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Ryan Rabideau
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 11:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Reading through these comments and such... well I'm ruminating on a couple of things...

1) Discovery has suffered by it's breakneck pace, it's lack of "substrate" character development (the bridge crew/etc.) and it's ever increasingly grandiose plot.

Perhaps... the constraint of being a prequel felt like pressure to continually keep the stakes "global". So maybe... just maybe... in season 3... being in a future where most likely the Federation is long long dead... we will see the plot's stakes being more humble... survival/getting back to their time/etc.

That would feel nice...

2) By being in a hostile future with presumably no strategic support, we see Discovery in the same position as Voyager was... but this time perhaps the authors will do a better job of showing Discovery forced to adapt, forced to do more with less... and not be able to spawn infinite numbers of spare shuttle-craft :)

3) By not showing us any of the aftermath for Discovery in the end, they cleverly positioned themselves to remove any actor from the show they'd like. Obviously it would be difficult to justify Michael or Saru... but minor characters like Reno or even Stammets can be justifiably killed off-screen as a casualty of their journey.

I'm not advocating for their removal... just saying that there are real life concerns and more than most shows... Discovery is under intense scrutiny... so being able to make some cast removals etc. for Season 3 keeps them flexible.

4) I wonder if they are learning from the Orville's moderate success. The Orville possess the relaxed "day to day" living scenes that TNG and other Treks were truly known for... if Discovery could slow down the pace JUST enough to let in more of this sort of humanizing moments, I'd really feel better about their terribly convoluted plots.
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Tue, Jan 22, 2019, 12:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Heart of Stone

I thought this was one of the best episodes so far. Easily in the top 10.
There was suspense, character development (Nog, Odo) and some touching moments. And I wasn't bored during this episode unlike so many other episodes.

The only kinda weird thing was when Sisko jumps on Nog close to the end. I almost thought he would Sisko-punch(tm) him but at this point I expect Sisko to act with sudden intensity at random moments. And it kinda amuses me, actually.
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Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 7:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet


A better comparison than Eichmann would be Oskar Grönig who was dubbed "The Accountant of Auschwitz" by the media. He was on trail as recently as 2017 in Germany at the age of 96 years. He publicly regretted being part of the death machine - even though he was "only" an accountant.

In contrast to this DS9 episode, he was sentenced to imprisonment by the German court, though.

I had to think of his case the whole episode through.
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Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

I'm watching DS9 for the first time. I cannot understand how you can give absolute trash like "The Storyteller" 3 stars and then complain about this episode when this one actually had some funny and entertaining bits - but to each their own I guess.

I mean, for example the moment when O'Brien goes back into his daughter's room and you just know Rumpelstilzkin will actually be in there was just hilarious I thought.
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Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: CNN Is a Joke

CNN topped itself today with the Enquierer headline news on Trump hearsay news of a doorman and mistress with child. The National Enquirer would not print it because it could not be substantiated but CNN has it leading its webpage.... showing their true colors. Real news outlets like BBC dont even make mention.
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Jason Rabin
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

Peter, your explanation would make more sense in the context of DS9 or really anything post Kittomer Accords. This was actually an issue that was touched on quite a bit in DS9 especially.

But Discovery is taking place at a time when the Klingon Empire has no formal ties with the Federation and is free to attack them as they please. They can be as warlike as they please. Their *culture* isn't changed.

Now you're suggesting that if the Federation gets too big and powerful they won't be strong enough to defeat it, I guess. Kind of a bizarre idea that by the Federation getting too strong to attack, this is an attack on the Klingons' way of life of attacking people! Lol. Sort of like the lion accusing the antelope that fights back of attacking his way of life?

I mean I guess you could imagine the Klingons asserting some kind of variation on the lebensraum concept or maybe more sympathetically suggesting the Federation is occupying their fomer "hunting ground".

But watching the Klingon scenes, do you really think the intention of the writers was to suggest the Klingons' were just mad that the Federation was getting too big for them to attack? That their sole grievance was that the Federation was attacking their way of life by being too strong to attack?

I'm sorry but this is bonkers. "Remain Klingon" has no rational explanation in this context. The more I think of it, the more I think this idea came from a different script with a totally different race and the Klingons were just written in after the fact.
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Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 9:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Lethe

@Startrekwatcher: Does you officially being out mean that you will change your handle to "Startreknotwatchinganymore"?
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Jason Rabin
Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 4:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

Just as a commentary on the spore drive I don't agree that this belongs in the same category as subspace. For subspace there is no evidence that it exists, true, but also no evidence that it doesn't. It is some sci-fi concept that relates loosely to our universe's physical laws that is simply unknowable at present.

The spore drive isn't unknowable because we know what spores are. We have them here on earth. There is evidence that spores don't live naked in the vacuum of space (and right next to stars!!) because it's fucking impossible.

There is writing a science fiction story about a man walking on the surface of Mars and then one where a man walks on the surface of the sun. There's speculative bordering on fantastical and then there's impossible. The spore drive is really pushing heavily into the latter category.

I am not saying this is my biggest beef with STD. Actually, I kind of like it if I'm being honest. If they really run with the concept and we get some stories like STNG Where No One Has Gone Before or Q Who then I'll forgive them the conceit. Even in the context of a gritty war story one hopes that sooner or later *someone* is going to notice that they can travel anywhere, ANYWHERE.

The big irony is that the only character thus far to give us an inkling of this so far was Lorca of all people in his speech to Michael.
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Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 3:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

@TDexter I was thinking the same thing! That was kind of weird. I would loved to have seen the kinds of positions Tom and Kes had to get into for conception!

Then there's the annoying fact that humans can apparently breed with any species in the whole universe which is just downright silly. That's always been one of my gripes with Trek. Somehow species from the Alpha quadrant are physically compatible with species from the Detla quadrant. Total bull.
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Admirable Chrichton
Tue, Jan 12, 2010, 11:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

I think this excerpt from an interview with Brannon Braga on this dogs ass of an episode (I mean you'd think who in hell would even contemplate greenlighting a low grade comedy episode with one of the least popular races that brings up continuity trouble.) really sums up what went wrong with ENT/VOY better than almost anything I have ever seen written.

"I saw more shit being given about our using the Ferengi before it aired than after. You know people were saying "How can they show the Ferengi, when they haven't been encountered yet? They [the fans] don't think we do, but we consider all these things carefully. Sometimes the fans think they know more than we do, but in fact, how could they? This is 24/7 Trek here. It's all we do. We know these series very, very well, so continuity issues are scrutinised very carefully. We almost didn't do it [Acquisition] because it may not fit continuity, but we gave it a whirl anyway."

Let then eat cake eh Brannon.
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amdirable chrichton
Sun, Mar 15, 2009, 3:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

It can be quite contrasting how slow and preachy TNG aactually was in the begining, compared to the high points from seasons 3 to 5. The Last outpost seems to consist of about 56 years just gawping at the big Ferengi ship on the viewscreen! The "Tashas drugs speech" in Symbiosis really has to be seen to be believed though.
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Admirable Chrichton
Sun, Mar 15, 2009, 10:39am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

Does anyone else think this is a bit like the Babylon 5 episode "Deconstruction of Falling Stars", but much better and done properly.
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The Undesirable Element
Tue, Feb 24, 2009, 11:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: No Exit

I couldn't help but be reminded of DS9's "Rapture" with regards to the Kara/Anders plot. In the DS9 episode, Sisko finds all sorts of divine truths as a result of a brain injury, and Jake has a brain surgery performed to save his father.

If one is going to borrow a page from DS9, that's a darn good place to start. And since Ron Moore wrote for that show too, he's really only elaborating on his own themes.
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admirable chrichton
Mon, Feb 23, 2009, 5:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Heart of Stone

The scene where Odo tells Kira what his name means, and how his friendship with her allowed him to overcome it, is a beautiful and heartbreaking scene and really highlights how good an actor Rene Aubergonis is.
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Undesirable Element
Wed, Dec 31, 2008, 2:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Faith

I'm curious... did you score these episodes as you watched them originally, or are you basing your opinion on how they all fit in to the overall storyline of these first ten episodes? (I assume you've seen all the episodes by now.)
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Admirable Chrichton
Thu, Sep 18, 2008, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Cold Fire

This has to be one of the most anticlimatic follow ups to a major plot line I've ever seen. It basically runs as "Use the force Kes, oh look a remake of the Caretakers array, use the force sommore Kes on some tea, plants and a Vulcan security officer. You killed my mate, no we didn't, oh right then, toodleoo." That is honestly about the upshot of it. It was only today why I discovered they did make it at all (as Jammer asks in the review), as a "get Voyager home" card should the show be cancelled (which was a possibility back then.) In that context, this ramshackle outing makes sense.
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Admirable Chrichton
Mon, May 19, 2008, 7:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

Yes the computer voice is indeed Roxanne Dawson.
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admirable chrichton
Fri, Mar 14, 2008, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

I don't agree that this was the worst episode this season. That award must go to the dire "Meridian". It's silly and utterly forced, but it does get better (I don't know why) after a few viewings and the scene where Bariel gets decked by Dax is (moderately) amusing, and Lwaxanas parting comments to Odo are quite nice as well
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Admirable Chrichton
Wed, Nov 21, 2007, 8:42am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

Nice to see the Kriosians choosing their royal family from "My Super Sweet Sixteen!!!"
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Admirable Chrichton
Wed, Nov 21, 2007, 8:34am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I can't understand why this episode is so popular. I've watched it a few times now and it doesn't do anything for me. I don't hate it, but I'm not enamoured with it either. If there is some profound "X factor" to this episode its gone right over my bloody head.
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Admirable Chrichton
Wed, Nov 21, 2007, 8:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

I have noticed that many consider this to be the most subversive episode of Trek ever to be shown (well perhaps that Enterprise episode where they steal that warp core from the aliens might be a contender for the role.). Yes it probably is, and in this we have a problem. Trek has (at the time ITPM aired at least) become a sub genre of a genre, and this episode shows this. By Trek standards it is a dark and dangerous episode, but perhaps not when compared with other types of shows in our cynical nineties and noughties. Don't get me wrong I love Trek, and think this episode is one of the strongest, and I think the values Trek promotes are laudable. But the core reaction to this episode does highlight the gap between Trek optimism and the cynical dramas around at the moment.
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Tue, Sep 11, 2007, 2:50am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Unfinished Business

I've got to agree with you. This episode really came off as a bad piece of fanfiction. I kept looking at that final fight sequence and seeing it as a bad music video made by someone who watches the show on a regular basis. I also have to agree with the comment about the Adama/Tyrol fight. Seeing him suckerpunch Tyrol was so out of character that I half expected William Olmos to drop his gloves and say to the audience, "Why did I just do that?"
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