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Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 6:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

Also - when Soji held Ramdha's hand, her gradient badge started flashing green.
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Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 5:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: The End Is the Beginning

I liked that they managed to address the forehead differences of Romulans, address the regional accents and make what seemed to be a Doctor Who reference, all in the space of one line of dialogue. ("Lots of planets have a north!")

That Rios seems to have deliberately coded his EMH and ENH to have different accents while still looking like him is interesting (if it was him that coded them, perhaps someone else saddled him with them as a joke. Maybe Raffi?). I wonder if he has holo-backups to take care of other ships systems, like an Emergency Weapons Hologram with a South African accent. They all need to appear at once and take the piss out of Rios en masse.

I have a theory about what happened to the Artifact Cube. While we saw a previously assimilated Romulan (Orum in VOY: Unity), whose assimilation had not caused a sub-matrix collapse, we have seen in multiple episodes of VOY that the Borg were susceptible to certain types of pathogens, (the Brunali trojan children, Species 6339 in Infinite Regress, what Future Admiral Janeway did in Endgame...)

So after Voyager returns to Earth, presumably either the Federation shares knowledge with the major powers about how to combat the Borg, or the Tal Shiar acquire this intel through other means, and either the Romulans engineer a disruptive pathogen into all Romulan citizens from that time forward (explaining Orum, being pre-Voyager return) or maybe they just did it to Ramdha and her crew, and deliberately sent them into the path of the Cube as they were Zhat Vash fanatics?
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Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 1:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

@Ian: "We can build flesh and blood android bodies now, and also Data's consciousness and memories might be floating around somewhere."

9 episodes later:

"Welcome back Mr Spiner without the need for makeup and de-aging tech in your new 71 year old human looking android body."


Any plans to review Avenue 5? There's a lot to criticise about the pilot. On paper, you’d think “The Poseidon Adventure - In SPAAAAAACE… and it’s written by the brilliant team of satirists behind The Thick Of It and Veep" would be a grand slam right out of the gate, but the first episode reeks of network interference.

Apparently some reviewers who have seen more think it picks up significantly as it goes on. Also has a character played by Ethan "Neelix" Phillips.
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Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 12:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

This show looks stunning, from the opening nebula shot to those beautiful landscapes.

That said, the de-aging tech on Brent Spiner is only partially successful, but I wasn't bothered that much by it. I did think the earlier era uniforms looked a little cheap in hi-definition given how good the rest of the costuming on this show is.

What else is there to say about Patrick Stewart's performance other than it's like comfort food to the world weary?

I've never seen Isa Briones in anything before, but I found her especially impressive. I wonder how differently she'll play Soji from Dahj.

I had a theory a while back that Dahj would actually turn out to be a resurrected form of Lal, especially given that her reactivation was a major plot thread in the novelverse (R.I.P.), especially when she name checked the episode "The Offspring". Glad to see I was wrong and that they didn't draw out the reveal too long.

I didn't know this until now, but apparently all I've ever wanted is to live on a vineyard with Orla Brady.

I thought the choice of painting journalists as unscrupulous and untrustworthy was an odd one for showrunners who've made a big deal about how the present-day climate toward media and politics is unnaceptable. Character wise, if Picard has been tuning down interview requests for two decades, then of course she's going to seize on the chance of getting her moneys worth out of him while she has the opportunity, but the "journalists will entrap you" trope still kinda bothered me.

Framing Picard in terms of his writing historical journals was nice. They've taken care to present him as the fully rounded character with other interests he always was on TNG, not just someone who used to be nothing but Starfleet and is now nothing without it.

He was right about INDEX - that humour did not land

Romulans with and without brow ridges. Good.

I'm curious as to why exactly Picard woke up on his own couch after the explosion, rather than in a hospital bed facing questions from Federation Security about why there was an explosion in the first place and why the rooftop would have been littered with at least some not charred beyond recognition Romulan agents. (Tal Shiar, or some remnant of them?) The fight choreography made it clear that a few of them were dead at the opposite end of the rooftop from the staircase where the explosion happened.

Aww. B4.

On that note, no actual discussion of Lore. Nemesis did that as well, which I thought was strange at the time. You'd think that on the context of "Rogue Synths" somebody might mention that of the three Soong-type androids, only one was what you'd call an objectively good person, given that Lore was a psychopath and B4 was too child-like to be considered much more than something of a proof of concept.

Between Control in DISCO and Synthetics here, somebody in the Trek writers room is definitely an alarmist about AI research. It makes me wonder about how they might handle sentient holograms like Doc EMH, as far as artifical life form rights issues go. Maybe when Seven appears she might shed some light on this, given their friendship.

That music cue at 41 minutes in as Narek enters the scene was straight from TOS and I loved it. Actually, the sound design and music throughout this entire show was faultless.

Possile spoiler: According to IMDB, the guy who played Bruce Maddox in "The Measure Of A Man" hasn't had an acting credit since 2014, but I'm fairly certain I saw a split-second shot of him in one of the trailers.

I have an idea now where a certain plot thread might be going, and if I'm right they won't need de-aging tech any more.

So all in all, as still furious as I am that nearly twenty years of the novel-verse has been completely written off in favour of this, I still found it the most enjoyable thing I've watched in a long time, and I'm glad it seems to have at least some idea of what pacing is, by not cramming every character from the trailers in to the first epsiode. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to listen to "Blue Skies".
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Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 12:43am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

This is yet another demonstration of why this show failed. It isn't the only completely wrongheaded episode in the series, but that anyone could write it in this day of, for example, international condemnation of women's oppression in certain parts of tlhe world lends it an air of something darker than moral incompetence.

Its authors basically steal the premise of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", with big dollops of the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Outcast" and even "Angel One." Only in this case, it uses the as u st unformulated Prime Directive to effectively sanction slavery, the trafficking against their will of sentient beings, and forced reproduction involving an oppressed class of fertile beings who are denied basic rights. It implies that "culture" trumps (ha) the inalienable rights that all sentient beings share, not least in the vision of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's philosophical world, exemplified by the early TNG episode "The Measure of a Man" and countless Star Trek episodes where the Federation denies entry to numerous candidate worlds based on their sentient-being rights violations.

The Prime Directive is supposed about noninterference in developing worlds, anyway, not respect for "culture" over rights. Yes, there are "consequences" to Trio's actions - just as there were "consequences" to Franklin and Jefferson papering the French countryside with copies of the US Declaration of Independence. That doesn't mean we wish they hadn't!
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Kevin McGrath
Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 8:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Deflectors

"When the little girl asks what's wrong with Lokar's head, she doesn't even ask Talla the same question The girl never acknowledges Talla existence. Lokar is the only one of the two that she asks "who are you". Either Lokar stood out because he's black, or Talla didn't instantly standout because she presents as white first, and alien second. The writers, director and actors seem to be unaware of the racial implications of that scene. It's a replica of 1940s New York. It's a bit disconcerting that moment goes by and isn't commented on. "

I rather think Charles was wrong on this. What distinguished Locar wasn't his colour but the fact that he was recognisably non-human. If he'd been pale- skinned he'd have looked every bit as strange. Talla in his presence looked pretty much a standard human, unless you looked pretty closely at her. If she'd had a dark skin like Clare that would still have been the case.

It hadn't even occurred to me that these Moclans all seemed to have dark skins, any more than it ever occurred to me that Worf did. Or, to remember the classic 1980 series version of Beauty and the Beast, that Vincent was not dark skinned and was played by a white actor. (YWas Surely an underlying intention in both cases to get people recognising that skin colour is a pretty insignificant sort of difference.)
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Matt Strathearn
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 11:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Jedi is my favorite. We have the great scenes in the desert in Jabbas palace, Luke as a fully fledged Jedi, the Emperor actually makes Vader look like a saint, the awesome space battle, and Luke going apeshit on Vader in an epic Saber clash. Rebuilding the Death Star didn't bother me either.

Sure the Ewoks were a bit hokey. However, I don't see them as "little bears that defeated the empire forces," like many do. They just helped the rebels tip the scale in their favor as the empire didn't account for them at all. ESB was great because it expanded the Star Wars universe and wasn't afraid to be dark, but Jedi is more visually appealing, and kept the tension and the stakes extremely high in a "David vs Goliath" kind of way. A common theme in movies, but to me Jedi knocks it out of the park. It's not common for the final part of a trilogy to be so good.
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Tue, Sep 13, 2016, 6:11am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

I gotta agree with the sentiments here that while in isolation a good "old fashioned" Trek episode, in the context of Species 8472 it was a disaster.

After the Borg the Fluidic Space Aliens offered the most compelling and greatest threat to the Star Trek universe.
This was a species that WRECKED THE BORG at every engagement.

The Borg have been a staple of high-tension stakes and drama for Star Trek through it's run since TNG, and yet when we get a species that out-classes the Borg in the existential threat stakes we hear nothing of them for ages then suddenly a sort of whimpering goodbye in this episode.

They are robbed of all real threat for the viewer, humanized quite literally, everyone kisses and hugs and makes up (again for Chakotay, quite literally) and then forgotten.

I might even risk saying that it was a concious decision to castrate the species and consign them to Star trek history.

A tragic loss of opportunity for further exploration and expansion of Species 8472 in a compelling way.
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