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von Bigglesworth
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 6:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Somehow I don't think that there would be this 'rape' uproar in the comments section if it were an Orion slave girl spreading their pheromones around. In fact, I don't think that I've ever heard anyone complain about them and the reactions their pheromones cause. I would check the comment sections to those episodes, but I'm busy - my dog is in heat, and I have to make sure that she doesn't rape any males.
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von Bigglesworth
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 1:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

I'm seriously conflicted by this series. To put my opinion into context, I should let you know that for the past couple of months I've been working my way through Voyager, and I'm struggling. Really struggling. The plots are too derivative from what Trek had done before, the character development is poor, and the story arc is neglected. Frankly, I only like half of the Voyager episodes. Whereas Discovery is the complete opposite, the story is new for Trek, characters have personalities with potential arcs, and there is an actual story arc. It is refreshing and entertaining, and I like it. But do I like it because it is refreshing or because it is quite good? I'm not sure.

However, one thing that I am finding very disappointing is the lack of episodic plots. Having a series story arc is definitely the way to go, but at the same time is there really any need to push the episode story to the background? In previous incarnations of Trek, the story of what happened to the Glenn and the race to save the mining colony would have been the major plotline to an episode. In Discovery, it is again the opposite, with the stories just being an afterthought in which to wrap the series story arc into segments. I feel that it is suffering because of this. The balance just seems all wrong to me.

So do I like Discovery? Kinda. Do I like the episodes? Not really. Am I currently enjoying it more than Voyager? Yes.
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von Bigglesworth
Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 11:30am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

Hmmm... the episode is okay. With pilots tending to be quite weak and with the rather negative reviews of the episode before it aired, I went into the episode with grounded expectations. I thought the episode, however, did quite well, with the aim obviously to provide the immediate setting and characterization rather than plot or universe building. Some of the criticism seems to be aimed at the lack of comedy, but I don't think that it helped that we've all seen the comedic scenes before, in the trailer.

It's light-hearted Trek and it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but writing the show off after just one episode is daft. Imagine if we all did that at Encounter at Farpoint.
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