Does It Get Better???

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by AdmiralScreed, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. AdmiralScreed

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    About the Doctor episodes, I'd have to agree that I'm not the biggest fan of his character or his episodes. I think the actor is fine, but the character just comes across to me as really one dimensional. Too often he's just played for laughs, and that I find gets old fast.

    About Memorial, I'd agree it has a lot in common with The Inner Light, but the latter is far superior IMO. In Memorial I don't know who these aliens are, and I'm not sure why I should relate to them or care about them. Yes, it's terrible what happened to them, but without the personal touch that TNG had (meeting the community, his wife, children, etc.) the massacre doesn't move me in the same way the death of the community in The Inner Light did. By the end of the latter I knew who these people were, and I was deeply saddened to see them go. In Memorial I was just left with a sick and uncomfortable feeling. I guess in TNG's episode I thought they handled the drama and pacing much more skillfully, and overall I just preferred the brighter tone of the The Inner Light to the darker tone of Memorial.
    Also, The Inner Light was a great developmental episode for Picard. He settled down, raised a family, and we were able to see what his life would have been like had he not joined Starfleet. It was very touching to watch! TNG at its absolute finest.
     
  2. exodus

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    I found it one of Voyager's best.
    I didn't find it vile, I saw it as Trek's idea of a living Holocaust memorial. We see in our history books or documentaries, real pictures of how the Jews were treated and died. However unfortunately there are those in our society that choose to believe it wasn't real or wasn't as bad as they portray but you can't disbelieve an event in history if you live it. Our own modern motto for 9/11 is "Never Forget". How would you ever forget an event so tragic if you had to experience it first hand?
    I think one of the greatest parts of the ep. is when Neelix was the one to speak up first to save it, cause he would be the only one on the ship to have survived a similar event. The memorial means something far greater to him. History shouldn't be forgotten for fear it will be repeated. Too live it is to learn from it.

    I disagree with this completely
    "Inner Light" is a fine ep. but it's pure fairy tale fiction.
    The mass genocide of a people in "Memorial" are events that have happened and continue to happen every day in several countries around the world to this day. I find "Memorial" a more realistic and relatable, especially after the events of Sandy Hook Elementary. "Memorial" was supposed to make you uncomfortable, it's about war. It's wasn't the lie that everybody dies happily in their sleep with no pain fiction that's only found in fairy tales that "Inner Light" was.
     
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    The memorial was supposed to be voluntary. If you chose to undergo the experience, cool. Janeway fixed the broken warning buoy, and flew off. This is what happened in Caretaker. How can she trust a buoy to keep transponding for the next thousand years, if she can't trust a timer on a torpedo to wait 30 seconds till after she's left the quadrant to blow up caretakers array?

    The buoy is going to break down one day, allowing the memorial to start raping people again.

    She should have left Kim behind as a Caretaker.

    But at some point he'd need to have a baby to take over his job to stop the memorial from raping unprepared starfaring aliens, because he's not very immortal at all.
     
  4. exodus

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    That's not the torpedos fault or Janeway's, it's Tuvok's.
    He is Chief of Security and the one that rigged the detonator.
    Guess he didn't like getting over looked for his promotion due to Chakotay.
     
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    It was janeways fault that she didn't trust Tuvok.

    Tuvok made a lovely bomb for Kathryn in Omega Directive.

    2 actually.

    The first was too small, so he cranked up the yield per his Captain, his Captains wishes.

    It also seems like she may have trusted the timer on that bomb.

    Oh.

    And then there was the superior ordinance Janeway used to blow up that Cube in Dark Frontier when she was stealing coils off the Borg like a common hood.
     
  6. AdmiralScreed

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    Good points. I don't disagree with your comparison of Memorial to the events of our own time, but for the reasons I gave in my last post I still think the Inner Light is he stronger of the two. Is it the more realistic of the two episodes? Maybe not, but IMO it's still a great drama that leaves me feeling optimistic and satisfied every time I watch it. Memorial is one of those episodes that I can't see myself ever watching again because it was so over the top violent and depressing. One of the reasons Trek has always appealed to me is because of it's optimistic vision of the future. Many episodes I watched left me feeling good about humanity and the direction we were heading in. This episode of course had the opposite effect. I know it was intended to be violent and uncomfortable to watch, but maybe I feel that they could have accomplished what they wanted to in this episode with less of that. I'm still mulling over this one...
     
  7. tighr

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    Stay away from DS9, then. You're in for a surprise.
     
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    That's why Trek is escapist fiction.
    Humanity isn't headed in the direction we see in Trek.
    It's also in a way you really shouldn't compare "Inner Light" to "Memorial" because the message, scenarios and reason behind both are completely different. The only similarity is the "Quantum Leap" syndrome. One isn't about politics or social injustice, the other is. "Memorial" is a ep. that allows us to do just what we're doing now, discuss and debate it more so than "Inner Light". They didn't want you to feel good after seeing it, they wanted you to be uncomfortable because that's what real war is. It's not even pretty as DS9 made it where the good guys don't get killed during it.
     
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    Too late, watched that before I started Voyager, haha.

    I loved DS9. No, it wasn't optimistic in the way that TNG was. It revealed the darker side of humanity. I prefer TNG's vision, but because of just how well DS9 was written, directed, acted, etc. I still thought it was an incredible show. The moral dilemmas were fascinating because of how grey they were. To this day I still don't know how I would have acted had I been in Sisko's position in In the Pale Moonlight, to give an example.

    I think that dark and pessimistic can be fine for Trek as long as it's presented in the right way. DS9 accomplished this brilliantly.
     
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    I agree. Despite their commonalities, they're very different episodes with entirely different purposes.

    While I may not have particularly enjoyed it, I agree there's a lot to be discussed in Memorial. Glad we're having this conversation.
     
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    Tsunkatse: Very exciting episode. Creative and fun premise, memorable guest characters, good action, and a nice 7 of 9 development episode!
    7/10
     
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    The best part about Tsunkatse was Hertzler (best known to Trek fans as Martok). That was the only good thing about Tsunkatse. It was a meaningless filler episode, and was a horrible example of stuntcasting with The Rock, seeing as how at the time Voyager and WWE Smackdown were UPN's two most recognizable shows.
     
  13. exodus

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    Agreed.
    It's refreshing to get a different POV on the ep.

    BTW, I'm glad you really enjoyed "One Small Step".
    I liked it for the same reason you did and I think it was great hearing Seven give the Yankees score at the end.
    It gave it great heart.

    Not great but I enjoyed it too.
    I liked "The Running Man"/Mojo World concept.
    I just wished they used more laytex make up on The Rock to make him more alien looking instead of looking like himself. As an up and coming actor, I think they should have made him more part of the story. Like teaming up with Seven & the Hirogen to escape or the opposite, a slave that wishes to stay. I think it would have added a little more to the ep.
     
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    Filler? Maybe....but IMO entertaining filler. And as I mentioned before, 7 went through some nice development in this episode. Her more compassionate and merciful side was exposed and developed in this episode. So it wasn't completely filler.

    The actors looked like they were having such a great time doing this episode, not bored like they sometimes do. That excited me and drew me into what was happening.
     
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    Agreed. I thought his character was going to play a more prominent role in this episode. Wasted opportunity.
     
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    Berman (whoever) had no respect for the Rock. They treated him like an imbecile. One of the biggest box office draws today, but back in 1998 when he was only one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, they were pretty sure he was a monkey who couldn't couldn't remember more than 3 lines of dialogue.

    It was patronizing.

    Or was it that they suspected if they synergistically drew new audience from the wrestling world that those are the monkeys who didn't want to LISTEN to more than 3 lines of dialogue?
     
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    Everyone made a big deal of the Rock being in this one... honestly having Combs and Hertzler in it excited me more.

    The plot was okay... though everyone making a big deal of the Rock beating on Jeri Ryan was silly at best. It was a welcome change, but the episode was really carried by Hertzler and Ryan's interactions.
     
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    I've never been sure who this Rock is.
     
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    He was the Pendari wrestler who beat up on Seven of Nine in Tsunkatse... and he wrestles in real life as real as it gets anyways..

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