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Peremensoe
Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 10:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

Trans and NB characters are expected this season.

I don't recall that Tilly was ever stated to be losing weight, let alone having a "weight loss arc" story. I thought she was trying for a "physical-endurance commendation" - apparently successfully, as she was then accepted for the command training program for which that was supposed to be an assist.

"The show's going for ultra diversity, all the main characters black, gay, latino or Asian, with Tilly the plump, body positive token character."

And that would be the most classically Trek thing possible. Right?
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Peremensoe
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

@Name

It is two separate episodes. This was not "That Hope is You, Part 2," about Burnham's intervening year.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 8:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

@Booming

Until we see otherwise, it seems logical to understand that the practical speed limit for most travelers is now much, much less than warp 9.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 8:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

@SlackerInc

My argument there predates the Kelvin movies. I think Memory Alpha's interpretation makes an unnecessary and misleading distinction between "timelines" and "universes."

The series all have episodes with apparently *persistent* alternate realities. The most-seen version, "the" Mirror Universe (although it could be many iterations) wasn't distinguished by "our" characters' actions, and doesn't evaporate when they leave it. It has a common ancestry with "the" Prime timeline, but it's not dependent on it to keep existing. It has its own reality, and in fact there's no more reason to think of it as a secondary branch or version of Prime, than the other way round. They're just two of the countless possible threads of the multiverse of possibilities. We get glimpses of others in various other episodes. Once they exist, each of them, like Prime and MU, seems as real, as internally-consistent, and as persistent as any other.

I don't see any reason why the threads that were distinguished by time-travel incursions should not have as much reality, as much inertial existence, after our heroes depart, as any other. And it just clears away all kinds of problems if you assume that every act of time travel -- a 'vertical' move in a column of space-time -- is also necessarily a 'horizontal' jump to another thread, branching anew if necessary.

There are real-world physicists who think that this is theoretically possible! -- unlike the more old-fashioned idea of a single thread that can be revisited and revised.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 4:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

@GreenBoots_
Burnham does come from a different, more "cowboy" time than O'Brien. And she is not exactly in the best mental health.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 4:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

It is established that intersystem travel is now much more expensive than we've ever seen before in Trek. We don't know the status of replication, but there's likely a pinch there too. Depending on their planets, more planet-bound societies should have limits on the high energy that replication must require. (Even at the Fed's peak they didn't just replicate anything anytime.)

It makes sense that a Trek setting with pronounced economic friction and scarcities would show some mismatches in technological sophistication, sort of like being at an Antarctic base in winter now.

@Hedgefundie
There are a couple Federation ships within Sahil's *scanning* range, not necessarily within practical travel range. My understanding is that no commissioned officers have actually been to his station in the 40 years. It's not clear how much he's even been able to talk to anyone else who still identifies as UFP.

@SlackerInc
Every Trek series exists within a multiverse. I have contended for years that this logically means that Trek time-travel has never been "single-timeline," even when it works out to be perceived that way by the characters.
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Peremensoe
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 7:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Humans *did* explore and populate almost the whole earth with technology just a couple steps beyond rafts (outrigger canoes), so I'm not sure how that analogy even works to make the Voth journey seem unlikely. Neither the humans nor the Voth made the trip in a single generation, of course.
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Peremensoe
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

A single drone of the collective is a lot less important, and more replaceable, than a human limb. More like a single neuron.
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Peremensoe
Sun, Aug 16, 2020, 9:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

@Mr Peepers
I believe it is common for married couples in Starfleet to serve on the same vessel (or station); we've seen a few examples. It's *not* the Navy. And they're typically only on duty for a third of the 'day,' with minimal commutes, so they should have plenty of time.
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Peremensoe
Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

There are other Trek review sites, folks. Try out some podcasts too.
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Peremensoe
Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

After two episodes, I think I'm in for Lower Decks. It's stupid-fun, with a sly edge.

I see the *constant* references to Trek lore as a running meta-joke, more so than the desperate attempt to show cred that some interpreted at first. I kind of loved the throwaway line from the captain about needing something "cool" to say when going to warp.

The plot-pace of this second ep was 'slower' in the A story, but then in overdrive for the B. The pace itself is a big part of the joke. Rutherford dresses for, trains in, and then moves on from several new careers in the time of Boimler and Mariner's hours on the planet? And everybody just cheers this ridiculous breakneck self-actualization journey? Come on, that's funny.

I was hoping they would leave Mariner's self-deprecating sacrifice for Boimler as an inference from what we (already!) know of her, and the look as she leaves the bar, but they threw in the explicit reveal. So I guess it's not *that* sly.

Anyway, FWIW, I've been watching Trek long enough to have seen everything from Motion Picture onward in first release, and I legitimately enjoyed this for what it is.
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Peremensoe
Sun, Sep 29, 2019, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

I find that a bit of theorizing -- perhaps not directly supported by the explicit facts of this or that episode, but making a kind of sense of them -- is pretty much essential to supporting the "the reality of the Star Trek universe."
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Peremensoe
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 9:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Booming
@Dom

Through the first two seasons of the Expanse, I didn't see Holden as "the" lead -- Miller and Avasarala were also focal points, the Roci worked as an ensemble, and there were key scenes apart from all of the above.

The show's "world" is at least half of what makes me care about the plot to begin with, so sacrificing the former for the latter is a very bad trade for me.
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Peremensoe
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Tuvix *is* a fully-realized (not even embryonic) living being, standing before us -- sentient and conscious and with an interest in self-preservation. That the circumstances of his birth into the world were unusual, even unfortunate, cannot be a reason to kill him. Not holding to this most-fundamental precept opens the door for all kinds of abuses.
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Peremensoe
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 3:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

If it's the one I'm thinking of, it's a digital composite, not a real photo from production.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 6:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

L'Rell looked weird -- not just her puffy face, but the hair and the outfit.

I also rather liked Tenavik. I took it that his age was not only physical appearance, but a product of living through or looking into many windows of time, perhaps sometimes in loops.

I hate the pressing to get Culber and Stamets back together. Culber's sense of disconnection from the life previously lived by his original model made perfect sense.
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Peremensoe
Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

I'm old enough to remember when prioritizing everybody-getting-along and relative cultural values over individual freedom was derided as squishy-left.
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Peremensoe
Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 9:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

"Please stop it with the 'alternate timeline' thing.... if there were such a thing, then losing all sentient life in the galaxy wouldn't matter because one could just jump back and splinter off another damn timeline..."

It matters to everybody living in the timelines that get wiped out!

Suppose that, in real life, the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics was somehow mathematically confirmed. Would you stop caring about your own life, about the particular world you live in? I imagine philosophy would see an upheaval, but the direct facts of our own existence would be pretty much the same.
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Peremensoe
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 8:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

Thanks, Yanks. Seems weak.

I'm not sure Mama Burnham *is* coming from the Control future. She's apparently been back and forth across centuries -- or someone in the suit has, or will have -- but did Mom come forward from Michael's past?
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Peremensoe
Sun, Mar 24, 2019, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

OK, here's a serious question about the episode at hand. I see people arguing about the logistics of the Angel-capture, but nothing on the reasoning of it.

If they believe the Angel is a future-Burnham... and she's "one of us," presumed to be on the right side... and she does in fact appear to be saving people with each appearance, and working against the evil future-Control... why do they want to *capture* her? Why not try to talk to her? Work with her? Nobody even questions this?
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Peremensoe
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 11:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

You know, Trish, you don't have to agree with the "billboarded" interpretation. As I said in 2013, I think Archer was wrong. I'm with Trip and Picard -- instinctively rejecting the chaining of minds.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Red Angel

The multiplicity of timelines/universes/realities is so established in Trek -- well before the 2009 movie was made. From "Mirror, Mirror" to "Parallels" and beyond, it's as much a Trek trope as time travel/weirdness.

The odd thing to me is that we fans mostly do accept the concept, but then don't apply it when it so easily solves the cross-series canon and continuity questions. You don't buy Peck-Spock as the same character as the primary Nimoy-Spock? Fine, they're not. Have as many timelines as you need, to accommodate the Trek shows you like to watch. Or call them the same character, if that works for you and increases your enjoyment.

Personally, I think of the main line of TNG and DS9 as one reality -- apart from those episodes that explicitly depart it -- but otherwise I don't much care. It doesn't really matter whether Discovery is the past to *the* OS and subsequent events that I watched, or another version of them.
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Peremensoe
Sat, Mar 16, 2019, 6:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

"Commander Nham was the weakest point. Not because of her acting but because she for the most part felt shoehorned in. There was a moment were she looked at Ariam and I thought 'What is she doing on the bridge? Is she just standing around?'"

She was *watching* Airiam, in suspicion. After the previous scene where she questioned her, I thought Nhan might actually figure out Airiam's duplicity right there. As it was, she was just primed to push the button on her later.

Notice also how real-Airiam's struggle to expose/sabotage hacked-Airiam was shown in the exchanges with Tilly.
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Peremensoe
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

@Loud Morn

Not sure I agree with everything there about Voyager, but that’s a fun read. Thanks :-)
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Peremensoe
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

I assume "sword" is just the English approximate translation.
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