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Old 10-30-2017, 09:28 PM
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I haven't seen an episode of Discovery yet, and probably won't. Nothing I've read about it makes me think that I'd like it, and I'm certainly not planning to pay for access to a show that doesn't sound very appealing.


But some of the reviews are ... mystifying.

I was watching a review yesterday, and the reviewer was going over the problems with the show: unlikable main character, stupid premise, ignores previously-established Trek continuity, etc.

So far, I was thinking, "Okay, all valid reasons not to like the show." Then, from seemingly out of left field, the reviewer said that he doesn't like Discovery because it's so popular with the "Social Justice Warriors." Huh? He went on to say that he's tired of people pushing the "demonstrably false notion that Black people are systematically oppressed in this country."


Wait, seriously? Just how out-of-touch with reality do you have to be to say something like that with a straight face? As far as I can tell, the term "Social Justice Warrior" means "someone who supports the notion that it's wrong to discriminate against people based upon their race, sex, religion, etc." And someone who thinks that's a bad thing isn't someone whose opinions I'm inclined to take seriously.


So maybe I should make an effort to watch Discovery after all ...
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:46 PM
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I was watching a review yesterday, and the reviewer was going over the problems with the show: unlikable main character, stupid premise, ignores previously-established Trek continuity, etc.
Bullshit.
Bullshit.
Not sure.

I've been enjoying it :)
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:59 PM
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Yeah, that reviewer single-handedly changed me from thinking, "Discovery doesn't sound too appealing" to "Hmm ... maybe I should check it out after all."


Probably not the reaction he was shooting for ...
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:24 PM
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Hypothesis, I wonder if we are getting fans that have become fans through references like Family Guy and the TNG movies, as there are plenty of reviewers and alleged fans that are bitching about how social justice warrior* the socialist federation utopia is in a series where they had their black captain fight 20th century racism and prejudice not once but twice.

*I especially think Family Guy and South Park fans as 'SJW' is often used by people who think caring about anything is uncool and that everyone must be a selfish asshat doing it to make themselves feel better.
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:12 PM
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My impression is that the show is based partly on previously established events concerning conflict between the Federation and the Klingons. But the details being filled in might not fit what people would've expected. I'm not a big Star Trek person, I've mostly only seen TNG, and a few movies (TNG+reboot), so I might be wrong.

I also saw a spoiler-y theory about what's really going on on the show



The science on the show is kinda dumb, but TBH there's little basis for complaining about it as being ridiculously soft sci-fi after you've already established various crap about the Vulcans (mind meld, katras, even the nerve pinch) and various other things in the series. Star Trek has never been hard sci-fi.

You could complain about the science on the basis of something other than realism, I suppose. And certainly given that it's a prequel it could create questions about why these discoveries were not utilized by Star Fleet in series set later in the timeline, which they may have to address later. Other complaints would really just be complaining about the story. The magic science is invented simply to enable the story they want to tell.
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They'll need to do some kind of big reset to explain why the science stuff in TOS is so far behind what it is in this prequel. Also why Spock, in TOS, says there's never been any mutiny in Star Fleet, when his own half-sister while serving as first officer on a ship in this prequel, was convicted of mutiny and starting a war with the Klingons.

There's also some seemingly stupid stuff that, AFAIK, they've not bothered to explain yet such as why sections of Discovery's saucer rotate in opposite directions when it's about to jump to high speed.

Discovery has a drive system that allows it to travel faster than any other star fleet ship in any other Trek series, but no one seems at all interested in installing similar drives in any other Starfleet ships - even though everyone is relying on this one ship to win the war - that seems rather odd too.
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The last one is not really a problem.

1. the other ship that was researching the same system had a catastrophic malfunction killing most of the lifeforms onboard. The risks of the technology are established as high.
2. the drive was utilizing an alien creature which they established as newly discovered and not scientifically understood. While they could try to capture more, obviously we would assume they don't just have herds of them at the ready.

That explains the first few episodes. I haven't seen the last episode, but at any rate, they'd be on only two episodes without construction of drives in other ships given that the new method was only discovered three episodes ago. But given #1, they'd be wise to be cautious in deploying it across the fleet.
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While I'm probably not going to watch this crap, it's good to know that it's well within the long-standing Star Trek tradition of making shit up that doesn't make any sense.
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I was watching a review yesterday, and the reviewer was going over the problems with the show: unlikable main character, stupid premise, ignores previously-established Trek continuity, etc.
Bullshit.
Bullshit.
Not sure.

I've been enjoying it :)
:unnod:

The main character is one of the strong points of the show. She's great!

The show has plenty of problems but I think it's picking up steam and getting better week after week. (Remember Series 1 of TNG? :shudder:)
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One thing I don't really get is how someone can claim to be a fan of Star Trek and yet object to Discovery because the lead is an African-American female. I mean, does such a person not understand Trek at all?

Pretty-much the whole point of Star Trek is that we can -- and should -- outgrow such petty bigotry.
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I haven't seen an episode of Discovery yet, and probably won't. Nothing I've read about it makes me think that I'd like it, and I'm certainly not planning to pay for access to a show that doesn't sound very appealing.


But some of the reviews are ... mystifying.
It comes back to your earlier post about "conservative Star Trek fans". Discovery has women and minorities in more than just background roles - it even passes the Bechdel Test, for god's sake - and some take that to mean pandering.

I can't imagine the screeching they must have made during Voyager...
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One thing I don't really get is how someone can claim to be a fan of Star Trek and yet object to Discovery because the lead is an African-American female.
Racism is a hell of a drug.

You are talking about (what I assume are) the same people who were upset that an African-American girl was cast to play a character described in the book as having "dark brown skin" in The Hunger Games.
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Agreed.
The thing is, this discussion isn't new to many fans so the sudden outrage seems strange. Star Trek has had their racist and sexist episodes and themes, as well as anti-racist and sexist episodes and themes. Often pretty blatant ones on both sides. Sexism played a role behind the scenes, as well as fighting sexism and racism. In some ways the casting of Avery Brooks as Sisko was atonement for earlier sins (Brooks being proudly African American; Sisko's collection of African artifacts was Brooks own). Thinking about and dealing with social issues like this shouldn't be new to any fan of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY. Like are these the fans that watched TNG's Code of Honor and found nothing wrong with it? Because otherwise I'm not sure they've actually paid attention to anything beyond the dun-buggy ridding, motorcycle jumping movies.
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Ok, finally catching up, at 4 episodes in.

So there's a bunch of things I like about this, to the point that I would consider this the true "Abrams style" version of Trek. But that may because I haven't watched a motorcross race set to rock yet. (Yes I won't let that sequence of kick ass motorcross that has nothing to do with Star Trek go!)

LOL! Did they really name the space fungus scientist Paul Stamets? For those not in the know Paul Stamets is a world renowned fungus expert and psychedelic mushroom stoner child.

In the star trek universe (ignoring threshold) there is some precedence for a blink drive, or instant gateway to other places. I do wonder if they will eventually get to the Iconian gateway technology as it's the only well know variant of transport anywhere you want in their universe.

Also, while the reading is still annoying (generally I like my films all subtitle or not subtitle) the inbetween doesn't work well for my brain. The Klingons have grown on me, or at least the klingon main characters have. I could see worf having blood wine fueled religious debates with the albino.

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