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Hugh
Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 7:36pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part I

Insurrection is foolish. Now you’re on the trolley!
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Hugh
Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 8:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S2: Identity, Part I

"Coexistence is impossible" — which, let's face it, is not nearly as good as "Resistance is futile,"

The lawyers are going to have a field day with it, at any rate.
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Hugh
Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 1:29am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

@Mertov

The Borg Queen was fully consistent with the logic of the show's narrative. The Borg wanted to capitalize on what it saw as an advantage of species with the capacity for individuals with independent thought. The appointment of the Borg Queen makes total sense considering the goals and ambitions of the Borg and what we had seen of them in the past.

The flaws within the narrative of DIS so far have gone well beyond a few instances of "continuity problems". At the bare minimum they should make clear the intentions of each character so that suspension of disbelief is at least possible. When we cannot explain the actions or motivations of many of the characters, the writers have failed to get us invested in the story because there is no consistent perspective available from which to experience the events we are witnessing.
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Hugh
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

@wolfstar

While your point about needing to have a basis for criticism is apt, it's still possible to have some opinions on something without experiencing that thing. I don't have to go skydiving to know that I probably won't enjoy it if I'm afraid of heights. I can also speculate on the merits of putting yourself in high adrenaline situations for fun, or talk about the history of skydiving and the reasons for its evolution.

What I'm saying here is that it's possible to participate in commentary here without having seen the show. Jammer's reviews usually lays out the basics of the plot and if someone wants to pick aspects of it apart, then why not? I don't need to have seen all 9 episodes of Discovery to know that, say, the Klingons look like Orcs from Middle-Earth. There's plenty to say on that topic which isn't dependent on sitting through entire episodes of the show.

Another example, people were talking about the USS Discovery's ship design long before the show aired. No one said to those people that they can't comment until they'd seen the show in full.
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Hugh
Sun, Nov 12, 2017, 5:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

I was interested in watching the Expanse until I learned that it was dark and creepy. It very well might be a great show, but I get enough of that in today's TV and movies - not to mention everyday life.
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Hugh
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 9:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

@Dobber
"Ugh, why does it seem like every sci-fi show inevitably plays sexual assault for laughs?"
Maybe because you have some weird ideas about what sexual assault is? There wasn't any shown in this episode.
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Nick Hughes
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 4:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Kirk does not violate the Prime Directive in this story. There. I've said it.

As the Enterprise enters the system, it's told by Eminiar VII to go away because it's dangerous to go there. Kirk initially wants to comply and leave. Ambassador Fox orders him, very firmly, to proceed to the planet. So the responsibility of what happens next is firmly on Fox, not Kirk.

Next, Kirk is informed that the Enterprise has been declared a casualty and that the crew has to beam down to get disintegrated. That's an act of war. Eminiar VII and Vendikar aren't societies ignorant of space faring races, they are aware of The Federation and have previously destroyed other Federation vessels. Kirk acts to defend himself and his crew, from the threat of an aggressor. The Prime Directive is for the protection of cultures but not those who choose to attack the Federation. However he, like any competent commander, isn't using the weapons and tactics that his opponents want him to. He takes the initiative and protects his crew; his first duty.

Let's not make Kirk the Prime Directive violating maverick villain of the piece here: Anan VII shows himself to be quite devious, manipulative and insensitive to the anguish of others. It's only when he feels his life is threatened that he starts to lose his self control.
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