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Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 12:57pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: The Sanctuary

More a comment on the entire season: I am getting more and more frustrated with the lack of depth the show is showing. Discovery simply has too many main characters that it cannot possibly service sufficiently in 10 – 15 episodes per season. Did Saru actually have a story this season? Stamets, Culber, Reno? So many characters are sidelined while we get a rehash of Burnham feeling out of place. I didn’t need the introduction of Book. How about telling us more about the more seasoned characters? We get bits and pieces about everybody all the time, but never a dedicated story. I don’t have ADD; I can handle a story in one piece within 60 minutes.
More related about the they/them C-story: Those lines about “they” and “them” wasn’t even a story. That dialog sounded like coming straight from a deck of my HR department.
What was good? Detmer having fun flying. That was a great moment. Could have become a real story. But even those two minutes were fun to watch.
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Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 8:02am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Light and Shadows

There were few things that resonated with me, and some that didn't.
I like the dynamic between Amanda and Sarek. That drama felt like a real problem for these two. But that's pretty much all I care for in this Vulcan soap. I still don't understand why there was a need to have Spock being part of the show. Why could Michael not have a distinctly different half-Vulcan foster brother? (this concept alone feels contrived). It also rubs me the wrong way that Spock is such a conflicted mess in this show when he was previously the most stable character in scripted TV and movie.
Somebody mentioned upthread that there is still unfinished business between Stamets and Tyler. I want to add Culber to that topic. How does he feel about his killer being on Discovery and everybody pretty much being cool about it? Complain all you want about DS9. But that show was usually very good at dealing with following up on consequences. DS9 would have devoted an entire episode on this one question. In Discovery we may get three scenes for this. I suppose that's the disadvantage of having relatively short seasons. But maybe I'm complaining too early. Culber is still recovering. His behavior indicated that there is still struggle to unfold.

I liked the Georgiou story. It was less mustache twirling this time. The empress has always been very much a standard evil character. When she was evil in her universe she was always tactical, never very strategic. She was always killing everybody on the spot. Now it looks like she is plotting long term to reach a goal. I want to know what that goal is. Is it just world domination? Does she want to go back home? Or is there something else she wants?

One last thing: I want Burnham to stop whispering.
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Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 7:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Things Past

I'm still not really sure what Odo is guilty of? Did he just do a very sloppy investigation, or had he given in to Cardassian pressure? I suppose he had his extraordinary sense of justice even back then, so why did this investigation go wrong? I don't think the episode elaborated on this a lot.
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Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 1:19pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

For me this episode works better in rerun than when it aired first. When I saw it the first time, I had a WTF-moment at the end. The previous episodes, actually the whole season to date, was so action- and plot heavy that I somehow expected a bigger bang at the end of this episode. It's not that I didn't enjoy the episode, but while watching I was always anticipating something big coming up, like the solar ship getting into real trouble with life support being offline, or a space battle or something similar. Instead I saw a technical crisis that wasn't really one and Gul Dukat congratulating the Siskos for having won a bet against Cardassian pride. And that was it. I guess this was just a question of false expectations on my end. When I watched the episodes again some years later, I was able to actually enjoy the show for what it was, a quiet piece of character study.
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