Author: Steven Birkner
While watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I noticed that I was feeling something that I was unaccustomed to experiencing while watching a Star Wars movie. That feeling was boredom, which is an understandably unusual reaction to movies famous for space battles, blaster shootouts, and lightsaber duels.
Last time, I looked at the best time travel episodes from the first three Star Trek television series: TOS, TAS, and The Next Generation. In this article, I’ll look at what are, in my view, the best time travel episodes from the next three series, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Within the six Star Trek TV series, there are dozens of episodes that involve time travel, and I’ll be looking at the ones that did it best.
Why was this fairly modest mid-’80s comedy enough of a hit to be the auspicious start of so many creative careers? And how has it enjoyed such a lasting impact?
“…By which I mean the greatness rests in the first one and half of Reloaded. Matrix: Revolutions contains 0% greatness, 40% stupidity, and 60% boredom.”
“The movie deserves a reappraisal. Leaving aside the association with the cartoon and toy line, it’s a decent but not great sci-fi movie of the ‘80s.”
“Unfortunately, what you often end up with is one side representing a ludicrous, straw man position either out of the laziness of the author or as a result of the author clearly choosing a side and letting that choice dictate the direction the story takes.”
“Take that satisfaction and multiply it by a coolness factor of ten if we’d heard the snap-hiss of a lightsaber activated in George McFly’s hand as he prepared to confront Biff.”
“For all of the criticisms of what the prequel trilogy did to the backstory of the original trilogy, it didn’t wipe away the accomplishments of the original trilogy in the way that The Force Awakens does.”
“This movie got a pretty good reception, but I think that’s just the result of looking good in comparison to Batman & Robin, in the same way that a mediocre baseball team looks good compared to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.”
“All of these plot points could be used to write three good Superman films. It is a waste that we didn’t even get one.”
“When one is seriously contemplating putting Porthos on the list, there’s an issue there.”
“They had good performances by the guest actor or actress who played them, they brought out the best in the regular characters they interacted with, and added something interesting to the overall saga.”
Deanna Troi’s role on Star Trek: The Next Generation: What’s so bad about a therapist on the bridge?
“It’s been written that what dates Star Trek: The Next Generation as an ‘80s show more than anything is the presence of a therapist on the bridge. But what does that mean? Does it mean that therapy became chic in the ‘80s, but is going to fade in importance?”
“It’s my personal view that Attack of the Clones gets a bad rap, so here are some reasons why I think it’s underrated and deserves some reconsideration.”
“One wonders why Starfleet’s mission statement wouldn’t be more along the lines of ‘to boldly stay home, mind our own business, and read a good book.’”
“At what point does going through the motions of capturing the Joker again and again while knowing he’ll escape to kill dozens or hundreds more become so ludicrous that it defies disbelief?”
“It has the effect of reminding us while we’re watching a tightly-plotted crime drama that there is in fact a billionaire dressed up as a giant bat who refuses to use guns, fights criminals who have guns, and yet routinely emerges unscathed.”