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  1. On 1/26/2020 at 1:06 AM, The Master said:

    Overall, I enjoyed the first episode of Picard. They did a wonderful job tying the destruction of Romulus into core continuity, and Stewart acted his heart out when Picard's pent-up rage was exposed during the news broadcast. I do have one nitpick, though:


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    The show and Picard seem to be putting Dahj, and presumably later Soji, on a "you're so special" pedestal. And technically they are extraordinary. Like Data, they should not be able to exist. Yet, they live. However, this seems to miss the entire point of Data. As a person, Data did not want to be special. He wanted to be normal. He fought every single day to achieve a normal life. From making friends and lovers, to diving into creative endeavors, Data sought what it meant to be alive. Specifically, human. Here, though, we're constantly told Data's daughters (?) are special mystery boxes to be solved. And that bothers me to some extent. Maybe I'm just tired of mystery box characters in modern fiction.


    That's a really good point actually that I hadn't thought about. This doesn't feel like a continuation of Data. 

    My main issues related to the modern tv structure. People talk a lot in emotions and feelings and less in facts. Sometimes you just think people should explain what's happened to each other. 

    That and the fact that TV fight choreo hasn't updated since Buffy. The people fighting in this shouldn't be fighting in this style with ninja moves and head scissors, it feels more like a show than a fight. It was revolutionary 20 years ago but at this point its overdone. 

  2. I like it, just as I liked the first one. Her being the one helping Steve who is the fish out of water is a nice idea. I feel like it could be more 80s though. Kinda wish Wonder Woman had gone with some big hair ala George Perez.

    No idea what to make of Wiig though, not enough to judge. Why do I feel like Pfieffer Catwoman will be and influence, dorky girl to cat person etc. 

  3. 2 hours ago, slothian said:

    Haven't watched yet, but I have seen people take the anti-Hemmings position and state that this is more epic than Avengers: Endgame.

    I'm inclined to agree, simply to rile up Tom.


    Look, I persevered. Because I have a taste for stuff that's basically trash sometimes. 

    The Supergirl Lex Luthor is...hes just awful. And I've enjoyed a wide range of portrayals. So actually Tom Welling completely no-selling his ridiculousness was the best thing in this so far. Smallville Luthor was SO much better. 

    Close second is the Brainiac 5 character from Supergirl. I love Brainiac 5 in the DCAU so to see him reduced to some weird autistic genericharacter is miserable.

    Upsides- Kevin Conroys voice still gives me chills. And I'm glad they felt they could use him in a spot less beholden to continuity, evil insane Batmen is a thing in DC right now and I don't mind representing it here. 

    Brandon Routh still looks the part as Superman and hes still representing the overall movie continuity which is a nice nod. Between him and Kevin Conroys segment theres a lot of nods to Kingdom Come. KC Superman is a favourite of mine, his run as past of the JSA was excellent.

    Wondering if they'll do more with Burt Ward.

  4. Thoughts so far.

    -The acting is just terrible.

    -The effects are worse than that.

    -Love the full Supergirl suit, hate the bangs.

    -Kryptonians need to stop building baby-only rockets.

    -The whole thing just has an air of cheap tackiness that ignores the Golden age of television. This is like a tv show from a universe where HBO never existed. 

    This might not be for me....

  5. I like them, but that might just be my DS9 bias sneaking in. I really like the Grey dominant uniforms where Sisko and Picard get their captains waist coats as well, although nothing quite beats the suede jacket Picard blatantly had made for himself. There's no way that was uniform. Kind of like how there's so many admirals uniforms that they blatantly just get to have their own made like third world dictators. 

  6. Re the uniforms, I believe the reason why Voyager went with the DS9 era outfits is they were made for higher definition TV.

    The old TNG suits apparently looked much ropier especially on film hence the 50/50 split in Generations where it's mainly extras in the old uniforms, but with Voyager the idea was they'd be able to trade stock with DS9 and keep costs down without remaking an entire stock of OG TNG style uniforms that didnt look as good.

    They worked it into the story a little with Sisko starting in the TNG uniform and transitioning once he was on the station, but for Voyager it was pretty much just a cost saving deal.

  7. Re the ship design, I'm not as big a fan of it as you guys just because it feels too much like an 80s art piece, like Worfs chair or something. It's very definitively this flowing finished article when to this point the Federation ships feel very practical and modular, infinitely upgradable like the Miranda or Excelsior that remain in service for at least 90 years in-universe. Like the red uniforms that last from Wrath of Khan to Picards early career.

    Now the fact that I don't love it doesn't mean it doesn't fit the show and the narrative of Trek overall, that the federations flagship is this indolent space-liner. They are a society that feels like they are at their peak and make this crown jewel to capture this one moment in time. Once the Borg knock them on their ass it's not surprising they completely reevaluate and go back to tough practical designs. You can probably build 6 defiants with the resources it takes to build one Galaxy class. 

  8. I'm really enjoying this guys. The level of detail each of you adds is fascinating. I'm going to have to read along with each episode.

    One point, and I don't know if the panels contradict this at all, but I always figure that part of Rorsachs plan would be to get the name Edward Blake out there, send terrified lowlifes out with word hes searching for the killer. It's a very Daredevil thing to do.

    Then again, maybe back when Dan and Rorsach used to investigate Dan suggested that sort of action and it just became habit for Rorsach, he doesn't really remember why they did it it's just an automatic reaction. Find crime = Terrify bar, that kind of thing.

  9. On 10/7/2019 at 4:01 PM, Preston said:

    Honestly, I agree with exactly two results last night, Asuka and Kairi winning via green mist and Gable pinning Corbin (even though rollups are trash).  

    When the Baron Corbin match is one of the most sensibly booked things on the show, you're in a bad way. 

    He beat up Gable after though. Might as well have won.

  10. I can't call IV a great film just because it's so gentle. I like it's placement in the trilogy and the fact that it's not another war film (albeit it's the second film plotted around a giant mysterious probe). It's never going to have the punch of II or VI. I'm pretty much with Dan on this, it's ok but unless it's personal to you that's all it is.

    I know you guys said you liked how mysterious the Probe was but there is a novelisation sequel, unsurprisingly called Star Trek: Probe which explores the origins of the probe and it's makers. It's got ok reviews despite a troubled production, I recall finding the audiobook read by James Doohan quite atmospheric with it's used of whale song and music. Most of the book is about the Federation in a race/collaboration with the Romulans to learn the language of the probe and journey to it's origins.

    For some reason I had that one and the audiobook of Relic, read by Levar Burton rather than Doohan.

  11. I was attempting the justify the unified theory of related characters but then thought, what about actors like Jeffry Combs who play roles across multiple races? Surely they can't be related?

    But perhaps Combsian DNA isn't random. You see, in TNGs The Chase we see that all humanoid life shares a common ancester, so maybe that DNA reoccurs across the species, in ferengi, andorian and Vorta. We know the founders manipulated the Vorta dna. And of course, we know the common ancestor evolves into the Founders, since they are both played by Salome Jens.

    I'd like my no-prize please.