Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 1)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{3.5/5} “There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.” Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1, aired in 1987-88 Captain Picard and the Enterprise-D are put on trial by Q for humanity’s barbarity — meanwhile, they must figure out how the Bandi have built […]

At Winter’s End

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{4.5/5} “But in that moment it seemed to Hresh that he himself was a citizen of the Great World. He was in the midst of all its surge and vigor. He saw himself striding down the throbbing streets of Vengiboneeza, moving through the turmoil and frenzy of a marketplace where members of the Six Peoples […]

Noumenon

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{4.5/5} “I had no desire to follow the strict regimen that had been set up for us, but I also didn’t want to see the mission flounder and fail. It was a strange dichotomy of concepts that somehow lived harmoniously within me. I simultaneously supported and denied our collective rebelliousness.” Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter, […]

Existence

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{5/5} “It’s been seventy years that ai-builders have promised to surge beyond human ken. Their list of tricks keeps growing. Ai can sift and correlate across all of human knowledge, in seconds. Yet, each decade reveals more layers of unexpected subtlety, that lay hidden in our own packed neuron-clusters all along. Skills we simply took […]

The Massacre of Mankind

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{4.5/5} “None of it seemed real to me, and the more I thrust myself into these foolish adventures, the more unreal it felt, a puppet show on the slope of a volcano. I kept thinking of those striking words Walter had used in his Narrative, to catch the mood of the last days he and […]

Star Trek: TNG — The Buried Age

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{4.5/5} “We must learn to accept that we were simply not meant to succeed at everything. We must accept our failures… and we must forgive ourselves for them. Otherwise… we may become so obsessed with our efforts to repair our mistakes that we are blinded to other priorities and end up causing more harm.” Star […]

Ad Astra

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{3/5} “I am ready to go, ready to do my job to the best of my ability. I am focused only on the essentials, to the exclusion of all else. I will make only pragmatic decisions. I will not allow myself to be distracted. I will not allow my mind to linger on that which […]

Star Trek: The Lost Era — Catalyst of Sorrows

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{4.5/5} “She had been offworld often enough to know that it wasn’t the universe that was gray, but only those things touched by Romulans. We left Vulcan because it was nothing but sand and logic, she thought grimly. Now we have become nothing but dust and deviousness!” Star Trek: The Lost Era — Catalyst of […]

Star Trek: The Lost Era — Deny Thy Father

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{4.5/5} “Getting into Starfleet, moving up the ranks, becoming a senior officer — those have been my goals since I was a kid. Now they’re within range — I can almost close my hands around those gold pips. I can’t afford to lose momentum. I can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.” […]

Star Trek: The Lost Era — Well of Souls

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{4.5/5} “I guess I’m just not making myself clear. Isn’t it funny how each of us can understand the impulse to kill for revenge or self-defense, but that none of us is willing, for one second, to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who feels cornered, or that he has nothing to lose?” Star […]