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William Matheson
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I think it was a Star Trek story in the end, but perhaps not one of the best ones.

We've had characters die and come back before - most notably Spock in the second and third Star Trek films. (The prime universe ones, of course.) This was... meh, I dunno. I mean inasmuch as you need Leonard Nimoy and Patrick Stewart to continue the roles, you've got some constraints. (Doctor Who is smart to eliminate these.) But the Spock return made sense, as the Genesis Planet was making his growth and aging go at super-speed anyway. With Picard it's more like... um, really? Why make a synthetic replacement body that of an old man? Now I'm still very young of course, but if I were a copy of an older person, like let's say a friend of mine who's 38, I would want to be in a younger body, and be quite willing to deal with any necessary awkwardness if the alternative is being older and having fewer years in hand.

While I would say Picard 2 is a copy, like the consciousness of Lise in The Winter Market, or the people living in servers on that episode of Black Mirror, "San Junipero". in a sense you could argue that when people are beamed from one place to another they are essentially "killed" and then reassembled, and then the reassembled person has all the memories and thinks everything is normal, so I dunno. Some really hardcore people think this type of discontinuity applies to *any* loss of consciousness, including sleeping! I don't go that far, but I suppose it doesn't matter whether I do or not.

Maybe I should have a cup of coffee.

Ok, the ships. They all looked the same. They all looked weird and cheap. And CGI cheap is worse than real cheap. And there were hundreds of them on both sides. It defied all reason. Weren't the Romulans and the Federation torn almost to shreds? And they're out in the boonies! Why didn't they just put a D'deridex-class against a Galaxy-class? (Do the 3-nacelle version like the Enterprise-D from the anti-time future if you must!) That's all the drama you need.

Also, "Planetary Sterilization Sweep Number Five?" How many of those do you *have*?

And why the heck did Riker's task force just leave everything to Picard? Some Starfleet presence should have stayed by to secure the area and investigate.

And, you know, I thought Borg cubes were *big*. Like bigger than the Enterprise-D kinda big. It seems awfully funny that you can just *walk* wherever you need to go and find who and what you need to find so easily when it's crashed.

And what happens to Narek? Is Harry Treadaway signed up for Season 2? I can't find a straight answer. His name comes up in a bunch of "articles" but it's all guesswork.

And did Soong kill Sutra or just deactivate her? Are there going to be any consequences for that? If you're going to consider synths to be people, to the point where before you found out Sutra killed Saga, you were willing to go along with the extermination of organic intelligent life to protect them, how can you just unilaterally decide to end Sutra? I mean, not that you've got a legal system on your idyllic little colony, but still.

And are these synthetic exterminator beings not sophisticated enough to trace where the partially-open portal went? I mean, I guess a follow-up visit from them leaves something for Season 2.

And what about everything with Commodore Oh and Jurati? Incredibly convenient that Riker's fleet just took off - otherwise, Jurati would have a chance to spill everything to Riker and something would be done about Oh for putting Jurati up to murder. Are we just going to forget about all this shit and go off on another space adventure?

And why did Seven find it so hard to fit in somewhere, anyway? Heck, in the alternate future for Voyager, didn't she marry Chakotay? Hah, now there's a character to bring back! Or how about Ensign Kim? He's probably a Lieutenant Junior Grade by now.

Sigh.

I'm starting to think, if I want to watch Star Trek, I should watch The Orville. I haven't seen any of its Season 2 yet, and I found the first season rather enjoyable. But I will tune in for Season 2 of Picard, because there's no reason this show can't get better, and it offers just enough of a real Star Trek feeling to make me want to come back.
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William Matheson
Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 12:51am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

Not bad. Some genuine excitement / suspense near the end. Am more looking forward to next week than I was looking forward to this week, last week.
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William Matheson
Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 2:55am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

I've been largely gripped by these episodes and I look forward to more. I'd like them to err a little more on the side of looking like a professional crew, at least sometimes. Like when the XO calls to Bortus, "the captain wants you to get your ass up here" - it's not that it's vulgar, it's just that it's out of nowhere. But I have hope that kind of thing will smooth out as the series goes on and they pick their moments wisely.

I laughed a lot watching this episode. Bortus is an excellent straight-man. He's deadpan but also likeable. I'm already more into him than Tuvok.
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William Matheson
Mon, Feb 16, 2009, 9:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Anyone notice that when Starbuck shoots the glass case holding the arrow, some of the video crew can be seen in the background? It kind of took me out of the moment.
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