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  1. The Klingon Redesign?

    Well, that's possible for them to get a Klingon mole on board the ship. When you stop and think about it, it would be a clever tactic. We've already seen another Klingon mole in the Federation, Arne Darvin from "The Trouble With Tribbles." I agree with Sehlat Vie about the broad range of ethnicities within the Klingons. We don't know how diverse things actually were. Some probably weren't affected by the events in ENT's "Divergence."
  2. Episode 1.5 "Choose Your Pain" Discussion Thread

    I know I'm chiming in late. Did a repeated viewing of the episode here: I liked the touch of the episode by recognizing other Starfleet captains, although there perhaps should be some that weren't mentioned as some have said. Not to mention it's the first time Robert April has been mentioned outside of TAS, which further cements him into being canon. A nice touch is Matt Decker, who Kirk looked up to prior to his fatal error in "The Doomsday Machine." Some things I liked in this episode is the admiral's concern about taking Burnham under his wing, that there are many among Starfleet who don't think it's a good idea. They're not going to just simply "follow suit" and just accept that Burnham is now a crewmember (albeit with no rank at this point in time) on Discovery and not rotting away in prison. That's actually a good thing that they hung a lantern over that. The big thing about this is the tardigrade. Once seen as an essential component for use of the spore drive, it's discovered that they can't exploit it, and that this beast is in fact quite sentient. Saru at first can't comprehend and just wants the spore drive to work but he does have a change of heart and orders Burnham to save its life, which she does. However, it's found out that Stamets injected himself with it and linked himself with the spore drive. Must have been painful. What Lorca did with the Buran's crew is indeed something that is uneasy. He sacrificed his own ship and his own crew, scuttling them, mostly since a quick death was preferable to dying under slow Klingon torture. That's going to be something that probably will come back to haunt the captain down the line. As you know, he doesn't seem exactly a paragon; he's definitely got some renegade in him beyond the shadow of a doubt. And Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Nice introduction to him. He has some of the mannerisms of his TOS counterpart, and he has been exploiting his cellmates to keep him alive. Now that his two recent ones have escaped, it looks like he might have to face some punishment of his own. Although we do know he survives, without getting disfigured or such (although he may have swindled a reputable plastic surgeon!). I like others was a bit surprised at the dropping of the F-bomb in the series. Something that they couldn't do on the networks. Didn't expect to see it; I would have expected it has they decided to do unnecessary unrated director's cuts of ST09 reboot and its two sequels, but not this. Don't mind much about the gay relationship. Though I'm trying to wrap my head around the scene at the end. Stamets walks away from the mirror, but the mirror image shows him standing there for a few seconds before he walks away, with ominous music. Something isn't as it seems. I know one speculation I had was that Stamets when using himself as a navigator for the spore drive is that he was replaced with a "mirror universe" version of himself (and I know there is supposed to be a Mirror Universe episode down the line of Discovery).
  3. AVATAR 2 Delayed Again

    I liked "The Abyss," although I have to say I wasn't too crazy about the first "Avatar" (Unobtanium - seriously?). Overrated.
  4. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    Here's another crewmember - this one is the vertically challenged chief engineer of the USS Galaxy - Lieutenant Commander Jules Damen. And yes, he is based off of Peter Dinklage! Furthermore, the boots he is wearing are anti-grav units, allowing him to float several meters from the ground or deck when the occasion calls for it (the design os actually based off of the GRAVITY boots seen in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," FYI).
  5. Exactly. It's also probably going to be a while before she receives any kind of rank, perhaps the one she gets back is ensign for starters. I mean, it took a full episode before Lorca enlists her as part of the crew, and even so, she has no rank, so even Cadet Tilly outranks her. There's clearly no magic "reset button" going on here, which is a good thing. It's also nice to see a captain who is potentially off his rocker as the main one instead of one being high in moral fiber (maybe with the exception of Archer, and Janeway on occassions e.g. "Tuvix" and "Equinox"). These were the chances that Voyager didn't take, nor did Enterprise (with the exception of the Xindi arc and fourth season). As with Georgiou's fate (of being eaten), I can easily see that with Klingons. I give the writers kudos about Ripper being a much bigger version of an actual Earth organism.
  6. No kidding. Yeah it's a shame that Landry went out so fast, but these things happen. Also, I think they said that there would be killing off of main characters on a level similar to "Game of Thrones," so this kind of thing isn't fully surprising to me. I wonder who the next one will be to kick the bucket? Not that I intend to put Vegas odds on it.
  7. Well there was more to Chernobyl than just that. Chernobyl was a poorly-built nuclear power plant. And there's Captain Archer who decided taking his dog onto an alien planet where he could piss on a sacred plant and get sick was a good idea! LOL
  8. An Interesting Lorca Theory...

    ^ Agreed. I'm not to crazy about these fan theories (or fan theories in general), after seeing them posted, I'm just "meh." I think it would be dumb if he was from the Mirror Universe, it would actually ruin his character some. And I think you mean Captian Ransom from Voyager's "Equinox" instead of Captian Ramsay (there was a civilian Ramsay from an ill-fated freighter in TNG's "Angel One"). Also don't forget Erik Pressman from TNG's "The Pegasus," Admiral Leyton from DS9's "Homefront / Paradise Lost" (and his "henchwoman" Erika Benteen) not to mention Balthazar Edison from the Kelvin-verse (and of course Admiral Marcus from same said 'verse).
  9. Well, Landry certainly was a jarhead beyond the shadow of a doubt, and a fool for trying what she did. And I agree what she did was stupid. As someone who is a full commander with a good deal of experience, she should have known far better than to pull a stunt like that. An inexperienced "red-shirt" type crewmember maybe, but I do think that the part wasn't that well written. It's interesting you know, what if there is another mutiny, one that saves the Federation as opposed to what happened in the first two episodes? It would be a sense of ironic symmetry, wouldn't you say? First, Burnham goes against Georgiou and states that they need to open fire on the Klingons, a mistake that put her in the predicament she is now in. Then, something similar happens, but this time around, she's right and this ends the Klingon war. Something to ponder here...
  10. That's exactly what my mother and I thought when seeing that. Very reminiscent of "Dune." I wonder if that's where they got the inspiration from it. As with complaints about the lighting, it's supposed to be moody. At least it's a darn-sight better than that overly bright JJ-prise bridge! I do have to admit, I'm not too crazy about the Klingon scenes either. I can get used to the look though. However, it's good that they are using their native tongue with subtitles, something I like to see them do when they're not around humans. They should have done this more often in other Trek incarnations.
  11. USS Discovery Final Design

    But at least they have a dang good explanation for it!
  12. OK I won't mention any more previews on episode discussion threads.
  13. Well I just saw the episode myself tonight. As with Commander Landry, I saw her untimely death coming when she was going to mess with that animal. Corylea, I'm with you. Burnham was definitely open-minded when dealing with that alien watchamacallit from the Glenn. This was a definitely thought-provlking part of the episode. I liked how nature and tech were symbiotic in this, such as it being used to work the spore drive properly, which was used to fend off the Klingons from that Federation colony. Now I see the reason for the rotating saucer parts and after seeing that, I'm not too taken back by it . OK what happened to the mining colony after the Discovery took care of the Klingon attackers? I kind of feel that they should have returned to render aid and assistance to them after they did the deed, since there were probably injured and dying there. Though I did like the impact of the distress call. That was probably my only gripe about the episode. And the nice touch at the end with Captain Georgiou's last will and testament. It's really moving and well, it's sad really that Burnham is not in the position that she had hoped. OK now going into the next episode preview, it is clear that Burnham is not too pleased about "exploiting" this alien creature for use of the spore drive. My guess is considering what's needed and the limitations, Starfleet decided to ditch the technology altogether. In some ways, while I never read the book and saw bits and pieces of the 1984 movie (with Patrick Stewart no less! Also should have been rated R instead of PG-13), it reminded me of "Dune." That being said, Burnham appears to be on the slow path to redemption. It was her actions that helped save the colony world under Klingon attack. Though I do wonder if her path is going to be like the proverbial game of Chutes and Ladders. Things are not going to go back to where she was before the whole fiasco from the first two episodes just like that, which is a good thing (especially after seeing Cadet-to-Captain promotions in another Trek incarnation eight years before!). I know some complain that the Discovery interiors are too dark, to which I say: you need to save whatever energy you have on a space vessel. I mean, you want things to be too bright a la how J.J. Abrams wanted it?
  14. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    OK here's Dr. Warren M'Benga, the chief medical officer of the USS Galaxy! Yes, he is a descendant of the Dr. M'Benga we saw in two TOS episodes ("A Private Little War" and "That Which Survives").
  15. "Redemption II" question

    You're right on that count. Perhaps the Duras were desperate enough after finding out their supply lines were shut down.