Sehlat Vie

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About Sehlat Vie

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    Omega Sector Moderator, Loveable Vulcan House-Pet
  • Birthday 12/12/1966

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  • Favorite Trek Movie
    The Undiscovered Country
  • Favorite Trek Captain
    Jean-Luc Picard
  • Favorite Trek Series
    The Original Series
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    Astronomy (I've been with the Planetary Society for 18 years), I also love movies and science fiction in general (in all forms; books, movies and TV shows). I'm also a huge fan of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Who (old/new), as well as the 1960s shows The Prisoner and Twilight Zone. New favorites include Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men.

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  1. Good one! I feel exactly the same way; that episode could've been sawed in half, and I would've been perfectly fine with the result.
  2. Luckily I didn't see ANY of those at the Star Trek Discovery exhibit yesterday here at San Diego Comic Con. They might've been too busy pitching virtual Molotov cocktails into CBS' mainframe. Very true. Compare architecture of say, traditional Japanese to that of Sweden. Or Ancient Greece to modern North American suburbs. Not to mention the wild variations in world languages (!). Personally I like that there are ridged Romulans and smooth Romulans, just as there are 'biker Klingons' and Feudal warrior Klingons. The costumes, production art and other Klingon artifacts I saw yesterday informed me that these Klingons will be a more graceful and ornate Klingon sect than we've yet seen on Star Trek. I'm curious to see where they go with this. In a way, it reminds me of the abandoned 1975 ST Phase II episode "Kitumba" (later remade as a New Voyages/Phase II fan film) which was loosely modeled on Feudal Japan. That episode (as originally scripted) showed a somewhat different Klingon culture than the surly pirate/bikers we saw on most of ST from 1979 thru 2005.
  3. To me, it's an alternate timeline created in the wake of the movie "First Contact"; just as DSC will be an alternate timeline to me. If they were going to be totally 'true' to TOS that would mean tabulating computers, sexist jokes at women's expenses, etc. and frankly that's just not where we are these days as a culture. I'll take the revamped ST as long as it stays true to ST's overall mission statement, and not to those elements that no longer work. ST is about ideas, not smooth/bumpy Klingons or clunky retro-looking technology.
  4. Doesn't everybody? Sad...I like ENT a lot better now than I did when it aired.
  5. On that last paragraph, you make an excellent point. Real scientists would never just take off their sterile suits and run barefoot on the grass of an alien planet (see: Space Hippies in 'Way to Eden" for why that's a bad idea...). You'd do scans, soil tests, tests of the local flora, spores, pollens, etc.. You wouldn't humanely choose your crew as Guinea pigs when it isn't necessary; even the NX-01 had decent scanning equipment and unmanned probes (certainly far superior to NASA's best today). Then again, if ST always followed real science, it might be a very lengthy and boring show for some people (haha).
  6. Even if they never did, it wouldn't bother me. If you were an alien visiting Earth and saw a 98 lb. French ballerina standing next to a 350 lb. Japanese sumo wrestler, you might have a hard time believing they were of the same species. Personally, I like the idea of a Klingon society with multiple ethnicities and social orders, etc.. It makes them more 'real' to me. Frankly I got a little sick of the "Vikings in Space" we saw for so long on Star Trek. The designs of the Klingons I saw in person yesterday (at the ST DSC exhibit here at Comic Con San Diego) were beautiful and ornate; they reminded me more of something from Feudal Japan rather than Viking Bikers in Space (as a former motorcyclist myself, I don't intend the term 'biker' as a slur in ANY way ). Oh, and if you want to see my pics? Click on my signature below for my blog at
  7. I might get used to the gap ring, and yes Doctor Odd brings up a very good point; the gap ring is really no more flimsy than the nacelle struts (which, as ST Beyond showed, are a helluva vulnerable spot). But here's the problem, and it's similar to the unconnected secondary hull in the Oberth class; how does the crew ACCESS the outer ring of the saucer? Those firmaments look too small to house corridors; is it a crawlspace, like a Jeffrey's tube? And WHY? At least the nacelle struts, despite their impossible vulnerability, make some kind of design sense; you'd want those powerful warp pods away from the main body and easily detachable if something went wrong. But regarding the outer ring? Why? As McCoy might say, "Not a list of possible miracles. But a simple, basic, understandable 'why'?"
  8. ^ Pretty much all of these. And for the same reasons. As someone who grew up with pets (but doesn't have them now; save for an hornery fish) irresponsible pet owners are a HUGE pet peeve (NPI) of mine. So "Night In Sickbay" really chaps my bottom. I realize we're supposed to automatically sympathize with Archer against the 'uptight' aliens, but this was one of those 'Archer-as-ugly-American' episodes that we saw in the first two years, and it really rubs me the wrong way. TATV is just...yeah, let's not go there. It's too early and I've have a really nice day yesterday; don't want to harsh my buzz. Hehe. "Bound" just irritates. It's meant to be 'female empowering' ("the men are the slaves..." Hardy har har) but it comes off even worse than "The Cage." 2DA2N is how long this episode felt to me when I first saw it. The "OMG we almost made a pass at a boy alien" hetero-squeamishness feels downright 1980s (in a bad way). I hate this one, and it's best left forgotten. Same thing with "Precious Cargo"... It has a bad case of "Mudd's Women" disease.
  9. I was there! If anyone's curious? Check out my blog linked in my signature, or go to Got photos as well.
  10. I'm also guessing no one in the writer's circle foresaw nature's ability to adapt; when there is super-immunity, there are super-strains of opportunistic infections that rise to the challenge. And yes, maybe you're right about the Gideon inhabitants getting ahold of the schematics, etc. I haven't see MoG in years, so I may be remembering that part of it wrong. But either way, the idea of a planet with ZERO personal space having room to house a starship replica? Yeah, I cry B/S on that, too.
  11. There's a tremendous contradiction in TMOG; this species claims that their reason for overpopulation is that all life is too precious, and that they can't use birth control, etc. I get it; life is too precious, hence overpopulation. But...if life is so precious that things like abortion and birth control are unthinkable, WHO came up with the plan to reintroduce fatal disease back into the population?? Murder by biological warfare (whatever the motivation) would still be mass murder; surely THAT is unthinkable for a planet where life is too precious to even consider birth control, right? Not trying to KM the topic, but it demonstrates a clear violation of the writers' own intent. And yes, the 'fitting a 1:1 replica of a starship on a planet where people can't even take a dump in private' thing never made any sense to me either; even when I was little. If they had the technology to mass produce an Enterprise replica so quickly (based on long range scans, no less!) surely they had the technology to build massive space stations and off-world colonies to deal with their insane population growth.
  12. ^ Could be a nice, quick way to make the entire crew simultaneously vomit, but otherwise? Yeah, an outer spinning ring does nada.
  13. Oh, maybe it was someone else (?). I dunno. The prison camp angle took it to a different place; it’s also the darker, less heroic side of war... the side that usually isn’t seen in a shoot ‘em up war movie. I agree that this movie wouldn’t have been as interesting if it only featured apes and humans shooting at each other (see: 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the Apes”; IMO the nadir of the old Apes movie sequels).
  14. "Space: 1999”: the pilot “Breakaway” (I needed a Martin Landau moment...) and “The Invaders” TV series (1968), “Beachhead” (the pilot).
  15. Using the enslaved to build the futile wall reminded me of “Let Mexico pay for it” as well. It’s also interesting that Kenman and others pointed out the structure of the latter half of the movie is based on Steve McQueen’s “The Great Escape”, and it was (as was last summer’s “Star Trek Beyond”), but to me, there was also a bit of “Stalag 17” and even “Schindler’s List” thrown in as well.