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captain bangbang
Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 1:46am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I have to say I really enjoyed this film. To me it's a whole lot more like Trek is supposed to be than the other two as it relies (and does so successfully) on character building. I really feel for Kirk's lack of passion for his chosen career, the feeling that perhaps you made the wrong choice, that what you do isn't for you. As for Krall, he was a bit one dimensional as a villain. As to your input that the other two aliens must have come from nowhere, during Edison's last log he reports that there are only 2 crewman left so those must be his henchman. And he also mentions drones, so I'm pretty sure his army is just a bunch of robots. Albeit robots who take damage when punched in the face by Uhura.
The only issue I feel I can take with the movie is the use of the alien ensign. When Kirk recruited her, I figured she'd somehow end being a more important part of the plot, which excited me because it gave a redshirt (yes her shirt was blue) a chance to do some real damage and not die. I was disappointed to learn that she was just hiding the McGuffin in her head fingers and promptly died from it as proof of the weapon's power. I feel like they had the chance to show that the crew of the Enterprise (no the bridge officers) really is as professional and capable as Kirk tells them they are at the start of the mission and really do that band together as a crew thing. There was some opportunity to show the true spirit of the Federation as an ideal and they squandered it.
But hey, we all know this movie is the best of the three for one reason- they got rid of those damn lens flares.
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captain bangbang
Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 1:44am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Identity Crisis

I like the character of Susannah, however I wish that the Data-Geordi relationship had been better utilized. We are often told that those two are best buddies but rarely do we see scenes where their friendship grows or is beneficial to either of them. I feel like Data should have been the one to talk Geordi into returning to the ship rather than Leitjen. It would have strengthened their relationship on screen and better illustrated that Data and Geordi are indeed friends and not an engineer and his pet robot. Sometimes seeing them interact, I'm reminded of the Doctor and K-9. I know there are some good scenes of character development between the two, but they almost never correspond to episodes that are character-centric. In fact I can't think of a single episode that played that friendship as a central theme, which is my big beef with the show. The writer's say, "They are best friends", but rarely show it in anymore than the most superficial manner.
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