Jay Stobie reviews Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing by Una McCormack.
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The conversion of the DS9 episode reviews (including guest reviews) to the new format is completed.
Ex Astris Scientia - DS9 Episodes Best of DS9, Worst of DS9. 10. Visionary: 9. 9. Homefront / Paradise Lost: 9. 8. Little Green Men: 9. 7. Improbable Cause / The Die is Cast: 9. 6. The Changing Face of Evil: 9. 5. Tears of the Prophets: 9. 4. Favor the Bold / Sacrifice of Angels: 9. 3. What You Leave Behind: 10 ...
A new article by Frank Bitterhof deals with commercially available acoustic panels as wall coverings in TNG.
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Ex Astris Scientia - Observations in TNG: "The Inner Light" Observations in TNG: "The Inner Light" A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider. Here are some observations about sets, props and visual effects in TNG: "The Inner Light" without a specific theme, and a comparison of the original TV release (TNG) with the remastered ...
20 years ago today: VOY: "Caretaker" airs. I can't believe it's been such a long time.
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Almost 50% of the episode reviews have been converted to the new format by now - most recently TAS and the remaining seasons of Voyager, including all guest reviews.
Ex Astris Scientia - TAS Episodes Best of TAS, Worst of TAS. 5. One of Our Planets is Missing: 6. 4. The Counter-Clock Incident: 6. 3. The Time Trap: 7. 2. The Terratin Incident: 7. 1. Yesteryear: 9. 5. The Eye of the Beholder: 2. 4. The Magicks of Megas-Tu: 2. 3. The Infinite Vulcan: 1. 2. The Survivor: 1 ...
More updates in the EAS Fleet Yards: comparison charts by jbobroony and Tadeo D'Oria's take on the Indus class.
Ex Astris Scientia - Indus Class Indus Class (2289). Although interstellar hydrogen may be collected with the Bussard ramscoops of a starship, this may serve only as an emergency supply. In normal starship operation the deuterium tanks are refilled at latest once the fuel level has dropped to 20%.
Ex Astris Scientia - Observations in TNG: "The Next Phase" Observations in TNG: "The Next Phase" A joint project with TrekCore, by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider. Here are some observations about sets, props and visual effects in TNG: "The Next Phase" without a specific theme, and a comparison of the original TV release (TNG) with the remastered ...
Willkommen, jolan tru, welcome!
All good things must come to an end. After more than
three years I have finally concluded my reviews of TNG
episodes with "All Good Things".
Star Trek: The Next Generation was definitely a good thing.
And no better title could have been chosen for the series finale. Actually, I think TNG was the best thing that ever happened to the Star Trek franchise since TOS until today. Looking back, however,
it had a slow start. The first two seasons were too much influenced by
TOS. Thery were too busy with presenting some kind of Star Trek that people
seemed to love. The showrunners and writers gradually learned to work with the new characters they had created but it took them quite some time to further develop the Star Trek legacy beyond the mere cosmetic changes since the time of TOS. The holodeck as a new place for adventures of all kinds was instrumental in taking Star Trek to the 24th century, the Ferengi as new villains were not. I think the introduction of the Borg and especially the double feature "The Best of Both Worlds" ultimately set the series apart from its predecessor, and united nerds and "normal" fans in front of the screen. The sixth season became the absolute highlight of the
series, with great original stories and an unprecedented involvement of
the whole main cast. At this time it seemed that TNG could carry on forever.
But all good things must come to an end. It may be some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy that the show went downhill
a bit in its final season. Well, some episodes were simply badly done, such as "Sub Rosa" or "Masks". Others were apparently hampered by the prospect that the series would come to a closure. I like how some story arcs are wrapped up near the end of the series. However, I don't think it was a good idea to introduce new family members of the crew in several episodes, as if the writers were working up a list of relatives to be shown. Likewise, bringing together Worf and Deanna looks like a desperate (and much too late) attempt to get things moving on the romantic side of character relationships. Also, I have mixed feelings about long-standing assets that are falling apart: The warp drive is discovered to damage subspace (although it won't be mentioned again after TNG), the Federation fails to control the situation in the Demilitarized Zone, Wesley
and Ro leave Starfleet for good. It seems like TNG prepares to pass on the baton to the somewhat dystopian
DS9. I love DS9, but it is a different kind of
Star Trek. And although my average rating of TNG episodes gradually went
down to the same level as DS9's, I think TNG is closer than anything
else to the "ideal Star Trek series".
The TNG reviews were the last reviews of
any Star Trek series at EAS that were still missing. But seeing that it has been
over a decade since I watched several of the episodes, I may start over with
Voyager. I intend to add more details, and most likely I will revise my opinion
on some of the episodes. It's time to rediscover another series!
See our Observations in TNG: "I, Borg". TrekCore has a gallery with 386 HD screen caps from this episode, in which a Borg regains his individuality and Picard has to change his mind about how to deal with him.
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