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The Gorn
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 1:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

Thomas M wrote:

"When the show hinted that the Red Angel was from the future, my first reaction that it might tie into the Short Trek “Calypso,” since that episode seemed so far removed from anything the show was actually doing (and the Saru short tied in directly to the season).

Rewatching “Calypso,” it still doesn’t seem to connect to anything, although the main character in it, Craft, who is human, has a big tattoo on his back that looks somewhat angelic (turns out its a cyclops owl, a native species from his colony planet).

Otherwise, the idea of time travelers from the future intervening in the past reeks a lot of the temporal Cold War from Enterprise, so much so that I’m inclined to wish it was tied into that. At least that would provide a decent sense of continuity I suppose.

However, I suppose if this Red Angel is trying to stop the destruction of all life in the galaxy then that means the show is creating the future that leads to Kirk and Picard and Sisko et al. from a natural timeline where everything was destroyed (not unlike when the temporal agents saved Enterprise at the end of season 1, I suppose). This would supposedly preclude the 29th century time cops from intervening."

I may be a simpleton, but here is how I see it:

Discovery is still using the spore drive, which, in some way, harms the mycelial network, which in turn can effect (and even destroy) "all life as we know it". No need to look any further. They have to get rid of the spore drive at some point and this "story line" is the set-up for the inevitable anti-climax that will follow.
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The Gorn
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 2:51am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

Nice write up, Trent !

So, the Talosians can project illusions into the minds of distant visitors, fine.
Yet in this episode, they could even fool the foreign sensor array of the shuttle into believing that there is a black hole in their flight path. Uh huh. Or was it just a product of Michael's vivid imagination? I get the feeling that the producers are desperate to generate at least one thrill a minute to prop up this show.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the writers room (if there is such a thing)!

It is my belief that the CBS brass learned early on about the limited acting capabilities of SMG. Yet she was cast as the lead actress, which gave them quite some head aches. Thus followed general order #1 to directors and the film crew: Make Burnham look awesome in every possible way to compensate for her obvious flaws. And they tried very hard, no doubt.

I don't hate the actress, but I am really annoyed by the way she is presented here. The many close-up shots of her, especially during season 1, with that smug expression "see, I'm always right" makes me want to punch my screen. I guess I'm developing the kind of PTSD I got from too many FRODO close-up's, lol (off topic).
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The Gorn
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 3:02am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

"Every single thing in this episode felt shoe-horned in, starting immediately with the TOS montage. I felt no real connection to the original series in any way. The entire thing feels like a desperate attempt by the showrunners to somehow link Discovery to TOS. For me it is failing, epicly. The link between MB and Spock feels shoe-horned. The link between Spock and Talos feels shoe-horned. The false drama generated from section 31 being on the discovery feels shoe-horned. The drama between MB and Spock feels false."

My feelings exactly. I have given up hope that there will be something worthwhile coming from CBSAA. And now we have a bearded poverty Spock on top of that, who doesn't even remotely look like the beloved classic character.
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