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aby
Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 5:11am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Sigh, this season started quite well compared to the terrible first 2 seasons and it ended with this schlock.
I cannot understand the obsession this show has with Michael Burnham. This is some deranged writing from them. Terrible terrible stuff . Although I did enjoy the die hard Burnham last episode. That is where they should've stopped with her arc in the finale.
The Su Kal arc was quite nice, I enjoyed that.

They had all this magical sphere data and it ended being less useful than r2d2. Might as well be a roomba.

If they shaft Saru for Burnham being Captain, I will be very cross. So much potential for good stuff and they took the easy way out spending shit loads of money on effects barely anybody will appreciate or remember.


Maybe it really is my fault for thinking kurtzman trek could be anything but this.
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aby
Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 4:24am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

Maybe it's my bad memory but I haven't seen this crew smile that much and I loved that. It felt effortlessly fun for the actors (for the most part).
Is it the lighting that improved this season? It just doesn't feel that dark and gloomy.
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aby
Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 5:22am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

2.5-3/4 for me. really enjoying this season.

I consider the first 2 seasons as hot garbage, but from the last 5 mins of S3E1 till now it has been quite good.
The way the issues were handled and the way things went were i'd say the most trek this show has ever been.
Saru is already one of fav captains now, which is ironic since i couldn't bother to care about anyone in the crew the last 2 seasons. i can barely remember anything from the past 2 seasons tbf.

Sure you can nitpick why earth has become like and all that , those are just plot devices , the thinking and the ideas are what's driving this season so far and i'm mighty happy.

also jonathan Frakes Yay!
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aby
Sat, Oct 10, 2020, 4:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Great visuals and i chuckled at the reveal near the end.

but in terms of a movie, it's pretty bad, it tries to say many 'deep' 'profound' things but fails miserably, ultimately a dull and convoluted ( and hollow for me ) affair. felt like a prototype to show off what special effects they can show on the big screen.
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Baby Mandalorian
Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 9:56am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

I think it was a strong end. It improved upon the first season and followed through mostly. My only let downs were dukat and winn which was a solid waste of time the last half of the season. Both characters were kind of wasted, not because they are bad actors just I think they were contrived to produce the final half narrative as the protagonists, but it made no sense or was forced. That whole story was a bit awkward.

Otherwise everything else went pretty good. I felt there could have been a more climactic space battle, but I guess Trek doesn't excel in that. I liked Ezri but it was all forced just because Jadzia left. I wonder what really happened with her leaving.... i feel like there is some #metoo stuff that happened but maybe thats wishful thinking.

Worf was super annoying this entire season. He seemed really out of character and just a man-child behaviour. The only good outcome near the end was him fighting the Jem hadar (sp) on that asteroid in a previous episode. Otherwise his drama was insufferable with Ezri and constantly complaining, the complete opposite of what you'd think a Klingon would carry themselves- plus the constnat use of the word honour made it lose meaning.

Miles + Chief were amazing as always. Thank god there wasn't any obrien wife this season, from memory. She should have always just been a reference character.

Anyway, good episode, a decent ending. Left some open threads and storylines that could (or maybe could have 20 years ago) be explored more.
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Baby Mandalorian
Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 10:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Yikes, Elie you need to lay off the drugs.

This was a good episode, I enjoyed it for a filler- typical adventure heist with comedy, drama and suspense.

It's interesting seeing the comments from the last decade and a half on race. Just makes me realise more and more that DS9 (and Avery) were very well placed to address race issues amongst others. Although the Ableist episode was a big joke.
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Baby Mandalorian
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 5:31am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Great episode. Had flashbacks to the old "ITS A FAKE" meme that was around many years ago. Two things though, one has been mentioned- it's weird that given the technology that the Romulan ambassador wouldn't at least send a communiqué out either from DS9 or his ship after this with the details of what happened. Secondly, Sisko has done/engaged in exactly what section 31 do, yet wants to go against them in the previous episode and infiltrate them. I forget how this plays out in future episodes, but we'll see..
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Baby Mandalorian
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 12:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

"The number of comments from racism apologists with critiques that are little more than people clearly feeling discomfort because realistic depictions of the racism in their history is laughable.

This shit happened. This shit is real, whether you think, as dipshit Rogue09 does, that "dwelling on racism is as bad as supporting it". Holy shit you tone deaf imbecile. "

Yeah, this, times a million. How out of touch with reality do you have to be to think the explicit racism in this episode wasn't (and still is) prevalent. Trekkies need to check their privilege and take a walk outside their gated community lol.
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Baby Mandalorian
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 7:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

@Jeff that's one issue with DS9 I've found, they don't consider their longer term implications. They have a dilema on a personal level but it's obvious the impact of the decision would have led to the fall of the federation and is obvious at the time. In the end they either choose the "right" (or obvious) choice, or some deus ex machina comes up and corrects it back onto the main storyline.
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Baby Mandalorian
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 9:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

Good episode. But seriously, I'm totally on the Marquis side on this. I don't even get the whole putting down Victor Hugo. This episode was really well done, but weirdly... pro-authoritarian. I guess in this current world climate it doesn't come off as well as at the time, but given they are referencing Les Mis it's hilariously bad writing that somehow Sisko comes off as "awesome" despite being referred to as Javert.. like wtf

This episode just made me like the Marquis more.
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Baby Mandalorian
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 8:20am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

I don't understand why the founder didn't attack them from the start? One founder is more than enough to take them out, as they've shown every time we see them infiltrate a federation location and pose as someone- and they didn't know the founder was there so he could have posed as any of them when they went off to search the ship. Weird episode, but good acting and character interactions. Worf also seemed a bit out of character.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 3:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Worf: "I have nothing to hide" lmao classical stupid mistake in court/authorities. How stupid do you have to be to not realise you never give up info or accept the prosecution to use anything against you. The biggest issue in Star Trek universe is everyone comes off as naive or ignorant as though they don't understand the ways of the world and behaviour despite years of service and being apparently some of the highest educated/experts and down to earth individuals. Of course, the prosecution will use any information against them.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 3:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

Good episode. One thing of note is that for once Keiko comes off as nomal and her relationship with Obrien seemed more normal. I hope this continues, as before this episode she is literally the worst character and I never understood why Obrien is with her or why they don't divorce.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 8:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

This episode was good, but had two flaws, one being that this isn't how Worf is as a character, wanting to kill another that he respects over the artifact despite how famous it is, and secondly there was a very easy solution- give it to Dax and have her care for it and return it to the emperor. It could have ended the war and saved thousands or millions of lives, so they gave that up because what? they couldn't agree on who gets to present it? very stupid conclusion to the episode.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 10:00am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

Amazing two parter, really starts to shine with all characters being established and introducing Warf into DS9 as a grown character.

My only issue is why doesn't DS9 or the federation send out a general notice to all governments to conduct blood tests on their leadership and military. It would have saved a lot of current and future headaches.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 6:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

The biggest issue with Nog in this episode is that he isn't a victim of his culture. He has grown up in a very multicultural environment, educated in one, and cultures that are empowering to women, e.g. Bajoran, teran etc. Quark is probably the most liberal ferengi there is and is the most influential in Nog's life. Also, Nog can believe as he does, but he didn't read the room in their 'date'? and he doesn't recognise that they are humans and therefore wouldn't accept his own cultural ways? Jake still stays friends with him and accepts his "cultural" (bs) biases? The writers treated a serious subject as a B-plot joke, but actually there wasn't anything organic about how that played out.
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Baby Mandalorian
Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 4:29am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

25 years later and this episode resonates more than ever these days. Hopefully we have the same outcome from these terrible times that the star trek earth did.
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An Empire's Lullaby
Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 4:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

We just finished reviewing this episode on our podcast and we think this episode is great. It's even earned its place as Briar's favorite season 1 episode. If you read the Wadi collectively as a trickster god figure, their episode plays that out in a far more satisfying way than any Q episode ever could.
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Ensign Babyface
Sun, May 5, 2019, 9:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

This episode started out promising, with the whacking of Neelix. However, it quickly disappointed, with the resurrection of Neelix. 2 stars, at best.
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UnclesBabysNephew
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 6:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

I love this episode. The shot of Mika's husband going through the motions of realizing he's holding Dukat's baby made me laugh out loud

Why is everyone complaining about how gullible or stupid the super religious Bajorans are? They're supposed to be the true believers, if they weren't they wouldn't be on Empok Nor with Dukat worshipping the wraiths. It doesn't matter what year they're in or what technology exists or what is going on around them, if you lived your life on a planet(not gallivanting around the quadrant) that had aliens or "gods" literally watching over you there would be a subset of true believers who want nothing more than personal attention from their "gods" and will do anything to get it.

One has to wonder what good these prophets are outside of times of conflict involving Bajor. Would they just be giving out life or career advice?
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TheLabyrinthMind
Tue, Jan 9, 2018, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

@MadManMUC

Okay let me rephrase that. The only reason that MU Lorca is able to pass in the PU and not look like a complete psychopath is because he's more like a MU Vulcan than anything else. I just don't think they would have invested so much time in making him seem like a complex character with a genuine good side if only to have him be purely evil. We've seen that it is possible for MU characters to have some decency.

I dunno, I think it would be a cool twist so I'll stick with my theory. We'll find out though.
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TheLabyrinthMind
Tue, Jan 9, 2018, 1:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

Also I forgot to add: there's a clue that suggests my theory of Lorca being mirror Lorca is true. When he talks to Burnham about what they'll have to do to survive in this universe, did anyone else get the sense that he was speaking from experience?
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TheLabyrinthMind
Tue, Jan 9, 2018, 1:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

I didn't read most of the comments so I don't know if anyone else has brought up this theory. I think that the Lorca we've been with since the beginning of the series is actually MU Lorca that crossed over. Meanwhile, our universe Lorca is either dead or mia. Think about how many things would make sense if that were the case. They mentioned that Lorca was staging a coup of the empire. Which means that mirror Lorca might actually be a moral, honorable man who hates to see the oppressive empire smash everyone to the dirt (this universe Lorca must be an absolute saint). This would really explain Lorca's personality of being morally questionable but also having some semblance of morality. Compared to what he's used to, he's actually acting like an upstanding citizen, but to everyone else he's doing some pretty sketchy things.

So, the method of how MU Lorca came to our universe is as of yet unknown, but the reason he wanted to go back is most likely to finish what he started. He wants to complete his mission of overthrowing the empire. Then either he'll be content to stay in his own universe or make the whole thing look like an attempt to get himself and his crew back home.

This would certainly be an interesting twist that would actually fit Discovery's theme of making unconventional people the main characters. I.e. a criminal and a mirror universe rebel.
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The Labyrinth Mind
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 8:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

@Hank

That is true, but as Jammer mentioned, Tyler is so deeply brainwashed that the trauma is real to him. And even if Tyler turned out to be Voq, I don't think it would take away from the statement the show is trying to make at this point in time.

I saw another review that said making Tyler Voq could actually throw a "sexual assaults victims might just be lying" on the whole thing. I disagree with this, once again, because this version of Tyler (obviously meant to represent rape survivors) is not lying about anything. I think they're balancing the social commentary and sci Fi quite effectively here, not letting on leave discredit the other.
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The Labyrinth Mind
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 6:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

A word about my comments on the L'Rell/Tyler scenes. I interpreted it as L'Rell taking a liking to Tyler and offering him protection if he sleeps with her. This would make it, as I said, willful prostitution as opposed to rape. But the more I think about it, it does fall into the category of rape, indirect or not. Tyler didn't have a choice. He wasn't raped only in the sense that he wasn't forced physically, but that's not the only form of rape. Having no choice, or having your only other option be torture and death, is the same thing.

I do still think the term "sex slave" is a poor fit here. It implies some kind of silly 50 Shades of Gray type thing and doesn't do justice to the powerful statement the show is trying to make.
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