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  2. Episode 1.9: “Into the Forest I Go” Discussion Thread

    Lorca has a thing for outsiders; like his affection for Burnham. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he'd enjoy having a secret Klingon in his crew (secret to Starfleet, but not him...).
  3. Episode 1.9: “Into the Forest I Go” Discussion Thread

    Works for me. It's gotta be fairly tempting to remain. He was an outcast among his own, and I don't know that Lorca would necessarily cut him loose even if he knew.
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  5. Episode 1.9: “Into the Forest I Go” Discussion Thread

    It really lines up when you think about it; though I don’t think Tyler is aware that he was Voq. My guess is that he is a programmed sleeper agent, with memories of his Klingon life buried deep underneath his now primary human memory implants. If you’ve ever seen 2003’s Battlestar Galactica and its character(s) of Sharon/Boomer, you’ll get the idea. For me, it’s more about what if he discovers who/what he really is, but CHOOSES to be Ash Tyler? The same way BSG’s Sharon chose to remain Sharon instead of a Cylon? And that’s possible, but ultimately (for me) a less interesting idea than a human who doesn’t know he’s something else. But upon learning the truth (someday?), he chooses to be a human being instead. To be honest, the actor’s ethnicity never really factored into my theory, since he’s playing a generically named “Ash Tyler.” He could’ve just as easily been caucasian or African-American or hispanic and I still would’ve held to the theory that he’s really the former Klingon albino Voq. Because if the Klingons are that good at cosmetic surgery (Arne Darvin in TOS’ “Trouble With Tribbles” being another example), I suspect he could’ve been made to appear as any kind of human.
  6. Episode 1.9: “Into the Forest I Go” Discussion Thread

    My husband didn't feel well enough to watch this episode the day it was released, but he didn't want me to watch it without him, so I didn't get to see it until last night. Finally!!! God, what an episode! From Culber and Stamets kissing to Stamets hanging limply in the chamber to Tyler's PTSD flashbacks to Lorca's manipulation of Stamets to Burnham's insisting on going on the mission to Burnham's stalling for time by calling out Kol to getting Cornwall back alive to Tyler's confession to Burnham ... damn, that was something! I have an idea about the Tyler-is-Voq theory. I'm not saying that this IS what's happening, but it's something that COULD be happening, and it would fit with what we know about the writer's overall intentions for the show. Many Americans have been suspicious of Muslims for awhile, and men who LOOK as if they MIGHT be Muslim have been harassed at airports, followed on the street, and treated badly, even though most American Muslims are perfectly ordinary citizens, just like everybody else. We know that the writers of Discovery are interested in giving the show some social commentary. Shazad Latif looks like the kind of man who is getting harassed on "suspicion of being Muslim" these days. What if the writers left a trail of breadcrumbs to make us THINK that Tyler was probably Voq, when he's actually an innocent man who has already been through hell by being in Klingon custody for 7 months? The entire fandom is suspicious of this man who's been tortured and raped, and won't we feel bad if the poor guy is exactly who he seems to be? What if that suspicion IS the point? Perhaps all of those clues suggesting that Tyler might be Voq are a subtle attempt to make Americans re-think their reflexive suspicion of men who look like Shazad Latif? What if the message is, "Look, you suspected this guy, and he's a big damn hero who survived seven months of captivity, torture and rape? All that suspicion was for nothing! Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? And wouldn't you like to stop being reflexively suspicious of men who look like Shazad Latif?"
  7. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    Dan and I both love Sir Patrick, each of us in his own way, but sometimes Sir Patrick just does THAT kind of thing that leave us facepalm-ing. For example, I remember Dan's (and my!) exhaustion when Sir Patrick tweeted that video in which he was "talking" to those sheep. Like, WTF?
  8. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    I could imagine...
  9. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    I'm not sure Dan sees things the same way - I've had my share of "omfg what's your dad done NOW, you can't leave him alone for ONE second" moments with him. (It's all jokingly, Dan loves his old man, but sometimes we both just stand there with PADDY NO looks on our faces, lmao.)
  10. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    See thats funny, because what I enjoyed about it, was that it so perfectly captured the feel of that Era of TV. It got the tone and style and characters right. And I guess...heres the review:
  11. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    Yep. Too true. I told his son on Twitter that I wish I had a tenth of the charm of his pop.
  12. STAR TREK CONTINUES - The Final Episode Online

    This. And STC was always careful about inserting new elements into the sequels that put a fresh spin on the original concepts as well. The most ‘sequel-y’ of the STC episodes was, IMO, “Pilgrim of Eternity”; but even that was given a fresh coat of paint by remaking the former ‘villain’ as a reformed hero by episode’s end. I also liked the message of altruism being its own best reward (literally). I’m pretty sure if TOS had been given a finite time on its own ending, we probably would’ve seen a lot of sequels to earlier episodes in its final year as well. I second that emotion...
  13. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    Yup, I love his outfits as well. He can wear pretty much anything, it's incredible.
  14. Ex_Machina and other AI Discussion

    Well, precisely. I’m not worried about AI per se as much as I am the way humanity will pervert it and use it for its own ends.
  15. STAR TREK CONTINUES - The Final Episode Online

    I think that STC is of a much higher quality than some of the stinkers from S3 of TOS. (Hi, Spock’s Brain and The Way to Eden!) I’ve seen online criticisms where fans have argued that maybe they shouldn’t have done so many sequels, but I think that’s what long-running shows do after a while when they begin to explore their own mythology. STC naturally fell into that rhythm, and using well-worn Trek icons like Orion slave girls for very different storytelling ends than they were originally created for is to be welcomed. It’s a natural fan reaction to want explore the concepts of a broadcast story further - professionals certainly aren’t immune. The impulse for making Through a Mirror Darkly or all the DS9 mirrorverse sequels is exactly the same as that of Fairest of Them All. And when you have original stories of the quality of Still Treads the Shadow and What Ships Are For, that’s fine by me. Okay, the former riffs off elements of The Tholian Web, but in such a stylish way! I’d add that, the way STC wraps up the five year mission with its attention to character detail is like nothing TOS ever attempted, or probably could attempt due to its episodic format. Prome’s comment that STC is a labor of love is spot on. As a whole, it’s a work of art.
  16. Ex_Machina and other AI Discussion

    And this may be a tiny bit xenophobic on my part to admit this, but... also a little scary (?). I was worried enough to hear about flying drones clandestinely killing people through night vision, but this smacks of next generation Terminator tech. Whenever I see some super development in cybernetics, my next worry these days is ‘how will the military co-opt this and pervert it?’
  17. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    ^ I’m a fan of those. Got the whole run at the L.A. Gallifrey One con last year. The Third Doctor was never really a favorite of mine in live-action, but the graphic novel mini-series was amazing.
  18. Ex_Machina and other AI Discussion

    Any of those problems I foresaw with AI building itself (he/herself) mobile bodies... forget ‘em! Yeah, this is downright incredible.
  19. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    Happens to us all. The “Typo Effect.” Sometimes I find you get a kind of “edit blindness” when re-reading your own work and you just bleep over bits like that! Look forward to the next review.
  20. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    I've seen very convincing mustaches and beard appliances, but I also think there's a certain arrogance creeping into the field of CGI art these days. The belief that 'we can do anything' and that no matter what gets screwed up in production, 'we can fix it in post.' Sometimes you really can't just fix it in post. It needs to be shot with care and with forethought. I guess that's becoming 'old school' filmmaking, who knows...
  21. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    We don't need no Kevin Feige type. It'll be fine. Really.
  22. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    They are about to fire....oh wait they just realized they never put anyone in charge of the damn thing...oops! I do believe that because it was WB reshoots, and contractual things...that they would've had to front the bill for the other studio in terms of the cost of whatever prosthetic mustache, and or CG'ing back on the mustache that would be required. Why they are only thinking CG can solve these issues I have NO idea. But I read that they decided it would be cheaper to CG OFF the stache and CG one back on. I agree that a fake stache appliance would've made more sense...but I dunno. Those usually look obvious to me so maybe they felt it wasn't worth it?
  23. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    It would’ve been far easier for the production team on Cavill’s other movie to devise a really believable fake mustache than it would be for an army of computer artists to try to digitally erase a real one.
  24. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    Yea that is the case. He probably, like Affleck, is one foot out the door of this series, and decided to put whatever movie he grew the stache for ahead of the multimillion dollar franchise. And rather than reschedule, or buy a fake mustache for the other studio to glue to his face...Warner Brothers paid different computer graphic companies to smear computer wax on his face and pretend its fine. Now I can't argue to it's distracting-ness or not, as I have not and probably will not ever, seen this movie...but I do know that they spent a ton of money covering it up with computer animation. Which is the biggest waste of money in the world.
  25. Ex_Machina and other AI Discussion

    I saw this yesterday on the news, and I about blew coffee out of my nose. Both amazing and a little scary; I still remember “Asimo” taking tentative, slow steps. Now robots do freaking gymnastics... As I told my wife, meet our successors.
  26. Fan Comic created from 2nd TOS Pilot Episode

    Really coming along nicely!
  27. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    Oops! I've been writing reviews for both Who and Trek on my blog for years, and I do tend to read em a few times before posting, odd that I missed that when I sent it as a submission tho! I've written my second review already, which is on the graphic novel collection the Titan Third Doctor mini-series.
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