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Big Pimpin'
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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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