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Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 12:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

Wow, didn't expected that much depth in The Orville.
Its quite faszinating to see how they blend parodic and serious elements together, this worked here very well.

Its a bit funny to read all those people who try to shit on the Orville because it is from MacFarlane, the Family guy author. You're all so prejudiced.

The argumentation in court (and before) is better than in Measure of a Man. There, I said it. Legally and ethically. Don't get me wrong, I love Measure of a Man, but if you rewatching it, you see its flaws. What made Measure of a Man special was not the depth of the argumentation itself, but that human rights issues regarding Data were discussed at all in an earnest way centerstage.
This episode gives quite interesting arguments, shows arguments from both sides without antagonising one side and doesnt give the expected happy ending, they lose the case. the baby gets male and Bortus gives an very adult reaction, in putting emphasis on the wellfare his child, whatever gender it has. Makes the story nearly realistic in its outcome but hits the right tones.

I can't see those plagiarism claims anymore. TNG copied TOS episodes straight in its first season (Naked Time) and I see so many recycled stories between TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Nobody cared, but for The Orville people talk several paragraphs about how similar it is to TNG. You cannot plagiarise an idea, everyone is free to create a Star Trek like series as long they create an independent world. And I see no Klingons, Romulans or Borg clones in Orville. I see a lot of new content in the spirit of TNG. And this is completely fine. (Especially after Discovery fails on so many levels to be an proper successor). What Orville gets right is the positive tone and earnest handling of ethical issues. Where does Discovery that? Has the first season any message except that nihilistic "we're at war - we must do what has to be done"
I guess I know which one of both series Roddenberry would have preferred.
The Orville is horribly underrated.
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Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 4:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Nice low key episode, I agree palatable, 3 out of 5 stars.

My 2 cents on the prime directive:
It's just not ethically not convincing leaving a whole species to die when you could prevent it, in opposite, I think everyone has generally a ethical duty to preserve life if possible, IF it is guaranteed that no other negative consequences can arise.
This whole idea of not interfering is better is just too simple, and Picards argument what if the reason why people die is a war or an oppressing government is not really convincing either, make simply a differentiation:
natural catastrophe - no harm done violating PD, senseless to let people die
warring factions - don't interfere, possibility to make things worse, let lifeforms interact
When a natural catastrophe strucks, I consider it even not harmful when a species gets knowledge of higher developed cultures, yeah it will change their development perhaps, but they will still be 100% better off, when the alternative is the extinction of the whole planet. There is not even a third party possible that could gain a disadvantage from this action.

I like those intellectual/philosophical discussions in Trek, it's just that i find the PD in their absilute form unconvincing philosophically. There are just scenarios, where interference will always be better than not interference. (I realize it is a device to create philsophical discussion and dramatic tension in the episode, I just wished they would have created a better dilemma)
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Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 2:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Icarus Factor

An episode filled with horrible dialogues and an unbelievable father/son relationship. all so vague. Why hated Riker his father again? Why should his father have died instead of his mother? The writers just throw random lines to the audience without telling a story. Wes again a bit annoying to watch like in season 1, Worf subplot alright but clumsy, but the klingon ceremony was meh.
I had to force myself through this episode and to repeat several scenes, because I was so bored that I forgot to listen to the dialogue.
1 Star. Worst episode of season 2 until now.
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Tue, Jan 22, 2019, 2:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

As much as I am intrigued by time travel/loop paradoxa and distortions of time and space phenomena, the plot of the episode just makes no sense. It's baffling how good this episode gets rated here.

The concept of a second Picard of the future is admittedly intriguing, and the creepy atmosphere could have made a great episode, but then all goes down with the staff meeting.
We have just seen that the enterprise gets destroyed in six hours by an unforeseen incident when it was probably ongoing on its present course. What should we do? Should we stop? Take another route to avoid it? No way! Because we cannot change the future and the chain of events! ugh!!
First, this is an contested assumption in time travel theory, the alternative assumption would be that you're in a new timeline because of the time jump and you -can- alter the future. And if you cannot change the future, - because of chain of events - you cannot do anything anyway and can only prepare yourself to die in 6 hours... but NOT changing the course of the enterprise and at the same time trying to change something LATER... that is a completely insane decision from the crew. (It would have been a lot better if they stopped and the surge appeared anyway, this would have been consequent if you going on this "everything is predetermined and we cannot escape our fate" route)

Second, if this fatalistic assumption would have been taken seriously, Picard should not have been able to break the loop by killing his former self. (btw. great moral choice and so necessary... how about stunning? ah yes, we need only one Picard at the end of the episode, so the second one has to die for some reason, great writing! leave the body just there Pulanski, it will conveniently disappear with the shuttle two minutes later)
And... if the future is not changeable, the former Picard must have seen another Picard in the past before the incident, and must have had the same information regarding the future, and must have made his mistakes anyway (or because of the time jump) and left the enterprise on a shuttle... so obviously we are in a new timeline and the enterprise should have just stopped.

Third, the whole second Picard is in a delirium state and cannot communicate is convenient and ridiculous too. But even if we accept this concept, that he gets better when he approaches his appropriate time, how can he stand up and run to his shuttle to leave the enterprise, while not seeing (at least at that point of time) that a second Picard is running along with him? And communicate at least now with his former self? And shouldn't he know about the second Picard? And realize he is now the second Picard? ugh!!

And the solution too fly into the center of an powerful energy source which magically disappears without any logical explanation is unbelievable lazy writing. Logical would be... anything... else... But hey, lets make it a mystery, because we, the writers have no clue how the enterprise can escape this!

Do we have any ethical dilemma? nothing. Picard shoots himself. This is B-Movie Sci-Fi, another time travel paradoxon which is not thought out at all.

And the first half of the episode is filled with Picard playing two Picards by changing camera shots. so obvious... and cheap... I cannot understand why they did this, because in the second part of the episode they were able to shoot with two Picards in the same picture...

Zero Stars. Threshold level. No, too harsh. Some stuff was good, and the atmosphere is good if you can ignore all the logical plotholes... but not satisfying episode in the end. 1,5 Stars.
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