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Henson
Sat, Dec 19, 2020, 8:10am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

@Booming

Are you sure it wasn't Luuke?
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Henson
Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 11:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 15: The Believer

I'm only following casually, only watching clips, but Bill Burr feels like such a breath of fresh air: he's an actual character. In comparison, Mando is boring, Cara is boring, Bo Katan is boring, Asohka is boring (which is odd, since I liked her in Rebels), Boba Fett is boring...
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Henson
Mon, Dec 7, 2020, 10:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Artymiss

"I've wondered why some or most Trills aren't just a 'they' usually."

I had always thought that the host personality was the dominant one, and so notions of gender for the host would persist even after the joining. Jadzia does mention in one episode (season 2, I think) that being joined requires a 'strong personality', probably because someone without a strong personality would be overwhelmed by the amalgamation of memories.
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Henson
Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 11:28am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 14: The Tragedy

@Yanks

"but it wasn't epically great like last 'The Jedi' was. "

Man, dyslexia can really change the meaning of that last sentence...
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Henson
Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 8:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Mike C

This is a rather off-topic, but Apu did not have a low-level job, he owned his own business. I don't believe he had a tenuous grasp of American culture either: in one episode, an immigration officer quizzes him "what caused the Civil War", and he goes on to name a litany of socio-cultural phenomena, only for the immigration officer to interrupt with "just say 'Slavery'." Apu is clearly a stereotype, just like everyone on that show, but it's highly suspect whether that stereotype is supposed to be negative.
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Henson
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@AdmiralKirk

Well, perhaps you could elaborate: in what way did you feel this episode repudiates what past Trek series were about?
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Henson
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 11:39am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Chrome

...T'Rina? Her name is T'Rina?

Okay, imma just call her President Trina from now on.
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Henson
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 9:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

I'm curious: is Burnham's quest to 'solve the Burn' situation presented more about 'saving the day', or 'uncovering the truth'?
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Henson
Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 11:22am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@Mal

"By the way, those of you keeping PC-points score at home, Alexander was Worf's son, but he as was played by a girl actress"

Okay, so I looked up the information on Alexander Rozhenko, and I find that he was played by four different actors: Jon Paul Steuer, Brian Bonsall, James Sloyan (future Alexander), and Marc Worden, all of whom are male. Not sure where you got your information from.
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Henson
Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 11:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@Booming

"Need more Borne, Bond, Fast and the Furious, Transformer, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X men, Spiderman, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and even the frikking Twillight Saga.
In all these franchises and more the hero is white, male and heterosexual. "

Um...I'm pretty sure there are some female protagonists in that list.
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Henson
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 10:49am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@MidshipmanNorris

The economics of the Federation depend on two factors: (1) the elimination of scarcity for many goods, and probably more importantly (2) a fundamental change in human nature. The idea is that classic economic models no longer hold because the incentives of human nature have been changed, 'evolved'. I, like you, find it terribly unrealistic, but it DOES make sense.

(which is not to say the series doesn't undermine its own fiction in places)
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Henson
Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 2:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@Marco

"less trilled"

Accidental puns!
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Henson
Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

Oh Jesus. If symbionts can bind with non-Trill....does that mean we're going to end up with Trill Burnham?
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Henson
Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 12:02am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Tommy D.

My proposed solution of a throw-away line explaining why Romulans also don't have warp power wouldn't be from any of the Discovery crew, but by someone native to this future time period, for the edification of the audience. But who knows, maybe they've still got plans for this plot point after all. We've still got plenty of episodes to go.
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Henson
Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 11:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Quincy

In 'Timescape', Troi informs everyone that the Romulans use an artificial quantum singularity as their power source. She knows this because she spent several days aboard one, as Picard mentions in that same episode (See: 'Face of the Enemy'). It's safe to assume that this ship is not an experimental one, as the power source is used by more than one ship. Moreover, Troi mentions that 'Romulans use an artificial quantum singularity', and not 'the ship I was on used...', indicating a more common usage rather than a special case.

As far as I can tell, there is no indication regarding what the Romulans used the Reman dilithium mines for. It may well have been used as a regulator in a Romulan power core, or it may not. I have read that one of the Enterprise books indicates that Romulans don't use dilithium for their warp cores, but I cannot verify this.

The short answer is: we don't know. However, given how many people have raised this potential problem, it would have been nice if the show had included a quick line like "even Romulan power cores require some dilithium to work", or something like that. Right now, I can't fault people for suspecting this story point to be handwave-y BS to get us to a 'we're all stranded' situation.
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Henson
Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 12:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@wolfstar

Wait. Let me get this straight. Windows 9 was never released by Microsoft...because it was somehow WORSE than Windows 10? Yikes.

No, my guess is that CBS will release season 3 first, and then make season 2 to explain any of the story problems from season 3 that were never explained. It'll be Star Trek: Picard's Memento.
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Henson
Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 11:27am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi

"Now there's Lower Decks. Discovery Season 3 starts in October. Then ST:Prodigy, Picard S3, The Pike Show, The Section 31 Show... "

Picard Season 3? Did we enter a time vortex sometime in the last few months, or a parallel dimension where Season 2 never exists? Or maybe Data removed all instances of the number 2 when I wasn't looking, to stop the loop! Or course!
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Henson
Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 11:35am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@PM

"...People with poor social skills will probably hate it."

Nerds?
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Henson
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 8:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@wolfstar

"splitting heirs"? What, did we get a royal divorce already?
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Henson
Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 8:49am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@Philadlj

"Picard was changed back from being a SPIDER MAN with a hypospray, for crying out loud! ;) "

I think you mean Barclay, right?
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Henson
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 6:47am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

@Nolan

"Also waiting for Brent Spiner's character to be revealed as an upgraded Lore that's been effimg with everyone. (Woulda been better too)"

Could certainly happen. I believe this Soong did mention being interested in "mind transfer", which would explain his older, more human-like appearance.
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Henson
Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 9:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Um...okay, that's awkward. There's a new poster using my same username on this website now.

Since I've been posting here for a while, could you perhaps choose a new username, (nu)Henson?
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Henson
Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 8:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

Well put, Robert. I personally get tired of people breaking off into camps each week and gnatting back and forth over what is essentially the same product. Live and let live, fellow Trekkers.

As for the episode, I’m still holding out hope that it’s not a Skynet/Reaper scenario. Sutra is intentionally misinterpreting the message. The super synths are not malevolent but Sutra is planning to use them like how Lore used the Crystalline Entity.

I really really hope that the organic vs. machine idea is a misdirect. Because the idea is just too small to be such a big deal in the Trek universe.

We already know that there are godlike aliens in the Trek universe that evolved from “lesser” forms so we know for a fact that organic-synth conflict is not inevitable. Unless the Douwd, Organians, Metrons, Cytherians, etc. just complete anomalies that never developed any AI? And they never bothered to warn any of the less advanced races of the impending synthpocalypse? None of the organics that evolved into energy beings bothered helping other organics avoid it? Were the Organians and Metrons just f’ing with Kirk when they implied that humanity can advance to their level thousands of years in the future?

Not to mention how there are non-godlike organics with extraordinary abilities. The Founders are basically immortal, they can shapeshift, they can survive extreme conditions, they are in many ways far superior to synthetics. There’s also Species 8472, incredibly advanced and uses completely organic technology.

Plus the Federation has already dealt with a super AI with godlike powers, V’Ger. V’Ger was given immense powers by a race of machines. It could easily wipe out entire fleets and planets. But its goal was to find its creator and when it merged with Decker, it achieved a new level of existence.
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Henson
Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 10:59am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

@Dougie

"Gee, I guess it’s a fictional universe, so Anything that’s necessary to get it to a certain story point has happened."

I'm afraid this is a misunderstanding of my original argument. My original point was that you can't automatically transfer the real world into a futuristic setting if the premise of the setting contradicts the real world, or implies otherwise.

The example was that you can't simply assume that capitalist structures will emerge or have emerged in the Federation based on their dominance in our present world, because one of the premises of Star Trek is that the Federation no longer employed capitalist structures. If this is to change in the fiction, it has to be supported in the fiction as well.

On the other hand, there's nothing contradicting your example of technological progress over a short period of time, so that example is much more relevant.
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Henson
Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 8:24am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

@Gerontius

I would argue that, if a fictional universe is to undergo massive changes in a short time period, the fiction needs to adequately explain that change. It's not enough to simply say 'sometimes things change quickly' because that's unsatisfying storytelling for the audience invested in the universe.

(This is the problem I had with The Force Awakens as well: no explanation of how we got to this new (yet oddly familiar...) paradigm of Snoke/First Order/Resistance.)

I presume that, for people who reject this change in ST Picard, they feel that it wasn't adequately explained/justified in the fiction.
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