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  1. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    The Orville, Vikings
  2. Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018

    I greatly enjoyed the Earthsea Chronicles. RIP.
  3. The Orville

    I haven't read this thread to avoid spoilers, but I have to say that after four episodes, I'm completely sold. Wonderful, reasonably light-hearted show. Don't get me wrong, I love dark(er) sci-fi shows such as Moore's BSG or even parts of DS9, but I don't want to wallow in misery all the time...
  4. Snowpiercer: the series

    Agreed. I liked it too, but I'm not sure there's enough story here for a series, quite frankly.
  5. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    The Last Jedi. Good but not great. Certainly not a flawless movie, but I'm not panning it either. Entertaining for sure. That said, I enjoyed the standalone Rogue One more than I have enjoyed any SW movies since the original trilogy...
  6. Your Favorite TV Shows of 2017

    Mostly rewatches for my husband and me last year, so my list of newish shows isn't going to be very long. (Rewatches: Stargate SG-1, MacGyver (with the kid)) GoT seasons 1-7. I thought it would be too violent for me and refused to watch for years, but when I finally gave in, I was hooked after a few episodes. Can't wait for season 8. Twin Peaks: The Return. A bit uneven and left me unsatisfied at the end, but some parts of it were brilliant. I'm glad I've seen it, but I have no need to see it again. Doctor Who season 10. Great stuff. Bill took a bit getting used to, but I loved her by the end.
  7. Happy New Year!

  8. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    If you get the chance, take a look.
  9. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Ikitie (The Forever Road) (2017). Set in the 1930s, it's based on a true story about how more than 10,000 Americans (mainly Finnish-Americans) went to the Soviet Union during the Depression of the turn of the decade, to build a Socialist workers' paradise, and how thoroughly they were deceived. Most of the adults were executed in the late 1930s and their children taken from them and given to good Communist parents for adoption. It's a depressing story, but one worth telling. Did you know that they played baseball in Soviet Karelia in the 1930s? Most of the dialog is in Finnish, some in Russian and nearly half in English. The movie was shot in eastern Estonia and many of the actors and extras were Estonians. Most of the male leads are Finnish actors virtually unknown elsewhere, but the main female lead is Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen, best known internationally for her performance as Theresa Cullen on Westworld.
  10. Now I've seen all new episodes. I must admit that I was left vaguely dissatisfied by the ending. It was mostly a fun journey, but then it just ... stopped. Nothing, literally nothing was resolved. That said, I must admit my respect for Kyle MacLachlan went up several notches, he was really good.
  11. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    DW Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time. IMDb Great stuff and I loved the understated references to Christmas. I'm really looking forward to next season as well. Vikings, S1E1. Great start.
  12. We're celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence.

    1. Robin Bland

      Robin Bland

      Congrats! Yours is an admirable society! 

    2. maneth
    3. Sehlat Vie

      Sehlat Vie

      I wish my country had a fraction of Finnish common sense right now.

  13. I just became a dad

    However did I miss this? Congrats and good luck! Parenthood is the greatest adventure offered us ordinary humans. The greatest part of it is, I think, discovering the unique qualities of each individual person and their likes and dislikes. Some children show a marked preference for things very early. How are you doing now that you've been a parent for about six months?
  14. STAR TREK CONTINUES - The Final Episode Online

    A wonderful finale, but I'll really miss this show. I think that this finale beat all but a handful of TOS episodes in my book. Admittedly I need a rewatch, but I think the final two parter was more poignant than any TOS episode, with the sole exception of The City on the Edge of Forever.
  15. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    Binge watched GoT, so we've already started on the 5th season. At this rate, we're done before December starts, never mind Christmas...
  16. Rate the show in order of preference

    DS9: I was a fan of serial shows before they became a "thing". One of my favorites is Babylon 5, although nowadays I mostly watch it for the mid-90s nostalgia. I confess that one of the reasons why I love DS9 so much is its similarity to B5. I don't mind staying in one place, as it just means a larger recurring supporting cast. Strong, if not always likable characters with actual character development. Bashir was a very different man in season 7 than he was in season 1. TNG: This is the show I really grew up on although I remember watching TOS in reruns in the mid-80s. The ugly beige decor bothers me a bit, because the poor Enterprise looks like a cheap hotel that got its last redecoration in the 80s. Still, the show features interesting characters and great stories. ENT: This is IMO the most uneven of the shows. It has great episodes and almost unwatchable ones, but the wonderful 4th season makes the effort worth while. TOS: This one started it all, but the overt misogynistic 60s attitudes make the show hard to watch at times. That said, it's a product of its time and manages to tell quite a number of great stories, so I guess I'll forgive the clunkers (Turnabout Intruder, Spock's Brain, Space Seed). That said, I'm a huge fan of STC, which feels like a genuine continuation of the original. VOY: While this show has a few gems, I have to sift through a lot of rubbish to find them. My biggest gripe with the show is that it seems like such a huge step backwards after DS9, even if there was a lot of potential. They couldn't run to the nearest Starfleet base when they got into trouble but had to make it on their own, the conflict with the Maquis was resolved far too quickly, or rather it wasn't, they were just integrated into the command structure and everything went smoothly after that. The characters are bland and uninteresting for the most part, Janeway is poorly written, which is a shame because her character could have been great. Too much use of the big red reboot button. And Seven completely ruined the Borg as villains for me. I wonder how DSC stacks up against these... I guess what I'm hoping for is something akin to Battlestar Galactica, where all actions have consequences, only with a lot more optimism for the future. After all, if it's all doom and gloom, it can't be Star Trek...
  17. I got the coolest mom

  18. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    GoT. We've already started on season 4...
  19. STAR TREK CONTINUES - “To Boldly Go: Part 1”

    Great episode, loved it. I'm happy we don't have all that long to wait for the conclusion, but man, I would have loved to see a few more episodes...
  20. STAR TREK CONTINUES - “To Boldly Go: Part 1”

    Saw it last night and it was brilliant. Wonderful script and great acting. Looking forward to pt. 2.
  21. I enjoyed the original very much, even the panned middle episodes of the second season. So far, I've seen the first five episodes of the third season and my feelings are mixed to say the least. Lynch is a genius in my book, but sometimes the line between genius and crazy is very thin indeed. In the early episodes at least they spend far too much time away from the town of Twin Peaks. Kyle MacLachlan is proving to be an amazing actor, although his scenes as Dougie Jones make me squirm in my seat. I just want Cooper to be as he was before the Black Lodge...
  22. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I want to see it again, but I'll wait for the blu-ray. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the soundtrack, which was much too discordant for my taste. I love the Vangelis soundtrack of the original.
  23. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Blade Runner 2049. Amazing movie and a worthy sequel to the original. I actually enjoyed this one more than the original.
  24. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    We've been watching Twin Peaks: The Return on HBO Nordic. It's good, but so weird that I need a drink or two to watch it. Last week we also started on GoT. My husband has been wanting to watch it for quite some time already, while I've been less than enthusiastic. The first episode was good, and not as graphic as I'd feared. Very angsty, though, so it's best enjoyed in small doses.