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Jason R.
Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 7:44am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S1: Chapter 1: The Mandalorian

I think Booming et al. are not wrong in describing this show's weaknesses, but I do think it's still greater than the sum of its parts.

It's the Wing Commander Privateer of the Star Wars universe. For those unfamiliar it was a PC game, not a tv show. And it became a cult hit because it permitted players to inhabit and enjoy a small slice of the Wing Commander universe playing a Han Solo-ish rogue flying a rust bucket ship. This was in contrast to other games in the series which were grand operatic dramas (also starring Mark Hamill, incidentally). The fact that you were this relatively petty character engaged in small drama was part of the charm, as was the world building fun.

Getting back to the Mandalorian, after three sickeningly over the top soulless monstrosities (the Abrams sequels) it's fun to just enjoy some small stories set in the Star Trek universe.

And heck, I kind of like the Mandolorian cultural schtick. There is even an emotional payoff at the end of season 2 that exceeds in one moment the sum total of every flying fuck I ever gave about Rey, Finn, Rose and that whole band of nothingburgers.

My other big compliment to the Mandalorian is how properly planned and thought out the action is (minus the stormtroopers). Some shows are meticulous in their attention to detail so that nothing seems perfunctory. Breaking Bad was like that too.

This is a show that sets up rules and honours them . That makes the universe more believable and in turn, males the action more compelling.
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Jason R.
Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 4:19am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

"That movie is based on the "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It's one of the best science fiction stories I've ever read."

Everything Ted Chiang writes is gold.
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Jason R.
Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 9:10am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Unity

"Something to ponder: all we know about the politics of the colony comes from Riley herself. Who's to say that she was telling the truth about the raiders? In retrospect, maybe the "raiders" were storming the cooperative to prevent them from reactivating the Borg hive mind?"

Even if the raiders were as Riley said, does that make forcibly assimilating them right? This is a chilling outcome. Picard said he'd rather die than be assimilated. But I guess it's a-ok here because they are violent and don't wanna live in a collectivist multi-species utopia. Is this some kind of indictment of the Federation? Holy smokes maybe those Klingon monsters from Discovery S1 had a point?

This episode is maddening for focusing on all the wrong things. Chacotay is horrified at being in a collective for a minute or two temporarily to heal a mortal wound but thinks forcibly assimilating hundreds of individuals is cool? Janeway is too busy worrying about the danger of activating the cube to care if any of this might oh I dunno violate the Prime Directive? Or how about just basic ethics and human decency?

In retrospect, this is one of those episodes like Up the Long Ladder that seems to have fundamentally failed in writing, execution or both, despite having some really cool ideas.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 5:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

"...so you didn't actually have a point then, did you?"

The truth points to itself.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 1:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

"Picard became Kamin, right? "

Only in the sense that Data became Sherlock Holmes on the holodeck.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 12:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

"Well, then they REALLY tipped their hand because "Batai" is the Tagalog word for "Ancient artifact generated best buddy of a flute playing member of an alien race that's been dead for a thousand years."

Well then they really dropped the ball as Picard wasn't a member of an alien race that's been dead for a thousand years.
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Jason
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 8:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Rivals

If the station's equipment can replicate devices that change the laws of probability, you'd think getting blankets to Bajor wouldn't require so much charity.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 7:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: By Inferno's Light

@Elliott I gotta hand it to you, your reviews are like guided missiles. Did a close friend of yours get maimed from a falling DS9 box set? Did Avery Broojs buy the last chocolate bobca at the bakery leaving you with nothing but cinnamon?

You really do take the piss out of DS9 (as you put it) even for episodes that most fans consider high points for the series.

But I will say that even as a fan I always hated the contrivance of them just beaming to the conveniently unmolested runabout and just sailing away from the heart of Dominion space - you're bang on that this is Saturday Morning cartoon stuff. It has always stuck in my craw and it's the worst thing in this episode. Garak's convenient claustrophobia never bothered me until you pointed out how lame and contrived it is. Now it bugs me. Thanks for that Mr. Assassin of Joy.

I also like that you hone in on the really good stuff, mostly revolving around Dukat and Cardassia- because let's face it, that's what this episode is really about and what is well done here.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 4:44am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

@Greg it begs the question: what's his name in the Tagalog language track? Maybe Morte? Haha.

By the way, amazing catch on both items. After all these years I am amazed no one else on this board mentioned either one.
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Jason R.
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 8:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

"Also, the whole episode I was trying to figure out where I knew the actor who plays Ee'Char from. It's the Doc from Nightmare On Elm Street 3! One of my favorite movies."

Suck the Prime Time bitch!
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Jason R.
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 8:45am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

Incidentally, I have wondered if major studios should take a more aggressive hands on approach to social media, particularly after the Roseanne Barr fiasco.

As a condition to signing a contract with a major studio, actors should be forced to have their social media accounts registered through software that puts a delay or cooling off period on any post, which then in turn can get vetoed by the studio and blocked before it goes live.

The way I see it this would protect not only the studio but also the actor because if an actor got into trouble, the studio would share culpability for permitting the offending post to go live.

It would eliminate the kind of ambiguities that plague these situations. It would also protect the enormous investments the studios make in these individuals, who can wipe out billions of dollars in a single ill advised tweet, not to mention their own careers!

If I were an actor, I'd want to submit to this. I can't believe no one is doing this or contemplating it.
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Jason R.
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 8:32am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

This case actually reminds me more of the Meghan Fox controversy than a traditional "cancel culture" scenario but it has elements of both. As far as cancel culture goes, there are way better examples.
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Jason R.
Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 11:03am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

@MattB I wouldn't call it good but it's not boring and that's something.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 8:04am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

"And yes, I *know* what I was like at 18-22, in my first career job. I was eager, smart; had a lot of disruptive new ideas, and didn't yet know what corporate hierarchy would be like. So in a way that precociousness tracks. "

I can't imagine being this age and feeling this way. Just a totally alien way of thinking.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 6:15am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

"Disney is -
making a list,
checking it twice,
gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're tweeting
And he knows when you're awoke
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake."

FWIW I think Carano's case is borderline and I am sympathetic with Disney over a decision to fire another Twitter loose cannon. I doubt this is an evenhanded policy mind you since it seems 1/2 the entertainment industry are twitterheads but there is some understandable logic there.

And in Carano's case she seems to be finding options so maybe she'll survive. Definitely not the norm in these situations.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 4:41am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

By the way Booming, the "giant" you cited earlier thinks cancel culture is a problem; he signed the letter, FWIW.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-from-atwood-to-chomsky-intellectuals-come-out-against-cancel-culture-1.8979336

I will preface my point by conceding without hesitation that hypocrisy on this point is a given and that if the right ascends again (right now it is in rapid decline all over the west and has been for more than 50 years) it will do the same thing in one form or another sooner or later.

HOWEVER there isn't any serious doubt at this moment in history that left is the perpetrator, end of story. Left against right; left against centre; left against left. This is not a symmetrical phenomenon.

I don't say that merely to single out left, as I certainly acknowledge the innate hypocrisy of all mankind (see above) but if you don't accurately acknowledge where it is originating from (a particularly virulent and totalitarian strain promulgated on the left) it is the same as denying it.
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Jason R.
Wed, Feb 17, 2021, 7:30am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

"It's interesting that people say "How will lefties feel when cancel culture is turned around on them" because that scenario describes most of the 20th century, at least in the US. "

Hypocrisy is an essential element of human interaction. It's practically a defining trait of the species.

Obviously it should be called out where warranted (and it's amply warranted in this situation) but truth be told, I actually feel comforted by my enemies' hypocrisies.

People often claim the Wokesters are really just after power or don't really believe their own BS like that's a bad thing. But to me that's reassuring. It's the people who really are pure, who really do walk the walk, that scare me.
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Jason R.
Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 2:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

"I don't know if my post created any responses. i didn't read them because I'm to sensitive and afraid but I think this old debate could give some people some interesting insights. Giants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5wuB_p63YM"

Like one of the commenters I think I spent the first 5 minutes waiting for Chomsky to appear before realizing that the guy speaking was Chomsky haha.

Really neat link Booming, thanks.
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Jason R.
Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 9:54am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

"Also the whole Nazi thing is kind of on a different level in Germany. If you make a comparison like Carano did in Germany you will very likely lose your job. "

You Germans should be lauded for acknowledging your historical guilt. Americans, by contrast, have nothing to feel guilty about - they liberated Europe after all.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 11:44am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

Having read the comments, I'd say this actress's media savvy is limited to say the least. Her Twitter comments are about equivalent to Cara Dune charging a dozen storm troopers in a hail of blaster fire without bothering to even duck. Except in real life she had no plot armor :)

On the holocaust comparison, I don't dispute that the comments were hyperbolic. But to be fair here, if you suggested that the Nazi party was going to lead to the Holocaust in 1920 your statement would have been equally hyperbolic. Nobody can ever predict which group of authoritarian ideologues are going sink into obscurity or rise to power. The odds always heavily favour the former over the latter.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 10:10am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

"I also don't understand why someone with the job she had, with so much to lose, couldn't pull it together and not get mired in constant social media controversies of her own making. Again, it's the whole social media thing, where every opinion has to be broadcast and doubled down upon, and where apologies and seeing other viewpoints is seen as weak, and poking people in the eye is seen as a virtue. The whole thing is tiresome. (This, by the way, applies to certain individuals on all points on the political spectrum.)"

You are preaching to the choir on this one. I loathe social media and am not on it. But unfortunately, the world disagrees. These tools are the public square in 2021, end of story. Wishing we were back in 1980 doesn't make it so. Every actress has to be on social media.

I admit I don't know all the details of what she said because none of the newspaper articles I have read actually quote them (that by the way does not strike me as accidental) Going by the descriptions I have read they do not sound like radical opinions meriting blacklisting.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 9:20am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

@Jammer I think "cancelling" in 2021 is about as close to blackballing as you're going to get. I'd suggest to you that this woman's acting career is over. She is free to speak her mind in her unemployment I will give you that, as were blacklisted actors in the 50s.

I was, incidentally, responding specifically to your claim that this was not McCarthyeism merely because she was fired by a private employer and not the government. In point of fact, some of the most notorious features of McCarthyism were that people were effectively cancelled without any official act of the state including through private employers and especially in Hollywood.

No commentary on this particular case by the way. I fully accept that this women's online activities were a liability to her employer just as being a communist or even a suspected communist in the 50s would have been a liability to any Hollywood studio hiring you. The firing then, as now, would have certainly been rational from the private employer's POV.

Just one final point about the free speech issue. Yes, technically free speech is specifically in reference to government suppression not the private sector. But if government happens to have a pending anti trust case against certain media titans who happen to own the entire digital public square right down to the access to cloud based infrastructure, and those titans happen to act in concert to suppress speech the government happens to not be fond of - it doesn't take a rabid conspiracy theorist to imagine that it's not just some random private employers doing their private thing, anymore than it was in the 50s.

I realize I'm addressing a slightly different angle than the example we were discussing but I do think the things are related, two heads of the same hydra. These "it's not the government so it's not about free speech" arguments are mighty disingenuous coming from the people who condemned McCarthyism.
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Jason R.
Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 8:47am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

@Jammer I seem to recall that blackballing in the entertainment industry was a notorious feature of the McCarthy era. That too was private companies making hiring / firing decisions based on their own interest.
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Jason R.
Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 9:18am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

@Robbie here is my explanation of it, admittedly relying on some conjecture and filling in the blanks with "head canon".

Sisko couldn't be the Emissary to the Prophets for the Bajoran people until he understood them truly. That included understanding the Bajoran experience of oppression through the occupation.

But as you say, a 24th Century human could not understand oppression. It was alien to Sisko, although he did possess perhaps a greater historical perspective owing to his status as a descendant of African American former slaves and perhaps his interest in history primed him more than others of his era.

Enter the Prophets, who as we know, exist outside of time and can influence all eras at once.

They arranged for Sisko, a 24th century man, to temporarily experience the life of a 20th Century scifi writer, namely Benny Russell. Both men shared a connection that transcended time with Benny coming to experience Sisko's life through his science fiction stories and Sisko coming to experience Benny's life through visions sent to him by the Prophets.

The purpose of this "bridge" between two men separated by 400 years was to bring something of Sisko into the 20th century (perhaps influencing the course of history) and to bring something of Russell into the 24th Century, permitting a 24th Century man to become an emissary to a people who he otherwise could never have understood.

The Prophets are capable of seeing all time and manipulating the outcome of events on a scale that was impossible for corporeal beings. They were, with this bridge, simultaneously influencing past and future events from both sides of the bridge.

Another theory I have, by the way, is that when the Prophets met Sisko in Season 1, they really didn't know him and that their meddling to create him (revealed in season 7) was them retconning their own history, in effect ensuring that they created the man that they needed to meet. This is whacko but it does accord a bit with the kind of temporal paradoxes we observed in other Trek outings, most notably All Good Things.
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Jason R.
Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 7:46am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

@Booming keep in mind I am going on memories 15 years old now having watched this on its original run but my recollection is having suffered "mystery overload". As I recall, the show would introduce some shadowy mystery and then before that got resolved we'd be moving on to something else with so many threads forgotten about or left hanging. I wish I could be specific but like I said : 15 years ago for me.

I am not against big mysteries of course, even those that take many seasons to resolve. Babylon 5 did this sort of thing brilliantly. But the key is you don't want to overextend the writing and open so many threads that you lose credibility and frustrate the viewer. That was BSG's sin as I recall.

Of course in light of extreme ADD writing one sees on shows like Picard I suspect I'd be massively more forgiving if I watched BSG today versus in it's original run.
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