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  1. Everyone seems to have forgotten that the Vulcans were a vicious and ultraviolent people for most of their history, and only in the last few thousand years have learned to consciously control that aggression. Think about it.
  2. Yes, it a major weakness in the ST universe. The ST universe is overwhelmingly terracentric. Everyone goes into mind numbing detal about the technology, yet a major compoment of the ST universe, it's inhabitants, are little more than an afterthought.
  3. Wow!?!?!?!? I didn't know keeping a large sum of money in one's home was evidence of criminality. How much cash should they be allowed to keep at home to avoid suspicion?
  4. A common theme in shows with a ship named Voyager.
  5. Silly? This man does not think so.
  6. MrDad

    I like Neelix

    This could be said of all the Voyager personnel/characters.
  7. MrDad

    I like Neelix

    I really do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I don't understand why everyone despised him so.
  8. Star Trek has always been about conflict. Conflict is not just violence or war, it's also the collision of opposing ideas, philosophies and moralities. It's too bad the writers and producers forgot.
  9. The vast majority of those who believe extraterrestrials exist have never encountered one and no one can provide incontrovertible evidence of such beings. Such belief can only be called faith.
  10. It's been consistently inconsistent in it's plot, characterization and storyline.
  11. I'm going to the drive-in to see it tomorrow with my children.
  12. It was the Master who ridiculed the idea as 'prayer', just as many of you seem to be doing. Neither the Doctor nor Martha claimed any such thing. They merely stated the mental energies of the entire population of Earth were being channeled into the Doctor by way of the Archangel system. Apparently, the Doctor deduced the signal was a two-way street. It had never occurred to the Master that his system could be used against him. There is one mystery, though. The Doctor reversed the effects of the Master's laser screwdriver with the energies he received from the Earth's population and restored himself to normal size and appearance. How did his tiny suit expand to fit him as a full sized humanoid being when it was tailored for a tiny, Gollumlike creature? After all, his usual suit did not shrink with him. This, in my opinion, was the major plot hole in the episode.
  13. I'm not heartbroken about the goatee and hair. He seemed zany and wacky, more like a parody of a villain than than a sinister evil mastermind. He was more like Dr. Evil than the Master.
  14. Am I the only one just a bit disappointed with the Master? I expected him to be more rational, not like the Joker from the old Batman TV series. He seemed just plain crazy, not at all sinister or intimidating.
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OL4WxUNEoc
  16. [yt=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpsAPbIEWZA[/yt] The "Max Headroom pirating incident" is the fascinating story of the successful hijacking of two television signals in the Chicago, Illinois area on Sunday, November 22, 1987. This feat was accomplished by a person who then proceeded to perform an illegal broadcast on live television while wearing a Max Headroom mask. The incident began when television broadcasts at two different stations (WTTW and WGN) were interrupted by the hijacker on the same day, only hours apart. The first incident occurred during the sports segment of the WGN 9:00 p.m. news broadcast; the second incident (featured in the video) took place around 11:15 p.m., during a late evening showing by WTTW of the "Doctor Who" television show. The hijacker's motives for the act of piracy remain unclear, but it is possible that he may have held some sort of private grudge against the two Chicago stations that were effected by his broadcasts: he made a direct reference to WGN sportscaster Chuck Swirsky, as well as to hijacked station WGN (known as the "World's Greatest Newspaper) by referring to the latter as the "greatest world's newspaper nerds." Later commentary on this event would refer to the hijacker as "a sophisticated video pirate with an unsophisticated sense of humor who managed to override the signals of Chicago's [television] broadcast." And criticism was even leveled at the pirate for not using his "air time" to say something more profound! But as one observer has noted, there may actually be a "hidden message" there for those who look a little deeper, pointing out the fact that the plot of the actual Max Headroom television show "had been set in a post-apocalyptic future where evil television corporations controlled the world and freedom fighters spread their messages by 'zipping' their pirate signal into live television feeds." In light of that observation, it must be noted that the hijacker delivered a decent recreation of the real Max Headroom character; he actually produced a pretty convincing display of his mannerisms, his suit and the iconic, undulating-line backdrop by standing in front of what appears to be a sheet of corrugated roofing metal! The independent genius responsible for hijacking the signal has never been caught or identified. May he live long and prosper . . . Transcript of the Pirate Video: The audio in the pirate video is highly distorted, making it hard to decipher accurately what the person is saying. Below is an interpretation of the hijacker's words; other listeners may hear something different. Pirate broadcast begins with: "That does it, he's a freakin' nerd" "Yeah, I think I'm better than Chuck Swirsky." "Freakin' liberal" "Oh, Jesus." (Distorted speech. Hijacker shows audience a Pepsi cola can) "Yeah . . . catch the wave." (Hijacker throws can away; distorted words and moaning) "Your love is fading." (Hijacker laughs, then begins to hum the theme song to the 1959 Clutch Cargo show) "I stole CBS" (Hijacker continues to hum Clutch Cargo theme) "Oh, my piles." (Hijacker laughs and moans) "Oh, I just laid a giant masterpiece for all the greatest world's newspaper nerds." (Hijacker laughs and moans; is seen putting an old glove or baseball mitt on his hand) "My brother is wearing the other one, it's dirty." (Pulls glove off and tosses it away. More distorted words. Pirate video then switches to scene of hijacker with his pants down, being spanked with a flyswatter by a disguised female). "They're coming to get me!" "Come get me, b****." (Hijacker screams) "Oh, do it!" (Hijacker screams) Pirate broadcast ends and the Doctor Who show resumes with the words, "As far as I can tell, a massive electric shock, he died instantly!"
  17. http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote04.html You'll have to click the link for the full text as the speech exceeds the 20000 character post limit.
  18. They picked it up and carried it. Torchwood officials moved it using a truck in Army of Ghosts.
  19. It was more socialist than communist. There was money but it wasn't necessary for basic living. That would allow significant flexibility in choosing a career path. When they used money, it was mainly for unreplicable materials, luxuries and specialty services. Not everyone worked for the betterment of others (Harry Mudd and Kivas Fajo, for example) otherwise it would have been a long, boring story. There was a elected civilian government, though the series dealt with it very little. It would appear this elected civilian government had authority over the military arm (see A Taste Of Armageddon). A civilian official had authority over Starfleet personnel in this episode. There has never been any indication that the civilian government had absolute authority over it's citizens. On the other hand, Starfleet, a military organization, has a strict hierarchy and a clear, inviolate chain of command.
  20. http://www.theonion.com/content/news/dept_of_evil_all_of_you_must_die
  21. I feel like I'm having a flashback to the whole DeCSS brouhaha. History actually does tend to repeat itself.
  22. Unfortunately, making something illegal doesn't make it go away. Were that true, I would never see junkies or crack whores in my city. The VT killer was at one time arrested and committed to a mental institution because he was viewed as a danger to himself and others, yet he was released only with advice to get outpatient counseling. This man did not "just snap" and his actions were foreseeable. This is the pattern time after time with mass killers. If only these people were dealt with appropriately when they first gained the attention of authorities, murder sprees like this would be even more rare than they currently are.
  23. This was the subject of Tom Clancy's Netforce TV movie. It involved a secret control box in the Oval Office which could destroy the internet and a plot to get that box.