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wanderer2575
Mon, Jul 15, 2019, 1:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Just saw this today for the first time while home sick. Maybe 15 minutes of action and exposition spread over 45 minutes (plus commercials!). Watching paint dry would be more interesting.
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5
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

"Sure, light could not escape from there, but to those having faster-than-light flight ca­pa­bi­li­ties, that might be just a minor in­con­venien­ce. This did not cost me must sus­pen­sion of dis­belief."

Their FTL drive was kaput though, that's why they needed to hide in the first place. (It could have just been said to be barely functional instead, but the episode went out of its way to stress that it didn't work at all for some reason.)

In any case, why don't the Kaylon know to look for them there? If they learned that trick from Pria Isaac would have briefed the Kaylon about it.

To be fair though the black hole physics here is about ten orders of magnitude less ridiculous than in the VOY ep Parallax
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5
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 12:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

"Regarding Claire, I'm pretty sure Kelly didn't connect those dots until after the Kaylon invasion was successful."

She's shown discussing Isaac's change of heart in Tomorrow3. The dots were already connected.

"I find it realistic, that as brash and ambitious young woman, Kelly wouldn't give these details any immediate thought."

She's brash and ambitious, not a blinkered egomaniac.

She slipped 7 years into the future and discovered

i) She had an ill-fated marriage to Ed but they're still good friends and there are no hard feelings and

ii) The galactic order was completely upended - the Krill, a bunch of genocidal fanatics out to destroy mankind, are now in alliance with the Planetary Union due to a narrowly averted galactic omnicide courtesy of a massive horde of red-eyed killer AIs that came flying out of left field six months earlier.

ii) is not the sort of thing someone would just brush off for seven straight years even if they're concerned about disrupting the timeline. Surely she'd want to discreetly check on things once in a while to see whether history was still on the rails.

Furthermore the Union-Krill alliance was Kelly's own doing, something past-Kelly would have to know since she read through present-Kelly's logs. How is that supposed to happen if Kelly isn't on the Orville?
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5
Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

"4. She wasn't told everything during her trip to the future, so didn't know that Claire only transferred to the Orville because of Ed."

But that didn't happen to alt-Claire so alt-Claire wouldn't know that. The only person that info could have come from is Kelly since only she remembers the original timeline.
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5
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

Blech. What is it with season finales and lame time travel plots this year?

Kelly remembered everything, knew about the Kaylon threat, knew that Finn being on the Orville was critical to mankind's survival, and never bothered to check if she was posted there? (And never bothered to check on Ed at all?!) Or did check, but never warned anyone about the Kaylon or Isaac even though the outcome was now in doubt? It's really hard to believe that she'd limit her time meddling to her personal life knowing all that she did.

Isn't Brannon Braga on the writing team? Even he pretty consistently managed to write more coherent time travel stories than this.
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5
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 3:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

"It felt like a cheat". bla.
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Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

* The Admiral sure sounded like she knew about Pike's time crystal vision. I thought Pike had kept the contents of his vision entirely to himself.

* Just how they knew there were seven signals if they didn't all appear at once is never resolved AFAICT.

* Burnham just setting the signals based on where the signals had been seen is a bit much even for a time travel plot. I felt like a cheat after all that portentousness.

* The interrogation scene instantly brought "The Principal and the Pauper" to my mind too. I couldn't help but laugh out loud.

* In general the plot and setting this season have a sort of "mushiness" about them much better suited to a science fantasy or pure fantasy setting. About a different show, but pretty in line with my feelings about DSC season 2:

https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/just-watch
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pfk505
Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 12:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I just finished watching the first season of Discovery after putting it off for so long. I'd like to thank the thoughtful commentators here for their analysis, which was so often a comfort to me through what I can only describe as an ordeal. This is not the Trek I knew and loved. This is barely a good sci-fi show. There are a lot of reasons for this which have been elaborated upon in great detail by more intelligent minds than mine, so I won't go on about it. But the biggest reason that Discovery is an abject failure for me, is the lack of a real ensemble. I had a look at IMDB and there are a total of four characters at this point who could be considered the core cast. Four. Burnham, Saru, Stamets, and Tilly. There is a bridge crew who apparently have names. We never heard them. We never got even an inkling of who they were. Generic black chick, asian dude, robot chick, and cybernetic girl. All the other series had an ensemble. We got to know the characters, their backstory, their personalities. I know it's early days, but all of that was tossed in favour of action set pieces, plot contrivances, twists, and cliffhangers.

I hate this show.
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Doctor953
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 12:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

Great episode. I would give it a 3.5 out of 4. I can’t add much to what has been written already. But no one has mentioned one thing. There were at least three references to a classic TOS episode, The Doomsday Machine. The obvious one was the USS Constellation. The second was referenced in the comments but not tied to TDM. It’s Worf’s comment to Bashir “Doctor you may leave the bridge.” Commodore Decker makes that same statement to Doctor McCoy. The third is the statement right after the second about searching or investigating “the third planet”. Commodore Decker’s crew died on “the third planet”. Kirk even exclaims “there is no third planet!” in TDM.
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Doctor953
Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 4:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

@Yanks

Yes they were there to satisfy Jadzia’s curiosity. But to create the accident the first time and to match it the second time, they would of had to stay in orbit for well over a day the first time (just as they did the second time)? Why? The first time there was nothing there to hold their attention. There was no colony the first time. So why stay so long?
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Doctor953
Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 10:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

There is one thing not mentioned (at least I didn’t see it) in all the comments that is bothering me. Why did they stay in orbit so long the first time they were there? Supposedly the colony didn’t exist the first time. They knew Kira needed medical attention on the station. The second time they spent quite a bit of time interacting with the colonists. But what would have been the reason the first time, without a colony? If they had to try to leave orbit the first time at the same time as they tried to intentionally hit the anamoly the second time, they must have stayed quite a while. The first time, they should have entered orbit, since there is no colony to hail them they wouldn’t have a reason to stay long, Bashir should have said Kira needs medical treatment at the station, they do a quick scan of the planet and see nothing, and they leave to go back to the station to treat Kira. But they didn’t. Why did they stay so long the first time?
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dg54321
Wed, Jul 18, 2018, 9:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Really it's quite clear, and Janeway was in the wrong here. If Tuvix was not capable of performing the duties of Tuvok or Neelix and those people are essential to the functioning of the ship, then you can argue she acted in the best interests of the crew. But since he could, this is murder. Plain and simple. And it's not murder to not separate Tuvix, because there was no intent to combine him in the first place...murder requires intent. Is it a tragic accident? Yes. But one that she had to commit murder to undo, and murder is what she did.

It can "haunt" her, sure...but she should really be treated the same as any captain who pulls a phaser out and vaporizes one of her crew.....charged and relieved of duty.

But it's Voyager, so she isn't, and by the next episode, everybody forgets that just last week she killed someone because it was tragic to lose those two crew members through no fault of the crew, or her.

What's amazing is, by the end of Voyager's duty, she becomes an Admiral for her crimes. And this isn't even the first or last of them.
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dg54321
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

Yeah a pretty good episode, but the lack of Sisko and son being turned into goo on the back wall when they went to warp was always jarring to me, and the travel time between there and Cardassia was a little silly, even more so than usual for Trek.

Maybe you can say the artificial gravity they installed (hardly keeping it "original", but they wouldn't install some decent sensor equipment?) helped keep them from getting turned into chunky salsa, and fine, but how the heck did they get from where they were to Cardassia in that little span of time, even at warp? It was almost portrayed as more of a wormhole and less of a warp journey.

If it's this easy to go to warp in a solar sail ship, then might as well switch to solar sail ships and do away with the warp core and all that risky antimatter.
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pip25
Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

Just a small note regarding Picard's behavior at the start of the episode; I was initially flabbergasted by the whole thing as well, but then I realized: Picard is treating Worf exactly how Worf would prefer to be treated by his superior officer. In a slightly more... Klingon manner, if you will.

Even among Starfleet personnel, Worf takes his obligations and duties very seriously. Obviously, a random officer may oversleep on occasion, they're only human - but Worf? For Riker that is so hard to fathom that he immediately runs to his quarters with two security escorts, thinking that something very-very bad must have happened. And he's right, at least to the point that for Worf really is bothered by the whole situation; not just his spiritual issues, which are the main point of the episode, but also the fact that these issues negatively affect his performance on the Enterprise as well.

So, what does Picard do? Instead of trivializing Worf's problems, the captain reinforces his earnestness and dedication, and pushes him to seek a solution, while also immediately offering him his full support in the matter. And as Worf's superior and comrade, I do believe that really is the best he can do.
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Outsider65
Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

This episode was surprisingly tame for a Seth McFarlane piece dealing with religion. The head guy was portrayed as being dedicated to truth, even when it was unpleasant, and the people even claimed religion was a necessary part of their planet's evolution. Wow.

I'm pretty sick of seeing militant atheists circle jerk it in the comments of any episode of anything on this site that portrays religious people in a negative light. We get it, you hate people who have different beliefs than you. Shut up already. You're worse than the fundies. At least they're trying to do right by others in their own worldview. You're just spreading hate and bigotry and claiming those people are inferior animals or even suggesting genocide in some of the comments I've seen. I'm not sure what standards you're going by, but you are definitely not superior to anyone. Star Trek, mass media as a whole, is for EVERYONE, it's not some exclusive club that's militants only and everyone else needs to be constantly bashed because how dare they watch my precious sci fi when it's not for them those dirty animals. I know a lot of people who enjoy Trek, many of them religious, and their interpretations and opinions are not any less valid for it. Stop constantly derailing the conversation with your own bigotry.
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Outsider65
Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 7:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

@Dougie
I just want to point out the "first year is the hardest" wasn't indicating a year had passed, it was Claire telling Bortus that the first year is the hardest for new parents.
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Outsider65
Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 6:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

People are taking this episode way too seriously. And I'm not sure how blue guy is a rapist, considering he only seemed to figure out what was going on after Mercer fell for him and his species is so casual with sex it would actually be rude for him to have turned them down. If he was purposefully affecting them so he could get his way with them that would be one thing, but he wasn't doing that. Sure he just went with it when stuff happened but that's how his species is. And yes the thing with Yaphit and Clara was gross and demeaning to both characters. Maybe Seth thought it would've been funny like the redshirt guy and the tentacle monster in Galaxy Quest but it wasn't.
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Outsider65
Sun, Dec 10, 2017, 8:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

I didn't think it was that bad. Wasn't super impressed, but wasn't bored to tears either. I did hope it would decide whether it was a straight parody or an homage, right now it just feels like a Trek ripoff with dick jokes.
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dg54321
Fri, Nov 24, 2017, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Schisms

Like most unanswered questions on TNG, the followup to this story can be found in Star Trek Online. They go into pretty good detail about the Solanegen based lifeforms, and who they work for.
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wanderer2575
Sun, Nov 19, 2017, 10:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Visionary

I just watched this on the H&I channel. Meh. An out-of-the-blue plot for the Romulans to destroy the station, but fortunately this week we also just happen to have a time-shifting character who can warn the crew. This is DS9's variation on TNG and VOY's beaten-to-death plotline of "the ship is completely disabled or taken over, but fortunately one crew member happened to not be aboard and saves the day."
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pfk505
Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

Still as powerful and brilliant as it was when it came out. Among the very best episodes of any Trek series.
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Zms5063
Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Context Is for Kings

Wow! it's a little far out there! but, could U.S.S. Discovery be working on what will become the genesis device!?
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pfk505
Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 10:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

Loved it. But then again I'm a fan of Star Trek AND shit humor / dick jokes. So I'm the target audience.

Honestly, I'm not sure if it was the marketing but I can understand peoples issues with the tone. But for me I saw it as a light-hearded, slightly edgy comic send up of Star Trek and nothing more. I don't think it will ever be a "drama," and I honestly hope it doesn't. Will definitely keep watching.
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mk553
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 8:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

This one resonated with me, due to my own experience with my mother after her having a stroke, causing some brain damage, and having to re-learn how to walk, talk, and act normal again. It takes a long time, but it would be nice if it could be done in a 45 minute episode with some magical technology. Had it been more real to life, Tuvok would still have some residual problems for the rest of his life.
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dg54321
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Babel One

Yes, yet again Enterprise takes a cool concept and some good ideas and turns them completely into nonsensical canon breaking garbage.

The Romulans didn't have this tech in the 24th, much less the 22nd.

And Trip and Reed should be dead after the first hard maneuver, much less the jump to warp. With no inertial dampers, there would simply be no resisting the inertial forces on the human body from the extreme acceleration in various different directions. They would be chunky salsa inside those suits and the show would have to go on without them.
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