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grumpy_otter
Mon, Jun 11, 2018, 6:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

I just realized something! The inhabitants of the planet named themselves after earth cities, Evansville and Berlin! Right?

I wish we'd met a third inhabitant so I could test my theory, but that's my guess.

I like this one. I agree with Jammer that it was a mistake not to let us see these cities, but sometimes leaving things to the imagination is okay. I loved meeting Earhart, and Sharon Lawrence was wonderful in the role.

The only thing that annoyed me was, as others have noted, the truck in the beginning. No way anything organic would still be left after 400 years in space.

But I can just skip that part and enjoy the rest--especially the ending. I honestly thought that 1 or 2 would choose to stay on the planet.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

I enjoyed it, but it was chilling. We ARE locking up innocent people in concentration camps, and there are far too many people who will defend that action. I can't write any more or I will get angry.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 5:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Well, it was no Naked Now/Time, but I thought it was fun, mostly.

I enjoy episodes when we just get to see characters doing their thing without some great tragedy on the horizon, and I actually thought the way they explained the virus was pretty cool. I had assumed it was just going to be some random disease--that it was coming from Lawaxana was fun. But as others have noted--they sure did mishandle Majel. She's shown she can be insightful and restrained--I wish we'd seen her like that more.

I also enjoy seeing various festivals from different cultures, so seeing that was nice, too.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 3:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Defiant

I liked this very much, especially the politics. I really like Dukat's style, unlike some others, and think he adds to any episode he's in.

The one thing that kept bothering me--in "Second Chances," I could always tell Will from Thomas, but not in this one. He kept seeming like Will to me. I would have liked a bit more to establish that he actually was Thomas.

But overall a terrific outing!
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

I honestly hadn't thought this before, but the intro put the idea in my head--what WOULD it be like to make love to a shapeshifter? You're in position, things are progressing, and then he changes and . . . and . . . whoa!

Odo and Kira pretending to be lovers is the best part of this whole episode.

I'm getting shades of The Masterpiece Society--did no one else notice? A planet in peril with the love interest.

Brett Cullen, who played Deral, has been working steadily for 40 years. I often wonder about actors like that--who are considered absolutely dependable to fill a role but never achieve stardom. I hope he has a good life and is well compensated. He did a pretty good job in this episode, but playing against Dax it must have been hard. She just strikes me as so fake.

But their problem? Oh give me a break. Just beam them up if they don't want to shift again. There's only 30 of them.

Their romance is climbing a tree. Kill me now. But she slips, so no kiss? Who the hell ARE these writers?

Did they seriously throw down on the grass? Good lord.

Count each other's spots? I am seriously going to puke.

OMG--Deral and Dax's conflict is so manufactured. She just doesn't seem in love at all.

I don't believe at all that either is conflicted about staying for going. At least in "The Masterpiece Society," they made me believe there was some substance to their reasons.

Okay--saying "After 8 lifetimes as a humanoid, existing as pure consciousness might be interesting" is the first thing that rang true in this episode

But now she's leaving and Dax isn't going to say goodbye to Kira? Good lord.

Could this be more hokey? I'll guess she's over this "love" affair by the next episode.



And about the B-plot. Blech. Mr. Perv is yucky and now all I can think about is how you'd clean semen out of a holosuite.
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I thought I was very clever in figuring out what was wrong (and right) with this episode, but reading the comments shows me that others know, too. Oh well--I'll tell it in my own way.

What the hell is wrong with the DS9 writers? If you are going to do a disaster story, follow the rules! Like TNG and Voyager did, you choose unlikely groupings to give previously lesser-acquainted characters a chance to get to know each other and figure out their strengths and weaknesses.

O'Brien has already done this once when he got to work with Troi and Ro--this time he gets Jake and Sisko? We've seen his before! Put him with Quark, or Garak, or Dax!

And Odo and Quark? Yawn. Put Quark with Dax and Odo with 20 terrified school children because Keiko is trapped in the bathroom.

They really dropped the ball overall. However, I laughed out loud when Dukat got stuck on the station with them. THAT is what a disaster show is supposed to be about! And he turns out to be funny, and the rest of the Ops segments were fun.

Sisko really sucks. "Stay here, son." "No Dad, I don't want to." "Okay."

Are there no parents on the writing staff? If you have to do something to save everyone's lives, you either want your kid with you for as long as possible, or you want your kid to stay away so you can focus on the task that MUST be accomplished. Pick one. Don't keep changing your mind.

This episode makes me sad because it could have been so much better--and so easily.

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grumpy_otter
Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 7:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Abandoned

I liked Odo's development here, especially his relationship with Kira, but what sunk this episode for me was two things. One part A is that the Jem'Hadar was so monotonously one-note that I felt Odo was being really really stupid. But that was reflective of his own character so it wasn't too bad. Part B of item one is that the actor playing the Jem'Hadar was not good. He looked like a little kid in makeup--and acted it.

And two, Sisko is just not getting better as an actor for me. His expressions are odd, his voice is bizarre, and despite what folks have told me about him getting better over time, I am just not seeing it. I can imagine Picard realistically accepting that his adolescent son was dating a grown woman--Sisko didn't convince me at all.

And seriously? That's a storyline? It seemed very forced and awkward and Jake had no chemistry with Marta. She did seem interesting though--I'd like to see her dating Bashir.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 9:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Second Skin

Kira Cardassian is gorgeous! Love the look for her. But here's the thing--she's wearing makeup! Unless the eye and lip color of Cardassian women is meant to be natural, I can't imagine that Kira would willingly make herself up since she didn't believe she was actually Iliana. It would have been nice for once to see a woman who didn't paint her eyes up while on duty.

Overall I really enjoyed it while watching, and didn't think of the plot holes until it was over, but I don't see it as a classic. A medium solid effort.
I agree with Elliott--this could have been so much more, but I did think Visitor was wonderful and believable as her resolve was shaken. Her "Dad" was great too, and I loved their bonding. When he called her "Nerys" at their farewell, I got a wee tear in my eye.

A few random thoughts--Ari the Cardassian was totally hot--too bad he only lived for three minutes, lol.

Odo as a satchel was hilarious--I had to back that up and watch a few times.

And finally--Cardassian coffee tables are really stupid--put one thing slightly off to the side and it would fall down.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 7:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

@Grumpy You asked "Someone remind me: did past Janeway survive after she thwarted the rescue attempt?"

My understanding, though it wasn't really explained, is that the timelines were integrated. We see past Janeway and Paris disappear in a sort of light show and the crew looking for them experienced the same--so I thought it was meant to indicate it had never happened at all, or been erased by Janeway's actions. None of them had any memory of the events we saw previously.

Like the damnable "Year of Hell," their experience had no impact on them.
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Tempeh
Sun, May 13, 2018, 9:52am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"@Tempeh: That scene just looks ridiculous, and given that Carrie Fisher died, I thought that would have made a great death scene. Instead she does the Marry Poppins, and does some serious Force-Wielding without buildup. And remember, it wasn't just the vacuum of space - the bridge exploded. She should have been dead and burned. "

Do we require build-up when someone uses the force? I think it's more entertaining when it's a surprise. As for it being Mary Poppins-like, I don't know what the proper way to float through space is. It's going to look weird no matter how she floats back. Both arms forward would have been too Superman-like. Feet first would have been too M Bison-like. I agree she should have taken more impact from the explosion, but I have no other problems with the scene. In fact, I was emotionally moved by it.
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Tempeh
Sun, May 6, 2018, 10:33am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Dave in MN: "Having a major character float around in the vacuum of space without any negative consequences is a extremely ridiculous plot development (and yes, I'm aware the series as a whole is built upon implausible coincidences). I thought using the force required substantial training?! So much for internal storytelling logic!"

There were negative consequences: she went into a coma.

I think the fans are overreacting to this scene. It's not really that bad. First of all, being in space doesn't mean instant death. You can survive 15 seconds before passing out. She was already passed out, but something within her brought her back. Not too unbelievable in the Star Wars universe. You also don't explode in space as many people think. You do start to swell though.

As far as the "substantial training" how do we know she hasn't had any? A lot of years pass between Return of the Jedi and this movie. Plus, would it take a lot of training to pull yourself in a vacuum? When astronauts are space walking, one little push against the spacecraft and they go flying off into space, which is why they have to always be tethered on the ISS. So one little tug of the force should be all that is needed to return to the ship.

The only problem I see is that she should have been traveling away from the ship after being sucked out. If I remember correctly, she was stationary before floating back.
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Tempeh
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 8:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

While I don't have a top ten worst yet, there's no question Masks would be number 2 behind Shades of Grey. It was trying to be Shakespeare, but ends up being a kindergarten play.
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Plain Simple
Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 5:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Peter G.: " My problem as I now define it is that their method of doing so is just to copy-paste the structure of Fringe and redo that show with new characters."

In what way do you think DSC is copying the structure of Fringe? That show seemed quite different. It had quite a few stand alone stories (especially in earlier seasons) and well defined and likable characters which were given . DSC might get there, but I don't think it's there yet. Or do you see the same kind of inward-looking attitude in Fringe as you described for DSC?

I only watched Fringe a few years ago. That is obviously a very different way of viewing a show than on a weekly basis, so that might make me less likely to see the commonalities.
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Plain Simple
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 4:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Henson: "Does that now mean we need to insert a character from Discovery into the pilot for TOS?"

Now that you mention it, the salt eating creature from The Man Trap does look a bit like the tardigrade. ;-)
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Plain Simple
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 4:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

Red Letter Media reviewed the season and are having many of the same observations and issues with it that have been brought up here : https://youtu.be/ri7v-utIcvY
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Jammer: "If you're looking for Michelle Yeoh movies, perhaps an obvious place to start would be "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which was a big international mainstream (and Oscar-nominated) endeavor outside her action genre roots. (Watch it with the subtitles, not dubbed.)"

Thanks! I think I did watch that many many years ago, but didn't realize (or remember) it had Yeoh in it. Since I cannot remember much of it anyway, it might be time for a rewatch.

And thanks for your insightful and entertaining reviews throughout yet another season of Trek!
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Nievesg: "I recall commander "Trip" Tucker was called "Captain" at ENT in a couple of episodes, when he was in command as "acting captain", although his real rank was still a commander.

I guess the same applies to Saru at the MU episodes. A pity Saru wasn't promoted to real captain rank, he really earned it."


@Peter G. "Whoever is in command of a naval vessel is called Captain, regardless of their rank. This also includes non-military vessels."

This is also mentoned in an early season 6 DS9 episode by O'Brien to Nog when Dax takes command of the Defiant after Sisko gets a desk job as sidekick to the admiral.

But my initial point was that in this episode the crew is supposed to believe that 'Captain Georgiou' is in command of Discovery, yet someone calls Saru captain. Would just the fact that she is on the planet with an away team justify calling Saru captain? When Kirk and Spock would beam down on an away mission, did the remining crew address Scotty as captain?
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

It's the end of the Discovery's first ride. Let's have another look at the good, the bad, and the Discovery. (I have only read a few of the first comments above at this point, so I might be repeating what others have said.)


The good:

-Last week I predicted that this episode would be action packed. I'm quite happy that I was wrong. Not that there is anything wrong with action per se, but I feel this series has not given us enough character work to date, so I'm glad they had some more attempts at that this week.

-The Klingon war has been wrapped up. I don't know if it was ever officially said, but I do seem to remember reading somewhere that the Klingon war would strictly be a season one thing, and I'm glad they stuck with that. I like that the ended it in a somewhat Trekkian way, with 'blowing stuff up' not being the ultimate solution, although 'forcing the Klingons to unite with the threat of blowing stuff up' might not be a whole lot better. I suppose the show is making the argument that this kind of show of force is what Klingons respond to and so it is a solution that fits their culture. I'm not sure if that's troubling or clever.

-I knew I knew that Orion guy Tilly was talking to from somewhere, but I couldn't place him, until I read afterwards that he was Clint Howard. Balok! And while I enjoy seeing him back in Star Trek, I'm not sure I'm too happy with the way that 'opium den' scene was played.

-More Michelle Yeoh! Since we've probably seen the last of her for a while (beyond the obvious between-seasons hiatus we are entering), I need to take every opportunity to say how much I've enjoyed her presence on this show. I've never been really familiar with her work, but I would like to check out some movies now in which she has a main role. Any suggestions?

-Even though I've not really cared for Tyler/Burnham all season long, their scenes this week were okay. Perhaps a bit too long, but it felt like a decent wrap up.




The bad:

-The pacing in this episode was really weird. We spend a large chunk of time having fun in Orion town and then in the last ten minutes or so the Klingon war goes from being hopeless to being over, L'Rell becomes Klingon leader, Tyler decides to join her, Georgiou disappears to who knows where, Burnham is suddenly a hero who is allowed to entertain the whole Federation council (or whoever those people were) with her monologues, the Discovery crew (well, the ones we focussed on this season anyway; what role could the other crewmembers possibly have played?) get medals, the Discovery gets a new (unnamed) captain, and we meet the Enterprise.

-I mentioned it in the previous point, but why do only the main cast of the show, instead of the main crew of the Discovery, get medals? Why Culber and not Detmer or any other of the bridge crew whose names I don't even remember? Things like this only serve to keep reminding us that this is a TV show, so only the people whom the show says are important, are important, not the people who in a real situation like that would be important.

-Some of the pay-offs in this episode suffer from what has come before. For example, the L'rell stuff and the Klingon war, which are woven back together again here. I usually try to view a show within the expectations it sets for itself, instead of the expectations created by external factors, but in this case I cannot resist the urge to bring up this 'promise' we were sold before the start of the show that DSC would show us the Klingon war from both sides and we would get an in-depth look at Klingon culture. Of course nothing of the sort happened. Unless I'm forgetting anyone, we had four main Klingon characters this year: T'Kuvma, who died pretty quickly; Voq, who didn't do a whole lot pre-Tyler and whose only real attribute after his change was his senseless aggression towards MU Voq and Burnham a few weeks ago; that super eeeevil Klingon commander whose name I forgot and who was blown up before the mid-season break; and L'Rell who is easily the most interesting of the four. Unfortunately, she is still not very interesting. I think the highlight for her character was her interaction with Cornwell on the Klingon ship. Besides that, she has not done much more than hang around Voq early on, and be in the Discovery brig in the latter part of the season. So on the one hand the war has felt pretty empty, because we don't really know anyone involved in it outside of the Discovery crew, Sarek, and Cornewell, and on the other hand L'rell has at best been a character with a lot of unrealized potential. And now we're putting the two together in the grand climax of the season... it just feels flat to me.

-What was the point of making Georgiou captain, execpt for the shocking twist^{tm} at the end of last week's episode? Nothing as far as I can see. All she did this week was fly the Discovery to Qo'noS and lead an away team. The former could've been done by Saru and for the latter you don't need to be captain.



The Discovery:

Where is all of this going?

-I like that the writers attempted to wrap up this season's storyline and that we are not left with a big cliffhanger which continues the season 1 storyline. The war is over; the spore drive is out of commission for now (with the weakest of excuses; I hope they find a better way to write that out of the show for good); Tyler/Voq, L'rell, and Georgiou are all off and away doing their own things; Burnham is reinstated (this is getting close to reset button territory).

-Whichever form season 2 is going to take, it looks like it will be the Discovery crew (Saru, Burnham, Stamets, Tilly, and some of the up-until-now secondary characters like Detmer) with a new captain going out doing Star Trekkie things. That could be nice. Hopefully they will broaden the viewpoint a bit and not make it a Burnham-focussed show anymore. Her story has been told now, for better or worse, it'd be good to see more of the other characters.

-So, the Enterprise cliffhanger. I was actually somewhat relieved. When Sarek said that they were going to Vulcan to pick up the new captain, all I was thinking was "please, don't do something stupid like making Spock the new captain", so running into the Enterprise with (presumably) Spock on board was somewhat of a relieve. What are they going to do with the Enterprise in season 2? Who knows. If the show's recent cliffhanger follow-up record is any indication the answer is 'probably not much, as far as long term storytelling is concerned'. The 'Murca is really from the MU' cliffhanger was quickly resolved by killing him. The 'Emperor Georgiou is now captain' cliffhanger was quickly resolved by stripping her of that rank again, without having her do much captaining. Even the 'Burnham goes to prison' cliffhanger from the pilot episode(s) was resolved immediately. Only the mid-season 'we are in another universe' cliffhanger played out over a few episodes. So my suspicion would be that whatever the plans with the Enterprise are, they will play out in (part of) the first episode of season 2.

Oh, and I'll try to stay out of any debates about the redesign of the Enterprise, which I suspect might have been brought up a few times in the comments so far (but I haven't read them yet, so I don't know for sure).




Random confusion:

-I'm very confused about Saru's rank. At some point in the episode he ws called 'captain', even though at that point officially Georgiou was still acting captain of the Discovery. So is Saru's rank actually captain now? And if so, why are they about to pick up a new captain on Vulcan?
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Plain Simple
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 6:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

@Mertov: "And yeah, I am sure Cornwell and Sarek and Starfleet who are probably in a state of urgency due to their imminent disappearance from the face of the universe, are not going to be suspicious at all, and are simply going to "ask" them to tell their story and accept it like a kid accepts a fairy tale."

So the urgency was so extremely high that we couldn't have had the following two lines?

Sarek: "Commander Saru, since time is of the essence I would want to perform a mindmeld to learn whether you really are who you seem to be and find out where you have been if you are."

Saru: "OK".

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Plain Simple
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 6:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

@KT: "As an Ambassador, Sarek can give orders to Starfleet officers, in that context Saru and Sarek are nothing like the Mr Y and Mr X of your example. I haven't seen anything in previous treks to suggest mindmelds are on par with punches in the face. Maybe the better analogy would be a polygraph test?"

You seem to be nitpicking my analogy for minor ways in which it is not like a mindmeld, while disregarding the similarities. It's about intruding upon someone's personal space (physically in my example, mentally in the mindmeld example) without prior consent. But I can change the analogy, if you'd like: Mr X is at work and Mr Y, his boss, walks up to him and without asking permission grabs Mr X's phone and starts reading all his personal emails (and Mr X is a prolific emailer, so many details of his personal live are contained in these emails). Afterwards Mr X says "oh, I don't mind; I don't have anything to hide". Oh well, say Mr X's colleagues, in that case we are all very happy to work for a boss who without warning can come up to us and read all our private personal communications.
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

@MadManUC: "Cinema Blend is putting forth the theory that Burnham might actually get killed off"

I didn't read the article you linked to, so perhaps they make the same observation in there, but I did wonder about that when Burnham said that her goodbye to Sarek felt final. Obviously Sarek is not going to die, unless we are still/again in some alternate reality/universe/magic mushroom trip.


@KT: "Saru seemed startled (and also in some slight discomfort) but ultimately he didn't object or resist. He had nothing to hide and did not mind the meld. So neither should you; 'Rape' is a subjective experience and Saru is the subject, not you."

What does it matter if Saru didn't mind afterwards (if that is even the case)? That doesn't change the fact that Sarek mindmelded with him without his permission. Let's imagine the following situation: Mr X is walking around town minding his own business when suddenly Mr Y walks up to Mr X and punches him in the face. Oh, the luck. It turns out that Mr X loves the kinky stuff and actually enjoyed the punch in the face, even though Mr Y was completely unaware of that fact when he doled out the punch. So everything's fine now and we say to Mr Y "well done, please continue punching people in the face without warning", right?
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 3:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

Sorry, "A didn't write" in my post above should of course have been "I didn't write". (But I didn't write "I didn't write" as I wrote "A didn't write".) Always fun, post-proofread error spotting.
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Plain Simple
Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 3:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

@Peter G.: "I'm stunned that no one mentioned the most significant moment in the episode, besides of course Darth Georgiou being given command. I'm talking, of course, of the moment of mind-rape perpetrated by "Sarek"."

After posting my first comments above (which I did without reading others' earlier comments first), I went back and read through all the earlier posts, expecting this issue to be heavily discussed. I was very surprised when it wasn't and started wondering if I had somehow misinterpreted that scene completely. I don't think I did. Sarek did force himself into Saru's mind without permission. I was glad to read your post and see that someone else was troubled by this.


@LJ: "As I understood it, in that scene Cornwell was still so in shock that she didn't process Saru's words before and thought they were on a defined course, hence her ordering them to "continue on the same course". Her words deliberately didn't make sense, to show how shocked she was."

Perhaps. That's not how it played to me, but it might have been how it was intended. Maybe if the scene had ended with Saru saying "lay in a course for ...", I would've taken it in the way you describe it.


@LJ: "And as I said above, maybe it's just me, but I don't think of Sarek as being "one of the most loved characters of Trek". In my opinion he was always portrayed as a dickish character. But again, maybe it's just me."

A didn't write "one of the most loved characters", but "a beloved character". Either way though, that's besides the point. The point is that the episode didn't make anything of that scene. It was not presented, discussed, and denounced for the violation it was. It just happened, no one protested, and we're done. And there was absolutely no good reason for it. I understand that they want to use the mind meld as a way to bring characters up to speed with the story, without the need for exposition scenes, but Sarek could've just asked Saru if he could mindmeld with him. If Saru had said yes, then there wouldn't have been a problem. If he had said no (and why would the writers have him do that?) perhaps it would've been clearer to the the writers and the people on the bridge why it would be a problem if Sarek went ahead with it anyway.


@Brian: "After first viewing, I was impressed with how the script felt much better than the last few, how they were finally listening to feedback and incorporating more character scenes, and showing more of the crew."

I'm not sure which feedback you are referring to, but I seem to remember in one of the early episodes of After Trek (I only watched a couple of those; they really grated on me; too bad, I'd love to see some honest conversations with the people involved with this show) they had some people from the show on as guests and they said they were in the process of filming episode 13 or 15 (if my memory serves) at that time. So when we started watching DSC, they were pretty much done filming all episodes, so there wasn't really any time to incorporate external feedback into the show. Now, they probably had internal test screenings and the like, perhaps that's the feedback you mean?
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Plain Simple
Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 2:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

One more in the "good" column. Tilly's comment about how Tyler will turn out the way they treat him going forward. Nice Trekkian message there.
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Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 2:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The War Without, The War Within

Sharing my first thoughts after watching, without having read the posts above. I'll catch up eventually.

This episode started off good. I was enjoying the interactions of Saru with Burnham and Saru with Tyler; one of the first scenes I can remember where I actually started to appreciate Tyler as a character. And then they turned Sarek into a rapist. Great. Thank you very much DSC, that was exactly what we wanted out of a beloved Trek character. Couldn't they have put a line in with Sarek asking Saru if he would be okay with a mind meld? No, just invade his mind without permission and don't even make a thing of it afterwards. I had hoped they would've learned from the backlash to Troi being used this way on TNG.

The rest of the episode I actually quite liked, even though (or perhaps because) it was just a transitory episode between last week's action and what I suspect will be more wall-to-wall action again next week. Perhaps I just like setup episodes. I liked the 3rd MU episode (with Gergiou and Burnham talking a lot) better than the 4th non-stop action one as well.

So, here we go. The good, the bad, and the Discovery again.


The good:

-More crew interactions. The scene with Tyler in the mess hall was nice, if a bit schmaltzy.

-Even L'rell's scenes were decent this week. Not the highlight in any way, but decent.

-We are done with Tyler-Burnham. At least, I hope we are. That relationship never felt real to me.


The bad:

-Well, I mentioned the big one above at the start of my post. That is a rather big one which casts a shadow over the whole episode for me.

-Sarek's "love is wonderful" speech felt a bit strange, coming from a Vulcan. I guess he's always been a strange one, marrying a human and all, but still... I'm not sure what to make of it.

-There was a particular little moment that took me out of the story. The Disco arrives at the destroyed star base. The admiral is in shock. Saru orders the Disco "out of there at maximum warp" (or something to that effect), but, importantly, doesn't give a course where to go. Then the admiral regains her composure a little and when Saru asks what her orders are, she says "maintain course, we're meeting Command". What course? They were just fleeing. How does she know the current course is the right one. I know, a really silly little thing, but it did take me completely out of the story at that point, because it felt written, not real.

-Another odd bit of dialogue was within the span of a few minutes Sarek and Cornwell both saying the exact same line; something like "the resemblance is striking". Perhaps it was just the delivery of the line when the admiral said it. If she had put the emphasis on "is", to stress to Sarek that he was correct, it would've felt less out of place. Now it just sounded to me as if the writers couldn't come up with two different lines for the scene.


The Discovery (long term consequences of this episode):

-DSC is doing its utmost not to take all the opportunities they provide themselves to get the spore drive out of the picture. Now there is suddenly a whole planet of the spores (fun fact: if you look back at last week's episode when the green spore lands on Tilly you can see her mouth the words "take your stinking green light off me you damn dirty spore"; also, not so much fact).

-I hope they end the Klingon war next week. I just don't feel the tension. We know earth is not going to fall to the Klingons. We know the Federation (or the Klingons) won't be wiped out. I hope they'll find a satisfying way to round it all up next week.
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