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Jack
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Juggernaut

Skeptical said re:the Malon:

"What a narrow view of their society; why did we never see anyone else? Talk about a wasted opportunity."

Well...note dialogue from Redemption, written by Ron Moore, where he writes this dialogue:

"You're a fellow officer and I respect that... but no one would suggest that a Klingon would make a good ship's counselor or that a Berellian could be an engineer. They're just not suited for those positions."

Ron Moore is the godfather of the "planet of hats" on Star Trek.
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Jack
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Caretaker

"3. The way Tuvok and Janeway interacted with each other, I thought he would have been the first officer."

I doubt the guy that had been spying on the Maquis for months would have gone over well...
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Jack
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

It's hard to imagine how the Star Trek universe as presente dwould be on the conservative agenda.

Conservatives tend to hate the United Nations or surrendering any American sovereignty, so why would their agenda ever lead to the formation of the Federation?

Wealth and capitalism has been abolished in the afforementioned Federation. Hard to see conservatives agitating for that either.

The Iraq War and the Mexican War would both be gross Prime Directive violations.

And of course, the universal health care.
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Jack
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 11:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

Startrekwatcher said:

"TNG WAS REALLY good at coming up with these bad nightmare situations for crew but ultimately with a good explanation that made the situation they had endured or thought was reality wasn't real in some way"

This pretty much nails it. You cited a few good examples. The episode with "Ardra" is another.

In TNG, various things happened that seemed like they might be magical or mystical, but by episode's end, it was shown to just be technological.

Then DS9 came along, and actually introduced what is essentially magic into the Trekverse, and although I liked DS9, it was mostly for the worse.

The closest TNG actually came to having "magic" was the horrible Sub Rosa, which came along after DS9 was up and running.
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Jack
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

Worf's "reverse course" suggestion was the best one.

Its dismissal as "what if that's what causes this whole thing?" was as absurd as any of the "logic" we'd see later from Bashir on DS9 episodes as reason why ideas couldn't be tried, like the one when Molly was lost.
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Amy Jackson
Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

^.^

I loved the ending to this episode, as the good guys don't win, which is a dose of realism that is generally missing in most US-based television or movie media. This is also why I loved The Empire Strikes Back, because the bad guys got a chance to be
victorious.

I spent most of my younger life watching stuff where at the end of the program, the good guys have won, and the problem has been resolved to satisfaction. Very quickly, I discovered that this was not how reality works, and so I REALLY started disliking children's cartoons, like GI Joe and so on.

This extends into more adult media, so I appreciate episodes of The Orville like this one, because in a series perhaps like Star Trek, the good guys might have won, whereas in The Orville, they really caused me to sit back and go "Huh, they didn't win." And that is okay folks.

Amy
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random jackass
Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 7:57am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

Aargh! Can’t stop thinking about sex!! Stop inserting these sexual references. I am too insecure to deal with it! Waaah! And they made me feel dumb, sob!

Oh, and I will help you feel even dumber:
That b-story was about Trip and by extension being narrow minded in their own way moron!
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Jack2211
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 8:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

Yeah, I don't really understand what happened there. The war's over because L'Rell is holding them all hostage, essentially? Does the bomb go off if they assassinate her? And the Federation is still susceptible to a fatal Klingon attack at pretty much any time?

Cool to see the Enterprise, I guess -- but none of the "Starfleet values, Hooray!" stuff felt earned.


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Jack
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 5:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

PS: I realize it’s just called Fox.

And, re: the PB&J thing, it seemed to fit the characters and the situation (he knows hos ex-wife likes PB&J), well, at least on paper.
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Jack
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 4:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

RE: Fox viewers. I’d be surprised if Fox News viewers watch much Fox TV, — although, I really don’t know much about Fox TV’s demographics.
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Jack
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

They’ve used the cloak before.

And, storywise, it’s required. They don’t have transporters so they need some way to blend in for these stories. Maybe it only works within an atmosphere for some reason (or maybe other ships’l sensors can detect it) — that way it’s not a magic problem solver.

This episode frustrated me the same way most season 1-3 TNG episodes frustrated me — the resolution felt rushed and the ideas remained unexplored. But, then again, this show is at least as much about character relationships as anything else, and so it works better here.
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Jack
Mon, Dec 4, 2017, 12:18am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

“What if they want kids and want a roomier place with a backyard?”

That’s a suburban, North American concept. In most if the world, families live in apartments and use parks and shared public spaces.

The need for everyone to have their own homes and yards (which are unused most of the time) has led to sprawl, pollution (commuting in a single car) and insane traffic.

I liked the episode. I also don’t think Yaphit was sexually harassing Claire — he propositioned her/asked her out repeatedly, she told him to knock it off or she’d report it and it was done. She took care of herself.
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Jack
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

The problem with the structure isn't that it put the reveal at /near the end -- that's necessary for a story like this -- it's just that it kind of petered out a little early. And the real point, Alara beating her fears, or at least learning to function despite them, didn't quite get shown (although, maybe the intention was to show that she was wrong to be so determined to beat them).
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Jack
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

@hpontes

True. But then she wouldn't have had to beat the fiery explosion at the end, which was the whole point of the thing. If she realized she was in a simulation, then it wouldn't have been a victory (and that victory gets deflated because *we* know she's in a simulation. I almost wonder if it would have worked better without that scene where we see the crew watching her (or at least if we didn't know that she'd banned them from getting her out). But yeah, the story and maybe the direction needed some work here.

Total speculation: but maybe they rushed this one so they could get the VFX work done.
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Jack
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 10:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

The direction felt off. The pacing felt off. Something felt off. It didn’t build in an interesting way — Alara’s never trying to figure out what’s happening (I know, not the point of the simulation). Some of the weird off things make sense in the computer simulation context of the episode (Ed and Kelly aren’t funny and make pretty obvious jokes with off timing — which a computer sim programmed by issac might do) .

I almost stopped watching after they killed Nurse Park (who apparentky doesn’t have a first name), pissed off that they’d seemingly written off the only Asian character on the show, a week after introducing him.

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Jack
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 9:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Yeah, the Clare stuff is cringe-y and mostly there for plot reasons. I kind of forced myself to ignore it — and the current events ties, judt to focus on a funny pergormance from mcfarlane.

Is the episode saying that sexual, er, mistakes shouldn’t be a big deal? Not sure whether that’s a disturbing or empowering message — or both.
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Jack
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 6:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

My favourite episode of the show so far. Smart, funny.
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Jack
Thu, Nov 9, 2017, 6:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Diversity is about reflecting the world as it actually is, or at least trying to get a little closer to accuracy. There’s no agenda, necessarily.

The majority of people on the planet are not white, American males with Anglo-Saxon last names: So what’s wrong with showing some of that?
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Jack
Thu, Nov 9, 2017, 6:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

The show suggests that Burnham is widely known as a mutineer in Starfleet.

See: the prison shuttle, the mess hall, the bridge, Tilly upon hearing her name, Tyler,the admiral in her meeting with Lorca, Burnham’s own statements.



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Jack
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 10:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

"This episode gets a solid 1 star out of 4 for me. This is lazy showmaking. Step it up much beyond this, Mr. Meyer. Come on."

Is Meyer even involved in day to day decisions on the show?
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Jack
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 10:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

"Burnham's problem in the pilot was that she hated Klingons so much she became unable to think logically or sensibly to the point of betraying her friends."

The first two episodes don't show that at all -- it's a logical, sensible decision (within the world of the story), although it's emotional in the sense that she doesn't want her captain or shipmates to die, it's based on Klingon behavior and she betrays nobody. I saw nothing, despite her past, to suggest that she hated Klingons.
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Jack
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 2:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

"I also think the show deserves some respect for depicting Burnham as an ex-con who is successfully reintegrating back into society."

She's not really an ex-con -- the plan is for her to go back. She was pretty reviled on the ship, and her crime -- attempted mutiny to save the ship -- wasn't quite robbing a gas station. But, yeah, the show is focusing on second chances.


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Jack
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 2:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

The preponderance of WASPy surnames on so much later Trek has always bugged me. (not just the mains, but also background characters).

We've got 7-billion people on Earth -- most don't have names like Kirk, Tyler, Crusher and Archer.

I don't know why I used the word preponderance.

And this will sound odd, but here are a lot of places (Quebec, France, Italy, Holland, Korea, China, Spain) where women keep their maiden names. I'd always wished Trek had done that.

Oh yeah, and this episode was only meh for me. The Saru stuff didn't quite feel earned. And the Klingon stuff was confusing (mainly because I was only half-watching while wasting time on my laptop and I ended up missing some captions).

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Jack
Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 2:56am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Into the Fold

Weren’t there 238 TNG episode that involved a shuttle crash? There were 239 involving a surprise visit from a family member.

I actually like that Issac has no face.
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Jack
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 8:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Doctor WHO
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
"Gonna state the obvious, upcoming, plot twist:"

God, I hate those kind of comments. Do you lumber into crowds at movie theaters and say, "Gonna spoil this one for you guys." It's no better to say, "Hey guys, guys! I figured it out! Lemme ruin this fun for you! Remember that I KNEW. Mark it DOWN. I DON'T CARE IF YOU ENJOY THE SHOW--I KNEW THE ANSWER!!!11"

A PLOT TWIST IS NO FUN IF YOU
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