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CanOfUbik
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 4:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

So Discovery opted for the Armin-Tamzarian-Solution to solve its many canon problems... Not very convincing, but about the level of sublety I've come to expect from it.

The episode itself was pretty much a reflection of DSC as a whole: Good, sometimes outstanding production values and visuals barely covering a mess of unearned melodramatic moments, plot holes and forced action sequences.

The ending tasted very much like house cleaning, leaving the producers with all options for season 3: Continue with Discovery in the future in any shape and style they want, go on an nostalgia cruise with Pike-Enterprise or just call it a series finale and cancel Discovery. Fits pretty well with The Gorn's comments above about potential reshuffling behind the scenes.
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CanOfUbik
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 6:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

Well, this felt a lot like reshuffling and stage setting for next season.

Moving Discovery to the future would solve quite a few of the shows problems, so combined with the very explicit communication in this episode who will be on Discovery and who won't, I get the distinct sense that DSC will go through with the final mission being a one way trip. I see Spock joining in not really as a contradition, but merely as a set up for some Michael-Burnham-Family-Anguish-Melodrama (tm) next week.

All in all I think the direction plotted for next season seems like a promising direction. My main problem is, that for --this-- season the way there feels so incredibly forced. For example there is not much reason given for all those people going with Burnham other than "well, we like you and don't want you to be alone". That's just a tad thin for people leaving everybody and everything behind.

Another example is the way Discovery's nondestruction is handled. The explanation that the Sphere Data has taken over the ships systems and wants to survive is not completely nonsensical, but it still feels like what in roleplaying games you would call "railroading": When the gamemaster has to come up with ever more contrived reasons why player characters can't do the logical thing, but have to do what the plot demands.

I hope uses this forceful course correction to good effect, but for the moment I'll be only cautiously optimistic. Getting rid of Tyler is a big step in the right direction though. For next weeks finale the big question remains:

Will Discovery go boldly where it should have gone long ago and get rid of Michael Burnham? Or will it again try to salvage that overburdened character?
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CanOfUbik
Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 5:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

For me, the most hopeful sign of this episode was that Discovery seems to begin to tackle its Burnham problem. Spock's monologue after the game of chess was pretty much a summary of Discovery's much too narrow narrative focus on Burnham.

Not only did Spock state the problem, the episode took some steps in the right direction by having quite a lot of scenes of other characters interacting without Burnham. Most importantly though, the final scene had Burnham doing her Burnham thing (stubbornly ignoring everybody else against all reason) and was -not- proven right in the end, but instead needed Number 1 (whom she had left dying on the floor forever) to save the situation.

This gives me hope for the rest of this season and even more so for season 3, when the new show runners can work without having to clean up the baggage left by the old ones.
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CanOfUbik
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

So, with the Red Angel (a female, human time traveller) interfering so Spock could save Burnham, Burnham being the catalyst for how most of the story since season 1, and it being revealed that Leland is responsible for the death of Burnham's parents, could DSC be setting up for the big reset button?

The Red Angel seems to want to stop some kind of apocalypse (given the corrupted probe from 500 years in the future probably some nanotech/machine uprising stuff), and its first intervention was to save Burnham from death. Maybe the finale will be the realisation, that saving Burnham is the right call, but that it has to come before her parents die, so sehe never even becomes Spock's sister. That would give DSC the convenient reason to wipe the slate clean and reshuffle for season 3.

And would fit with its pechant for blatant unsubtilety.
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