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SIdney
Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Through the Valley of Shadows

Tyler - didn't someone gut him last week?

Fate - the future isn't written yet, but Pike seems destined to end up as an invalid - Contradiction? (heart wrenching scene btw)

Time Crystals - why aren't the Romulans or Section 31 invading Boreth to get these crystals?

Other Federation Starships, or any other Alpha Quadrant races for that matter - Isn't anyone else investigating these 7 signals?

The show isn't boring, and they've had some outstanding episodes this season, but damn if it makes any sense.
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SIdney
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 7:26am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

Clips from "The Cage" = fan service. Since I'm a fan and I like good service I'll take it.

Talosians are still just as powerful as we saw them in "The Menagerie" and this story is the sequel before the sequel - Continuity maintained.

The acting is fine. Some characters are more fleshed out than others and some performances do stand out but I'm not going to complain about who's better at their job.

Section 31 - I'm still not sold on this out-in-the-open and openly defiant group. Starfleet can't contain them or work with them it seems.

Story Arc - as a previous poster stated, we're in the age of shorter seasons and season long story arcs. DS9 was the closest thing to this and they produced some phenomenal stories from The Dominion war arc so this structure is fine with me too. I mean, it has to be big - end of life as we know it kinda thing.

I enjoyed this episode overall. Best they've done and a great episode overall.
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Sidney
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 8:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Assignment: Earth

Good idea for a series. Poor storytelling. If AE had been on the air and lasted into the early 70s it could have been really good. Oh well.
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Sidney
Sun, Jul 22, 2018, 11:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

I stopped watching after "Despite Yourself" and finished the season by reading your reviews. This series is visually stunning, made some bold changes not only in look and style but tone. Gave us an interesting Captain (Lorca) and an intriguing central character (Burnham). But there were so many moments of inexplicable behavior and obvious reveals I didn't see the point. I hope season 2 fares better.

And if PU Lorca is out there, or maybe a Lorca from another universe who needs a change in scenery - get him!
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Sidney
Fri, May 4, 2018, 1:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I think I'm done with anything new in the Star Wars universe after seeing this film. TFA was a remake of episode 4. I get it. The filmmakers played it safe and it paid off. But this...??

The incompetency of the First Order yet again. Their ships either go slow or just not fast enough and their devastating weapons and massive-to-the-nth-degree numbers just can't put the rebels out once and for all. Snoke is.. what or who is Snoke and why should I care about him? The obvious attempt at pairing off couples: Finn and Rose (Finn and Rey - No?), Rey and Kylo and then later that glance Poe makes at Rey. Yet another cantina scene rehash. The spit shine polish of the First Order gear complete with automatic clothes pressers (ugh). Luke (and Yoda) sitting back and doing nothing for umpteen years seems ridiculous.

If Yoda and Annakin and Ben (who have disappeared into the ether I guess) are "alive" at the end of ROTJ then Luke could be too. But why bother coming back? I don't see the point.

It's times like these I wish they'd clone Kevin Feige.
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Sidney
Fri, Apr 6, 2018, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Ambitious idea but flashing Omega symbol to the entire bridge crew shows a lack of nuance. If it's supposed to be a big secret, known only to Captains and above, the computer should have alerted Janeway only and then in a rather non-chalant way. She would have wrestled with the decision perhaps for the entire first act before breaking protocol and letting her crew in on the situation. I also think having millions of particles simply made the rarity of the particle moot, and therefore the suspense.
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Sidney
Tue, Oct 3, 2017, 10:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Context Is for Kings

Now we're getting somewhere. This could have been the pilot. The characters, like the overall plot, are interesting if not lighthearted and friendly. Even the dark interior gets an explanation (Lorca's eyes. They like zooming in on eyeballs don't they). Is it Trek? Should it look and sound like every other Trek before it? It would have been nice to have costumes that looked similar to those worn by Pike and co, but again, just because we didn't see it before doesn't mean it couldn't have been these blue and gold/silver outfits. I think the one major difference this show brings is that it's truly serialized and therefore there will be no fuzzy and warm wrap up at the end of each episode. There are some logic gaffes (one pilot for four prisoners? did the pilot die? No one even asked about her). But overall I don't know what's going to happen next, and that at least I find interesting.
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Sidney
Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 8:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

Rewatching Trek a lot this past year. I'm still wondering what the rest of the crew was doing in the contorted parts of the ship - going insane perhaps? And all that data they received to my knowledge was never mentioned again.
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