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It's me
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 5:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

And so, like Saru, I now sign off from the Star Trek: Burnham show. It's not for me...
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It's me
Fri, Jan 1, 2021, 5:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

Better than I expected. After initially tuning out with the Die Hard Lite rerun, I was pulled in again with the negotiations between Vance and Discount Seska. But that just emphasised exactly what is wrong with this series. So the writers knew that this is where they were heading with the Emerald Chain plot. Great. Then why not dedicate the whole season to it, helping us get to know the Chain, what their motives are, having DISC engage with them over the whole season, across every episode, rather than distract us with the useless mystery box? They only have 13 episodes for heaven's sake.

Still too many unearned WTF whiplash character moments:
• Stamets considering Adira his child after only being with Adira for a couple of months??? Does Adira consider Stamets their parent??? Five or six scenes across a handful of episodes counts as enough screen time to sell this? Really?

• Vance's line "We WANT to join with the Emerald Chain"??? WTF? Just after reading a "Peace Treaty for Dummies" synopsis?

• The only people on DISC trying to retake the starship are the 5 members of the bridge crew. So no-one else is needed to fly Discovery? So it's like TNG Remember Me, when only Picard and Crusher are needed to fly the Enterprise (Picard "We've never needed anyone else before").

• Everyone's reaction to Tilly is just - I have no words. So you can be completely incompetent, so long as you have good intentions??? Reminds me of the Ned Flanders rant after the people of Springfield rebuild his house in the worst way:
Marge: Ned! We meant well, and everyone here tried their best.
Flanders: (to Marge) Well, my family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge! Oh, your family's out of control, but we can't blame you, because you have gooood intentions!

I'm doing my best to erase the unprofessional Stamets rant at the end from my memory...
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It's me
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 4:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

@Paul M, that story points out why, even with the best of intentions, the policing of terms that are now acceptable (or not) to use can so easily lead societies to fall into Orwellian Newspeak. Orwell's fear was about it happening in a totalitarian regime, but liberal democracies are also susceptible to it.

Only through open and honest dialogue based on good faith can ideas be debated, and hopefully bad ideas can be exposed for the problems they possess.

Unfortunately, humans aren't great on assuming good faith in others...
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It's me
Wed, Dec 30, 2020, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I have to say, this is the first episode of Discovery across all three seasons where I finally tuned out as the story progressed. Was it the rubbernecking moment where Burnham questions Saru's ability to remain impartial?

The approach of Discount Seska and the fact that 10 seconds in it was obvious that she would take Discovery?

That a child's tantrum on some strange planet in some strange nebula triggered the Burn? (Why couldn't it have been the final act of the Temporal Wars instead of a mystery box that is so lame that it triggers contempt rather than marvel)?

How about letting acting captain Tilly taking charge of the most important Federation vessel would be a very foolish decision that no character seems even to acknowledge? Again, it triggers contempt in the audience.

I am a fan of progressive elements being woven into a story framework to bring about a more tolerant society. I am NOT a fan of these elements being written so inorganically that they distract from the story, and BECOME the story itself, distracting people who view the episode, and consequently any review of the episode posted on sites such as this one.

In a brainless way, I like DISC. I like the MU stuff, I liked S2, and I enjoyed S3 until it hit this brick wall. I doubt the writers' ability to salvage the season after this trainwreck...
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It's me
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 11:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

@Trent

"characters nonsensically chant "Terra firma!" (Why are they shouting "Dry Land!"?)"

Literally "solid land", in this context, the Latin "Terra Firma" can be translated as "the Earth holds firm" (so the Terran Empire is strong and steady, like solid land).

Though most likely, the writers just liked the way it sounded...
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It's me
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 6:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

Some random thoughts...

1. If Georgoiu has changed the past in the MU, does Lorca now not travel to the PU (my recollection is the he went through only with Michael's death at the hands of the emperor)? Then the whole of S1 and DISC's history is rewritten...

2. It would have been so much better if the Burn was the final act in the Temporal Wars, a parting strike by the losing side to topple the Federation.

3. My approach to the MU is not to view them as EVIL, but rather as a more ruthless culture, inheritor of imperial Rome (which the episode all but shouted to us in the titulature of the emperor). The ancient Romans had attitudes and customs that we now find barbaric, but were considered civilized by them. This episode at least was not as cartoony as previous MU episodes, for which I am grateful.
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It's me
Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 9:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Booming: "Germany has no magical trans word."

That's interesting, as Old English did have the Third Person singular pronoun in the neuter: "Hit". So "hē", "hēo" and "hit".

Hit is the origin of the modern English word "it" (which still functions as the neuter third person singular), but the modern word operates both as a pronoun (for an object) and a personal pronoun (for a person who is neither male or female). So my question was more does German have 2 different words for the pronoun and the personal pronoun in the neuter? Sometimes adopting a word from a different language can overcome barriers in acceptance.
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It's me
Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 12:42am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

@Maddy - good to hear your voice here, as I was going to say that it would be interesting to hear from a non-binary person and see what they thought of it. My thought was that, while important, the scene as delivered landed with a thud; it was non-organic and artificial, and that is the writers fault. And the use of "they" that has some people bummed out, well, that stems from the poverty of the English language when it comes to pronouns - outside of he, she and it, you're pretty much limited to they or them or us. English lost the neuter centuries ago, but German still retains it. Would love to hear what the non-binary term is in German.
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