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Cynic
Sat, Mar 7, 2020, 9:46am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

The Fenris signal badge... Yeah, OK. Seven gave one to Picard. But did he put it on a keychain and randomly hang it somewhere in the cube, or is that a different, but conveniently located signal badge that Elfnor happened to find? It made me think of the Car-Freshners in Repo Man ("Find one in every cube. You'll see!").

Elfnor needs an XB to access the Queen Cell. At first I thought what Hugh was suggesting was dragging his corpse to the entrance, but on further review I'm thinking it's more that Elfnor needs to get one of the "Disordered" to open the cell. None of the XBcuted seemed to be Romulan (Narissa has a conscience and/or orders prohibiting that), and the Disordered (and "the only Romulans ever assimilated" line) are inexplicably mentioned in the "Previously on" scenes despite playing no role in this episode.
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Cynic
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 7:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

I found the initial Picard/Hugh reunion strangely moving. Earned? Maybe not; it's not like Picard was pals with Hugh, unlike LaForge for instance. But still, Del Arco and Stewart sold the shit out of that scene. Add to that the fact that it's about the first time in this show that Picard has found someone from his past who didn't take a giant dump on him (however deservedly), and I was sold on Hugh's undying (until next week, maybe) loyalty to Picard.

I keep thinking the Troi hug seen in the trailers and in next week's preview is a feint, a fake scene shot for the trailer, and in fact she punches Picard in the face when he and Soji teleport into her house: "You asshole!"
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Cynic
Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 6:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Absolute Candor

I took the cafe scene to be Picard manipulating Elnor into saving his ass and then signing on to his quest, much like he manipulated Raffi and to some extent Rios last week. But the real news is that there are now at least four different emergency holograms on the ship, including the Jason Momoa style weapons officer. A previous commenter theorized Rios himself might be a hologram - and why not, considering there was an emergency command hologram on Voyager - but does he know or not? Hmm...

But, jeez, that "Great White Hope" colonialist outfit JL wore in the flashback - come on man, we get it. Kept thinking about the bad guy in Raiders of the Lost Ark...
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Cynics
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 3:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

@Jammer

Hugh's name was mentioned, barely in passing, by Soji, as she was interviewing the Romulan woman. And like some but all commenters, you imply that Rios has only one emergency hologram, but I thought it was clear that he has an EMH with an "English accent," who first met Picard at the transporter and extracted that piece of metal, but that this was not the same "character" as the ENH (Emergency Navigation Hologram) with an "Irish accent" who appeared later in Rios' quarters. Both the accent and the costuming were different. Good for laughs if nothing else and also explains the "skeleton crew" issue... Hell, when they go into a fight next week Rios might have an entire crew of holograms who pop up to assist.
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Cynic
Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

Commodore Oh with shades means Mirror Universe! You know, the people who can't stand bright light, per Discovery. Or not.

One of the trailers showed Agnes about to be mind-melded by someone. I presume now that this happened "offscreen" in this episode with Oh, and that we'll get that scene in flashback later. Agnes may not be a villain per se, but my guess is she has been compromised and is unwittingly sharing her experiences from now on with Oh via subspace mind-meld, another Discovery innovation.
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Cynic
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 6:34am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

@Zinfab

I also got the B5 vibe from that uprising scene. There was a shot of several women beating down a Moclan soldier on the ground that seemed to be a deliberate homage to the Narn beatdown of Lord Refa, which also featured an uplifting soundtrack (a scene well-remembered because it was shown weekly in Season 4's opening credits).
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Cynic
Sat, Feb 23, 2019, 3:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part I

I assume most of this episode - everything after the "cancer causing" Kalon scan about 10 minutes in - is a simulation. That "scan" was actually putting the crew into the simulation, either holographic or all in the crew's head. I thought this the minute the scan occurred, and the rest of the episode with its seemingly unresettable consequences would seem to confirm it. The Kalon lured the Orville to their planet with Isaac's shutdown and are doing something like what the Dominion did to the Defiant crew in DS9's "The Search." A final test to see whether the Union is worthy? If so, a good ending would be the Kalons finding that the crew passes this test and deciding to join but the Union telling them to take a hike after how they treated people in this scenario.
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Cynic
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 11:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

We got a disco version of the DISCO theme music. How meta is that?
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Cynic
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

Re: The phasered fortune cookies. The odd thing about them since their first appearance in Ep 3 is that we never saw a fortune paper come out of any of them. And now we never will.
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Cynic
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

It occurs to me that the setup for the next installment in some ways mirrors (no pun intended), Star Trek Into Darkness. Starfleet is too goody-goody to fight the ruthless Klingons effectively, so they must rely on someone from outside their timeline to show them the way. In STID, that's time-crossing (and timeline-branched) KHAAAAN!, inexplicably repurposed (and resurfaced) as a weapons contractor by the morally bankrupt admiral. In DSC that's dimension-crossing Georgiou, who apparently will offer her mad tactics (and recipes?) for dealing with Klingons to a potentially corruptible Admiral Cornwell. It could be that Cornwell, who undoubtedly has an axe to grind with the Klingons and brought Sarek with her so he can use logic to justify almost anything, will go along with one of Georgiou's ideas, and it will turn into a major fiasco and war crime, cueing the sort of "This isn't who we are" bromide that ended STID.

As to the Green Spore, there are a lot of possibilities (most mentioned above) that seem very human-centric (Lorca, MU Lorca, MU Stamets, Culber, or the "life essence" of any of these). But it appears to me that the "network" is at least a semi-sentient organism that likely has had enough of humanoid interference. So how about this: Green Spore as its representative eventually takes over Tilly to communicate that sentiment to the DSC crew (Locutus of Spore?). Failing that, Green Spore Tilly sabotages Discovery's drive in such a way that PU's connection to the network is severed forever, resolving (more or less) the apparent continuity glitch with future/past series that the "spore drive" has always represented.
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Cynic
Mon, Mar 17, 2008, 4:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

Interference from a scattering field, or something. Perhaps a flock of starlings. Don't ask why when watching Voyager - they can come up with convenient technobabble to cover EVERYTHING.
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