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Dogcat
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 5:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

I actually enjoyed this episode quite a lot, but a lot of the mirror universe sets felt... cheap, compared to those in S1. Especially that little play with narration from Stamets.

If there are any Red Dwarf fans here, the whole thing reminded me of Demons & Angels

https://reddwarf.fandom.com/wiki/RD:_Demons_%26_Angels
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Dogcat
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 12:12pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Tomalak come on man, read a dictionary or something.
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Dogcat
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 7:30am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Latex Zebra good points! And I don't think the length of the seasons is relevant, because Culber/Nahn etc were already heavily involved in those episodes. Avoiding Burnham taking over at the last minute might even have *saved* time, by cutting out the speeches about why she is special and needs to do the job.
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Dogcat
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 7:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

As much as I enjoyed Burnham's mum having a go at her, isn't this basically a retread of snarky Spock doing the same thing last season? It's almost like the producers know what is annoying about her character, but overestimate its interest.

I did enjoy the courtroom scene... but why exactly did Burnham's feelings about her family become relevant to the case? They are deciding whether to trust the federation... so they base the decision entirely on how devoted one person who is 800 years behind on Federation events is? It would be like some Protestants deciding to trust the Catholic Church based on the emotional state of a disobedient Catholic monk from 1150. I just don't see the logic!

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk and talk between Saru and the president though -- "we have evolved beyond slogans" or similar, a very layered conversation.

About Tilly, I guess her promotion doesn't compare well with Riker's behaviour in Best of Both Worlds. He made Shelby XO, despite disliking her, because he knew he needed her experience and knowledge and command ability during a crisis. This was meant to show that he is ready for command. Saru's decision to elevate Tilly (instead of asking Starfleet to assign an XO) doesn't look good in comparison.
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Dogcat
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 5:03am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Archer22 I do get the point, but it was also extremely annoying in Enterprise that this one small crew seemed to have invented everything that was important centuries later (phasers, red alert, etc). I also think the portrayal of Picard as a superhuman who was an expert in nearly everything got extremely silly by the end of TNG.

The difference with the other shows is that there were many, many episodes that focused almost entirely on someone other than Archer, Picard, or Sisko. Has there been a single episode of Discovery this season where Burnham wasn't the key to the solution? The saloon bar episode came close, but ruined in the last 5 min.

Imagine if Discovery had escaped the ice by itself then, if Culber had helped Adira through the pool, and if Nahn had talked down the depressed seed man. It would really have fleshed out these other characters, and there would have been a lot less groaning at Burnham being front and centre this week.
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