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Such sweet sorrow it is .
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BionicDave
Apr 20, 2019
First off... Glenn, your tribute to Gene Wolfe was really touching. I've never read his work, but you inspired me to go read about his life, and now I want to seek out his writing. On a sadly related note, we lost another legendary sci fi writer this month, Vonda McIntyre. She wrote two great Trek novels, plus the movie adaptation novels for Star Treks 2-4, plus a whole lot of other stuff. Our culture would not be where it is today were it not for the sprawling imaginations, solid talents and driven hearts of writers like Wolfe and McIntyre. As for this s2 finale... well, it wasn't my cup of tea. I've just listened to the Lower Decks episode discussing it, and Glenn and Valerie certainly voiced some of my problems with this episode/season. But now I'm shifting gears - because I am NOT in a negative mood this weekend! (Happy 4/20, Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Earth Day, and/or Happy Happiness to all of you and yours!). Above all my own criticisms, I simply want Star Trek to continue blossoming, even if the smells of some of its flowers don't appeal to me lol. So how about I take a page from Ms. Oprah Winfrey and list things I have loved about "Star Trek Discovery," to remind myself how great I have it? Thus, here is my list: Season 1 All four Short Treks "Brother" "New Eden" "Point of Light" "If Memory Serves" Anson Mount's Pike Rebecca Romijn's Number One Doug Jones' Saru Tig Notaro's Jett Reno (*eyerolling* that name tho) CBSAllAccess' USS Enterprise, inside and out, muah! "Discovery's" entire Production Department, everything from props to cinematography to acting to costumes to FX, etc. Valerie, Glenn, the Lower Decks podcast, and these forum message boards There, I think I've covered it. I feel great now! :D Live long and prosper.
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Such Sweet Sorrow
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BionicDave
Apr 14, 2019
Wow, I thought this episode was dreadful. I busted my butt bingeing this whole season + podcasts + Ready Rooms all so that I could catch up with new eps and finally join my beloved Lower Decks/Claytemple message board community in excitedly discussing this season as it winds down... and my first episode back, I'm treated to this contrived nonsense?! You have got to be kidding me, Disco writing staff. Just so many plotholes, forced "moments," repeated beats, overused genre gimmicks... and so much obnoxious dialogue. The only things I liked about "Such Sweet Sorrow" were Pike and the Enterprise bridge. The rest, I'd flush out the airlock. Starting with Burnham - who does indeed desperately crave to be the center of attention/ know-it-all/ human sacrifice in every single episode. Whereas I loved her in season 1, she has become downright insufferable in season 2. You can tell that even the writers know this, by that Mirror Georgiou* comment about Burnham's "martyrdom complex." But I'm sorry - hanging a lantern on it doesn't make it any less annoying. As for this time travel mishegoss... I've said it before, that the streaming model of serialized season arcs is not my favorite format for Star Trek. It can be done well, sure. But if you are going to spend 12-14 episodes building up just one story, you have got to dig deeper to tell one hell of a unique story, to pay off all these hours in which you've asked your audience to invest. Time travel is the cheapest, most overused gimmick in modern sci fi pop culture. Unless the season finale somehow uses this tropiest of tropes in such a way so as to justify devoting an entire season to setting it up? - then I am going to be one demoralized Discovery fan. I'm already miffed af over the cheesy name "time crystals" (insert huge eyeroll). Sounds like a mediocre 1980s videogame! I also, still, don't get why CONTROL needs this Sphere data so damn much. Seems like CONTROL is already as artificial, intelligent, and... well, controlling... as an A.I. can possibly be. What the hell else does it want to do, that it isn't doing already?! It can takeover human bodies, it can swarm like mecha-bees, it can CONTROL an entire branch of an intergalactic military. Just ask it what its endgame is. Maybe it's something easily providable. Maybe all CONTROL wants is Sphere porn (* I refuse to refer to this character merely as "Georgiou," for the same reason I'd never call Voq "Ash Tyler." And it bugs me that otherwise sensitive characters on this series who know the truth seem to have no problem letting twisted doppelfuckers and weird Klingon science run around trashing the names/reputations of noble officers who died in service to the Federation! Where's the respect, sheesh..)
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