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ImageByPatrick
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tattoo

I am a new Star Trek fan. Doing covid I have been powering through TNG and DS9, I started Voyager and made it a few minutes into Season two episode 9 “Tattoo”. I am Native American myself and have sort of had mixed feelings about the Chakotay character. He could have bit more depth but hey it’s early in the series. I made it a few minutes into this episode and shut it off and I am debating if I want to even watch the series any more. In the extremely hokey origin story sequence it suggests that natives traveled to the Americas using an icy “land bridge” to travel from Russia over. Not only is this theory it’s extremely racist and kept alive by white supremacy and the need to justify the genocide of our people. The beauty of Star Trek is the integration of facts and history with theory and sci-fi elements. These “land bridge” theories have been disproved and dismissed. I’m very disappointed at the mishandling and damaging nature of this propaganda. I don’t know if I will be able to enjoy the rest of the series from here out. PS if you are not of the cultures primary descent you do not get to decided if something is racist or not.
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Patrick
Sun, Jan 17, 2021, 7:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

Useless fact:
The other ships name is Brattain, not Brittain. The subtitles are correct because one of the pads shows it too and crew says indeed Brattain. However, in one exterior shot of the ship it is spelled as Brittain. Whatever. Engaging episode and Picard and Riker genuinely looked sleep deprived.
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Patrick
Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 7:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

“but they are finishing filming the third season of The Orville right now”

They’re delayed due to corona and haven’t started production which means there’s at least six months of work left on it:

https://amp.cinemablend.com/television/2560892/seth-macfarlanes-the-orville-season-3-just-hit-another-setback

Shows can get canceled at this stage. My point was only that you shouldn’t be bragging about its success. Discovery has been greenlighted for a Fifth season.
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Patrick
Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

“I must point out that the Orville has managed to lay the groundwork for an entire scifi universe and juggle several arcs while also telling a bunch of standalone Trekkish stories and they managed to do that in only 26 episodes (2 seasons).”

The Orville couldn’t maintain its network audience and has no production schedule for a third season with somewhere else yet. I wouldn’t call that a success.
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Patrick D
Mon, Dec 21, 2020, 4:44am (UTC -5)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 15: The Believer

Fuck Bill Burr and his bordering-on-alt-right "comedy". That is all.
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Patrick
Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 6:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

Thanks for the link Booming! I haven’t watched the first few seasons of The Expanse in awhile but these crib notes helped jog my memory.
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Patrick
Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 10:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

Okeish episode. The ending too abrupt. About that ledge? Ambiguity? No, Jadzia says “ that ledge would have never supported him”. Which says it all and isnt really like Worf except when the sword is like the ringggg...
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Patrick
Mon, Dec 14, 2020, 11:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

Loved it! The TOS classic Mirror episode will always be a remarkable bottle episode, but this one marks the moment NuTrek overtakes the older shows in its portrayal of the Mirror Universe. The MU is no longer a one-trick pony where “everything is the opposite”, but a fleshed-out parallel universe with its own rules.

Of course much of what’s good comes from gargantuan DISCO budget, but beyond that the lines spoken by the actors as Terrans have a sense of conviction. In other words, DISCO may often be nonsense, but it’s good at peddling its nonsense.

Terra Firma! (Soon to be the signature line in my e-mail.)
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WeNeedACureForSociopaths
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, 11:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

The fact that this is even a debate proves that some people lack a conscience.

Or a brain.

The utopia Star Trek promises can't even exist anywhere the fascist impulses that would defend "watching the death of an entire race for the greater genetic good" also exist.

The have nots will wage war to survive. The haves will allow all kinds of corruption in order to protect themselves from falling through the cracks.

It's what creates the rot in societies that ultimately leads to their collapse.

And nothing said by amoral cynics like Jack will make "Two women are allowed to kiss" as dangerous.
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Patrick
Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 4:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

@Jammer
Some commenters go on and on about some random detail or offtopic philosophical interests. Discussions should be related closely to the episode. See the weight thing here. It goes on forever. Its not a crime to mention weight gain imho, especially kind of welcomed for Americans since its a huge issue there (saw it in reality when visiting; quite a difference from small Holland, food and drink portions are just crazy and not helping at all). Just ignore it when you dont agree, or leave it to one line in your comment. If only one person mentions it, it stays at one person making the possibly harsh comment. Now it gets way more attention.

These offtopic discussions annoys many casual readers and make them skip the more insightful comments, which is a pitty. It doesnt help that the site wont allow readers to rate comments so some will be hidden by default.

This episode: more cowboys and fantasy in space, but for that I have the excellent Firefly!
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Patrick D
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I guess I'm alone in this arena. I've been watching TNG for decades and I still love it. Even seasons 1 and 2 are more watchable *to me* than most of of Voyager and Enterprise. Part of it might be nostalgia. Part of it might be than I know that some of the weaker episodes of those early seasons (like "Hide and Q" and "Datalore") lead to bigger and better things down the road. Even at its worst, TNG strived to be a thoughtful show (with exceptions like "Sub Rosa" and "Genesis").

I don't need Trek to be ultra-jaded like The Sopranos and I don't need it to be paced like a Fast and the Furious movie. Just let it make me think, feel, experience something unique and wonderful and help me see the world in a different way. And would it kill Trek to be cultured, inspiring and humanistic again? Can't they give us one new spin-off in the true spirit of the first two Roddenberry-created Trek shows? Just one?
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Patrick D
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 10:54am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

This is purely anecdotal, but the Trek show--indeed the TV show, in general--that I've had the worst time talking people into watching was Deep Space Nine. All the people I've tried to talk into watching the show are deeply intelligent people with otherwise good taste, but there's never been a person who seemed enthusiastic about watching it and some have voiced disdain. In some ways it's the most critically acclaimed Trek show, but it is also a HARD sell.

On the flip side, Firefly was the easiest show I've ever got many people to watch and love. Go figure.
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Patrick D
Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 3:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Chrome

I never thought "Skin of Evil" was that bad an episode. In fact it was a pretty compelling story. Sure the ending with Tasha's funeral is maudlin, but it was otherwise pretty solid, though campy.

I agree with you though, season 1 of TNG is unfairly maligned for the most part. Episodes like "The Big Goodbye", "11001001", "Heart of Glory" and "Conspiracy" acquit it well. And there's a sense of wonderment in the first season of TNG that no other Trek series that came after can come close to touching.

Star Trek: Enterprise's first season was so appallingly mediocre and forgettable, that it was the first Star Trek series that I gave up on watching.
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Patrick D
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 11:19am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I'm a hardcore TNG fan, and even I'm like, "TNG's first season is the best? REALLY?"

I'd rank the classic shows' first season thusly:

TOS
DS9
VOY
TNG
ENT
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Patrick
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 2:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

ps. portable transporters anywhere to anywhere? How does that work giving its gigantic power needs and needs really fine sensors/scanners/de-constructors. But you still have to guess and hope where you end up apparently and a dramatic 30 second charging time. Uhuh. Whatever they use for power, can use it to power star ships too. Given the old style transporter pad to anywhere already gives enough story problems... (its known limitations were already thrown out of the window in one of those nutrek movies without giving any thought to consequences). Alas, magic fantasy.
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Patrick
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 2:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

After watching only a few episodes of season 1 before giving up and skipping the rest... I thought let's see what's going on in season 3. Some 'fun' pickings...

-Emotional overacting and 360 degrees character turns
-The burn. It just happened. Don't ask questions. It's magic. Help the dilithium is melting because it's expiry date.
-A Giant snail that's bulletproof because noone shoots. Greenpeace in space.
-We destroyed time travel equipment so the whole universe can't do it anymore.
-Star Wars shooting gallery
-Dramatic stand offs
-Not really going anywhere (a problem with many serial story arc series), no intro, problem, solution, end.
-What are the odds of exiting a wormhole only to hit a ship and crash land on a class A planet very nearby
-Ironman in space
-Too much gizzmoo. Bling bling holograms
-Surprised things have changed in 1000 years? What NO Roman Empire?!

Ok, it could be silly space adventure fun. Indiana Jones in space. But it's just not Star Trek.

Signing off.
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Patrick D
Sat, Oct 10, 2020, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@MossBoss

Seconded. Lower Decks might be an animated comedy, but despite its irreverence, it actually FEELS like TOS/TNG--they're *actually* exploring the universe--what a concept! (This goes for The Orville as well) In fact, it's the only Trek show under Kurtzman that's halfway respectful to the mythos. The humor gets wittier as it goes along (especially the last two episodes) and the characters are finally beginning to get some actual depth (especially the last two episodes). Believe me, I've had antipathy to most everything post-TNG, DS9 was great television despite it taking a wrecking ball to Gene Roddenberry's vision ; Voyager had it's occasional stand-out episode despite it being a borderline disaster of a series; Enterprise was the most mediocre Trek show in history; the Kelvinverse movies are appalling; and I couldn't get into Discovery or Picard (and when a hardcore TNG fan can't get into Picard, there's something wrong). I went into Lower Decks expecting to hate watch a flaming train wreck of a series. Instead, it also won me over! Lower Decks is an ANIMATED COMEDY. Don't go into it expecting "The Inner Light" or "Duet". It's not really canon and it still has more respect for the Roddenberry mythos than most anything that came after Enterprise. It's a romp. It's a lark. It's FUN--something that Trek hasn't been in decades (at least for me). I say: bring on season 2!
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Patrick D
Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 7:05am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

WOW! What an amazing way to wrap up the season. The show really came into its own these last 2 episodes. I started watching this show with a morbid curiosity and expecting to hate it, but it won me over. "No Small Parts" is a solid 4-star outing and feels like actual Star Trek with witty, Futurama-style humor. The humor and drama balance each other nicely in a way I haven't seen since Joss Whedon's heyday. I'm really looking forward to the next season (hopefully they'll be a next season despite the pandemic).

Jammer, I totally recommend this to watch even if you don't review it. This is great stuff!
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Patrick D
Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 1:43am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"I'm going to feed you to an Armus!"-- Mariner
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Patrick D
Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Marlboro

I'm a massive Star Trek fan. I couldn't finish Star Trek: Enterprise, I despise the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies, and I can't abide Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek: Picard, but I really dig Star Trek: Lower Decks.

How do I fit into your formulae?
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Patrick
Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 11:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

There was a time were I took TNG quite serious and I would have issues with this episode. However, it was the first episode I remember my young self watching and having a relaxing Time. Nowadays I can quite enjoy the silliness of it all. It has charm. Its really nothing too special, but it has familiar warmth to it and the acting on screen fits it nicely. Like.
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Patrick D
Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

As far as Lower Decks goes, this is a 4 star episode. The humor is clever and the characters are developing depth!I never thought I'd love a Trek show under the auspices of Alex Kurtzman, but here it is! I'm looking forward the season finale next week!
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Patrick D
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"Roga Danar? Get the f*** out of my face with that."--Ensign Mariner
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Patrick D
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I can't believe they've actually made a good Star Trek series in the 21st century! Lower Decks really surprised me. I was all set to hate it, but it's grown on me. The humor is cute and chuckle-worthy. Is it Rick and Morty-level good? By no means, but it's actually respectful of the Trek mythos which Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard can't begin to claim. The newest episode, "Veritas" is delightful. (With an awesome special guest star)

Jammer, I hope you get a chance to watch this show. It's delightful.
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Patrick D
Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 6:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Trek has been soulless and visionless since 2009.

It hasn't been a major cultural force since 1996.

I don't see a turnaround here, sadly.
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