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Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 4:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

Wow this show really isn't popular here! I've been lurking on here for a fair few years whilst going on binge sessions through all the Trek series. They have all had their highs and lows. Especially in their first series.

Yes Discovery is different. Probably closer to DS9 I would say in the darker mood, episodic arcs and the overall ease of getting into battle. Morally there are certainly shades of Janeway and Sisqo in terms of dubious decisioning.

The loss of Michelle Yep was disappointing and I hope she may show up in the MU.

In saying all that, I really like the show. The lead actress isnt always the most captivating but that may be a function of her Vulcan upbringing. Her diction is also a little off putting especially when she pronounces the word Good! See if you notice next time.

But there is some great chemistry among the ensemble which I think comes through. There has been some comic relief although not to the extent expected on Star Trek. We also don't have the typical outsiders story from what I can gather: Spock, Worf, Data, 7 of , Odo etc... which goes to the human condition or explores what it means to be alive. I am guessing that Tyler may serve this purpose (i.e. a superimposed synthetic personality) but he is going to need an incredible redemption arc to achieve that feat. Does that have legs to run as a story? Possibly.

I would have to agree with Karl Zimmerman, Trek is characterised by essential theatre style interplay. What with the special effects we haven't seen that happen. I hope as the series settles down perhaps in the second season we get to see the cast showing off their acting chops in low tech high drama epsiodes.
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Tue, Mar 7, 2017, 7:22am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Coming to this one some many years later. I keep seeing huge objections to Avery Brook's acting and a fellow trekkie I know IRL also says this. I disagree. For the most part, avoiding the pips and squeaks, he comes across as very down to earth and believable as a person in space as opposed to an idea about a person in space.

For me DS9 does hold its own against the other shows and certainly takes things in a completely different direction than went before. With its preoccupation with civil rights and totalitarianism, it is a 90s show that is, if nothing else, prescient.
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