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2020 looking up - Lower Decks podcast returns
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Valerie H.
Nov 11, 2020
@Greg Thank you so much! We're excited to be back - your kind words are so meaningful. It's been interesting to see what shows and seasons speak to us as a fandom and which do not. I'm trying to rest on there being a little something for everyone, if there is something in the new Trek that we can each find to love. I really struggled to like Picard, however I personally am really enjoying Season 3 of DISCO. I talk to others that feel directly the opposite, some people that like neither but enjoy the wacky antics on Lower Decks, or simply found something to love in the Short Treks. For DISCO, I thought E1 was powerfully acted, and E4 is still making me cry. I've been finding a lot of joy and hope in the narrative of searching for and returning to Federation values. I've also been enjoying DISCO's ongoing commitment to inclusive casting, which is something I thought caught the spirit of TOS from the very beginning. The inclusion of non-binary and trans characters is overwhelmingly meaningful to me, especially with the tie-in to Trill. For many of us in the LGBTQ+ community, it helps re-write the Trill narratives on gender, sexuality, love, and attraction that got close to being told but were not ever fully explored in the era of 90s Trek. This is not to say that there isn't something to critique - I don't love every bit of dialogue, every plot choice, etc. But to see a future that fully embraces a variety of communities that are not presently embraced in our world gives me a relief and a comfort that is hard to put into words. That being said - give me some classic Trek anytime! Looking forward to what's to come with our new launch. :)
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Picard episodes 1-9
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Valerie H.
Mar 31, 2020
Hi @Daniel Falch ! Think there is a danger to making this Episodes 1-10 now that the series has wrapped up? I'll leave my comments Episode 10 spoiler-free, for now. I think I've had a more difficult journey with Picard than most of the fan base. I love that so many people are enjoying and have enjoyed it - what more could you ask for than expanded Trek viewership?! Pros: -I completely agree that Episode 7 was absolutely fantastic. Perfect is almost every way. -I think that (with the gross exception of some of what you've picked up re: other characters' responses to Picard), the show has done a fantastic job of honoring the TNG characters we know and love. They have been written and performed so true to character and with such respect. Scenes that included TNG characters often made my heart swoon nostalgic or even make me cry by taking things even further than they went before. I can't fault them for their treatment of TNG characters at all. -While it took me a while to come around to Rios, I really enjoyed the multiple Rios hologram characters, and I hope we get more of those in Season 2. The actor does a phenomenal job with the variety of accents and personas. -Isa Briones does a stellar "Data head tilt." It's uncanny, really. -The show is beautiful, of course. Cons: -I wish that the show had been longer or that they had tried to cram less plot into so few episodes. I often found myself wanting more backstory or wanting them to slow down and thoughtfully explain or debate or discuss what was happening. I know that comics and other sources help fill in gaps, but I do think the main show should and could have given us more by trying to do a little bit less. -I would have loved more character development for the new characters. Of course, in ten episodes that's pretty difficult, which I understand. And I totally get that Season 1 Trek typically lacks in character development, so I'm willing to hold back judging too harshly on this. -I love a good update, but as with DISCO I sometimes found the violence or language a little gratuitous. Sometimes I felt like I was watching two shows: one that was thoughtfully slow and philosophical and then one that was action-packed, fast-moving, and violence-driven. Perhaps my main complaint here is that it felt a bit incongruous, but perhaps that was to show the incongruity between Picard and large parts of what Starfleet had become? I understand that new Trek is not and cannot be own Trek, and that it must be judged on its own merits. That being said, I was pretty nervous and dissatisfied with the AI plot, especially in the beginning. After finishing the entire series, however, I do feel that they tied it up nicely in a way that made me feel joy and hope and that made me glad I stuck around. Re: the disparaging comments that others make about Picard - Do you think we're meant to assume that Picard has become, well, less "TNG Picard-like" since we saw him last, and that this is what the characters are commenting upon?
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Cocktails!
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Valerie H.
May 05, 2019
@BionicDave I'd watch that show.
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Such sweet sorrow it is .
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Valerie H.
Apr 23, 2019
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