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Old 02-27-2019, 07:36 AM
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I always thought it was so ugly and lame, but then most mobile games turned out to be ugly and lame, so. I think it's fine the game is kind of weird and arbitrary, since it exists only to deliver dopamine hits and rewire brains.

It's not about video games, it's about Don't Be A Pod. Don't go along with society uncritically. After living through an era where people are constantly recruiting friends and family to join social media and use other software that is addictive and harmful it's a very relevant episode now.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:11 PM
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It also has wonderful IMDb integration where at any given moment during the show, you can pause and see info for every actor on camera, no matter how obscure, and click through to see where else they’re from.
Shit, maybe I should start watching stuff on Prime. Do those kind of features work on the PS4 app, does anyone know?
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Old 03-01-2019, 07:36 AM
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I'm almost finished with DS9 finally, just have the 90 minute finale left. But... man, I dunno, season 7. I haven't been a big fan of everything so far. The words "jumping the shark" came to mind, but does that really count if it's the deliberate end of the show? I think I can tell the problems stem from the showrunners having less time to wrap everything up than they wanted, so all these developments just feel kind of rushed?
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:26 PM
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No, that sounds about right. The plot went in directions that felt unnatural and unearned. At least they found some use for Demar, though.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:28 AM
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The Royale is such a staggeringly uninteresting episode that the highlight is the accidentally hilarious moment of Riker, Worf and Data being defeated by a revolving door.

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Old 03-04-2019, 03:25 AM
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My precious boys stymied by a revolving door
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:00 PM
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DS90 watch continues.

"The Forsaken" starts as a "Lwaxana tries to fuck ______" episode and though it moves away from that, the alternative is a complete snooze. In fact, though I didn't like the Lwaxana stuff in the beginning (hey, Sisko, when an officer says "I don't like these unwanted advances", maybe don't just laugh it off and say "have you tried wanting those advances? I bet they are nice.") the latter half has a few scenes between Odo and Lwaxana that are a little nice. Frankly, it would have worked better as a bottle episode with no B or C plot where Odo talks about his past. You could get a lot of backstory AND not have to pay extras.

"Dramatis Personae" has a lot more potential and I liked it more than JBear, I think, and is certainly better than the last episode, but it has a lot of flaws. I tire when Star Trek of any ilk technobabbles a solution ("Hey, how about an EMP but for brains") and the solution of "shoot the psychic energy out the air lock" makes little sense even in Star Trek logic. And the psychic mutiny energy makes Dax... an apethetic dummy or something? But the acting is fine, and I think it ratchets the tension well enough. Odo having to play both sides to save both sides could be more interesting but it wasn't too bad either.

So neither particularly strong but the latter has its moments. I will say that I still feel Avery Brooks is better at a sinister captain than a benevolent one at this stage.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:42 PM
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Hey, watched "Duet". Finally, a good episode where I don't need to have to qualify "some elements" or "that was... fine". Good episode, good plot, more of this "cop show in space but really around a planet scarred by war" and less "what jerks are coming through the wormhole this week" where the Captain WAIVES FIRST CONTACT PROTOCOL BECAUSE... WHO KNOWS? (an actual thing Sisko does) please.

I particularly liked that the two fake faces that the "villain" puts on seem plausible to me. First, he "pretends" to be a file clerk who didn't think shit happens because "hey, I didn't see it so it probably didn't happen", which is a scarily common fallacy" and though it is MUCH hammier, when he pretended to be the big bad guy, he just seems like a fanatic who rationalizes everything with his delusional hate and while it is ridiculously performative, we've certainly seen enough performative hatred that I kind of buy it. I mean, I kind of figured out what the show was doing before it dropped its reveal but it doesn't really matter because it really works. Actor Harris Yulin has apparently been in everything I watch but I feel like this is the first time I really noticed him.

So far, people have been talking DS9 season one as "actually really good" and coming in with few preconceived notions... it hasn't been really. But this is the kind of complex Trek story I was hoping for. M
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:01 AM
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The series average is much closer to Duet from here on out. Season 1 is decent but "Duet" is the point the series starts feeling like itself.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:03 AM
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Season 1, plot wise is shakey, but all the character work is aces.

It is, for my money, the best Trek pilot episode. And the finale of the season is also dope as hell.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:21 AM
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We still have the season finale left, which I honestly don't remember at all, but so far DS9 season one has been both better than I remembered and not as good as TT led me to believe. Before Duet, I'd have rated it as about equal to TNG season 2, but now I'd bump that up to TNG season 3, which is to say a lot of unremarkable episodes, a few stinkers, and one or two stand-outs.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:40 AM
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estragon had a pretty funny Voyager/DS9 contrast post a while back, and now that I've resumed watching Voyager I also had one of those! This was a week or so ago, but I watched the Voyager episode "Once Upon A Time" which starts out with.... this, and continues to be a weird boring plot. And that was after coming off of the serial episodes at the very end of DS9 where everything is serious business. Even if I had been watching them in broadcast order, that Voyager episode would've been following up DS9's "Once More Unto the Breach"

Fortunately, season 5 of Voyager has picked up again and had some solid episodes:

"Timeless" was a Harry Kim story that worked pretty well and I always like time-travel shenanigans. Poor Harry, even in the happy timeline he gains the knowledge of what happened in the bad timeline! Didn't really buy the aged-up-makeup for Harry and Chakotay, though

"Nothing Human" was a pretty heavy-handed parable about scientific ethics, but I found it strangely resonant in our current climate of "cancel" culture and just how much awareness there is now about ethical consumption under Capitalism. It was a pretty neat read 20 years later and I felt it elevated the source story more.

"Counterpoint" was great if for no other reason than for giving Janeway an excuse to passionately kiss a guy. Also the other stuff was good too.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:08 PM
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Wow, Sub Rosa was actually as bad as everyone says. Even aside from the awful story. When the ghost guy at the end wined about being misunderstood or something, I was remindee of The Room ("You are tearing me apart, Lisa!").

Creepy in all the wrong ways.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:22 PM
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After Duet, we get a couple good ones!

"In the Hands of the Prophets" feels like it's playing small ball following a much more melodramatic episode for the first half and I like it. The two plots include a main plot of "should religion be taught in schools" and "O'Brien finds evidence of a murder", which starts as the b-plot. Surprisingly, this murder story has very few dramatic music stings for a show that wants to drop them when the stakes are small. That sounds small but the fact is there's a quiet quality to it that makes it feel a little more mysterious and eerily calm that I like. While the episode entire is good, JBear pointed out (and I agree) that by making the religious lady an out-and-out villain, it unfortunately sidesteps confronting head on the issues it raises. I'd be much more interested in the debate. I know it sounds more boring and it is a little one-to-one with "should ______ be taught in schools" to an extent that it risks preachiness (which this episode mostly doesn't do and when it does it feels fairly organic). I do appreciate that there is not a "big reveal" of the traitor. I mean its pretty obvious, so I'm glad they just play the scene under the assumption that you get it from two characters "significant looks" and that, you know, you've watched TV show before.

I'll also say that the slow motion take down of the bad guy is also not terribly great, but it's not bad either. It could have EASILY fallen into self parody but it doesn't and the filming isn't bad for a mid-90's show. I feel like the weakness of it is that the scene is supposed to be really tense but it lacks something to make the whole sequence feel worth the effort.
I'm glad they tried for something different though, as while I like Trek, it often feels like it isn't always adventurous from a editing/directing standpoint.

I was not expecting "The Homecoming" to be revealed as a two-parter, but it doesn't help that the stakes of the cliffhanger feel kind of low and feel more appropriate for a traditional sitcom. But it's a decent episode. I feel like there might be a Manchurian Candidate reveal in the next ep, but again, that really isn't as interesting to me as the human drama. Here, the show... is OK. I feel like there are assumptions made by characters to move the plot along (no one seems to ask "Hey, maybe the man who was tortured for 12 years doesn't have political ambitions" or "Wartime leaders might struggle to lead well in peace time"). But overall, the last few episodes are a marked improvement and even this episode, which I feel I'll forget about soon after watching it, feels a lot stronger in a lot of areas than most of the previous episodes.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:33 PM
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I am reminded by how much I hate the streaming future of media this week by my attempts to watch any of the Star Trek films. There is only a random assortment of movies that I can watch from any given service. I can watch the 2009 movie and Insurrection, and The Final Frontier via streaming subscription services and that's pretty much it. It's been yanked from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Stars, pretty much everywhere. So I can either pay like $3-5 per movie for the privilege of watching them a single time in a brief window, or get rekt. If I wanted to marathon all of the Star Trek movies over the next week or so, I'd be potentially paying more to do that than pay for an entire year's worth of Crunchyroll. I can actually purchase bluray collections of the films for cheaper off of Amazon than it would take to stream which seems like a busted business model.
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:38 AM
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We really should not have let the Ferengi be the ones in charge of that...
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:19 AM
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I watched all the Star Trek movies so far (through First Contact) for free from the local library. Maybe worth checking into if you live near a decently sized library.

(More broadly, realizing how great libraries are again was a major incentive to cancel a bunch of digital subscriptions. Why watch whatever junk a streaming service happens to have at the moment when the library has a way better selection because they're not beholden to expiring distribution rights? And if you live in the US, you probably also can get Hoopla and/or Kanopy streaming services with your library membership... )
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:21 PM
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I wish I could. My local library is pretty small and their video selection is fairly poor. If I still lived in a bigger city, then I would definitely do. It's still a bummer either way though, since going out to your library is a premeditated thing, versus indulging in the convenience of deciding on a whim at night to flick on whatever movie you're in the mood for on-demand with a few button presses on your remote/keyboard.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:46 PM
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Yeah, libraries are great. The amount of DVDs that my local library system has is pretty enormous and something that I've utilized for well over a decade now. It's a bummer that its not useful in your particular instance but its definitely something more people should be aware of. I got all the original cast Star Trek films through my library!

(Also, the combination of my local library system's DVD collection paired with my personal computer equipped with DVD Decrypter, Handbrake, and Plex has led to me having a fairly significant media library available to stream over my local network whenever I wish without worrying about a shaky internet connection or the rights lapsing at my favorite streaming provider.)
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Old 03-17-2019, 05:33 PM
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The other day, I was showing my aunt - who was lamenting to me how she had no way of watching Star Trek Discovery - how she could rent the dvds for season 1 from her local annex in SF. It’s definitely a thing people should do if they don’t have CBS All-Access!
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:40 PM
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The "B'elanna contracts magical and deadly space horniness from a Vulcan subordinate" premise of Voyager's Blood Fever had me ready for something really embarrassing or gross to happen, but honestly I was pretty impressed by the episode's approach to consent.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:40 AM
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yangus and i watched what you leave behind last night and god season 7 is such a fucking letdown. i like the casino heist episode and i generally like ezri but the firing of terry farrell is unconscionable so i can't even take any joy in her peppy character honestly and with the casino heist episode comes a lounge number every fucking episode of season 7 so like i really wish the show had just ended when the federation retook the station and had that plotline last all of season six or something?

also it is fucking absurd that god-emperor-sisko doesn't have a final conversation with jake-o like what the fuck

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Terry Farrell left of her own volition to star in "Becker". though she wanted Jadzia to live and show up every now and then:

https://trekmovie.com/2011/08/03/ter...-final-season/
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you are correct in that i should not have said fired, but according to terry farrell in the fifty year mission, she did not leave for that reason:

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The problems with my leaving were with Rick Berman. In my opinion, he’s just very misogynistic. He’d comment on your bra size not being voluptuous. His secretary had a 36C or something like that, and he would say, “Well, you’re just, like, flat. Look at Christine over there. She has the perfect breasts right there.” That’s the kind of conversation he would have in front of you. I had to have fittings for Dax to have larger breasts. I think it was double-D or something. I went to see a woman who fits bras for women who need mastectomies; I had to have that fitting. And then I had to go into his office. Michael Piller didn’t care about those things, so he wasn’t there when you were having all of these crazy fittings with Rick Berman criticizing your hair or how big your breasts were or weren’t. That stuff was so intense, especially the first couple of years.

I started modeling when I was seventeen, so I was used to comments like that, but it was a different experience for me to be around normal, respectful people. And then he’s my boss.
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Old 03-18-2019, 03:49 PM
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What a pig.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:32 PM
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also, good lord that WAS her in becker my mind is blown rick berman ruined her career
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:02 AM
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Going from being 7th or 8th on the billing for an ensemble TV show, to being the co-star for a successful network sitcom that ran for 6 years wasn't a career ender (quite the opposite, she probably had the best career post DS9 versus anyone else on the show)

But he was a pig and there's no doubt he probably derailed the careers of others on his shows.
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man becker sucked but yeah you're probably right
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Old 03-19-2019, 04:32 PM
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rick berman is a fuck and i hate him for so many terrible things that happened on star trek and that he is a garbage human being
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:21 PM
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Was Dr. Bashir, I Presume the twist about Bashir that everyone hates, or is it something else?

The development itself doesn't particularly bother me, even if I think the episode could have used some more nuance at times in confronting the situation.

Maybe I have just been inured to retcon rage by reading too many 90s Marvel comics as a kid.
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