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wl123
Tue, Sep 3, 2013, 9:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Maybe the problem is that there is no spark of exploration in these stories anymore. Instead of "Going where no man has gone before", writers are recycling old stories.

It's not JJ alone, Enterprise had the same issue, so did Voyager.

Science fiction is not dead by any means, it's questions remain alive and vibrant, so why have we stopped actually pushing the limits?

Heck, they could start a movie by blowing up a solar system killing trillions, then play it in reverse order to find out why. (Hope Christopher Nolan takes the helm for the next movie :d )
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wl123
Sun, May 19, 2013, 2:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

The warning is from Trek itself that we took as mere storytelling rather than mankind's own issues. Exploration is not merely about exploring new star and nebulas, it's about exploring the uncharted possibilities of existence as Q had pointed out at the end of TNG's All Good Things....

Who among us that lived in the 90's could deny that we were overly hopeful. That we held too much heart with our technological progress creating a world that may resemble Star Trek. Yet, the dream ended, futurist like Fukyama and others forgot one important truth, mankind is not merely just a species, a nation, or a group, we are individual people making choices that affected everyone around us.

We need a new way to create the vision, because unless we have a bloody World War based on ideologies as Gene predicted, we would not have peace. Don't forget that Gene's vision of mankind's future also included a decmiation of half the world population.
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wl123
Wed, May 8, 2013, 10:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

Good episode with strong characterization and development.

@ Nick: As for Star Trek and Optimism, the world has moved on. The future is today, we have achieved things that Star Trek had predicted back in the 70's-80's-90's. However, we are no closer to a Utopia than we were during Gene's heyday as showrunner in the 60's-70's. Sure the cold war is over, but terrorism has now taken center stage.

Can anyone argue that uninhibited optimism is even remotely possible in a world, where a bomber could kill innocent civilians for no reason other than an act of vengeance.

The Maquis and the later years of Star Trek TNG-DS9 gave us that warning about the nature of mankind and our delusion that technology will allow us to be evolved and civilized. It warned us about the war on terror and its excesses with DS9 "Paradise lost", the ambiguity of sides with TNG "Preemptive Strike", and the tragedy of terrorist vengeance/counter in DS9 "Darkness and Light".

Our world reflected Star Trek and still is, but we are now reflecting the reality that the later years revealed. Gene's vision was a dream that the world of fact and fiction awoke from nearly 12 years ago.

Gene's dream was and is commendable, but it was a dream not a reality.
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wl123
Thu, Mar 28, 2013, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

Took me many year to actually appreciate this episode, but I agree that it is one of Voyagers and maybe Star Trek's finest.

At the heart of the story is nothing short of what Star Trek is about since the era of TOS, blending social commentary into a futuristic platform.

You take our present day problems of Race, religion, ethnicity, or political (Republican/Democrat) and you could reflect this story toward them. As long as polar opposition exists, there can be no peace for anyone. It takes brave people willing to walk the mile in the other person's shoes to actually achieve any hope of peace.

I wonder what will happen to the Doctor's program after he reaches the Alpha Quadrant, will he meet his future self? Will it explain how the mobile emitter came to be in the 31st century?

Imagine the stories that could come up for the Doctor in the 31st century, having outlived all his friends and being a famous hologram throughout the galaxy.
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