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BionicDave
Feb 24, 2018
In Star Trek
Ah, your season 1 assessments, your Glennies, your Valerieseses… so much fun! Am again reminded about how lucky I am to have found Lower Decks. Your podcast and forums truly have made watching DIS twice as much fun :) It is required listening/reading, as far as this Trekkie is concerned! Was interested to hear you guys give further discussion to the rumor that this series might not be set in the Prime Universe. I personally believe it’s just a rumor - or maybe I simply hope it is. The day they ever reveal DIS is not in the Prime Universe is the day I'd probably start to tune out. It’s one reason I’ve never much invested in the Kelvin Universe movies or comics; as I've written here before, Star Trek’s sprawling, longheld continuity is one of this franchise's biggest draws for me. So fingers crossed! In listening to you guys pick what you loved/hated about season 1, I’ve tried to do the same. Tbh, I’ve really loved most of it! (except for the guy mentioned in the paragraph beneath this one.) My favorite episodes have been “Choose Your Pain” - especially for the excitement of Lorca’s imprisonment on the Klingon ship, plus the intro of Harry Mudd and 'Ash Tyler,' both of whom I’ll love - and “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad” - especially for more merrily mad Mudd! Very episodic shows, I know. But right under those, I’d pick “Despite Yourself” and “Will You Take My Hand?” - the gripping start and stunning finish of a great serialized multi-episode story arc. Honestly though, DIS has given us so many wonderful characters, moments, settings, effects, and situations spread across all its episodes… and possibilities for so much more. There’s only one episode I recall not liking much. “Lethe.” And my dislike for it stems from the only element I’ve not liked about this entire series: Sarek. Forget about his dubious starting/ending roles in the Klingon War - my beef with him began even before the pilot. And while I’ve given DIS an entire season to change my mind? I still regret Sarek’s forced, unnecessary and (still) problematic relationship with Burnham, all in regard to Spock’s continuity. I’m eager to see how s2 massages or inflames this. Spock is the most important character in all of Star Trek from where I sit, he is sacred ground - so I am beyond wary of any new plot element which suddenly muddles his unique, established background. I love Burnham, otherwise! I just wish she’d been raised by any other Vulcan family besides Spock’s. [AND NOW, STRANGELY: SPOILERS FROM “THE LAST JEDI” OF ALL THINGS! Lol] Lastly, I gotta mention something I call the TLJ effect, and how it may have helped me to enjoy our new Trek series even more. In December, I had one of the few loves of my life, the Star Wars saga, dump me out of nowhere. To say I hated “The Last Jedi” would be grand understatement; it was more like acid on my soul. And this acid was so corrosive, it burned the connection I had to a franchise I’d planned on being with for the rest of my life. But what's relevant here, is that it also tweaked my perspective on how I take in all of my most cherished entertainment. Maybe it made me.. go easier on DIS? Instead of letting things like my Sarek issues snowball into the 2nd half of this season, magnifying smaller complaints and souring my overall experience… I had this new barometer. “Okay,” I’d ask myself, “is the Sarek/Burnham connection as awful as the trashing of Luke Skywalker’s character? Is the apparent death-for-now of one of at least two gay characters as deeply insulting as the unwanted, unnecessary killing off of Luke, who’d become the last longtime hero you had left in this Star Wars franchise?” I’d ask myself: “is the abrupt, simplified conclusion to Lorca’s story as enduringly offensive to you as Luke’s own will be - or as an entire Star Wars film packed with contrived, badly written, wasteful subplots?” Or I’d ask myself: “is the thin characterization of Emperor Georgiou as awful as TLJ ignoring Star Wars’ history just to give a great sendoff to a character we’ve known for 10 minutes?” You get the point. Star Wars and Star Trek have been running alongside each other for most of my life. They’ve been my two uber-sagas of pop culture. So when one of them suddenly tells me that it would rather see younger fans? I can’t help but look kinder on the other - which may let me down here and there, but overall, it still clearly appreciates me a lot. It’s yet another reason I still appreciate Star Trek - and why I love everything that “Star Trek: Discovery” is trying to do <3
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BionicDave
Feb 17, 2018
In Star Trek
These are 23 stray thoughts I had during the finale, then After Trek, then Lower Decks, presented as if I were live-Tweeting them. I'm posting this because I have no one else to discuss it with and I need to get it out! Lol I apologize in advance. You are under no obligation to reply to any of it. 1) Why is L’Rell’s blood red and not purple? 2) Wait - so did Lorca have a secret life as a drag queen?? Our team’s prepping things for the Orion embassy and Emp. Georgiou says “Gabriel must have found something interesting lying around in this universe,” then BOOM! we cut to Georgiou in a black leather catsuit with cape. Even though it’s the future I dunno if Lorca ever could’ve fit into that (?) 3) Am loving these Orion embassy sets. Disco’s set designers, art directors, even the extras and U/5s all did a fantastic job making this look real. 4) Klingons have two dicks! - YES! Clear my summer schedule, I know where I’m going! 5) Orion slave boys?? Am booking my flight for tomorrow 6) That bald Orion dude vaping with Tilly is… Clint Howard!!! Little Balok from TOS! (“more tranya?”) and other characters from DS9 and “Enterprise!” Now we have officially christened Disco as real Star Trek, haha 7) Okay, me confused: Disco writer Jordon Nardino wrote that Emperor Georgiou pronounced Qo’noS as Kronos out of “cultural chauvinism,” yet Cornwell and Burnham, I believe, are calling it Kronos in this episode, too? 8) They’re overdoing this cannibalism shocktalk.. (or whatever it’s called when one humanoid eats another humanoid regardless of genus-species-race) 9) Loved this “we are Starfleet” speech. At first I thought it was shot a bit cheesy with the crew standing up proud and tall, but then realized they were doing it so that hologram’d Cornwell could see them all there, and see their visual cue of support for Saru’s words. Love that. BUT I’ve decided to withdraw my support for Saru being made permanent captain, because I suddenly remember how he beat the shit out of Burnham and Ash-Voq on Pahvo and never faced a judge for that! 10) Emp. Georgiou’s final choice, and where this show leaves her… I like it! I find it endearing that this Georgiou has developed a weakness (as she’d call it) of compassion for our Burnham, and perhaps a tiny bit for our universe, as well. It’s a great post-script statement about Mirror Universe stories - the same one we saw at the end of TOS’ “Mirror, Mirror” with Mirror Spock - that while we are all subject to our experiences/surroundings, we are also capable of making a conscious change. Don’t ask me why Mirror Georgiou changed in our universe while Mirror Lorca did not - and he spent way more time here - but the ability to change and improve ourselves and our society is a good deal of what Star Trek at its core is about. Is it crazy to let this Georgiou go? Probably, sort of. But Burnham saw enough change in this person, enough to earn Burnham’s trust that she won’t go on a murder spree. Also, even if somehow the Federation could travel back to the Mirror Universe? Then leaving Georgiou there, as I see it, would result in certain death for her. Burnham took responsibility for Emp. Georgiou when she abducted her into our universe. I think she now owed it to this woman to give her a new chance. 11) Omg I love and now trust this fake Ash!!! I feel super guilty for trashing him last week. Those eyes… that kiss… this heartbreak! I will soooo miss you, whatever we should call you! I mean, I get it - he feels he’ll be of best use on Qo’noS making sure L’Rell does what Burnham put her up to do. But still. Sadcakes. [[[SPOILER FOR S2: On this week's After Trek, the showrunners implied that they will be using Ash-Voq in Season 2. They said that he will find himself in a very difficult position as “the ultimate ex-pat.” Whatevs, as long as Shazad Latif’s warm brown eyes are on my TV screen, I’m good.]]] 12) Wow, so then this ‘Klingon War’ is indeed done - we now know it was merely a seasonal arc, not an entire series arc - and we are already moving into other adventures! Color me excited :) I was hoping for this. 13) Is it just me, or does it seem like the land masses/coastlines of Future Earth have been artificially altered? And man, has Paris way overbuilt the area around the Eiffel Tower, or what? Future-Mayor-of-Paris should be voted out for that. 14) Sad to see we won’t be improving on the basic umbrella for at least 235 years. Then again, our electric toothbrush/oral care advancements are also strangely slow. 15) Aww, is that the real Ash Tyler’s mom Burnham is meeting with?? How swee-- Oh. It’s just Amanda Grayson, the second of Burnham’s four moms… 16) Nice to see Sarek proud of Burnham, but he smiles too much. Guess he’s still thrilled to be out of Sickbay after all those months.. 17) Quite surprised Starfleet didn’t formally classify the spore drive as a verboten subject here. Am I the only one terrified at how many people are walking around in this timeline freely blabbing about it, when there is absolutely no mention of it from TOS onward? 18) I knew they'd do it - THE ENTERPRISE, woohoo!!! I'll bet credits to navy beans that it was totally a network exec's decision, I know exactly how they think. They had to do this. But I approve. Loved, loved, loved seeing that ship, hearing Pike's name, and hearing that closing theme song. BUT I am terrified at how they might mangle Spock and his continuity and... okay deep breaths... we can trust these people... have faith of the heart... deep breaths... And now, After Trek… [[[SPOILERS FOR S2]]] 19) Huh. The showrunners just said to expect part of next season to be about “the collision of science and spirituality.” Paging Green Spore Culber to Sickbay, stat! :D 20) Alex Kurtzman just said that the Discovery’s crossing with the Enterprise will reveal why Spock never mentioned his adoptive sister! My question: how old is Spock here? We now know Burnham is at least a few years older than he is? How old is Burnham? 21) Yum - the Disco prop guy said Burnham and Tilly are played by vegan/vegetarian actors, so the whale meat had to be made from stuff like coconut, and they thought it was delicious, lol And now, Lower Decks… 22) Great note by Valerie, re:how our Away Team should've been more concerned about being spotted as humans on Qo’noS. Then equally great reply by Glenn, re:how not all humans roaming around the universe are Federation, or even from Earth (e.g. Harry Mudd and family). I predict that’s why the writers came up with this weird Orion embassy concept to begin with; they needed to create a place on Qo’noS where the sight of humans might be possible/ less conspicuous? 23) I agree with Valerie’s point about Emp. Georgiou’s three-way, how it subtly paints homosexuality as a deviance - but I did think Emp. G. was trying to get double the intel, too. I’m gay, and had this series not given us Stamets/Culber, then yes, I’d be up-in-arms about this. Looking forward to the Lower Decks season 1 wrap-up podcast!
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BionicDave
Feb 09, 2018
In Star Trek
I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WITH ASH! Loved the episode, though. And, as always, Lower Decks nailed its discussion! I’ll really miss listening to you guys during the long hiatus. Okay… Ash. Or actually, “Ash.” Because he isn’t Ash Tyler, as much as this individual claims/wants to identify as Ash Tyler. Truthfully, this is a physically altered, severely brain damaged, and psychologically traumatized Voq - who is clinging to a xerox copy of the real Ash Tyler’s memories (either out of said trauma or out of fear; we don’t know yet). The real Ash Tyler apparently died from the Matriarchs’ procedure, and tbh, if I may speak on behalf of his family and friends, it is pretty insulting to his memory that this Klingon experiment with some of Ash’s memories is now walking around and calling himself Ash Tyler - and it’s also insulting that the Disco crew is letting him! And so weird to me that they’d trust him to roam around this ship! It’s the main reason why that mess hall scene did not work for me. It seemed forced, too soon, and a bit unbelievable. My real problem here, obviously, is with the writers. Imho, they did not do a good enough job of explaining exactly what this person is - and more importantly, why we should trust it. First came L’Rell’s unnecessarily confusing account of the Matriarch’s surgical procedure - then came that scene of her massaging his head in Sickbay, which we’re supposed to believe exorcized Voq’s consciousness from Voq’s body, leaving this fake Ash identity in charge of the remaining consciousness? - and lastly, we don’t even see one scene of L’Rell mourning for the Voq she so faithfully loved and believed in, let alone the plan she busted her Klingon ass to make happen. Just that one formal death cry… and then it’s like she was fine moving on with her life of meditation and prison visits. As a result of all this, I couldn’t fully invest in the “Ash”/Burnham breakup scene; I still didn’t fully understand or trust what “Ash” was. I wish we’d seen just ONE beat of L’Rell (with no one else around) mourning Voq and their rigorous, meticulous, long drawn-out plan… or something like that, just to convince me as a viewer that I can move on and truly feel for this new “Ash.” But whatevs, that’s just one quibble, right? Lol I did love what Valerie said about L’Rell - how through her dialogue, we can hear the terrorist perspective of our real world’s violent cultural/religious clashes. And I did love, as you guys noted, L’Rell’s use of the word “assimilation” - a word which sends chills down the spine of any Trekkie - and this idea that the Federation is to Klingons what the Borg is to the Federation. And I also love Glenn’s “Ash/Phoenix” read of the name! I did not for one second think of that - or of Glenn’s other comment about the Christianity of Sarek’s speech, and what Roddenberry would’ve thought of that. (I did pause at Cornwell’s use of the word “souls” to describe those lost at that starbase.) And now: Captain Emperor Georgiou! I dunno where they go with this, but daddy likes. As Valerie said, it’s a lot of fun watching Michelle Yeoh play this character. Yes it’s a stretch to believe this crew would see her as Prime Georgiou (especially after their recent romp in the Mirror Universe) but I don’t think we’ll be asked to stretch for long; I don’t think Yeoh will be with us much longer. Glenn wanted predictions? That’s my (sad) prediction! And now: continuity. Yes, Starfleet could force the Disco crew to sign NDAs about the Mirror Universe - and they can even sign NDAs about the spore drive (though how can Starfleet keep Prime Klingons and Mirror Terrans from talking about it? Lol). But like Glenn brought up, I’m worried that the severity of this Klingon/Federation conflict (even in simply calling it “a war”) does not seem to mesh with how Kirk et al reference Klingons only 8-9 years later. On a mildly related note, I’ve been clashing with some anti-Disco Trekkies on a YouTube thread concerning how the xenophobia of Disco’s Terran Empire was portrayed; specifically, how Disco’s Mirror Vulcans are seen as militant rebels against the Empire, when only 8-9 years later, we see Spock is First Officer aboard the ISS Enterprise. I defended Disco - using the T’Pol precedent from “Enterprise’s” Mirror story, plus Disco writer Jordon Nardino’s Emperor Georgiou title framing Vulcans as the Empire’s pets, plus the fact that Spock is at least half-human - but I admit, the difference does seem too jarring for under 10 years. I hope I’ll be able to sleep, with all that on my mind. And now: a question. Do you think Disco/CBS is confident enough in this series’ own stories to tag its first season finale on them, thinking they alone can bring viewers back to CBS All Access this fall… or do you think CBS will rely on a stunt to leave all of Trekdom abuzz in the meantime? As I asked months ago, do you think this finale will in any way involve an appearance by Pike’s (or April’s) USS Enterprise?
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BionicDave
Jan 25, 2018
In Star Trek
- I am so loving that Glenn & Valerie have backgrounds in Latin, history, classic lit, humantities, etc., and that they’re totally bringing it during these podcast episode discussions. I was an English major so it feeds my soul! Lol - The podcast’s references to Dante’s Inferno / descending into the Underworld actually made me think about another classic Underworld tale - that of Orpheus and Eurydice - and how that could be the direction we see Stamets and Culber go. Maybe Stamets will be presented with his own chance to bring back his lover, yet will succeed where Orpheus failed. I’m really hoping Culber can return however they choose to make it work. I’m still holding out hope. But if he’s still dead at the end of the season, then I may take to the streets! haha - Like Valerie, I also scratched my head and had to rewatch L’Rell’s confusing explanation for creating Ash-Voq. I think what happened was, the writers were trying to use terminology which sounded more sciencey/ complex, and less writer-y/ pop culture easy. Really, all she had to say was “we used the real Ash Tyler’s DNA and memory template to make Voq look and think like Tyler.” - While Disco’s fast pace and violence doesn’t bother me, that stuff does bother me in other shows (e.g. “Gotham,” which I quit long ago). It really is “The Walking Dead’s” fault. That show is so crazy successful, and network execs attribute much of it to its yuck factor; scenes so shocking that its core demo of 13 year-old boys rush to social media to talk about it - which helps immensely to create buzz. In such a competitive TV market, even Star Trek needs to stand out, especially if it wants a young male demo. - Watch it with the soap opera insults! Lol As someone who wrote for “General Hospital,” I cringe when people criticize other TV as being soap opera-y. True, melodrama is the most famous tool which soaps employ, but they’re really much more than that. No fair slurring an entire genre just because, okay now and then, it’s more emotional or sensational than… well, realistic. Haha - I happened to stumble upon the Twitter feed for Jordan Nardino, the writer of “Vaulting Ambition,” and look what I found - his own detailed explanation for Mirror Georgiou’s imperial title! @jnardino: “home & tired after a long day breaking S2 of #StarTrekDiscovery but I MADE A PROMISE so here's a thread explaining emperor georgiou's titles in episode 12, Vaulting Ambition. ‘All Hail her most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Kronos, Regina Andor, All Hail Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.’ But what's it mean??!? When we began digging into the Terrans last year, I had just read a newer history of Rome and was excited to use it as inspiration. (SPQR by Mary Beard, check it out.) Here's some of the titles Roman Emperors used: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_emperor#Titles_and_positions So into her titles: - Father of the Fatherland is easy, we turned that into Mother of the Fatherland (even tho we de-gendered Emperor, it felt right) - Overlord of Vulcan: an early conquest of the Terrans, they see themselves as their protectors. It's paternalistic / delusional. - Dominus of Kronos: Terrans are very proud of conquering Qo'noS. Dominus is a harsher title the Emperor at the time took as a result (and Georgiou kept for herself). 'We OWN them.' Qo'noS mispronounced out of cultural chauvinism. - Regina Andor: Andoria is a jewel in the Terran crown. Subjugated warrior race. Early Terran conquest, pre-Sato. The title was created to celebrate this achievement. Now as for Georgiou's many names... 'Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.' Philipa Georgiou: her given name and her family name, just like Prime. Augustus: the Terrans see themselves as inheritors of the Roman Empire so their Emperors take the title of its first Emperor. Iaponius is Latin for Japanese. This (in my fever dream) is a title Hoshi Sato adopted when she named herself Empress, to honor her homeland. 'So is Georgiou descended from Hoshi!?' Well... Hoshi was Empress. 100 years later, Georgiou is Emperor. Georgiou took one of Hoshi's titles as her own to connect them. So Hoshi's legacy as Empress must be good and Georgiou must either be connected to her in a chain of succession or might want to create that connection..... But they have different ethnic backgrounds. Hoshi is Japanese, Philipa is Chinese-Malaysian. So I don't think it's likely Philipa is a direct descendent like a great-grandchild. Cousins is possible. More likely tho... ..whoever inherited Hoshi's throne was someone she adopted as a child & heir, the way most Roman emperors did. And that Emperor adopted his/her heir, and so on, until we get to Georgiou. And she is proud of the connection and flaunts it with the title Iaponius. But... ...it's not canon until it's on screen so that's just one writer's opinion. As for Centaurius, I figured it was the first system colonized by the Terrans since it's closest to Sol so it was a title the Emperor at the time took in tribute. Hope someone found this informative! END”
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BionicDave
Nov 30, 2017
In Star Trek
While we're anxiously awaiting the January 7th return of the show, is anyone going to dive into either or both of these supplemental reading titles? :P I'm definitely going to tackle this new IDW Comics series to help stave off addiction pangs, and will probably save the David Mack novel to read between Disco seasons 1 and 2.
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BionicDave
Nov 09, 2017
In Star Trek
Another great podcast, Glenn & Valerie! I so love your in depth, scene-by-scene analyses of the shows - plus the geeky/Trekkie/academic sidetracks you give us as background to what's happening. So appreciated. I liked this episode, but was surprised to find out it's a two-parter to end the half season. And like you guys, I was reminded of the Organians' peace effort from TOS. Curious to see how STD's first "fall finale" will play out. CORNWALL: I didn't think for a second that she's dead. (Glenn needn't worry, the obvious love of his 23rd century life will totally be back!) Just in the way they shot it... that's not how these shows kill off mature actresses. I think L'Rell secretly might've sedated Corny during their tussle, or whatevs. But I'm guessing it was L'Rell's plan all along to sneak aboard the Discovery with whomever Kol took as a hostage. I'm just glad it's Corny and not the hostage who was supposed to be used - my nemesis Sarek - who btw was not in Sickbay when we saw Saru in there - so Sarek is safely far, far away! LOL Speaking of SARU: like Valerie, I was also confused / off-put by our Kelpien's bit of Sickbay dialogue implying he was in his right mind when he beat the crap out of his fellow officers. I'd need to know he was temporaily insane or I'd ask Lorca to confine Saru to quarters / throw him in the Brig. AIRIAM: This was a HUGE episode for Airiam, as we see that when Lorca, Saru and Burnham are gone, our favorite "spore drive ops operator" is next in line to take the con! Maybe the next episode will start with the entire crew of Discovery naked and in chains, under the lustful command of AIRIAM! CLOAKING CONTINUITY: I am now nervous that this strange new wrinkle in what we believed was future history - i.e. that the Klingons shouldn't have cloaking tech yet - plus Stamets' apparent ability to see into alternate timelines, or perhaps affect them - plus the repeatedly-mentioned fact that spore drives can't exist past this series - may lead to this show being or ending up as (gulp)... an alternate timeline. And I parenthetically gulp because the Kelvin Universe films demonstrated to me that I don't really care for / or have a lasting investment in alternate Star Trek timelines. One thing I love about this franchise is its long, connective continuity. Okay BionicDave, take a deep breath... don't borrow trouble... be patient...!
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BionicDave
Nov 02, 2017
In Star Trek
Valerie & Glenn were wondering who Mysterious Robot Bridge Crewwoman is? - and apparently, this is "Lt. Commander Airiam," the Discovery's "spore drive ops officer." As written on the Memory Alpha wiki: "Airiam's nature has been subject to a number of divergent background statements. StarTrek.com described Airiam as being a 'synthetic-Human hybrid,' while Ted Sullivan tweeted that she was an alien. Meanwhile After Trek: Episode 3 described her species as 'augmented alien,' while After Trek: Episode 5, involving Gretchen J. Berg, Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick called her instead an 'augmented Human.'" Whatever she is, our mysterious spore drive ops officer got some strange coverage in "Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad." The camera kept cutting to close-ups of Airiam while Harry Mudd was on the bridge, which seemed to imply that she was about to figure into the plot somehow... but nope. Alas, maybe we'll get to know Airiam at some point in the future.
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BionicDave
Oct 24, 2017
In Star Trek
I happened to be clicking through some CBS All Access STD extras when up came this intro file card for "Milton Richter" - the apple of Valerie's eye! Though I think he's way better looking in his fleeting seconds of footage on the show. Nevertheless, here he is :D (I really disliked "Lethe" so I am trying to find things about STD which I still do like, lol)
Impossibly handsome bridge crewman: revealed! content media
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BionicDave
Oct 19, 2017
In Star Trek
Hey Valerie & Glenn, another great podcast! Had a couple notes to share... 1) That list of decorated Starfleet captains which Saru peruses was actually chock-full of Trekker trivia goodness. You mentioned Captains Archer, Georgiou and Pike (who could be flying the Enterprise around during STD's timeline, with Spock as his Number One). But also on that list was Robert April, who - according to his one and only appearance in ST: The Animated Series - was the the very first captain of the USS Enterprise (!!!), so his inclusion on this list may be April's first official reference in live action Trek. Also on the list was Matthew Decker, a character whom we see in ST: The Original Series (episode "The Doomsday Machine") as Commodore Decker. And this is particularly interesting in relation to what we hear of Captain Lorca's backstory in this ep of ST: Discovery, because Decker is also a Starfleet captain who will be infamous for leading his own entire crew to their deaths while he alone survives. Btw, Matt Decker is also the grandfather of Will Decker, one of the lead characters of ST: The Motion Picture ;) 2) While it's clear SOMEthing dark and evil is going on with Stamets at the end of this ep, I'm not entirely convinced yet that it's linked to the Mirror Universe. However! When I heard you guys explaining the Mirror Universe for listeners unfamiliar with it, I think what you said was a bit misleading. I'm reading a comic book series set in the ST: TNG Mirror Universe, and the author, Scott Tipton, gave this great explanation of it in his endnotes: "The Mirror Universe isn't the Bizarro World. These characters aren't the opposites of the characters we know, they've just been dramatically reforged by living in a much more unforgiving and dangerous environment. So while it could be tempting to make a stereotypical 'evil twin' character, it's much more gratifying to find ways to keep that character true to what we know about him or her, and then watch in horror at how they've been perverted."
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