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Brian1
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

I was wondering, does anyone watch After Trek? I have to say it’s kind of annoying. On a show that I found more worthy it might be pretty cool and interesting, like TNG OR DS9, but here... basically the writers and actors get together with a professional suck up for a host and have a big circle jerk about how “great” and “amazing” this show and its various plot lines are, how “intense” the drama is (yawn), etc. Its a bunch of self congratulatory sessions on a show that doesn’t deserve it. Anyone else notice this?
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Brian1
Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 9:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

* meant to put in my new screen name of "Brian1" there to differentiate myself from the other Brian*
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Brian1
Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

What no one seems to notice is that this is not the only Star Trek showing shape shifters known to the federation. TNG's "The Dauphin" features two shapeshifters. Clearly they are not the same species as The Founders or Odo, but they are still there and have relations with the Federation. I don't fault DS9, however, as the series is clear Odo is looking g for his home, and his species, not merely other shapeshifters. I assume he can tell enough from the Federation database that other known species of shapeshifters are not his. He remains very interested in reports of other shapeshifters because they may be his species, not just because they are shapeshifters or "metamorphs".
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Brian1
Sat, Nov 25, 2017, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

I don't usually have trouble suspending disbelief with Star Trek, but I found the whole spore drive being plugged into Stamets thing really hard to get past. I know, there have been implausible things on Trek many times but this is the worst since it's supposed to be grounded in science (unlike the Q or prophets who are more clearly fantasy). Yep, just plug him in and somehow he can guide these also implausible spore things to make the ship jump. It was one thing when it was the creature who was inherently oriented with the spores, but just for some human to do it? I'm glad the drive seems to be done with though.
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Brian1
Sat, Nov 25, 2017, 4:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Context Is for Kings

@ Trekker: "Star Trek isn't a Sci-Fi intrigue show with mysterious plots, cool tech, and morally ambiguous characters. Humanity was meant to be exalted for our virtues, not made grey for our modern issues."

Star Trek can and does have those things... the first two are in every Star Trek series. How many mysteries were there to be solved on TNG? And of course there has always been the cool tech. As for the third, the morally ambiguous characters, they were used to great effect on DS9. The difference between that and Discovery is that the ambiguous characters were not Star Fleet officers. Sure there was the occasionally, as in quite rare, time when Siskin made a grey decision, but that's all. I guess my point is Star Trek needs those things you mentions, but not just them alone, it also needs its trademark philosophy and optimisum, which this show lacks. It also lacks chemistry among the crew and the usual pleasant to watch, lovable characters that have been crucial to Star Trek through the years.

Oh and James, Nemesis sucked, and Jammer was spot on with his critique of Voyager (he was quite positive when the show deserved it, which it did a significant amount of the time, a point you seem to miss). I've never seen a bigger hack job, cash cow of a Star Trek film than Nemesis. If you personally liked it, or Voyager, that's fine, but don't try to act like Jammer just doesn't "get it" as far as Star Trek is concerned just because he is willing to call out the franchise when it deserves it.
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Brian1
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

Well I still think that the characters are generally unlikeable. I think this show doesn't feel like Star Trek to me not just because of the much lauded "darkness"; but because of the lack of charm and romantacism... Star Trek has always been a little Shakespearean, and felt elevated from every day life. Battlestar Gallactica had a lot of darkness, but it still had the Star Trek like romantacism that came in when needed to keep the show feeling like an epic tale. This show lacks that. And I am all for suspending disbelief when appropriate but I really don't like how so much of this show revolves around something so unplausible as this spore drive. It just makes me not get as invested in the show.
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Brian1
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 8:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

This is the Brian who has been commenting on various threads recently. I just wanted to make sure that people did not think I was the one making the homophobic remarks made above by this new Brian. So that there is no confusion in the future I'm going to start referring to myself as "Brian1". And yeah, what others said, get over your homophobia.
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