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Geekgarious
Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 4:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Peter G
My very first exposure to Star Wars was a book called Jedi Search. It was actually a book on tape and featured music and sound effects. As a six-year-old it was good enough to get me interested in the franchise. I reread the real book before The Force Awakens came out… Yeah, a six-year-old would pretty much be the target audience. And look who wrote it.
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Geekgarious
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 1:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

@Sean Hagins, you've hit the nail on the head concerning the total lack of regard for character motivation in these films. The same goes for the use of Leia in Rogue One as compared to the story told in the radio dramas. In the latter, it was established that Vader suspected that she was helping the alliance since he kept finding the Tantive IV at planets with rebel activity but he couldn't prove it. Hence the "You weren't on any mercy mission this time" line. Same goes for the sloppily recreated death scene in Into Darkness. It brings to mind the writing in X-Men The Last Stand as compared to the story in the comics.

Enjoyed reading your review, Jammer. However calling Kathleen Kennedy one of the most grizzled Star Wars veterans in the game really isn't correct. She's a grizzled veteran in Spielberg circles but hadn't worked on SW prior to the Disney buyout. That's not an inherently bad thing as I was excited in 2012, but it's become obvious that there's not going to be any worldbuilding or sense of wonder in these films.

*watches The Wrath of Khan and listens to the SW radio drama*
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Vee Gee Boo
Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 12:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

Couple of terribly awful good puns:

“You’re a droid, and I’m a noid.”
— Guinan to Data

“Take my Worf, please.”
— Data
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Geekgarious
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

A year or so ago I was at least a little excited for discovery. Now I am not at all. There is just no one who cares about the spirit of this franchise involved creatively anymore. I’ll be checking for comments by people whose reviews I generally agree with (like Peter G). If some of them rave about it I’ll give it a shot. Otherwise, no more. I’ve been hoping things will improve ever since the first JJ film and they haven’t.
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Geekgarious
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Saw this at cheap movie night last night. It was about what I expected, quite fun at times but also kind of forgettable. I didn't really buy this version of Han, but the dialogue exchanges and Lando made it worthwhile.

And it looks like this will be the first SW movie to bomb at the box office. It will be interesting to see whether SW turns out to be in the same place Trek was in the late 90s.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solo-may-do-the-impossible-lose-money-for-star-wars/
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Geekgarious
Fri, May 25, 2018, 8:07am (UTC -5)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One was a mess and a slog that added nothing to the saga, so I’m not seeing this in the theater. Based on the comments here, I may give it a viewing when it shows up on streaming services since it seems like an inoffensive, fun enough film. But that doesn’t change the fact that this doesn’t seem like a story that needed to be told, and less is really more when it comes to characters like this.
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Gee
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 12:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Filip
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I couldn't agree more. But here's to hoping this crazy storyline was left over from Fuller's input and things will be different in s2, when maybe the show will be less frantic about creating twists.
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Gee
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 10:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

St:Dsc makes Berman&Bragga look like geniuses who actually did care about canon and understood Roddenberry's vision of the future.
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Gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@KT
"but that the same connective tissue which connects all points in space-time also connects 'life to death'? Wtf?!"

I totally agree. However if they use it to explain the Traveller and Wesley Crusher I'd be okay with it...
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Gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 12:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

On 2nd thoughts maybe FG knew the Federation would have an agent placed in the 22C and just wanted their tech
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gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 12:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

/ TCW SPOILER ALERT /




I know Bragga effectively said that they never concretely worked out the motivations of the various factions of the TCW, and that FG could have been Romulan or Archer himself. But none of these ideas really makes any sense to me so I like to think it is a member of a species who were conquered by Klingon Empire not long before the events of Broken Bow, who is trying to prevent the conquering of his homeworld by destabilising said Empire. FG is not prepared to sacrifice the Federation in order to complete this task though, I guess because, doing that would open big can of worms for the quadrant let alone his people.
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Gee
Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 2:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

Good review by Jammer as always, but I have to disagree with Jammer's dissapoint that Murca "is a broad xenophobic caricature, showing the writers taking the laziest bad-guy route possible."

Had Murca not been like any other Terran I would have been annoyed at the break from cannon.

"They even have him chalk up his random and unlikely universe-crossing and subsequently successful plan as "destiny," making him into a self-professed fate-chosen megalomaniac, which comes across as a scripted way of admitting the plot was so hopelessly contrived that it must be acknowledged as being guided from a higher plane."

This was refreshingly honest of the writers, I like it. I reminds me of VOY's Relativity in that way, where the writers admit their ineptness lead them to use Time as a plot device all too often, giving everyone a headache.

And sometimes, for a time, things do just work out in your favour through sheer luck.
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Gee
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 12:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Chome
"Starfleet doesn't just leave people to die if they have a choice. This was also addressed in this episode."

Sometimes they do e.g. TNG homeward. Picard and crew were tricked into saving the Bralarans
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Gee
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 7:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Rahul
But throwing the dummy out with the pram is behaviour befitting a starfleet captain? Treating a federation official with no respect is acceptable, but expressing distaste at CRIMINALS is not? The official had done nothing wrong and turned out to be right about Klingons poisoning the grain. Landry acted foolhardy/impulsively when Lorca pushed those buttons but it shows her heart was in the right place; she wanted to help so bad she wasn't thinking straight. Why don't you try being chief security during wartime for 8months before deciding Laudry was irredeemable? There are moments in Enterprise, DS9 and Voyager where it is made clear that everyone has their breaking point e.g. Miles OBrain when he was jailed in alien mind prison for what felt like 20yrs to him.
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 10:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Rahul
Have you seen the TOS ep Trails and Tribulations? In it kirk belittles and mocks a federation agricultural chief for requesting more security to protect grains he suspects Klingons might poison. Kirk belittles and mocks him and accuses him of being a useless time waster. Kirk behaved like a bully. Not everyone in the UFP is perfect least not captains.

"PU Landry right off the bat came across as a major league asshole and it was surprising to understand that that Landry was not from the MU. "

PU Landry is an officer dedicated to the chain of command. Georgiou was someone with a very good reputation. How would you feel if you heard that a 1st officer physically assaulted her captain and caused the war? wouldnt you think they were scum?

I'd have prefered PU Landry not to have died and come to appreciate Burnham's good points and forgive Burnham eventually. Mutiny is not a good thing people. And for it to be realised (maybe by Cornwall) that Burnhams actions were due to emotional instabilty due to being raised by Vulcans. She needs therapy not prison?!
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 6:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

Since we're making predictions I think Voq will prevail over Tyler and find a way to revert back to Klingon. You read it here first folks :p
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 2:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Henson who said "True, but then there are also an infinite number of universes where MU Archer and MU Hoshi DON'T exist. So if we stumble into a parallel universe, which group of infinites is more likely?"

That depends how the multiverse is arranged. I like the theory that, the more similar a universe the closer/more accessible it is
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 9:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Peter G
/ You, yourself, just said in another comment that Janeway frequently operates out of desperation to benefit her crew, which automatically means she's not adhering to the spirit of the PD. /

I did not say anything of the sort. I was talking about Chakotay's accusations, the one time (in Scorpion), and that being a possible in-universe reason given for what some people describe as 'Janeways inconsistent behaviour".
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 7:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Archer
/"If there is an Archer and Hoshi in the 22nd century MU, life is so different from the PU that there is very unlikely to be the same chain of events leading up to the crew of the Discovery being the same people and names as they are in the PU."/

Let me rephrase my earlier answer; There was an Archer and Hoshi in the 22nd century MU, and life is different only in that the nature of Terrains are 'a mirror' of that of PU Humans. So why can't there be a Hoshi and Archer in 22C MU and then a Burham and Georgiou a few generations later, in both universes?

And don't say that's unlikely, because in a multiverse of infinite universes, there are also infinite universes where an MU Archer and an MU Hoshi exists (remember that infinity*infinity is still infinity).

/"How is it possible? So everyone in the MU is as nice as they are in the PU until the time comes for Hoshi to be born and then the Terran Empire suddenly comes into being and everyone is now mean? It makes no sense."/

Did you miss the references to the Roman Empire? It is obvious the writers want us to believe that the Terran Empire is what would have happened if Rome never fell. I believe it.
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 5:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Archer
"If there is an Archer and Hoshi in the 22nd century MU, life is so different from the PU that there is very unlikely to be the same chain of events leading up to the crew of the Discovery being the same people and names as they are in the PU."

If is different but mirror. So whatever occured in PU that allowed Hoshi to exist also happened in MU but mirror. You talk about this being unlikely but you fail to concider that in a multiverse of infinite universes it is very possible.

also bear in mind that while the terrain empire might be the antithesis of starfleet, this universe does not contain 'a mirror' of all species in the ufp; I'm sure there are many universes out there where the Vulcans never imbraced logic or the Andorians an honour code....
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Gee
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Peter G
@Chrome
@Jason R who said
/As for Scorpion, the entire justification for helping the Borg was BS and Chacotay (and later that alien Arcturas) calls her out on it straight up. Other than one stray telepathic transmission to Kes she had 0 information about 8472 and their goals. Indeed we find out later that the Borg started the war and then later in the series that they are pretty reasonable and not the inplacable fanatics Kes made them out to be. This is precisely why the PD exists - to prevent Starfleet Captains from meddling in things they don't understand!/

Sure but the in universe reasoning given is that Janeway felt that she had to find a way thru borg space at all costs (due to guilt), and wasn't thinking nearly. Really Chakotay should have got a medical profession to relieve her. In any case, as she said in the swarm; "we're a long way from starfleet".

To the people complaining that Janeway inconsistently followed the PD, why do you not accept that sometimes she made emotional and irrational decisions (aka calculated risks) based on desperation to get her crew home? I'm not saying the writers were perfect, I'm no fan of Bragga, but I am curious why you automatically assume the writers messed up instead of accepting that Janeway wasn't always as diplomatic as she could have been when up against species exhibiting seemingly malevolent behaviour?
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Gee
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Peter G
/Don't try to use modern common sense principles to puzzle out what makes sense to you for the Federation to do. They are not us, and are not supposed to be us./
I wasn't, I was going by the admiralty response to decisions made by other captains. The defiant (in dsp9) continued to explore the gemma quadrant despite founders warning them out; the federation will not be intimidated by bullies and the PD doesn't apply because the Kazon/Founders are attacking/hostile powers (who wish to seize control for themselves) with whom diplomacy has failed.

This response just happens to be in line with the British response to that particular situation.
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Gee
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 9:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Archer
/When you think about the MU and the idea of parallel universes in general, how nonsensical is it that there could be a universe like the MU where everyone has the same name and looks the same?/

Well not in the context of the multiverse theory which has been around for nearly a century because there are infinite universes -ones that are completely different from this one where you don't exist to ones that are the same as this one but you eat something different at breakfast today. So if you can imagine infinity it's not hard to include the possibility of a mirror universe.

However in reality many scientists acknowledge that they are probably missing a piece of the puzzle and that there is no such thing as infinity ... but it remains a valid theory
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Gee
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 9:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Sloan
Why are you being facetious? Are you not curious to know more about Section 31? How exactly did they begin? Did they start from within Starfleet or MACO? How have they managed to obtain better tech than Starfleet have? How are they managed and run? Who decides the operatives' missions? How did they get a Romulan senator on their side (when even Spock was betrayed by his contact on the senate)? So many questions left up in the air ...
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Gee
Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Peter G who said /Interfering in their affairs, mind you, is another matter. It's the choosing of winners and losers that's the question here, and she did just that. Strictly speaking the most appropriate action there would have been to send themselves back to the AQ and minimize their interference. Be destroying the array Janeway made herself arbiter in whether the Kazon should or shouldn't be allowed to become more dominant in the region. /

I think you are wrong to interpret Janeway's actions as 'choosing the winners'. The Kazon are not a political entity recognised by the Federation, they are a bunch of aggressive pirates. Janeway didn't have the option of trying to use the array because the Kazon were firing at them, and they were armed to the teeth. The PD is there to protect more vulnerable species and the Federation from unnecessary wars. Janeway did both by making sure powerful tech stayed out of Kazon hands. She upheld the spirit of the PD. Starfleet values officers who don't just blindly follow orders to the letter. The Admiral didn't appreciate Picard's decision not to take down the borg using Hugh. Janeway however is on good terms with those Admirals.
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