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  1. To be fair, if Ash is one of the Klingon pariahs, Mudd selling the ship to an enemy group of Klingon's wouldn't be part of "the plan." This might make sense if you think of the Captain's chair as a bluetooth device. It has all these buttons and controls, but the captain's voice is the the only part with any authority. So, you reprogram what all the buttons on the chair do and the way commands go back and forth, the "chair" is non-critical but if you believe the chair is working correctly, you can get messed up. Other thoughts: Maybe all history of the Bee Gees is lost and they think Wyclef invented the song. Mary Sue is a little bit of an outdated concept as it came from a ST fanfic no one read. So, I use the example of Poochie. Everyone knew who Poochie was and talked about him in every scene, but he didn't do all that much. So far, Burnham has been the key to every important part of the Klingon War and is in almost every scene. In fact, Stamets had much less screen time than Burnham, and didn't really appear in any scenes without her. Tilly doesn't really make sense as a character as some of her traits are contradictory.
  2. It depends on your interpretation. Deep Space Nine had Dax in a same-sex kiss with a former spouse. In that case, Dax was male when they were married.
  3. This is generally referred to as the "Roddenberry box" where writers had to tread lightly when humans expressed biases or bigotry in the future, because the human race had supposedly eliminated that by the 23rd century. Ronald D. Moore complained bitterly about it and eventually left Voyager to make the standard by which "dark" scifi is measured. It's hard to fanwank around him because he was in the Deep Space Nine tribble episode, too.
  4. There's been an entire Klingon dictionary for decades. I don't even know if they're using it. I'm not sure what the wormhole drive refers to in Atlantis. The big McGuffin on that show was the ZPM, which they couldn't make but contained massive energy. I think "Let that Be Your Last Battlefield" was the best "race" episode of Trek because the people in it were black and white. It was the half of the face that was the distinction. In most of Trek, Klingon is spoken ceremonially and the Klingons mostly speak English, or sound like they do, even on their own ships. Even when they speak Klingon, it is not one syl'la'ble at a time. It seems like the ship was a science vessel before the war and Starfleet assigned Lorca to it. A lot of the crew is reacting to the warship aspects of the command. Lorca definitely has a Captain Jellico vibe right now. MacFarlane is a huge Star Trek fan, and if he were given the reins of the franchise, I think he could make a legit Star Trek show. Discovery is more like BSG.
  5. Kahless comes out about as much as the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition or the Bajoran Prophets (probably less) in 1990's Trek. On this show, it seems like they're re-hashing stuff from TOS in order to force it into canon.
  6. This episode didn't deny Star Trek history as much as the previous ones. I think the writing and direction were poor, which made it confusing as to Burnham being shunned for starting the war (not really) or for being the first Starfleet mutineer (true). I can buy technology that is superior but unstable. TNG had phased cloaks and types of transporters that were superior but were either deadly or high-risk. The spore drive would definitely fall into that category. Trek has a tradition of the "sensors" being able to tell if the environment is going to be dangerous. It's there to keep the actors from having to be in space suits every time they go anywhere. There is no reason I can understand why this show couldn't be set after Voyager unless they really are plagiarizing Axanar. The gel packs ran the computer system on Voyager, but the propulsion was good old warp drive. I think the idea was that "brain" tissue was doing the processing instead of isolinear chips. The soap opera thing is not wrong. There was Kirk, whose family who were supposedly all killed in "The Conscience of the King" except that they weren't in later Trek. Then there was his brother who was killed (William Shatner with a pencil mustache) in "Operation - Annihilate!" And, of course, they invented the "double with evil goatee" in "Mirror, Mirror." Section 31 was created during Deep Space 9. Both took place after Gene Roddenberry's death. The "Roddenberry box" was a term describing restrictions he put on writers that prevented the exploration of human interpersonal conflicts, prejudice and malice that were supposedly purged by the 23rd century. I consider it slightly lazy writing and it proposes that society can't exist without "bad cops" and conspiracies, and the people who believe they can are just deluding themselves.
  7. Luckily, there's an Ice Cream Factory right next to their prehistoric lean-to on the beach.
  8. Season 1: Killed a lot of Grounders Season 2: Killed population of Mt. Weather. Season 3: Clarke mostly kills ALIE and the first season cast get thinned. Season 4: Everyone on Earth (not in the bunker) is killed. Season 5: Everyone left on Earth dies. Also, Earth is irradiated. Season 6: Sanctum falls into anarchy. Season 7: The human race is removed from the Universe.
  9. I think there are 2 possible outcomes: The group lives for another 60 years, resenting Clarke and each other for the majority of it. They get killed by bears or something else in the first 6 months.
  10. I thought about War Games when I heard Octavia's speech, but I forgot when I got around to posting. JR ripped off all kinds of things for this finale. There's a company called Transcend that makes SSD and USB flash drives. I'm thinking they should come out with a line of mind drives. Transcend death with Transcend!
  11. Some unpopular thoughts: Are the Klingons even speaking Klingon? Besides the cotton-mouth speaking, the KLINGON words weren't even said in Klingon. Also, Klingons don't retrieve their dead, but that captain guy could have been an aberration. Plus, where did he get a cloaking device. Also, did they use any instruments? All I saw were open fires on the "bridge." Kind of hilarious they retconned female captains into pre-TOS Trek, then killed her off. Frankly, she kind of stunk at her job. She should have just blown up the ship with the torpedo in the transport. Plus, it would have killed off all the Klingon cultists. Did Burnham do anything right that didn't involve saving herself first?
  12. The thing that turns me off on any show is when "prophesy says" something because it completely eliminates world building. The 100 kind of got to that point, especially when they never answered why Becca's magic chip popped out the code immediately. She's also deus of machina as she created everything advanced before the show went to Bardo. It's amazing that a show like The 100 managed to get to 100 episodes on the CW. It's also funny how hard and fast it broke away from the original YA novels. Those books focus on Clarke and Bellamy on Earth, where the series is like The Walking Dead, going from place to place, destroying everyone and trying to find a new home.
  13. Stargate survived for years as basically an anthology, where each planet represented an aspect of humanity given a different set of conditions. The mythology came later, and it was generally well written. Also, there was good character development.
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