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The Tower
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 11:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

Felt like a Berman/Braga Trek episode, circa 2000. Let's see:

Contrived stakes: Check!
Cheap McGuffin to move things along: Check!
Quick resolution to a complex problem: Check!
Main character self-fellating over morals at the end: Check!

This is the same stuff that killed Trek on TV for a decade+.

I wonder if B&B ghost-wrote this one.

On the plus side, the Enterprise shown was what the Abramsverse ship should have been.
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The Tower
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 1:09am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

Also, wouldn't the Charon have a proper bridge staffed with officers at weapons stations who would have opened fire on Discovery on sight? It was manuevering aggressively with torpedoes armed when it showed up on Charon's porch. You'd think someone would have opened fire.

To make it worse, the Discovery crew's plan didn't even account for what should have been devastating barrage from Charon's weapons.

Just silly.
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The Tower
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 1:02am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

Action packed episode, but lots more suspension of disbelief required. Entertaining, but still not Trek to me.

My projections for plot direction:

The green spore that landed on Tilly is Culber. Now that Tyler/Voq has been lobotomized (maybe), I'll bet Tilly is the next one to deal with two voices in one head.

Meanwhile, Georgiou will end up in Discovery's captain's chair because... circumstances (and drama). This will most likely be "forced" by desperate measures during the war. My guess is, Discovery will be operating/trapped behind Klingon lines for a while until the writers figure out the best way to reset the timeline.

Tyler ends up going back to work as a tormented soul due to the Voq experience. There will be much "agonizing" over whether this is the right thing to do, but again, some contrived circumstance will force it.

Lastly, the spore drive is ultimately used to "put things right" before ultimately being lost with eventual destruction of THIS Discovery, and all knowledge of the technology, as well as that of the MU being covered up by Section 31. Think last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

For the record, I hope I'm wrong. This would suck.
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The Tower
Mon, Jan 22, 2018, 6:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

One angle not discussed at length as the disposition and activities of the real ISS Discovery. It's an assumption that it was shuffled into the PU, but the proof is in the shot of the last fateful spore drive jump, during which Discovery split into two ships as it did its spin.

I don't think we're done with MU impacts by any stretch, as it's pretty obvious to me that, once Discovery returns to the PU, it will be dealing with the fallout from all the shit that the ISS Discovery was causing in the meantime.

Methinks this will be a cliffhanger, with imagery similar to what we saw at the end if "Into the Forest I Go", only they get back home, and things are jacked.
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The Tower
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 11:39am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

This is what you get when Star Trek tries to be BSG (reboot), but with poor writing and little thought given to "the big picture".

It's a shame, too, because there's definitely acting talent in this cast. It's just saddled with awful scripting and hole-riddled plots.

Thing I hate most is the production design. The Klingons have been discussed here, ad nauseum, so I won't get into that. It appears Fuller and Co. were so bent on putting their own stamp on Trek, they not only threw out the philosophies that make Trek what it is, but also anything that looks like it. I get that real-world tech today is more advanced than even 10 years ago, but these guys didn't even make an effort to have this look fit. The Abrams movies did a far better job of giving an updated retro look...One that's in the spirit of the original. Even ENT looked more period-correct.

As for the so-called "gay" scene at the end, it might have been something we've not seen on Trek before, and while it did seem a bit forced in its inclusion, the execution was just fine. In contrast, the Troi/Riker scenes in ST: Insurrection were completely forced, foolishly executed, and painful to watch, and probably the most offensive scenes ever shown in Trek, mostly because of their stupidity.

As for Discovery on the whole, well, perhaps Ron Moore or Ira Behr are available.
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