else here can be arsed to comment on this TV show anymore so that should tell you something...!
BZZZ, stop right there. I'm still watching. I didn't bother to comment on your previous post merely because it sounds like generic try-hard whining to
me, honestly. I.E, bitching for the sake of bitching, mountain out of a molehill, etc. Suffice it to say, I disagree with your points of view. Fairly
Stardust City Rag wasn't anywhere near as estrogen-laden as you claimed to me. It, in part, explored Raffi's broken relationship with her son and how
there's nothing salvageable there. Quite the throwback to that episode with Riker and his dad not patching up well, with equal bitterness.
The big shock of the episode was killing Icheb (which was shocking, really, done out the gate) Seven had an understandable and rightful desire for
murderous retribution. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together could see that. Even I wanted the asshat dead ASAP.
I thought the overall dress-up theme of Stardust City Rag was fairly Trek, TBH. What with all the Chaotica episodes in Voyager (loved 'em) or the
Shakespeare play nods in episodes in TNG. For me, the cringey episodes with that kind of dress-up deviation from the norm were the spy holo-novel
episodes in DS9. They were still good, but didn't have much reason to exist other than doing something different for the cast, and just felt awkward
in general. So did most episodes with Vic, HE was a pretty awkward spin on holo-novels.
SCR had a real storyline reason for the attire, the accents, the ploys. When in Rome with a bone to pick, play the part well. And they did.
I'm of the opinion that based on older previews of the season, Agnes had a Vulcan brain scramble -- I mean manipulating mind meld -- from Oh when they
spoke, and her personality is in a blender right now for a reason yet to be understood (it's all assumptions until otherwise noted) including the
knocking boots part in The Impossible Box. In a previous preview, there were hands reaching out to her in the meld manner, and the shot was the same,
so it makes sense. She's someone's unaware planted bitch at the moment. Her killing Maddox on Manchurian Candidate Autopilot makes it quite clear
whatever is going on in the shadows is not going to do well when it comes to light. Her ramble while he was dying seems to indicate a strong want/need
to continue with obfuscation by any means necessary, and killing him was a means to an end for someone.
The Impossible Box did a good job of showing what TNG completely sucked at save for the episode, Family-- showing Picard's ongoing PTSD battle from
being assimilated. That did a good job of also showing how there's something to come back from when so mangled and violated (with the medical
treatments and cosmetic regenerations shown) It didn't shy away from making it clear they're (Free Borg) distrusted pariahs, either.
I will say out of the whole episode, the one sentence that made me smirk unapologetically was knowing the Sikarians were assimilated. Those were the
folks dicking with Voyager about the space portals to very distant worlds (Alastria, etc) The Sikarians just wanted entertained, they were bored and
screw whoever dropped in. Yeah, they earned the hardware. So it was a bit pleasing to see the Borg utilized their portal tech for an emergency Out for
the queen's chamber.
I'm just going to enjoy the remaining episodes, and probably not "review" them further. It's just going to start a fight if I do.