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Mr Man
Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

Oh boy...

Too fast, too furious, and too many characters making dumb mistakes just to advance the plot so that Leland can get away with even more of the Sphere data. Not happy. When I'm screaming at the screen that Pike should just blow up the Section 31 ship, then you know there is a problem.

That being said, a line of dialogue where Tilly suggests blowing up the Section 31 ship, and Pike agonising about killing the innocent crew in the process would not have gone astray...

As others have said, the writers have overburdened SMG's character to the point where many actors would be hard pressed to resolve the character's backstory to form a coherent whole, so SMG's portrayal is probably never going to satisfy a good portion of the viewership, but in my mind that is less to do with SMG's acting abilities. Number one rule, less is more...

@ Mal:

"Its crazy, but JMS was famously bad at writing dialogue. It is hard to believe, but STD writers are even worse."

I seen this mentioned across the years, but I just adored the way JMS wrote for B5, both his ideas and his dialogue - well except for 80% of Season 5, but that's a story for another time...
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Mr Man
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 12:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

A so-so episode, ramping up the threat levels to 11, but that's par for the course with DISC. A few of things worth mentioning:


Michael now has her mother and her mother figure (Georgiou) in her life. I wonder how that's gonna work out...

Georgoou's motivation in the Stamets and Culber dynamic is one of enjoying other people's discomfort, nothing more. She used that mirror-universe information to make the other characters in that room uncomfortable. Much like it made a segment of the viewership uncomfortable...

Peck's portrayal of Spock works for me, that snarkiness is right on the money, very TOS. Glad there was some bridge building between Spock and Michael's characters.

What is it with this apparent dislike of an unexplained sister in Spock's backstory. It's not like it hasn't happened before (cough cough, Sybok, cough cough).

On that note, where is Sybok anyway...
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Mr Man
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 5:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

DSC's great weakness is the diminished number of episodes in a season to flesh out the minor characters. We should have had at least 3 to 4 episodes across the first 2 seasons to know Ariam, so that her death here would have some significant emotional impact, but the breakneck speed at which we are running through the season arcs leave no time for any character development beyond the key 4 or 5 DSC personnel. I really wanted to be swept away with the emotion of the situation, but all I had was a feeling of irritation that we had none of Ariam's backstory before.

Also, what is it with the repetition throughout this episode of someone telling Spock "The Red Angel chose you" or some variant. I noticed it at least 3 times, and by the 3rd time, I was getting really annoyed. That being said, I feel that Ethan Peck is great as Spock, while Anson Mount is the best thing about DSC, hands down.
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Mr Man
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

After this episode, I am convinced that the Red Angel is Michael. It's the scene where we explore Spock's memories and it shows an (? attempted) mind meld with the Red Angel. Spock starts - "My mind to your mind"; it then cuts to Michael who is the possible partner in the mind meld - "My thoughts to your thoughts". I can't think of another reason to have Michael recite those lines in a memory that was pulled from Spock's interaction with the Red Angel.

Her as the Angel also plays off the notion of Spock's reverence for Michael as a child, and his rejection of her ("I was wrong to idolise you".), counterpointed as her possible guise as a guardian angel (Michael the Archangel), whom the characters instinctively idolise. My two cents worth...
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