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kev may
Apr 19, 2019
In Star Trek
Well this season whilst far from perfect has been entertaining and exciting and confusing but despite the faults it has been good, strike that, it has been very good. Have I been confused at points, yes absolutely. Have there been plot holes you could drive a bus through, yes. Have there been strange character variations, absolutely. Have I ever wanted to stop watching, NEVER. What this season boils down to for me is that despite the flaws and miss-steps and occasional confusion I have overwhelmingly enjoyed the show and will wait with bated breath and anticipation for the next season and who knows I might even give the section 31 spin off a little look too. It is easy to be critical of anything from the outside, we don't know the trials and tribulations of the showrunners and writers. We see how it is, not why it became that . Anyone who has ever created anything knows that your creation is a living and evolving thing and no matter how detailed your plans going in, what you get at the end is rarely what you thought you were going to get. It is difficult enough when the project is all your own but when it is a cooperation between many it is very easy to disrupt accidentally and very difficult to get back on track. Because of this I give the people making this complex show with many moving parts a huge amount of leeway. I love this show, I am invested in the characters even those who are not going with us on the next leg of the journey. Is it perfect, no but it is damn good.
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kev may
Feb 03, 2019
In Star Trek
The first jarring note in this episode was Amanda's statement that Sarek banned her from showing her love for Spock which seems totally at odds with Sarek's statement that he wanted Burnham to teach Spock empathy. Surely if he wanted Spock to know empathy the best person to do that would be his own mother. Second was a secret organization that carries around distinctive identity items, way to go on secrecy. I have no problem with the extraction of the parasite from Tilly what ever it's rights it has none to invade another person's body. I really object to the show runners pandering to the treker extremists into not using the tech we can imagine existing in our future because it could not be portrayed in the sixties. Should we also have the shaky sets, the rubbish fx and the ham acting as well? In my opinion if they have such a problem with the show then they should just go away and watch reruns of TOS.
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kev may
Jan 18, 2019
In Star Trek
Great first impression of the new episode, artifice to preserve the canon. Lots of action and it zipped past so very fast that the end titles took me by surprise. Captain Pike is good and the way he is feeling out his relationship with the established crew is realistic. Loved the bit where Burnham called him out on the bridge, it brought him up short and made him reassess and he showed his class by acknowledging that he was out of order. She does it again in the landing pod in getting him to realize that the crew are smart professionals and he should trust them. I wonder if we have just met our new chief engineer in the Jett Reno character as she is obviously brilliant. This is just a first impression as I only finished watching it a few minutes ago and as with the last series I think I need to mull it over for a while to get past just those first thoughts but it is obvious that Spock is off on a hunt about these seven anomalies and if Burnham wants to remedy the problem between them she and Disco are going to have to follow.
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kev may
Feb 15, 2018
In Star Trek
Given the problems this merger has caused with our ability to refer to this entity I propose that in future in honor of the great Sci-Fi show Babylon 5 we call him:- Vash
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kev may
Feb 12, 2018
In Star Trek
All tied up in a neat little bundle? But the questions continue. I really liked the episode, it had some excellent dialogue in a very talky final installment. Some things I really liked.. Tilly realizing that Georgiou was the emperor and saluting her (Burnham telling her not to do that). The realization that they have been kept out of the loop to the real plan and their reaction to that being so immediate and natural. Facing down Admiral Cromwell. Wonder what happened to her in the fallout from this. Ash and Burnham letting go of each other was dealt with respectfully. Burnham reinstated and the interaction between her and her parents was good to see, a rift mended an affirmation of her human nature. The speech!!!! The medal for Dr Culber in Stamets' hand. Go team Captain Saru. This is a very upbeat and back to Federation values end with a reiteration of the Mission of Starfleet being exploration and diplomacy so I expect the next season to be more episodic. Questions? Cromwell, what happened to her and will she reappear? What is the snake Georgiou going to do and how might it affect things going forward. Is Burnham First officer as well as the Science officer? What do Kelpians taste like? Chicken? What does the arrival of Enterprise and Captain Pike mean for season 2? I am going to have to have another watch through or two to really get my thoughts in order about this and that might be after the podcast.
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kev may
Feb 12, 2018
In Star Trek
I guess this had to happen. The writing has been on the wall from the start that this was not going to continue otherwise we would have seen it further along the timeline. I like the reason given, that Stamets informs us that the use has been stopped until a non human interface can be developed, and the inference is that that will never happen. I think this is a good idea as the continued use and investigation would allow for massive problems for temporal issues. Jumping around in time can really mess with your canon as can going anywhere instantaneously, sometimes you need the time imperative to drive a story line and the spore drive would kill it. Oh this planet has some epidemic and Disco needs to get a vaccine there as soon as possible. Well ok engage the spore drive and put us there a week before the epidemic started. It was an interesting concept but I think it would have killed the show if it had continued. What do you all think?
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kev may
Feb 07, 2018
In Star Trek
Honestly, really are you kidding? I would not trust her to hold my puppy never mind give her any sort of power and control. This is the woman who clawed her way to the top of the empire, do you really think that she is doing this simply for some sort of freedom? She doesn't want freedom, she wants power. She is incapable of change, her reactions to Saru and Sarek show her hatreds and animosity have not dwindled. I would think they would only have strengthened along with her aggression in light of her altered circumstances. She wanted her blaze of glory exit and she has been denied, she is unlikely to forgive Burnham or the Federation for that.
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kev may
Jan 24, 2018
In Star Trek
Is he gone for good? The Culber we saw task Stamets with saving the mycellium is I think an agent of the Mycellium itself. I think the network has a consciousness and has manifested itself as Culber as this would be the form that Stamets would be most receptive to. It's possible that he will continue to appear to Stamets as he tries to solve the problem caused by mirror Stamets. This may mean that he remains in the programme for quite a while yet which would be good it also allows the possibility at some point of Stamets being absorbed into the network to be reunited with his partner. I think also that the network forms some sort of framework to the universes and if it fails then then the universes will also fail.
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kev may
Jan 24, 2018
In Star Trek
I have two possible suggestions for your awards names. 1. The Jefferies. 2. The Cochranes
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kev may
Jan 24, 2018
In Star Trek
I am unconvinced that the master manipulator that is L'Rell has killed off Voq. She is the only one who knows this technique and the only one who actually knows what she did. I think it far more likely that she has suppressed Voq temporarily whilst reinforcing the commands that will bring him out again that didn't quite work before. I think he is still in there and the death roar was subterfuge.
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kev may
Jan 08, 2018
In Star Trek
Ok, after the hiatus comes a smash-mouth episode. Some of our theories have come true some have not. Much action and twists of plot. 1. Ash is Voq, this is pretty much certain now I think but we also see that L'rell is having trouble getting through to the Voq consciousness and that there is the possibility of the Ash persona fighting through, although given that he has murdered doctor Culber he seems to be pretty much in deep trouble if he gets back to Disco. 2. They are in an alternate universe and a VERY alternate universe it is. Humans the bad guys no pity no respect xenophobes with starships. 3. Tilly is a captain but not as she imagined it, Burnham is a captain but not as she wanted it and Lorca is a traitor in a bit of an about face. What does this mean for the rest of the season? Burnham, Ash and Lorca on the Shenzhou are in for a bad time but in different ways. Lorca is being tortured physically. Burnham is being tortured mentally by the choices she is having to make and the persona she is being forced to adopt. Ash is being tortured by not knowing who he is and the actions he has taken and may take in the future, tortured by the lack of control over his self. Tilly is going to have a nervous breakdown trying to play the hardened merciless killer and trying not to become the ship everyone is trying to kill. Stamets is completely off his rocker but seems to be able to have some sort of prescience about events and motivations. When he finally recovers somewhat he is going to have to deal with the grief at Culber's death and there is a great possibility that he will feel some guilt for them being in this predicament and for his partners death which may destabilize him further. I found it interesting that stamet's statement that the enemy was here was in the presence of Ash and when Ash entered the bridge Saru's threat ganglia erupted, he is going to be a major problem. The question seems to be can they survive long enough to get back to their own universe. I think time is irrelevant here with regard to getting back with the shield frequencies as if you can jump to an alternate universe it is likely possible to jump to a specific time. The question would seem to be can they jump at all, will Stamets ever be able to do it, will he do it even though it might kill him as he is distraught at losing his partner. Or will they find some sort of wormhole to take them back, but to when in their timeline would they return? Why is it that all my posts seem to ask far more questions than they answer? I may have even more questions after I have watched the episode a second time.
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kev may
Nov 26, 2017
In Star Trek
Some thoughts and feelings halfway through the first series. Ok, there has been much discussion and Glenn and Valerie have done their half time episode and I have had time to ponder and digest a bit. So here goes... 1. The Feel of the show. When the show runners announced that the show would have someone other than the captain be the protagonist of the show what I did not appreciate was that they would portray the action from the emotional viewpoint of Burnham. At the start of the Disco episodes Burnham has been shanghaied by Lorca. She is deep in the throes of regret and self loathing and she is in a new place. The new captain is very different from the only captain she has known, he is seemingly uncaring and brusque. Her crew-mates fall into two categories the first those who served with her on the Shenzhou who feel betrayed by her on a very personal level and the second the rest of the crew who know her by reputation and gossip as a traitor and mutineer. She herself has no rank or standing a fact that the show points out when she replicates a uniform when it states the uniform has "No Rank". As such even the newest junior crewman outranks her, even her room mate. This gives us a viewpoint of fear, trepidation, disappointment and rejection. This has changed over the first half of the season, as she integrates, makes friends and shows her worth to her crew members, her treatment by them changes and her feelings towards her situation alter and thus by this point the feeling and impression of the ship is much more positive and warm. This sets us up nicely as Burnham now feels at home and part of something and perhaps feels that there is some possibility of redemption. 2. Klingons and the War. The war seemed to be the focus of the plot in the run up to the start of the series and for the first few episodes. It has become less so since then. The War has become a backdrop, a means of injecting urgency and introducing plot threads without itself becoming the major topic of the show. Klingons, they look and sound great to me. I am not a great one for nostalgia, I don't want a modern programme to look like the 60's so to me it does not matter if they don't look like the Klingons of old. Kol is dead, a power vacuum now exists in the empire, L'Rell is on the Disco, where is Voq? There are theories that Voq is somehow implanted in Ash, that the "Rape" scene may in fact have been a Voq/L'Rell interaction. If this theory is true then Voq may indeed have "given up everything" and be a hitchhiker in Ash's skull. This opens up a few possibilities as Ash and Voq fight for the body. L'Rell plays a big part in this if Voq is in there. If he is not then the possibility is that Voq is elsewhere and able to have an effect on the Klingon power structure. It also means that L'Rell has some form of control over Ash which could cause some trouble. Either way there will be some Klingon shenanigans going forwards I am sure. I think the war will be touched on at times but will remain a background issue. 3. Spore Drive As I have indicated in other threads here I believe the spore drive is a one off never to be repeated experiment. It killed the USS Glenn, tortured the tardigrade and has seriously messed with Stamets. The chances of Starfleet adopting this technology for general use is zero. The reversion to standard warp engines is a certainty. The effect on Stamets is not fully explained yet. There is a temporal aspect to the Mycellium and this may have the possibility of Stamets having viewed himself on many alternate timelines and times and so allowed him to express himself as a more pleasant as a person. The question is if that is a real change or a facade he is erecting. I believe he is addicted to the drive either for the euphoric effect, the feeling of power or the perceived need to be able to see the alternate timelines as a guide to his actions (almost Dune like prescience is addictive). Either way I fear that the end result of this experiment will be bad for him and not repeated by Starfleet. 4. Section 31. I find the Section 31 arguments given on other sites about this to be a little out there. It seems to me that the secrecy of their organization and the building of a major warship, there for all to see, is not likely. The number of crew and transfers on and off Disco would result in rumors and leaks without end. I really don't think everyone on board or who visits Disco is 31. If they were really involved there would have been indications. I am not saying there are not some classified experiments going on aboard but they are likely restricted to a very small number of people. If the clandestine section 31 goes around wearing black badges for everyone to see then it will not remain clandestine for long. Has there been some input or direction maybe even manipulation by section 31, possibly, all it would require is that Lorca is working for them and sneaks in some of their wishes along the way where he can when he is following the orders of Starfleet. It is obvious he is not independent of the normal command structure and so cannot be working solely for section 31. 5. Where are We? We don't know and neither does the Disco crew. Is it a different part of space, a parallel universe, a different time in their own universe? Well who knows, guess we will find out as we go on that. I find it interesting to think on how they got to wherever it is they are. Valerie's catch of the Spore drive override by Lorca is interesting as was the Lorca/Stamets conversation which we may not have heard all of and may have had a different meaning to them than to us. So we have several possibilities for how they got to where they are and these seem to be:- Lorca sent them somewhere as Cromwell will recover soon and relieve him off his command and he wishes to avoid that. Stamets sent them there because he does not want to be separated from the drive and/or his partner. Lorca and Stamets colluded together to send them somewhere where both their aims would be realized. Lorca keeps his ship and Stamets keeps the drive. Any of the above plus some sort of accident or problem with the drive or Stamets. Whichever of these, or some other set of happenstance I have not thought of, turn out to be the reason it puts us in a situation where the war may be rather less of a pressing need. It is almost Voyager like with the difference that Lorca/Stamets may not want to get back home. In any case it opens up the possibilities of a more episodic format and new and interesting plots that can introduce things not previously seen in the canon. 6. Summary. So far I have enjoyed the series, I approached it with no preconceptions and no fanaticism for Star Trek or it's canon. I like it's modern effects and style, the ability to take risks and not be the sickly sweet moralistic tales of old. I like the way they use the visual tone and pace to put us in the same emotional position as Burnham. I like the way they have included and treated sensitive subjects (Same sex couples, PTSD, Rape, survivors guilt). I am looking forward to the return with hope and eagerness. What do you think? 7. Thanks. Thank you Glenn and Valerie for your insight and analysis, which coupled with your knowledge and humor is delightful. Thanks to the other forum members for your thoughts and theories, it is great brain food. Kev
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kev may
Nov 13, 2017
In Star Trek
WOW! OK, loved it, just loved it. Ok, Lorca doing the right thing and saying the right thing. Being a Starfleet Captain as we have come to know them. Burnham showing guts and self sacrifice, compassion and brains, and retrieving her captains badge which is more of a touchstone for her than the telescope ever was. Ash and his troubled past with the Klingons resurfaces and perhaps he has some sort of implanted conditioning which allows L'Rell to influence him, well that could be a problem. Perhaps his feelings for Burnham might somehow temper that influence. Obviously L'Rell is is deep into some sort of convoluted plot, but to what purpose and what is Voq up to and where is he. Stamets appears to have brain fried himself after turning out to be a fine officer ( I have actually begun to like him a bit), did he know that last jump would fry him, did he purposely set them astray? Is he going to survive? Is this the end of the spore drive and why we revert to warp drive and dilithium crystals? This cloaking technology is obviously flawed so it probably isn't the same as later types and perhaps that preserves the cannonical time line, it is A cloaking technology but not THE cloaking technology. Where are they? Has this been a Voyager like shift? Thrown deep into Klingon territory and fighting to get home? Or is it someone we have not met before's territory perhaps someone who has had their run ins with the Klingons? So many questions. I really liked the pace of the episode, the intro scene was back again and this was a snappy and high paced roller-coaster of a ride. The violence was fairly moderate and plot essential which I am sure Valerie will appreciate. With Kol dead I guess there is going to be a power struggle created by that vacuum at the head of the Klingon empire and all sorts of intrigue and maneuvering is therefore possible for Voq to return. The Disco being lost in unknown space gives ample room for a more episodic format and for the war to be a less pressing problem given that the crew will have no information or intelligence about the conflict whilst out of contact. Their actions with respect to the war would be severely curtailed as they would not know what would help or hinder the Federation's position. If this has been a very long intro into a more familiar format and feel going forward then I feel that would be a mistake, I want them to keep the more edgy and modern feel they have introduced whilst maybe being less adversarial going forward.
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kev may
Oct 31, 2017
In Star Trek
Great episode, the first really stand alone episode. I think that this is the show getting out of the setting the scene phase and into it's storytelling phase and I like it. Mudd was suitably deranged and maniacal. Burnham was being pushed out of her comfort zone into some serious personal development. Tilly was a bit wild when drunk and was, as always, absolutely hilarious and sweet. Ash is starting to grow on me so I really hope he is what he seems and isn't some sort of cuckoo in the nest. And Lorca, his role was die and die again. Stamets is really losing it, despite being instrumental to this episode he is most obviously undergoing a profound mental change. It is perhaps a foreshadowing of why the spore drive is not the future of space travel, it drives it's navigators mad. I really loved the tables being turned on Mudd. So well done, so funny. I really hope Valerie loved this one.
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kev may
Oct 18, 2017
In Star Trek
We have now had a little of Lorca's back story and we can perhaps see that his experiences have filled him with pain, hate, guilt and implacable resolve to win at all costs. Burnham has also lost much and is pained and and feeling guilty and both are trying to do penance for their shame and guilt, however Burnham despite her Vulcan upbringing is in possession of much more humanity and compassion than Lorca. I believe one of the key plot points going forward is that she should talk him down off his self imposed ledge to become a more reasonable leader. To remind him that for a victory to mean anything they must remain true to their ideals so that if they emerge on the other side of the conflict they can do so with honour. One of the lines from Ender's Game springs to mind "The way we win matters" and I think that it is Burnhams place to remind Lorca of that.
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kev may
Oct 15, 2017
In Star Trek
I was unsure of what to expect from the theme for Discovery as to be honest I didn't like the Enterprise theme and was a bit of a hung jury on DS9. I however quite like this one it seems to me like a bit of a cross between a nod to the original theme and an interesting piece of new composition the likes we have heard for example on Westworld. It's growing on me. Oh and I like the graphics for the sequence, I'm an engineer by trade and get a bit weak kneed at exploded views of tech.
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kev may
Oct 14, 2017
In Star Trek
Several people in the series intimate that they believe Burnham is to blame for the war and there are various things which might lead them to think so given that even she does not know why she did what she did. 1. She killed the original torchbearer which people may see as a provocation, there is no recording of this action and so no proof that the Klingon attacked first or if there was any reason why he should be killed at all. It could be possible that people believe that she was the aggressor and attacked as a personal retaliation for the death of her parents. 2. She distracted her Captain and Crew at a critical juncture, so people might feel that if she had not mutinied and incapacitated her captain then things may have been different. 3. After claiming that killing T'Kuvma would create a martyr and that the war would then become a holy war she then proceeds to kill him instead of stunning him after he kills the Captain. 4. She pleads guilty and fails to explain her actions in any way, her comments at the Courts Martial simply say she had high hopes and she has now lost them. It is about how she feels now not an explanation of why she did what she did. 5. Her reaction to the inference that the war is her fault from others does not raise a word of denial from her. It may be one or all of these that lead the public and others in Starfleet to indicate that they apportion blame on her. We as the audience have a privileged view of the situation as we have been a fly on the wall throughout, something no other person depicted has. So is she responsible?
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