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View Poll Results: Which episode is better?
The Ambergris Element 1 12.50%
The Eye of the Beholder 7 87.50%
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Old May 29 2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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The Ambergris Element vs. The Eye of the Beholder

Another week, and time for another episode to bow out from our TAS episode showdown...up next :

The Ambergris Element
vs. The Eye of the Beholder

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Old May 29 2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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Re: The Ambergris Element vs. The Eye of the Beholder

I'm really on the fence with this one. I really can't choose between two episodes I'm not that crazy about.
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Old May 29 2011, 03:12 PM   #3
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Re: The Ambergris Element vs. The Eye of the Beholder

I went with "Eye of the Beholder." The Lactrans are cool aliens, nicely nonhumanoid, impressively advanced but not falling into the "godlike incorporeal" cliche; and it's nice to see another Starfleet crew, something that rarely happened in TAS (I think this and "The Pirates of Orion" are the only cases). "Ambergris" isn't as appealing; the whole water-breather transformation is rather implausible, and it suffers from the annoying Margaret Armen conceit of alien terminology that's thinly and ridiculously disguised Greek/Latin/English, like "surgo-op" for a surgical operation (not to mention "The Lorelei Signal"'s "opto-aud" for an audiovisual display and "lura-mag" for a device that lured men with a "magnetic" pull).
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Old May 29 2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Re: The Ambergris Element vs. The Eye of the Beholder

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I went with "Eye of the Beholder." The Lactrans are cool aliens, nicely nonhumanoid, impressively advanced but not falling into the "godlike incorporeal" cliche; and it's nice to see another Starfleet crew, something that rarely happened in TAS (I think this and "The Pirates of Orion" are the only cases). "Ambergris" isn't as appealing; the whole water-breather transformation is rather implausible, and it suffers from the annoying Margaret Armen conceit of alien terminology that's thinly and ridiculously disguised Greek/Latin/English, like "surgo-op" for a surgical operation (not to mention "The Lorelei Signal"'s "opto-aud" for an audiovisual display and "lura-mag" for a device that lured men with a "magnetic" pull).
You observations swung it for me. Thanks. I'll go with "Eye Of The Beholder."
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Old May 31 2011, 07:51 PM   #5
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Re: The Ambergris Element vs. The Eye of the Beholder

I'd have to say "Eye of the Beholder." It just seems more... colorful. Though I actually like "The Ambergris Element," I have to agree with Christopher that some of the plot devices are a tad silly (sillier).
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