October 28, 2019 at 11:02 am #311374
That line has stuck in my head forever. It really developed the Picard character too, the way he was obviously personally offended by the description, but kept himself composed to act as ambassador to this new life form.October 28, 2019 at 11:43 am #311378
“Ugly bags of mostly water” is one of the best lines ever. I hope whichever writer came up with that got a raise.
Although the description was accurate in a way (as pointed out by Data), I never liked the inclusion of “ugly”. It sounds too childish and insulting to be something an advanced lifeform capable of communicating would say.
Simply calling us “bags of mostly water” would do the trick more realistically (or as real as things can be on a show where 90% of the aliens are simply humans with a mask (and sometimes not even that) and terrible fashion sense.)
But it did make me look at humans and life on earth more objectively, which is the whole point of the episode. So since it’s successful in getting it’s point across in a very memorable and humorous way, who am I to complain?November 5, 2019 at 10:07 am #312143
I finished episode 4 of season 2 last night. Guinan and Dr. Pulaski are part of the crew now. I like both of them.
Dr. Pulaski is not very well liked by the majority of fans, but I like her crusty edge- kind of like a curmudgeonly old uncle who you love because of, not in spite of, his gruffness. Guinan is the typical wisdom-dispensing bartender character, which is typical because it works, and Whoopie is a decent actor, so the character is a good addition in my opinion.
The insane lack of ability to use the transporter with any intelligence is still part of the story-line. How hard is it to transport people to where you want them instead of 30m away?
And don’t get me started on the self-destruct course of action by Picard when they were captured by the Nagilum. He and Riker casually choose 20 minutes to be the length of time the crew has to live, then they casually do… nothing- Picard relaxes in his ready room listening to classical music and no one else even takes a break from their job. Near the end, with literally two minutes left, the bridge crew is just puttering around pushing buttons, no alarm or stress or concern that the end is seconds away. Ugh! Of all the terrible ways to screw-up a movie or TV show, having completely unrealistic reactions to extreme events is #1 by a long shot.
I’ll be off the bike for a few days, so won’t be able to watch more until Thursday evening at the earliest.November 13, 2019 at 12:10 pm #312993
I’ve watched ‘Chernobyl’, ‘The Post’ and ‘Sum of All Fears’ while riding the bike the last three nights.
‘Chernobyl’ is amazing. It happened when I was in school and not into watching the news, so it was always a story I knew about but no not in any detail. If the Netflix series is even close to being accurate, it is mind-blowing! It’s a mini-series, so I have four or five episodes left and I can’t wait to watch them. 8.5/10 [so far].
‘The Post’ is a movie based on The Post newspaper choosing whether or not to publish stories from leaked papers about the Vietnam War. 6/10.
‘Sum of All Fears’ is a John Grisham movie about some neo-Nazi’s trying to start a war between Russia and The US. 5/10.
Tonight I’m going to try to run on the treadmill, which means I can’t watch television (it’s too loud and too far away from the TV.) I’ll get back to watching ‘Chernobyl’ on the weekend, then get back to TNG next week.November 14, 2019 at 11:36 pm #313169
Holy guacamole Batman! Chernobyl is amazing!
It’s an HBO series that I highly recommend. I watched two episodes tonight and am blown away by the magnitude of the disaster.
Watch it.November 20, 2019 at 12:05 pm #314688
Finished Chernobyl the other night. Excellent show. Anyone who has access to HBO should watch it.
Watched three more episodes of TNG last night (that’s a lot of bike riding). More terrible acting, cheesy sets and absurd lapses in common sense (arrrgh!, will they ever use the transporter to even 1/100th of it’s potential?), and I love it.
I forgot Dr. Polaski. She doesn’t have a lovable or even likable personality, but I appreciate her character. No nonsense, stands up to Picard, and cares about helping at all costs.January 28, 2020 at 11:45 am #320207
Sadly I’ve not been watching TNG that consistently. Our Netflix was down one day so I watched some episodes of Northern Exposure (we own the box set of all episodes. Best purchase I’ve ever made.) and now I watch it about half the time.
NE is the most brilliantly written show I’ve ever seen. The plots and dialogue and characters are just… perfect.
TNG makes me hopeful for our collective future while NE makes me happy about my personal ‘now’.February 12, 2020 at 11:43 am #321889
Got six more episodes of TNG under my belt since the weekend. Season 3 Episode 17 was the last one I watched.
So many great moral and ethical messages in that show. My daughter has to write a manifesto on something (her choice) for school, so I think I’ll get her to watch episode 16 of season 3 with me. It will definitely give her an interesting perspective on gender and human rights. She’s already very open-minded regarding gender and equal rights for all, but this episode will show her it’s been a topic with a broad set of public attitudes since long before her time (kids sometimes think their generation is the first to have an idea).March 23, 2020 at 9:02 am #324739
Took a break from TNG and watched a couple other Netflix series while biking to nowhere.
Started watching “The Trials if Gabriel Gonzalez”. It’s a true story of unimaginable abuse of a child. Don’t watch this if stories of abuse haunt you after you turn off the TV, because this one will destroy you. There are only five episodes and I’ve watched three. For viewing this heavy, one episode a week is my maximum.
Last night I finally finished the seven episode, true story series, “The Pharmacist” It’s about a father who lost his son to illegal drugs. He’s a bit of a bulldog when it comes to investigating things, so he ultimately finds his sons killer without police help. Then he notices the oxycontin flowing out of his store, almost exclusively due to one doctor, and the rest of the episodes are his obsession with exposing her. A real feel bad/feel good show. Although it’s depressing and makes you mad, it doesn’t make you blood-boiling enraged like the first series I talked about.
I also started watching “The Sinner”. It’s a twisty tale of unexpected murderers who killed for reasons you don’t expect. Not bad. I have two episodes left. Not much to say about it, but I’m still watching it, so it’s not that bad.
I’ve been on such a ‘based on a true story’ binge lately that shows that aren’t based on a true story feel very blah. Without the knowledge that there is some reality in the show, I find it hard to get invested.March 23, 2020 at 12:20 pm #324746
I made a mistake. It’s not “The Trials if Gabriel Gonzalez”, It’s “The Trials if Gabriel Fernandez”.March 23, 2020 at 9:27 pm #324775
I started “Messiah”. It takes some concentration. There is a lot of English, but also Hebrew, Syrian (not sure what language that is), and others, with subtitles of course. Plus all the accents. The Iranian Messiah appears to have some magic powers, but the CIA woman remains skeptical that he just has some good backing. He disappears from Israel and appears in Texas a day later, but they can track his flights. But, know did he know to go there? There was a tornado and the only thing spared was a tiny church. So people think he saved it. All that, and it’s only 3 episodes!March 24, 2020 at 8:34 am #324806
I always watch with subtitles, so accents and that sort of thing don’t matter.
Our friends cancelled Netflix because they said some show on it showed god as gay. Is Messiah the show?March 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm #324815
Nope, that’s The First Temptation of Christ, a short comedy film. It’s cheaply made, reminds me of some older British sitcoms, but it’s worth it. Brazillian/Spanish with subtitles.March 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm #324835
They both sound interesting enough to check out. This evening maybe, depending on what the family has planned.
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