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  1. After sitting in college all day taking notes off the board, the last thing I want to do is read subtitles while I'm relaxing. That's just a small quibble though, can't believe it's been 12 years since we could discuss a new episode of ST.
  2. I'm thankful that this is on the Space network in Canada. I ordered that channel from my TV provider specifically so I could watch this show. There's no way I'd get CBS All Access.
  3. I just love the look and feel of this show. I was skeptical about the Klingons, but now seeing them in action, they make the TNG era prosthetics look a bit silly. I'm willing to buy in to yet another evolution of the Klingon look. It was cool that they speak their lines in Klingonese considering the effort put into constructing the language, but it also means having to read subtitles. They feel more alien now, but maybe that's a good thing. I can't wait for episode 3.
  4. The Orville

    I re-watched the pilot with the intention to ignore the jokes and to take it in as a serious sci-fi show. It kind of works if you aren't expecting it to be a galaxy quest style comedy. I watched the episode tonight but missed the first 15 mins. I felt that the comedy was toned down, which it needed to be. The plot to this episode was ripped from a TAS episode, but that's okay because Star Trek has done almost anything so it's pretty hard to come up with something people haven't seen before at this point. If Seth is serious about providing an earnest Sci Fi show, I'm going to get behind it. Anything to get this format back on TV so he gets props from me for that.
  5. The Orville

    I chuckled about the 'soda on the bridge' joke, I drink coke when I work too. Other than that, most of the jokes didn't really land. I'll give it a shot if it's committed to being a sincere show. If it tries to be sincere one moment then tries to be an episode of Family Guy the next moment, it gets pretty jarring and pulls me out of the experience. I found myself trying to take the show seriously, but then it pulls me back out with what amounts to a cut-away gag. If they are trying to be Galaxy Quest, that's fine too, but stick to comedy then and don't take the villains seriously.
  6. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I just finished "The Hall of Heroes", this book does not disappoint. I'm glad I picked up this Prey trilogy, and I look forward to this author's next book.
  7. Journey's End aggravates me, the Wesley story-line is beyond annoying. The 'Picard's ancestor was evil to First Nations' is eye roll worthy. What's worse is that they essentially recycle this awful episode into Star Trek Insurrection. I think this one even beats out Sub Rosa as the worst of Season 7.
  8. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I've finished the 2nd book of John Jackson Miller's Prey trilogy, The Jackal's Trick and I am half way through the finale, 'The Hall of Heroes'. This trilogy is tightly plotted and full of surprises. This book focuses a lot of time on a group of hoaxers which were in the same circle/guild as Ardra (TNG's S04E13 Devil's Due) using the same holo-trickery to fool a group of discommendated Klingons into committing attacks and executing opponents which politically benefit the trilogy's main antagonist, Lord Korgh of the House of Kruge. I would strongly recommend picking up this trilogy, it really pulls you into the story. The trilogy as a whole revolves around a fraudulent attempt by Korgh to seize control of the House of Kruge (villain from Star Trek: The Search for Spock) but also involves the Breen, the Kinshaya, the Titan, Enterprise and Aventine and features Worf, Martok and Emperor Kahless (the clone) prominently.
  9. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I just finished two more Trek novels Hell's Heart by John Jackson Miller This is the first of a trilogy which tells the story of a succession crisis in the house of Kruge (the same Kruge from 'A Search for Spock'). The ENT E helps to organize a conference which the house's heir attend which goes terribly wrong. Public opinion in the Klingon Empire blames the Federation for incompetence in organizing the conference. A new heir who had hidden his identity for 100 years steps forward, claiming to have been adopted legally by Kruge after his father was killed fighting for Kruge. This new heir hates Jim Kirk and the Federation. The novel has 3 acts, two set aboard the ENT E and the middle act set after the events of 'A Voyage Home'. This one is a real page-turner and I would recommend it. Foul Deeds Will Rise by Greg Cox This novel is set in a solar system with two worlds that have been at war with each other for a long time. The Enterprise is there to broker a peace deal between the two sides. Making a surprise appearance is Lenore Karidan, who is supposedly recovered from her long mental illness after extensive treatment by Starfleet medical and is living under an assumed name and helping with relief efforts on one of the planets. Kirk recognizes her and invites her back to the Enterprise. Soon after, delegates to the peace conference turn up dead, and when her identity is revealed, both worlds want to extradite her for her supposed crimes. Kirk doesn't want to believe it was her, but who else could have done it? This was an great stand-alone read which had the feel of a lost episode of TOS, albeit set in the movie era. I'd recommend this one as well.
  10. Require a TNG book recommendation!

    I'm glad you liked it. JJM sticks mostly to Star Wars but has recently branched over to Star Trek and I'm liking his Trek novels so far. After that novel, JJM wrote a 3 parter, of which I've read the first novel, Hell's Heart. It's about the ENT E organizing a conference of heirs to the house of Kruge (villain from 'The Search for Spock') which goes terribly wrong. One supposed heir, who claims he was adopted by Kruge 100 years ago after his father died fighting for him, has stepped forward to claim the house. This heir has a lot of animosity towards the federation. I thought it was a page-turner and I have the next two on reserve. There are some minor references to the Takedown affair in Hell's Heart but nothing that would make it necessary to read beforehand.
  11. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I recently completed a couple of books; Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward: Brings together the crews of the alternative Enterprise from Yesterday's Enterprise, the post Typhon Pact novels version of the Enterprise E, and a few century old Romulans ships. The problem is that most of the dialog is stunted by adhering to the temporal prime directive, so Ent E members are lamenting how they wish they could tell the ENT-D this or that. The Romulan ships are too ancient to provide much of a threat, and aside from some planet-side skirmishes there is little conflict in this book. I struggled to finish this one. Seekers 3 by David Mack It's a neat little stand-alone novel with the crew of a small scouting ship, the Sagittarius. It's a nice change of pace to not be dealing with a galaxy class ship all the time, and instead a ship that has a crew numbering under a dozen. The story is about some dark energy collector which inverts the laws of probability, causing extremely remote circumstances to happen with regularity. It was a good read, not one of Mack's best, but a passable novel. Control by David Mack This one continues the storyline from Disavowed, picking up Bashir's crusade against Section 31 and a mysterious AI called Control which has a virus on every computer in Federation space, allowing Section 31 and Control to monitor pretty much everything in Federation space. Nowhere is safe from the surveillance. Also along for the ride are Sarina, Bashir's girlfriend (seen on DS9 as one of the geniuses who was non vocal), Data and Lal (who was resurrected in 'The Light Fantastic') Quite an interesting read, even if I don't always find myself agreeing with Bashir's motives. I would recommend this book, although it might be a good idea to pick up Disavowed first.
  12. Enceladus - the Basic Ingredients For Life

    What is the news here? Didn't we already consider Enceladus and Europa as strong candidates for life? What's in these findings that makes it more likely that we didn't already know?
  13. Section 31: A Necessary Evil In A Utopia?

    I have a hard time seeing the difference between the Federations 'legitimate' intelligence agency and Section 31. What line will 31 cross that Starfleet Intelligence wouldn't? From a purely out-of-universe entertainment point-of-view, I think it's interesting to have this morally ambiguous agency running around and pulling strings and playing a long game.
  14. What Star Trek book are you currently reading?

    I bought Section 31: Control which came out yesterday. It's a sequel to Section 31: Disavowed.
  15. Genetically enhanced Species 8472 preyed on the Borg with ease, so them.
  16. Update to the Drake Equation?

    Although we can't do anything about the massive free space path losses, the bigger the receiving dish, the larger the gain. As dish receiver gain increases, weaker signals can be detected. The radio astronomy dishes are massive, the largest one is in China and is 1/3rd of a mile across. There's no way they are building something that big on the Moon in the foreseeable future. Also, we aren't even close to scanning the entire spectrum in every direction. They picked a small chunk of the spectrum which experiences less interference called 'the water hole'. All that received data needs to be crunched by computers using complicated math called FFT's, this isn't like tuning in your radio and hearing a voice or music... If you want to help out the effort, download the BOINC screensaver and help crunch radio telescope data for SETI@Home. Perhaps your computer screensaver will find ET. http://boinc.berkeley.edu/ https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/#
  17. Growing up I watched TNG and Voyager. I was too young for TOS and only watched all of the episodes as of a few years ago. I tried getting into DS9 but I found myself disliking some of the main characters (Sisko, Jadzia, Odo, Julian and Kira) and was especially turned off by the religious plot threads. I marathoned the entire DS9 series recently and while I appreciated it more, I'm still not that particularly fond of the show. I tuned out Enterprise during the original run but rewatched it on Netflix. Again, with that show it's a character problem for me, I just didn't like T'Pol or Archer. Archer became too much of a Bush analog while I felt T'Pol's character was just off somehow. Being a big TNG fan, I found Voyager to be somewhat more of a continuation of that format so I was able to forgive some of the cardboard characters. The characters I didn't like on that show weren't of much consequence, Neelix and Kes.
  18. Should Spock ever be CGI Resurrected?

    Setting aside the question of how tasteful it would be, why would we need more Nimoy content at this point? He had been in 8 movies and there was hardly anything more for him to add to the role. Even if you were absolutely set on having him come back in CGI form, what would they have him say or do that the real Nimoy hasn't already said or done as Spock? We got plenty of closure on that character so I don't see why this would be necessary.
  19. How would you fix Troi?

    I would have reduced the range of her abilities so that she could only read emotions at a short range. Not all characters have to be human or on the same level playing field as a human but her abilities were overpowered and killed drama. She could still say that she thinks the other ship's captain on the viewscreen is being deceptive, but only because she's an expert at reading body language because at short range she gets a lot of practice confirming her body language reads with actual emotions being sensed. I would have also given her some inter-personal conflicts between the crew to solve. They are on a long term mission through space but everyone treats it like a 9 to 5 job and everyone gets along swimmingly. The night shift was mentioned once I think. There's 24 hours in a day, stuff must happen when the main crew isn't on the bridge and everyone can't get along with everyone. Of course this was a show direction problem, the conflict was mandated to be external only.
  20. Update to the Drake Equation?

    I'm doing a radio communications course right now so just for fun I calculated the Free Space Path Loss between Earth and Trappist-1. FSPL (general formula) = 32.44 + 20LOG(distance in Kilometers) + 20LOG(frequency in MHz) FSPL(to Trappist) = 32.44 + 20LOG(3.737*10^14 KM) + 20LOG(1420 MHz) = 386.9 dB of loss Roughly every 3dB of loss halves the power of the signal. 10 LOG (x) = 386.9 dB 10^(386.8/10) = x (Free Space Path Loss in ratio) x = 4.786 * 10^38 so a signal leaving Trappist-1 would be 4.786 * 10^38 times less powerful when it reaches Earth. Of course, there are other factors at play. The source transmission could be in Megawatts (10^6 Watts) and we can pick up picoWatts (10^-12 Watts) just fine. The larger the receiving dish, the larger the gain in dB which would cancel out some of the FSPL. The way some people talk though, it's like the general public thinks we can just point a dish at some far away object and we should be receiving their TV programs. Not only could their transmitters be too weak, they could be broadcasting at other frequencies that we aren't scanning. SETI just picked 1.42 GHz because there is less interference from interstellar gas at that frequency. They could be broadcasting at 10 GHz and we wouldn't see it. We use radio bands from the 8 KHz range up to around 275 GHz so it's likely that another civilization would use the whole spectrum too.
  21. Carrie Fisher

    Episode VIII will take on a new meaning, as Carrie's footage has already been shot and she will be in it.
  22. General Star Wars Discussion

    She was without a pulse for 15 minutes, this doesn't look good.
  23. General Star Wars Discussion

    Carrie Fisher just suffered a Heart Attack on a London to LA flight. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38423963?ocid=socialflow_twitter
  24. Rogue One Thoughts--With Spoilers

    This is pretty much what I've been saying. The main characters weren't fleshed out enough. They spent some time on Jyn's backstory, but the time jump made things confusing for me I didn't care about Jyn's apparent death at the end, and didn't even realize there was romantic tension until someone else mentioned it. I'm glad you brought up the scene where the little girl was saved, only to have Jedha turned into plate glass 3 hours later with her presumably killed. That was kind of a cheat. CGI Tarkin looked grainy in 3D, and yes I like your description of Leia, she looked like an exhibit from a wax museum. I didn't read any spoilers before going in, only having watched the trailers. From the trailers, I thought that since Jyn talked about the force a lot, that she was force sensitive. I felt a bit deceived when I realized that she wasn't, like the filmmakers were trying to fake out the audience by making it not too unfamiliar.
  25. Rogue One Thoughts--With Spoilers

    For ANH fans, this probably would be a welcome addition to that story, it's episode 3.5. The amount that they showed Jyn talking about the Force in the trailers, I went in thinking that she had the force but was untrained. Instead we have Vader reduced to mowing down Red Shirts while Jyn is pulling a heist. I think that if you are going to have Vader in a movie, you have to have someone to fight him and that certainly wasn't Jyn. I thought the Tarkin rendition looked realistic although a tad flat, but Carrie Fisher's younger self was noticeably off in 3D. I just thought that with these independent format movies, they could have gotten away from the main story line for the first time and got into Yoda and other Jedi's past, the past of the Sith Lords, etc., even before the Republic, Make the outcome be in doubt. I was entertained, but not blown away by this movie.