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Dahj's Synthetic Ghost
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@ Quincy

See, that's the problem, you say the Synth Federation destroyed the people on the planet Aia, but it looked to me that they utterly destroyed a planet where somebody, at some time, created synthetic life, and then oppressed it. Instead, it looks to me that they created a synthetic solar system with eight stars and placed a warning/means-to-summon message on a planet — apparently named Aia, the Grief World, by the Romulans — which was neatly set in the resulting gravitational web. This happened approximately 200,000 years ago. But the Iconians and other space-faring civilizations were around at that same time. So, the message I would take from that is: The Synth Federation does not destroy all organic life, merely that which is oppressing and killing new synthetic beings.

That's why I'm at a loss here. The screw has been cross-thread, so to say, and It doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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I've got to say further that I'm sad MIchael Chabon will not be Season Two's show runner. The episodes listing him as the sole teleplay credit were the best of the season. I'm afraid with him being on only in a semi-active role, the S2 will have even less direction than this one had.

Nevertheless, I'm still looking forward to S2. Especially because Annika Hansen will be returning for more! Maybe we'll see more of the TNG cast, and Voyager's. Jake Sisko interviewing PIcard for a biography he's writing would be a nice nod to DS9.

Oh, by the way, La Sirena still needs to drop by DS12 and drop Agnes Jurati off to face her trial and punishment for the murder of Maddox. Sure, reasonably she was mentally incapacitated by that forced mind-meld, but the UFP functions according to the rule of law. It's an issue the writer's must address next season.
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Dahj's Synthetic Ghost
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Data's drawing room in the simulation was a nice callback to his drawing room at Cambridge University in "All Good Things". Would've benefited from the presence of more cats, though.

Speaking of cats, Elnor really should've met Spot II.

The magic tool Rios and Jurati used reminds me of the tool from the episode "When the Bough Breaks". As I recall, the tool was used to fashion a dolphin sculpture.

The whole Admonition business doesn't make much sense to me. What civilization gathered the eight stars? Were they destroyed by the Synth Federation at the same time the Iconians were transporting from planet to planet? Or were the Synths the gatherers of the eight stars? I'd say the latter, but I just don't know.

Would've been interesting if the first time the Synths were called from the other universe that they destroyed the offending civilizations thereabout the galaxy, but the second time they were called, they transformed the offenders, making the Borg. First time tragedy, second time farce. Third time around they might have shared a nice cup of tea with Picard and discussed their evolving ethics.

Finally, the entire concept of biological androids is as clear as milk. I was hoping for answers and got none.
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Dahj's Synthetic Ghost
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

If I recall Soji and Dahj were effectively Data re-constructed from a single postronic neuron from Data — (though I still have no idea where the human DNA for these twins was procured ... Jurati, perhaps?) — but Data's also on three thumbdrives, running in a simulation. Picard's been transferred into the "golem". So, I take it, that Data and Picard have, in a sense, now merged. Fascinating.

PIcard was Borg, now he is 'borg.

I'll say it again: Alton Soong, as a character, really reminds me of Arik Soong. And I'm fine with that. That 3-parter in Star Trek: Enterprise was one of my favorite moments in the Star Trek franchise.

Of course Elnor would be dear to Picard. Memories of Rene, I'd think.

Anyway, the conclusion was adequate, though there are many, many loose ends. Far too many for my liking, certainly. Too many things were dropped. The Synth Rebellion, the Borg, the state of the Romulan state (is it now just the Romulan Free State, or is that state one of many, a fragment of the Star Empire). Who knows? Who cares? Oh, well.

Episode rating: 4 stars. Series rating: 2 stars (rounded down from 2.3) And that's good enough to bring me back to watch Season Two.
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Dahj's Synthetic GHost
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 3:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

I just had a terrible thought, and I so hope that I'm wrong. What if the "Golem" will be inhabited by Jean-Liuc Picard, in order to replace Patrick Stewart with a younger actor? If so, I'm done with this.
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Dahj's Synthetic Ghost
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

I would asset that neither Dahj nor Soji are "Synths" at all, but something beyond. In fact, they are more akin to the Borg than they are to Data and the Soong-type androids. They are enhanced and artificially engineered human beings. Their biological brains have been enhanced with positronic neural networks. Unfortunately, I think ST: PIC has not really established things well here. Perhaps the final episode will draw it all together.

Alton Soong, of course, reminds me of Arik Soong from ST: ENT. Arik played around with genetic engineering, only to commit himself to the study of androids in the end. Noonian Soong perfected androids, in the form of Data and Lore, in creating sapient androids. And Alton has synthesized the two approaches, partnering with Bruce Maddox, in creating Dahj and Soji.

Anyway, I really enjoyed seeing Brent Spiner again, this time as Alton Soong.
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