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Data344
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 10:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

Loved it, it's the first time on this show I've really felt the stakes, and been genuinely scared for the characters. I don't know if I could call it great right now, but it's definitely the best episode so far in the show's run, and it's made me more optimistic for the coming episodes. I know all the action might not be everyone's cup of tea when it comes to Trek, but I feel they earned it with some good characterisation, and not losing sight of it no matter how big and bombastic the action got. In a show that's been a bit pedestrian in a lot of its opening episodes, feeling this engaged was such a nice sensation. More like this, please!

I predict the Mirror Universe next time like everyone else seemingly does, I feel like in a show that's already darker than usual it might seem a bit redundant, but it's an element they were always going to bring back, because it's a thing even non-fans know about. Hopefully it'll at least be handled well, I honestly don't like the majority of Mirror Universe episodes in the canon outside of Mirror Mirror, I feel like DS9 gradually cheapened the concept, and the Enterprise two parter, while fun, is a bit overrated.
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Data344
Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

I wish we could see more alien planets in this series, with their budget they should be able to give us worlds the previous shows could've only dreamed of showing. As is, we finally get one, and it was honestly kind of bland to me, in a previous show it'd have likely been the main focus, and would've gotten more time to be fleshed out, here it's just one of many subplots, and anything interesting about it has to be rushed through. I hope it gets fleshed out more next week, but I imagine it'll be mostly a mcguffin to fuel more Discovery VS Klingon action.

I'm guessing Tyler is the one who really drew the Klingons towards Pahvo, I'm about 80% convinced now that we'll be getting the twist that he's Voq (honestly, I'm not sure I want it, but it'd definitely be more interesting than any of the stuff with the Klingons so far, and might actually make me more invested, since we'll be able to have a Klingon character without that awful make-up!)
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Data344
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 5:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Pretty fun episode, the concept has been done before as others have said, but it felt just different enough from 'Cause and Effect' that I didn't mind too much. This is the first episode where I really liked the characters as people, the stuff between Michael and Tyler was genuinely quite sweet (which will doubtlessly make things much more tragic if the theories about Tyler are true), and I'm liking Stamets more and more with each episode. I still kind of felt like Mudd could've easily been a completely new character, but I guess the stuff with Stella at the end was unique to him (it sure was weird being reminded that all this is in the same universe as 'I, Mudd'). He was definitely more sadistic here than he ever was in the original series, which makes it a shame that his comeuppance was pretty mild.

Overall, I'd give this a three stars. Not a great episode, but hopefully with the stronger characterisation it'll lay the groundwork for some in the future.
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Data344
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 4:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

Honestly, Mudd didn't remind me at all of how he was in TOS, you could literally have changed his name and I wouldn't have even thought of him. It feels like they took some random sleazy prisoner character and gave him the name solely because it's one most people will recognise (much like how Khan in Into Darkness felt like he could've easily been an original villain, or how Sarek felt completely shoe-horned in earlier in this series.)

Other than that, probably my favourite episode of Discovery so far (though I don't think we've gotten anything approaching a great episode yet), I feel like the characters (especially Lorca) have all had a little depth added, even if a lot of the dialogue is still very clunky. I like how they've handled the gay relationship as well so far, considering that the franchise has historically been inclusive, I have no idea what the fuss is about with some fans. I do hope we can get away from the Klingons someday though, they were once one of my favourite races in the canon, now I can't stand them thanks to the almost universally hated new designs and one-note personalities.
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