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We stared into the untempered schism and all we saw was this dodgy CSO effect

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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.

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  1. Froborr
    March 14, 2016 @ 5:34 am

    You know, unless I'm much mistaken, Juliana's preprogrammed shutdown date is before Nemesis. Meaning there's now a perfectly functional Soong-type android that just needs a software reboot and for some memories to be installed. And hey, we've got another that has two sets of memories…

    Fanficcy ideas aside, count me as another who likes this episode. (I don't like "Second Sight," but not for what appear to be the standard reasons; I don't like it because Fenna gets killed off in standard Star Trek love-interest-of-the-episode-fashion.) But then, I love "Dark Page," too, and consider it the strongest episode with both Lwaxana and Deanna Troi in it.

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  2. Sean Dillon
    March 14, 2016 @ 6:17 pm

    I get the feeling that "moral ambiguity" is code for "let's justify our goodies acting like baddies". I mean, from what I've seen of it, the big morally ambiguous question is "would you kill baby hitler" and, assuming that morality is the only question that has to be asked in such a situation, there's the blatantly obvious question, that might get contradicted by someone who knows more about history than I, of "why not just use the time machine to save Franz Ferdinand" that everyone seems to ignore when talking about killing a baby.

    Also, after thinking about it, isn't the complaint that "someone from the character's past we've never met causes things/conflict to happen" kind of rich considering that's what I've gathered is the basic plot of most Worf episodes.

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  3. Daru
    March 14, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

    I'm another lover of this episode – especially down to the fact regarding that all of Data's most creative aspects come from a woman. Good stuff.

    Yeah, I am kind of bored of the idea that android type being would always want to aspire to be human – I'd find it a lot more interesting watching them achieve their potential of becoming more than human. Anyway, great episode.

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