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Jonathan Hardy
Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 2:18pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

I am doing my own rewatch of TNG, having not seen it since I was a young child, and I think BoBW stands as the episode in which TNG replaces TOS as the bedrock of Star Trek. Before this, there may never have been any other Star Trek shows or movies, and if there were, they could have been set at any time period, but after this, it nailed the 24th century as the true home of Star Trek.

With that said, I would have written part II and resolved the problem differently. When the Enterprise fires its secret weapon, it would have worked, or at least started to. It would have began ripping slowly through the cube. The Borg's response would have been retreat. Instead of using Picard's knowledge of the plan to completely defend against it, we say they were unable to, but knowing it would destroy them they were prepared to run away. The Enterprise would still be unable to give chase, but it resolves the problem of why not just destroy/assimilate the Enterprise?

Next, the battle of Wolf 359 would still be a crushing Borg victory; however, the cube wouldn't be seemingly impervious, rather it would take yet more damage, and when we see it approaching Earth it would be very clearly damaged. I think this would lessen the bump between this battle and First Contact. I much prefer the idea that the Borg are merely incredibly strong, than entirely invulnerable here.

So then, when the Enterprise goes to rescue Picard, it makes sense they are more vulnerable and less able to manhandle the Enterprise and the shuttle could fly in through a damaged section. Then later, the "sleep" command doesn't put the cube into autodestruct; rather, it allows an away team to beam aboard. Guided by Picard's knowledge they could plant explosives on a key system, like a warp core or something and get away while Picard and Data keep them asleep and prevent them from deactivating the bombs.

There's probably some other plot hole this would create, or I didn't think of, and it's only small minutia that keeps this from being perfect, and even still, in its current state, it's the peak of Star Trek so far. I'd say it's also peak Borg. Later Borg are ruined by the humanity of the Queen.
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Hardy
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 6:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

Science fiction by it's definition requires the viewer to suspend their belief. Many actions of powerful beings, futuristic science, or unusual phenomenon conflict with Einstein's theory. Good writing ADDRESS those issues. The closer an object approach a black hole, the greater the speed and power (energy) they would need to escape that massive or near infinite gravity from its collapsed object.

As the embattled crew was finding the perfect "viewing" parking spot, my offense of physics logic was there wasn't an attempt of a MacGuffin. An event horizon of a black hole is the most awe inspiring spacetime effect in our galaxy. I was hoping for a sentence of dialogue to address any physics (for those interested in that "science thingy"). Also, to expect the C̶y̶l̶o̶n̶s̶ Kaylons would have human emotions like experiencing the trepidation of pursuit, boredom, or assuming their deaths was darn lucky for the "broken mirror" crew.

To clarify a person's previous comment, because mass causes gravity, and gravity causes orbits, the spiral galactic orbital paths of all objects in the galaxy are in orbit around the center of the TOTAL MASS OF THE GALAXY, and not the mass of the black hole that happens to be at the center. If "The Q" were to remove the black holes, (with exception of nearby celestial objects now having an adjusted gravitational effect), the gravitational pull of the spiral galaxy wouldn't change.

My previous review of 3.5 was based on storyline, entertainment, design sets, direction, and the outstanding VFX effects. The Orville has potential.
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Hardy
Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 7:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

At at age 8, my brokenhearted parents let me argue for 38 minutes the plotholes of their favorite annual movie "It's A Wonderful Life." There is a certain hubris in thinking if Kelly wasn't alive or said "no" to a second date, Earth (and the universe) would be under complete control from a Kaylon biological cleansing. And Isaac is beloved by more people on the Orville than the Finn family. That being said, from the opening scene on Sarin IV to a smiling Kelly at the end, this episode was a joy to watch. The fantastic VFX of the ice caverns, the asteroid field, the shuttlecraft Pacific Ocean decent, and the Orville 7 mile underwater liftoff (and its later destruction) was breathtaking. I liked this "broken mirror" universe, and was thinking how I wanted a ST:DS9 type war episode arc. The plight of this crew also revealed an easy chemistry and camaraderie that working on the sterile and spacious Orville sometimes don't allow. Having John LaMarr as the conduit and science expert for their "war road trip, scavenger hunt" was smart. Yaphit's homage to SW:ROTJ was entertaining. The beautiful and loyal Alara Kitan who later die in glorious battle was a nice surprise. Underutilized characters who boldly step up in a crisis can expand The Orville universe. Sci-fi nitpicks are often annoying, and this episode had several. But to believe a space craft can enter an event horizon of a black hole, remain intact throughout, and "see" any escaped light was a major offense to my junior high physics. Was there unnecessary musical distraction in places that required a softer score or silence? What made this episode good was that it relies on winning the battle in a lost Kaylon war by obtaining beta-secretase protein AND locating the Orville in order to reset time. This is 48 minutes of wonderful storytelling with awesome visual effects. The Orville (with their multiple sets and VFX imagery) decided to hold back nothing in their Endgame finale. I can only hope they are rewarded before their time runs out. 3.5/4.
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Hardy
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 8:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

The Orville can be frustrating when there are better stories to provide its loyal fans than this penultimate episode. Unlike the exceptional ST:TNG "Second Chances", this idea of "past Kelly" and Ed pursuing a relationship from their seven year time differential (or alternate) perspective isn't well written or compelling. There was ...wait for it..."Family Guy" club humor meant to infer the age incompatibility of their new relationship juxaposed with *insert anybody* exaggerated enjoyment. Our life is the direct result of choices from ourselves and others, and like ST:TNG "Tapestry", it also involves timing and luck. Obtaining our materialistic goals (as "past Kelly" wants), don't guarantee future happiness. Despite Adrianne Palicki's good nuanced acting perfomance, I couldn't stop thinking why should I care about this "will they or won't" cliché trope, when The Orville refuse to delve into their minor ship characters? Perhaps the boldly entertaining ST: TNG "Parallels" will inspire a time paradox finale from "past Kelly" denying Ed a second date that will PERMANENTLY affect The Orville. Kelly said with certainty, "I know how this turns out". In my opinion, fan fiction scripts like "Tomorrow..." can only end in cancellation of a series never reaching its full potential. 2/4
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Hardy
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 1:29am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

This episode was long overdue. In Moclan society that practice genocide on females via gender surgery, a clandestine, resistance clan would be logical. When Frakes directed the similar peripheral plot Insurrection 20 years ago, he made that film a comedy. It didn't have these enormous, serious stakes presented to the Union. Are we defined by our values, or do we compromise them to suit our interests? And like Rush's "Free Will", the Union choosing not to decide is still making a choice for THEIR society. What makes this episode great is the Union and Moclans NEED this bandaid solution knowing this "Islands in the Stream" alliance is destined to fail. This episode is simply the best of Orville. "Two Takes" Frakes' pacing, CGI battle scenes, and expert direction of his All-Star cast had me stunned. My only nitpick is not knowing which Moclan society will first decide to break their non-aggression pact. 4/4.
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