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Ian
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 10:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

"•A wounded Romulan spits acid/blood/something that disintegrates Dahj and causes a phaser to overload and blow up real good. Explanations, please. (I'm willing to wait, but I want them.)"

I didn't quite catch that. I thought he coughed up some acid (like Alien) and got some of it on Dahj which made her disintegrate. I thought she exploded but it was a phaser overload?

Lot of questions at this point for sure.
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Brian
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 3:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

19 producers in the opening credits. I am 99% sure the payoff you all are wishing for, will not happen.
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Brian Roelofs
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 9:16am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Just here to comment that the Borg may feature heavily in this series and during the poker game Data laid down five QUEENS.
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Brian
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 12:12am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

You know what? I hated it. I hate Kelvin Trek. I hate Kurtzman Trek. And now I hate Picard too. I just fundamentally do...not...like what this group of people create. I knew the moment I saw trailers for Picard, that I would hate the show, because it is essentially the same people making the same show except with Picard in it. I thought the pilot contained the same ridiculous sort of modernist attempts at story-telling that failed abysmally in Discovery and a myriad of other TV shows. It is a sad commentary on our demographic that they believe we need kung-fu sword-fighting robots to stay subscribed. It feels like it was designed and written by committee. How many producers were credited in the opening? Must have been 15 at least. I think for an average sci-fi show it's passable. For a Star Trek show, it's embarassing. Really struck me as a blatant cash-grab spin off show, at the expense of a once beloved character. It takes zero risks and plays exactly into the waiting mouths of rabid fans who will fawn over anything with the Trek name on it. If this drek were released under any other name it would run one season and be forgotten. Star Trek is really being crushed under its own weight.

I'm guessing this is how it'll all play out:
- Picard will have an insanely contrived rise to prominence and very quickly he'll be back in ye old captains chair saying "engage" a lot.
- there will be many space battles and kung-fu scenes with much CGI spam
- there will be a handful of messily written character arcs we are supposed to "identify" with.
- the music and visuals will tell us exactly what to feel and when, because none of it will feel earned.
- the season will come to an unexpected and contrived cliffhanger ending which virtually necessitates that you stay subscribed to All Access and watch season 2.

I trust these people to give us a unique take on the man-vs-machine dynamic about as much as I trust my 3 year old to take the trash out on tuesday night.
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Ian
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 1:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

@Rath: "I'm curious as to why exactly Picard woke up on his own couch after the explosion, rather than in a hospital bed facing questions from Federation Security"

Same here! That didn't make much sense to me either. Did Picard pick himself up and just stumble his way back home via one of those public transporter pads (whatever they call them) and just go back home?
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Ian
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 1:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Wouldn't mind seeing Bruce Maddox again at some point again. Wouldn't it be something if he turns out be the person who is able to bring back Data or Dahj in some manner?

@Rath: I was thinking Dahj was Lal. As for Lore, I guess anything is possible. But they would have the same de-aging issues if they attempted to have Spiner play that character. Unless Lore returns in some other form not even looking like he did before.
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Julian
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 8:34am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

As for me, I loved it! One question: is this the first time we ever hear Jean-Luc Picard actually speak French?
Looking forward to episode two...
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Ian
Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 1:28am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Just watched ""Remembrance" and I generally liked what I saw. This was very much a set-up episode as there are still other characters we have yet to meet. It's just a kick to see Picard again but kind of sad to see out of Starfleet, "waiting to die" as he put it.

Just a few quick thoughts:

1) Wonderful to see the Enterprise D again, if only briefly and in a dream.
2) The opening credits and theme music were disappointing. I wasn't expecting the Jerry Goldsmith theme but it's nothing memorable. I was hoping for something that would stand out and that would bridge the gap between the TNG and this series.
3) Loved seeing Data again. He looks a lot better but there's only so much you can do with CGI. Brent Spiner is 70 years old. Besides, its Picard having a dream about someone he hasn't seen in years so does it really matter how Data appears now?
4)Maybe I'm missing something here but why wouldn't Starfleet and/or the Federation want to help the Romulans? What better way to help end decades of conflict and distrust? Maybe this will be explained later but what happened to the alliance between the Federation, the Klingons and the Romulans at the end of the Dominion War?
5)Picard didn't bother to ask Dahj what her name was until hours later after sunset?
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Carbetarian
Mon, Jan 13, 2020, 6:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

@chess I think that’s a nice way to spend the remaining time you have together, and honestly it’s a request I would probably make of my family if I was dying too. When I was badly hurt in a car accident and needed to get multiple MRIs, I used to close my eyes and pretend I was in engineering when it got scary. These last few years have been difficult for a lot of people, but Trek is something that I think brings folks together and gives us some much needed optimism about our future as a society. I really hope you guys enjoy your rewatch and cherish your bond. May your brother find as much peace as possible throughout his illness, and god bless.

As for generations, it’s been years since I saw this movie. But I will always remember the “time is the fire in which we burn” line, which is already much more than I want to remember about Nemesis. So, I would say this movie was ok. Not the best of the Treks, but also not the worst! I enjoyed seeing Guinan in it. The Nexus stuff was poorly executed, but hey... I’ll still take a Kirk and Picard movie, even if it wasn’t that great.
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A Historian
Sun, Dec 29, 2019, 8:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Well, idk. Disco and the Red Angel go 930 years into the future. There, Burnham is allegedly being told that "they have been waiting for her, that she is our last hope".
Just imagine, someone from the 1090s A.D. came to us. We couldn't even communicate properly, they don't know many contemporary words, no technology, earth is flat and did the (first) crusade ever succeed? It's pretty silly when you think about it.
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Sebastian
Thu, Dec 19, 2019, 5:38am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Overlooked in the review and comments:

If people disappear when crossing timezones on the ship, what does that mean for Naomi and Itcheb - that they stayed in their time/ship zone for 17-25 years and are where by now?
Not a single question from Chakotay to the future crew who says they are analysing the still persistent time shift phenomenon (presumably for several years) nor enlisting their help. No care in the world for them as people (hi and bye). No care from Itcheb and Naomi that Janeway and Chakotay are alive again, no cate what they do next, what might happen to any of them.

Minor ridiculous scene: Don't get in my way or I will poison Janeway with the injection you just saw me already administering to her. And now, only seconds after administering it, I take her through the time barrier trusting the stuff has made the changes in her already so she will not vanish into nothing.
Then, having just crossed, Chakotay and Janeway can now conveniently see what happens in timeline they just left when before that was not the case nor will it be again while they move through the ship.

I am sorry but always when the people who write a script and all people involved in filming it don't take care of the flaws and moon-sized plot holes that are apparent to watchers the moment they see it, that is just very sloppy work. A script can be good or bad and a matter of opinion. But not being able to or not caring to make the inner workings of your own story and character choices the least bit plausible makes for the worst kind of professional story tellers in my opinion - possibly only exceeded by those not able to tell any story at all.

You can entertain with less but you don't need to be a professional writer to do it.
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Ian
Sun, Dec 8, 2019, 6:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Just saw the sad news that René Auberjonois has passed away. Very sad and unexpected. I've been watching a lot of DS9 of late and this feels like such a loss.
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Sebastian
Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 6:45am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

Rewatching this in 2019 makes me hope the new show Picard will not fall victim to the same biggest two problems of ST:

1) Lack of plausible Federation security measures and combat skills (it would only be half as ridiculous if we were not constantly reminded of the quality of security teams and Academy combat training)

2) Using all their resources at hand to choose the most logical and easiest solution to a problem (instead of constantly forgetting they have better options in store).
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Sebastian
Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 5:57am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

The main plot lives off the idea that a 20th century guy/hippie can reconstruct 29th century technology superior to 24th century technology within the confines of the 20th SL century. Just by examining the ship, he (alone or with an invisible army of scientists), Over the course of 1-2 decades, can build transporter tech, force fields, scanning jammers, hack into Voyager from an Earth computer, etc. Why even the best of Starfleet's engineers in the 24th century need years of study to build on 24th century knowledge, this guy learns it all from a crashed 29th century 1-person ship.
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Circusian
Fri, Nov 29, 2019, 2:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

[yawns] Can someone call me when the trolling campaign stops?
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zorblaxian
Wed, Nov 27, 2019, 1:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

The Ansata are seriously underutilizing their tech. They can apparently defeat any physical security and reach any point on the planet, so why do they choose to attack only civilian or weak and marginal military targets until the Enterprise shows up? Why do they teleport humans and not just the bombs themselves? Why didn't they just teleport the bomb into the ship's antimatter storage (or just teleport a pile of bricks there and let physics do the rest?)
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Ian
Sun, Nov 17, 2019, 1:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Romantic comedy is so hard to do right, so everyone involved in this episode deserves extra plaudits for pulling it off so well. Most Trek stabs at romance fall flat, but DS9's "His Way" and this exploration of unrequited love by way of Pygmalion are quite special to this day.
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Ian
Sun, Nov 17, 2019, 1:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Bride of Chaotica!

Nah, the episode is fun. I do wish the crux of the story about Voyager being trapped and ultra-serious photonic aliens going to war wasn't so stilted and full of technobabble, but the rest of the proceedings are a blast. It's a joy to see the cast loosen up and get to play up the camp, and the love put into the production design is infectious. Give me Captain Proton cheese over season 3's Club Med or the offensive and cloying Fair Haven any day of the week.
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Brian S
Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 4:18am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

This episode makes me cringe so hard. From the hammed up awful acting of actors playing Watters, Shepard and especially Peldon, to the directorial choices of Vejar such as showing the console screens PROJECTING on to the cadet's faces (wtf) - I felt bad for all involved.
Every once in a while when I do a series rewatch, I approach this one thinking "ok it can't be THAT bad". Mistake.
Then I promise myself I'll never watch it again.
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Circasian
Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 8:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Accidentally or otherwise, this seems to be about the flamebaitiest episode of Star Trek. The Internet Tough Guys (tm) come out in force for this one! Which is fascinating in its own right, and not, I think, to the episode's credit.
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Circusian
Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 9:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

Well, that sure contributed a lot! And responding to a ten month old post at that!
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Brian Lear
Tue, Oct 15, 2019, 3:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Imagine there are two patients, both in need of a heart transplant to live. One of them has a lethal disease that will kill him in just a couple years. The other patient does not have the disease and will likely gain decades of quality life years with the new heart. There is only one heart available. Which patient should get it?

This episode initially asks us to judge the relative utility of saving a race that will eventually die out anyway, versus doing nothing. It then seamlessly transitions to asking us to consider the larger question of whether we should even be concerning ourselves with the first question in the first place. And I think that's where a lot of people fell off the train. The first question wasn't really answered. But the second question was. They decided not to answer the first question, because they couldn't. Not that time, not that place.

That non-answer is what really threw people off this episode. But I urge those of you in that category to reconsider. My enjoyment of this episode does not hinge on the decisions made. If it does for you, I suspect you are too close to the material, and not seeing the big picture. Take a few steps back and re-watch it. Try not caring whether they answer the question or not, and just enjoy watching them wrestle with it. It's the journey people, not the destination.
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Brian Lear
Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 3:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Terra Nova

Disagree, I thought this was a good episode. Your vision for what "could have been" on Terra Nova, is definitely the more predictable scenario. I like how they didn't go that direction. They did something different, and, while it didn't succeed wildly, at least it made me sit up and think. The idea of an isolated colony of humans converted to subterranean life after a natural disaster is a good one. I would have liked to see a thriving and complex society down there too, it would be fun. But I think the more realistic scenario is the one we got. Humans completely isolated on a planet with few supplies and forced underground. Do you really think they would have come up with the type of underground society we saw in the caretaker, in just a couple generations? Those types of societies take thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years to evolve.

I do agree that the novans should have gotten better dialogue.
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BRiAN
Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 9:53am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Emperor's New Cloak

Really strange to focus on Ezri so much. I actually quite like her but shes being over used in this final season. Also Im sorry but I totally can't buy her acting turn as a "badass". We also simply haven't seen her on the show enough to care about an "alternate" version.

Really strange episode that dips into Discovery or Nemesis territory of badness.... simply on the basis of how lazy the writing became about hoping between the different universes. Its boring and lazy and starts to destroy the fabric of the setting and the show.
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BRiAN
Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 9:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Wierd and boring episode. I actually quite like Ezri and I think its an interesting solution for Jadzia actress quitting. This backstory for her makes no sense though. Her whole character is that of someone overwhelmed with the depth of experience suddenly granted to her. To have her be the trust fund kid of a mining mega corporation makes no sense to me.

Also to make this a sequel to the really good Obriend film noir ep is just bizzare and the episode cant seem to figure out whether to focus on Ezri or OBriend. Also... it does a terrible job of being a sequel or making any sesne unless you remember the intricate details of the previous episode. The woman that was murdered in the episode doesnt even appear and its frankly strange OBrien cares to this degree about this woman when his own marriage is clearly on the rocks all the time.
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