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Dougie
Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 5:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

It is quite clear after Wolf 359, the Federation was unable to manage the aftermath of the Dominion event, and the evac of Romulus, and withstand the attack on Mars, and survive the intervening years as the hegemonic force in the galaxy. Even though they wished the galaxy to perceive them as that force they were unable to be it, and I’ll even say because there were no trillionaires to help the Federation, it was incapable of reorganization to become so. What the USA lacks in government capability, individual wealth concentrations make up for it. As an example, we have Halliburton, Blackwater, and other for-profit agencies which are far better at certain things than the government, and the government relies on them.
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Dougie
Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 6:47am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Nolan
“Perhaps the reason shows aren't trying to teach morals or ethics or say that society can do better than it is but instead just sets out to entertain across the board[…]”

I call this the Monty Python Effect. While we were watching them hilariously teach us to defend ourselves with “a banana”, the most horrific people in the world were planning 9/11 and to kill thousands of our US innocent citizens. They were trying to kill 10’s of thousands and succeeded in killing over 3000 that day. Our nation lived in a halcyon fog for decades as these people plotted and planned, and we laughed and did the Mambo #5.

We preached to the world about how great America was. Remember the term “American Exceptionalism?” Almost gone as a phrase. What it really meant was American imperialism/nation building. It meant we’d come in and tear down your sovereign nation and build an oil dominated regime that was favorable to us, fuck your culture. It is. It a good policy.

What STP tacitly acknowledges is a galaxy where Federation hegemony no longer exists, and the edges are not precise because they never really were. A galaxy where the Federation has been decimated and given a punch in the gut and a shiner it might actually deserve. It accurately and precisely gets us to feel our new American culture, where America has to find a place among the entire world, rather than always trying to shout the world down and kneel to our way of wanting it. It causes hand wringing and consternation to not be a false top dog.

This is a true bonfire of the vanities. I think STP is doing a great job, revealing us, our struggle, and our people. I think it shows exactly what still needs a lot of work, and this forum is a microcosm of the larger. I’m not removed from it.
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Dougie
Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 7:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Eric Jensen
The theme music is reminiscent of Passengers
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Dougie
Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 4:18am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@omicron
Go talk to Dave in MN, he needs you in his elevator car
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Dougie
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 4:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Sid, you know what and I guess anyone else with that sort of attitude?

If you like Orville, you probably liked ALF. There.
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Dougie
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 10:39am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Why I think you have enough people in your elevator car, Dave. Press press press press press.
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Dougie
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 10:22am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I’ve already watched this episode 3 times. Watched Absolute Candor 2 times. I will rewatch all 5 again probably this week.

No matter how I’ve tried, I can’t get through all of Star Trek DS 9 even once. Made it through Star Trek Enterprise exactly once.

As for snoreville, I barely made it through all of the episodes once and will not revisit it again.

Picard is a solid entry.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 4:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Helmus, as one of the other writers here mentioned, after all the wars, the Federation was left beat up. Living outside the direct benefit of the federation is never really directly addressed in the Star Trek series, but this show gets us there. It’s a fine line walk right on he edge because you have Picard, Mr. Starfleet ex communicae, and he’s in the outer territory. The place most of Trek never addresses (Voyager excluded) in day to day life.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 3:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I watched TOS as a kid, and TNG as an adult, because I dreamed about the stars. The horta, tribbles, Klingons , Harry Mudd, and phasers. Later it was more gizmos, better graphics, an android. And then with Voyager I was excited to see the delta quadrant visualized and full of species. When I was able, I took up astrophotography, and for a decade I shot the galaxies and nebulae and clusters of the Messier and NGC catalog. Because Star Trek.

But not because Gene Roddenberry envisioned a cash free political utopia. No, I had no idea what that was at 6. I watched it because of the stars. And the places Enterprise took us. And the ships and the engineering and the space travel.

I’m liking it as long as we are in space and we need more of that. Not a huge fan of land based episodes.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 2:25am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

So it’s like:
Spock’s Brain
Shades of Gray
Threshold
Let He Who Is Without Sin
These are the Voyages
Star Trek V
Anything NuTrek
Star Trek Discovery season 3
All Star Trek Picard

That’s what should be destroyed with fire? Just to be absolutely clear, before Melllvar does a reboot episode.
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Dougie
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 12:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Dave in mn

Yeah you’re wrong. Don’t even try. Go find an elevator and press buttons until you figure this out.
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Dougie
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 10:10am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@dave in mn
You and others here, based on my Orville comments, told me to go away, I was forbidden to even hate watch it. I’ve sat here and read yours, and all THOSE others (including the sentinels) eviscerate this show endlessly.

Hypocrisy. Own it. I even stopped going to the Orville forums. You know, Dave, I HEEDED the advice, and my life improved. Now, I just joke about Orville with my friends and we’re good.
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Dougie
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 5:44am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I think we’d all agree Star Trek:Picard would be much better with Elevator Alien cut scenes with 80s music. Right?
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Dougie
Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 10:33am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

If I were a studio exec, and stumbled upon this place, I’d formally send Epsicokhan an email requesting a shutdown. Anyone aged 6-16 who came by here and read this nonsense about a new series might be convinced not to view it.

Thankfully TV Guide didn’t have this type of shinola when I was a youth, and simply gave episode descriptions and overviews.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 11:10am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

Oh was that to you? Narcissist as well. Love it.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 5:47am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

For anyone to assert that their form of criticism is more proper than another’s, they need to go sit in the corner with a time out. I don’t care how booming their forum presence might be.
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Dougie
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 5:38am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

there Are a lot of people who just want the warm opioid snuggles of 1980 and 1990 back. Well here’s a reality: 9/11 Peter. 9-1-1. If you want Mambo #5 world forget it. Star Trek reflects our present zeitgeist and must appeal to masses to be successful, as it always has.

I once said, and maintain that while we all fucked around giggling to Monty Python (and worse Teen Wolf if you want to lose a boner for a while), the most sinister people in the world plotted our demise. So fuck them and fuck this notion that everything back then was right, and anything now is wrong.
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Dougie
Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 2:23am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

I ended up binge watching more or less over the last few days and then caught this one on its release day. Overall I like it although it’s not episodic so I’m having trouble following all the characters. This is partially because I’m older. That’s something. I’m older. I’m able to recognize this and how it may influence how I perceive the show.
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Dougie
Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 4:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Players, while interested in those with no interest, do not pursue those with “negative interest” for more than a passing moment. Meeting someone like Brahms, as a Player, would have an immediate signal: Damaged Goods. Although we wouldn’t necessarily know the reason, we would know the behaviors. One might even assume Brahms is a female Domme, and has a dungeon full of tied up starfleet cadets somewhere she tortures for her amusement. But she is not someone a Player would continue to approach.

What’s most interesting is how the 20xx Workplace is no longer accepted as a place men can use to look for mates. What this episode ACTUALLY portrays is how we used to see these workplace accidents end - man who makes error pursuing married woman causes woman to apologize (1980s) versus today, where most people cringe and say No Way! Geordi should be hung out to dry for being a creeper.
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Dougie
Tue, Jan 14, 2020, 3:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

I tried to get through this once again, and between this episode and the last 30 minutes of Ad Astra? I’ll take Hot Boiling Oil for $1000, Alex. Insufferable. I used Threshold as creme freche
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Dougie
Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 8:27am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

@sergei, happy new year - never live in an effeminate and lost culture against your will. Get back home to mum. Haha!
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Dougie
Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 8:17am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

if We look at the case going on in Florida right now with human trafficking and rub and tug massage shops, the comparison is appropriate. There is almost no difference between the forced labor those women lead in those massage shops, and the lives lead by the people in Workforce. The slight difference is the mental manipulation - it’s just done differently on our world. Here it’s done through complete financial control of the person.
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Dougie
Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 7:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

We see today some Chinese physicians sentenced to prison for gene editing, and it raises a larger question of whether China has proper oversight of its emerging scientific bioengineering research and ethics. This episode deals with gene editing and how it occurred accidentally, and what the appropriate response of the local society ought to be. Today, for the first time, we saw an authoritarian militaristic closed society, not unlike Voyager, have a response for genetic manipulation. If they could have undone the manipulation, they would have, but as we’ve noted before, real gene manipulation is not a hypo spray away.

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/30/792340177/chinese-researcher-who-created-gene-edited-babies-sentenced-to-3-years-in-prison
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Dougie
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 5:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

I have already named my next German shepherd based on a commercial I saw for kibble food a decade ago. Saxon. That dog was 12.5 years old in that commercial, and i’ll take that as a good sign.
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Dougie
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 8:46am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

“When I think about the bigger scope of my job, I like to think I'm doing something useful and worthwhile.”

Here was the laugh I needed to end this decade.
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