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Other Robert
Sun, Apr 21, 2019, 12:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Did not purchase this season, feel like I got the same amount of entertainment just reading here and spent 14 less hours in the process, thanks everybody.
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Robbie
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

I thought it was a decent episode. Only lines I thought were really bad were Arissa’s “I’m dying. I can’t cry, the dead don’t cry” or something like that.
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

It’s awful and judgmental, but I skipped this one on my watch-through of the series tonight.

Like $G said, there’s something dull about the episodes where 1-2 people are trapped or lost for 40 minutes of the episode, whether it’s TNG or DS9. Extra bonus points if they are stuck in the same cave set that they use for everything (“The Sword of Kahless”, “Nor the Battle to the Strong”).

I’ll get over my short-sightedness and watch this when the mood is right...
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

I should’ve added that I hope for some recognition of the new Klink *D7* — at least some comment from the Discovery crew along the lines of “what is that?” Oh well.
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Robbie
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 4:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

1. Random thought, along with the Trek movies since the 2009 one — why are hand phasers now burst weapons as opposed to beam? It was one nice way to differentiate them from Star Wars blasters. I only thought of it again with all the nanoprobes chasing Burnham. A beam weapon would’ve seemed a lot better there.

2. Pike is the man. Somehow the writers/Anson Mount have got that balance between a competent, serious captain and someone with empathy. Much as I like Picard or Kirk, I’m sure Disco Pike would be the best one to serve with.
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Robbie
Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

Like Petetong said, the multiple matte painting backgrounds and indoor / outdoor sets really add a lot to this episode. With the amount of rubble built up and cast of extras, I wonder how much the budget of this one compared to the average DS9 episode.

Much more compelling than some of the times they go to Cardassia/Bajor/Ferenginar and you only see one painting and a single indoor set the whole episode.
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Robbie
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 1:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I am with Elliot here - why the heck did a transport ship have a cloaking device, and why was it never questioned in the episode?

I would’ve also guessed that it would take the Defiant about 10 seconds to blow up a Bird of Prey — especially if they fire phasers and torpedoes simultaneously for once — but at least the ship isn’t shown to be ridiculously overpowered here.
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Robert
Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 12:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

If you like a show you’re obviously a company plant. 40% of all people know this.
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Robert
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Blood of Patriots

When Kubrick depicted a cowboy riding a bomb, it was right on point because the madness of that moment in Dr. Strangelove mirrors the madness of nuclear war itself.

Unless you’re saying The Orville’s goofiness is expressing a deeper symbolic meaning like that, your analogy is not particularly convincing. Now if you were comparing The Orville to Independence Day in its audacious comedy-meets-sci-fi, I’d be right along with you.
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Robbie
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

Man, poor security chief Nhan in the last scenes here. She’s apparently suffocating on the floor and Burnham is calmly having an extended conversation with Airiam and the Discovery. Guess she’s OK though.
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Rob S
Mon, Mar 11, 2019, 8:54am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

@Rahul
Good review, however, gay people fall out of love and have physical fights just the same as anyone else. It doesn't mean they're turning straight when they do.
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Robert
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

@Booming

That was a brilliant rebuttal to @Trent's exaggerations. Nothing says sophomore writer like using a proverbial bulldozer to make a sand castle. When you want your criticism to reek of unearned authority, cite to philosophers and be sure to use their most obscures references for the most dramatic effect. By the way, such philosophers' observations could be used to indict a Kubrick or a Tarkovsky; the observations speak to nothing about Discovery in particular. They only satisfy a juvenile need to make one's criticism more "worldy" than yours or mine and therefore more self-indulgent.
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Robert
Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 8:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

@William B - I don't think everything outside the 6 in DS9 were perfect, just that those 6 are the only ones that, if they are my first introduction to the show put me off from coming back. I feel TNG S2 has note that I'm glad weren't my first exposure!

For TNG I'll add Emissary to my list though, I like that one and I thought it was S3. You are NOT trying to sell me on the Pakleds though, right? :P
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Robert
Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

@Yanks - Not going to get (much) into the "series closers" discussion but acting/plotting-wise DS9 S2 wrecks TNG S2 (Stewart/Spiner and their episodes as the exception). On the whole TNG S2 is very weak. DS9 found it's footing faster.

"Elementary, Dear Data", "A Matter of Honor", "The Measure of a Man", "Time Squared", "Pen Pals", "Q Who" and "Peak Performance" are the only 7 I think that make the season watchable. 7/22 is NOT a good thing. And they are ALL Picard, Data or Riker episodes. The rest of the cast is not well used at this point.

By comparison... I only thought 6 episodes of DS9 S2 were bad.

"Melora", "Rules of Acquisition", " Second Sight", "Sanctuary", "Rivals", "Profit and Loss" were the only ones I think could have been removed and made the overall season better. Sisko, Dax and Kira aren't as strong leads as Picard, Data and Riker at this point... but literally EVERYTHING else is going better.
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Robbie
Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Sound of Thunder

@Leif -- I am definitely with you on the disappointment with the humanoid red angel. It was a real letdown. I was excited for something much more alien (like something like TAS's Kulkukan or Dramians. I never knew that the Iconians were shown in Star Trek Online but it looks like a great creative representation too.
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Robert
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 7:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

I’ve politely asked several times to explain your point but you prefer to insult people and speak in French. I guess you’re right, there’s no point in responding.
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Robert
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 6:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

Not really.
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Robert
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 5:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

Frankly, I can't imagine Paul M. will be able to understand them either.
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Robert
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 4:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

So you're saying another iteration of Star Trek will be out in 20-25 years and people who like Discovery will have to defend Discovery against that new show? That's not exactly a shocking revelation. Where's the beef? What is your point? Maybe start with a simple thesis and work your way from there because your comments are difficult to parse.
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Robert
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 3:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Saints of Imperfection

"Just hold onto your panties for another 20 or 25 years, at which time the TOS “old guard” will either be too busy looking for their keys to engage in trivial online squabbling, developed early-onset dementia, or simply kicked the bucket."

What are you even talking about? The original fans for Star Trek (TOS) are pushing their 80s now and probably don't use computers for anything other than e-mail.

The vast majority of online complaints I've seen for this show tend to come from none other than millennials who grew up with Voyager and Enterprise being de facto Star Trek. No surprise since social media is most popular among that group to begin with.

Set your phasers to reality check.
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Robert
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 8:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: An Obol for Charon

Well put, Quincy.
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Robert
Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 12:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Brother

They were never able to recreate “Tapestry” or “Elementary, my Dear Data” in DS9, VOY, or ENT, so it’s mad to expect that now. If you’re still watching this after a year expecting that specific type of show, that’s on you.
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Rob
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 12:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

Personally, I think accents are very important in sci-fi to provide a sense of scale. What I find interesting is that STD made the actor playing Lorca change his English accent into an American one. Babylon 5 took the opposite approach, making one of the main actors playing an alien adopt a foreign accent. While I don't know the precise motivations behind these changes, it doesn't surprise me that one of these shows is truly great sci-fi and the other... well, isn't.
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Robby the Arandarian
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 8:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

So no-one caught the reference to Forbidden Planet? Even with the Tempest hint? Dear oh dear.

Holodeck/holographic materialization of thought like FP’s conscious materialization of ‘good’ (including Robby) versus nightmarish dream realization. But no ‘monsters from the Id’ this time, coz Picard trusts his ship!
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Robert
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 3:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

@Elliott - Well, the ubiquity of Christmas stuff can be a bit much when you aren't Catholic I think. Can make everyone else feel "othered". Some people want to get rid of Christmas/Halloween/etc. in schools (to use an example) to remove this "othered" feeling. I personally would rather do the opposite and celebrate everything.

But ya.... everything does go out of it's way to make everyone heterosexual. I'll agree with you there. I mean, it took me a long time to notice because I'm straight, but I think I agree.

Garak was made straight even though his relationship with Ziyal was bizarrely unnecessary. Any time fans think a character might be gay they seem to hook up with a woman. Even thought the option to leave it ambiguous is fine.
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