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bonelocomotive
Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

A decent attempt at character building (for Voyager), an accomplished lead performance by Dawson, and some competent direction -- but unfortunately I have some major problems with this one thematically. The reality is that near death experiences are notoriously unreliable evidence for "spiritual" phenomena, but the plot more or less abandons any scientific or skeptical counterpoint in order to provide us with a wholly fantastical depiction of Klingon mythology (which, it turns out, is a ill-conceived ripoff of Ancient Greek mythology). The script tries to leave the question of the veracity of Torres' experience open to interpretation -- but we are clearly meant to buy into the value of her journey and I just can't take that leap.

2.5 stars from me.
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bonelocomotive
Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 7:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: The Sound of Thunder

@ Cody B

I have enjoyed a few season one episodes; the Harry Mudd time loop episode was quite fun, and the one with Saru on Pahvo interested me with its themes, which isn't something I've said about Discovery often. There were also certain backstory elements in season one which I thought had potential (and which kept me watching). I thought the Klingon war storyline was a mess however, and to be honest the pilot episode(s) bordered on offensive.

Season Two? Pleasantly surprised so far. There are still a lot of stylistic things I don't like, but the writing seems more consistent now.
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