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Llywela

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  1. Yeah, but it's clearly the beginning of a story arc and we don't yet know where they intend to take that story (will Tilly succeed as first officer? Will she be a disaster? Will Saru face consequences for poor judgement or be proved right in his choice?), so I'm prepared to reserve full judgement until I see how this develops along the way.
  2. Even a high school graduation ceremony seems weird to me, having gone through school in the UK, where we did no such thing. We just finished our exams and left! Graduation ceremonies were for university graduates, not for school leavers, whether primary or secondary!
  3. Also, to be quite frank, fewer people can afford boarding schools these days, as costs have risen astronomically in line with modern standards and expectations (these modern kids, expecting luxuries like central heating), and salaries have not kept pace, so where once even your average middle class family could afford school fees, that is no longer the case. Plus it is now easier to send your children to a good school locally, as the education system has standardised over the last 60 years or so, so middle class families now tend to work something out along those lines - far easier to move into the catchment area of a good school locally than to find the cash for private school fees each term, and that way you get to actually see your kids every day. Which just means that the social distinction between kids who could afford to be sent away to school (to mix with the right sort and make the right connections to further their ambitions later in life) and those who stayed at home to be educated locally is now wider than ever.
  4. Boarding school is very much not a general UK cultural thing - I went to the local comp, and so did everyone else I know. It is a class thing, specific to a very niche sub-section of the population: the rich. Historically, I believe, it stems from an age where there were very few local schools, so the wealthier families, because they could afford it, would send their sons away to be educated. And that also ties in with a lot of snobbery around not wanting their kids to mix with the lower classes (bearing in mind that most of the kids in the district would be lower class), and misogyny around needing to 'break the apron strings' so that little boys wouldn't be too attached to their mothers and governesses, since raising children was women's work with the men not involved, but the men also didn't want their sons to be too 'womanish' as a result of being raised by women, so off to school they were sent. Then, with the expansion of the Empire, a lot of boarding schools were established to cater for children whose parents were overseas in places like India - a lot of Brits who went to work in India really struggled with the climate, so they would send their children home to the UK because they were afraid for their health. And later still, that element of not wanting the 'better class' children to mix with the hoi polloi in local schools continued - and exists to this day. If you read any of the old 'Girls Own' or 'Boys Own' literature set in boarding schools, Enid Blyton for instance, that attitude comes across strongly, with families who considered themselves 'better than' really stretching their finances to the limit to afford school fees rather than suffer the social horror of having their children attend the local school with the riffraff. Boarding school is 100% a elitist thing, all wrapped up with wealth and social status, and only a very small minority of the population ever attends them - which is where, of course, the 'old boys' network begins, on which so many depend for career advancement, which is a big part of how the rich stay rich. It's all about class, and about maintaining a rigid distinction between the classes, making sure the privileged class stay privileged by ensuring that they associate with all the 'right' people and are given an advantage over their more common peers.
  5. When Lyra first arrived in Will's world and almost got run over, she said that cars don't go that fast in her world. So whatever they run on, they certainly can't move at any real speed.
  6. I hadn't paid attention to the overhead shots before, but having had another look, I'd say that they are actually Oxford, yes.
  7. An episode thread for 'Principia' already exists: here.
  8. Okay, fine. I mean, if a treasonous love affair between a handsome, romantically-inclined soldier and a lonely queen trapped in a loveless marriage arranged for her at the age of 14 doesn't float your boat, fair enough. It just seems a bit excessive to claim that the actor is typecast as characters who fall in love with queens when that has literally only happened to one character he's played in a 20 year career (and no, Lancelot and Gwen's relationship in Merlin cannot be described in those terms, however you twist it, the show went out of its way to avoid an actual love triangle or adultery; Lancelot had to be dead and under the control of an evil sorceress to make a move on Gwen after she became involved with Arthur). And you were the one who said you'd rather see Cabrera in a different type of role. 😉 I simply pointed out that it is perfectly possible to do so, because every other role he has played in his career has been very different than Aramis.
  9. That's where I know Thrawn from. I read and loved Zahn's trilogy as a teen. I liked what we saw of Ahsoka here and Bo-Katan back in her episode, and felt able to understand and follow their stories as they played out on-screen (Jedi in hiding and pure-blood Mandalorian fighting to reclaim her birthright, each with a story of their own that intersects with Din's only briefly) but having not seen Rebels or Clone Wars or any other extended universe series, I find the episode threads here quite difficult to follow at times, as so much of the discussion seems to revolve around characters and events from other shows rather than what happened here in this one. Me too. While I enjoy this show and enjoy the bond between Din and Grogu, I have learned from The Mandalorian that I prefer a fuller ensemble cast!
  10. Tilly's ambition has always been to become a captain one day. She told Michael as much way back at the start of S1 and has been working toward that goal ever since. She's been based out of engineering because that's her current role. But she joined the command training programme for a reason. As far as not knowing much about the bridge crew goes, that's because the bridge crew are not the main cast of this show. We've always known that. They are background supporting characters, like Joe Carey in Voyager, or like O'Brien and Keiko were in TNG.
  11. Right, so you are misrepresenting what happened in Merlin to reinforce your point? Because 'sniffing around a woman who is betrothed to a king' is very much not what happened there; Lancelot did no such thing, at any point. The Anne-Aramis disaster is also more complex than you imply here, but very much was treason, so more of a valid point. If you explore Cabrera's filmography, you'll soon see that he has played many other types of character in his career, which shouldn't be defined by these two (very different characters) alone.
  12. In fairness to Lancelot, he fell in love with Gwen long before she became romantically involved with Arthur, when he was a wannabe knight and she was merely a lady's maid, so they were very evenly matched. Then he had to leave town, and when he came back she was betrothed to Arthur, and although it was clear that he still loved her, he never came between them, for the rest of his life. Lancelot is not responsible for what Morgana later used him for, having raised him from the dead as a shade with no self will. Aramis is culpable for his affair with Anne, however. But so is she, and she is the one who makes the first move, every time. (I still love Aramis in spite of his faults)
  13. Okay, it came across as if you were just watching the show for the first time
  14. Ah, gotcha. The Admiral has expressed reservations about Burnham previously, but here my sense was that he recognised her family connection as an unparalleled opportunity. Also, I get the sense that her dogged determination to learn more about the Burn is slowly but surely awakening something long buried in the Admiral himself, perhaps. He's spent his career managing the situation as it is, no resource to spare for more deep and meaningful ponderings on what the Federation has lost. But out of the blue, out pops this entire crew of living anachronisms fresh from the Federation's glory days, to whom that glorious past is a living, breathing thing, and against his better judgement, he finds that inspiring, they've given him hope he never thought possible. They certainly offer him possibilities he'd never before dreamed of. And Spock's sister, yes, is one of those possibilities - Nivar severed its relationship with the Federation before he was born, so he's always simply accepted that status quo as irrevocable, but Michael represents a possible foot through the door, because of her relationship with Spock, so I can see why he'd allow himself to be a little excited by the possibilities there, especially given Michael's fervour. I don't have a problem with Michael. I know many fans do, but most shows of this nature twist and contort themselves to constantly remind viewers who the hero is, so the way Michael is talked up on Discovery doesn't seem any more egregious than any other example of the same phenomenon. My only real bugbear with Michael is the way she delivers all her lines in that breathy, melodramatic whisper instead of just talking normally!
  15. If you only just watched the first episode, why are you commenting in a third season thread?
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