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Old March 12 2012, 02:31 PM   #1261
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Old March 12 2012, 03:24 PM   #1262
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Here's how the show looks season by season. These are the average scores for episodes from seasons 1-5.

Season One: 5.06
Season Two: 5.65
Season Three: 5.62
Season Four: 6.23
Season Five: 6.46


With the exception of season three, each season has been a significant improvement over the season(s) prior to it. Let's hope this trend continues with seasons six and seven.
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Old March 12 2012, 03:54 PM   #1263
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Or you're becoming calloused and desensitized?

Those scores kinda prove my point about Voyager being consistently the same the whole way through, since the difference between a score of 5 and a score of 6 and a 1/2 is damn negligible.

To make me a liar, season 6 and seven need to score an average of 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 8 or 9 or 10 to suggest great development or a complete crash.
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Old March 12 2012, 04:06 PM   #1264
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Those scores kinda prove my point about Voyager being consistently the same the whole way through, since the difference between a score of 5 and a score of 6 and a 1/2 is damn negligible.
I think that a whole point and a half is actually a pretty big difference. It means that the average score in season 5 was either 6 or 7 (above average to good), whereas in season 1 the average score was 5 (borderline average, so not bad but not at all memorable either).

I haven't scored TNG or DS9, but I'm pretty sure that the best and worst seasons of each show wouldn't be more than 2 whole points different.

If what you are saying about me being calloused and desensitized is true, then in several years or more when I go back and rewatch the show my scores for each season should be about the same. That would indicate that it was me as a viewer who changed, not the quality of the show itself. I'm curious to see if that's true.
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Old March 12 2012, 04:14 PM   #1265
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Calloused and desensitized but watching 170 episodes of the same show in too short a period.

The economic theory is called "diminishing returns"

The more you consume of anyone commodity will yield proportionately less utility as time goes by until you're generating negative utility.

"It's not the years, it's the mileage"
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Old March 12 2012, 04:49 PM   #1266
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I should have been more clear in my previous post. When I said my scores should be about the same, I meant that each season should have about the same score (so, for example season one might have a 6.0 and season four might have a 6.0), not necessarily the same scores I gave the episodes during my first watch-through. (This is of course assuming that I've been "desensitized")

And I'm actually taking a microeconomics course at my college right now, and last week we were talking about something similar to what you mentioned.
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Old March 12 2012, 06:44 PM   #1267
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ALL HER DECISIONS WERE PERFECT.
Except the one about not crossing boundaries with her crew.

As for the imperfection of Janeway... just remember folks... she got them home 69 years sooner than they had a right to expect.

I think it was Course: Oblivion that really showed me Janeway was a bit unhinged.
To be fair... that wasn't "her"... it was the duplicate one who couldn't tell the difference between her original form and her human model.

She's a total psychopath.
We obviously have different definitions of psychopath!




but I'm left wondering whether the writers felt that the only way to establish a "credible" female captain was to make it so that her decisions, no matter how questionable they might have been at the time, always led to a minimum of negative consequences
Minimum of negative consequence?

She was stranded up to 75,000 light years from home for 7 years, during which time she lost numerous men & women on her crew and her fiance back in the Alpha quad and went into her own depression for several months in the void.


Nothing wrong with being fascinated by her character, but saying that she's an inspiration is, frankly, crossing the line.


Saying LUCRETIA in Spartacus is an inspiration is crossing the line, not so with Janeway.

Watching Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS get away with assassinating the killer of his family, after his team discovered it and reported same to his bosses during an investigation into why his own colleagues were killed in retaliation to said assassination is more than Janeway's fan club.

IMHO

Hi... my name is JanewayRulz! and I am PROUD to cross that line for that character any time, any day.

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Old March 12 2012, 07:11 PM   #1268
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So, would you have made the same decisions that Janeway made in Equinox? Just curious...
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Old March 12 2012, 07:43 PM   #1269
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but I'm left wondering whether the writers felt that the only way to establish a "credible" female captain was to make it so that her decisions, no matter how questionable they might have been at the time, always led to a minimum of negative consequences
Minimum of negative consequence?

She was stranded up to 75,000 light years from home for 7 years, during which time she lost numerous men & women on her crew and her fiance back in the Alpha quad and went into her own depression for several months in the void.
Are you seriously suggesting that those constitute negative consequences, as opposed to a) something she partly did to herself, b) something that happens to -every- starship captain we've ever seen...and let's recall that risk is part of the business, and c) something that was most likely bound to happen as a consequence of their situation?

When I say a negative consequence, I mean something like a good chunk of her crew actually expressing some discontentment, or even -one- person at some point choosing to settle down on a friendly planet and hedge their bets. Or, aside from the one whole episode where this depression was in evidence (even Torres got more development on that front), actually second-guessing herself or winning because she accepted someone else's advice as opposed to walking all over them because she's the captain and she knows best.

Heck, I'd even accept "the ship is seriously damaged for a time" as a negative consequence...but the two times I can think of that might qualify, one was cleared up with a Reset Button and the other was never referenced again.

Say what you want about how Janeway fared in "Before Dishonor", but Q wasn't entirely off-base in her assessment of Janeway's character as seen in the series.
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Old March 12 2012, 09:55 PM   #1270
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If Janeway was a "psychopath" then so was Kirk.

Why did her crew so deeply respect and love her if she was a psychopath?
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Old March 12 2012, 10:10 PM   #1271
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Why did her crew so deeply respect and love her if she was a psychopath?
And there are a variety of reasons for why her crew may have "loved" and/or "respected" her. Here are a few:

1) They were crazy too.

2) They didn't really respect her, they were just too afraid of her to stand up to her.

3) She somehow brainwashed them all.

I like option 3 the best.
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Old March 12 2012, 11:17 PM   #1272
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Janeway didn't seem human to me at all.

Anyway, the only problem with Voyager is that even if you feel the episodes (and average) improves as you go along, the show begins to feel very stale with its adventure of the week layout, compounded by the fact we'd already watched 7 years of an adventure of the week in space show with TNG. So by the time you get to season 6 of VOY for example, you've seen 12 seasons of a ship roaming about the galaxy getting into a different adventure each week and the events being forgotten the week after.

Also "Janeway got her crew home quickly" isn't really a defense of the character since she's not a real person...It was the writers who got them home so quickly.
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Old March 13 2012, 12:30 AM   #1273
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Survival Instinct: The best Borg episode that Voyager has done so far. This episode had everything; a great script, a cerebral story, a dark atmosphere, and some humor at just the right moments.
This episode felt very fresh (if that makes any sense), which is ironic because Borg episodes on this show were starting to feel really stale. I can't put my finger on why, but this episode didn't feel like an episode of Voyager. It felt like something even greater.
Hopefully season 6 continues to be this good!
9/10

EDIT: I'm tempted to give this episode a 10. I'll have to see how I feel about it tomorrow or the next day.
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Old March 13 2012, 01:22 AM   #1274
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Survival Instinct: The best Borg episode that Voyager has done so far. This episode had everything; a great script, a cerebral story, a dark atmosphere, and some humor at just the right moments.
This episode felt very fresh (if that makes any sense), which is ironic because Borg episodes on this show were starting to feel really stale. I can't put my finger on why, but this episode didn't feel like an episode of Voyager. It felt like something even greater.
Hopefully season 6 continues to be this good!
9/10

EDIT: I'm tempted to give this episode a 10. I'll have to see how I feel about it tomorrow or the next day.
It's just ok for me.
One of Voyager's better episodes but nowhere near a 10.
I feel "Scorpion", "Dark Frontier" & "Child's Play" are better episodes featuring the Borg.

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Equinox Part 1 and 2: An excellent two-parter! The greatest compliment that I can give it is that I could have easily seen this episode rewritten for DS9.
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While we jump on Janeways case and call her a psychopath for her actions, lets considered it was Sisko that poisoned an entire planet, covered up a murder of a diplomatic Ambassador and showed racial prejudice toward a holodeck program due to a period in history he never experienced. I understand why it was important to Aver Brookes but within the context of Trek, it makes not sense to having racial prejudice in the 24th century about something that happened in the 21st. Especially if there is no longer racism within the Federation and wasn't any in during his father or his life time.
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Old March 13 2012, 01:42 AM   #1275
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This episode felt very fresh (if that makes any sense), which is ironic because Borg episodes on this show were starting to feel really stale. I can't put my finger on why, but this episode didn't feel like an episode of Voyager. It felt like something even greater.
Possibly because Ronald D. Moore wrote it. Personally, I love both episodes he was involved in. I definitely did like the atmosphere of "Survival Instinct", the fact that Voyager was at a busy space port getting supplies was a nice touch. I mean why hadn't we seen that kind of thing more often? Its kind of absurd.
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