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Clark
Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 8:33am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

Feel like this show is finally starting to settle into itself. Theres a lot to nit pick and complain about, but it owns its weirdness and leans into it. There are good actors starting to fill out their characters roles. There's a lot to gripe about, don't get me wrong but I'd honestly take this over about half of Voyager and all of Enterprise. Seriously, think about the fact you watched Nelix's love life play out or Scott Bakula deal with his dog getting sick because he brought it to some random planet. At the end of the day I'll just fit this into the star trek history/ time-line as "that time they built a mushroom ship and it all got real weird, real fast.... we don't like to talk about that" and enjoy the ride.
3/4 stars for me.
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Clark
Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 3:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

A lot of good in this episode. Good character development, interested to see how Saru changes after this since he was kind of one note by default. Tig makes a good foil for Stammets and her presence helped to balance the absurdity of the mycelial network plot. Could pick nits but not worth it, I liked the episode. 3/4 for me.
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Clark
Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 1:29am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Point of Light

They sure tried to stuff lot in this episode to mixed results. Agree with @William D Wehrs, wish they would let things let things breathe. The cuts between Tilly's plot to intense klingon politics were especially jarring.
2/4 for me.
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Clark
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 10:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

Great episode. This felt like classic Trek to me; the broad story could have been told on any series with any crew. Effects were finally used to just enhance the story rather than tell it. Characters were endearingly developed through conversations and we finally get to actually hear some the bridge crew speak. Was also nice to see them do what was essentially a self contained episode that still advanced the overall arc. My initial wariness of Pike as the captain is wearing off, hes filling the role of boring boyscout version of Kirk well and allowing the others to shine. When the Captain isn't meant to be central character this really makes sense. Hope to see more episodes like this and really hoping this red angel plot-line pays off or it could sully this solid step in the right direction. 3.5/4
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Clark
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 5:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Brother

2/4 for me. Show just doesn’t want to take a second to breathe. Feels more like the recent films and less like the tv shows. Was hoping after the set up last season it would fall into something more familiar but they seem intent on constant escalation. Not good when things are already escalated to where most trek was season 5-7.
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Kent Clark
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 8:58am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Ah, the symmetry of the internet timeline! I find it fascinating to read a decade of comments about a show that initially aired more than a score of years earlier. What’s lacking in the episode I think, is a more complete discussion of how Tuvix’s personality was a complementary balance of the stoicism of Tuvoc and the impulsive id od Nelix.
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Clark
Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 6:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Tim

As for the actual set, TNG and TOS had very bright bridge sets. That's what I always remember as well. But the TOS films it was often dark. Voyager's seemed to vary between light and dark depending on how close to Voyager was to losing shields that week. DS9 was pretty dark outside Quark's and Enterprise had a similar light scenario to Discovery. I thought they were the first to go that dark set wise as well untill going back, maybe HD and wide screen plays in to that.
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Clark
Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 5:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Tim

From what the writers are saying, it seems like it was always the plan for this season to be the journey that shapes this crew. As they move away from the mirror universe its going to automatically get less dark. It's up to the writers to make Burnham's speech not wring so hollow in face of the genocide plot you just mentioned by following through on her words next season and forward. If done correctly, this could be viewed as true turning point for humanity to always put diplomacy first and hold actually hold true to that ideal, leading to the uber-diplomatic Picard 100 years later.

I get the criticism and hang ups but really don't get people completely rejecting this show already. Mistakes were made for sure but the bones are there, hopefully they get fleshed out well and the writers follow through on their promises. I just hope they don't blow it and pick a bad captain, there will be a void left by the last two leaving the show.
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Clark
Thu, Mar 22, 2018, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

People are being too hard on this show. I just recently rewatched TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise after being drawn back in by this show last fall and I think there is a lot of rose colored glasses going on here as this first season never hit the extreme lows that were present on all those shows, especially early on. I also really didn't find any of the cast to be dead-weight, an issue which really effected past series.

Hopefully they flesh out some of the fringe bridge crew and make a good choice for captain, and this show is well on the right track to holding it's own among previous iterations. I agree with Jammer that the pay off to the long arc felt contrived and too easy, but this is honestly just often the case with Star Trek. Hopefully in future seasons they save the dues ex machina for the one off episodes and think up more meaningful solutions to the major series arcs.
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Clark
Thu, Mar 22, 2018, 12:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

Rick Berman described this episode as a "valentine to the fans".

Wow...
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Clark
Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 1:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

Solid episode and does feel like the show is hitting it's stride. There is a point though were Malcolm almost dies from that fire, really hammered home how little I care about him. I don't even think the other characters would be all that upset about it.
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Clark
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 3:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

Amounted to Tuvix without the unintentional humor. Interesting moral question but its too neatly resolved with a feel good ending to have any real impact.
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Clark
Sat, Mar 17, 2018, 12:23am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Vanishing Point

The call between Archer and Hoshi's father is so absurd. Real unintentional humor here. How is this guy our choice to captain this ship again?
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Clark
Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 3:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

This is just a miserable episode. As much as we all love dogs, imagine being some middling crewman on board hearing the captain running around whining about his dog after all they've been through. "Anyone else get the feeling he cares way more about that dog than any of us?" Would have liked if the illness also just ended up from Archer just letting Porthos dig into cheese all day long and acting like its a one time thing.
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Clark
Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 10:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

Did some digging and found this quote from the "The Fifty Year Mission" oral history where Braga rags on it. Not sure if it makes me feel better or worse about it to know the people behind the show hate it just as much but still stuck with it.

BRANNON BRAGA: Co-Creator and (Junior) Executive Producer.
Rick and I felt that a song would set the slightly more contemporary feeling we were going after with Enterprise. For the longest time, we had a temporary song we cut the main titles to, U2’s “Beautiful Day.” If we had used that—or could have afforded it—that would have been a great song. Those main titles with U2 are amazing. It’s hip and cool, whereas the song we ended up with is awful. I’m a big fan of Diane Warren, she’s a great songwriter, but this particular song and the way it was sung was tacky. I still cringe when I hear it and, by the way, I think the song had a lot to do with people’s adverse reaction to the show. If you look at the main titles themselves, it’s a really cool sequence. But the song is awful, just awful.

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Clark
Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 2:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

Watching this series for the first time.... this theme song is so bad. I had to check ahead to see if they kept it on and can't believe it.
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Clark
Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 2:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

As Jammer and many others are saying fitting way to end this series with highs and lows, weird Chakotay scenes, and questionable ethical decisions by Janeway. Overall found the series worth watching, with the best episodes up there with any Trek... but the lows felt more pervasive than in TNG and DS9. Still, definitely worth watching as a whole but there is a lot you can just skip through. Have to admit though, that I did find some of the legendary lows to be entertainingly bad such as Theshold and Tuvix. Funny to even think about those plot lines.
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Clark
Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 11:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

All I could think at the end of the episode was that I guess someone does have to be the captain of those random Starfleet ships we see get blown up throughout these shows. One day Harry Kim will be that captain.
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Clark
Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 6:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

Writers really must have been grasping at straws at this point. This comment section is something else on this one though, made it worth it.
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Clark
Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 2:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

^*generally avoid
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Clark
Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 2:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

So these writers seem to generate avoid multi-episode arcs.... except when it comes to awful holo-deck arcs? "I know what sci-fi viewers will love! An old Irish town!" wtf?
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Clark
Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 2:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

Jammer's first paragraph sums up this episode and a lot of this series perfectly.
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Clark
Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 2:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Disease

@Peter G.

Yeah, this show really seems to either completely ignore its predecessor's or copy them directly. Would have actually been really funny if they referred the regulation as the "Riker Rule," created after after all the messes he caused (genderless alien race anyone?).
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Clark
Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

Speaking of continuity, I guess Harry doesn't care about Libby at all anymore? He's jumping into relationships head first with aliens left and right now.
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Clark
Thu, Mar 8, 2018, 10:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Great episode, the Reg character from TNG finally paying off for a quality episode, who would have guessed? This honestly makes some of those previous Reg episodes feel like they were building to something,. It's rewarding to know that TNG crew's efforts to get Reg back on track up paying off in the long run in helping to get the Voyager home. Felt good to bring the show back into the Universe and give some lost perspective as well, and as most people above are saying, the call between Admiral Paris and Janeway is one of the show's finest moments.
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