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James Smith
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 6:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

*sigh*

So, we've got Burnham as a full-on Mary Sue. The one true saviour of the Federation's moral code. We've got the whole war arc essentially resolved instantly by handing control of a Big F***ing Bombâ„¢ to one of the enemy. We've got MU Georgiou still in play somewhere for no good reason. And then they cap the episode by showing something that's referred to as the Enterprise but it sure don't look like the Enterprise...

Nope. Sorry. This whole season has been one mis-step after another, and now it's fallen over entirely and faceplanted the ground.
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James PH
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 10:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

Picard isn't just threatening Wesley, but he's doing so by reminding Wesley that he, Picard has a duty to the truth as well. He can no more cover for Wesley than Wesley ought to cover for himself.
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James Alexander
Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 2:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

this is a hard one for me to watch.
the episode sets up a really uncomfortably atmosphere from the get go, and tells you in virtually every way that something is wrong.

I clicked on it by accident one evening when I was looking for an episode to chill out with and had to turn it off again because I was on edge as soon as Miles and Keiko had that really weird dinner.
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James Alexander
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 6:55am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

Gooz, I would say that Bashir came off that creepy because Melora wasn't written strongly enough.
she got turned into this really vulnerable, almost helpless, character, just sitting around and waiting for the good doctor to make it all better.

if she'd been written with more strength and could actually look after herself, Bashir might not come across as a complete creep any more.
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James Alexander
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 6:52am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

to be honest I don't see the point of this episode.
it could have been used to introduce a new character but Melora wouldn't appear again until the Star Trek Titan novels, could have been an opportunity to talk about disabilities and overcoming challenges but didn't really go for that angle, and overall it was very very boring.

the only scene that really stuck out to me was when Melora got rid of her equipment and was floating around in her quarters, but that got used for a really sappy scene with Doctor Bashir. seriously, I thought that should have been really cool but it just wasn't.
and Bashir didn't come out of this looking too good either. the writers made him fall in love with his patient in the space of an hour, which didn't give it the sense of emotional impact, that it could have had if they built up the romance as a subplot through the season.
not to mention that Melora came off as way too vulnerable, which in turn made Bashir seem like he was preying on her.

as for the gear that Melora was dragging around , surely we would have advanced past that by the 2370s. nearly four hundred years into the future and we're giving people leg braces and really heavy wheelchairs.
come on, think of more advanced stuff, even in the minor details. surely she'd have an anti-gravity floating wheelchair like Professor Xavier seeing as this is the 24th century. hell, Bashir could invent something for her as a way to show off.


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James
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 6:04am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

It's hard to rank Lorca based on what we've seen so far given he's been impersonating someone else, but if he's destroyed the Buran and crew and not gone down with his ship that's pretty disgraceful.

6) Lorca
5) Sisko
4) Archer
3) Janeway
2) Picard
1) Kirk
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James Bond Jr.
Fri, Jan 12, 2018, 2:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Return to Grace

I'm watching DS9 for the first time.

Dukat was one of the three characters along with Quark and Garak who kept the fire burning until season 4, where things for obvious reasons gets heaten up and burns on its own.

And perhaps it's because of my fondness for this character that I feel a bit disappointed now midway through this season. It just pains me to see this development where he all of a sudden is a freighter captain, with a terribly uninteresting bastard daughter on his side, acting (albeit still excellently delivered by Alaimo) nothing less than non-sensical with this not very thought through rebel call.

Usually I don't have much trouble looking past logical fallacies as long as it add some spice to the narrative, but in this case, because it concerns one of the main reasons to watch this Trek, I have to bow out to a notion of leeriness.

2/4



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Matthew James Burns
Thu, Jan 11, 2018, 2:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

I like this film. It is still Star Wars. It was my first Star Wars at the big screen too - so nostalgia plays a part I surpose, too. It has some pretty shoddy acting in places, I completely agree. But it is mostly enjoyable, exciting and has a great story going on within, if you actually pay attention.

It has a dreamlike look to it - A sort of dark fairytale vibe. I liked it.
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James
Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 7:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

That's a good point Genga. There's also the fact that shows are so quick to be cancelled that they have to grab you right away. Though it seems all the shows I become mildly interested in recently (Sense8, Dirk Gently) are cancelled within 2 seasons and I have no idea why, because they are just as violent and sexy as Game of Thrones (which i've never been interested in watching).

Let's just hope Discovery's brand of violent and sexy is the "right" one to keep it on air. I'm prepared to wait a bit longer for the depth, but I just hope the writers know that Trek should more than constant suspense and plot twists.
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James
Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 2:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

Seems like I'm the only one glad to see Culber go. I thought he was a poor actor, and utterly unconvincing as a doctor.
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James
Thu, Dec 28, 2017, 1:49am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I enjoyed this finale, but Star Trek time travel plots make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Am I to believe that when Janeway returns home at the end of the episode, she is going to go back and time and tell her former self that Voyager didn't make it home in time for Tuvok to be cured or for Chakotay and Seven to survive? Because none of those things would have been true and there would be no reason for her to go back, meaning Voyager wouldn't have received any help from the Admiral in the first place in order to get home.
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James Alexander
Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 4:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

this was my favorite episode of the series when I was little. I thought it was so fascinating watching an entire civilisation develop.
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James Alexander
Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 4:41am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

BORING!
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James Alexander
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, 3:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

@Ubik
I absolutely adore Doctor Who and will get nerdy about it, but the previous show-runner has a record of using the Time War as an excuse to screw around with the lore. which is probably necessary when you have a 54 year old show about a time-travelling alien.

earth was supposed to be wiped out in the 2900s as shown by The Ark in Space? no problem. you can show a rebuilt earth in the 200th century, and then destroy it again in the year 5 billion, you just blame the Time War for the obvious inconsistency.
I can see why the fan-base doesn't care that much about making sense of the lore, when anything and everything can happen which contradicts the established lore so long as the writers have a handy excuse.
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James Alexander
Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 4:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

I know I commented earlier but its a 7/10 for me if I have to use a scale.
it was a very pretty episode, and I finally started to give a damn about more characters, as well as not being annoyed with Burnham in the slightest.
rather I was too caught up in the drama to have a chance to get annoyed with anyone really.

the thing is I can't get over all the stuff we've put up with up to this point, I kept rewinding because I somehow didn't understand the Cornwell situation (which was admittedly my fault), and I still don't like Saru in the slightest.
I'll give it a seven, even though I'm getting really fussy with my complaints, but if the writers can improve on this level of quality I will go to an 8 or even a 9. and for another thing, please can we kill Saru?

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James Alexander
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 10:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

I found myself cringing when Stamets took that last jump.
Discovery finally got an emotional reaction out of me other than laughter!

I'm not kidding, this episode is the most emotionally invested I've been all through and I think I've started to care about Stamets.
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James Alexander
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 9:41am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

okay yeah, that was crap.
for me it wasn't any one thing, and I can't write you an essay about why I didn't like it, but it was borderline unwatchable.
I got through about twenty minutes and started fast-forwarding, because I was bored and wanted it to end.

@Karatasiospa
the reason I like some darker shows is because they take their ideas seriously, and they put their characters through tough situations. it isn't just because of darkness, but because of the opportunity for character work and also because it allows the upbeat moments to mean more to me.
I don't have a problem with Trek doing this so long as its done as well, and it has been before.

the episode of Galactica where they built the blackbird is one of my favorites because its a lighter and brighter episode after weeks of suffering and misery, and it actually gives that crew something to celebrate.
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James Alexander
Sun, Nov 12, 2017, 7:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Jarvis, I think the writers were trying to be clever.
this is supposedly a set up episode before next week's blow-out, hence "if you want peace prepare for war"

the reason it doesn't make sense is because we've been at war since the pilot episode, and the pilot was the only good time to have a title about preparing for war.
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James Alexander
Sun, Nov 12, 2017, 3:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

@skupper
"none of them are the good time fun girl who likes to give advice to everyone"

I know I'm being pedantic but I know guys and girls with Autism who are like it.
thing about Autism/Asperger's it gets all of us in different ways. I love to give advice and I'm always getting involved with stuff, but you won't find me at a disco because I'll have a seizure and have to be led back out.
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James Alexander
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 3:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

@ Paul M.
not trying to wade into an ongoing row but Tilly was literally the first character I picked up on when we were introduced to the show.

without getting all social justice-y I thought it was pretty cool that they bought on an Autistic character who can actually do more than exhibit repetitive behaviors and act sheepish around other characters. she's an actual character, not a severely uncomfortable stereotype, and I like that we get to see her act like a human being.

I would want to see more of her, not just because she has the same condition as me, but because I find her character to be quite quirky and bubbly, and she's just a lot more fun than some of the others.

she may or may not have been a diversity pick but the actress and the writers have made her more than just a token, and the one criticism I do have is actually her character development. Tilly needs an arc just as much as Burnham or Stamets, and we need to be able to see change in her by the end of the season.
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James Alexander
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 2:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

@Gul Densho-Ar
damnit!

I suppose I could wait for the next episode, and watch them back to back.
tolerate this then move straight onto the next one before I realise what I just watched.

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James Alexander
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 6:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

so the episode fell on its face in other words.
am I okay to skip this one or will I have to watch it for next week's finale?
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James Alexander
Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 6:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Karl I understand that analogy completely and can relate.
part of one of my conditions is that my empathy is atrocious and I have no idea what anyone else is feeling. its like being either blind or clueless sometimes and I sometimes don't know how to act with it.
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James Alexander
Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 3:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

oh and Data would have needed to be killed anyway because of Spiner.
I'm sorry to be a bit blunt but look at the state of him. Data/Spiner is now wrinkly, losing his hair, and is seemingly getting too big for his uniform.

I love Brent Spiner and I know he can't help being older, but he's been playing an android for 15 years by this point, a character who by definition doesn't age like us, and Spiner can't do anything about his own aging.
I think there was a reason given that Data wanted to explore aging, but I think its more likely that Brent Spiner aged out of the role.
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James Alexander
Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 3:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

I can't remember much of the film before the big battle set-piece, and I think I'm okay with that.
the battle was one hell of a show, CG everywhere, two whopping great ships smashing each other to bits, that was amazing.
I do agree that its really annoying to have announcements about the shields all the time, but that might be because of how its delivered. (I don't remember complaining when Tuvok used to do damage reports on Voyager)

Data's sacrifice though goes from emotional to infuriating right when you realise that B4 is there because the writers didn't really mean it.
its Data, giving his life to save his captain, this is the big emotional moment where he does the most human thing of all, and its ruined by having a get-out clause in the form of another android.
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