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Old 03-09-2019, 09:38 AM
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I just realized that Discovery might be a third timeline, and TOS/TNG might take place in the timeline where Michael ran away and died. *sigh!* I hope it's not the case, but dammit, they have placed that Chekov's phaser on the fireplace.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:10 AM
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I just realized that Discovery might be a third timeline, and TOS/TNG might take place in the timeline where Michael ran away and died. *sigh!* I hope it's not the case, but dammit, they have placed that Chekov's phaser on the fireplace.
Fourth timeline actually, Michael Lives, Michael Dies, Mirror, and Kelvin.

My money is on the Red Angel being a version of Michael from the future since the RA has some very feminine hips on it. It's also kinda a lazy way to go and I can easily see the writers taking it.

I'm also thinking that the "training accident" that puts Pike in the BeepBoop chair is 1000% Section 31 trying to kill him.
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:23 PM
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I am not a fan of the Tyler and Doctor Hot's subplot. That brawl felt very un-Trek. That said, I do like that the character's resurrection has consequences, and I suppose being an easy source for drama is better than being fridged, but I just want Stamets and Doctor Hot to be happy
I like it a whole lot. It's honestly one of the most interesting things going on in the show atm. Voq/Tyler's accountability is a pretty interesting sci-fi question to explore. Decompressing Doctor Culber's trauma makes a lot of sense and it's so much more interesting and true to life to see than say, Picard unhooking from the Borg and just be instantly over it after one episode. And beyond that, Culber's exploration of the body's and sensory input's role in forming one's identity is a very sci-fi, very interesting thing to explore as well. It's sad for now, but I trust it'll have a largely happy ending. This season of Disco seems very against tragedy-porn.

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Any guesses on the Red Angel's identity?
I'm hoping the show just doesn't show or tell us. This Red Angel business is probably the least interesting part of the season. I'd be happy with it being left as this mystery that never gets resolved, because whatever answer comes out is probably not going to be satisfying for me.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:45 PM
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Welp. I both loved and hated the episode this week. Loved the ideas it explored, hated the crass emotional manipulation. That was some bad anime levels finally giving a character a backstory and then immediately offing them once you finally make them relateable/sympathetic to the audience.

At the end though, I can't be too mad because Disco needed to account for how completely out of place Ariam was as a character in the 23rd Century of Star Trek, so writing her off the show or explaining her away felt necessary for quite some time now. Especially with Disco S2 making it a point to launder out all of S1's missteps and inconsistencies.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:28 PM
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So Starfleet's Admirals are getting orders from a Holodeck that wants to murder them?

This explains EVERYTHING!
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:09 AM
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Yeah I enjoyed the episode overall, but I definitely agree with the sentiment that Airiam was finally fleshed out only to have her killed, which is honestly kind of a shame because the backstory we caught a glimpse of here and the relationships with the crew we're told she had behind the scenes was actually really interesting and I just wish we had seen some of that organically before she was offed.

Also did the episode ever explain why Nahn was immediately suspicious of her? Or do we have to wait and see if the shows explains this later?
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:13 AM
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The moment I noticed the thumbnail in Netflix and I saw whose close-up it was I was afraid they would get rid of Ariam. Even as she suddenly got a personality and background - the kiss of death in serial drama - I was in denial, because Discovery had subverted my expectations so far. Booh. I'll miss her.

So to focus on the positive, let me say that I really liked the glimpses of the day-to-day interactions of the bridge crew through her memories - there's some good chemistry in this crew. And Michael goading Spock into playing chess also was nice - that kind of sibling rivalry fel authentic.

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At the end though, I can't be too mad because Disco needed to account for how completely out of place Ariam was as a character in the 23rd Century of Star Trek, so writing her off the show or explaining her away felt necessary for quite some time now. Especially with Disco S2 making it a point to launder out all of S1's missteps and inconsistencies.
Dunno, I had no problem accepting her in the current context of the series (I think the holographic interfaces and uniforms feel more out of place than Ariam ever did). But I can see your point - I just hope that they are not offing people with cybernetics, because Detmer is my favorite Star Trek navigator ever.

EDIT: By the way, I'm really really surprised our new Security Officer (who, surprisingly, is not completely incompetent) has survived this far.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:06 PM
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Dunno, I had no problem accepting her in the current context of the series (I think the holographic interfaces and uniforms feel more out of place than Ariam ever did). But I can see your point - I just hope that they are not offing people with cybernetics, because Detmer is my favorite Star Trek navigator ever.
It's not a matter of feeling out of place technologically. For god's sake, the entire idea of the Genesis Device being a thing should shut down any silly 'muh holograms' debate. We can make holograms IRL! Creating a planet from scratch in a few hours is infinitely harder to do!

However it does feel out of place thematically. In a society that rejects genetic manipulation across the board, does not view disabilities as othering or limiting, largely rejects artificial lengthening of lifespans, and views species like the Borg and Binars as horrifying, it just seems really out of place to suddenly have GitS-style full cyberization for a series ostensibly about how the humanity of today has boundless untapped potential and doesn't need to really transcend beyond our limits to achieve a utopian ideal.

Detmer doesn't quite approach that threshold for me personally, her upgrades are basically just a low-tech version of Geordi's.

I agree that the window we got into the crew's daily lives was tantalizing, and I could stand to have more low-stakes, slower episodes exploring that. But that doesn't quite seem to be Disco's MO unfortunately. I think a lot of Disco's problems as a show is its original conceit not being followed through, and then it attempting to adapt on the fly into a more traditional Star Trek formula. And the result is that characters that were never meant to be anything more than background decorations (most of the bridge crew) are suddenly in a place where the show wants them to be more but they were poorly thought out and characterized to begin with so there isn't a lot to build on top of that. I think if Disco wants to carry forward with this cast, they either need to begin dedicating a lot of time to expanding out its side characters and actually thinking up ways to make them interesting beyond "he's an Asian guy, she's from Africa, she has a robo-eye" or just find a way to hit a soft reset button so you can design characters from the ground up that are interesting in their own right the way the actual main cast is.
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Im a few episodes behind, but I just found out that any talk of the Mycelial Network is instantly better by referring to it as the Mushroom Kingdom.
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