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Dork Knight
Sat, Mar 2, 2013, 9:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Very well said, Kirsten, and I completely agree.

To address a couple of points from Elliot's post -

While it may be a tad far-fetched for a number of alien species to be entertained by 400-year-old Earth music and situations, it sort of fits in with the whole conceit of Star Trek; that being the principle of "Humans are Friggin' Awesome."

Think about it. Klingons, Vulcans, Romulans, and other species have all been shown (and stated in dialogue) to be somewhat-to-significantly stronger and faster than Humans. Vulcans have longer life spans. All of the above species - as well as Cardassians, Bajorans and Ferengi - have very old and even ancient civilizations that have been technologically advanced for some time; traveling the to other worlds (and in some cases conquering them) at a time when humanity's biggest engineering triumphs were aqueducts and the Colosseum.

Yet these slow, weak, technologically inferior Humans, in just 300 short years, took to the stars, formed a vast and powerful Federation of varying and disparate peoples based on tolerance, exploration, understanding and peace. By the time of the show the Federation had become THE dominant force in the Alpha Quadrant. And even though the Vulcans, Andorians, & Alpha Centaurians (I BELIEVE those were the initial other three charter members) were all enlightened, space-faring cultures well-ahead of humanity by the time they started their trek through the stars, it's been made abundantly clear on multiple occasions that Earth and its people are the driving force and "heart" (for lack of a better term) of the Federation. Nog even marvels aloud at this fact as he reads his earth history in "Little Green Men."

It's an ego-stroking conceit to be sure, but it's been an established fact of Trek from the very get go. Humans are Awesome. Plus, as Kirk said in one of his best lines, "Spock, You want to know something? EVERYBODY'S Human."

As to the racial aspect of the Sisko's love interest, I'm sort of with you, here... I don't remember it bothering me (or even really noticing it) when I first watched this series a decade ago, but it does stand out to me a bit now on repeat viewings. It does seem to be a little... odd... considering the color blind world of the 24th century, BUT - One thing that I recently realized that makes me sort of okay with it:

I'm a 30 year old white guy (Irish American) who considers himself to be about as open and tolerant as any other member of my generation. My circle of close friends is comprised of multiple races, backgrounds and sexual orientations. I live by as strict a "take people as you find them and judge them on their actions and by the content of their character" policy as I can. I strongly believe the people should be able to love and, if they choose, marry whomever they want.

And yet I find that I am personally attracted primarily caucasian girls of a similar european ancestry to my own. It doesn't mean that I DISLIKE women who are black, asian, semitic, latin, etc. or that I wouldn't date them if there was a physical or emotional attraction. It's just that my "type" so to speak - that is the physical traits to which I respond chemically and whatnot - tend to be white girls of western-european descent, and I don't feel that there's anything intolerant or unenlightened about that, so I certainly won't judge Ben or Jake Sisko for having similar ethnocentric tastes.
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Dork Knight
Tue, Feb 26, 2013, 8:17am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Resurrection Ship, Part 2

Was anyone else pleasantly shocked that The Pegasus survived the arc? When they showed up and Cain started showing her villain-face, I was certain - based upon years of television training - that both Cain and the Pegasus would meet their tragic end by the credits of the Resurrection Ship Part 2. I love that she stuck around as long as she did.
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Dork Knight
Tue, Feb 26, 2013, 8:06am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Home, Part 2

Regarding the constellations -

I didn't take it to mean that the colonies were LOCATED in the twelve separate constellations (this would've, as you've all pointed out, made intercolonial commerce impossible, or at the very least problematic).

The way I understood it was that the 12 tribes that left Kobol - an obviously religious people whose faith was heavily imbued by some form of astrology - CHOSE as their respective flag symbols recognizable constellations from the Zodiac. Over the intervening two millennia (or however long it was), these symbols changed slightly (as did their names: Taurus to Tauron, Capricorn to Caprica, etc). So when the 13th tribe on Earth was "looking up at their brethren" or whatever the exact quote was, it wasn't meant literally. It was just that Earth was the one place where all 12 of the colonies' REPRESENTATIVE Zodiac constellations could be seen in the night sky.

As for the layout of the 12 colonies themselves, I always understood that they were all meant to be in the same solar system (as impossible as that would actually be). This is backed up by the fact that when Galactica fired up her FTL Drive in the miniseries for the first time, everyone acted like this was the first major jump in YEARS. Look at all of the intercolonial traffic that didn't even HAVE FTL Drives (the ones that Roslin was forced to abandon). It seems as if no one besides the military has been using FTLs for quite some time.

By the time the ragtag fleet settles into their game of cat & mouse, FTL Jumps become old hat, but the miniseries strongly indicates that it's a novel experience at first. If this is, in fact, the case, then the 12 colonies would HAVE to be in very close proximity to one another for so much trade, traffic, and immigration to be conducted at sub-light speeds.

As to Ryan's question about FTL drives -

It's my understanding - and please understand that I could be talking completely out of my arse here - that it's essentially from the wormhole(ish) school of sci-fi space travel. Since you can't break the Einstein rule regarding light speed (although current scientific theory seems to suggest that Warp Drive is a lot less implausible than we originally thought), the FTL is essentially creating a temporary, ship-specific Einstein-Rosen bridge to connect two distant points of space, which allows the ship to "Jump" from one to the other. It's sort of like "Event Horizon", except without the detour through Hell.

Again, that's how I understood it, but I fully acknowledge that I could be dead, dumb wrong.
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Dork Knight
Tue, Feb 26, 2013, 4:39am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

@DavidK & Paul -

I feared as much. The idea of a ship on a long journey having to hold its own with no starbases, conserve its weapons and manufacture/refine its own fuel is a cool one, and I'm sure there's a good way to do it (ahem BSG ahem), but aside from some throw-away lines in the first season, the writers seemed to forget that it was any kind of issue. "Only 35 Photons left" my ass.

Plus, the crew... I feel bad, because I'm sure most of it has to do with the writers giving them absolutely nothing, but aside from Chakotay and Tuvok (both of whom get no stories, it seems), I really don't give a shite about any of these people. I'm 3 seasons in and I honestly don't care if any of them die (even though it's become painfully obvious that the writers don't have the balls for that kind of move).

It's a far cry from the feeling of familiarity and affection for pretty much every primary, secondary, and background character who putters around DS9. Hell, I feel like I have a better grasp on the clear-headed Captain Boday than I do anyone on Voyager, and he never actually showed up on screen.

Such a good premise that (so far, though it seems unlikely to change) went completely to waste.

I suppose on the plus side, it at least took the brunt of Berman and Braga's awfulness while DS9 was left alone to be awesome...
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Dork Knight
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 3:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

I may be late to the party, but this is my first go around with Voyager and so far I'm woefully underwhelmed. Does it remain this frustratingly stupid, or are these the typical first-season hiccups Trek seems to go through?

If there ends up being season after season of zany holodeck nonsense, but Janeway still can't replicate a cup of coffee, I'm going to be pretty livid, and I doubt I'll make it through the series.
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