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FELCommentary
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 10:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

My opinion is pretty much the same as the others that have commented so far: no real serious interest in the continuous use of the Spore Drive (thought the whole human experimentation thing would have made them write it out of the show), May is still continuing to be ear gratingly annoying, and a lot of the technology used in the episode was more fantastical than actual sci-fi.

Hugh coming back was just idiotic and the result of really bad season 1 writing. I get the writers are trying to make up for those mistakes from the last season, but it came across in such a ridiculous way.

Pike needs to be waaaaaaaaaaay less lenient with Burnham. This is the second time she's held something back from him, and given her history of - you know - starting an entire war, he should force her to talk or throw her in the brig. But she's has Mary Sue Plot Armor so whatever.

Also Section 31 is the single worst kept secret in all of Star Trek. How do you go from a Starfleet agent secretly working with Section 31 (Sloan and Reed) to people walking around with dark clothing, a black badge and a personalized ship saying "I WORK FOR SECTION 31"?

The high points were the nice little reference to Operation - Annihilate! with Leland and direction. The shaky cam is mostly used for dramatic scenes and the sound mixing is way better than last week.

I also would like to say that I personally think the pacing of the Spock storyline is perfect: remember how rediculously rushed the Klingon War story was, and how after 4 or 5 episodes the Discovery is single handedly winning the war? Yeah let's not do that again. They're pacing it out very well with filler episodes, character building and the half a million subplots the season has.

2 stars is a good rating for this episode, it's a mediocre part-2/subplot episode that suffers the same mistakes and drooling writing style of Point of Light. But next week's trailer looks extremely promising.
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Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 10:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

While season 1 was an absolute failure of a season-wide story with minor filler - I'd call it classic Trek - episodes, and last week's episode being a fat stinker, this episode brought the Season 2 steam train back in full force.

I feel like Discovery is starting to figure out some of the unique ways they can tell classic Trek stories and events, like the universal translator bugging out and everyone was speaking different languages. A very cool way to showcase what would originally have been a line of dialogue in an older series.

Branching off of what I said earlier, this is also the classic "holy crap the ship is about to explode" episode style of Trek with a hopeful resolution involving a desecrated and dying alien species we've never seen. It's death parallels very well with Saru's ideology and reason for being in Starfleet, as he thought his legacy was going to die and be continued by Michael, but it is only the next chapter.

Speaking of, fantastic performances by Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Mary Wiseman again. And what's that? SMG actually emoting? Well I'll be damned. Although it was kinda hard to get through with the r/iamverysmart dialogue: did she really have to say "is it truly inevitable?" "Is this really the end" would have worked fine.

My only other big gripe is Jet Reno's character. Yay, another sarcastic asshole on Discovery. Because we didn't have enough of them in season 1. Her back and forth with Stamets was entertaining to a point though, and much like in the older Trek series, Stamets bringing up Earth's pollution problem highlights humanitarian issues we suffer with today. I'm sure the hardcore older fans will see this as nothing more than "SJW" pandering because we're in an era where we're so scared to hear that sometimes we suck.

Also while the camera work was farrrrrrrr better than the last two episodes (a note to this episode's director) the audio mixing was a little wonky. Some scenes with yelling or explosions were really loud when my volume was perfectly default with the regular back and forth talking.

3.5 stars for An Obol to Charon, and my favorite episode of Discovery, next to New Eden and Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad. Let's hope the show continues its slow burning Spock story that isn't jumping the gun like Season 1's Klingon War.
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Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 10:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Point of Light

Once again, Discovery shows to me that they can't tell a Klingon story that isn't off-the-walls ridiculous and ignorant of canon. The D7 and the hair line were great, but the consistent idea of this badass honorable warrior race reducing to Game of Thrones style betrayal and treachery. Also that line about being called "mother" made my sides cringe into orbit.

The Spock storyline was solid, with more backstory building for both Michael and this show's version of Spock. The more it goes on, the more I wish Michael was an original stand-alone character and had her own brother (let's call him Jock). If Jock was a regular Human who was a Commander of a legendary ship that started losing it and supposedly murdering doctors, it would be less head scratching as to how such a gentle and loveable character like Spock ended up this way. I'm sure it's all going to lead up to some sort of redemption/reconstruction of DSC's Spock to the TOS Spock, but I'm getting pretty tired of edge-lord door-slamming Spock.

The Tilly storyline was my favorite, with some pretty good acting from Mary Wiseman. This seems to be a storyline that's going to span across the season for her, which is great, if it didn't coincide with two other storylines this episode. Which brings me to my biggest problem: this episode felt more like having 3 B-list plots and not an A/B plot. This is the problem with the whole "let's make Star Trek: Discovery a serialized show", because you're going to have a bunch of plot points at the same time early on and they all get bogged down from it because Trek doesn't fit that nature. DS9 did it well in their 6/7th season because it was the 6/7th season and everyone/everything was developed.

Also please fire that director for this episode: the camera angles and motion genuinely made me feel nauseous. Whatever happened to a simple panning of a room introduction or shot/reverse shot conversation? Hold the goddamn camera still.

2 stars for Point of Light: disappointing coming off of probably the best episode of the show, but understandable that serialized shows like this will have slow stinker episodes.
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Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 9:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

Discovery's second season knocks it out of the park again with another good episode. For me it focused a lot on the characters and their likability.

*I already loved Saru, but his mentoring was great to see.

*Captain Pike's headstrong protection of the Prime Directive and the way he fixed everything in the end was very Picard-like. It's gonna be real sad when we eventually see how he gets that injury and how he's in the chair in TOS, cause I'm sure Discovery will show it in all TV-MA detail.

*Owosekun and Detmer actually having more than 2 lines of dialogue was good, and shows the writers are trying to make their promise on developing the bridge crew. I kind of wish Owosekun actually had a conversation rather than "i'm going to do this and that".

*Tilly still bounces on the fence of "hecking adorable" and "annoying as shit" for me, but she was more so adorable this episode.

The pacing is also infinitely better this season with the season-wide story unlike the Klingon War from last season. The way the Red Angel coincides with the episode missions is pretty nice, and makes me excited to see the other 5 spots.

My bigger gripes were the ending scene and - funny enough - the direction. Pike goes on about how he can't interfere with the development of this community, then immediately turns around and gives Jacob a battery charger. A little contradictory, don't you think? It also makes me wonder how the Prime Directive works in the sense of a pre-warp HUMAN society. It's their own people, does it still count?

And the directing: Jonathan Frakes did this? The cameramen must have hammered some Andorian ale before filming because they couldn't hold it still for a second. There were some really awkward cuts and speed-ups with the camera pan, not to mention that really bad upside-down shot of the Discovery before the away party landed - what was that shot supposed to develop in the scene?

3 stars for me, but if I was going on a 1-10, I'd go for a 7.5 or maybe even 8. Good work boys, keep it up.
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Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 8:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Brother

Amazing performance by Anson Mount mixed with some good camera work, side character interaction, episode structure and ACTUAL HUMAN EMOTION. It's starting to feel like Star Trek.

My only grip is i absolutely hate the direction they're going with the edgelord Spock being the key to the Angel.

Overall good episode, 3 stars for me. Keep it up Discovery.
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