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Dark Kirk
Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Also, Rose was the most memorable part of The Last Jedi. She projected harmlessness but proved to have potent fierceness.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: For the Cause

I agree Eddington's betrayal seemed abrupt, although I don't know how it could have been written otherwise. Nowadays DS9 might have been written with some prequel/flashback scenes portraying the characters, like The Gifted does well. But in the 23 years since I first saw this episode, (my god, was it that long?) the paranoid/conspiracy-nut mentality he displays definitely seems more believable. And Sisko's response is more believable too. He realizes arguing with Eddington would be futile, so he basically just says "Screw you, Eddington. You betrayed your job, your oath, and me. I'm taking you down."
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 8:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I think the concept that a Klingon would choose to indulge his thirst for battle by becoming a courtroom lawyer is a lot of fun.
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Dark Kirk
Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 9:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: A Happy Refrain

It must be hard to write and act this show and prevent it from turning into parody.
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 11:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Everyone ignored me.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

John Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel! John Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel! Seth MacFarlane, who I want to commend for writing Orville episodes like this one, INTENTIONALLY wrote this Orville episode with ridiculous plot points, because this and the other episodes are not SUPPOSED to be thought out! The characters will discover they are part of a mediocre, (yet compelling) television show in a made-up universe, just like the "Redshirts" characters. Whereas "The Orville" has the Planetary Union, "Redshirts" has the Universal Union.

No one would make the decisions in the real world like they do in the show. The characters will discover for example: Ed begging for a Xelayan - who does that, and in what universe would that actually work? The only answer would be The Orville universe. The characters will discover the writers hastily had to write Halston Sage's Alara out of the show, but they had episodes written that hinged on Alara's Xelayan heritage and they couldn't change them, so rather than trash all that work, they had to come up with a flimsy excuse for a replacement Xelayan.

The admiral being a jerk, the lack of research before making first contact, the way the dilemma was concluded, and past plot points like John LaMarr suddenly revealing he hid his genius and Ed inappropriately pining for Kelly, will all be discovered as examples of a sloppily written show.

Now, this could mean Seth MacFarlane is blatantly ripping off Scalzi's "Redshirts" novel, and I don't know how that plays out in the real world. Maybe he never knew about the novel, which is hilarious in its own right.

I am still a fan. For all the plot problems, the episodes are fun to watch, and the actors do a great job with the material they have. They give no hint that they think the show is a parody, and that has to be a tough challenge for a performer.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I get tired of the superiority attitudes of those who call films like this just money-making stunts or 'insipid garbage'. Sure, that can happen, but it does not have to, and on second and third viewings, that's not true here. The first time I saw The Last Jedi, I felt toyed with, as someone above said, and right off the bat, I hated how Hux walked right into Poe mocking him in front of the whole bridge. That was not believable. But on the second and third viewings, I really liked it. It expanded the enormously fun Star Wars universe. I caught important lines like Ren telling Rey in their first long-distance force-encounter that she could not be causing it, because the effort would kill her. It explained Luke dying and passing into the Force at the end. And I caught better how Luke was scared that Rey did not even try to resist the darkness. I think the movie delivers as a second chapter, and for anyone arrogantly proclaiming that it's not real art and just exploiting for money, remember that for a franchise as popular as Star Wars, money can also mean a lot of people wanting to spend a lot of time to craft the best movie they can. You can still care deeply about the quality of your work, even if you work for an enormous corporate enterprise.
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Dark Kirk
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

This episode is the strongest evidence yet to bolster my this-is-a-meta-Redshirts-ripoff series and the characters will discover that they themselves are just nothing more than characters in an intentionally cliche and/or poorly written pseudo-science-fiction television series. It's the only explanation for Ed's extremely inappropriate personal feeling for Kelly (in no serious situation should this ever be a possibility), the ridiculously snowed parents, the Ja'loja pee gag, and the teacher taking credit for Ed's suggestion about Journey. The characters will meet the 'actors' soon enough.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Oct 9, 2018, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

It's so much fun to see how weirdness leaves Worf all flustered. I don't think we every found out why Worf and Troi never ended up together. And it was never acknowledged. In fact, this whole "Parallels" episode was never referenced on DS9. I would have loved for Worf to tell the rest of the DS9 crew "I have had experience with parallel universes. The realities must have no bearing on choices in this reality." And I think that means... DS9 is a parallel universe! And so are all the movies! Parellels never happened in those universes! *Gasp!*
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

The chase and the hiding in the Kuiper belt ice-asteroids was a compelling, fresh twist. Plot holes are plot holes. Sisko is a jerk simply because they needed some sort of antagonistic force driving the Nog/O'Brien story, which for me dominates the episode because Nog's full, unknown, story is so tantalizing. I would love to read a novel telling Nog's entire adventure in all this.
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Dark Kirk
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 6:41am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

At least two elements look like they were inspired by Diane Duane's TNG novel Dark Mirror. The captain's chair on ISS Enterprise was large and plush, more like a throne. And Phlox compared the literature between the two universes, but noted how Shakespeare seemed the same, like Duane's book.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Sometimes I think people like to trash an episode because they get an ego boost from being contrarian, not because the episode deserves it. Like this episode, which is a tragedy that's perversely enjoyable, cast well, and executed well. I do agree there should have been at least ONE other escape pod that got away safely. I agree Ashley Brianne McDonogh was great. Finally, Courtney Peldon plays a much different character than her apparent personality on IMDB. I would think the military-fascistic role was an interesting change for her, even if you agree with III's assessment above, which was hilarious.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 17, 2018, 12:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

Some interesting Louise Fletcher background: http://www.startrek.com/article/winn-ing-with-ds9s-louise-fletcher

Considering how complex the whole Bajor-Emissary-Prophets-religion-politics storyline was, what, if anything, did the producers do to help you prepare?

Fletcher: They just sent me the script. There was never a discussion. I never met Rick Berman.

Really?

Fletcher: Really. That’s not just Star Trek; it’s television. You get the script (and do your job).
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Inquisition

I was bothered by the sudden introduction of Section 31 in the same way that I was bothered by the sudden revelation of Bashir as genetically enhanced, as Rom as a technical genius, and Klingons as intolerant to cold. It's a dramatic change in canon. If they had thought ahead, they could have hinted at all of these earlier. It would have worked better even if they just hinted that Section 31 was responsible for some of the stranger and darker episodes we've seen in both TNG, DS9, and even TOS. Like maybe the TNG Enterprise crew kept inadverently disrupting Section 31 operations, so Section 31 tried to sabotage the Enterprise, like in "The Game".
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

Instead of Dukat, maybe the episode should have been written with Dukat as a teenaged Cardassian officer and the prefect introduced as a new character who had the affair with Meru, an older officer who was his mentor.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 11:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

This episode felt more like Star Trek: TNG meets Friday the 13th: The Series. The evil-doer victimizes others with a curse and rationalizes it. Then the curse rebounds on the evil-doer with full fury.
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 8:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chrysalis

According to the compendium, Faith Salie trained in singing at Harvard, so it was by coincidence put to use because apparently the producers did not know about it. An check out her resume in the 20 years since this episode. Wow. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0758276/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 7:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

The final monologue referenced by Jammer is on Youtube. Watching it again, I was struck by Sisko saying he CAN live with it. But get this - Sisko joins the Prophets at the end of the series. He now has, presumably, immortality. So can his conscience last for eternity, regardless of the circumstances?
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Dark Kirk
Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 7:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

The scene where Jack intentionally cuts the counselor's hand with the smashed pad was easily forgotten except in re-watch, but jarring and effective in defining Jack.
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 11:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Mads beat me to the punch. The link was like a drug addiction for Odo. It makes more sense when you think of it that way.
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 5:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

On a personal level, I have two sons who are special needs. I can completely relate to the parents' explanations and motivations.

On a Trekkie level, it bugs me that Bashir is genetically enhanced, and out of nowhere Rom is a technical genius. So everyone in the show is superhuman in some fashion. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is officially Star Trek: Justice League.

Sisko - Represents the gods (Wonder Woman, Thor - yeah, yeah, Marvel blah-blah)
Jadzia Dax - brilliant (Jadzia) and pseudo-immortal (Dax)
Odo- shapeshifter
Bashir - genetically enhanced. He could not just be a naturally gifted.
Kira - the ex-warrior
Quark - token non-special human
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Dark Kirk
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 10:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

The best depiction of the Mirror Universe was actually Diane Duane's novel Dark Mirror - TNG in the Mirror Universe.
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 9:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Interesting points by William B. I think Jammer said it best: " if you grant the episode it's implausible premise, the story execution mostly works. " What I really like is that there was no cliche "Mom, I'm your son! Don't do this to me! / Oh my God! That is my son! What am I doing?" There was no: "Listen to me! You have to fight it! Don't give in! Think about what you're doing! / No! I can't give up my ship!" The game completely had them hooked, overriding all survival or parenting instincts. Pretty creepy. TNG would have been a better show if they referenced this adventure later and tied up all these episodes - Geordi's brainwashing to assisinate the Klingon governor /The Game/ maybe the Pegasus adventure / and tied them in to Section 31 or some other grand conspiracy. That's not 1990s television, but it would have been great.
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Dark Kirk
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

I liked it more on re-watch. Rosalind Chao was great. I would have liked to see her shout some Klingon obscenities at him.
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Dark Kirk
Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 12:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Rosalind Chao did menacing well. I would have liked a line where both characters acknowledge they had been possessed and even used similar language to describe it. It was a bonding experience, even if it was a negative one.
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