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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Jean Luc Picard Collection DVD | Shiny Shelf
    and has a central concept that manages to be clever touching obvious and humane all at once The Inner Light is a slightly lesser episode than Darmok but this is only because it s inhibited by its length it very much needs to be longer and lack of location filming Stewart is again superb in a very different way In the plot Picard dreams himself a life on another world allowing Stewart to play the family man the lover the grandfather to age and die old and infirm in the space of 44 minutes Despite its flaws the episode s final scenes are beautifully done and could reduce grown men to tears Allegiance is a bit of a plodder some aliens kidnap Picard and replace him with an imperfect duplicate who then proceeds to get drunk and then attempts to ahem Dr Crusher A solid example of production line Trek and it s easy to forget in these post DS9 Voyager et al days that that was once not automatically considered an insult it s enlivened by some wit and a dual performance from Stewart Captain s Holiday is a sub Indiana Jones adventure which like much Trek would have benefited from location work There s much good comedy in this a hugely amusing Ferengi villain and Picard gets some action Smart Picard also gets some action in the thoroughly tedious Lessons which can be summed up as bottle show in which Picard falls very quickly in love with a boring woman It s a real stinker and no one I know is quite sure why this is in the set at all Much more enjoyable is Starship Mine a deliberate attempt at Die Hard On The Enterprise which I hated on transmission I was wrong well paced well shot and shot through with much good verbiage Starship Mine is better than virtually any episode of the Star Trek series which have followed it The box finishes up with Bloodlines another Ferengi episode in which an old enemy declares a fatwah on Picard s missing illegitimate son A far more effective story about Picard reacting to paternal responsbility than the movie Star Trek Nemesis it s unfortunately damaged by a whopping great plot hole cop out but with its high production standards solid performances and overall casual quality it s Trek of a kind you ve begun to think they never made so poor have the last three shows not seasons shows been We get some extras as well A Captain s Tribute is Stewart talking about his co stars This could be as Stewart himself admits sickening but it s actually quite insightful Stewart spares himself little commenting on LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn s righteous confronting him early on in the series run for making a comment that they perceived to be racist and he s very nearly as frank when talking of Denise Crosby s departure and Wil Wheaton s adolescent tantrums An overview of Season Six

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  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season One | Shiny Shelf
    in which Odo attempts to prove that he s innocent of the murder of an old enemy of his who arrived aboard the station and was promptly stabed The denouement is as startling obvious as you d expect Past Prologue is a little better albeit damaged by the presence of the Duras Sisters don t ask The next two episodes are the aforementioned O Brien centered ones Babel is a smart action adventure with an interesting central concept the station s crew is affected by a virus that destroys their ability to speak coherently although this would be business as usual for Sisko Captive Pursuit is a nicely handled fox hunting allegory that boasts some excellent action scenes and some superbly realized alien soldier huntsmen costumes Q Less doesn t work for the very simple reason that the character Q had by this point developed into a foil for Picard and when interacting with other characters and lesser performers he loses much of his appeal Dax doesn t work because it s a courtroom drama that lacks drama The Passenger sadly calls upon Siddig to play a dual role whose idea was this and Move Along Home is an unfortunate combination of lazy surrealism and a gameplay structure that offers the audience absolutely nothing The Nagus is a little better thanks to the injection of some humour but it pales long before it ends and Vortex is dire beyond the telling of it a shaggy dog story with an ending that cheats the audience Battle Lines is a flawed attempt to engage with issues relating to armed conflict which is damaged by much pseudo science I d run through the rest of the season but I ve lost the will to even talk about this pile of insipid nonsense Suffice to say The Forsaken features Lwaxanna Troi and Duet runs through every war crime related clich in the dramatist s book and manages to say less than nothing trivializing its subjects by reducing it to speeches delivered by men with scabrous foreheads In the Hands of the Prophets kicks off the Deep Space Nine habit of having titles so pompous and overlong they sound like Marillion album titles and despite threatening to at points never actually gets as far as pushing the series forward Extras in this lavish DVD box set include numerous short documentaries where people pontificate about their ahem achievements on Deep Space Nine a production design sketchbook and tonnes of photographs None are particularly of interest although some of the design remains impressive You can virtually see the money dripping off the screen at points in this season but that doesn t detract one iota from the fact that the vast majority of this is sloppily scripted and badly played and thus by any objective measure very bad TV Everything you need to know about Deep Space Nine can be learned from the title sequence It s expensive it s slow it s dull it seems to

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  • RIP Enterprise | Shiny Shelf
    much bad comedy and too little of interest The better half of last week s double bill concerned Malcolm accidentally leaving his communicator on a primitive planet and the efforts of he and Archer to retrieve it to avoid cultural contamination In the process they get captured by a nasty alien commandant with pathetic make up and questioned over and again about who they are So it s a blend of the Next Gen episode Who Watches The Watchers and this series own Detained with a tenth of the invention of either Yes Enterprise is currently 10 of its own previous low worth The big revelation of this episode as smugly delivered by the comely T Pol is that Archer was willing to die to protect the again as yet unformulated Prime Directive and that this shows that the human race is growing up Whoop de doo Never mind that the cultural contamination they prattle about is far greater as a result of the bleedin gunfight and cloaked flyby that T Pol herself got Enterprise involved in in order to save the Captain Never mind that more importantly the concept of cultural contamination is uttter nonsense and fundamentally anti dramatic in the first instance We ve had enough frankly Enterprise is coming off the weekly review status it s had since its inception here at shinyshelf We ll pop in from time to time but at the moment the show manifestly invovles more effort to watch than it does to make and if they re not putting in the time then there s no reason on Earth why we should Here lies shinyshelf s enthusiasm for Enterprise born with hope its heart 2001 died of indifference 2003 Line Break By Shiny Shelf Share RIP Enterprise Tags Enterprise Fifth Star Trek Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV

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  • Enterprise: A Night In Sickbay | Shiny Shelf
    and his obsession with the Enterprise s sole canine crewmember is it becomes clear rooted in the fact that he s desperate for a shag Of course the source of this desperation is luscious sub commander T pol cue embarrassing predictable dream sequences T pol s been dirty very dirty and needs decontamination and equally embarassing obligatory Freudian slip moment yes Archer does actually say We re hoping for the breast I mean best It s like Terry and June in space cheap sets small cast comic plot based around misplaced desire Indeed the only dramatic ingrediant is SpaceDog s illness Sadly there are no candlelit vigils nor any reminiscing about SpaceDog adventures gone by with flashbacks and the S dog himself is tragically wasted spending most of the time playing dead or supplanted on screen by a stunt double stuffed toy might be a more accurate description This is obviously a huge mistake you don t hire Ian Mackellan for a movie and then have his character spend the whole time in a coma All nonsense though enthralling in a surreal sort of way However it does raise questions about Starfleet s selection policy Should a man who uses the sentence They re messing us around while Porthos is lying here with one paw in beagle heaven really be commanding a starship The second episode in this Sky One s Enterprise double bill Marauders can be summed up by the description The seven samurai in space and dismissed with one word Garbage Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share Enterprise A Night In Sickbay Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October

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  • Enterprise: Dead Stop | Shiny Shelf
    Stop Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010

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  • Enterprise: Minefield | Shiny Shelf
    bomb defusal since Jeff Bridges yanked a random fistful of wires out of a car bomb at the end of Blown Away and the encouraging news that England only have another 150 years to go before reaching another World Cup Final Enterprise scores better with tight plots like this than with any number of ludicrous incomprehensible long running arcs and if this review seems uncharacteristically positive maybe I m just a little light headed and profoundly grateful for not hearing the words temporal cold war at any point Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share Enterprise Minefield Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror

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  • Enterprise: Civilisation | Shiny Shelf
    Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November

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  • Enterprise: Shockwave II | Shiny Shelf
    captain who is content to be out acted by his own dog I had hopes raised by rumours of a three part conclusion to Shockwave with a completion of all this time travel nonsense Sadly this looks unlikely and while it is wrong to blame all the show s problems on this one story arc it s a sure thing that the series would swim a lot better without this particular brick around its neck and if you think that s a tortured metaphor check out the gazelle reference at the end of Shockwave II Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share Enterprise Shockwave II Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise

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