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Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

In other words, if one were, in a moment of inexplicable masochism, to sit down and complete a 2999 piece puzzle, then they would be justified in feeling aggrieved that the resulting image was of a solitary, slightly lame looking duck as opposed to a complex menagerie of exotic creatures.

A complex/convoluted narrative should only be employed where the lasting impression of the work demands it, where complexity in action aligns with complexity of thought; with the philosophical scope. In DS9's incredibly dense 'The Marquis' double-parter, we are confronted with a moral quandary about whether making certain post-war concessions with an autocratic government in the interest of peace is worth displacing your own people and turning them against you. In 'The Wire' we get an extraordinarily comprehensive weaving of the social fabric of Baltimore post 911. I'm leaning forward in my seat watching these shows because they've goddamn earned my time and attention.

In Discovery s2, we get an AI trying to get AI data from Discovery to become a super AI because it's evil. It subsumes a clandestine organisation's fleet and sends them to stop Discovery taking the data into the future with their magic crystals. Michael Burnham is there and she has a turgid history and is very sad and is the best and most loveable and most important person ever. They will fight and the universe will be saved.

Oh what's that? I still have another 1500 pieces left? Can't be especially bothered.
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Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

Another one of those episodes that had the potential to be excellent had Burnham been written out of the story.

As it is, from a narrative standpoint everything we "discover" in this iteration of Trek seems designed principally to bring SMG to the verge of tears, irrespective if all sentient life is at stake. Looking forward to the several dozen melodramatic closeups of SMG crying in the next four episodes.
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