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    The Undiscovered Country
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    James T. Kirk
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    The Original Series

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  1. Fox Selling FF and X-MEN Movie Rights to Disney

    Disney is already fleecing theater owners over Star Wars showings. Demanding bigger takes and prime screens for long windows. Consumers loose out in the end because those costs will be ultimately be passed on to theater goers. Seen the price of a Disney animation movie bluray lately? Out of control. Competition is our friend.
  2. Episode 1.8: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Discussion Thread

    I understand why Fuller tried to shift the focus off the Captain and the bridge, and the writers have been marginally successful there at least with not spending too much time on the bridge. Unfortunately, I think the Burnham character was really Fuller’s vision and without him in the writers room, what is to stop them from going a different direction. I think it is a case of the writers enjoying writing for Lorca, Stammets, Tilly, and Saru more. THEY don’t find Burnham’s character as interesting as Fuller did, so the follow through on Burnham being the focal point is kind of unravelling before our eyes. And frankly, I’m fine with it, because like others here, Burnham is not my favorite character ... but then, that’s also due to the writers too.
  3. Episode 1.8: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Discussion Thread

    I know what you mean. Unfortunately, I feel like it is partly a result of the serialized storytelling. I know one might say, “but DS9 had serialized episodes that stand on their own as classics.” And that is true. But to have an episode concept that is all “it’s own thing” within the confines of the big Star Trek tropes they have already carted out (war with the Klingons), I don’t know if we will see that Season 1. Like many, I feel that the Klingon scenes and intrigue just aren’t that well put together. It’s frustrating and makes me look forward to the start of Season 2 when hopefully they will have ended the Klingon arc and we can get some more original concepts. At least, the character exploration in Discovery has taken the drivers seat, while the plots seem highly derivative of much that we have seen before either in Star Trek or elsewhere. That is good and bad, but when you have a plot that plays out slowly over an entire season, the character development is probably what is going to make individual episodes stand out anyways. At least, they are getting that right for the most part.
  4. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Good points. I'm pretty convinced you both are right now that I think about it. Still, it is nice to have a new Star Trek series to postulate ridiculous theories about!
  5. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Yeah maybe. I do see your point. Still, odd coincidence.
  6. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

    Meh, minor detail. Age is subjective. She doesn’t look THAT much younger.
  7. SPOILER WARNING ... Alright, so I just read an article pointing out that there is a character named Lethe from the TOS “Dagger of the Mind.” She is a therapist that has undergone some psychological trauma that makes her no longer the person she once was. The episode heavily featuring Admiral Cornwall is called “Lethe.” She simply has to be this person ... Tomorrow’s episode might give more insight into her trauma. Agree? Disagree?
  8. Episode 1.6 "Lethe" Discussion Thread

    Yeah, I am hopeful about Tyler too. I really think something must have happened to Lorca more than bright shiny lights in his eyes on that Klingon ship. Maybe the triangular scar is revealing of that? He did not look very worse for the wear after that scene. He looked almost ... too good if you know what I mean. I like to think that is more of a clue than an oversight. That’s a very good point. Or, at least, it fits Lorca’s character. I really don’t see Jean-Luc behaving this way. I guess I am still pretty incredulous about the Admiral, however. That SHE would do that. Maybe she thought loosening him up would get better at the truth. I can’t believe she just couldn’t contain her desire for him.
  9. Episode 1.6 "Lethe" Discussion Thread

    In general, I liked this episode. I thought all the minmeld drama payed off with the sad reveal about Sarek and tied well back to the Vulcan terrorist at the beginning. It made sense that his mind would go there. I also loved how Ash reframed her interpretation of what she was seeing. We picture those we LOVE at death. If he does turn out to be a Klingon operative, he seems oh too human at this point. I kind of hope it is a red herring! The Tilly scenes added to the humanity as well. Anyone else think Burnham runs weird? Her steps were so precise and rhythmic and she was so focused on the corridor. Maybe it fits with her Vulcan mindset though. It gave off an air of precision, determination, and confidence maybe, although it looked a little unnatural ... Anyways, my partner scoffed a bit at the Lorca/Cornwell scenes. It kind of took me out of the story a bit too. Are we to believe that, while three of his crewman are risking their lives on a dangerous flight through a nebula, the Captain would sit down with the Admiral for a drink?! Even worse, they have sex, plus a nap! Come on!! It didn’t fit the otherwise urgent nature of the rescue mission. I guess it’s good to be the Captain ... ;-) Honestly though, Capt. Picard or Kirk would be on the bridge monitoring every second of the situation!
  10. Is Lorca part of Section 31?????

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS That, at least, would be a good use of the Mirror Universe ... a wake-up call for Lorca! They better have some good reason for going there with the story. I got the impression Kirk’s crew was the first to encounter it.
  11. Is Lorca part of Section 31?????

    I would also agree. It’s much the same reason I don’t want ...POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT ... the Mirror Universe to play a prominent role in the plot. A “Mirror Lorca” explanation would be Trek’s other easy answer for explaining malicious and aggressive humans. It would be a much more impactful story if the writers are trying to say something about how past trauma can shape a person’s conduct and outlook on life.
  12. Crisis on Infinite Treks - IDW December

    Is the villain some version of Spock? That would be interesting (but a little hard to swallow).
  13. The Gabriel Lorca Topic (SPOILERS INCLUDED)

    For the story to merge, as promised, with the Star Trek and starfleet universe we are familiar with, in my mind, something has to happen with Lorca. Either he needs to die, to go some other way, or start to see things differently. He is a very charismatic and nuanced actor/character, but, if I am right about what they are trying to do with the series, TOS era Starfleet does not take kindly to men like Lorca. On the other hand, Kirk had his “hawkish” moments too, so maybe they will keep him around in the end. I would not mind that at all.
  14. The Gabriel Lorca Topic (SPOILERS INCLUDED)

    That’s an interesting idea. I could see him being a little like Neelix was first intended to be interms of being a procurer of things. Perhaps willing to get things that Lorca wants/needs that Starfleet types would be unwilling to do by using questionable means. Perhaps more like Garak in “In the Pale Moonlight.” The Lorca character does not strike me as evil per se, but he has been described as an “ends justify the means” type. As a result, there is an ethical framework he is operating under, but it is not the framework of high-minded governing principles that we are used to in Starfleet Captains. It is classic philosophical Trek—pitting Star Trek’s traditional deontologic rule-bound morality against Lorca’s consequentialist view of morality. I predict he will come into conflict with Burnham over this fungus creature. He will see that torturing it to get where he needs to be (literally) will be a justifiable means toward the end of winning the war. It’s a callback to Captain Ransom from Star Trek: Voyager’s “Equinox.” Eventually, I see Saru and Burnham overcoming their conflict and coming together on this as Saru seems of the deontological rule-bound mindset despite his fears. Stammets too could potentially rally behind Burnham maybe even possibly toward a true mutiny (full circle) or perhaps they “let” the creature kill Lorca. That’s how I’m calling it now.
  15. For me, it read as more of a message to Star Trek fans than "casual viewers." It felt like the writers were trying to say to the fans, "See! See! This is still Star Trek!" ESPECIALLY that ... (SPOILERS) "we are explorers" visit to the brig by the ill-fated crewman. Star Trek has PLENTY of preachy moments, so it didn't feel completely out of place for a Star Trek fan--perhaps a little more jarring and clunky for casual viewers.