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Jen Lee
Sun, Apr 4, 2021, 3:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: The Mark of Gideon

Why couldn’t they just take half the Gideons to populate another planet?
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Sarjenka's Brother
Sat, Feb 6, 2021, 4:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Bottom line: We wanted a GREAT movie with cinematic impact. Instead, we got a merely good movie with no real lasting repercussions.

I don't understand the hate for "Insurrection," though. I watched it last night here in early 2021 (I think this was my third viewing). I stayed entertained start to finish. But it simply isn't a hall of famer like ST 2-4, Undiscovered Country and First Contact. It's a middle child. It's not a stinker, it's not epic. (It actually would have been a good two-parter for TV, as others have said.)

I think they actually had a GREAT idea/theme but just didn't sell it all the way. And that's the Federation has taken a lot of hits. It's weakened and wounded. And maybe ready to be a bit more flexible, to say the least, with its ideals in this weakened and humiliate state.

I agree with the person who posted that Patrick Stewart thought that should be the theme for a trilogy of movies. I agree: A battle for the soul of the Federation, as members cross lines that shouldn't be crossed.

While I had nothing per se against the entire Ba'ku / Son'a storyline, I think there were better vehicles to explore this idea of the Federation crossing ethical and moral lines. And I think I would have stayed with races and planets already established, at least in the first movie for the "Battle for the Soul of the Federation" trilogy.

I'd borrow from "In the Pale Moonlight" and "Empire Strikes Back" to some degree:

Open up with the Enterprise under attack by several Orion ships after falling into a trap set by them. The Enterprise, which supposedly has better technology, should prevail but is surprised to find the Orions have more powerful weapons than previously known and in is serious danger of losing the battle. At the last minute, a Federation ship of Andorians come to the rescue. Turns out the Orions (and the Tholians and Gorn off-screen) have become increasingly aggressive since the Dominion War.

Picard feels a grateful kinship with the Andorian captain because he loses his ship and some of his crew while saving the Enterprise. The A captain tells Picard he has now gathered conclusive evidence that Romulans (specifically Tomalak) are secretly assisting the Orions, Gorn and Tholians to further weaken the Federation in a proxy war. And Beverly meets an Andorian scientist she's always admired who survived the battle.

Starfleet calls both vessels to Earth for highly secretive talks. The Federation Council decides to launch a secret preemptive attack on Romulus, with just the Enterprise and a special Andorian ship, both equipped with cloaks and new weapons technology developed and repurposed from captured J'em Haddar ships. Also along for the ride, a J'em Haddar officer to assist.

Long story short: Turns out the Romulans are NOT aiding and abetting the Orions.

It's the Andorian captain, who dreams of heading a more aggressive and militaristic Federation. He's promised an ambitious Orion "slave woman" -- who is anything but a slave -- that they'll be calling the shots. It's unclear who is leading who in this power-hungry duo.

And what better place to start than an attack on Romulans, who have been so sneaky in the past? (And it later turns out the Federation Council KNOWS of this plot but the leadership thinks they'll be able to scapegoat the Andorians and Orions after the deed is done. This includes Vulcan, Human and Tellarite council members.)

It's the good Andorian scientist, Beverly and Geordi who first get wind of this on the Andorian ship en route to Romulus, but there's a lot of peril for them and can't warn Picard (however you set that up).

So the orders are: Do the attack. Picard has grown increasingly uneasy with the enthusiasm of his new Andorian buddy, but until minutes before the attack, doesn't have true evidence. Finally, the A scientist, Beverly and LaForge are able to warn Picard (and the A scientist is killed and Beverly severely injured in getting the evidence to the Enterprise).

Picard turns on the A ship, there's a huge battle as Romulan warbirds approaching. The A captain and his Orion accomplice escape just before their ship blows up. Before the crippled Enterprise can pursue, the Romulans surround the Enterprise and force it to surrender, genuinely having no idea what's going on other than it appears the Enterprise was about to launch an attack.

The movie ends with several scenes set a week later:

-- The Federation Council announcing that Picard and the Enterpise went rogue and they disavow all knowledge of the attack in front of the Romulan ambassador.

-- The Andorian captain and his Orion woman ally are seen meeting with a Ferengi about the purchase of a derelict Klingon ship.

-- Geordi and Beverly, near death, are in an Andorian escape pod drifting in space with no communications equipment. No one knows they are alive. All of a sudden, a Delta Quadrant Vidiian ship, of all things, approaches them.

-- Picard, Riker, Troi, Data, Worf and the J'em Haddar officer (the latter two who have bonded) are paraded in front of Tomalak and the Romulan Senate. Tomalak condemns them to death for crimes against the Romulan Star Empire.

BAM. Movie ends with a close-up of a stony faced Picard.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 9:46am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Booming
Right. My point is, the term "time crystals" exist in the real world and it is not necessarily science fiction.

Time crystals in star trek fiction:
From memory-alpha://A time crystal (or poH qut in Klingonese) was a rare mineral with a non-equilibrium matter state. Time crystals could be identified by their orthogonal indices. To Klingons, at least those outside of Boreth, time crystals were a myth, a symbol of Kahless, and the namesake of Qo'noS. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad", "Through the Valley of Shadows") By the mid-23rd century, the Vulcan Academy taught its students about time crystals. No Federation-aligned species had been able to stabilize them as the decay rate of the lattice was too unpredictable, and it was thought that any technology based on time crystals must have been perfected by a four-dimensional race. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad") Nonetheless, time crystals were encountered a number of times.//

Just like the Orb of Time etc, it is fictional. Just like Warp Drive is fictional, but Alcubierre found a solution that can allow for warping space. And as you mentioned, the mycelial network is fiction but it has real significance on Earth. Obviously this is fiction but it has "borrowed" some terms from real physics.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:43am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"Ryn, Book, Adira, Grey, Admiral [Vance], have been great additions to the cast."

Basically, we know more about these characters that are NOT the original crew of Discovery! What does that tell you about the writers?
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:23am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"Why is the focus always on Burnham?"

There is NO problem with this. But if you are going to put a crew with a main cast, show something about the main cast...
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:21am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

For example, who is Rhys? What does he do in his spare time? What is he good at?
We learn Owosekun can hold her breath... what else do we know about her?
Bryce? What is his history? It is not in my mind, it is not notable or note-worthy.
We know a lot about Stamets, Adira, Saru, Michael... which is fair enough. But where are the characterizations or Rhys, Bryce or Owosekun? We do learn bits about them but it is not enough... I feel anyway. Even a scene about what they do in their spare time. All we see is in the "mess hall".

Compare with Voyager, we know about Tom Paris Maquis history and as a "criminal" - he can play billiards. I remember Faces in Voyager and explored Torres Klingon-ness... Kim - he can play the clarinet. Kes's journey... Chakotay's spiritual journey, though we lost that later on (LOL) Tuvok was more gradual...
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 8:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

LINKS to "time crystals" in this comment

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v5/116
Here is a link about time crystals.
Quote: //Alfred Shapere at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Frank Wilczek at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge [2], provide the theoretical demonstration that classical time crystals can exist and, in a separate paper, Wilczek [3] extends these ideas to quantum time crystals. Tongcang Li at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues [4] propose an experimental realization of quantum time crystals with cold ions trapped in a cylindrical potential.//

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-crystals-interacting.html

//Time crystals are different from a standard crystal—like metals or rocks—which is composed of atoms arranged in a regularly repeating pattern in space. First theorized in 2012 by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek and identified in 2016, time crystals exhibit the bizarre property of being in constant, repeating motion in time despite no external input. Their atoms are constantly oscillating, spinning, or moving first in one direction, and then the other.//
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 7:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

I actually like Michael. It's just that there is no exploration of other characters in Discovery. I know basically nothing about many of the "main" cast.
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Eric Jensen
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 7:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

"time crystals" actually exist
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 11:17am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Oh and spoilers again... of course...
They "showed" us Ni'Var possibly re-joining the Federation again... because of no Osyraa... Surely there will be a power struggle now... It feels like everything was rushed... Yep, so the burn was explained because of Su'Kal. Will they expand on this new stellar propulsion the Ni'Var was working on? Now that they have worked out the cause and Su'Kal is safely on Kaminar. Su'Kal needs to make amends. Of course, it was not his choice, but these have consequences. Will he stay away from dilithium? They really need to expand on other characters. Yeah we know Michael is the main character, but DS9, Voyager, TNG all expanded on other characters...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Yeah I was confused.
The turbolifts going horizontally and vertically. All good visually. But was that inside discovery? Was that inside the Headquarters of the Federation? Maybe it was clear but I did not find that clear. Only because afterward, when Michael was fighting Osyraa, they ended up somewhere similar to where Vance was...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:40am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Obviously spoilers ahead...
First thoughts...

It was ok... meh. Not good. Not terrible. Ok.
The new uniforms look good, but I prefer the older one.
Saru had better be on the bridge/captain next season
Did they have to kill Osyraa? I know she was an awful antagonist, but at least make her stick around... Glad it was not deus ex machina ending... of course Michael saves the day and not the DOTs.
They kinda explained the Su'Kal phenomenon but I was not convinced...
What happened to the music? Resonance frequency? They did not explain that! So many unanswered questions. Maybe I missed the explanation...
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:15pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

And that scientist... yeah it feels like there will be an uprising
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:14pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

It was definitely more tense than last week. This felt like a Borg Voyager episode and I liked that, but it feels like nutrek which I am still getting used to.
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 2:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

I liked the ending of this episode by it's too fantastic... too fantasy like but it's good. Sphere data is helping out. I liked the admiral. Where did stamets go?
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Sarjenka's Brother
Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 12:11am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

The Hierarchy aliens are the Ferengi of the DQ.
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Sarjenka's Brother
Wed, Dec 30, 2020, 4:56pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

I can overlook the improbable situation of Talaxians that far from home. After all, Voyager found short cuts. Why not them? (And yes, an explanatory sentence would have been a nice nod).

Otherwise, what a wonderful send-off. Visually, this episode is stunning, as all of Season 7 has been. For visuals, this is peak Trek right here (I don't like the stuff they're doing in the 21st century. It's too much. Voyager is just spot-on for me).

And I'm not sure living in the asteroid is any worse than living on DS9, for instance. It's just a different kind of space station.

It's not quite a 4-star true Trek classic, but nonetheless a touching and enjoyable send-off episode.
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Sarjenka's Brother
Tue, Dec 29, 2020, 8:59pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

I liked the whole "talking with the AQ" thing going on in Season 7 and giving Voyager a mission. But yet another AQ/DQ set-up? I've lost count. I wish they had given them something else entirely to do as their first official DQ mission.
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 25, 2020, 8:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I meant making dilithium inert.
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 25, 2020, 8:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

And people forget the caretaker in Voyager... the idea that child kelpian destroying all dilithium isn't far fetched... though I suspect there is another reason though
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 3:05pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

Why has Saru been emotionally compromised to such an extent? It's understandable though. It's like Basics in Voyager. Will we see Kaminar soon?
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 2:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

Reno is under utilised. Just to make one comment? There had better be more next episode. Could there be a mole on Discovery?
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Eric Jensen
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 2:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I thought it was exciting this episode. Because it's unclear and that makes it a mystery. We need to work out why there's a musical melody. Who is the kelpian? How did he cause the burn? May need to watch a 2nd time.
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Eric Jensen
Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 6:21am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

The toasting at the end?
I think finally now that MU Philippa is "dead", or gone, now it's both of them gone. They still have memories of the Prime Philippa, remember she died and now this one has "died" as well...
And no, the toasting was not unusual.
They share some things in common...

I think it's the direction. Some of us care about Georgiou now...
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Sarjenka's Brother
Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

Count me in with Jammer and all the folks who loved this episode. This is a classique -- not just for "Voyager" but for all of "Trek."

I do believe S7 is my favorite of "Voyager."
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