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Chris Lopes
Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 11:17pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Mugato, Gumato

"We need more of that kind of thing and fewer masturbating mugatos."

That's not a phase I ever thought would have to be uttered.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 2:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"Jammer, how can you love Star Trek this much and be a capitalist? :)"

The Great Bird himself was quite enamored with the capitalist system. So are the current owners (looks at CBS All Access item on bank statement) of Trek. Such is the difference between fantasy and reality. :)
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Chris Lopes
Wed, Jan 6, 2021, 9:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

"If you replace all characters by white straight males, the burn being caused by a kid or the EC wanting suddenly to join the federation is still bad writing."

Yep, just as lame only in a monochromatic way.
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Chris Lopes
Tue, Jan 5, 2021, 2:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

"Nevertheless, Discovery's many narrative problems have far more to do with its faux-Star Wars action, paucity of ideas, and anemic characterization than they do with checking off demographic boxes."

Definitely, but the writers appear to see checking off the boxes as a form of absolution for their narrative sins. The box checking isn't causing the story telling failure, it's being used to cover up for it. Unfortunately while they're virtue signalling, they aren't telling a coherent story.
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Chris Lopes
Fri, Jan 1, 2021, 2:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

"If the trailer can be believed next week will be lots of shooting and action, also crying."

That'll be a change of pace. ;)
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Chris Lopes
Tue, Dec 29, 2020, 4:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I think that interpersonal conflicts are arising because (until Jammer posts his own review) we've actually run out of constructive things to say about this episode. It's strengths and weaknesses have been pointed out, points of view have been attacked and defended, and all we have left (at the moment) are those petty differences our species is known to fight over. Just humans being human.
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Chris Lopes
Tue, Dec 29, 2020, 10:52am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

"If it doesn't involve STAR TREK, how about just ignore the post you disagree with?"

That's an idea so crazy, it just might work.
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Chris Lopes
Sun, Dec 27, 2020, 7:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

"On the whole woke/box checking subject: Many shows do the whole box checking/unrealistically diverse cast thing but still manage to maintain a decent quality of acting and story telling."

As others have pointed out, Mandalorian is perfect example of that. The last episode featured a practically all woman rescue team with not a peep from anyone about "wokeness". That's because they did the homework of showing these characters as genuine badasses in previous episodes. So they weren't "female badasses", they were badasses who happen to be female. It's called story telling.
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Chris Lopes
Sat, Dec 26, 2020, 7:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

"I want so much to keep liking Star Trek and I want so much for the new Trek to be successful and keep the franchise alive."

^^^This^^^. I honestly don't think those complaining about this show are doing it out of malice. They are Trek fans who want it to continue. They want Discovery to be good. They want to like it. They are hoping (perhaps foolishly) that TPTB will understand that they are failing as story tellers and correct what is broken.

My fear is that they are too busy checking boxes to engage in actual story telling. They are using their wokeness (which has always been a part of Trek to some degree) as a shield to protect them from genuine constructive criticism. We may indeed be wasting our time watching this show, but some of us love Trek too much to give up hope.
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Chris Lopes
Sat, Dec 26, 2020, 11:43am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

The criticism the show faces on this forum is primarily of the bad writing/acting variety. The critics are usually met with agreement or reasoned disagreement. So no, this forum is not labeling people to protect a bad show.

On the other hand, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the writing and acting to improve over time, as the folks in charge get feedback from the audience. If despite the audience reaction, things don't improve, it is reasonable to assume the folks in charge are not listening for whatever reason. Given the woke pronouncements of these folks, it is reasonable to conclude that they are labeling their critics in an effort to excuse their own failures in story telling.
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Chris Lopes
Sat, Dec 26, 2020, 10:19am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

"You continue to watch a show that you call a travesty?"

Perhaps the poster is hoping it will get better and is continually amazed that it isn't. In any case, the poster has the right to comment on their ongoing disappointment without the usual snarky "why are you watching a show you don't like" response. The poster is simply pointing out what they think are the show's weaknesses. If you disagree with the poster's points, feel free to explain where they are incorrect. Just don't question their right to criticize in the first place.
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Chris Lopes
Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 1:39pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 15: The Believer

"Why is this episode titled "The Believer"?"

Because the main characters (Mando and Mayfield) have to deal with their beliefs, or lack thereof. Mando has to choose between following the strict teachings of The Way as he has been taught (by keeping his helmet on) or finding out where The Child is. Mayfield has to choose between his professed lack of belief in anything beyond himself and his loyalty and feelings for dead comrades. In the end, Mando doesn't let a rule stop him from completing the mission, and Mayfield doesn't let his sense of self-preservation stop him from taking vengeance for the lives of the soldiers he lived and fought with.
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Chris Lopes
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 12:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 15: The Believer

"Seems silly of Mando to taunt Gideon."

I'm hoping it's part of a larger plan to draw him out and direct his attention elsewhere. Gideon might not know about all of Mando's new allies.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 4:43pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Boomer
Understood. In the episode, it's actually in reference to being more than one person (of various sexes and/or genders) wanting to be called "they". Since that pronoun fits with the reality of the character, it is reasonable enough.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Boomer
I think what you are referring to is gender roles. Those are quite fluid and in the 23rd century (let alone the 31st) such roles are non-existent. Anyone can be an act anyway they want. Starfleet uniforms are unisex (especially compared to the TOS era) and no distinction is made between men and women beyond pronoun use.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 3:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

"It's important for audiences today, but by making it a (bit of) an issue, the creators also say gender is still a thing in the 23rd or even 31st century. And that's a little depressing."

At the risk of entering into an argument I'd rather not have, gender is still a thing in the 31st century for the same reason it's one in this century. It reflects the reality most (if not almost all) people experience. Yes there are exceptions. That's why people have to sometimes be told what pronoun others prefer. But to pretend that biological reality stops being a thing because we are more enlightened is simply foolish.
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Chris Lopes
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 12:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 13: The Jedi

That was a good one. Action with some Star Wars lore. Filoni is definitely an EU fan with the reference to Admiral Thrawn. And yeah, Baby Yoda has a name. I still prefer Baby Yoda.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, 6:26pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

As others have noted, Tilly as number one is just plain stupid. In fact, it almost qualifies as a jump the shark moment. That no one in actual line for the job seems to object makes it even dumber.

I also didn't buy the turn around on S19. The "you can trust us, because we trust you" argument sounds less than persuasive. It wasn't (to coin a phrase) logical.

So Michael comes back to Star Fleet, again. I really think they should have let her go off with Booker, where her rogue attitude would work best. At least they got rid of the whole "will they or won't they" thing.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 6:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

@Norvo

I'm not sure Michael got away with it this time, at least not as much as she usually does. She lost her position as Number One, and she may have realized she shouldn't really be with Star Fleet.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 6:00pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

It's a good episode. The B plot was interesting and the prison break was fun. The only questionable things for me was the burnham/booker kiss (come on, they were on the same ship for a year, constantly saving each other's lives, of course they "did it") and Burnham staying on the crew. That latter one is especially bad, as Burnham really stopped thinking and acting like a Star Fleet officer about a year ago (in show time). From that last scene (where Burnham removed her com badge), they seem to be headed in that direction.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 3:15pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

"The future Federation officers keeps talking about how Discovery came from the "golden age" of Starfleet, but we never saw that in season 1 or 2."

That's because golden ages only become golden in retrospect. Like with the golden age of television (which was actually kind of crappy when judged objectively), the golden age of star fleet is deemed so at a distance, by no one who witnessed it first hand.
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Chris Lopes
Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 1:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

Overall it wasn't bad at all. We have a chance to do Andromeda without Kevin Sorbo's ego getting in the way. The action was cool, and the 32nd century tech was even cooler. In short, the season has the potential of being very good.
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Chris Lopes
Sun, Oct 11, 2020, 4:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: No Small Parts

LD is entertaining enough for what it is. It's not the greatest thing since Raktajino, but it's fun.
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Chris Lopes
Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 12:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Terminal Provocations

"I can tell you why I continue watching it. I accept Lower Decks as a filler mid tier show."

This. As I said in another comment, if you like hanging out in the TNG universe, this show isn't entirely unwatchable. Yeah the jokes can be stupid, and these folks are not behaving as "real" Star Fleet officers would, but there are enough Trek references to be entertaining.
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Chris Lopes
Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 12:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S1: Cupid's Errant Arrow

"Can we also get a post with "Jammer's plans for the review of Star Wars Episode IX" please?"

If you can't say anything nice........ :)
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