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Geekgarious
Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 8:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

Absolutely terrible. Gratuitous shock value violence juxtaposed with more clunky heavy-handed exposition scenes. Then, oh look, let’s introduce a character we’ve been teased about all season only to kill him off a few minutes later. manipulative mystery box crapola at its finest and I’m still not sure why I’m supposed to care about Data’s daughter.

Jerri was a lot of fun to watch though. she deserves much better material.
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Geekgarious
Sun, Feb 2, 2020, 2:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

I enjoyed Nemesis in the theater and still do. I liked the score and the fact that the script had a nature-or-nurture question at its core. I agree that neither Shinzon nor B-4 are ever presented in a likeable manner, but I still enjoy watching Hardy and Stewart.

A low three stars from me. Had Frakes been allowed to direct and the script gotten some rewrites, I think we could have gotten a good film.
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Geekgarious
Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 9:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Maps and Legends

Ovaduh is right about the silliness of debating what is and isn’t Star Trek. The problem with Picard (and Discovery and the JJ movies) is not that they aren’t Trek. It’s that they’re poorly written, have no sub text, and consist mostly of regurgitations of other people‘s work. i’m reminded of a comment in the discovery discussion about Trek being unable to attract actual auteurs, people with personal and idiosyncratic points of view who have a strong desire to make original art. That’s been Trek’s problem pretty much ever since DS9 ended. and as long as Kurtzman is running the show, I doubt that’s going to change.
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Geekgarious
Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 7:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Maps and Legends

This was really quite bad. Way too much exposition sloppily shoved down my throat and I'm still wondering why I should care about this ancient Romulan myth. Throw in cartoonish villains with an attitude that just screams "I'm evil" and I felt like I was watching a bad episode of Fringe. Also, Picard's constant speeches about how great Data was are becoming really tiresome. Like his comments about disliking science fiction, they feel like a giant fanwank.
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Geekgarious
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 1:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

The concept of a canon in a fictional universe serves only to allow corporate entities to say certain stories are more important than others. The concept of canonicity began as a joke, but has become a corporate canard of immense power over the last 20 years, due largely to George Lucas and his endless and endlessly stupid revisionism. Prior to the special additions, hell, prior to the prequels, nobody cared about what was or wasn’t canon. More on the canonicity canard here.

https://www.themarysue.com/star-wars-expanded-universe-canon/
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Geekgarious
Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 9:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Remembrance

Pretty good, I’m definitely intrigued. The score and ending Felt straight out of the JJverse, and I was sad to see Dahj go so quickly. Looking forward to learning more about her sister at least.
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Geekgarious
Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 4:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

@Peter G
My very first exposure to Star Wars was a book called Jedi Search. It was actually a book on tape and featured music and sound effects. As a six-year-old it was good enough to get me interested in the franchise. I reread the real book before The Force Awakens came out… Yeah, a six-year-old would pretty much be the target audience. And look who wrote it.
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Geekgarious
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 1:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

@Sean Hagins, you've hit the nail on the head concerning the total lack of regard for character motivation in these films. The same goes for the use of Leia in Rogue One as compared to the story told in the radio dramas. In the latter, it was established that Vader suspected that she was helping the alliance since he kept finding the Tantive IV at planets with rebel activity but he couldn't prove it. Hence the "You weren't on any mercy mission this time" line. Same goes for the sloppily recreated death scene in Into Darkness. It brings to mind the writing in X-Men The Last Stand as compared to the story in the comics.

Enjoyed reading your review, Jammer. However calling Kathleen Kennedy one of the most grizzled Star Wars veterans in the game really isn't correct. She's a grizzled veteran in Spielberg circles but hadn't worked on SW prior to the Disney buyout. That's not an inherently bad thing as I was excited in 2012, but it's become obvious that there's not going to be any worldbuilding or sense of wonder in these films.

*watches The Wrath of Khan and listens to the SW radio drama*
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Vee Gee Boo
Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 12:44am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

Couple of terribly awful good puns:

“You’re a droid, and I’m a noid.”
— Guinan to Data

“Take my Worf, please.”
— Data
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Geekgarious
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 5:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

A year or so ago I was at least a little excited for discovery. Now I am not at all. There is just no one who cares about the spirit of this franchise involved creatively anymore. I’ll be checking for comments by people whose reviews I generally agree with (like Peter G). If some of them rave about it I’ll give it a shot. Otherwise, no more. I’ve been hoping things will improve ever since the first JJ film and they haven’t.
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Geekgarious
Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 6:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Saw this at cheap movie night last night. It was about what I expected, quite fun at times but also kind of forgettable. I didn't really buy this version of Han, but the dialogue exchanges and Lando made it worthwhile.

And it looks like this will be the first SW movie to bomb at the box office. It will be interesting to see whether SW turns out to be in the same place Trek was in the late 90s.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solo-may-do-the-impossible-lose-money-for-star-wars/
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Geekgarious
Fri, May 25, 2018, 8:07am (UTC -6)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One was a mess and a slog that added nothing to the saga, so I’m not seeing this in the theater. Based on the comments here, I may give it a viewing when it shows up on streaming services since it seems like an inoffensive, fun enough film. But that doesn’t change the fact that this doesn’t seem like a story that needed to be told, and less is really more when it comes to characters like this.
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Gee
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 12:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@Filip
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I couldn't agree more. But here's to hoping this crazy storyline was left over from Fuller's input and things will be different in s2, when maybe the show will be less frantic about creating twists.
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Gee
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 10:37am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

St:Dsc makes Berman&Bragga look like geniuses who actually did care about canon and understood Roddenberry's vision of the future.
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Gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 3:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@KT
"but that the same connective tissue which connects all points in space-time also connects 'life to death'? Wtf?!"

I totally agree. However if they use it to explain the Traveller and Wesley Crusher I'd be okay with it...
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Gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 12:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

On 2nd thoughts maybe FG knew the Federation would have an agent placed in the 22C and just wanted their tech
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gee
Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 12:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

/ TCW SPOILER ALERT /




I know Bragga effectively said that they never concretely worked out the motivations of the various factions of the TCW, and that FG could have been Romulan or Archer himself. But none of these ideas really makes any sense to me so I like to think it is a member of a species who were conquered by Klingon Empire not long before the events of Broken Bow, who is trying to prevent the conquering of his homeworld by destabilising said Empire. FG is not prepared to sacrifice the Federation in order to complete this task though, I guess because, doing that would open big can of worms for the quadrant let alone his people.
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Gee
Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 2:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

Good review by Jammer as always, but I have to disagree with Jammer's dissapoint that Murca "is a broad xenophobic caricature, showing the writers taking the laziest bad-guy route possible."

Had Murca not been like any other Terran I would have been annoyed at the break from cannon.

"They even have him chalk up his random and unlikely universe-crossing and subsequently successful plan as "destiny," making him into a self-professed fate-chosen megalomaniac, which comes across as a scripted way of admitting the plot was so hopelessly contrived that it must be acknowledged as being guided from a higher plane."

This was refreshingly honest of the writers, I like it. I reminds me of VOY's Relativity in that way, where the writers admit their ineptness lead them to use Time as a plot device all too often, giving everyone a headache.

And sometimes, for a time, things do just work out in your favour through sheer luck.
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Gee
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 12:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Chome
"Starfleet doesn't just leave people to die if they have a choice. This was also addressed in this episode."

Sometimes they do e.g. TNG homeward. Picard and crew were tricked into saving the Bralarans
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Gee
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 7:17am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Rahul
But throwing the dummy out with the pram is behaviour befitting a starfleet captain? Treating a federation official with no respect is acceptable, but expressing distaste at CRIMINALS is not? The official had done nothing wrong and turned out to be right about Klingons poisoning the grain. Landry acted foolhardy/impulsively when Lorca pushed those buttons but it shows her heart was in the right place; she wanted to help so bad she wasn't thinking straight. Why don't you try being chief security during wartime for 8months before deciding Laudry was irredeemable? There are moments in Enterprise, DS9 and Voyager where it is made clear that everyone has their breaking point e.g. Miles OBrain when he was jailed in alien mind prison for what felt like 20yrs to him.
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 10:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: What's Past Is Prologue

@Rahul
Have you seen the TOS ep Trails and Tribulations? In it kirk belittles and mocks a federation agricultural chief for requesting more security to protect grains he suspects Klingons might poison. Kirk belittles and mocks him and accuses him of being a useless time waster. Kirk behaved like a bully. Not everyone in the UFP is perfect least not captains.

"PU Landry right off the bat came across as a major league asshole and it was surprising to understand that that Landry was not from the MU. "

PU Landry is an officer dedicated to the chain of command. Georgiou was someone with a very good reputation. How would you feel if you heard that a 1st officer physically assaulted her captain and caused the war? wouldnt you think they were scum?

I'd have prefered PU Landry not to have died and come to appreciate Burnham's good points and forgive Burnham eventually. Mutiny is not a good thing people. And for it to be realised (maybe by Cornwall) that Burnhams actions were due to emotional instabilty due to being raised by Vulcans. She needs therapy not prison?!
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 6:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

Since we're making predictions I think Voq will prevail over Tyler and find a way to revert back to Klingon. You read it here first folks :p
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 2:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Henson who said "True, but then there are also an infinite number of universes where MU Archer and MU Hoshi DON'T exist. So if we stumble into a parallel universe, which group of infinites is more likely?"

That depends how the multiverse is arranged. I like the theory that, the more similar a universe the closer/more accessible it is
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 9:10am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Peter G
/ You, yourself, just said in another comment that Janeway frequently operates out of desperation to benefit her crew, which automatically means she's not adhering to the spirit of the PD. /

I did not say anything of the sort. I was talking about Chakotay's accusations, the one time (in Scorpion), and that being a possible in-universe reason given for what some people describe as 'Janeways inconsistent behaviour".
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Gee
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 7:52am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

@Archer
/"If there is an Archer and Hoshi in the 22nd century MU, life is so different from the PU that there is very unlikely to be the same chain of events leading up to the crew of the Discovery being the same people and names as they are in the PU."/

Let me rephrase my earlier answer; There was an Archer and Hoshi in the 22nd century MU, and life is different only in that the nature of Terrains are 'a mirror' of that of PU Humans. So why can't there be a Hoshi and Archer in 22C MU and then a Burham and Georgiou a few generations later, in both universes?

And don't say that's unlikely, because in a multiverse of infinite universes, there are also infinite universes where an MU Archer and an MU Hoshi exists (remember that infinity*infinity is still infinity).

/"How is it possible? So everyone in the MU is as nice as they are in the PU until the time comes for Hoshi to be born and then the Terran Empire suddenly comes into being and everyone is now mean? It makes no sense."/

Did you miss the references to the Roman Empire? It is obvious the writers want us to believe that the Terran Empire is what would have happened if Rome never fell. I believe it.
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