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Big Pimpin'
Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 3:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

But seriously what happened to Donatra?
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 1:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

3 out of 4. Better than last week's and had many great moments. Picard's meaning of life speech and Data's desire to die being standout scenes. The season as a whole turned out pretty solid.

But the Romulan political situation is a narrative disaster. Are they still a superpower or not? Where is Donatra and why didn't Picard saving Romulus from Shinzon and Donatra being grateful enough to allow peace talks factor in to the refugee plot?

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Big Pimpin'
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 8:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

My question is why they got Akiva Goldsman of all people to close out the season. Frakes or Vrjilo (sp?) would have been far better.
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Big Pimpin'
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 6:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Imagine believing that the sequel trilogy is better than the prequel trilogy. The sequel trilogy is more like Kurtzman Trek in every way. The entire backstory that the trilogy is built on makes 0 sense.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 9:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

RLM are a bunch of clowns. Funny, but too rigid thinking to enjoy most things.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

This episode was not as good as the previous three and I think it comes down to direction. Akiva Goldsman is a bad director, on par with if not worse than the director of the first three episodes.
Shaky cam in dialogue scenes was through the roof, the melodrama wasn't as successful because of corny staging, and the aesthetic/visual quality of the episode felt less well done.

I still didn't hate it though. 6.5/10.
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Big Pimpin'
Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 8:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

James White- I'm not even sure what my point was besides Sci Fi fans/nerds acting like TFA was good but then trashing Picard.
Take Red Letter Media for one small example.
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Big Pimpin'
Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 7:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Picard does better with how they got from A to B/there to here than The Force Awakens does, at the very least. And The Force Awakens has over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ergo....
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Big Pimpin'
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

The complaining is reaching pathetic new levels. Notice how the host of the website and the commentators opinions are starting to wildly and seemingly permanently diverge. What does that say? It says to me that Jammer continues to live in reality while others have wished it adieu. After all, they presumably came here because once upon a time they valued Jammer's opinions.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 8:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

^Plus, I really dom't see how some of these guys ever liked Star Trek if their standards are so ungodly high.
On a continuum from "I, Borg" to "Descent" to "Code of Honor", STP sits comfortably closer to "I, Borg" than to "Descent", let alone to stinkers like "Code of Honor".

The complainers don't seem to be being very objective.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 3:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Rez isn't wrong.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 1:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

This show took a while to get going, but now it's really going. Almost everything about this episode was great. Troi actually being smart in her "role" as counselor, the whole log cabin aesthetic which is very Star Trek, Jurati injecting herself, Soji's paranoia, etc.

I'm at the point now where the show has enough good will with me that the quibbles I still have (questionable characterization from time to time + slightly excessive darkness) are just that.

The show definitely has a great humanity though, even with that darkness.
"I'm not as brave as I used to be."
"That means you're wiser."
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

I was REALLY into this episode. I'm sure why but the drama almost completely sucked me in, and it didn't feel manipulative or cheap loke some of the drama has so far.
I just got lost in a great episode.
I agree that the poster way above me who said that the show wants us to feel more than it wants plus to think, but after 6 episodes I think I'm growing to fully appreciate the merits of that approach.
They took the somewhat cheap death of Maddox and made me care about Jurati.
Hugh was great.
The Soji Narek plot actually sucked me in this time, too.

I like this show. I'm fully on board now.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 10:01am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Also did they recast Icheb too? I think they did...
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 9:59am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I agree with Richard that Picard and Seven's exchange made the episode worth the price of admission. Jeri Ryan is a great actress.

I liked the rest of the episode a lot, even though Patrick Stewart seems to have a somewhat loose grip on the Picard character these days.
I also think that the Maddox Agnes final scene was one "shocking" moment too many.

Also why recast Maddox????
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Big Pimpin'
Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 7:24am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

For people that don't see the difference in Frakes' direction compared to Culpeppers'- I'd say that he does much better with dialogue scenes. In the first three episodes many dialogue scenes were staged very awkwardly (like Picard and the admiral standing up to continue arguing), whereas Frakes seems to have a more tasteful touch. Jurati and Rios talking about the book was nicely staged, as was the mess hall scene between Treadaway and The Girl.
Another example of the difference in direction would be that Raffi feels less emotional for the sake of drama and more genuinely surly/weary.

Frakes just knows how to keep the medium from tripping over itself, if that makes any sense.
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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 9:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

I don't know what you guys were smoking but this was the first truly good episode. Frakes and Chabon have basically taken what the last three episodes attempted and actually executed it competently.
The performances are better across the board, even Stewart's. The writing is less "DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA!!!!" and more subtle, and even the Harry Treadaway plot was less cringe-y.

Frakes is just a better caliber of director and it showed.
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