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  2. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    He just looks SO AMAZING TONIGHT look at his SMILE
  3. Your overall impression after season 1

    I think exploration will return in Season 2...just viewed in a new way. The exploration will not be a new place every episode, but the exploration story will last a whole season, with the crew exploring one thing throughout a season, and our characters are further developed. Developing these characters is the wisest course moving forward in my view. We've got their basics, we've had plot heavy stuff...Have year in which they have a lighter exploration theme and explore our characters deeper...from there you can go extra plot heavy or anywhere you like.
  4. 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.
  5. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    Sir Patrick has arrived at the BAFTAs: And he's wearing one of my favorite suits of his
  6. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Watched the "The Godfather Part II" last night. I think I really do prefer it to the first in a lot of ways. The first is less complex, more streamlined in a way (which is weird in a 3 hour film), but the second has so much going on that I just love.
  7. Doctor Who - General Discussion

    I saw you got retweeted by Michelle Sprecht on twitter in that costume.
  8. Your overall impression after season 1

    I have to disagree about the exploration aspects of Star Trek being "done to death". Exploring the universe is the back bone of what Star Trek is. The name of the show is Discovery after all. I don't want the whole series to be about war and death.
  9. In our new report -- full of photos and video coverage! -- we catch up with McFarlane Toys at ToyFair in NYC to get the latest looks at their 7-inch STAR TREK figures, and go hands-on with their STAR TREK: DISCOVERY phaser prototype! Warp to the full article!
  10. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ He certainly is a dapper old dude. On the other hand...
  11. Your overall impression after season 1

    I don't give a flying flip about either supposed "canon" or "continuity". Each series stands alone for me and doesn't have to stick to minutia from previous series. Given that, I thought Discovery was excellent, easily the best structured first Trek season ever. I liked all of the major characters and found Saru and Tilly to be my personal breakout favorites. Burnham is also a personal favorite and her development in S1 leaves a ton of room for continuing seasons. S1 left me hungry for more.
  12. Your overall impression after season 1

    Some people need it to BE "Star Trek: Continues" That was wonderful for tying up all the loose threads of TOS, and I love it to the point that I honestly think no one needs to bother with at least TOS fan films again, as they will never meet the bar that ST:C set. But that time is over...from the simplistic sets to the simplistic writing. it's over. I think most of the people complaining about these aspects would be happier if they just walked away.
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  14. 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.
  15. Your overall impression after season 1

    I just read some comments about Discovery on a different site and many of the people commented that they didn't like Discovery because it wasn't enough like TOS. They complain about the writing etc. I wonder if some of the problem is that the mentality of the 1960's and today are different. TOS tried to be inclusive but at its heart it was till sexist. How many people out there think that if Discovery were real ST it would be sexist also? TOS also had a tendency to reflect the idea that America is a perfect land and everyone should be just like us. The Prime Directive states that the Federation shouldn't interfere with the natural development of society. Kirk had a tendency to say that any society that is taking a different path than the Federation is is not developing naturally. Obviously the natural development of any society should lead to people just like us. That superiority complex of humans and human society shines through TOS. It reflects the attitudes of America at the time. I don't mind it. It's the show I grew up with and its a product of its time. No show is perfect. But I get the impression that some people want their ST to be sexist and exclusive like TOS tried not to be but frequently was. One of the things I like about the new show is that it does seem to try to be inclusive. Once again it's not perfect but its closer than the earlier shows were.
  16. Your overall impression after season 1

    To me that kind of like having a new Sherlock Holmes show and saying that you don't want Holmes to keep solving mysteries because it's been done to death. You've got a whole galaxy of new aliens to discover. If they go in a different direction than the Enterprise did, they can discover new species that have never been seen before. Space is big. The advantage of a mixed format of long tale and short tale they aren't locked into nice neat stories that can be locked up in exactly 48 minutes. Not all good science fiction is novel length. There are a lot of great short stories at the short end and series of novels at the long end.
  17. The Sir Patrick Stewart Topic

    Sir Patrick at the EE British Academy Film Awards nominees party in London today: (Source)
  18. 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.
  19. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I will see it again next weekend. Too much fun from MARVEL Studios (again). A relevant, heroic, emotional and intelligent movie, Gus
  20. Episode 1.15 “Will You Take My Hand?” Discussion Thread

    Interesting article on the USS Enterprise appearance in this episode. I havent seenb this episode, and after reading that article, I kinda know I will not watch it any time soon. Have a good reading. Gus The reveal of the USS Enterprise as led by Captain Pike was a big twist in the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. The inclusion of the ship has led to a lot of fan debate. While we can’t settle any of those debates today, certainly not before we see what they’re planing to do with the Enterprise in season two, we can do what Trekkies do best, which is to analyze the new “Disco” design of the most famous ship in the Star Trek franchise. The new tweaks to the classic design are certainly interesting, and contain a variety of influences, primarily of course the final version of the classic Enterprise model that was used for The Original Series. There are also details from the pilot version as seen in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” and the later refit version first seen in The Motion Picture. Also in the mix of influences are the NX-class from Star Trek: Enterprise, and yes, a dash of the Kelvin-universe USS Enterprise as well. Full article : https://trekmovie.com/2018/02/17/a-closer-look-at-the-uss-enterprise-in-star-trek-discovery/
  21. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    I've had high hopes for it since the first trailer and it didn't disappoint. I'll probably see it again in a week or two.
  22. Your overall impression after season 1

    I prefer to have a mixture of stand alone and season long arc shows. Stories don't just happen to be just the right length to fit a timeslot. Sometimes extra fluff is added to make it fit. Having both long and short storytelling allows for less fluff. TNG usually had two storylines in an episode. Its a format that works. In this case one of the two storylines is the ongoing storyline and the other is more short form. Many episodes will be dominated by the longform story. The divide is not fixed. In a 45 minute episode it could be 40 minutes and 5 minutes, split evenly or anything in between. Discovery's first season was so cluttered with storylines that they had to rush to complete them. If Discovery's purpose is not to explore strange new world, to seek out new life and new civilizations, what should it be?
  23. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Totally agree. Loved every second of BLACK PANTHER. Best super hero movie since SUPERMAN THE MOVIE and THE DARK KNIGHT. Gus
  24. 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.
  25. BLACK PANTHER - SPOILER Discussion

    BOX OFFICE: BLACK PANTHER May Now Be Heading Towards A Mind-Blowing $205 Million Weekend ! Yay ! The movie of the year in my opinion ! Can AVENGERS INFINITY WAR top this one ? https://www.comicbookmovie.com/black_panther/box-office-black-panther-may-now-be-heading-towards-a-mind-blowing-205-million-weekend-a157954 Gus
  26. Syfy greenlights Krypton Prequel.

    I'm sorry, but someone at the House of EL looks like they have a full diaper that needs taking care of.
  27. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Black Panther (No spoilers) This film continues my streak of much preferring Marvel movies with a bit more heft that don't feel like they need to hit every little "Marvel mass audience" checkbox like, say Spider-Man: Homecoming. I think I'll always give Ant-Man a pass for being lighthearted though simply because the humor seems more natural and less forced given the premise. - This film has a good bit of dramatic heft. - A little honest social commentary. - African culture was shown more honest love in 2.5 hours than Voyager managed for Native American culture in 7 years. This film made me ponder again all the things they COULD have done with Chakotay and the richness they could have added if they had made a point to embrace the culture. - A bad guy in Killmonger you can't quite hate because he has honest, understandable reasons for what he does. This was a great Marvel entry to the point where I left kind of excited for the prospect of a sequel.
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