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Richard Webb
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 3:47am (UTC -6)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

It boggles my mind that Jammer is not reviewing The Expanse.
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Richard Webb
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 3:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

I'm not really sure how to feel about this - I mean, it wasn't a terrible episode. No episode from this season was truly terrible. It's just than none were particularly good either.

Star Trek series are notorious for slow starts, but I don't think DSC is going change. By this point in TNG or VOY they had already hit their stride, while DSC seems to neither have the shocking, borderline unwatchable first season episodes of TNG nor the absolute gems. It's always just meh.

DSC always touches on interesting concepts, ideas (trans identity discovery, resource scarcity, diplomacy with an enemy) but it's always so superficial with its execution and ramps up the sentimentality and action, which makes every episode feel rather empty. Compare this to the Expanse (which delves much deeper into socio-political issues) or the Mandalorian (which was more honest about just being a Space western - and embraced it). At the end of the day I'm not really sure what DSC is about. It seems like a show run by committee.

The ending? Contrived would be the best word. The fact that Burham is captain defies belief (mutiny after mutiny......) and that the best character Saru is now apparently off the ship doesn't fill me confidence.

I don't think it's the car crash many people think it is - for that it would have to challenge its ideas and push something forward in order to fail. You can't truly be that terrible if you're always middle of the road.
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Richard Webb
Sat, Dec 26, 2020, 3:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Su'Kal

I thought this was a pretty decent episode and had some nice world-building with the Kelpians and I liked the ‘child raised by holograms’ conceit. The fact that it ended with more of a classic Star Trek ship takeover rather than a silly battle was a positive.

Some people don’t appear to like the explanation for the Burn - but let’s remember this is no more crazy than caretaker in Voyager or the prophets in DS9.

Honestly, this episode reminds me of Star Trek Voyager more than any other - if the Emerald Chain is playing the Kazon role who want the ship ‘because of its technology’ and the mystery on the planet is connected to a force they don’t understand (e.g a caretaker role).

Tilly in charge is still silly and makes very little sense - but I’m happy to say everything else did.

3/4
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Richard Webb
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 3:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Incidentally @John has hit the nail on the head
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Richard Webb
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 3:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

In many ways this could have been a compelling, courtroom episode of Star Trek - but it’s so middling, inoffensive and not particularly engaging that it lacks the bite of previous episodes. Tilly being promoted to first officer is just the icing on a cake of the absurd. Michael’a mother being the the ‘surprise guest’ is a close second.

I’m fine with Michael Burhan being a protagonist, but a protagnist doesn’t mean you have to solve every problem, be successful at everything and ‘save the world’ as they’ve done with her character. I’d hoped they’d be making her a bit more nuanced in this series (early indicators this was the case) but now we’re back to same old Discovery.

Not terrible, but Bunham remains the least interesting character and every episode that focuses on her is by its nature less than stellar.
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Richard Webb
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

@Dave in MN

Oh interesting. What were the clues for reshoots? I'm curious now.
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Richard Webb
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 1:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

Decent serviceable episode. Still miles ahead of the sub-par S1+S2 stuff, but a bit of a small backwards step from last week. Could have done the escape from the scavenger yard a bit better, but the production budgets really showed their money with Book's ship coming to the rescue - I was almost punching the air when this happened.

Neat stuff:
- Book: continually is the most charismatic character of the season. Please use more.
- Admiral Vance is a great character. His line after Michael asks for permission to speak is fantastic and really cuts through.
- I like that there are consequences to Michael's insubordination - she is less of a saviour and more of a liability this time around.

Meh stuff:
- The cartoonish prison warden villain. Little 2-dimensional.
- Georgiou continues to be a bit much for my liking - and I don't know what's going on with the PTSD.
- STD still has this thing where the A and B plots never quite mesh together.
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