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djkazaz
Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 4:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

So far it seems STD season 3 is based on a ripoff of Andromeda, with the usual Kurtzman Trek sloppy nonsense. I have to fast forward through the episodes and honestly its just too much of an effort to put up with it. I don't have the energy anymore.
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djkazaz
Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 8:29am (UTC -5)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 13: The Jedi

@Elise

I think Jason Isaacs will make a fantastic Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Bradley Whitford is too much of a nice guy.

For the benefit of those who asked, Thrawn is the key character from a trilogy of novels called "Heir To The Empire" which were supposed to take place after Return of the Jedi. He was an Admiral who started to put the empire back together after their defeat and a very compelling character.

Dave Filoni used him in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon (also featuring Ahsoka) which took place prior to A New Hope.

His presence in the Madalorian suggests he is behind Moff Gideon's actions and will become increasingly important.

Ahsoka's presence links with the previous backstories of the Clone Wars, where she starts out as Anakin Skywalker's padawan and ends up leaving the Jedi disillusioned, to Rebels where she comes back to start the rebellion and protect them from Vader.

For my money, this is a much better sequel to star wars than the simply horrid trilogy Disney gave us. I hope they continue down this path without ever linking to that dumpster fire.
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djkazaz
Thu, Feb 1, 2018, 4:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Yanks

I would actually agree with every one of the points you make in 'where discovery fails'. Same for your comments on TNG as well as on how the more sophisticated we get, the less we can enjoy an hour of simple TV ;-)
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djkazaz
Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 7:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Yanks

I understand the rationalizations the show makes for the events in the plot - why Georgiou decided to save Michael and why Michael saved Georgiou etc. But ultimately I find the arationalizations hollow. I mean I get it, but it doesn't work for me. I felt like I was watching Revenge of the Sith, where Anakin is a nice guy with insecurities who suddenly decides to murder children. It just fails to convince.
The pacing is very good and the visual very attractive so you get carried away, but ultimately, these motivations are just spurious.
Maybe they should have made MU Georgiou a bit more sympathetic, a bit less awful...

As for my "pointless'' remark - if you spend 10 episodes building my interest about a character, only to waste him in a few minutes as a 2-dimensional baddie, then the whole show feels pretty pointless.
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djkazaz
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 4:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

So, I thought about it some more and I have to emphasize my point - this was awesome but not good. In fact, it was pretty bad if you stop following the breakneck action, sit back and think.

The Empress (no I refuse to call her emperor!) suddenly decides to make a heroic last stand and sacrifice herself for Michael. Right. A woman who rose to the top on assasination and betrayal, suddenly becomes selfless. OK.

And Michael is swayed by her 'heroic' act and decides to save her? Isn't this the same woman who was eating a PERSON last night? I mean how much more iredeemable can you get!

And back to the question of Lorca, there had better be a PU version of him coming up soon, or the whole series will have been an exercise in pointlesseness.
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djkazaz
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 4:22am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

So, I thought it was awesome, though not great.

I mean it was a damn good conclusion to this story arc (even though lots of people guessed that Lorca was from the MU - not like there weren't hints all along).
It's been a while since I watched a Trek episode and felt it was awesome.

On the other hand there's still several weaknesses like what's happening with Voq/Tyler, what about the nice dead doctor and can we please have some more character development for Michael?

An another note, how do we know for sure that our Lorca is dead? I mean MU Lorca somehow crossed over but we have no clue what happened to 'nice' Lorca, right?
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djkazaz
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 5:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

Like a lot of old trek fans I was a bit ambivalent when DSC started but overall I find myself pleasantly surprised.

But Star Trek hasn't been on TV in so long and the last time it was (enterprise) it was already really behind the times, that I feel its unfair to judge this show with only four episodes in. The producers are having to re-invent a lot of story elements to make the series both trek and successful by modern standards.

So far I feel they're getting it mostly right. The idealism is there, even in the face of terrible circumstances, the passion for discovery and exploration and the moral conflicts. On top of which we get updated visuals and designs (that I mostly like), modern direction and pacing and very good acting.
I honestly don't know what people who slam the acting are talking about and who they're comparing it to. I often found the acting in old trek shows to be very stilted.

True this episode was weak, I personally liked ep3 a lot and eps1-2 quite a bit, this one not so much. Gaping plot holes that other have pointed out, left much to be diesired. And I also find myself bored by the klingons because of the language/subtitles thing. I guess it does make them more truly alien, but at some point they need to let the actors speak english and move.

Overall though DSC still holds my interest and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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