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Paul B.
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 12:13am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

Wooof.

So, I am pretty partial to Discovery when it has properly set up its conflicts and its character moments. Many of Saru's moments throughout this season, Stamets' moments, and the whole Burnham/Spock dynamic works. But the past few episodes feels a lot like part of the first season, where everything keeps moving too fast to set anything up.

In the past few eps, DSC consistently hopes that SMG will just bang another teary performance out of the park and make us believe it, despite the fact that the stakes for many of these emotional moments are introduced perhaps a few minutes before the conversation or battle (pretty much everything involving Burnham's parents is introduced a few minutes before an emotional moment is supposed to happen surrounding them). I think SMG does about as admirable of a job with a lot of those moments as can be expected, but its just too much to honestly believe. Which is a shame, because SMG is a very talented actress, and I feel like her talent is not always appreciated by the writing.

And then we get this episode. Which is pretty much just all character moments that don't feel incredibly earned, especially when they involve Burnham. The Sarek/Amanda thing was pointless, as was the Ash stuff. There's so much incredible content to mine with the Georgiou connection, and its blown over some snippy walk-and-talk in the hall. Even the Stamets and Culber convo, a duo I am incredibly partial too, seems forced, especially when everyone's supposed to be getting shit done chop chop.

This is a furniture moving episode that got the sofa stuck in the door between the exposition and rising action. This whole ep could have been the first 10 minutes of the finale. Let's hope this episode has set up the finale well.
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Paul B.
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 9:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Wolf Inside

Fairly workmanlike episode that mostly just tied together loose ends. 2.5/4. Nothing terrible, but nothing stunning.

I do like thinking about the fact that, of all people in the universes, however, Ash Tyler is probably the only person who does not have a mirror version anywhere. Voq does, of course, but not Tyler.
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Paul B.
Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 12:31am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

Perhaps I spoke too soon about Culber:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/star-trek-discovery-death-spoilers?utm_term=.udPVLDDjY#.bvwp6WWQv
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Paul B.
Sun, Jan 7, 2018, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

I am really, REALLY appreciating Martin-Green's performance in this episode. It is right on point. When she stabs Connor, you could see how subtly she feels pain for all the loss she caused on the Shenzhou in the prime universe.

All of the performances in this were amazing. Everything was sold very well. I really, REALLY hate to see Culber go (he always seemed the most reasonable person on the crew, therefore easy to like and sympathize with—reminded me a lot of someone like Geordi), but his death was affecting, and promises to be more so, if the sneak peek at the end of this episode means anything. I kinda hope he is replaced with a Mirror version of himself, but given his Wilson Cruz's place in the credits, it's probably not likely.

3.5/4 easily. Could be convinced of 4/4.
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