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GreenBoots_
Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 11:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

@Wesley's pyjamas
I think the idea is that they're breaking apart the glacier so it crumbles on impact. If you're about to slam into a giant slab of ice at a sufficiently high speed, either the ice is going to break, or your ship is going to break. The phasers were meant to ensure that the ice was weak enough that it was the one that broke.
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GreenBoots_
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, 10:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

Damn, things are really heating up in the nerdiest, most inconsequential comment section on the entire internet.
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GreenBoots_
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, 10:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

I think this episode cements the idea that Burnham is by far the worst aspect of Discovery for me. No weepy monologues about vague ephemeral concepts means a solid hour of tension, character beats, and some decent action- a roomful of people with a handful of guns will always be 1000x more intense than a billion space ships pew-pewing at each other in the vacuum of space, no matter how many secondary characters you send careening over the control panels. The guy playing the villain was quite good, I thought, and brought some weight to those scenes they would've otherwise lacked. Not that this episode was perfect, I felt the Stamets-Reno B-plot was pretty perfunctory, some pacing issues, and the needless drudging up of plotlines from season 2 was eyeroll inducing. It's still not what I consider good Star Trek, it's still missing that je ne sais quoi, but between the bar scenes and the crew pulling together to manage a crisis in a way that felt semi-professional, I actually enjoyed this one a decent amount as just an hour of scifi television. 3 stars.
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GreenBoots_
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

Hated the stupid Mega Man blasters, complete with waves of suicidal nameless goons to mow down. Remember when O'Brien had his entire perception of himself shattered after *accidentally* shooting one Cardassian with the phaser set to kill? And now Burnam is just slaughtering people whose LAWS SHE BROKE without a second thought. Couldn't stop rolling my eyes at that one.

Banter between Burnam and Book(?) was decent, but I am not looking forward to their romance considering how godawful Burnam/Tyler, Soji/Nerek, and Rios/Jurati all were. Star Trek does not need romance, especially when it's this superficial.

The concept of the Burn is... well, really fucking stupid. Why not lean on that TNG episode about how warp drive was ripping apart subspace? Instead all the Dilithium just... blew up? And they can't make more? Because...? This really feels like a Picard "one batch of synthetics went rogue so we banned all of them everywhere in the whole galaxy" level of handwaving. But whatever, I guess.

High Burnam was kind of funny. Martin-Green continues to be a really strong actor, and a definite buoy for the otherwise confused and uninteresting character of Michael Burnam.

What in the hell was up with the scene where she called the guy she knew for literally two minutes the realest Star Fleet officer she'd ever met? I know she was happy to meet someone trying to keep the ideals of the Federation alive, but come ON with that.

Overall, it was passable. I do like the idea of rebuilding the Federation from the ground up, but at this point, saying "it's a premise that has some potential" feels like a kiss of death for these shows, so I choose to remain skeptical. I can't shake the feeling the franchise has just been damaged beyond repair at this point, between the Abrams movies and the absolutely stupid worldbuilding decisions in Picard and Discovery.
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GreenBoots_
Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 2:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I thought the first episode was fun. Nothing amazing, but I laughed a couple of times. The crack about the crew's quarters inexplicably being musky, despite the showers being sonic, and the joke about the Klingon stealing the girl's shoes just to be a dick were both pretty funny. I see potential in these characters, though I do wish the pacing wasn't so breakneck. It's an online show, so I don't see the need to cram everything into 26 minutes, and I think the overall episode would be better if it was a bit longer and had more time to breathe.
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