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Dr. Franklin A. Booze
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 3:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Digger

1. Due to her experience in being brainwashed, the Federation hired her to continue to brainwash everyone in believing that the USS Discovery never existed, despite the ship being essential in ending the Klingon War and having a spore drive that can teleport the ship anywhere in the galaxy.

2. They started to analyze that statement "Shaka when the window on the Enterprise blast door didn't fall", and eventually went insane realizing how stupid it would be to put all of the ship's armor into a solitary blast door.

3. They willingly sought out the Borg and became assimilated, after realizing this was the better alternative to marrying the farmers. Many of the xBs in Star Trek Picard are these people.
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Dr.Franklin A. Booze
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 8:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Dom

Agreed. I really hate that the one dimensional evil Romulan lady got to kill Hugh. She is such a worthless, stupid character. To have her kill Hugh is an insult to the character of Hugh.

Just an observation. New Star Trek does not understand how to write interesting villains. They are all just pure evil. Gone are the days of a “grey area” characters like Gul Dukat (albeit Dukat was ruined in season 7).
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Dr. Franklin A. Booze
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

Has anybody come up with an explanation for how the window on the blast door was essentially indestructible in the last episode of season 2 of ST: Discovery?
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KL
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 9:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

In retrospect, I am glad we had Janeway in the way she was written. Like all of us, she was flawed: she can be inconsistent, she let her emotion get the better of her, at times she displayed incredible pettiness and vengefulness.... sometimes you’ll hate her. Hence I found her character more interesting and realistic than all the Mary Sue types that inundated TV and movies nowadays.
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KL
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 8:35am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

Wow. So many SJWs judging this episode with absolutely no context in the time it was made and all
snowflakes over Andy’s Friend comments and observations. The fact that this episode even made it to the screen is a testament of the risk it took. Then again I am not surprised. You Social Justice Warriors routinely rewrite and revise history so you can pretend that you are some sort of social pioneers when it all has been done and accomplished and by better people.
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eekl
Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 12:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

One critical question to Jammer: why haven't you reviewed Star Trek: The Animated Series?
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Franklin
Sun, Nov 10, 2019, 12:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Here’s the plot hole I don’t understand, which makes this unwatchable:

If the blob is the dog, then who was murdered?
If Aquiel phasered the blob into melted deck plate, how did it become the dog?

How many blobs were on the station? The dog, and the deck plate that turns into Crusher’s hand in sickbay? So we are really looking for two blobs? But we only suspect Rocha was a blob when he came on the station?

It’s like, oh no Aquiel killed a guy! But the guy was really a monster! And now the murdered monster is alive (except his body’s in sickbay) and is the dog and the monster wants to kill Geordi.

Nope. Worst episode of TNG, first season excepted.
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Sam Mickle
Sat, Jun 15, 2019, 1:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Everyone is thinking way too hard about this episode. It was about the most simple issue that everyone seems to overlook in this episode. Penis size. Don't believe me? ok think about this. Odan must have had THE BIG ONE. So he dies right and the host swap out happens. Then oh look Riker is the new host. Well guess what? Bev is his doctor so guess what she knows? That's right his peepee size. And then at the end of the episode that lady doesn't have one at all. Bet that makes you think huh.
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I.D. Kline
Mon, May 6, 2019, 9:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Thank god, the end of "Star Trek: Days of Our Lives"...
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Spockless
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 2:19am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@GG what makes you waver are the things that I love. Instead of just merely being a paragon of near perfect virtue, there is a little Ed in all of us. He will more easily make tough moral calls and have a tough time worried about manners, names and whether they will "screw this up." What middle aged man still has that 10th grader inside of them wanting to break out? His sense of "aw golly" humor is so refreshing after watching hundreds of hours of star Trek reruns . Also people are so eager for it to do it's own thing.. it is.. And usually the people that say that are the ones that don't mind that every other property, even superhero films, banks on nostalgia. What makes Orville so great isn't a need to be original, but to retell stories from twenty years ago with a slightly fresh take.. because there is nothing wrong with those kinds of stories, and no one ELSe is telling them, and what makes it SO great are the subtle differences and nuances.. the fact that you think you know what episode you are getting, and you may be right, but the small details are what surprise you.
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 8:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Gerontius I meant to write that's what the show HAS..

I must have gotten my pasting of my own posts wrong.. i probably was pasting something about Discovery.. uhg
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 8:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Robert H "And the biggest caveat: in the previous episode (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow), knowing that Past Kelly could contaminate the timeline with knowledge from the present, they should have locked her up in a room and not say anything, apart from explaining she came to the future. And don't let her interact with Ed and Present Kelly. That is just common sense, even if there is no prime time directive. (But then there would not have been this and the previous episodes I guess.)"

Uh the episode made it clear that they were not sure which time travel theory was going on .. and after some time they agreed that her presence would not affect the timeline. That they were wrong about that doesn't change the fact that they considered it for a time
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 5:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

I take comfort in the show redoing old stories and giving them a new fresh bit of paint.. I like having a beer and being already generally familiar with the trops... that way sometimes the best surprises are the more subtle ones rather than any big ones. And the last time a long loved franchise tried to blatantly "subvert our expectations" we wound up getting a film that was tone-deaf about what the franchise was about. The fact that this episode felt like a lot of alternate timeline episodes of 90's Trek.. mixed in the with DS9 mirror universe episodes.. was something I really liked. I'm having too much fun with Seth's take on Trek I'm in no hurry for the Orville to be radically different just because people are never satisfied.
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 5:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: The Road Not Taken

@Galadriel.. what the show lacks are likeable characters, fresh humor that pokes fun at the conventions of Trek but still has affection, steady, simple camera work, awesome production design.. and most of all.. a soul
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i.d.kline
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 11:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Home

I, for one, would love to debrief T’Pol.
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Spockless
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 5:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

I think repeating stories is genius.. feels like a "new rerun".. we have watched these episodes over and over, but now they are redoing them with 20 years of hindsight, to make changes that make them more interesting.
that is what is secretly brilliant. It's more surprising when the DO go off script. I often find that modern shows and films that are in established franchises often try too hard top be different, but what ends up happenign is that tstiories don't work, they seem more hackneyed, more contrived and more convoluted. Discovery is just one example.. Last Jedi is another. Seth knows that hsi series has to lay the groundwork.. that he has to build off something. and he can employ the lessons he an d his staff learned form years of TNG and the years that passed between then and now. His commentary track on "Cause and Effect" predicted his vision for the Orville without mentioning it by name
People say the latest episode is just another take on Second Chances.. and it IS, but it also focuses on the Ed - Kelly relationship and its importance to the story, and it also focuses on the flaws and shortcomings of both characters within the framework that Second Chances already laid out
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 10:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

More than anything, this show is about relationships.. and the main relationship was always Ed and Kelly. I think true fans of the show will like this episode because the those two characters were forced to re-evaluate a lot because of the science fiction gimmick used here. I think this was a near point exploration of what the point of the series is!
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I.D.Kline
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

For being a character with "no adequate purpose", Neelix sure seems to have taken up a lot of screen time in a lot of episodes. No wonder Beltran was pissed at the lack of development of Chakotay.
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Spockless
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 7:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

So the whole last episode was S31 managing to acquire more than half of the sphere data from discovery and having it downloaded to their ship.. yet...

This episode starts with Saru saying "we have determined that sphere archive could not be removed or deleted form this [Discovery] ship"
\This is why Discovery fails. WRITe CONSISTENT STORIES.. otherwise there is no drama and no investment
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Spockless
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 5:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

watching that episode was like watching and listening to a helium balloon deflate in slow motion, as well as whatever I might have had invested in the "story" .. and next week's episode looks worse. They might have done themselves a favor and followed Orville's lead and took two weeks off
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I.D. Kline
Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 5:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

TUVOK: "I was tending to my duties."

Cringe-worthy dialogue, that.
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Spockless
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 11:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

@sc and others who want more sci fi .. I'll remind you that this show is aBOUT relationships. It's in one of the taglines. He is interested in exploring relationships, romances and the life of having a temp job on a ship.. that's his angle.. you want more sci fi or lasers, you might have to wait.
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Spockless
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

@Lynos

One of the Orville slogans I saw on a poster or banner somewhere went something like "in 400 years there have been lots of changes in technology. Relationships: not so much" This show isn't about the tech, or even the ray guns. this is a show about relationships. And the computer recognized the device because LaMar had already hooked it up. Anyway.. I was a bit taken by the fact that the crew already uses a lot of colloquialisms we have today (Gordon even speaks of Manwhich and American Idol in "Majority Rule that constitutes his only dialogue in that episode) yet everything in the phone seems really foreign to them (and where is the internet?) Yet because the story was so sound, none of that mattered.
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Spockless
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 2:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

@Kat

i thought of that too, and I am sure they were tempted to have ti that the photo taken at the end of the episode was always on the phone.. just like Picard knowing how to play the flute. Tempting, fascinating, but I'm glad Seth resisted the urge to go there.

I loved this episode. I got so much out of it that I'm in tears thinking about how it moved me. Simple, elegant, and perfect
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Spockless
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 10:13am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

I was under the impression that Disney doesn't have all of Fox's assets, that Fox still exists as a broadcasting network, so maybe the Orville still falls under that umbrella. All I DO know is that this show makes me happy
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