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A990
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 6:04am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Would trekkies, if this was their first show, really ever become trekkies?
This is a parody. Some of you you keep mentioning Riker moment. Yeah, it was great to see him in the chair, butwe all knew since Nepenthe that this would happen at the end. That Riker would lead promised Federation fleet showing up at the last moment. Was anyone really surprised to see him there?
Awful, awful show. What a waste of talent and resources.
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Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 2:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I fast forwarded through most of this episode. I didnt buy Picard dying story for a second, nor did I feel anything when the crew were crying their eyes out.
No chemistry, no backstory, it just feels artificial, forced.
And Picard just feels a different character. He is without strength, without charisma, without authority. Every single one of his speeches came out wrong and missed targeted notes. Im sorry, but where is the Drumhead Picard, where is Tomalak's nemesis, Data's hero who saved him from Bruce Maddox back in the days?
His speeches dont sound inspiring, they dont sound authoritative, but they leave a bitter taste instead - of a desperate old man begging and asking for favours.

Seven and Riker still do carry the charisma, especially him. But unfortunately new regulars are terrible.
Remember your first tng episodes. You had Riker, you had Data, Worf, all breakthrough characters, you had silent authority of Royal Shakespear Company in the captains chair...
Producers nowadays think its enough to give character a sword, spanish accent, ocd, or a bottle of whiskey, and there you go.
I enjoyed few of the episodes, especially Nepenthe, but everything else was... I dont know, terrible STD's attempt to disguise itself, imitate and rejuvenate TNG.
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A990
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Come on, jammer. Out with the review, I wanna hear your opinion about the best episode since Enterprises fourth season
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A990
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

I could watch for hours all the scenes on Nepenthe. Rikers seemed so real, so warm, so unforced, and Kestra is probably the best Star Trek kid ever.
I cried four times during the Nepenthe scenes.
Even Soji doesnt seem so irritating here. Deanna is a surprise also, so matured, her advice and insight useful and meaningful, way better than anything she did back on the Enterprise.

Im reminded of one of the late Ebert's reviews (I think it was The voyage home) when he mentioned the chemistry and ease between the actors that could be brought only by lifelong friends having fun and enjoying on the sets. This was Nepenthe.

I just hope this continues. Episodes 1, 6 and 7 are way to go.
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A990
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

This show is just bad.
Ive seen its ratings on Rotten tomatoes and 90+ critics consensus is easily explained with what I call The Joker effect. In todays face paced and action packed industry they obviously think that all you need to do is to slow the pace down and take your time so you would appear deep and meaningful, and you've got quality. Im sorry but it just doesnt work that way. You can present a form in a wannabe meaningful way, but its content will still stay Kurtzmans STD in sheeps clothing. So Raffi could take 30 minutes explaining what has happened to her (just as jammer said) but she would still remain a bad actress with bad material, delivering poor lines.
We're talking about a show where we're giving a bad episode a higher mark just because it didnt have any scenes about a season long arc.
Enterprises xindi action packed third season story was mostly a joy to watch, DS9 when refraining from Prophets/wraiths did a marvelous job with Dominion wars. So yes, Star Trek can pull off that stuff, it can go dark, and it can go revenge, but these STD and STP authors just do not know how to write compelling characters nor interesting stories.
STD at least had its own universe or alternate timeline or whatever, STP is ruining good old stuff.
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