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    The Undiscovered Country
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    Benjamin Sisko
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  1. So TOS and TAS are both considered canon (James R Kirk/James T Kirk-style discrepancies notwithstanding). It is generally accepted that TAS is one of infinite potential stylistic visual representations of the universe. The live-action look and feel of TOS is just another one of those infinite options. The look of the ship and crew in the Kelvin films is yet another. I have no problem reconcilling that the bridge of the Discovery will "lead in", technologically and stylistically, to the bridge of the Enterprise as seen in TOS, for the same reason that I consider these two bridges to be the same thing: My canon does not contain visuals, because the visuals aren't the heart of the show. TAS demonstrates this well. Edit for clarity: I think the core events of the shows happened. But the minutiae, like actors, sets, special effects, are all fuzzy and interpretable.
  2. Episode 1.5 "Choose Your Pain" Discussion Thread

    Don't forget Guinan and Pulaski who are some of the strongest female characters of the franchise. I just wish they'd shown up more. Of the main cast, only Picard is ever interesting (TNG: Family is a masterpiece and shows how flawed Jean-Luc really is*). *don't worry, Mr.Picard, calling him flawed, in my case, is a term of endearment.
  3. Episode 1.5 "Choose Your Pain" Discussion Thread

    Very beautifully put. Also, it sort of brings to light the cult mentality that Gene Roddenberry evokes in some people. I was trying to pin down Saru today. He's got a hint of Odo, a hint of Phlox, and you could probably draw more connections. But in the end I realized that Saru is in a completely different league, dimensionally-speaking. I love Odo, and think the tragedy of his life reads like a great opera. But Saru feels like me or my friends. As you say, DSC's characters are real, and that's a beautiful thing I wish more fans were embracing.
  4. Episode 1.5 "Choose Your Pain" Discussion Thread

    Best Star Trek since ENT: Dead Stop. Maybe even since Voyager. It was "so ******* cool!" to quote my favourite character on the show so far. It was so Star Trek, it hurt. Discovery has struck a balance between serialization and episodic format. The klingon arc is rich enough to give us individual stories like this, and if they remain at the quality of the last three episodes, we're in for a hell of a season. I do with there were more women in the main cast, but that's a small gripe and I'm very happy that there's LGB representation (T representation will have to wait, I suppose.) I love the whole darn cast. Burnham is a perfect protagonist, feeling the things we do and being just enough of an outsider to let us know we're not the only ones questioning starfleet's practices in this era. There was a callback to TWOK I think, when Saru congratulated Stamets and heard no response, echoing Kirk looking over and seeing that Spock wasn't there. We see that Saru is clearly not ready for his own command, and is closer to Lorca than he thinks. I'm kind of blown away. I had high expectations for this show, and they are all being surpassed.
  5. The Orville

    I very much disagree. What we're witnessing now is that twentysomethings have access to an entire body of musical work on services such as Apple Music and Spotify. Many of the people I know stick with what's cutting edge, but most people find their niche. I listen to a lot of 60s folk, for example, and I wasn't born until the 90s. What about something very specific and niche, like 90s shoegaze? There's no real emotional equivalent anywhere else in music history before or since, but it's there to be found and consumed. Someone who wants that emotion/tone will find it, via ever-advancing search functions and AI that is programmed to give you the perfect emotional experience. You tell the computer "Play something melancholic" and through the process of elimination ("No, darker than that", etc.) it will find you the perfect music, regardless of how popular it may have been in its respective time. Before the internet, and before these streaming services, it didn't seem possible, but I think "current" pop will be what dies out, because the novelty of something being "new" won't matter as much anymore. So The Beatles will be remembered, yes, along with the greats such as Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, etc. but so will 20th century jazz, 21st century dubstep, and 90s shoegaze. But only to those who need them most. Because each one has a place in music history, and an emotional resonance to some fraction of the human species.
  6. Episode 1.3 “Context is for Kings” discussion thread.

    Amazing episode. Mild spoilers ahead but nothing plot-related really. I love the crew immediately. The performances were far above what we're used to, as is the production quality. There are plenty of gory precedents set by earlier Trek. They did what they could get away with. Looking for some examples of body horror in Star Trek? See TMP or ENT: Strange New World when the transporter malfunctions, or TNG: Genesis, Conspiracy, or anything involving the Borg. The Borg are so grotesque as an idea but because we're so used to them, we're desensitized. But make no mistake; they count as extreme body horror, and that's not even counting the psychological horror of what the individuals taken in by the Borg go through. Then there's VOY: Course: Oblivion which I think is far far far far more disturbing than anything we've seen on Discovery, and one of my favourite Trek episodes, period. And what about the Vidiians? Or Crewman Daniels, when different parts of his body existed at different ages? Or VOY: Scientific Method which makes my skin crawl just thinking about it? It is interesting to me that the deaths of countless "redshirts" (dehumanized by the title, even) are shrugged off and can fit into peoples' definition of Trek so easily, and yet Discovery is being criticized for showing the weight of these wounds. Isn't it more disturbing that previous Trek series dealt with these themes so patly? Also, the accident on the USS Glenn is extremely reminiscent to me of the accident on the USS Pegasus.
  7. Why DS9 and VOY Aren’t On Blu-ray

    Not just that, but B5 opted to use CGI even where CGI wasn't very reliable. DS9's early CGI is fairly silly-looking today (watch Odo in the pilot) but the model work still holds up.
  8. I advise anyone with any sense to avoid the Star Trek subreddit at this point. It's pretty toxic. Anyone who likes the show is being accused of being paid off by CBS, or of not being a "real fan". I've been a fan for 22 of my 26 years on Earth, and still I'm considered less-than. I'm the insufferable, obsessive kind of fan who can name all the episodes and bores my friends with random trivia. You know, a trekkie. I experienced this attitude for liking Voyager, and for Enterprise, and even for Deep Space Nine (my favourite show of all time except for maybe Twin Peaks), and now I'm experiencing it for liking Discovery. It's nothing new; some Trek fans are just absolutely awful. Just FYI, to all of you, nobody can tell you you're not a real fan. Whether you hated the pilot or loved it or are ambivalent about it, there is no correct way to be a Star Trek fan. Except, arguably, in not passing judgment over others for their tastes. Picard wouldn't bully you for preferring Megadeath to Mozart, nor Mozart to Megadeath. If anything, he'd appreciate the cultural and archaeological value of whatever taste you had! To gatekeep who is and who isn't a fan is bullying, plain and simple. What I appreciate about this forum is that the users are tolerant, empathetic, and understanding. I'm not getting the sense that anyone thinks less of me here because of my opinion of a TV show, even if we wildly disagree. Anyways, thanks for restoring somewhat my hope in trekkies/trekkers. Y'all are golden. <3 More relevantly, perhaps, y'all are real fans.
  9. My current headcanon: Canon: ENT, DSC, TNG, DS9, VOY, DSC, TMP, TWOK, TSFS, TUC, GEN, ST(2009), Beyond Loose Canon: TOS, The Cage, TAS, TVH, TFF, FC, INS, NEM, Star Trek: Online Not Canon: Threshold, Code of Honour, Unimatrix Zero, Genesis, Spock's Brain, Profit and Lace, Into Darkness Things in the Not Canon category might as well include fanfiction; they just didn't happen in my canon, for one reason or another. Things in the Loose Canon category happened, but with some events altered and different visual aesthetics, for example in my headcanon TOS happened but the show we saw isn't what things looked like. Or, for example, the bare bones of Nemesis happened, but Shinzon didn't look like Tom Hardy. Then of course, canon is canon.
  10. I agree with nearly all of this review, and it was all well-put.
  11. She's a human raised by vulcans trying hard to imitate / appeal to other humans so it makes sense to me that her dialogue will seem "forced'.
  12. I think it was absolutely phenomenal, and elsewhere on the internet I have to wonder if I'm living in the same universe as the critics. It makes me really happy that you lot seem to agree with my positivity. My whole family got together to watch the pilot like old times and when, at the end of the credits, it said "based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry" I lost it. I couldn't contain myself, and I didn't expect to react so viscerally. I was so embarrassed, but I turned to my brother and we had both burst into tears. It was perfect. It was a culmination of so many personal wishes. I grew up with Trek, as so many of us did, and that one moment sealed the deal. Like before that, I didn't really believe it was back, but then I was forced to face it. The world had a drought of Star Trek for over a decade and it's back! I know it's silly to get emotional about a TV show, but Star Trek is so much a part of my soul. the JJ Abrams movies didn't give me the same feeling, though I thought they were entertaining. It's just, I know Star Trek when I see it, and I saw it tonight.
  13. This image explains it, without spoilers. As for how modern it feels, yeah, that makes a lot of sense! So much of what we take for granted today in television comes from Lynch and Frost's innovation. When you're done with the show, I strongly recommend you watch the films Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive to get an idea of who David Lynch is as a filmmaker. Then treat yourself to Fire Walk With Me, the Twin Peaks movie. It's an excellent film but it was panned upon release for various reasons, that being said, plenty of critics have come around to it over time. At that point, you should be primed and ready for season 3, or, "Twin Peaks: The Return", which is so far an amazing experience, and the first 11 episodes all get a "damn fine" rating from me so far. :D