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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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James Alexander
Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 7:23am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

"sir I can explain."
"no you can't! don't even try!"

I think that Riker biting Data's head off is what I'll always remember from this episode.
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James Alexander
Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 7:13am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

I thought it was hilarious when Lorca kept being killed, although that might be my warped sense of humor.
he's so serious all the time and it was a perfect idea making him the butt of the joke.

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James Alexander
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 4:59am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

I actually didn't like Data's comedy lessons.
those scenes were awkward and cringeworthy, which was probably the point of them, but I don't really do cringe-humor and I thought it was more painful than funny.
I get what its supposed to do for Data's character but I just wanted him to shut up. it was much funnier when Q made him laugh in one of Q's episodes.
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James Alexander
Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 4:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

got the potential if it knows how to use it, but I need to be immersed and I need to fall in love with The Discovery and her crew.
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James Alexander
Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 3:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

the emotional aspects of Discovery will need to be worked on.
I watched the last two back to back and I felt no emotional investment with what was going on, I could identify with one character and she was a little irritating, I was playing with the tabs on my laptop's browser, and I'm still at that point of calling Jason Isaacs by his real name rather than his character's.

I'm just not attached to anybody still, and I'm struggling to pay attention because I'm not hooked.
that's my one major complaint, lack of emotional attachment and a complete lack of immersion.

the production values are spectacular and its good to see the moral questions being raised, as well as not painting our "heroes" as a group of White Knights. got the potential there for a truly breathtaking show if it doesn't fall flat on its face.
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james alexander
Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 6:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

I do get a kick out of any episode that goes as far as to trash the USS Voyager, such as this one or even Deadlock.
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james alexander
Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 6:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

this is one of my favourites, when I'm looking for a good couple of hours of television.
we have a Voyager at war, people are dying, anything that can go wrong will, and the action scenes of Voyager getting battered are still really cool. the walking reset button aspect of it turns it into more of an experiment than a nightmare that's going to haunt the ship and crew, however.
how much damage can we do? how many crew members can we kill? how will Janeway behave when she's subjected to a Year of Hell?

the way I see it, something this devastating ought to have been used as the final story-arc before the ship somehow makes it home. there was potential for a several episode arc, but instead it was a two-part episode with a reset, that simply turns it into a hypothetical scenario.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 10:06am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

well, somebody thought that it was a good idea for a flag-officer to beam down to a Cardassian Planet on a black-ops mission.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 9:40am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

that's a good point Peter, people are living longer and Picard has been put through worse situations before, such as in Chain of Command, or even the episode where his artificial heart blew-out and it was revealed that Q is Saint Peter.

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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:44am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

third thing that I need to bitch about:
Action Picard, and this is an issue with all the films. in this one we see a bald man in his sixties climbing all over a scaffold while holding a rifle, and he even stops to complain that he's too old at one point. Show Picard was a wise captain who would talk the back legs of a donkey then debate the moral justification for doing so, and now he's taking the Bruce Willis roles, in the films?

I can understand Riker doing action stuff, because it's Riker, and I can buy Worf beating people up, although he's starting to get fat in this one, but is Picard having a midlife crisis?
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:28am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Trek fan, I kind of agree with you.

nemesis was unspeakably dull but at least it had that battle.

insurrection is just painful to watch, with the comedy layered over a badly written political story, that also thinks it's an action film. in the first twenty minutes we see Data lose his mind, causing Picard and Data to stunt-fly their shuttles and somehow lock them together, without smashing into the ground, while Data sings HMS Pinafore. screw the Prime Directive, we're going to outfly the red arrows, in space shuttles.
there was one good moment and that was also completely bonkers, when Riker pulls out a joystick and starts flying the Enterprise like it's a computer game.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:21am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

I've taken to calling them space druids, with their apparent refusal to progress past the Iron Age Technologically.

the "Fountain of youth" should have been done away with, because the way it is executed leaves the space-druids without an argument:
the ugly buggers are coming back to a planet that supposedly grants long life-spans or something, and the space-druids won't piss off, despite the progress that they could make in another place. (McCoy lived to 140 according to the books, which isn't bad)
so the druids have the knowledge of advanced technology but they refuse to use it, instead they refuse to leave Narnia.
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james alexander
Sun, Jul 24, 2016, 8:12am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

being a bit fussy, but is it possible for a performance to be "too strong"?

I remember seeing it and getting the impression that Benedict was completely overwhelming the rest of the cast. it isn't something that I can easily explain though.
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