STTNG – Future Imperfect (Review)

Who are you? What do you want? These are the questions that the Vorlons and the Shadows – Babylon 5‘s two mysterious puppetmaster races – respectively ask on meeting people. Initially, we’re encouraged to see the more direct Vorlons and their more direct question more favorably. But of course the questions are the same. They…

Krugman Sure Does Have a Way with Numbers

Krugman is really worked up about the GOP budget proposal: Look, I know that it’s hard to keep up the outrage after so many years of fiscal fraudulence. But please try. We’re looking at an enormous, destructive con job, and you should be very, very angry. His basic complaint is that the budget is proposing…

STTNG – Final Mission (Review)

When I was an undergrad, I lived in a crappy apartment run by the local slum lords (they were dentists who also owned half the properties in Boone). As slum lords will do, they promised everyone a parking space, more than the building actually had, counting on the fact that not everyone would need one.…

Dollar Rising

The Washington Post notes that the dollar is hardening faster than at any time snce 1976. Scott Sumner and Paul Krugman are in a sort of debate about what it means. They seem to agree it’s bad, but to different degrees (though Sumner is coming around to Krugman’s point of view in the most recent…

Israel’s Interesting Election

So, Israel voted, Netanyahu and Likud stunned with a showing that was not great, but decidedly better than expected, and arguably better than last time (last time Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu formed a single list and got 31 seats, this time they got 32 between them running separately – 27 for Likud alone). Of course,…

STTNG – Reunion (Review)

While doing whatever it is the Enterprise does, a Klingon ship jumps out from behind the bushes and warns us that things are about to get LAME. It’s carrying Ambassador K’Ehleyr who requests to beam over. Request granted. Worf is ordered to go meet her. Request denied. Why? Picard wants to know. Because, sir, remember…

STTNG – Legacy (Review)

Legacy is the story of how Beth Toussaint looks like Linda Hamilton and is seriously hot, and also how cool the late-80s/early-90s dystopian aesthetic really was, in hindsight. For the ladies, there’s a B plot about some Starfleet officers who have been kidnapped by one of the two warring factions that Tasha Yar’s home planet(‘s…

STTNG – Remember Me (Review)

"Chief Medical Officer’s Log, Stardate 44161.2…" Wait, wha…? As the opening teaser rolls, we resign ourselves to the fact that this is one of those weeks where the boys in Accounting remind the writers that Gates McFadden draws a regular paycheck, and since the Screen Actors’ Guild won’t let them fix the glitch, they give…

STTNG – Suddenly Human (Review)

Oh look, the third family-centered episode in a row! If the next one’s about family too, I’m going to start calling this All in the Family: The Next Generation. The Enterprise stumbles across a Talarian ship emitting a distress signal. Unlike almost every other alien species the Enterprise encounters, the Talarians have actually been mentioned…