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    S02.E14: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part II

    The long drawn out scenes with Michael and Spock and their feels were implausible and, considering the people fighting and dying to help them, bordering on offensive. Logic dictates, moving your asses in a situation like this. I feel like Discovery escaping to the future is the writer's admitting that this show failed as a prequel, they could help themselves introducing technologies and concepts that didn't fit in the era they originally chose. So, I guess they'll be happier with the freedom a show set in the future gives them. My main concern about that is that I expect the future they find to be bleak and "dramatic". Sort of undercutting the Federation that all the previous Treks were working so hard to build. Just another way to disrespect the Star Trek legacy without necessarily meaning to, but just out of ineptitude.
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    S04.E11: SΓ©ance & Sensibility

    The British East India Company arguably peaked in power and influence during the Regency period. It was an exploitative colonial project, but British and Indian cultures were already starting to influence each other in interesting ways. This was a metaphorical approach to acknowledging that. The intersection of the two cultures ideas of romance in this way worked for me .
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    S14.E18: Absence

    I agree that the Cas/Mary flashback was good, and in fact, it was the only one that really worked for me. I guess I have a suspicious nature though, I thought Cas was lying about what he saw in Heaven, that maybe Mary's Heaven was empty, because Jack completely annihilated her. He didn't have the heart to tell Dean and Sam this. I mean there was a door there, and no reason for Heaven to lie about her fate, but as previously established, the angels are not super competent and also have staffing problems. Maybe nobody but Cas actually checked? That's pretty dark, I admit.
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    S02.E12: Through the Valley of Shadows

    Well one could just accept that it's a TV show, and times, budgets, and technologies change, or one could hypothesize that a terrible plague of Andorian Antennae Polio is about to strike the Federation as well. πŸ™‚
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    Penn And Teller: Fool Us

    I'm not a big fan of Hardwick in general, so I tuned out after a couple minutes. Sounds like that was the right choice for me.
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    S02.E11: Perpetual Infinity

    The lawfirm of Nomad & Veejur would like to have a few words with the author of that novel... πŸ™‚
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    S02.E11: Perpetual Infinity

    Watch it now on Lifetime All Access. It may be a stupid made up stat (in particular because we don't actually know how big the universe is, so at best it is referring to the visible universe), but it's not one they made up: "On average, a supernova will occur about once every 50 years in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way. Put another way, a star explodes every second or so somewhere in the universe..." From: https://www.space.com/6638-supernova.html I suspect that planetariums have been saying something like that for years. Not per se, but we know that they originated in the Delta Quadrant and didn't know about the Federation until the TNG era. An origin tied to Control would undermine that. That said, if "mind controlling nanites" is a viable technology, it can be invented independently. On the third hand, the resemblance to the Borg will be obvious to a Trek audience, with all the positives and/or negatives that entails.
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    S02.E11: Perpetual Infinity

    Nothing about the suit makes sense. She can do things with it a starship can't even do. Where's all that tech coming from? All the rules about it seem to exist purely for the set up, they don't make logical sense. It's tedious because it's so contrived. Is it still possible, that Michael will take up the Red Angel mantle at some point? Are these gaps supposed to be hints? If so, why is no one on the show wondering about that? Section 32: Nitpicks Division. Do phasers not have disintegrate functions anymore? If you can't kill Leland's nervous system, you could at least destroy the physical structure of his body. I had the same complaint about the fight with Ariam a couple of weeks ago. What does Control need from the Sphere data exactly. It seems pretty damned capable and (maliciously) sentient already. What's the missing piece? Why isn't it keeping a lower profile and playing a long game (a natural advantage for an effectively immortal AI)? Leland can wipe out a whole security detail in seconds, but he can't stab Ash to death properly. Just silly.
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    S10.E18: Stand By Your Man

    Yes, Miyagi was "born" in 1925 (Pat Morita was born in 1932), immigrated to the US, was interned and then enlisted. Like most of the internees who enlisted, he fought in Europe. The fact that he is Okinawan is not to connect him to WWII, but to the fact that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate (according to at least some people). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Miyagi#Fictional_biography
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    S02.E10: The Red Angel

    I believe that is why Spock wouldn't let them rescue her. Logic demanded that she actually be in mortal danger; humans couldn't be relied on to actually do that. In a way, it's the most Vulcan thing he's done on this show. This is a good analysis. But, FWIW, McCoy wasn't always wrong (that's a good thing, IMHO). Two examples are in "Bread and Circuses" where Spock is testing the cell bars for the umpteenth time, and McCoy talks about how Spock tortures himself trying to be the perfect Vulcan. And in "Galileo 7", when he points out that Spock failed to take into account that the aliens wouldn't respond logically, like Vulcans, but emotionally. Indeed! Perhaps they are both the Red Angel at different times? I think it has an AI that detects dramatically important conversations and "circles the airport" so to speak, until the convo is done. πŸ™‚ In a similar vein, we've seen that people's quarters and Picard's office had doors that didn't just open when someone approached and had doorbells. Wouldn't the briefing room door work the same way during a confidential meeting. Tilly's barge in speech was cute but makes no sense if you think about it. Yes, and this is a problem, IMHO with how this show handles the mirror universe. In TOS, this is the exact thing mirror doubles were terrible at, which is why Mirror!Kirk got thrown in the brig almost immediately. If you want a devious motive, maybe she just wanted Burnham to take a swing at Leland, so he had to tell it.
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    S02.E09: Project Daedalus

    Since parts of her brain, e.g., her memory, seemed to be electronic, Robocop fits pretty well. I don't think that we have to assume that this sort of treatment is limited to Starfleet personnel. (As for consent, I'm guessing Living Wills in the Federation can get quite complicated.) Maybe Ariam wasn't even in Starfleet at the time of the accident? (The video may have said so and I missed it). Maybe she joined afterward? We can only speculate.
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    S02.E09: Project Daedalus

    Or he just doesn't have enough information to deduce the reason. TOS Spock dealt with that sort of situation all the time, without losing his composure and taking it out on 3D-chess sets.
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    S02.E09: Project Daedalus

    I don't think we're told, but the fact that she needs to wear a space suit and dies upon exposure to space implies that there is some part of her brain and body that was still human tissue. Also, uploading a human mind into an android body is unknown tech as late as TNG's "Schizoid Man" but Disco doesn't always respect what previous series have said was or wasn't possible.
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    S02.E09: Project Daedalus

    While it would be interesting to see how an intelligently portrayed Vulcan internal conflict would work out...the Logic Extremists don't make a lot of sense. First, they wouldn't call themselves that, would they? ("Extremism in the defense of logic is no fallacy?" πŸ™‚ ) Secondly, Vulcans are by and large pacifists, and they come by that through logic. So, how are the logic extremists going to convince mainstream Vulcans through violent acts against soft targets like Sarek's family? Is that a logical thing to do? Can't they just make a better logical argument? Isolationism would make perfect sense as one Vulcan position, and in the original series, it was given a respectful treatment in the form of T'Pau. But T'Pau would not be trying to blow up little kids, human or not.
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    S02.E09: Project Daedalus

    Presumably, she was wearing a standard, human issue space suit that supplied a nitrogen oxygen mix, and she still needs her gadget to make that breathable for her. You would think that her suit and hey even her quarters would supply her own kind of air, that she wouldn't wear her single point of failure device on her face (especially working in security where she could expect to get into a tussle now and then, etc.) but that would be thinking about this more than the writers that just wanted her to have an obvious weakness to take her out of most of the fight.