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Patrick D
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 6:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

Also, it would be smarter for Paramount to work with Netflix and have the new series released through them--it worked for "Stranger Things"!
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Patrick D
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 9:10am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

So...that sucks. Have they even casted this yet? Wasn't this supposed to come out January of 2017? This looks like one big bungle.

Say what one will about Rick Berman, but he got things done! He ran 4 Trek shows all together; 2 Star Trek series at the same time for 7 years *and* put out Trek feature films on top of it. And one of the shows was the most mold-breaking of all: Deep Space Nine! Imagine them trying to do something like DS9 today. Good luck with that. ("It's Star Trek set on a SPACE STATION? There's no Enterprise? Uh, well get back to you.") These guys can't even get 1 show to launch! And you can't even watch it on regular TV. In the end, it would probably just be Battlestar Galactica with Pointed Ears anyway. Screw this.
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Patrick D
Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 5:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

"Now that we're heading into the five-year mission with Star Trek Beyond, maybe we'll see Trek turn back toward exploration of sci-fi ideas." -- Jammer

Uh, I hate to break it to you...well, you'll see.
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Patrick D
Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 11:25am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Spectre of the Gun

This is easily one of the best episodes of season 3. "SotG" bears a striking resemblance in its basic structure to season 1's "Arena" right down to the ending. And, you know what? It's beats the pants off of it! The "showing mercy to your enemy while impressing the super alien" denouement works infinitely better here.

As stated by an online reviewer named, Linkara, this episode is about problem solving. Kirk and Co. act like scientists and diplomats to solve their problems all the while the Melkotians are throwing up new barriers. Kirk, Spock and Co. have rarely been more resourceful than in "Spectre".

P.S.--It's also Eddie Murphy's favorite Star Trek episode (as stated in his Playboy interview). He found the 'mind over matter' theme at the end inspiring.
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Patrick D
Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 4:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

@Ben

You're right: money talks. And in a way that's what makes the original Star Trek films so commendable. They could have gone full Star Wars and Indiana Jones back in the day and what have you back in the day...but they didn't. For the most part they stuck to their roots and we got 6 memorable TOS movies (and at least 1 memorable TNG film). That demonstrates some artistic integrity on Trek's part.
I'll put it like this: do think Abrams or Lin would ever put out anything as gentle and sublime like Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?

I remember all the fanfare for the 25th Anniversary of Trek. Now the public doesn't care about the 50th despite these high grossing films. Coincidence?
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Patrick D
Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 11:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

What the new Star Trek *DESPERATELY* needs is "smart optimism".

When Gene Roddenberry died 25 years ago and when TNG went off the air 22 years ago, a big hole in Trekdom had opened up. When I was watching it for all those years I noticed that the world of TOS and TNG got ripped up into a dichotomy where Deep Space Nine got the brains and Voyager had received wide-eyed optimism--and thus, neither show had the cultural impact of its predecessors. (Enterprise? I could never make myself watch it all the way through--and I've really tried).

But, anyway, there seems to be two major wings in modern television as I see it: the dark, gritty path that's smart prestige television. Or there's the dumbed-down, play-to-the-cheap seats fare but will make people have "good feels". What TOS and TNG excelled at was straddling that abyss and making two series that made people feel good without insulting their intelligence (for the most part). Star Trek guru, Mark A. Altman basically said years ago that Trek needs to have a little "West Wing" influence to get it back on the right track--and frankly, I think he's right.

I hope Bryan Fuller can bring back the "smart optimism" to Trek that's been missing for the last several decades. If he does, I'll watch it religiously.
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Patrick D
Sat, Feb 13, 2016, 6:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

Fuller wrote VGR's "Living Witness"--my favorite episode of the Trekkian canon. Maybe this will be better than I thought. Kurtzman as a part of this still makes me hesitant.
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Patrick D
Tue, Feb 9, 2016, 10:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

@ Matthew

It might seem quaint and naive. But, on the flip side it could be refreshing escapism. I, personally, get worn down by the constant gritty, downbeat tone of modern pop entertainment. There's got to be others who feel the same way.
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Patrick D
Sun, Feb 7, 2016, 8:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

I can bet any amount of money you want that the new Trek series will either be a hardcore, gritty, violent nuBSG-style affair or it's going to be in the lobotomized violent style of the JJ Trek movies.
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Patrick D
Wed, Jan 6, 2016, 12:44am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

^^
Without shows like Star Trek (and The Twilight Zone), there would be no B5 period. Strazynski's even said so.
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Patrick D
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

Someone had pointed this out on another message board that Star Trek is finally beginning to resemble Galaxy Quest. I concur.
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Patrick D
Thu, Nov 26, 2015, 2:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

^^
Get rid of the transporters? They're one of the most iconic things about Star Trek? And why does Star Trek have to be like EVERYTHING else? Can it eschew the mainstream ethos of hate/revenge/violence and be its own thing?

Star Trek was a special phenomenon that appealed to a broad base of people. (I actually said "was"--thanks for ruining the magic, J.J.)
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Patrick D
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 7:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

Kurtzman is the show runner of this? I'll pass.

I highly doubt they'll be episodes like "The City on the Edge of Forever" or "The Measure of a Man" or "The Inner Light". It will most likely be a combination of dumbed down action/adventure and/or fanwank. Basically, anything remotely thoughtful will be jettisoned.

If this was run by someone of the caliber of J. Michael Stracynzki or Joss Whedon, I'd be all over this.
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Patrick D
Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 9:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

This was a fantastic movie. I got to see it on IMAX. There are a few tropes in there I could have done without, but overall, I watched the whole thing in rapt attention and never once looking at my watch--the highest praise I can bestow on an film.

Is it Nolan's best film? No. That's still a tie (for me) between "Memento" and "The Dark Knight".

But, I'm really glad to see Jammer doing a review again and this is FAAAAAAAAAAR more worthy of his time than that piece of shit, Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Patrick D
Sun, Aug 3, 2014, 1:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The First Duty

Why all the piling on on Wesley for being "perfect"? ALL the characters of TNG were Mary Sues who could do no wrong (and this is coming from a hardcore TNGer) and not make mistakes. Why is Wesley singled out--because he was a kid?

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Patrick D
Fri, May 23, 2014, 8:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Today is the 20th Anniversary that Star Trek The Next Generation signed off with this wonderful episode! Damn, I remember taping off TV first run, and now I'm waiting for the Blu ray come Fall or Winter.
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Patrick D
Tue, May 20, 2014, 5:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

@Robert

DS9 characters don't crack the list of "abhorrent behavior"?

Sisko poisoned a planet in order to satisfy a vendetta ("For the Uniform"). Not to mention all the shenanigans from "In the Pale Moonlight".

An Odo from an alternate timeline condemned a population into non-existence in the name of love for Kira ("Children of Time"). And then Odo pals around the with Female Shapeshifter in the middle of the war and neglects to follow through with Kira's plan.

Worf breaks Weyoun's neck for making a lewd comment.

Kira tries to murder her mother. ("Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night")

Quark sells weapons to warring factions ("Business as Usual")

Jadzia Dax goes on a quest for blood vengeance ("Blood Oath")

And this is just the stuff of the top of my head. The heinous things Janeway's done was due to bad writing. The stuff mentioned regarding DS9 was the ultra-jaded ethos of Deep Space Nine. ("Let's keep things edgy and have our heroes do sociopathic things!")
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Patrick D
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 10:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

The other 2-part episodes of TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds"; "Redemption"; "Unification"; and soon "Chain of Command" have been given special single Blu ray releases.

"Time's Arrow" has been snubbed. And if you watch this 2-parter, you'll find out why.
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Patrick D
Tue, Feb 18, 2014, 9:55am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

@Paul M.

"Drama and conflict is about exploring yourself, trying to find your place in the world, dealing with all the stuff life throws at you. It's not about getting into a brawl with a local drunk, you know."

Very true. I think the canard that TNG had no conflict has become a common slap against the show because the characters were not having love triangles (unless you count the tepid relationship with Troi and Worf), or beating each other up, screaming at each other or basically acting like the denizens of a monkey house. Next Gen's usual conflicts involved things like how can we save this person or person(s)? Is this action right or wrong? As many call it: boring stuff.
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Patrick D
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 10:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

Unintentional foreshadowing to "The First Duty":

Picard: "Please don't make a liar out of me."

Wesley: "No, sir."
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Patrick D
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 9:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

@Smith

"This type of story was the vanguard of the "character conflict" zealots who did not understood the purpose Gene's vision of humans progressing technologically AND socially. Just as it is fun to watch new technological ideas, it was great to see humans behave in new and more cooperative ways. Character conflict is so cliche in other science fiction series and the lack of it with the main characters (as Gene demanded) was big reason why TNG worked whereas so many other series failed."

Preeeeecisely. What you're saying hits the nail so far on the head that it's cracked the fabric of reality and created a singularity. It will also fall on a lot of deaf ears.

Detractors of TNG, are often puzzled by it's continued popularity. "The characters are honorable and well balanced and they solve their problems with creativity and intelligence (and tachyons at times), who wants to see that? Why aren't they assholes and borderline (or full) sociopaths screwing each other over and stealing and killing at the drop of a hat? Why can't it be more like Babylon 5, NuBSG, Firefly, ect? What's the appeal?"

If they have to ask, they'll never understand...
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Patrick D
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 8:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Imaginary Friend

There's one good thing about "Imaginary Friend" and one thing only: the Guinan scenes. They're superfluous, but they're fun. Whoopi Goldberg really sparkles when she's telling Clara about her imaginary friend, the "razor beast" all with that warmly wise smile of hers. It's one of the best Guinan scenes ever.
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Patrick D
Sat, Feb 15, 2014, 8:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

If the "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter proves, if nothing else: TNG is like The Wizard of Oz and DS9 is Terry Gilliam's Brazil. The world of Picard and Co. is that futuristic 'somewhere over the rainbow'. But with Sisko and Co. we are only strapped down in a torture chair humming the tune in some interrogation room in a dystopian future.
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Patrick D
Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 10:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

This episode is so prophetic, it's eerie. It annihilates Star Trek Into Darkness in terms of commentary on post-9/11 America (and this episode aired 6 years before that fateful day).

It's also strange watching Sisko browbeat the admiral for trying to trick people into war, when just two years and a half years later...
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Patrick D
Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 3:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

^^
Elliott, you are my freaking hero! That beautifully sums up what I've been trying to say for a decade and a half, but nowhere near as concise.

For me DS9 was the smart alec student in the back of the room always taking pot shots at the teacher and "the establishment" to hide the fact that he doesn't have any better ideas of his own.

A lot of writers for DS9 were transplanted from TNG. And so many of those writers chaffed at "Roddenberry's box" (but, were more than happy to accept the money and the fame), made a TV series where they could vent their frustrations. And DS9 was just as "preachy" as all the other Trek shows, but in a different way.
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