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  1. Starting with, I kept waiting for Agnes to pick up the synth fix-it device to fix Picard on the bridge. But if she did, they couldn't have held all the heartfelt goodbyes on the planet. Between the AI worms going back into the wormhole because they forgot their wallets, and the Romulans bothering to shoot at all the holoships that weren't shooting at them instead of attack the planet, and Agnes I guess falling in love with Rios at some point I never saw, and Soon not showing the video he had of evil bot killing good bot, and our heroes having to throw a bomb at the tower vs shoot it from the fixed ship, I had to hold in my eyeballs to keep them from rolling out of my head. And I, too, don't get all the sudden Data love.
  2. That ignores the pull of Hale, which through dialogue in this episode the show seems to be telling us exists - and it is in conflict with whomever was inserted into Hale. I don't know how this can be true ... how can a host body have its own essence without its pearl? But that's how it came across to me. So in that case, Teddy makes sense but would not be a twist. It's not that some people need to be removed. It's more insidious than that. It's that some people are shunted down paths with no choice. They can exist, just not successfully, or happily, or for as long as they might have. I actually rolled my eyes a bit because it felt like a political review of capitalism.
  3. Ridiculous and cliched until Data. About 6 things made no sense. From Data on, it was kind of sweet.
  4. I didn't say it was new. I said it was one of the few things this series had established previously. And it gave the Romulans (the presumed villains) a reason to be doing it, if we are to assume what they saw in the past was true (which characters on the show on both sides seem to believe it is). That was the one thoughtful arc the show presented. The villains might not be villains. Sutra is responding to the threat of Romulans attacking her people, Admonition or no. And she is doing it in a cliched and cartoony way. Imagine if Sutra, or someone among her people, had seen the synth attack from the past, understood what today's Romulans were doing, and struggled with the responsibility as a species for what her forebears had done. THAT would have been interesting. And as a bonus, like all good Star Trek, it would have been an allegory to our real world for things like taking N America from Native Americans, and slavery. I know how stories are structured, and I am not mistaking anything. I am responding to what has been shown. I can't assume hypotheticals for what we haven't yet seen. Perhaps, and if so, meh. This isn't the 1980s. While I love ST and its core messages, the *way* the story is told should reflect our era, not 35 years ago. And at this stage, I'm disappointed. I would not be surprised if, in the next episode, someone else from the synths rises to represent exactly what I wrote above - guilt over their past actions. As a counter to Sutra. But the way the show would have made it there was still underwhelming. Pretty much everyone I know who watched last week's ep said something like, "it was a damn ST:TNG episode." And these are people who like ST. It was the same way I felt. If you watched Babylon 5, or can find my post from an ep thread or two ago about how that long arc played out, that's what I had hoped was happening. I suppose it still could be, but not executed nearly as well.
  5. This episode betrayed everything (and it wasn't a lot) that the series had set up so far. We had just found out the Romulans actually had a reason to be aggressively monitoring and terminating synths. Intriguing. The we go to the synth home world and meet a cartoonish bad girl synth who ... well, the Romulans aren't wrong. It would have been far better to let the show make a case around whether we should hold the sins of our ancestors against their descendants. Instead, it suddenly became very cartoonish. Hugely disappointed.
  6. Well, the episode title tipped me off. All this baby talk has officially made this show a soap opera. I pretty much fast forwarded though Cam and Mitch. Being 60 with a kid in high school is nothing. And moving what, down the street? They need to move shelves to Claire? Isn’t she in, uh, stairs? They look an awful lot like shelves to me. Arvin was fantastic. I wish they had kept him around as a regular character to poke holes in this family.
  7. I fast forwarded through most of this. An unlikeable ME leader, a dillweed VP now president, Carrie acting as guilty as possible in incidental circumstances, Max captured and sidelined. Harqquani was the best character in the episode. I only watch because I have watched for many seasons and this is the last one. Ugh.
  8. I assume murder ... face-to-face stuff of specific people vs faceless crimes.
  9. As long as the cards are quarantined for what, 72 hours? More? I can't tell anymore.
  10. I'm guessing that what I got from the Romulan perspective in this ep wasn't supposed to make me understand and like them, but it did. Given what they know happened in the past with AI, why wouldn't they feel this way about AI today? Just because Data was a good guy (Lore wasn't) and now we are led to believe Soji is a good person doesn't mean all or even most AI would be so. You might not like the Romulans methods, but I get their view. This all reminds me of the thing I loved most about Babylon 5, which I will put in a spoiler tag if you, for some reason, have never seen the series: Like I said, based on some lines at the end of this ep, I don't think ST:P wants me to feel empathy for the Romulan view. But I do, I really do. And if I'm wrong and this show is going to go somewhere like B5 but more sophisticated, I will love it.
  11. Add “oblivious” to this version of Picard. He didn’t notice Rios’ reaction to Soji? Thank goodness Raffy stumbled onto it. Seven continues to be the only character dealing with some weighty and intriguing choices. Still not buying the Romulan mindmeld persuasion. But I do very much like the fleshing out of the Romulan dislike of synths, even if it, like the warrior women, is stolen from the Dune books. It gives the bad guys complexity.
  12. This is basically how I felt about "predatory lending" claims during the Great Recession. The info is all there. if you assume you'll be able to handle it, and you're wrong, it;s not predatory. While I agree that the pace of the show is slow (and usually is, this or BB), I think the writing is spot on. We are seeing people sort through options and their fates await. Some have none any longer (Nacho), some have many and can't decide (Kim), some think they are smart enough to win any battle (Gus), etc. I also want to note that thew ay BCS is bringing back characters we know is very natural and enjoyable. Contrast that with Star Trek: Picard, where every ep feels like Picard is on an awkward "visit old buddies for the audience" tour. I also loved how Hank immediately identified the name Saul Goodman. He's no slouch.
  13. I think the character of Howard is an example of the genius of this series. He isn't bad or good, he's both. As someone who has worked in the corporate world for 30+ years, I see Howard as the epitome of what the soulless corporate overlords desire as a "good leader." He handled the meeting with Jimmy by the book, even admitted he had made a mistake with Jimmy. And I'm sure Howard felt he was the good guy, coming to Jimmy with a job offer (though you could see in Howard's eyes that he wasn't sure how Jimmy would react, which is a clue to the next part). As far as Jimmy is concerned, Howard was the guy who didn't help him in the past or support Chuck when Chuck needed it. Whatever Howard did do was offered at a proper distance, like the corporate world demands. To Jimmy, Howard isn't a real human being. He's a construct who acts out of his own self-interests and who refuses to get in the dirt when it is needed. You can't depend on Howard when the going gets tough. BTW, Kim sits between these two perspectives, sees them both and remains conflicted on which way she should go (in her own, more moral, way, she is more like Jimmy than Howard). All IMO, of course. See my comment above. You could argue that what Kim did *supports* her ethics, and is far more ethical than "being a lawyer." She's still in flux as a character and as a person on the show.
  14. Ugh. So the entire plot arc of this last season is around a manufactured event (shooting the copters down, killing the presidents)? Very lame. This show is at its best when what we are seeing is plausible and relatable to the real world, and we see how principled people live and work (and cope) in an ever shifting landscape. Shooting down the copter and killing the US president is like having aliens land in Syria. Yeah, it drives drama, but you are very aware that it was created specifically to drive drama. It's a shame the show chose to go out this way ... especially by making the VP such a turd. Cliche. Only the bit about switching 'copter tail numbers (and the implications of that, and subsequent understanding) was like old school Homeland.
  15. Show is already starting to lose me. I enjoy it when they are using current events to show plausible situations and Saul and Carrie working their magic. When they add drama for the sake of adding drama (helicopter shot down, and a douche bag VP, and yet again Saul is in the crapper), it feels like the Hallmark channel and I don’t care because now anything can happen just because the show wants it to be dramatic. Blech.
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