Sehlat Vie

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  1. Discussion thread for the first two episodes of DSC, “Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.” Please place warnings AHEAD of any major spoilers! Just want to throw down a few, non-spoilerish impressions: * Looks like the Kelvinverse, but ‘feels’ like the prime timeline. A nice, streamlined mix of both. * Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) IS the show’s lead; there is no disputing that. * The Klingons look more like their Kelvinverse counterparts; for better or worse. Personally I think they look more ‘alien’ but others might disagree * The action is much more visceral than regular ST; the TV-14 rating isn’t entirely unearned. * Lots of nice nods, touches, references, and even sound FX nods to TOS woven into this new series’ DNA. Looks modern, but definitely has the ‘soul’ of Star Trek. Overall? I loved it! I think it’s a nice compromise between old and modern. Love the serialized format too; really keeps you on the edge of your seat. No sedentary, ‘all is groovy now' codas where everything is neatly wrapped in a bow for next week.
  2. ....hmmm....dunno. (okay, that was me just messing with you....again.... ) I think (to play Devil’s advocate for a moment) that the dialogue about Starfleet’s ideology and such was a overplayed to remind casual viewers that their universe, despite what we see later on, ISN’T Battlestar Galactica or The Expanse. It was a reminder that this is a utopia, however bloodied its knuckles get at the end of the episodes. That said, I think the mission of mercy to the dying aliens in Act One more than conveyed that without hammering it in so hard, but I get why they might’ve felt an editorial need to add a bit more.
  3. Fan Comic created from 2nd TOS Pilot Episode

    Ack... Kelso’s murder... can’t look!
  4. The Orville

    It is nice having two space shows running simultaneously again; party like it’s 1999...
  5. Not unless Burnham has a daughter who’s already 12-15 years old at the start of DSC. And with a Jamaican accent... Sorry, but they look (and sound) absolutely NOTHING alike. Or because time was running out? Given her anxiety, Burnham wasn’t relishing the moment. Agreed. If you look at episodes in production order, the first two didn’t really have most of the regular cast; Spock is the only constant throughout. TOS didn’t really start ‘feeling’ like TOS till about “Corbomite Maneuver” when the cast and ship are more or less settled. That said? I thought “Vulcan Hello” & “Battle at the Binary Stars” had more genuine ST feeling in its 85 min. running time than most of the Bad Robot movie trilogy combined (and I say that as someone who liked ST09 and STB). While I didn’t find them tortuous, per se (I was too busy gawking at the exquisite makeup & costumes ), I agree that they did kinda slow things down a bit. Probably my biggest nit with the premiere episode(s).
  6. DSC, "Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars." Watched them again this morning while cooking...wow. They still hold up. On a TV or an iPad, DSC works.
  7. Saru is terrific. I've been a fan of Doug Jones since the Hellboy movies, and my wife and I met him 5 years ago at Comic Con. He was very open, kind and gracious. So yeah, I was sort of predisposed to like Saru anyway but Jones really delivered. He could be this ST's Data in terms of popularity.
  8. Terminus Timeline - Starships and Interiors

    That’s a common thing on these boards; each person’s favorite vision of ST is usually rooted with the first series/time they fell in love with it.
  9. USS Discovery Final Design

    Ironic... **** MINOR SPOILER **** We don’t even SEE the USS Discovery in the first two episodes. But from the brief exterior glimpses seen in the E3 preview? Pretty cool...
  10. ^ I think this is one of the advantages to a shorter season; more money spent on individual episodes. My wife said that if she’d walked in on it and didn’t know otherwise, she’d swear she was watching a feature film. I can’t help but agree. ^ Very much sympathize. I was surprised by my own level of excitement. And it wasn’t just an overreaction of gratitude brought on by 'ST drought’ either; this show really hit the mark in ways I wasn’t sure that it could. I was also impressed with how vividly some of the characters registered. The first two episodes also managed to fuse a solid war story yet still retain a few moments of wonder and awe about space as well. This is a new standard that may be difficult to sustain in the weeks ahead, but I’m very excited by the possibilities. Also belated kudos to the designers of the title sequence for avoiding the ST-cliches of generic ship porn and flyby shots. This was new and fresh; celebrating many bits of ST iconography, and even ST history. Reminded me a little bit of HBO’s Westworld (in a good way, because I’m a fan of both).
  11. ^ Pretty much mirrors my thoughts on the pilot. As far as pilots go? This was one of, if not the most entertaining ST pilot I’ve seen since “The Cage.”
  12. I was inspired to open this thread by a conversation I was having (and enjoying) with Rusty 0918 in the “Last ST Watched” thread. I realized I was pulling it waaaay too far off-topic, but it was too fascinating to end there. The topic started with Rusty’s inquiry about the Bynar’s star system in the TNG S1 episode, “10101100”; if a star in the Bynar’s home system went supernova, how was their planet spared? This is a very good question. Personally, I think the “10101100” ‘supernova’ was most likely a writer’s goof that accidentally substituted ‘supernova’ in place of the more accurate ‘extreme solar event’, but oh well... let’s assume they meant to say supernova. What then? The Bynars were very specific in two details; the star was a star within the Bynar system; not the star. Which suggests automatically that the Bynar system is a multiple star system (binary, or trinary star systems are actually quite common throughout our universe; our neighboring system of Alpha Centauri is, in fact, trinary; Centauri A, Centauri B and Proxima Centuari, the smallest and closest to us). And, as unlikely as it seems, there are ways a star within a multiple system could go supernova (well, not quite super; but nova at least) and leave a planet relatively intact, but circumstances would have to be VERY exact. The star would have to most likely be a brown, cool dwarf star (which would probably lack the mass to go supernova anyway, but...maybe it was aliens, who knows?) somewhere in the outer periphery of the system; maybe in that system’s equivalent of our own cometary Oort cloud (?). Or maybe it was a tiny cool 'rogue’ star with no planets that was juuuuust outside the boundary of the main Bynar system but is ‘claimed’ by Bynar; much as the US Virgin Islands are protectorates of the United States, but not actual states. Thing is, we also don’t have exacting parameters for what constitutes a multiple star system; just as we no longer have exacting criteria for what makes up a planet (the Pluto-Kuiper Belt Object controversy threw all of that out of the window). How close does a star have to be to be part of a ‘system’? Is it a matter of physical proximity or gravitational influence? Because a star can be very far away but still have some influence within a neighboring system.
  13. I agree if the star were within say, the bounds of where Neptune is within our own solar system, yes. But if this other star within their system were a dwarf star and maybe a good light year away? It's possible the planet could survive relatively intact. It'd take over a year for the full effects to reach them anyway, if the star were that far out. As it is, I don't think the star was that far away, otherwise the Bynars wouldn't have been in such a hurry, right? I also cling to my initial feeling that the writers meant to say 'extreme solar event' but wound up mistakenly labeling it a supernova. An ESE would fit all the criteria of the episode (as far as I could infer, anyway) but it lacks the dramatic punch of the word supernova.
  14. I really enjoy this one. The last time I visited Venice beach’s boardwalk, I was tempted to do a “Future’s End/Torchwood” tour...
  15. Terminus Timeline - Starships and Interiors

    Like the generous use of color in your console displays! Feels like a nice nod to both TOS and TMP’s sets.
  16. Don’t feel bad. I was lucky enough to get a hand-me-down, as-yet-unused Roku streamer from a friend of ours only Tuesday (so we could watch it on our main TV). Otherwise I was prepared to watch it only on my computer, iPad or iPhone...now that’s cheap.
  17. I don’t know; if they needed a mobile starship computer to upload their main computer’s database, it seems unlikely (though not impossible, granted) that they’ve mastered planetary/stellar engineering. Maybe they once had spaceflight and even planetary/stellar engineering earlier in their evolution, but maybe those skillsets have atrophied (?).
  18. Whether it’s a moon to us or not, it’s still a world to the Bynars/Binars (sp?). At any rate, that’s another good point; if the Bynar home world were a satellite of a much larger planet with a stronger magnetic field protecting it, the effects of a post-nova star a light year outside the main planets would be somewhat negated. But any planet orbiting a Jupiter-like planet (with its enormous & deadly magnetic field) would be fried like an egg on a skillet by lethal radiation. Unless...it lived under ice (as theoretical life forms on Europa might’ve evolved). Water-ice is a near-perfect barrier to intense radiation. It’s one of the reasons that reusable/recycled water stored and circulated within the walls of a manned Mars mission spacecraft would be near-ideal radiation shielding as well.
  19. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    I love this one!! * adds it to mine * I call it “Stalker-Data.” Irving Berlin...
  20. The fact that she said ‘a star’ (instead of ‘the star’) suggests that the Bynar system is a multiple star system. And it still doesn’t negate the possibility of the problematic star being within the outer periphery of the system (or of it being a possible ‘cooler’ brown dwarf). And yes, the Bynar system would be flooded in x and gamma-rays; but... if the offending star were cool, small and far enough within the outer periphery of the system? It’s not inconceivable that a ‘supernova’ might not destroy the planet (I still say they misspoke & meant to say 'solar event,' but oh well). One must also remember there aren’t exacting boundaries for multiple star systems yet, just as we’re still hashing out what exactly defines a planet. Maybe the offending Bynar supernova was just outside the system (far enough away not to destroy Bynus but still close enough to flood it with cosmic rays) and the Bynars simply claimed it as theirs; much as certain islands are commonwealths of larger nations. Anyway, I gotta stop myself; I’m getting too nerd-picky here. But this IS a potentially fascinating topic to pick up either in a new thread or in the episode’s thread. LSTIW: VGR, S2’s “Projections.” I had entirely forgotten this episode, and that Lt. Barclay made his first appearance on VGR waaaaay back in S2.
  21. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    First, welcome aboard Mutant Kiwi. Just wanted to say (using my mod voice) that while we already have a dedicated Data thread and a favorite character moments thread in this forum, we don’t have one created solely for Data moments, so we’ll let this one stand. Just be careful in future posts to make sure that you’re not duplicating previously created thread topics (it gives us moderators a headache ). OK, onto favorite Data moments: * His final scene with his daughter Lal in S3’s “The Offspring.” So help me, I sob like an infant when Data says, “I wish I could feel (love) with you.” And she replies “I will feel it for both of us” before reliving moments of ‘laughing, painting, flirting...humor.’ * His ‘breakup’ with Jenna in S4’s “InTheory”; “Then I will delete the appropriate program.” Oh, how I wish my younger (frequently heartbroken) self had that ability... * Practicing sneezing in “Datalore.” Goofy episode, but I love it; it’s vintage first season kookiness. * All of his scenes (in and off the holodeck) in “Fistful of Datas.” You could tell that director Patrick Stewart just let him take the ball and run with it. The fun trickles down to the audience.. * From ST GEN: Data (in 10 Forward): “This is revolting! I hate this!!” Guinan: “More?” Data: “Please.” I know lots of ST fans hate this movie. I don’t.
  22. What do you NOT want to see in Discovery?

    ^ This. SO very much this. From Pike’s sexist line in “The Cage” (“I can’t get used to having a woman on the bridge... no offense, lieutenant, you’re different of course”) or the line in “Turnabout Intruder” about how “your world of starship captains doesn’t allow women.” Both were contradicted in TOS anyway. The Cage’s "Number One” was clearly a woman and she was ready to take command in an instant. One would assume that others in the fleet already had. I think Pike was just making a bad joke (he even smirks a bit when he see how it rankled his exec). << The post-joke smirk... His ‘irritation' with Yeoman Colt was probably a means of masking his own latent attraction to her. That’s a character failing on Pike’s part, not a statement against women serving in Starfleet. And I always assumed that Janice Lester was projecting a false resentment at Starfleet because she had washed out at the academy for her own reasons; not because of her gender. She was clearly disturbed, but couldn’t accept those shortcomings so she looked for a scapegoat. There was an ST Continues episode that kind of ‘bridged the gap’ in a credible way, but even if CBS accepted it as canonical (as I do), it happens after the events of “Turnabout Intruder.” DSC is set 10 years before TOS. So yeah; I agree that it’s largely self-contradictory and best left ignored.
  23. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    I have several Indian friends of mine who’d love to see an Indian woman as captain.
  24. It depends on Bynar’s orbit, and the relative size of the star as well. Maybe the sun that flared was a small, barely visible brown dwarf star orbiting the main star; or at the edge of their system (maybe somewhere in their Oort cloud?). Maybe that tiny, relatively cold sun had a ‘gas attack’ and belched some serious gamma or x-rays (ate a really spicy planet...). Since exoplanets were first charted, it seems they have far wilder orbits (and proximities to their suns) than we ever used to guess at in our wildest imaginings. Who knows what the Bynar’s home system actually looks like; we only saw their planet and what appeared to be a sun. Or the simpler explanation: maybe they (writers or Bynars) simply misused the word ‘nova’ and meant another type of extreme solar event (?). And yes, that was somewhat poor planning for such of advanced race to have only ONE on-world computer like that; maybe a backup drive on another planet/moon elsewhere? Or are they capable of space travel? Wonder. LSTIW: VGR: “Non-Sequitur” and “Twisted.”