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MercerCreate
Wed, Sep 30, 2020, 8:16am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

@Booming

I would say that your hypothetical is flawed because most Moclans born are actually male. And that is ok because with eggs they can still reproduce. What I'm saying is that the government of Moclus has been lying in order to make it seem like the society is ALL male.. or very much as close to it as possible, releasing figures as stated in the cold open of S1E3 that there is a female born once every 75 years.. and they gotta do this for a reason.. and that is because they know that the chances of a female being born is actually greater.. not 50% like it is here, but greater.. and we have no idea what kind of lifestyle the citizens have but we get the impression form the industrialized society, and harsh conditions that not only are the citizens used to a tighter leash from the government but they believe that it makes sense for only males to be born in this society. So Haveena said that there are more females born than the government will admit, that doens't mean 50%. It also doesn't mean that Moclans that brood their eggs on Moclus would have this process more closely monitored on the homeworld, and and maybe there are ways for the doctors to tell before it hatches if it is female.. or even if a female hatches and it IS a female they people are simply told (indoctrinated) with the belief that this is a terrible defect with their child and the "unspecified" correction procedure conducted by the state will assure normalcy. The secret was impossible to keep, as we have seen.. but it was kept for a while as the stigma behind having females was so strong (think about Christianity here and its stigmas) and think about the fact that the society probably wanted its citizens to test the egg itself regularly and if the eggs have some kind of small genetic "abnormality' then a doctor would come in and fix it (that abnormality would indicate that it would eventually hatch as female). See a government can control a society not through force but through stigma and belief. Haveena had been working this problem for some time making a dozen trips to the Sanctuary, creating her own version of an underground railroad, yet the population of the Sanctuary is rather small.

I think it's not perfect, but as a kind of 90s Trek kind of story.. it holds up pretty well .. and i'm glad this and other Orville episodes have so much substance without being heavy handed. This show is a gift
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MercerCreate
Sat, Jan 26, 2019, 2:12am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

I think you guys are getting this all wrong. This ain't about astrology. They use astrology.. but it is really about placing judgement without knowing people.
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MercerCreate
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 8:37am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

i really like the episode. It falls short of "Majority Rule" despite having a similar feel (and the notion -- which is incredible - that the crew have to solve a problem not with guns but through the planet's own "rules") but the simple fact is that astrology is not nearly as relevant top day as social media is.. which made Majority Rule more relevant. Also, the scene where Kelly and Bortus are about to be executed reminded me a bit much of Enterprise Season 2 "The Communicator". But overall this feels like 90s Trek.. and I love it
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MercerCreate
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 8:22am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

I guess what I HATE about this episode ar ehte things I HATE about Discovery, which is why this is a decent Discovery episode but it's terrible Trek. The writers room just HATES Trek. "Guys, let's make the Discovery ship even more AWESOME than the Enterprise ever was. Ok so.. let's make a crisis that is WAY TOO FAR AWAY that the ship could never reach it by the end of the epsiode, but we will make it so it HAS to get to that destination anyway, so we can USE the SPORE DRIVE. and ONLY the DISCOVERY can use this. So make sure that number is so big, like every episode it needs to go up to 50,000 light years from where it was. Forget the traditional Trek means of storytelling we have to make DISCOVERY awesome. Oh and if Discovery needs to get into an area that is DANGEROUS, it can use the SPORE DRIVE again, because the SPORE DRIVE IS AWESOME, and is not like anything in the other Treks." It's almost as if the Spore DRive was invented so CBS could make sure that Discovery was dissimilar enough from the rest of Trek for the sake of copyright issues with what aspects Paramount owns
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Tue, Jan 22, 2019, 9:20am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

I just enjoy the Orville. I mean really enjoy it. How it is filmed and written is the ebst kind of nostalgia for the 90s. How the bring back ideas from that time period and execute them slightly better. I just like it, a lot. As a 40+ year old, no show is better for enjoying right now. Disco is too busy, with too many gross canon violations, and no real identity of its own or consistency in the script writing. (We literally see Pike giving command to Saur in the middle of the mission and then, in the next scene, he is in a Disco uniform and talking about sticking around). Orville might not be new, yet it feels fresh
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