"Warhead" was one of my favorites. How did I forget about this one? Harry Kim leads an away mission, and becomes the hero in this one - everything to like. He made Captain directly as a result - at least in the alternate reality (Endgame 1 & 2) haha. For Neelix - Senior Beautician hahaha.
More "Who The Hell Is this" - Crewman Lang, Crewman Jenkins, the Asian Guy (gotta love John Tempoya - the official Asian background actor for Garrrett haha). Didn't Lang die in another episode?
Bob Picardo's Dr. Bomb was more like Dr. Evil on steroids (if you saw that campy '80's flick). If this wasn't over-acting, then Shatner's "Khaaaaan!" was an award-nominated performance haha.
First off - RIP to Nichelle Nichols. George Takei and Nichelle Nichols defined diversity back in the day - it's unfortunate and tragic that the sci fi genre no longer supports that (only if you count the Kwok Rock - but he's just a token character with not a lot scenes). Doesn't matter to me - I stick with other things.
"Relativity" was just plain fun and silly. In regards to all these time jumps, they were a complete mess and didn't make much sense haha. Oh - and the actress who played seven hates the color yellow by the way. Racist much? Anyway, I don't really give a shit. Seven offered Mr. Kim to "copulate" in S3 so all is forgiven haha. The Voyager crew should've offered Dukain a job on their ship hahaha.
I agree with Garrett's moral lesson. Something along the lines of, "Never live in the past. Never focus too much on the future. Live for the Now". If you live for the now, your future might unfold more pleasantly than if you focus too much on the future.
The many facets of Neelix - his comedic giggling / laughing in 11:59, wearing a red jump suit, ready for garbage duty, etc hahaha.
I agree that "Think Tank" 'Tanked' in terms of quality haha. I was laughing at Jason Alexander. I was laughing at his costume, his hair. I was laughing at his dry, fat expressions / line deliveries hahaha. C'mon, you have a short, fat, stubby Sitcom guy like Jason Alexander, can you really take him seriously in a sci-fi or dramatic role? Hell no. I think his hair fit well with his body type in the film "Shallow Hal" haha. He fits that role better.
I was looking forward to "The Disease" podcast episode - one of my favorites. Apparently, Garrett didn't like his hair in this one haha. But as they say - the actors themselves are their own worst critic. But c'mon - if being overly concerned about your hair messes up your performance (I thought Garrett still did a convincing job regardless of what he thinks), then there's nothing that can be done about that. Whether you're an actor, musician, artist, singer - you should always be looking to improve or be willing to critique yourself. Just lay off the hair hahaha.
Themes of defiance / disobeying orders and love - that's what appealed to me in this episode. Especially because it is an Asian-American character, even moreso. Breaking stereotypes of the "model minority", "goody-two-shoes" is a rarity back in the day. So this was a breathe of fresh air. I never thought that xenophobia was a theme, but I could see it.
"Bliss" was enjoyable, but certainly not one of my favorites. It also had that Trek "Acting For Action" issues - a bit over-acting here and there. For example, the slow collapsing when a character gets zapped hahaha. Only Trek can have either over and under-acting; which is why it is so easy to make fun of. Tom Paris with bangs?! You gotta be F'N kidding me haha.
Seriously - if you can just remove a panel, start pressing buttons here and there to access a personal log or other confidential information. Really, can't that person just take over the ship at anytime?? Another shaking my head moment / hilarity.
The Doctor is as smug as ever in this one, but hilarious.
I finally got around to watching the teasers for "To The Journey", and I think this'll be worthwhile to rent (like a movie). After all, they were able to get George Takei among the interviews (and others - directors, guest appearances / stars, production crew, etc.). Kudos to all the fan support for this - now begin another fundraiser to make a possible Voyager movie or even a show happen haha. We can only imagine - it probably wouldn't be realistic as most of the cast would not be available nor interested. Still, it wouldn't matter to me - only a few available would still work. In my opinion.
Culhain. Tabor. Baytart - yeah, right. Where the hell do they come up with these 1-episode only characters? hahaha. As if they magically appeared or were pulled out of their asses by a damn leprechaun, and then disappear again. Crewman this. Crewman that. And then they go out Red Shirt style hahaha. Trek "Acting For Action" is pretty hilarious - it's either overacting or underacting hahaha. Example - Tom bouncing around in that ship with dry, poofy hair all of a sudden haha.
04/04/2022: "Timeless" is Timeless Indeed
For once, everyone is in agreement haha. It is a top favorite for a lot, and mine as well. You can watch this over and over, and never gets old or is always fun to watch. I'll one-up Bob Picardo's "You can act!" behind-the-scenes reaction to Garrett - "You deserve an emmy!" haha.
By the way, which would you trust more - the replicator, or Neelix's cooking? hahaha.
Unfortunately, Voyager kind of went downhill after Season 5. There are only just handful of episodes that I enjoyed after "Timeless", scattered throughout the final three seasons. "The Disease", "Blink Of An Eye" and "End Game" are just a few among the handful.
02/21/2022: The Wrath Of Arturis
I think Arturis would've made a splendid villain if a Voyager movie was ever considered haha. He seems to have the superior intellect of a Khan, and the revenge motive. It was a brief idea long ago for a fan fiction story / movie of mine (with Captain Kim as a major player in a rescue mission).
Anyway - "Hope And Fear" was fun and entertaining, not a favorite but certainly fun. The Quantum Slipstream technology is re-visited in a top favorite "Timeless". Can't wait for that.
Ray Wise - after doing a search, he looks familiar. He was part of the "Fresh Off The Boat" ensemble playing that dentist neighbor haha. Hilarious.
02/19/2022: Valentine's Day Treat
I completely forgot that The Delta Flyers had a Youtube channel, because they practically never upload there. But what a treat or surprise - Garrett's interview with the fine ladies in "Favorite Son". This has got to be one of my "Favorite" interviews. Ever. That, and Tim and Ethan's guest spot in "Rise" (audio only for me however). These make me want to seriously consider signing up for their Patreon. But my budget is extremely tight.
"Living Witness" was one of my favorites as well. If not for the sole reason of having the cast play "evil counterparts". Or evil versions of themselves. It's a reminder of TOS "Mirror, Mirror". If anything, the cast can test their acting chops in playing a different side to their characters.
Negative, false portrayals are very damaging, and the episode touched on that thought or idea well. How we negatively perceive others and only seeing from our POV is why there is so much violence, racism, etc. Stereotyping is more of a milder form of this, but still damaging nonetheless.
Next week is "Demon", another favorite. Wow - back to back favorites. What are the odds haha.
I think fans should keep track of how many "Bad Hair Days" or "Poofy Hair Days" episodes Robbie's character of Tom has haha. Vis-A-Vis should be more like, Hell-'Non-Non-Non'! haha. I thought Robbie would have been ecstatic that the episode revolved around him. At least he is consistent in his reviews. I have favorite episodes that involve only 1 or 2 characters, simply because I favor that character. But if the story is good and / or involves the entire cast (with no hidden agendas), I'm ok with that. There are a quite a few episodes I don't even bother watching ("This Episode Should Never Have Existed" type deal).
In retrospect, I forgot what "Retrospect" was about haha. And then it came back after listening to the recap. Controversial issues or social commentaries are tackled occasionally. How about that Neelix episode in the first season where his species was wiped out - whether to forgive or not to forgive the "evil" scientist. Moral dilemmas I guess. There is another episode where the doctor has to use a nazi-type doctor hologram in order to save a life.
There are just plenty of WTF moments in Trek haha - Tom's afro-like hair, and why he went to the planet as an escort instead of the security team under Tuvok, etc. Hahaha.
I found the doctor's smug arrogance both annoying and humorous.
The hirogen - a formidable opponent or foe. It all comes to head in a two-parter where they take over the holodeck posing as nazis.
Neelix - a cook, a good-will ambassador, and a mail carrier hahaha.
One thing I'll agree with is that Livingston did direct some nice episodes. And that's all I have to say about dat.
"Year of Hell" was a two-parter that's quite dark - the crew flailing to survive and Voyager eventually sacrificed / destroyed (but it all ends well). In that regard (and the juicy story of temporal incursions and the repercussions of it), it's almost non-stop action. There were non-sensical stuff as usual, but I enjoyed this for the most part.
Crewman Lang was still around? Damn - zapped with a phaser (or ray gun haha), and what I call LTR or LTD (Lame Trek Reactions / Lame Trek Demises) haha. The industry is on the decline - I don't a give a rat's ass anymore haha.
"And even Mr. Paris" - gotta love Doc's witty humor hahaha.
Here's a poll I'm curious about - how many would prefer to have an orgy with the planet women from "Favorite Son", or would prefer to accept Seven's offer to "copulate" in "Revulsion" haha. Mr. Kim's missed opportunities indeed. One of the misgivings and travesties from this show is that Harry Kim was never given a romantic steady (a byproduct of the racial stereotyping of being "awkward"). Instead, he gets these one-episode flings or flirtations.
It's a tough call. Tuvix would have made one hell of an entertaining or humorous regular or character on the show. On the other hand, we would not have been graced with the continued banter between Neelix and Tuvok that fans have come to adore haha.
So when is "Timeless" - the next episode I'm absolutely looking forward to.
The scene between Neelix and Kes ("To The Adventure" closing toast) was my favorite scene from "The Gift". And that's all I have to say about that.
Didn't you get the memo, Robbie? Sex sells haha. Yeah, introduce the character with a beginning shot of her butt haha. Anyway - S4 first introduces the character of Seven and the transition into "Sounds Swedish" Borg storylines. Kes was leaving or being replaced (it was not a glamorous situation on set from what I heard haha) - the acting was definitely noticeable as it was the actress who looked out of it haha. "The Gift" is the farewell episode of Kes. But she returns in "Fury", with the title fitting of both the character and actress I guess heh.
"Before and After" was a trip indeed haha. I enjoy time travel jumps - it can be non-sensical or mind-boggling at times, but the most important thing for me is the enjoyment factor. Everything else is second fiddle or third wheel haha. So I give this a solid 7.5. I reckon that the film "Memento" would be too confusing and complicated for Robbie haha. When I skip or don't bother with certain episodes, you can say that it would either be Zero rating, or even a negative rating (basically, "It Should Never Have Existed" bad). But to each their own. Let's face it - actors are going to support and favor episodes that are focused on them 'anyway'. So as they say, to each their own.
The most re-listens or listened to podcast update:
1. Favorite Son
Hahaha. Next week is "Before and After" - that should be a doozy. I'm not sure if they'll rip apart that one in jest, or praise it as a zealot praises the lord haha. Where is Aron when we need him - the maestro of ripping apart or roasting episodes. For me, I skip or don't bother with episodes I dislike or do not give a hoot about.
"Favorite Son" was one of my favorites. They talk about this near the end of the podcast, but I felt it was important to have an Asian-American male character to be portrayed as desired either sexually or romantically. This was completely unheard of or non-existent back in the day, and persists even now unfortunately (which is why we have to create on our own). The writers might have gone a bit over-board with the sexual tone, sounding more like an erotic program than a sci-fi show haha but still - I loved it. In the end - I would have much preferred to have Mr. Kim have a regular love interest (either Ballard - make her a permanent character or even bringing in Libby from "Non-Sequitur" as a recurring somehow) than have one of these all-out, sexually-hyped situations. "The Disease" episode is much closer to a romantic situation for Kim, and one that he finally defies or disobeys orders.
I give this episode a solid 7 or 8. I do not care about the hate for this episode - although there might be fair and objective reasons, I already know that a lot of it has to do with racist reasons. They are not comfortable or just plain hate seeing an Asian male being the centerpiece of desire, or the centerpiece of an episode. I do not give a rat's ass. We suffered enough.
What a treat indeed. On a very rare occasion, there might be some guest appearances on a podcast - which is understandable, patreon patrons should get exclusive content (hence, very rare). Anyway - the duo of Neelix and Tuvok come to heads in "Rise". I enjoyed the episode for what it was - Neelix finally standing up to Tuvok's logical 'personality' (or lack thereof haha), and saves the day.
This one reminded me of the TOS episode where Spock's logic could not save or help their stranded Galileo shuttle crew - in fact, it made things worse which was aptly pointed out by one of them "one-time only" or "who the hell is he" character heh. In "Rise", Tuvok's logic hilariously did not help the situation at all. In fact, it was Neelix who had to start raising his voice in defiance. Let's face it - Trek fight scenes are always silly or inane haha.
It's another episode where both Garrett and Robert's characters get the off-camera (no scenes), out-of-focus or voice only treatment haha. The relationship inconsistencies can be quite maddening and inane as well in this type of show. There definitely should have been a final resolution or a more consistent approach to the Neelix / Kes dynamics.
I enjoyed "Alter Ego", but it was not one of my favorites. I prefer "Favorite Son", where you have Mr. Kim frollicking with the planet women haha.
The perks of being a director - Picardo giving himself ladies, and no ladies for you haha.
I personally feel that Vorick was a character for comic relief - vulcans can be hilarious, as well as rivals.
One-directional or one-way relationships or feelings are definitely relatable. Still - I would have avoided this kind of stereotype whether or not it reflected the '90's (where racial stereoypes / racism was even more prevalent).
The "Warlord" podcast is just a few that I've listened to over and over - the episode is hilarious, and the podcast was hilarious / informative haha. And oh yeah - we get to see Talaxian feet for the first time hahaha. Other re-listens: Non-Sequitur, Prime Factors (that's it - I think there were others, can't remember). I think they'll have a blast when they get to "Before and After".
Gotta love the holodeck scenes of the resort - this ain't yer ordinary resort. More like hangin' out at the playboy mansion haha. Having Neelix frollicking in there is hilarious. I even had to find the episode video on the web to re-catch some scenes.
Some fan should take count of how many crewman become casualties in away missions - sort of like the red shirts in TOS haha. Also - fans would have liked to see Tom in that lingerie-type shirt haha.
If yer gonna beam aboard with a phaser, make sure yer pointing or facing the right direction hahaha.
"Warlord" was an ok episode - I'd give it a five or six (but a lot of overacting).
"Flashback" - George "Captain Sulu" Takei. Enough said. His presence was enough to make this episode one of my favorites. I also agree that Janice Rand was underrated.
I highly recommend watching "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" for the backstory for this episode.
You might as well re-title this podcast episode to "The Art of Gaseous Anomalies or Farting", or "Another One of Neelix's Cooking Gone Wrong" haha.
THE ART OF VAPORIZING RSG'S MUHAHA
FAVORITE TREK TECHNOLOGY
Although the transporter, phaser, and the tricorder are the usual Trek technology that fans know about, here are some of my favorites:
Replicators: Instead of having to prepare a meal or going out to get something to eat, who wouldn't want a scrumptious burger or a meal appear instantly right in front of them. It's a neat piece of technology for sure.
The Holodeck: This is something that sure keeps the crew preoccupied for enjoyment when not on duty, and it sure passes the time away. Although everything created is in holographic form, a person better watch out if the safety protocols are not on heheh.
Astrometrics: Utilized for stellar cartography and other celestial observations and analysis, this is sort of like a jacked up observatory or planetarium with holographic dimensions and much more advanced technology. As an Astronomy enthusiast, I'd certainly wouldn't mind spending time here....if it were real of course. An updated lab was designed by Kim on board Voyager; with some collaboration thanks to borg efficiency.
Mobile Emitter: A mobile device that allows a hologram or a holographic person to go places and enter areas outside the confines of their activation place. They can also be stored in it.
TREK MOMENTS IN FILM |
FAVORITE VOYAGER EPISODES:
(no particular order)
Year of Hell, Parts 1 & 2
Blink of an Eye
Before and After
Endgame, Parts 1 & 2
FAVORITE TOS EPISODES:
The Corbomite Maneuver
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
The Galileo Seven
The Return Of The Archons
This Side Of Paradise
Balance Of Terror
Errand Of Mercy
The Naked Time
The Doomsday Machine
The Tholian Web
That Which Survives
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Day Of The Dove
And The Children Shall Lead