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John
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 3:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Also, did you notice there was no actual tackling of the problem? Stamets goes from "it's a little insane" to "SAY YES!" in the space of an hour, with half the crew behind him.
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John
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Exactly my thoughts Booming.

Discovery in a crisis:
Saru: Options, number 1?
Tilly: Umm...
Science officer: Sir, the ship is about to be destroyed. We have 30 seconds.
Saru: Number 1? I need options, now.
Tilly: Okay! I'm thinking...
Science officer: 10 seconds to destruction and counting...

So how does the rest of the crew feel about this? An XO without any training putting all of them at risk...
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John
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

I think I'm beginning to get a better understanding of why the newer Trek incarnations aren't as good or enjoyable for me.

In the "old days", in TOS or TNG, this episode would have been a straightforward debate between a senior crewmember and an adversary. It would have been mostly philosophical and impersonal. There would be very little "you" or "me" involved in the discussion. It wasn't about Spock or Data or Kirk.

For some reason Discovery feels the need to make it personal, with everything coming to revolve around the feelings, thoughts or life events of one person (usually Burnham). So here we find the resolution of the debate in Michael's regret, behavior, trust.

Maybe this is engaging and relatable for some people, but I find it drops the scale from the galactic or epic to the individual level. But that scale was what set the old Star Trek apart, and why I watched it. It wasn't about individuals, at the smallest scale it was about a crew, and at best about much larger, wider issues. There have been tiny glimpses of this in Discovery but as long as it feels the need to make everything personal, to bring everything back to identifying with a specific character, it will fail to live up to the old days.
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johnnylt
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 8:06am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

This show is so dumb.

Did Picard secretly record all his conversations like Nixon?
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John
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 7:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@EventualZen
"What do you have against evolution? I read that you're religious but can't you fit that in to your beliefs and say God planned evolution? Do you take everything in the bible literally? "

I would think saying that God planned evolution would constitute blasphemy in the highest extreme. To say God designed beings with an in-built mechanism to fight and struggle and suffer for their survival? Not really surprising that religions are against that idea.
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John
Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 2:36am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 12: The Siege

"I found myself getting annoyed in this episode with how stupidly incompetent storm troopers are. I know this has always been the case, but something different would be appreciated. "

Well, they've managed to hit Mando several times, which is something. Unfortunately this only further demonstrates their stupidity, because shouldn't they learn their blasters are ineffective against his armor?
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John
Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 6:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 12: The Siege

Yeah, Doctor Who should be doable in a weekend or so. There's only about 38 seasons. Get on it Jammer!
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John
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 9:59am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

This was an absolute chore for me to sit through. If someone could set up a webpage which lists the genre of each of the Discovery episodes, so that when it decides to do sci-fi I can watch those and skip the vacuous action/drama episodes. I would really appreciate that. Star Trek never did either action or drama very well, and this is no exception. The difference is it used to be balanced out by some, at the very least tolerable sci-fi, but not any more.
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John
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 1:24am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

Wasn't the best ep of the season for me. I preferred the Trill one.

And I'm surprised to hear the vfx described as 'second to none'. For me, they're second to many things, including most of the Trek movies (bar Nemesis), the Mandalorian, Blade Runner. The effects in those can be eye-poppingly impressive and yet are fully integrated so that you don't notice they're effects. The CGI in Discovery sticks out like a video game, it's conspicuous but tries to undo that by making everything blurry, quick-cut and indistinct.
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JohnKusack
Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 9:28am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@Bucktown - I agree with you 100%, yet again. Thank you for the youtube clips. Absolutely - the dialogue scene between Data and Worf is just so much better and, frankly, more adult, than anything Discovery puts out.

I can't add anything to what you say. But I'll add the following anyway. You stress the "control of emotions" aspect, starting with Spock, which made Star Trek, and I 100% agree. And I also just want to add that what went hand-in-hand with that was a love and respect for science. This is also very much missing in Discovery. In today's episode, I think of Lt. Willa. She was so anti-science / anti-intellectual it was unbelievable that she could be so high up in Starfleet.
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John
Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 4:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

This probably shouldn't bother me, but... Nhan has a nose, doesn't she? So why does she need these surgically implanted attachments delivering breathable gases to her mouth when she could just use what we humans use today, for lung cancer patients etc: a basic tube going into each nostril?
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JohnKusack
Fri, Nov 13, 2020, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@Bucktown: “Ultimately, Star Trek is at its simplest core a workplace drama of elite professionals putting aside differences to solve science-based mysteries or social/cultural/ethical problems that pop up each week. That's it.”

Yes - 100%. Very well said. That is exactly what TNG was, for example. But this, this is not that at all. So much unnecessary drama. So little respect for science. How I long to see Data wandering around with a curious frown on his face.
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John
Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 7:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

"One of the major issues I had with this episode is there was just so much telling, and so little showing."

I agree. Why is it, with the capacity for such brilliant and modern visual effects, that what we get on our first look at the Federation of the 3200s is a blurry, dark, mishmash of indistinct ships? In the first ST movie we got extended (some would say too extended) fly-arounds of the Enterprise, and now we have to be satisfied with listening to the crew talk about how amazing what they are seeing is, while seeing none of it ourselves.

It betrays a lack of confidence in what they are doing, in what is being shown. I suppose the idea is, if we can't see it, we can't complain about it, or we'll be left craving more. Which, to be fair, is a sound theory. We've barely even got a decent look at the Discovery for 2+ seasons.
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John
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 3:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

I'm not fighting for anything, especially not that. I just thought you were trying to argue that military hair regulations were strictly practical, which they're obviously not. But that doesn't bother me in the slightest.
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John
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 3:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

That's too bad, Worf wouldn't be able to serve in the South African military. Unless he got a sex change, of course.
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John
Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 3:54am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

Re: The liquid hydrocarbons dispute. Stamets had an image of benzene on his monitor while he was talking to Tilly. Benzene. Maybe fossil fuels went so far obsolete that no one even knows anything about them by Kirk's era? Kinda makes sense, I mean if someone asked today's engineers about steam power I suspect they wouldn't be up to date on the fine details.

*shrugs*
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John
Tue, Nov 3, 2020, 8:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

I dare say the magic mushrooms wouldn't hurt. Just look at Stamets, and he works with mushrooms all day.
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John
Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 8:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Booming
Well, to play along with Rahul's argument, the show didn't create Pike, Spock or Sarek.

@Mertov
And I'm glad DSC is "not that". Of course, in an ideal world, I would like it to be more than just "not that" - like DS9 was. That show didn't feel it could rest on its laurels in diversifying the cast and representation, it went way further to write serious ethical and philosophical themes (about race and also not) into its storylines. I don't get the same sense from DSC.
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John
Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 5:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Booming
"Burnham was science officer. There is really no reason that she should be captain. Saru was first officer ergo he becomes captain. These things have to be clear in a military hierarchy because when you are in a battle and the commanding officer gets killed or incapacitated then you cannot have a sit-in to talk out who now commands. Not that it matters but the highest officer on the ship after the first officer should be the chief engineer and then comes the science officer ergo Burnham or the security officer and it is kind of funny that 2 1/2 seasons in I have no idea who the security officer is. "

Yes, I agree, and that's what I'm saying. Saru made the offer, but what if Burnham accepted and her inferior captaincy skills put the ship in danger? It's not about being nice and turning down the position and being all smiles and humble about it like she's doing Saru a favor, it's a matter of duty and regulations.
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John
Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 3:56am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

Shouldn't there be regulations which determine who is captain under any circumstances which may arise? It might seem like an act of humility for Burnham to turn down the captaincy, but if she's got more experience than Saru and is more qualified, then I imagine someone who loses their life because of a decision Saru makes which gets the ship blown up wouldn't agree.
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John
Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 8:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

Also, Stamets is a mycologist? I mean I knew he was interested in fungi and that's how he came up with the spore drive, but he's also an engineer. The education system of the future must work entirely differently from ours, because engineering and mycology are worlds apart and you generally can't pursue both as a career at the same time.
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John
Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 8:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

Brian - good to see I'm not the only one who's confused.

Early on we see a shot of dozens of stationary starfleet ships exploding, then later Saru manages to explain his way out of an interrogation by saying the Discovery avoided the Burn because they were "not at warp".
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John
Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 6:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

"I also know your claim is false from personal experience. I lift weights and do regular HIIT cardio, which gives me a low resting pulse rate and a one minute pulse recovery number of 45 BPM, near elite athlete level. My diet consists of leafy greens, multicolored veggies, whole grains, legumes, unsweetened berries, unsweetened yogurt, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, etc. I eat virtually zero sugar (just a little dark chocolate on occasion), and no white flour or other carbs or processed foods. The only juice I drink is unsweetened cranberry juice for its health benefits. But I'm still stubbornly overweight, and we're not talking about just five or ten pounds."

Going way off topic now, but weight training always seemed to me a dreadfully unhealthy/unnatural way to keep fit, and I've certainly seen a lot of overweight weight lifters. If you want my personal experience (which I doubt, but I'll give it anyway), I've told myself in the past that I ate healthy because I was eating lots of green stuff, but it was only when I ate less of it, stopped eating for 12 hours a day, and did exercise I actually enjoyed (yoga - I mean, have you ever seen a fat yogi?) most days that I kept a consistently regular healthy weight.

PS - juice has a ton of sugar, which I'm sure you're aware of.
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John
Sun, Oct 25, 2020, 8:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

It would only be wrong to talk about a character's weight gain if having a large body is seen as wrong. Could you imagine the same reaction about a hairstyle change?

-"Burnham's hair has grown so much since last season"
-"I don't appreciate you talking about that, please stop it"

Still, I'm aware of the historical association between large women and ugliness, and I don't expect ignoring people's sensitivities will erode those ideas. If someone asked me to politely not mention it, I'd oblige them.
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John
Sat, Oct 24, 2020, 11:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

The Inner Light, Darmok, Tapestry, The Visitor, Duet, Tuvix, Dear Doctor... the old Star Trek sure as hell didn't have any emotional, empathy building episodes, did it?
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