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Lewis Van Atta
Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 11:55am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

@Genre-Buster:
I'm no lover of ST-09 either, but I think Abrams captured many the character elements really well. The HUGE problem is that the good characterizations were stuck in a fanboy-stinker of a plot that smelled like it came out of a 1950's late night B-or-C level sci fi movie.
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Lewis Van Atta
Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 2:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

@jdm:
I have to agree with you about Quinto's Spock and Saldana's Uhura. I would add to that list, that Bruce Greenwood's Capt. Christopher Pike was terrific, and a serious badass (like one would expect from an experienced starship commander). I was seriously disappointed when they killed him off in STID.
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Lewis Van Atta
Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 7:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Jdm and SlackerInc:
I find myself largely agreeing with both of you. The one thing I didn't like about Star Trek-2009 was the angle of Kirk getting promoted directly from not-even-graduated academy cadet all the way to the stratospheric rank of Captain in charge of a major capital ship essentially in one weekend. That came across like a piece of bad fanboy fiction, when they could have easily had a 3-5 year transition and had Pike handing Kirk the Enterprise at that point....and having EARNED the rank of youngest Captain in Starfleet.
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Lewis
Sat, May 4, 2013, 2:04am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

By this point, I was really getting sick of Family Tree Hour on ST-TNG. I mean, really.
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Lewis
Sat, May 4, 2013, 2:02am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

@Jack

Uh.... Do you think, for example, that on Earth it is daytime simultaneously everywhere on the planet?

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Lewis
Wed, May 1, 2013, 4:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Wasn't Data's original communications with the planet itself a violation of the PD?
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Lewis
Tue, Mar 13, 2012, 5:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

@Cappo,

Good idea. That certainly seems plausible. The Germans never really made much progress in developing atomic weapons during the war. The Keeler-influenced US policy towards Japan might have convinced the Japanese to attack the Soviet Union instead of the US first. In that case, the Russians might have been knocked out of the war, and the Germans then would be free to put more effort into preparing for war with the US, perhaps with a better-resourced and more effective atomic weapons program. Apparently the Japanese had a small research program going. Maybe!



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Lewis
Sun, Mar 11, 2012, 10:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

One obvious historical problem about City is that the US entered the war after being attacked by Japan and having Germany declare war on them. The US did have various pacifist and isolationist movements in the pre-war years, but it is hard to see how any of them (including Keeler's) could have delayed US entry into the war - the war started for the US at a time chosen by Japan and Germany.

Of course, you could always argue that the Star Trek timeline branched off from ours sometime before 1941.
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Lewis Van Atta
Tue, May 24, 2011, 2:01am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Interesting comparison with "City on the Edge of Forever"...by the same token, that experience should have had a HUGE effect on Capt. Kirk as well, which is implied by his reaction at the very end when they "successfully" return through the Guardian, having paid an awful price for that success.

I also tend to think "Inner Light" works so well because the episode's structure takes the viewer right along for the ride with Picard: the viewer has the same information he does, which makes the final WHAM! at the end even more poetic and poignant. Sort of like a bittersweet, yet still hopeful version of a Twilight Zone episode.
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