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Michael
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 9:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

@Dave in MN

"I don't believe in a "soul". It's another concept with no evidence to support it. "

No, I wasn't referring to a soul. But while you are typing your next post, think about whether you believe it is typing itself, or an invisible puppeteer "you" is typing it.
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Michael
Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 7:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

"I think a MUCH more valid question is why anyone would assume the mostly empty chaotic universe would need an invisible puppeteer in the first place?"

Funnily enough, most people who ask this continue to hold the near-universal belief that their own body needs an invisible puppeteer. If they need no evidence for their beliefs why do they expect it of others?
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Michael
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 7:16am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Also, having never really watched any Seth McFarlane shows, I'm beginning to get a sense that doing what has been done before successfully by others is just what he does. Not a criticism because there's obviously an audience for that, just an indication that sooner or later my interest in this show is likely to wane.
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Michael
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 7:08am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

As a sci-fi story, this was very weak. There was no middle-ground anywhere, no philosophical questions were raised. It came across as dogma rather than a convincing exploration or debate about an issue. No doubt some interesting discussion was to be had about some of the themes raised, but none of it was brought up during the episode.
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Michael
Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 4:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: New Eden

I noticed the pacing problem too. To be fair to Frakes, if he's handed a script which is twice the length of a typical TNG script and has to cram it all into 45 minutes, what is he supposed to do? The slower, quiet moments required of this kind of theme simply can't be accommodated. I don't know how a typical Discovery script compares with a TNG one, but it sure as hell feels a LOT longer. Whether that's just the industry standard nowadays or it's an order coming from higher up to attend to viewers' short attention spans, I wouldn't know.
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Michael
Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 6:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Brother

What massive changes? It was pretty similar to what I'd come to expect from Season 1. The biggest change was that Kurtzman injected a hefty dose of the new Trek movies into the stylistic feel of it - which I think is what most of us expected.

All in all, I don't think there's any way the episode could have turned out that would have made me less surprised at what I watched.
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Michael
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 9:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Primal Urges

To be fair, I have been counseled to by GP doctors I've seen so maybe they don't need psych degrees. Claire didn't seem like a particularly good counselor either which is about on par from what I've seen from the MD world. Although what she did with them is probably far better still than the help from most psychologists, although they do try their best and their hearts are in the right place.
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Michael
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 7:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

Dave - I had that same thought watching the episode. And then found myself thinking how common such racism (speciesism?) was throughout all of Trek, from McCoy calling Spock green-blooded to various crewmembers disdain for Ferengi and Klingons to Archer's childish quips about Vulcans.

I thought the Claire storyline was the weakest. Somehow her being a "good mother" along with her son's issues ends up resting upon winning an ad hoc classroom trial about whose son is to blame, and suddenly everything's okay again, even though there are clear problems with her son and his behavior and attitude.
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Michael T Dunleavy
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 10:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

Nice to have a reason to come back to Jammer's reviews. I am just now catching up on Discovery on blu as I refused to pay for All Access just for one series.

About Lorca's plan (note - his reveal as MU Lorca was a total surprise):

I think the problem is you are working it backwards, and assuming that is the way it was intended to play out. Think of it like a game of chess - once checkmate is achieved, you don't assume that everything that happened along the way was one long, pre-planned scheme in which if anything had gone differently, the outcome would change.

My guess (with 3 eps left to watch) is that Lorca just put himself in position to exploit opportunities when they arose. He knew Michel's potential from working with her in the MU and wanted her counterpart by his side. Had Michel not been imprisoned, he likely would have requested her as XO. One way or another, he would have tried to manipulate the events that happened to deliver her to his hands. What we saw happen is just one way he was able to achieve the desired goal, working within the circumstances outside his control.

Similarly with the spore drive, somehow he knew its potential, and got himself appointed to the Discovery in the hopes that an opportunity would present itself. It did not have to play out exactly the way that it did to get back to the MU.
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Michael
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 3:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Family Business

Elliott -

And if they had critiqued the system in the episode, then someone would have complained that they should have critiqued the causes of the system, namely the kind of thinking which led to its establishment. Where do you stop?
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Michael
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 12:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

Paul M - I observed the same thing early on when I was watching Discovery and there was a discussion alone these lines in one of the episode threads. TOS especially took special care to select crew members reflecting a wide international and cultural diversity - or at least wider than we normally see on television - and this helped to give a sense of international collaboration that many people would hope to see in the future (well, unless you're Donald Trump). It was pointed out that on the International Space Station today there are a wider range of nationalities than we see on the Discovery, and I would daresay even NASA is far more diverse.
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Michael
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 10:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Squire of Gothos

Isn't the whole of Vulcan basically a desert? You would think Spock would know a thing or two about them.
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Michael F Patterson
Mon, Jun 18, 2018, 10:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

This is an interesting take on the Donnie Brasco film, which I also enjoyed.
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Michael
Sun, May 13, 2018, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Emissary

@JASmius This was addressed in the episode:

"PICARD: Could the T'Ong be disabled rather than destroyed?
LAFORGE: We could probably knock out their warp drive engines without damaging the rest of their ship.
K'EHLEYR: That would gain you nothing. Disable the ship, and K'Temoc will destroy it himself.
WORF: Klingons do not surrender."

@Peter G. As William B points out, this episode is one of several that suggest Worf is an arch-traditionalist. Therefore, I would take his comment that K'Ehleyr has a 'human' rather than a Klingon attitude towards sex with a grain of salt.
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Michael
Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 11:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

It's hard to see exactly just how, from a very strong seasons 1 and 2, BSG turned into one of the most contrived, cringeworthy soapfests I've seen in a TV series. If season 3 didn't stretch the limits of believability by the characters making the most ridiculous decisions and putting them in such contrived situations, by season 4 the plot twists were so forced they had made me lose all interest in what was happening on screen. I don't who was responsible for the total mess the series got itself into, but they managed to destroy a very promising series. If I ever happen to rewatch the show (and I doubt it - I would take a rewatch of Voyager, Andromeda, hell even Discovery over it) I will stop at New Caprica and just imagine that everyone lived happily ever after.
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MichaelS
Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 12:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

Can anyone confirm that Clint Howard has now had a role, however minor, in every iteration of the Star Trek TV franchise?
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Michael
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 1:06am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I literally burst out laughing when the Enterprise appeared and the TOS music started up over the end credits. That was unexpected.

Also, what's stopping L'Rell from taking power and then blowing up Earth as well? I don't see the connection between her having control of the bomb and suddenly becoming a pacifist towards Earth just because Burnham was nice to her. It totally goes against what we've seen of her character.
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Michael
Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 10:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

It was just boring.
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Michael Hoffman
Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 2:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek (2009)

@ J Rich

Your post says it all right there! I couldn't have said it better myself. The reboot at best i would give 1 and a half maybe 2 stars (mainly because special effects were excellent and similarities to characters created by original actors was good. although simon pegg as nu-scotty???)

Its hard to believe that die hard fans of star trek would like this crap-fest. Its hard to believe i have to remind star trek fans (not you J rich, you are on the ball) that star trek was never about space battles (ever). All fans have to do is watch the TOS as well as the other tv shows and pay attention to the pacing of the stories.

I guess critics who love the nu-Trek would say that the tv shows make for good tv but would be boring as a movie. The first star trek movies from 1 to Nemesis were made when people used to have an attention span that didn't require explosions and space battles every two seconds. What was fun about the movies was seeing the tv show up on the big screen and the characters interacting with each other as well as a rivoting plot. Youngsters today don't even know what a plot is or are even able to listen to the dialogue. If they watched 2001: A Space Odyssey they would give it 1 star because its boring and they had to (god forbid) listen to dialogue.

Its not star trek that needs to change to the re-boot version, its the minds of those who feel the need to change star trek to space battles and everyone has to be young and beautiful.
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Michael is a boy's name
Sun, Oct 29, 2017, 8:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Wow...this guy came onboard and savagely murdered dozens of people, and they made his punishment be 'banishment into an uncomfortable relationship.' I guess it's like ol' Jean-Luc said that time: "We are not qualified to be your judges." How did this incident not find its way into Mudd's records for Kirk to discover, for one thing?
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Michael is a boy's name
Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 9:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Lethe

I was getting tons of buffering problems and got booted back to the android app's main screen once. I never have this issue with netflix, huluplus, youtube, or even CW. I wish there was a download option like netflix offers. I am paying for the commercial free cbs aa plan.

@WTBA
"Easter egg: Nice to see Connies mentioned (not sure if Burnham had to mention the Enterprise - there are others, right?)."

It makes sense for Enterprise to come immediately to her mind if her 'brother' Spock is serving there.
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Michael is a boy's name
Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 12:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

I would just like to point out that the 'mirror' in 'mirror universe' is a metaphor. As in, actual mirrors (the objects) shouldn't have anything to do with the alternate quantum reality nicknamed 'the mirror universe.' The alternate Stammets inside the mirror makes for nice imagery, but how in the world does it make any actual sense in-universe?
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Michael is a boy's name
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 9:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@Hank
"Yeah, sure, Lorca escaping so easily was a typical trope..."

I'm pretty sure Lorca's escape was part of the Klingons' plan, not merely due to his skillz. Also part of the plan was for his arrogance regarding his skillz to blind him to the fact that they let him go.
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Michael is a boy's name
Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 8:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

So Lorca was dropping key phrases such as 'ghost ship,' to see who might leak info to the Klingons. He said 'ghost ship' to Ash, but later attributed it to Mudd's listening device. But couldn't Ash have passed it to the Klingons instead, as far as Lorca knows? Eh.

Lorca left a fellow prisoner behind. No other captain on any series would have done that.
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Michael is a boy's name
Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 8:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

This episode had a more of one element the show needs to express - human feeling and friendships. I hope it is a sign of things to come.

I wondered after watching tonight whether I liked this episode entirely on its own merits, or just in contrast to the dreary episodes that preceded it.

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