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  1. 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.
  2. Happy 94th to one of the "Hidden Figures."

    Happy Birthday! I'm just so happy she's around to enjoy the public acknowledgment of her work.
  3. Phew, it's great to be back!

    1. Sehlat Vie

      Sehlat Vie

      Great to HAVE you back... Sorry about the glitches that kept you away. :(

    2. Sim


      Good to see you, maneth!

  4. Profit and Loss

    Episode Name: Profit and Loss Episode Number: 18 Production Number: 438 Season: 2 Director: Robert Wiemer --- A Cardassian woman who was Quark's flame in the past arrives on the station. Quark is willing to do almost anything to get her back. -- I enjoyed this episode, it was wonderful to see that Quark has a softer side and is capable of feeling something more than mere greed. Sadly things don't quite turn out the way he would have preferred.
  5. Roger Moore: RIP

    He was my first Bond as well.
  6. Shadowplay

    Episode Name: Shadowplay Episode Number: 15 Production Number: 435 Season: 2 Director: Robert Scheerer --- Odo and Jax try to solve the mystery of a planet whose population is disappearing without explanation. They are not who they think they are.
  7. I Did A Horrible Star Wars Thing

    I felt horribly let down by the prequel movies when I first watched them. I remember coming out of the theater after seeing TPM and thinking "I wonder what the heck that was, but it sure wasn't Star Wars". AotC is my least favorite SW film so far (haven't seen The Clone Wars movie). RotS is somewhat better, I think, even if it was dark and dreary. That said, I've been able to enjoy the movies somewhat on subsequent viewings, but they certainly don't bring me the sort of pleasure that the OT, or even TFA and R1, do. I always feel sorry for Jake Lloyd. He was put in a very tough situation by a director who isn't very good at directing people by all accounts, and in addition, he had to act mostly before a green screen. So I tend to cut him a lot of slack. The "romance" between Anakin and Padmé made me squirm, mostly because it was so completely free of any on-screen chemistry. Again, this was something the director wanted, since from what I've read about making AotC and RotS, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman got along well with each other and enjoyed each other's company behind the scenes, but they were't allowed to show it. I don't understand what Lucas thought when he wanted the acting to be intentionally bland. Especially combined with the painfully clunky and cliché-ridden dialog. I do like the theory presented upthread about Padmé's death being due to the dark side of the force draining her of life force, makes a lot more sense than just dying of a broken heart. However, Padmé wasn't a force user and didn't really understand it, so maybe she thought she was dying of a broken heart. My favorite parts of RotS include the scenes with Palpatine just after he's turned, because there Christensen does a decent job of mimicking the movements of Darth Vader in his suit. The clenched fists particularly.
  8. Armageddon Game

    Episode Name: Armageddon Game Episode Number: 13 Production Number: 433 Season: 2 Director: Winrich Kolbe --- Bashir and O'Brien work to rid two alien races who have made peace after centuries of war of their most dangerous weapon. Little do they know that there's a plot to assassinate everyone who knows anything about those weapons.
  9. Whispers

    Episode Name: Whispers Episode Number: 14 Production Number: 434 Season: 2 Director: Les Landau --- After a security mission, O'Brien finds that things have changed on the station. Everyone seems to be against him. And for a good cause, it turns out.
  10. Paradise

    Episode Name: Paradise Episode Number: 15 Production Number: 435 Season: 2 Director: Corey Allen --- Sisko and O'Brien find themselves stranded on a planet where Federation tech won't work. The colony has rejected technology but the whole colony is rotten at the core...
  11. The Collaborator

    Episode Name: The Collaborator Episode Number: 24 Production Number: 444 Season: 2 Director: Cliff Bole --- Two candidates for the Bajoran position of Kai face off on the station: Vedek Bareil and Vedek Winn. Both are determined to win the position, but Winn is more ruthless and accuses Bareil of being a collaborator during the Cardassian occupation. --- The accusations turn out to be false, but only at the cost of revealing Kai Opaka as the instigator of the collaborations, since she elected to allow 43 people to be killed in order to save thousands. Vedek Bareil chooses not to tell, effectively handing over the Kai position to Winn. I suspect that this episode is loved by some and equally detested by others. A lot of the politics can get tiresome after a while, but I found it nonetheless interesting to watch all that scheming.
  12. Lots of New Information on Discovery

    My condolences, Robin. Losing a friend is hard. I'm optimistic on Discovery. The trailer looked great.
  13. I enjoyed Prelude to Axanar, and I'm really sad they pretty much spoiled things for ST fan movies, with the single exception of STC. I'm just so happy they'll get to complete the 11 episodes.
  14. Really enjoying my new QHD (2560*1440 pixels) screen!

    1. Sehlat Vie

      Sehlat Vie

      Makes me want to throw my 1080p 43" TV straight into the trash...:P

    2. maneth
  15. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    Doctor Who: The Pilot. I loved the photos, although the exact battle they visited escaped me. I like Bill, even if her masculine name bothers me for some reason I can't quite fathom. Recently I've also seen the first two episodes of Victoria, an 8 episode miniseries starring Jenna Coleman. Very good, if you like historical docudramas like I do.
  16. Looks really cool. Just watched Rogue One again today and I can't wait for Christmas...
  17. I just wish I could see the definite cut in theater. It's a beautiful movie, but parts of it really made me uncomfortable, especially Deckard forcing himself on that skinjob.
  18. WonderCon 2017 Anaheim, Caliornia

    Great stuff. Feels almost like I'd been there too.
  19. Episode 8 is freely available now. I really enjoyed it, they just seem to get better and better at it. I guess I'll have to see all of them again at some point, not that that's a chore by any means.
  20. Middle Earth

    This is comparing apples to oranges and kiwifruit. I would like to see the extended editions of the Hobbit movies, though, as the extended editions of LoTR are much better than the theatrical releases. Prequels only count as such if they're actually made after the movies they supposedly precede, so the SW original series vs. the Disney sequels doesn't count as such. That said, I really enjoyed TFA and I'm looking forward to episodes 8 and 9.
  21. GHOST IN THE SHELL (Live-Action)

    Well, to be fair, no anime characters I've seen look remotely Japanese or Asian, the round eyes that are used in manga style kinda spoil it for me. Ghost in the Shell is actually one of the few anime I've seen, even if it was something like 15 years ago. I'm not panning this one unseen because of casting choices.
  22. D'oh! Thanks for the clarification.
  23. Given the fact that Discovery isn't going to be broadcast anywhere, a new fan can jump in at any time and then go back to watch the show from the beginning on the streaming service. So I expect that they'll lean heavily towards serialization, with binge watchers as the ideal long-term audience. That said, they need something to pull in viewers in the first place. As a Trek fan living outside the US, I have no idea what else NBC is going to offer on its streaming service except Discovery and how much they have invested in the show as a way to get people to sign up for the service.
  24. Pretty much all of TOS is linear storytelling. Most Trek episodes since have at least an A and a B story, and possibly C and occasionally D (maybe just a scene or two) as well. I don't think DSC is going to do completely linear storytelling over a whole season, but rather, episodes where the main story is interleaved with more episode specific scenes, or vice versa. DS9 and Babylon 5 did this really well.