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Eric in RI
Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 7:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

Just rewatched this episode moments ago. The entire augment story could have been derailed if Malcolm had just stunned Malik and Archer together.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 9:46am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Booming
Right. My point is, the term "time crystals" exist in the real world and it is not necessarily science fiction.

Time crystals in star trek fiction:
From memory-alpha://A time crystal (or poH qut in Klingonese) was a rare mineral with a non-equilibrium matter state. Time crystals could be identified by their orthogonal indices. To Klingons, at least those outside of Boreth, time crystals were a myth, a symbol of Kahless, and the namesake of Qo'noS. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad", "Through the Valley of Shadows") By the mid-23rd century, the Vulcan Academy taught its students about time crystals. No Federation-aligned species had been able to stabilize them as the decay rate of the lattice was too unpredictable, and it was thought that any technology based on time crystals must have been perfected by a four-dimensional race. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad") Nonetheless, time crystals were encountered a number of times.//

Just like the Orb of Time etc, it is fictional. Just like Warp Drive is fictional, but Alcubierre found a solution that can allow for warping space. And as you mentioned, the mycelial network is fiction but it has real significance on Earth. Obviously this is fiction but it has "borrowed" some terms from real physics.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:43am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"Ryn, Book, Adira, Grey, Admiral [Vance], have been great additions to the cast."

Basically, we know more about these characters that are NOT the original crew of Discovery! What does that tell you about the writers?
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"Why is the focus always on Burnham?"

There is NO problem with this. But if you are going to put a crew with a main cast, show something about the main cast...
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

For example, who is Rhys? What does he do in his spare time? What is he good at?
We learn Owosekun can hold her breath... what else do we know about her?
Bryce? What is his history? It is not in my mind, it is not notable or note-worthy.
We know a lot about Stamets, Adira, Saru, Michael... which is fair enough. But where are the characterizations or Rhys, Bryce or Owosekun? We do learn bits about them but it is not enough... I feel anyway. Even a scene about what they do in their spare time. All we see is in the "mess hall".

Compare with Voyager, we know about Tom Paris Maquis history and as a "criminal" - he can play billiards. I remember Faces in Voyager and explored Torres Klingon-ness... Kim - he can play the clarinet. Kes's journey... Chakotay's spiritual journey, though we lost that later on (LOL) Tuvok was more gradual...
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:04am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

LINKS to "time crystals" in this comment

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v5/116
Here is a link about time crystals.
Quote: //Alfred Shapere at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Frank Wilczek at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge [2], provide the theoretical demonstration that classical time crystals can exist and, in a separate paper, Wilczek [3] extends these ideas to quantum time crystals. Tongcang Li at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues [4] propose an experimental realization of quantum time crystals with cold ions trapped in a cylindrical potential.//

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-crystals-interacting.html

//Time crystals are different from a standard crystal—like metals or rocks—which is composed of atoms arranged in a regularly repeating pattern in space. First theorized in 2012 by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek and identified in 2016, time crystals exhibit the bizarre property of being in constant, repeating motion in time despite no external input. Their atoms are constantly oscillating, spinning, or moving first in one direction, and then the other.//
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 7:57am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

I actually like Michael. It's just that there is no exploration of other characters in Discovery. I know basically nothing about many of the "main" cast.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 7:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"time crystals" actually exist
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 11:17am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Oh and spoilers again... of course...
They "showed" us Ni'Var possibly re-joining the Federation again... because of no Osyraa... Surely there will be a power struggle now... It feels like everything was rushed... Yep, so the burn was explained because of Su'Kal. Will they expand on this new stellar propulsion the Ni'Var was working on? Now that they have worked out the cause and Su'Kal is safely on Kaminar. Su'Kal needs to make amends. Of course, it was not his choice, but these have consequences. Will he stay away from dilithium? They really need to expand on other characters. Yeah we know Michael is the main character, but DS9, Voyager, TNG all expanded on other characters...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Yeah I was confused.
The turbolifts going horizontally and vertically. All good visually. But was that inside discovery? Was that inside the Headquarters of the Federation? Maybe it was clear but I did not find that clear. Only because afterward, when Michael was fighting Osyraa, they ended up somewhere similar to where Vance was...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Obviously spoilers ahead...
First thoughts...

It was ok... meh. Not good. Not terrible. Ok.
The new uniforms look good, but I prefer the older one.
Saru had better be on the bridge/captain next season
Did they have to kill Osyraa? I know she was an awful antagonist, but at least make her stick around... Glad it was not deus ex machina ending... of course Michael saves the day and not the DOTs.
They kinda explained the Su'Kal phenomenon but I was not convinced...
What happened to the music? Resonance frequency? They did not explain that! So many unanswered questions. Maybe I missed the explanation...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

And that scientist... yeah it feels like there will be an uprising
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

It was definitely more tense than last week. This felt like a Borg Voyager episode and I liked that, but it feels like nutrek which I am still getting used to.
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

I liked the ending of this episode by it's too fantastic... too fantasy like but it's good. Sphere data is helping out. I liked the admiral. Where did stamets go?
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 25, 2020, 8:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I meant making dilithium inert.
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 25, 2020, 8:13am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

And people forget the caretaker in Voyager... the idea that child kelpian destroying all dilithium isn't far fetched... though I suspect there is another reason though
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 3:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

Why has Saru been emotionally compromised to such an extent? It's understandable though. It's like Basics in Voyager. Will we see Kaminar soon?
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 2:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

Reno is under utilised. Just to make one comment? There had better be more next episode. Could there be a mole on Discovery?
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 2:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I thought it was exciting this episode. Because it's unclear and that makes it a mystery. We need to work out why there's a musical melody. Who is the kelpian? How did he cause the burn? May need to watch a 2nd time.
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 6:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

The toasting at the end?
I think finally now that MU Philippa is "dead", or gone, now it's both of them gone. They still have memories of the Prime Philippa, remember she died and now this one has "died" as well...
And no, the toasting was not unusual.
They share some things in common...

I think it's the direction. Some of us care about Georgiou now...
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Eric S
Wed, Dec 16, 2020, 9:28am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

I watched this episode on Netflix 2 months ago.... I cannot stop having detailed dreams about The Spectre. I have an extremely strong urge when I wake up to find/have/wear the costume. It has become an obsession controlling all parts of my life. Does anyone have any information about where the prop may have ended up? Money is no issue.
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Diederick
Mon, Dec 14, 2020, 8:30am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 15: The Believer

When the seismic charge went off, I said to my wife: right. Yes. In an atmosphere, they do make sense.

We very much enjoyed this.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 7:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

I was just looking at scenes from the Prime Captain Georgiou in season 1. You can see her acting is much better there. It is directors and the writers who are making Emperor or Empress Georgiou look like a moustache curling villain, too cartoonish and out of place...
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 7:36am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

Well, the acting is better here, by MY who plays Georgiou.
She is much comfortable here.
The story isn't moving forwards
And I am not getting the sense of this "cure".
Will she go back to the Prime Universe?
Will she stay in the MU?
Saru is distracted...
Enterprise did a two parter
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 3:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

Action is fine, but this is too much... too much action. This is not a movie... it is a tv show...
It is good that her actions has consequences and now that she is demoted she has to earn herself back up again...
"Michael's obsession about the Burn makes absolutely no sense."
From the storyline, it makes sense. She was trapped for a year and she wanted to know what happened. She wanted to look for Discovery for a year but she did not find anything... Dilithium is a rare material...

Georgiou has something to do now. More to do and it is better. Better than previous portrayal of her character.
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