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Pandapirate
Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 12:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Brother

The death of annoying science guy was a wasted opportunity to show that season 2 will be a tonal shift from season 1. In a quieter moment, have either Saru or Pike make a point to recognize that every life is important. Believing that the guy was arrogant is not a reason to disregard the life and service of Lt. Evan Connolly. It would make the scene where Chief Engineer Denise Reno stay behind and learns surgery to save members of her crew more impactful. If there is a threat to all sentient life in the galaxy this season, then should the crew (and audience) be invested to save all those lives.
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pandapirate
Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 5:31am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I believe that I figured out why the last 15 mins or so of this episode is so different from the rest of the show. Michael was killed by the Emperor when Michael's Main Character Shields failed. Michael was then shown a delusion by an alien that is similar to the alien from VOY Coda. Instead of a eulogy, Michael's delusion is that she is the hero of her favorite space opera. She is told that she is smarter, stronger and more moral than everyone in this and every other universe. She comes up with an illogical way to end the conflict that somehow works perfectly. Her boss and her estranged father all apologies for not seeing how awesome Michael is in her awesomeness. She gets to make a speech while all her new friends get medals. The cherry on top is that she gets to respond to a distress call from her favorite show's heroes. But this fan fiction exist only in Michael's head.

In this universe's reality, the Klingon home world is destroyed, the Klingons destroy Earth, the Federation crumbles, the divided Klingons eventually turn on themselves. This tragedy does have a silver lining. This all out war serves as a lesson to young rising powers. Cardassians and Romulins do not fear a military strong Federation and Klingon neighbor. They see this conflict as something to avoid in the future. Instead of repressed police states, secret police, and the ever demanding war machine we get early attempts at democracy, tolerance, diplomacy and peaceful co existence. Different worlds that are coming to similar ideas meet and eventually form tight bonds. More inspiring they to get a point where they go out on missions of peacefully exploration. They do face adversity along the way- Q, Borg, Dominion, cancellation- but hope remains eternal for a better future.

bring on Season 2
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Pandapirate
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 5:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

With only 2 episodes left and year long break before season 2 premieres, the scenes with acting Captain Saru interacting with the Discovery crew have me curious.

Will TPTB settle the show into a more Trek feel and pander to the frustrated pre- JJ Abrams movies fans? -feel free to move the frustrated fan time line- Possibly treating the first season as an extended prologue to the actual show. Going forward with new Trek by returning to where it is safe.

Or will they continue with the soap opera twists, flashy fight scenes, minimal- take your pick characterizations, motivations, world building, etc (add your complaint here)? Do TPTB feel confident that many DISC fans tolerate a neutering of the show? Or are they confident that the new fans will stay as long as the plots are wild and frustrated fans will still keep watching ? So WIN! WIN! for CBS
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Pandapirate
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 2:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: The Wolf Inside

a summary I found on google for the book Mycelium Running

This book is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. Setting the stage for the mycorestoration revolution, Mycelium Running unveils new methods for growing mushrooms, generating mycelium, and implanting mushroom colonies into the environment. Capitalizing on the digestive power of mycelium, this pioneering book shows how to strengthen sustainability of habitats while providing a multitude of biological benefits. Based upon the premise that habitats and humans (animals) have immune systems, and that mushrooms are the beneficial bridges for both, Mycelium Running marks the dawn of a new era: the use of mycelial membranes for ecological health. Linking mushroom cultivation, permaculture, ecoforestry, bioremediation and soil enhancement, Stamets makes the case that mushroom farms can be reinvented as healing arts centers, steering ecological evolution for the benefit of humans living in harmony with its inhabitants. Four components of mycorestoration are described in detail:
•Mycofiltration: the filtration of biological and chemical pathogens as well as controlling erosion
•Mycoforestry and mycogardening: the use of mycelium for companion cultivation for the benefit and protection of plants.
•Mycoremediation: the use of mycelium for decomposing toxic wastes and pollutants.
•Mycopesticides: the use of mycelium for attracting and controlling insect populations.

The newly updated version contains more pages, more full-color photos, and new information on a wide variety of mycological topics, including:
•Prototaxites, a giant fungus dotting the landscapes of Earth and was the tallest organism on land 420 million years ago
•The role of oxalic acid and calcium oxalates in sequestering carbon dioxide and building the carbon bank
•Psathyrella aquatica nom. prov., the first underwater mushroom
•Gamma radiation fueling the metabolism of fungi analogous to light energizing plants
•New information on antimicrobial properties of mushrooms


How does this relate to the spore drive?
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Pandapirate
Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 7:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Every time on my screen that I see potential getting its wings a lazy writer rings a bell.

This episode has the production value, solid actors, an interesting premise, and the chance for some great character work. It could have left all the cynics claiming that this was just a copy of a TNG episode dumbstruck by the richness of its story telling. Exposing secrets, while leaving the viewer wanting to learn more. The ripples of this episode should have been felt in the remainer of the season. Compelling story telling that gives this viewer a reason to be excited about this show.

sigh

The show has its moments. Many of its characters have grown on me. Do not be confused by my criticisms. Wanting more from the show's writing staff is no hating than wanting more from my favorite sports teams. I just want this show to win big and not settle for at least it showed up.


P.S.

The marketers should have called this a reimagining (more extreme than a reboot) so canon wouldn't have been an issue. Saying that this is in canon divided the fan base and ultimately limits the stories that can be told.

sigh
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Pandapirate
Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 4:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

So we have a science vessel that can run 300 different experiments at once commandeered by the military (or maybe a section 31 type organization) that is a major factor in winning a war. A potential spy in the captain or the security officer. Two characters free to roam this ship of secrets and retain the knowledge of what they see despite 50+ times the reset button was hit.

And the only secret revealed to the audience is a CW-level love plot. The show's strength was suppose to be it's serialized shorten season and it's willingness to look at the darker side of the Star Trek universe. The writers had a unique opportunity to put some serious meat on the overall story for fans to chew on, but instead wasted the screen time showing us a snuff film.

The show is not awful, just VOY/ENT level disappointing
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Pandapirate
Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 11:42am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Sounds to me like a Hugo Award winning idea
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