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About Corylea

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  • Birthday 03/24/1958

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    Boston area, USA
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  • Favorite Trek Movie
    The Voyage Home
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    James T. Kirk
  • Favorite Trek Series
    The Original Series
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    Writing, dogs, computer games, psychology.

    I have a chronic illness that greatly limits me. So if my participation is spotty, or if I disappear for a week or a month, it's no reflection on the people here; I'm just sick.

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  1. If you'll PM me your mailing address, I'll arrange for it to show up in your mailbox. You've been so consistently sweet and kind that I'd love to give you a little present, and this sounds like a highly appropriate one. Oh, my. That sounds grim! I'll be forewarned, then. Well, not THAT soon; there's half of S2 and all of S3 to get through! But I'll consider this major encouragement to get busy!
  2. Hey, I actually liked this one, too. Two in a row! Is the awfulness over? Will they be REAL Starfleet officers from here on out? (It seems unlikely, actually, but the respite is nice while it lasts. ) While this episode didn't exactly break any new ground, it was Trekkian in the classic way, and "We need to work TOGETHER in order to survive, dammit!" is a message that's always timely. I didn't have to shriek "Archer, you idiot" at the screen even once, and I was downright PROUD of Trip! Enterprise does seem to be turning into The Trip Tucker Show, though. On the one hand, it's understandable, because 1) Trip's character hasn't been destroyed the way Archer's has, and 2) Trinneer is a stronger actor than Bakula and Blalock, so every time they give him a lot to do, he pulls it off. I can see why the writers love him and want to use him every chance they get. (Those who thought Scotty didn't get enough love or credit or focus during TOS might enjoy checking out a show where the chief engineer is looking like the breakout character.) While I'm happy to see a lot of Trip, it's generally the aliens that I find the most interesting; I definitely want to see more of Phlox, and if Blalock takes a couple of acting classes (too bad Leonard Nimoy wasn't still teaching acting classes in 2002 ), I'd love to know more about T'Pol. Well, I would if the writers stop with the "Vulcans are evil because they aren't like us" schtick. But anyway, another worthwhile episode! It had moments that reminded me of Kirk's trying to talk Rojan into being friends while engaged in a fistfight with him in "By Any Other Name." (Every time someone says that Kirk's a hothead who shoots first and thinks later, I think about how much self-control it must take to try to talk someone into friendship while you're hitting each other.) It looks like Trip can do it, too, and that's pretty damned impressive.
  3. Well, it's the data that the NX-01 is gathering now that will enable the builders of future starships to know what their ships have to be able to withstand. I mean, who knew there even WERE storms in space? "Storm" sounds like something you'd need an atmosphere for. And yes, I like it when they make this feel like humankind's first foray into space in a realistic way, instead of by making everybody an idiot. More of that "Gee, whiz, isn't space COOL" and less of that "We rush blindly into danger without thinking and take everyone at face value even when shadiness is oozing from their very pores," please!
  4. Hey, I actually liked this one, probably because the crew seemed like professional Starfleet officers for a change, and not a bunch of high school students on a field trip. They discussed a problem, came up with a workable approach to the problem, and implemented the solution. Then when the aliens took over the ship, Archer pulled a Kirk and threatened to destroy it rather than let the aliens have it, almost as if he were an actual Starfleet captain. Plus, the storm was gorgeous, and it felt like early space travel in a good and believable way, rather than by making the captain an idiot. Whew!
  5. Hi, JLook84! I'm only here intermittently, myself, but everyone is always very nice when I do stop by; you couldn't have picked a better place to join. My heart also belongs to TOS, and I'm also working my way through some of the other Trek series. I have a love/hate relationship with the reboot movies, because on the one hand, I thought they changed Kirk's and Spock's characters for the worse, but on the other hand, those movies have spurred folks like you to check out TOS. So I'd rather have those movies than not have them, but I groan and complain about them, too. Welcome, and I hope you have a great time here!
  6. Well, that sounds like a great incentive to binge-watch until I get to the good stuff. Ridiculously stupid Starfleet captains are hard for me to swallow, and I'm glad to hear that Archer gets better in S4. Hee! You have the perfect TOS quote for every occasion. My husband hates it when I do that; I'm glad there's a place where it's normal.
  7. "A real TOS fanboy dream" sounds like quite a treat! I'll certainly look forward to that, assuming that we fangirls want something similar. I don't really mind their inventing new races; to me that pales in comparison to their making Archer a freaking idiot, then having the scripts cheat in his favor so that the stupid shit he pulls works out. T'Pol must be a real super Vulcan, or she'd have strangled him long before now.
  8. He looked really terrible in the ears! We're very lucky that Desilu and Nimoy managed to come to an agreement, and we didn't get Montaigne as Spock starting in S2.
  9. To me, those seem so minor as to not be worth mentioning. The miracle of TOS is always how well they did with how little they had, whether that be time, money, or support from the network. They were all working insane hours, a lot of scenes only got a single take, they had a tiny handful of producers and story editors overseeing the whole shebang, and yet it started a phenomenon that continues to this day. A hint of plywood or a glimpse of microphone means nothing to me. Besides, my aged eyes probably can't see those things, anyway.
  10. I'm always amazed that Harry Mudd is seen as a "lovable rogue" by much of the fandom, since to me, he seemed like a nasty, self-absorbed jerk. It's true, though, that a con man could be good for stirring up trouble, and of course drama needs to have trouble for the main characters. Still, if they want a shady fat man from TOS who can stir up trouble, I'd much prefer to see Cyrano Jones.
  11. Well, he's only had a few great moments in what I've seen so far, but it's already clear that Billingsley can ACT. He reminds me a little bit of The Doctor in Voyager -- not in personality or character but in being a middle-aged man who wasn't hired for his looks but because he can act rings around most of the others. Blalock is very pretty but is wooden rather than Vulcan. Montgomery is extremely good-looking but so bland as to be completely forgettable. Bakula is good at being a likable nice guy but doesn't seem to have much range. Park is good at being sweet but hasn't been given enough to do yet for me to know if she has any range. Keating and Trinneer can both act, and they seem quite good, but somehow Billingsley has more pizaaz. Oh, that's good to hear! You know how much I love Spock, and I like what I've seen of Tuvok so far, and I wanted to like Enterprise's Vulcan, but so far I respect the character as being the only one with a clue but find the actress too bad at conveying anything but disdain to actually like her. Well, I already hated him quite a lot during "A Night in Sickbay." Most of the time Archer seems too nice for his own good and too naive to survive in a dangerous galaxy, but during "A Night in Sickbay," he seemed both like a jerk and like a man who was out of touch with reality. I pretty much lost what little respect I had for him then. But geeze, I WANT to like a Starfleet captain. It feels sort of like Archer is Matt Decker or Ron Tracey, and we're waiting for the REAL lead of the series to show up and show us how it's done. Thanks so much for that burst of hope! That should carry me through the rest of Season 2. And I love the quote from Balok! I don't know how you manage to be so consistently adorable, but I quite believe that you were a sehlat in another life. Glad to hear it! Thanks for the vote of confidence in the show; that should make it easier for me to slog through the rest of S2, so I can get to the good stuff.
  12. Wow! Thank you so much for giving me hope! I can continue slogging through the rest of it if you tell me that S4 is going to be wonderful. So, does Archer get a personality transplant? Does Jolene Blalock learn to act? Do they find a way to actually use Phlox in a way that lets his hints of awesomeness out? Does the crew turn into actual Starfleet professionals?
  13. I'm working my way through Enterprise in order to be familiar with the backstory in preparation for the debut of Discovery, and it's a somewhat painful process.  But all the other Trek shows will look great in comparison! :P

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    2. Locutus


      I doubt they will be drawing a whole lot on Star Trek: Enterprise for inspiration.  I do enjoy the three episode arc format during much of Season 4, however.

    3. Corylea


      Maybe they won't use much of Enterprise in Discovery, but if I don't watch Enterprise, I'll always be wondering if there's backstory I don't know about.

      Sehlat Vie and Sim have both alerted me that Season 4 will be MUCH better, so I'm looking forward to that.  Thanks for adding your voice to theirs, so I know to hang in there until I get to S4. ;)

    4. Robin Bland

      Robin Bland

      Yeah, S1 and S2 are a bit of a slog despite the occasional really good episode. S3, stripped of its context (made during the Gulf conflict with Archer as a Dubya-stand-in) also sees a Jim upwards in quality - but only if you can ignore the political overtones. At least the show is beginning to reach. In S4, after the first couple of eps, it suddenly becomes what you hoped for all along. 

      "Jump," not "Jim." A "Kirk" upwards in quality... duh

  14. Because I lived in a TV-free household for decades, I've seen all of TOS (many times) but am just getting started with other Trek shows. I'm working my way through Enterprise in order to be familiar with the backstory in preparation for the debut of Discovery, and today I watched this episode, my first in several months, after being derailed by health problems. Well, gee, what a welcome back this episode was! WHEN will Archer learn not to take every new person he meets at face value? WHEN will he learn that he can't lend out crew members like hammers, because he might not get them back? Sure, let Trip help the stranded aliens, but send a couple of security guys with him! If the aliens complain, you can apologetically explain that it's "procedure" or something like that. I know, how about if we actually MAKE it procedure! Sheesh. I mean, I don't want Archer to be hostile to new people, but it's like it never occurs to him that people could be lying ... even after the last umpteen new people he met were lying. I know space exploration is supposed to be new and all, but geeze, louise, Archer, get a grip! I did get some small enjoyment out of the subplot where Archer paints T’Pol as a vicious, bloodthirsty killer in their sting to get information out of their prisoner, but mostly because I pictured Leonard Nimoy’s reaction if Kirk had tried to use Spock in a similar way. I would have loved to have seen Leonard Nimoy's Spock valiantly attempting to seem genuinely menacing, in order to get needed information. (Of course, Spock could have just mind-melded with the guy, which T'Pol can't do. But we could always handwave a reason why his telepathy was temporarily broken; we handwave so much in Star Trek, after all.) The female guest star was astonishingly gorgeous, but she couldn't act. It was a pleasure to look at her, until she opened her mouth. I'm certainly hoping that the crew of Discovery will have the professionalism of Jim Kirk's crew and not the gee-whiz naiveté of Archer's. I keep hoping that Archer's crew will DEVELOP some professionalism, but so far only the aliens -- T'Pol and Phlox -- seem to be actual grown-ups. *sigh* Okay, on to watch the next! At least watching all of Enterprise means that I'll really appreciate TNG and DS9 when I finally get to them.
  15. Ah, interesting. I've been trying to set the record straight in fan fiction circles; I've even had one person tell me that she could finally watch TOS, now that she knew Kirk wasn't what she'd been told he was. If Kirk's reputation is keeping some people from actually watching Star Trek, then it's a problem! *laugh* You'd have plenty of company; I've seen oodles of people argue that the person Kirk is actually in love with is Spock. Have you seen Brittany Diamond's essay where she goes through the first 47 TOS episodes and shows how many times Kirk gazes longingly at Spock or is upset because Spock's in trouble, vs. how many women he fends off or pushes aside? She gets some things wrong, partly because she's very young, so she doesn't understand the cultural context of the time*, but she's also screamingly funny. * For example, she says that Kirk and Spock are obviously flirting when Spock comes to Kirk's cabin in "The Enemy Within," because "that's SUCH a common situation in porn movies." And I had to tell her that in 1966, when "The Enemy Within" was made, there was no Internet, no DVD's, no streaming video. To watch porn, people had to go to movie theatres -- usually in a sleazy part of town -- and most men saw very little porn, and most women had seen none at all. So arguing that "everyone in the audience knows that this is a common porn situation" is wrong for this episode, because that WASN'T true when the episode was made. Absolutely! And it's important to recognize that the writers and producers didn't even CREATE the Prime Directive until halfway through the first season and didn't really solidify what it meant until Season 2. So if Kirk seems to break it during the first half of Season 1, it's because the Prime Directive didn't exist yet. In "Bread and Circuses," Kirk shows himself willing to die -- and willing to allow both Spock and McCoy to be killed, as well -- rather than break the Prime Directive. And in "The Omega Glory," Kirk is horrified by Captain Tracey's breaking it. Kirk is good at thinking outside the box and coming up with novel solutions to problems, but that's not the same as being a rule-breaker. I think of the TV show as "real" TOS, and the movies as pleasant little diversions that have characters with the same names but who aren't the same. (Except for TVH, where I think they mostly ARE in character, which is why it's my favorite of the TOS movies.)