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ben sisko
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 9:06am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

I'm sure the writers are building up to yet another big reveal. If they wanted Lorca's reveal to be a dramatic turnabout, they would've saved it for the finale or something.

Also, whoever is ranking Janeway above Picard I must ask, are you also from the Mirror Universe? Because that's the only explanation I can think of for that ranking.
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doctorbenjiphd
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 1:44am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

forgive me if this was mentioned above, but I really got the impression from this episode that MU Stamets and PU Stamets switched places..."our" Stamets is on the Charon while the one talking to Tilly and checking the spore cache was the imperial Staments. All because when he is told to follow the music or whatever, it shows him waking up on the Charon and saying "I'm back." I definitely got the impression that they are switched.

A comment on the show overall. Where is this all going? In three episodes the season will be over. I presume Discovery will be back in its native universe. Probably no Lorca. Captain Burnham? Captain Saru with First Officer Burnham? Back to the war with the Klingons? It doesn't really make sense.

I know when Bryan Fuller pitched this show, he wanted to do an anthology--every season being a self-contained story with unique characters in different points throughout the timeline of the prime Trek universe. I think it really shows that they have *no idea* where they are going without Fuller. It might as well be an anthology show, just with a shared core cast of Burnham, Saru and Stamets.
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Ben
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 6:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Wolf Inside

I'm enjoying Discovery and am looking forward to seeing the Stamets story progress.

My prediction is that in the last episode of the season, they'll end up destroying the mycelial network in the process of returning to the prime universe and attempting to save Stamets. That will help explain the lack of Spore drive in later series. It will invoke moral choices and sacrifice. It will keep the prime and mirror universes separate.
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Ben
Fri, Dec 29, 2017, 4:58am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

@Darren SPOILER ALERT: Yaphit does not apologize to Claire for sexually harassing her in the season finale. UGH
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Ben E.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 5:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

I thought this was wildly goofy, and part two seriously lost focus, but it was all around extremely fun and seeing Paris and Chakotay in the army tent was hilarious and awesome. Generally a creative premise and in my eyes and entertaining two parter. Good Trekian fun.
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Ben E
Sun, Dec 10, 2017, 10:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

I'm really surprised at how much people liked this one. This was in my opinion one of the weakest in the series and left me feeling kind of betrayed. Hard to put the feeling more into words than that, but just left behind.

And RIP Kes's hair.
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Ben e
Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 10:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

I actually liked part 2 better than part 1, but that might just be because I was really turned off at the beginning by the central premise of "we're in the 90s woooooaaah!"

I'm not sure how I feel about the doctor being able to move around freely. He was a total badass in this episode and his "divine intervention" entrance was amazing, but he has a niche on the show and it felt not quite right having him play action hero.

I think my problem with both of these episodes is that they didn't feel grounded, and having doc wandering the streets of LA kind of exemplifies that.

Thought: this must have been the cheapest episode to film. Just go into your backyard (downtown LA) and start filming.
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Ben e.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 6:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

I have to give this a 0. The entire story felt contrived and none of the characters seemed true to themselves. Kes is not so stupid that she'd run into a sacred shrine. I thought they were going with a psychic thing where she could hear the spirits, but that's never explored and so it just flows like one random event following another for a frustrating 45 minutes. This is the first episode of the show I've had trouble sitting through. If it all is explainable by science in the end then the monks scolding her ends up being meaningless.
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Ben
Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 10:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

I've been watching through Voyager for the first time and just hit this episode. All I can say is, what an ending!

Definitely one of the most out there episodes so far, and it's a nice break from Kaison (sp?) diplomacy storylines. The clown world was truly unsettling and he really makes a great nemesis. His interactions with the doctor we're legendary.

The ending is what really makes the episode though. It's a dangerous line between being a powerful examination of human emotion and the purest level or Star Trek corniness, but The Thaw hits the mark so well and it really resonated with me.

Hoping the series keeps being awesome! Definitely my favorite Star Trek series so far.
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Ben S
Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 10:55am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

When it comes to The Orville, I always try to remember that it's not Star Trek. It's a comedy series with a Trek feel. I don't hold it up to the same standard I would reserve for actual Star Trek. It's a silly universe where silly things happen, so I can overlook plot holes sometimes and just go along for the ride. The fact that The Orville sometimes manages to make an actual statement or squeeze in convincing drama around the comedy is just icing on the cake.

This episode was better than the last. I spent most of the episode trying to decide if the whole thing was just in Alara's head, but the show kept tricking me into believing there was something deeper here. Others could see the clown. Others were attacked by spiders.

About the time Alara was alone on the ship, I thought it was surely all in her head. But then, Isaac showed up. And I thought I was wrong again.

In the end, it wasn't quite in her head...but it was close. But the episode did a good job of keeping me guessing. And honestly, there were some really tense moments. The lighting and music were fantastic.

If anything, I felt that they made the reveal a little bit too soon. Usually, in Star Trek, if they make a reveal about something similar, the story shifts to the people outside trying to help the person inside...but instead they just went back inside. That removed some of the tension and I think was the biggest misstep of the episode. Once you knew that, you knew that she wasn't going to really be in any danger.

Overall, I liked the episode. It was better than the last, for sure, but didn't quite reach the height of some of the past episodes. Felt very much like a TNG episode, which is interesting when you consider it's not even Star Trek.

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Ben S.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 1:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Love this show, overall, but felt this was probably the weakest episode yet. It was a bit predictable but did have its funny moments (the elevator scenes were hilarious).

Unlike some people on here, I'm not offended by the story or how it progressed. This is comedy and I don't think we're meant to take it that seriously. So, I didn't.

Hopefully the episodes will get back to better stories, though. All series, no matter how great, will stumble and have bad episodes from time to time.
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ben sisko
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 4:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

@Skupper

You don’t need to keep reposting the same thing, even if I didn’t quote it, it doesn’t mean me or others aren’t reading it. I’m not really sure it was intended to be the surprise you make it out to be. Still, you don’t really explain how they can “just show it” without setting off your corporate conspiracy radar. Should they have presented them as a couple in the middle of the episode? When would it not be a “surprise revelation” unless you comfortable seeing two men being intimate?
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ben sisko
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 3:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

“If it was a normal thing on board, why save it for the final act of episode 5, in sort of a surprise ending type of thing? If they wanted to have a gay character or two, fine, but why present it that way?”

To be fair it was pretty heavily hinted Stamets was gay back in “Context”. The only surprise about that ending was that Stamets was having strange reactions to the spore drive. I’m not saying the couple brushing their teeth was a superbly crafted three minutes of television, but there was certainly nothing offensive about it. If you go read the comments section here, every openly gay commenter said the scene wasn’t a big deal. It’s certainly no more offensive than DS9 revealing Dax and Bashir are together by showing them half naked together in bed during the cold open of that episode.
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ben sisko
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 12:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

@Skupper

You haven’t described why it’s clunky, though. You bring up Sulu in the movies, but he’s a different case since (a it’s a retcon and (b his being gay added nothing of substance to the movie other than diversity. Contrast that with Stamets whose gay and consequently worries about his partner getting in trouble if he reports his medical condition. Wouldn’t you say one of these examples weaves better into the story than the other?
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ben sisko
Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 9:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

“DIS judged people by their color, sexual orientation, etc. before they even started”

What are you even talking about? When does the show ever make that sort of message? The only judgmental messages along those lines I’ve seen are coming from the fan base, and usually from daftly-named trolls.
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Benjamin S
Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 8:40am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Into the Fold

While I respect Jammer's reviews, I don't agree with this one. I thought this episode was fine as a strong character story based around the doctor and her family.

To me, the kids weren't annoying. They were kids. Kids act out. It's a part of the developmental stage of human beings and when two siblings are involved, there is an inherent social pecking order involved that can cause this kind of friction between them. Truth is, I hate shows where kids are portrayed as tiny adults in a well-behaved manner; because it seems completely fake.

As far as the doctor, I thought the best part of the episode was that she was driven to get back to her kids (most mothers would be), and opted to take whatever measures were necessary. If this meant stabbing a guy so that he couldn't track her down and force her back into captivity, that's what she decided to do, and she wasn't indecisive about it. This is why she killed two different people to get back to her children. But, despite what she did, she still wanted to instill a sense of what was right in her own children and told her son that killing wasn't acceptable. To me, this isn't bad writing, this is realistic character portrayal.

Isaac was great. I disagree that it was a mistake to have his face covered. Good actors can carry the weight of their character even when they can't use facial expressions. So much can be conveyed with head tilts and hand gestures and vocal leanings, and a good actor can still humanize even a robotic character with just these traits.

It's not the best story in the series so far or anything, but a decently good episode that serves its purpose. Not every story needs a twist. Too many twists make the twists predictable (something that the TV show "24" suffered from, when every fifteen minutes there was a new twist just for the sake of having one). Playing a story straight can work fine.

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ben
Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 5:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@ steven and pandapirate

Steven I find it very disrespectful that you come here again and again writing basically how stupid anybody is who liked this episode or the show overall!
And Pandapirate a snuff film? Are you fucking kidding me! Do you actually know what the words mean that you are using!!!
You win fucking haters!!!
I'm out!
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ben
Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 2:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@ Jammer
Thanks. I must admit that I enjoyed it less and less reading the comments. What is so strange about the neg crowd is that they critizise Dis for being too negative or anti-trek while themeselves being very negative almost toxic.
(And I don't mean the people who just have issues with Dis and stating them in a normal manner.)
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ben
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 3:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@Yair
There is this critique that they could easily stop Mudd but you do have to keep in mind that they have done that maybe hundreds of times maybe far more where for example Stamets tried different things. Mudd says at one point that he has already killed Lorca more than fifty times. So to get control god knows how many tries he needed.
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ben
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 3:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@ Shannon
Maybe they are the star trek part of the fifty shades of grey community or the fifty shades of grey part of the star trek community. hmmm Either way when it come to the suffering part we sadly participate if we want to or not.
I actually find it funny most of the time. I always imagine aliens teaching their children that this kind of strange fixation on the admittedly less important (it is just a show after all) was what brought us down .
:)
Just get in your Risa mindset...
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ben
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 1:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@ Del_Duio
And I totally believe you! Dunnn dunnn dunnn!
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ben
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 5:35am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

@MadManMUC
I know many men are facinated by their own genitals but could you dial it down a little. I don't want to feel disgust while reading the comments.

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ben
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 3:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

I find it funny that some people say that Stamets caved at the end when he admitted that he was the key even though nobody really died. That shows a peculiar lack of empathy. Ok apart from the fact that this was probably part of their plan.
First, when you see people you are close with get killed your brain will react as if it is true. Your brain doesn't say: "Be cool, just time travel stuff." the emotions the brain produces are probably more like: OHHHHHH MYYYY GOOOOOD!!! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!
Second, he didn't know if that loop he was in wouldn't be the last and everything that happened could have been final. So every loop he had to live with the fear that the people who died were actually dead.
Seeing people you care about die over and over sometimes horribly must take a toll on you.
Especially when you are high as hell!
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ben
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 11:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

I really liked this episode. very few nitpicks.
Just a good episode.
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Ben Kennedy
Sun, Oct 29, 2017, 9:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

I really wanted to like this episode... but TNG did it better. Not to be one of those nitpickers, but there were too many contrivances to look past. Just blow up the space while for crying out loud!
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