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  1. Episode 1.12 "Vaulting Ambition" Discussion Thread

    45 minutes is a step up from tonight which clocked in at 37:25, give or take! I was hoping for a musical reference to the Fred Steiner Mirror theme when the “palace” was revealed. I will miss Culber. A character in a relationship that will worked beautifully on screen. One thing that weakens Dr Who so much these days is beloved characters who “die” somehow end up coming back with variations of the “but wait, what’s this switch?” routine. Even the poor old Brigadier couldn’t be left to rest In peace but ended up resting alive in a Cyberman! It will be wonderful for Star Trek to take on the dramatic power of the best dramas of the current new “golden age” and leave beloved, likeable characters that we care about dead.
  2. Episode 1.12 "Vaulting Ambition" Discussion Thread

    On story possibilities, if the Macbeth quote title is to be taken as a guide, in the scene in which it is spoken, Macbeth is ruminating on his plan to kill Duncan to become king. He just about talks himself out of the idea when Lady Macbeth comes upon him and talks/goads him back into it. Of course, we know how well that turned out for the two of them. Whose “vaulting ambition” will it be in the episode that o’er leaps itself and falls?
  3. At work I used to be Spock with a lot of ready knowledge on many topics (handy at a school) but have largely been replaced in at role by Lt. Cmdr Google. Now I’m Scotty (with the assistance of Mr Google) who gets called upon to fix things when they go awry.
  4. Trivia: episode name is from Macbeth.
  5. Intriguing and well thought-through, rich with detail. Something like this would really work, including stepping through 60s style Trek on the way “home”. Then let CBS pick up Star Trek Continues (adding a few more episodes to round out the thirteen) for a “parallel” run with Discovery.
  6. Episode 1.10 “Despite Yourself” Discussion Thread

    Did anyone notice that Culber pops in memory card TOS style to show Tyler his test results?
  7. Episode 1.10 “Despite Yourself” Discussion Thread

    Ha! Wonderful. Exactly, do it in the writing with some creative work on the sets. So many great ideas right here on this board: the Discovery writers room annex! I recently updated my 1960s kitchen. I basically stripped out all of the old masonite boards and doors plus the old ring cookers and emamel oven, but kept the entire framework as it was solid wood and not that damn particleboard that’s used these days. Made new doors from Tasmanian oak and put in stainless steel and ceramic ultities and now have a new, modern kitchen where everything is configured exactly like the old one. The original builder could walk in and after a few blinks feel right at home.
  8. Tracking Shot 3D

    A discussion about View-Master on another thread spurred some action. I've always thought that a tracking shot could be converted to 3D if there wasn't too much movement in the scene. The opening of The Ultimate Computer came to mind. Here's a quick version I did for red/cyan glasses and the same for the "cross eyed" method (cross your eyes and make Kirk's head line up in the "middle" image). The frames are about ten frames apart and grabbed using the snip tool. They are then put through Photoshop Elements using a method involving overlays (screen/multiply). Happy to share in detail in there's interest.
  9. The more I watch TOS

    Straying quite off topic now but I've always thought that a tracking shot could be converted to 3D if there wasn't too much movement in the scene. The opening of The Ultimate Computer came to mind. Here's a quick version I did for red/cyan glasses and the same for the "cross eyed" method (cross your eyes and make Kirk's head line up in the "middle" image). I'll put these over in the general fan art section too.
  10. The more I watch TOS

    I will have to take another look at some of the episodes mentioned above. With regard to the Viewmaster, these were the days when they took a special camera to the set and photographed during the scenes (rehearsals or between takes).
  11. The more I watch TOS

    Miri was the episode that got me into Star Trek. I was 12 at the time, got my space fix from Lost in Space (at one time th most repeated show on Australian TV) and so was amazed during the preview of the concept of “another Earth”. Mind blowing idea! Yes, it was probably hanging a lantern on the fact that everyone spoke English and all of the reports and research they used to investigate the disease could be read etc. The Omega Glory, for all of it faults, has at least one thing going for it: the lighting. Check it out next time you watch it. Very deep, rich shadows and backlighting make this a pleasure to view in HD. I wonder if this was deliberate inasmuch as Gene Roddenberry wrote it and decreed that it receive extra special attention. Or maybe it was because the Viewmaster people were there!
  12. THE LAST JEDI - Movie discussion and critique

    Over at the Camels with Hammers blog at Patheos, Daniel Fincke provides quite a different take on Luke in TLJ. I had some excerpts but they pasted at strikethrough text which was not displayed until after posting. Link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/2017/12/religion-philosophy-last-jedi-nietzschean-take-spoilers-galore/
  13. Likely to be a space-timey-whimey thing, but you could write it: Lorca: Constitution class? I can't breath on one of those things. Too cramped. And what's that old world charm...? (takes a drink) Cornwell: you say tomahto, I say streamlined. Command crew efficiency is eight to fifteen percent higher on a Constitution bridge than any other class in the fleet. Daystrom himself redesigned the computer interfaces so that you can do with a panel this big (indicates a small width with her hands) what it takes three screens to accomplish on Discovery. It's the way of the future, Gabriel...
  14. STAR TREK CONTINUES - The Final Episode Online

    Yes, as worthy of being a Star Trek as anything else with that name. Will miss it.
  15. Well, they were back to the 13s last week, so maybe they're indeed going the random gibberish route this time around. From the original series through the animated and the various 24th century Treks, they sort-of lined up. There was a bit of a moment when Stamets did the "Captain, what are you doing here" thing where I thought, ah ha! The spores are going to lead to some kind of space-time twisty thingy a'la "Parallels" and it all comes together. Explains the Klingons, the high tech and everything.
  16. This episode dated Stardate 2136 point something takes place after Mudd's Women, Stardate 1329. I thought they were going to get it right way back in episode one when when the Stardate was 12 something. It's a minor, trivial thing but that makes it a minor, trivial effort to avoid. It's just typing. With Mudd now a bit crazed and deadly, there should be none of that prime timeline guff any more, not unless there's something mighty weird and wild coming the a universe near you before the show ends. That said, I'm enjoying the show!
  17. STAR TREK CONTINUES - “To Boldly Go: Part 1”

    I suspect legal issues would prevent this, specifically giving tacit legitimacy to technically copyright-infringing works, but if ever Spock of Pike's Enterprise finds himself on Discovery, I think I would prefer to see him played by Todd Haberkorn than Zachary Quinto. Nothing against the excellent Quinto but Haberkorn would look like he's coming from the original in a much more powerful way than Quinto. Looking forward to the last one, and then I'll really miss it. A minor golden age will close with the last fade out.
  18. Critical commentary aside, I'm curious how the running times will trend. Binary Stars clocks in (on Netflix) at 39 minutes. I thought it was a typo at first. This is the one technical aspect that's actually inferior to the 1960s Star Trek! Commercial considerations notwithstanding, egregious on a subscription service (I got to use that NYT word!), at least give us Galactica running times if not Game of Thrones.
  19. Need help finding a specific episode.

    Possibly The Empath
  20. Lost in Space Finds Itself at Netflix.

    Smith could work in the same way as Gaius Baltar worked in the new Battlestar Galactica. Yes, he's responsible nice mess they gotten themselves but his culpability is hidden or offset by some useful or even essential capabilities. Think of the snarling villiany of John Collicos in the original BSG vs James Callis, who frequently reminded me of Dr Smith. An erudite, self-interested coward who was nevertheless endearing and ultimately redemptive. There were third season Lost in Space episodes where Smith was remarkably and contritely self-aware (see The Time Merchant). You certainly can't and shouldn't recreate the Jonathan Harris take on Smith but a creative reimagining with flashes of Harris could make him as compelling character as the new Baltar. Good writers and good actors can make the full ensemble work.
  21. Ha! I guess that explains it. Did the actor sound like Hitchcock? (Indeed, is there a stock "German Hitchcock" actor as there is for other Hollywood actors when they are dubbed? Not that the shows you reference are dubbed, of course.)
  22. I read the Hitchcock intros. Maybe it's just me, but the second one was intriguing. To my mind's ear, Hitchcock implies that he wasn't expecting to have to write intros to all of the books but that he somehow ended up having to do so. He never states this, but suggests it rather obliquely. Fascinating. He then does a literary shrug of the shoulders and gets on with the job. I also get the impression that he never actually read any of the books in detail. Perhaps you know more about his relationship with the series. I did have a look inside one and it reminded me of a book I read as a child about schoolboy detective "Encyclopedia Brown." Also a series, I believe.
  23. Two battered volumes continuously survive the cull of old books in my school library due their perpetual popularity.
  24. From the BBC series In the Flesh. Series 2, Episode 5. Not only do the indicators move but the colour graphics alter with the status of the patient too. Must have been great fun to re-create! Detail: