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Dave in MN
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 6:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

Lord Byron was "crazy"?

You are literally the first person I've ever heard say that.
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Dave in MN
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

... in an alternate reality where Vulcans have become assimilated into a violent cutthroat Terran Empire. Presumably Vulcan culture has developed VERY differently in that timeline.
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Dave in MN
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 11:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

It would be no different to me than iif Picsrd is suddenly wesring a toupee iin the new show. Men covering up their balding might be old as time, but it would be untrue to the character we know.

Anyways, I've made my point. Carry on with the Discovery lovefest!

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Dave in MN
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 7:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I really don't care about this issue THAT much, but to limit confusion, here is my motivation for my reaction:

1. I don't recall seeing any Vulcans with facial hair. Obviously being clean shaven and having a sedate haircut is a part of their culture,; I wasn't saying that Vulcans can't GROW facial hair, just that they abhor it (as a cultural practice).

#2. Your "Year of Hell" citation actually demonstrates the importance of being clean shaven for Vulcan males. Even in the midst of chaos and upheaval, the beard must be shorn.

#3. How long was Prime Universe Spock in that ice cave in the first reboot? Seemed like it was awhile, yet unless he had his razor kit with him in the cave, his beard didn't grow at all.

#4. Come to think of it, I can't think recall any Romulans with facial hair either.

But whatever, while I'm sure CBS focus-grouped which publicity photos to saturate the media, I'm sure it's remotely possible that it's pure coincidence that he looks like he'd fit right in on a Pinterest elf fetish page.
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Dave in MN
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 1:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

Vulcans have never sported facial hair... i'm not motivated enough to go check Memory Alpha for the precise references, but it is in complete contradiction to everything about the Vulcan culture we've seen over the last 50 years.

Yes, having a beard is OUT OF CHARACTER for Vulcans, especially Spock (and no, i don't count a Mirror Universe goatee as evidence).
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Dave in MN
Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 1:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@MadManMUC

It does feel like it's intentional.to me as well.

I think the producers think that all publicity is good publicity, but with a franchise (especially a franchise being used to keep a streaming service afloat), bad publicity and fan anger is not good for long-term viability. Case in point: the cratering Star Wars franchise.

Couple the new aberrant beard with cocreator Kurtzmann's comments about allowing the actor to "reinterpret" the character of Spock and it sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

The fans (myself included) have a right to be upset about continuity/ consistency being chucked out the window.

Look, I try to be open minded, but I gave up on Discovery a year ago and the Season 2 developments are not enticing me back.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 12:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

STD Spock has a beard because .... why?

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Dave in MN
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 4:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

Ok, so someone did a bad impression of Twain 80 years after his death and the blame for that is transferable to Tawain because .... why?

Also, why would anyone disparage something they have no personal knowledge of? To my eyes, Twain has a pretty modern way of telling his stories and they still are relevant to today's world.

But, you know, let's throw his entire life's work under the bus because of 50 minutes of 90s TV made him look buffoonish...
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Dave in MN
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 10:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

@ Robert

Why do some people assume right- leaning people won't watch a show that is heavily based on debating ethics?

If anything, the comment section here proves that political philosophy is no barrier to being receptive to Trek.

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Dave in MN
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 9:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

@Csptain Baggins

You should be happy a supposed "fascist" is watching, discussing and being influenced by Trek.

Oh, and since we're speaking of fascism, I must note it's actually fascist for you to declate who can and can't comment here when it's NOT YOUR WEBSITE.
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Dave in MN
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

@Capt Baggins

What gives you tthe right to dictate who can be a fan of Star Trek?

People are allowed to have different philosophies than you, and they are also allowed to watch what they like without being shamed for it.

Maybe you should focus on your blatant hostility to different viewpoints. That's not a very Trek-like attitude.
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Dave
Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 8:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

This is the episode that I point to as evidence of Shatner's acting chops. He totally inhabits Kirk in "Balance", possibly because there's little of his smarminess when chatting up the women or his attempts at humour. This is Kirk the Submarine Commander on the razor's edge. My favourite scene? When he walks in front of the helm and quietly but insistently taps his finger on the console in a blink-and-you-miss-it silent admonition to Stiles to STFU and get on with his job.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 8:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I'm overjoyed.... finally something other than as prequel!!!!
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Dave in MN
Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 10:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

@Sarjenka

Astute observation. Agreed.
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Dave in MN
Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 5:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

I'm pretty excited!

I've been following news on the production and

#1) There will be 15 episodes this season

#2) The will be lots of Trek alumni both on and behind the screen (including Robert Picardo, Marina Sirtis and Tim Russ, as wwell as Joe Menosky joining as EP.)

#3) The sci-fi quotient will be higher

and

#4) there will be two-parters!

I thought the show was just hitting it's groove at the end of Season 1, but it's all highly rewatchable. I can't wait!!

PS was I the only one who got a Orville vibe from the STD trailer?
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 9:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

I'd always hoped that Sela was lying about her mother and TNG would bring her back in a Very Special Episode: Rescuing old alt-Tasha from Romulus would've been a lot of fun.
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Dave in MN
Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

In the episode Haven, it was established that many Betazoids have arranged marriages.
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Dave in MN
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 9:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Rules of Acquisition

I'm sure Merkel could arrange it.
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Dave in MN
Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 5:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

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@JerJer

Just want to establish that, as a gay man, your perverted sexual commentary gives us all a bad rap.

You make a LOT of disgusting comments about underaged boys.

I hope your consistently repellent remarks are the result of trolling for attention (and not rooted in some deep-seeded nasty pathology).

Either way, seek help.


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Dave in MN
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

My phone's auto- correct got me, but that should've read that "I've seen several remarks" .....
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Dave in MN
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

There's a couple of people that seem to post nothing but negativity and condescension.

The poster's names escape me, but I've seen several creative on the tComment Stream that seemed designed to provoke a reaction: the continuous sexual fetishization of teenage Wesley comes to mind, as do the remarks about Tasha and the rape gangs.

As offended as I was, I don't think it's worth my time to give a ny attention to a troll/obnoxious person.
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Dave in MNs
Thu, May 31, 2018, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Having browsed through the comments for this episode, I am shocked by the number of biased anti-American comments in this thread.

#1. Ferengi are not Americans in fancy-dress makeup. I've lived here for forty years and met countless people in my time and I've yet to meet anyone who'd remind me of a Ferengi. (I've always thought that the Ferengi were based on a special small subset of the investing class mixed with a little hucksterism and a lot of broad comedy). Anyone who equates Ferengi with Americans knows very little factual data about actual Americans.

I guess tarring and feathering 330 million people is ok, you know, as long as it isn't some noble group like ISIS. (Sarcasm)

#2. Sisko is from the past of Earth that was America. Why wouldn't/shouldn't he like the game? It is part of his heritage. No one knocks Tom Paris for classic movies/cars, Riker for playing trombone or Picard nerding out over historical discoveries.

#3. If the writers had made soccer the focus, I doubt Americans posting here would have made a federal case out of it.

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Re, the episode itself: I found it to be a little slow paced and the humor was bordering on cringe, but for an Ezri episode, its surprisingly watchable.
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Dave in MN
Thu, May 31, 2018, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

While I'm not a huge sports fan at all, I will say that it (along with cricket and kickball) are intuitively easy sports to understand. Each team takes turns between offense and defense after three people are struck out on the opposing team ... making it all the way around the diamond results in scoring.

If this episode had been about American football or hockey, I could understand not grasping the gist of gameplay ....
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Dave in MN
Tue, May 29, 2018, 4:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

^

That didn't seem to stop you from pontificating ... your three paragraph complaint about the thoroughness of the conversatio (while simultaneously failing to say anything about the episode itself) is rich with irony.


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Dave in MN
Sun, May 13, 2018, 9:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

^

If they would have done the scene the way you scripted it, I would have added another half star to my 3 rating.

About the montage, I actually thought it was a cheesy TV-trope waste of time (and found the glaring omission of Jadzia to be very distracting).
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