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Paul G
Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 2:30am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

Burnham doesn't work as a character for me. Making her captain makes no sense.
The burn makes no sense either. If dilithium is so unstable, it should all have disapeared a long while ago. The writers came up with the burn for shock value, so that the federation is crippled and vulcan and earth have left the srarfeet, who is now a legend. No one knows if it exists anymore. Ten minutes later, the federation is still a great power in the galaxy, everyone rejoins, back to square one. The burn is explained (?) and handwaved, it will have no more consequences. You can do this in episodic series, like old trek, but no in a show with season arcs. If nothing has consequences, why bother watching the whole season?

I'm still watching this because I think Saru is a great character and I like jammer's blog so I try to keep up with the episodes. But maybe it's time to cancel my Netflix account and switch to disney and look at the Mandalorian. I like shows with tigh writing like Babylon 5, or lots of humor like Stargate, Firefly and Farscape. I'll try the expanse when it's availlable somewhere in France, if anyone has other suggestions, tell me!
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Paul G
Wed, Jan 6, 2021, 9:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

@Franck A. Booze
"I am trying to think of another show where the lead character is really not that great. A show that lasted more than a season? Can anybody think of one? "
Kevin Sorbo in the later seasons of Andromeda? The rest of the cast had their screentime greatly reduced, the script was inept, and it was all about showing how the captain in great. I sometimes get the same feeling with Disco.

About SMG being a bad actress: I don't know, butI think even the greatest couldn't save this character. Burnham is badly written. She's supposed to have been raised by vulcans and keep her emotions at bay, but now this is all forgotten and she cries for nothing in every episode. She can betray her captain or her crew several times, it's also all forgotten the following week. If we're not supposed to remember and care about a character past, it's difficult to care about it's future....

Also, I have seen many comment about the Bechdell test. I think this is largely unrelated to the quality of the script. We can have an all male cast and a plot that still makes sense, and a very diverse cast with a weak script.
Having a diverse cast is good from a diversity standpoint.
Passing the Bechdell test is good from a feminist standpoint. Nothing more, nothing less. If you replace all characters by white straight males, the burn being caused by a kid or the EC wanting suddenly to join the federation is still bad writing. And if you replace Kevin Sorbo in Andromeda by a black actress, you still get a bad show. Those things are unrelated in my opinion. It's nice to have diversity if you like diversity. But it won't save the show.
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Paul G
Sun, Jan 3, 2021, 12:03am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: There Is a Tide...

I agree the serialization is a burden for Disco.
There are bad episodes in all seasons of all previous star trek shows, but they were mostly stand alone and you could ignore them. And when you rewatch old shows, you can skip them. Disco doesn't have this chance, so the bad ideas in some episodes are dragging the whole season down, even the whole serie.
Also, it feels like each episode is written separately from the others. The emerald chain wants to make peace with starfleet? Where is that idea in previous episodes? The whole arc should be written completely before you even start shooting your first episode, even if you can allow for flexibility. Babylon 5 did it well in its time. The Expanse also, as it's based on books. Here, I get the feeling the writers didn't have a clue what could have caused the blur at the start of the season, and they struggled to come up with an explanation after that. Too bad. Discovery have very strong aspects, but that improvisation is hurting it. Burnham has to become captain? Well, let's suddenly derail Saru's character.

I stop here, I'm too frustrated. I would probably wouldn't watch this if it wasn't a Star Trek show. But I won't give up, I'll be back for season 4, hoping for better writting, and for more stand alone episodes (i really hope for a Detmer centered episode one day)
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paul g
Mon, Dec 23, 2019, 3:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

After seeing this, this is my top ten star wars movies:
1) empire strikes back
2) rogue one
3) return of the jedi
4) the last jedi
5) revenge of the sith
6) the force awakens
7) rise of skywalker
8) a new hope
9) attack of the clones
10) solo
Not in the top ten : the phantom menace.

And thus, you can probably guess my age......
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Paul G
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 10:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Let's imagine you're doing your job as a doctor, helping someone, and 5 seconds later you're murdered.
After being miraculously brought back to life, you'd still be in shock. Mega PTSD.
Not wanting to be in the same room as someone else. Probably not wanting a boyfriend, nor friends. Just wanting to be left alone. Probably for years.....

Well, they really could have done better with Culber.
I agree with kinematic and the others on this.
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Paul G
Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 10:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The second half of the season didn't work for me. Lots of padding, nothing interesting about the 'mysterious' signals. Control was a weak and boring villain. The emotional moments were badly timed. We didn't see enough Saru. Nothing that I havent seen a thousand times before.

The first half of the season was ok though. I hope season 3 brings something new.
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Paul G
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 4:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Perpetual Infinity

I have given countless hours of thoughs to this, and my conclusion that any parallel universe 'me'' is not really me, or even not me at all.
I could maybe accept a parallel universe girlfriend as a close enough girlfriend, but no parallel universe me is a close enough me. They're all frauds. I would kill all parallel universe me if I could, so that there's only one me.

So, my timeline is the only timeline that matters.

Only if I have have proof my timeline is doomed should I seek consolation in the fact that other timelines are better, and some parallel universe me are faring better. And even that would be a very small consolatuon
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 6:47pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

Good episode.
Yes, the evil AI is an used trope. BSG, terminator, etc. And it's just a sub-trope of evil technology, going back to Franckeinstein or even Prometheus. But there's time for many twist. Maybe the AI is not the big bad. I'm still convinced the Kelpians are behind all this. Or maybe they'll be the big bad in season 3?

Apart from the AI, the other weak points were Nahn left to die by Burnam (don't want to kill Airiam, but doesn't care to help Nahn), developping a secondary character just to kill her, and not enough Saru.

Strong points were no klingons, no Tyler, no Georgiou, and I can trick myself to believe Pike and Spock are the real thing (kudos to the actors), so I care what happens to them.
I still dont care about Michael, whatever trick I try. I would care about the other crewmate though, if they'd give them more screentime without killing them.

There's hope.
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 3:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

"Now the only way to stop the Empire is by blowing up half the galaxy"
And blowing out the mushroom universe too. After this disaster, the Prime Directive takes the place of General Order 1, which was giving too much latitude to ship's captains.

Saving Burnam was important too, as she'll be the one who push the button and make the sacrifice. The Red Angel had to save her in her childhood for this only reason.
Spock could not stand having his sister destroying a whole universe, so he ask the talosians to make him forget everything about her.
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 8:53am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

@Saru's Ganglia
"I actually thought the doomsday ships looked like Ba'ul ships"

The red angel is Georgiou (turned good) who travels back in time to save the universe from the kelpians (turned bad)

The Talosians live in illusions. A real, emotional memory is of great value to them.
And they helped Spock to overcome his time sickness with their mental powers, or something. I was not 100% convinced either, but it kinda works.
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 7:14am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

About the show.
I find Saru's behaviour suspicious. Maybe now than his race is aware of space travel, they may have plans to conquer the universe?
Meddling with an entire species on this scale is bound to have consequences. Maybe the red angel is a repenting Saru?
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 7:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

I don't like discovery's klingon either.
That doesnt make discovery 'not true trek'
And that doesn't make people who like discovery 'not true trekkies'
Some (i never said all. No generalization) need to bash the new doctor who and its follower because it's not proper doctor who and the new fans are not proper fans. They're inferior.
That's what I don't like. I don't know if you're one of those purist. I trust you can decide for yourself. Just that the 'not true trek' argument is being used too much in this place, especially as it's not a valid argument.

I don't like michael burnam, but those who do are not better or lesser fans than me.
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Paul G
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 5:13am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

I too am tired of the 'true fans' who consider themselves an elite. As such, they hang around the internet trying to make new fans aware they are not true fan. Because what they're watching is not real trek/transformers/star wars/lotr/etc.

Being a fan of a multi-billion dollars franchise is not being pure. It is not a priviliege. You are not a superior being if you think the new powerpuff girls show is not 'true powerpuff girls'.

There are plenty of reason to like or dislike discovery, but it being 'not true trek' is not one of those reason. There is no absolute truth about liking something or not. Extremism does not make these forums fun to read. And the extremist never looks smart.
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Paul G
Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 4:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

I'm still unhappy about this episode after all those years. It really weakened the last season of BSG, and the serie as a whole. Minus 10 stars.

Also, Jane Espenson wrote the only bad episode of firefly, and the awful fourth season of torchwood. With her, I feel like the characters are just puppets to advance the 'on the nose' plot. Many out of character moment, bad continuity. I hope she'll stay away of the series i like from now on.
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Paul G
Mon, Feb 25, 2019, 8:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S2: The Sound of Thunder

@John Harmon
"I forgot they brought Culber back to life. Ugh. Hey, you remember how when Spock died they brought him back with some weird handwavy nonsense? But like, it was ok because Spock is the most famous character in Star Trek and it took the plot of an entire movie to bring him back that cost Kirk his command, his ship, and his son so it's ok to forgive how they brought Spock back?"

Come on. It's never ok to bring a character back to life. It cost Kirk nothing, we knew everything would be reset in the following movie. I forgot Kirk had a son. He forgot too, most of the time.

It's harder to make fresh stories after 500 episodes and 10 movies. But on average, this show is better than all the previous one, who all had many really bad episodes in their first two seasons. Most people new to trek will prefer Disco than older shows. TOS is so sexist it's nearly unwatchable nowadays.

That doesn't mean DISCO is perfect on every aspect. Character wise, Suru is great, Tilly and Pike are okay, and I don't like the others. The cast from DS9 was way more interesting ( Odo, Dax and Sisko were great, all the others we're at least ok). So I hope improvement on that point. 7 of 9 helped Voyager a lot. Wesley departure helped TNG a lot, too. Let's hope they bring in new characters, focus more on the bridge crew, and kill Ash and Mickael and never bring them back.

Also, the Cardassians and the Dominion were much better villains. Nothing is close to that in Disco, I don't like the Klingon and there's not much else for now.

TLDR : DISCO is not perfect, but neither were all the previous trek. It's still the beginning, we'll see where it brings us.....
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