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    Very good point and it's something that I noticed as well: can a hyper-advanced society still have that type of monarchy/dictatorship government with a heavy dose of the spiritual and ancient customs? I suppose in their case it wouldn't be too much of the spiritual part since they can evidence the supernatural(if it is supernatural to begin with) with the Black Panther's super power having an alien source(the vibranium asteroid). Can you elaborate on what you mean by "nobody ever cheated"? I don't understand what you mean.

    Great movie!!! And while Black Panther was good...the women kicked some serious ass!!! I want a Shuri and General Okoye movie!!!
  3. Your overall impression after season 1

    Totally agree about the war and death part. I don't want this to be BSG either, not that there's anything wrong with that show. However, I would submit it's a different type of exploration and 'discovery', not necessarily the interplanetary, 'look at that gaseous nebula, funny nose bridge alien', etc...It may not be done to death for you but it is to me. Judging by poor viewership of the previous ST series I'm thinking the population at large also doesn't care. I do want that sense of wonder that Star Trek can impart. I did get that from this series if albeit not enough. I like the sentient planet. Unfortunately there wasn't enough of it. The space tardigrade was cool too. The notion of parallel universes might have been novel in the '90's but now it's common place. Well, at least in popular scifi. More importantly I want good stories, something that ST hasn't done well in a loooong time. Discovery does deliver in this. For fear that this may be KM material I'll just say the following: our modern American society does not care much at this point about science. ST is a struggling franchise. If it wants to survive it must change and it has. Hopefully it does place some nuggets of what made ST 'ST' and build on it. But the "Captain's Log: we've arrived at a new planet that has new aliens on the edge of a black hole" Star Trek? That's sadly gone. For now.
  4. Your overall impression after season 1

    I see your point but to me Sherlock Holmes is more of a one-trick pony than Trek. Trek can be really be so many different things than the TOS/TNG mission. DS9 showed that to some extent. The movies are definitely not like the series and Discovery seems to resemble movies more. It's only the limitations of TPTB that have kept most of the shows as ship, captain, commander, engineer, doctor, planet, rinse, repeat formula. We still have those elements present in this show. Just somewhat reshuffled. The storytelling style has changed. If you watch Netflix series, any of them, you'll notice that Discovery resembles those a lot. Even in it's opening credits. It's made for a modern audience and modern technology. I have yet to see it as a binge to see how it holds up like Daredevil, Stranger Things, Dark, etc.... We could keep going on and on. I suppose the real test is if sticks with an audience. That isn't an easy task in this day and age when there is so much vying for our eyeballs than in the time of TOS/TNG but imo they've done their best to create a show that can do that. Remember Star Trek comes with a lot of negative baggage. They're fighting that as well. I think the show, while very different from previous shows(and it needs to be) is doing a great job at creating something new.
  5. Your overall impression after season 1

    That's exactly it. It's a great question and I don't know what it should be but what you mentioned has been done by Trek ad nauseum. That was the mission of old Trek, specifically TOS and TNG and the old story telling format. This isn't and I'm glad to see something different.
  6. Your overall impression after season 1

    I'm hoping they don't do that. The typical Star Trek mission of visiting planets and so on has been done to death. I would be afraid it would devolve into what we've seen before. I enjoyed this very much because it was a break from the typical. I do miss the TNG eps that had a very heavy scientific background as well as examining values found when they visited planets but this show has been able to do that within the series' premise and extend it throughout the season rather than to be confined within one ep. If they're able to somehow integrate a 'planet visit' ep within whatever larger season story they're doing, like when they go to that sentient planet then ok. But if they start doing typical standalone type eps then I start thinking they've run out of gas. The Mudd ep felt like that to me.
  7. Your overall impression after season 1

    I can see the opportunity for conflict much better then than what we've seen of TNG and on in which the universe is relatively rosy. That makes for better tv. Threats at that time were really alien in nature(Borg, Species 8472, The Dominion, etc...). Only ST fans know those. Average viewer is familiar with Klingons and Vulcans. It makes it easier to go back to what the majority might know if even on a very casual basis and build from there. They would also have to be beholden to decades of tv with obsessive fans pointing how how something shouldn't have happened because in episode 'x' someone said this or the other. By having something set here they avoid that and also having a ship that can basically go to any universe it wants. They can do their own show with their own timeline and I'm not worried about it. I don't think it's important at all to this series to have a cohesive linear universe.
  8. Your overall impression after season 1

    The simple answer to your question is "WOW"!!!! I loved it. It's not perfect. Yes, the resolution for the Klingon Was was too convenient. It should have been drawn out more. I loved that they pulled Yeoh back in. That was awesome. I liked how they showed the brutality of the MU. My only complaint is that the show is not accessible. ST used to be a family-friendly show. This isn't. A little bit of pairing down on the content would have helped. It's the same complaint I have for Netflix's Black Mirror.
  9. Star Wars: Solo

    Do Star Wars fans want the new Han Solo movie to flop? I don't know. I take issue with such a title. Here's what I know as an 'oldie': as a fan of scifi/fantasy/etc... movies I loved Star Wars. There's a ton of reasons to like those movies. That there were only the initial trilogy made fans cherish it even more. Star Trek was there as my standby 'fix' since there were movies every couple of years and then TNG started. This brings up the point of saturation. Again, something that made SW special was that there wasn't this overflooded market of media back then. Oh, there were toys, comic books, novels, but not the cinematic media. The prequels overall left a bad taste in most fans mouth. We can argue over and over about them but generally most people feel that they were under par. And that's with a lot of excitement about them. Cut to present day and there are plans for pumping out a Star Wars movie every year. Will there be a good story presented? Who knows. We can debate the quality of these 3 newer films but they aren't the 'home run' that fans were expecting. What I do know is that any corporation wants new product for the masses to consume(clothes, cars, smartphones, etc..). Quality of such a product is irrelevant(see DCU movies) as long as someone at the top makes a boatload of cash. I think this is something that fans are reacting to. The artistic aspect of making a movie to further a story seems to have taken a back seat to simple profiteering. Fans are tired of handing out cash for something mediocre. I don't want Solo to fail. But I also don't care about it.
  10. DC Movies Crisis ? JUSTICE LEAGUE in Chaos ?

    At least Whedon treated the characters kinder than what it seems Snyder would have done. He added a much needed levity that Snyder seems allergic to. That it was a mess of a movie wasn't Whedon's doing. He did his best to half cobble up the wreck that it was.
  11. General DC Discussion

    Just for fun, who would you cast in the recently announced DC movies? Here's the list of movies: May 2016 – Batman v Superman July 2016 – Shazam Xmas 2016 – Sandman May 2017 – Justice League July 2017 – Wonder Woman Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up Speculation is that The Rock will be in Shazam and that Jason Momoa will be Aquaman in the Justice League movie. Wonder Woman has been cast but not much of a warm response for Gal Gadot. And we know the mixed feelings about Ben Affleck. So, Green Lantern, Flash? Will there be a Martian Manhunter? Will it be mostly CGI? I suppose if they're going Aquaman then they might be forgoing on Shayera Hol(Hawkgirl) which would be a big mistake given how few female superheroes make it on screen. Other movies? Who would you cast?
  12. Falcon Heavy did it!!!!!

    I'm fine with that. They'll learn from it. The two landing was a thing of beauty.
  13. Falcon Heavy did it!!!!!

    Man!!! I totally enjoyed the landing of the boosters so much. It was perfect!!!
  14. General DC Discussion

    'cause you're gonna curse a lot?
  15. General Marvel Discussion

    No worries!
  16. General Marvel Discussion

    &^#$%#^&%*^!!!!!!!! Well, the other choice is that I don't bother checking this thread. Yet, another choice is to come up with some other thread or realm in which only breaking news are covered for those who enjoy that.
  17. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    Here's one of several articles about that:
  18. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    Fair enough but that's not where a movie like this wants to be. This franchise is something that is practically universally adored. "Evenly divided" it ain't supposed to be. Certainly that's not what Disney is about. The movie just got pulled from China after just a two week run. Star Wars(and Star Trek) banks on our nostalgia with characters and a setting we grew up with. Eliminate that and all you have left to convince an audience is the story. See aforementioned China point. I guarantee you that's not what Disney wanted out of this movie.
  19. General Marvel Discussion

    For whatever it's worth, I didn't take offense to your question and I don't think anyone is calling out your question. To answer your question: yes, the image is a spoiler for me. It's not just the costume. In the comics there was a recent reinterpretation of Ms Marvel as a Muslim girl of Pakistani descent. I was hoping that the cinematic take would have been this one or something similar. So yeah, the image is a spoiler...but not of the costume per se.
  20. General Marvel Discussion

    Is there anyway to hide such pics? To me this is spoiler material. Thanks!
  21. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    There's a problem here and that has to do with characterizing people who are critical of the movie as psycho fans by using words like "hate, abuse, and death threats". Not to be naive, people are bullies behind the safety of their keyboard. Actual abuse and death threats? Hmmm..... This in turn runs the risk of alienating any critical thought about the movie. It is easily dismissed as 'crazy ramblings of diehard purist fans" or something like that.
  22. Snowpiercer: the series

    Yep. And it will start to fall on its own weight. The premise of the movie is ridiculous on its own: a train that keeps moving at hyper speed around the world. Why? How can that train reliably navigate through the world without hitting roadblocks along the way? Why was such a thing created in the first place? And many more questions like that. You don't think of those while watching the movie because it has practically a 'real time' element to it with non-stop action. But in a series? And here's the auto-fail: "...and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman is slated to write".
  23. Black Mirror

    Really enjoying this show. It's quite blatant with its view regarding current technology and where it could real awful real quick at the rate we're going. "Nosedive" particularly rings considering very similar social concepts we already have with social media and instant gratification. We're already there although not as instant an socially ingrained as in the episode. So far "Hated In The Nation" and "San Junipero" are my favs. I wish it were toned down to family viewing standards. This is the type of show many people need to watch. We don't have something this challenging that motivates conversation.
  24. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    LOL!!! I'm not that clever. That was a typo on my part....but I'll take the credit.
  25. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    I'll talk about this one. Any Star Wars fan should have been intrigued by Snoke given the background of the Sith(only Master and apprentice). Considering how old Snoke looks then he was around during The Emperor's time, Darth Vader, etc...So his very appearance is interesting. Questions immediately come to any fan: who is he, where has he been, what relationship if any did he have to Palpatine, is it Palpatine, etc....? His very presence invited a lot of story. But this was never of interest to TPTB. They were only interested in having some replica of The Emperor without any need to flesh out a story. Imho, Abrams and co. couldn't come up with an intriguing story so they killed him off in this latest. They simply just ignored the very universe of Star Was. It's akin to having a movie in which Klingons are all of a sudden pacifists without any explanation. To your second part, I somewhat wished that it would be some sort of Force Projection but something tells me, considering the lazy writing of Abrams, that it isn't. At best it's a clone borrowing loosely from the now non-cannon books.