Locutus

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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. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. Admiral Cornwall True Identity Revealed?

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

    Meh, minor detail. Age is subjective. She doesn’t look THAT much younger.
  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.
  16. Well, technically, if the ellipse finishes a sentence it has four dots. The ellipse plus a period. That's used more when you are editing out a portion of a quote. I can't recall exactly what dialogue your referring to though, so I assume you're right they messed up ... BIGTIME ....
  17. Yeah, I agree. I think it was bad dialogue. The writers seemed to try to convey the optimism and spirit of Star Trek through dialogue, when really, that optimism and spirit was always captured more by how the characters behaved and the decisions they made--not by preaching. That's probably why it seemed forced.
  18. As with most productions these days, I wish I hadn't read so many damn spoilers before I saw the pilot. I blame myself for that of course. In particular, the fact that ... (SPOILER WARNING HERE ON OUT) Commander Burnham becomes a disgraced officer. That was a huge source of the drama and in my opinion success of the episode. It is a good hook. I will say that I did not expect outright mutiny, so that was a shocker! I've read a lot of online reactions and am disappointed but some of the negativity. I will say it is by far an improvement over Voyager and Enterprise thus far. And I loved those shows! So I will love Discovery. I agree with some criticism that the Klingon makeup appliances seem to be making it hard to act through. Otherwise, the show is very aesthetically pleasing. A real step-up much like the Abrams movies but with darker sets. I hope the series moves beyond the Klingon war to some extent. I don't mind the conflict as a backdrop but I do want to see some actual exploration and less pew-pew-pew phasers and batleths. I am bigtime bummed that Michelle Yeoh's Captain Georgiou is dead so soon. I wish the whole show was about her. I loved her. But we were meant to feel that loss, so I can't exactly criticize the storytelling! Sometimes I felt like Ms. Martin-Green was over-acting, but I am overall pleased with her performance. Hers is a complex character in the best traditions of Star Trek, and we have a lit to look forward too. I'm just trying to figure out how to watch this on the cheap (and without pirating!). I'm not shelling out for CBS All-Access just yet :-/
  19. Crisis on Infinite Treks - IDW December

    Intriguing cover art!
  20. Lots of New Information on Discovery

    "Clickbait" ... I could not agree more. You look smarter if you are always the critic, but you lose the joy and anticipation of tv and film somewhere along the way.
  21. Lots of New Information on Discovery

    A rather negative article pointing out CBS's decision to blockade pre-air reviews as the "last nail in the coffin" of Discovery buzz: http://io9.gizmodo.com/has-everyone-forgotten-what-star-trek-is-supposed-to-be-1806528223 I largely disagree with the editorial as I believe it is what fans are reading into the promos and not what the promotion and advertising is actually saying that is the problem (if any problem exists).
  22. Discovery and Me

    You are right. TMP to TWOK changes were pretty dramatic in retrospect. Yet fans accepted it. I wish folks were a bit more open-minded about all this--at least check out the series premiere. I do understand where folks are coming from when it is not what you wanted, but it doesn't mean it can't still be great!
  23. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I found Loving a very carefully structured and emotional movie. They captured the paranoia, fear, and legal elements all so well.
  24. A New Way to Fly, Fossil Fuels?

    I doubt that! One of the main characters is an expert in space fungus for SOME reason. There will be a point to it. I read an article describing Lt. Stamets as an "engineering-bound scientist." Why engineering? Here is the article: https:ncc-1031.com/news/star-trek-discovery-cast-talk-about-their-characters/amp/
  25. A New Way to Fly, Fossil Fuels?

    Somebody in another duscussion forum reminded me of "Equinox," wherein Captain Ransom took advantage of interdimensional lifeforms who created antimatter to speed up their warp engines. Perhaps they have figured out a away to capitalize on space fungus to create anti-matter and improved warp drive. Captain Ransom probably got the notion from somewhere. He himself was an exobiologist. From Memory Alpha: "Scanning the lifeforms, they discovered that they were emitting high levels of antimatter, and subsequently began to engage in criminal experiments to murder the lifeforms and convert their remains into a source of fuel. Augmenting their warp drive, the Equinox crew were faced with the tantalizing possibility of returning to the Alpha Quadrant in mere months, but also began to come under near-constant attacks by the nucleogenic lifeforms." Nucleogenic fungus ... that's my bet!