Saturday, February 9, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 1 "Brother" Breakdown & Easter Eggs!

Delusional Star Trek Discovery Fans - RANT

In response to ...

I wrote:

I'm sorry that you don't like the characters and think that the show is crap. Liking the characters doesn't make one delusional. I happen to like most of the characters (very much), which is the key to liking the show.

Calling Michael Burnham a Mary Sue seems unfair. Lately, any time there is a competent woman character people call her a Mary Sue. (Because the social justice warrior messages have been so pushed down our throats, this has created a hypersensitivity to this issue.) It is not like she has done nothing to earn her abilities. She was an orphan who had to grow up on Vulcun, which surely was an environment hostile to her human nature. She made a critical mistake with a fall from grace that she had to earn her way back from.

Michael Burnham is the hero of the show. It is normal for the hero to be able to great things. That is kind of the definition of a hero. Suppose instead of Burnham we had Lt. Commander James T. Kirk and left everything else the same? Nobody would be complaining. 

Compare Discovery to the recently disastrously bad Doctor Who. 

Pike is an interesting character. Also, any competent Captain would be open to the ideas of crew. He wouldn't make a potentially fatal decision without considering all possibilities. 

Enterprise was one of my favorite Star Trek shows because the human element is very good. The first season at times feels a bit awkward, but the show really found its footing. However, Enterprise lost out to Battlestar Galactica which is a far better show.

The ratings for Discovery have not been good enough to justify its cost. It is likely to be cancelled, and unfortunately we will lose a pretty good show. People gripe way too much over science fiction, because there is this syndrome where if something doesn't match people's preconceived notion of what it should be (Star Trek, Star Wars), then they complain bitterly. The sad result of this is that we won't get very many science fiction shows and we will be reduced to watching all the other crap on television.

Star Trek Discovery: The Prime Deception – CBS and Paramount Viacom Rights Explained

A bit long, but interesting ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Favorite TV shows... and Star Wars Theory Fan Fiction Film

1. LOST (I can't say enough how great this show is.)

2. Battlestar Galactica 2003. Shockingly good.

3. Doctor Who 2004 (Brilliant before it went downhill. Peaked around 2010, where it was incredibly epic. )

4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer. (Used to be my #1. Very uneven show, but occasionally brilliant beyond description. The first season looks very low budget. The show doesn't really get great until about midway into season 2.)

5. Babylon 5. (Epic.)

6. Star Trek various. I really like Enterprise and Deep Space 9.

These series benefit from having storylines that span multiple seasons, and in the case of LOST, the entire series. There aren't many standalone episodes. The shows are serial and need to be watched in sequence to fully understand them. It is a trend that started in the 90's with Babylon 5, and to a lesser extent Star Trek Deep Space Nine. However, this kind of story telling hit high gear in the 2000's with LOST, Battlestar Galactica, and Doctor Who. When Doctor Who was at its peak, it had storylines that would span 2 to 3 seasons.



P.S. Star Wars Theory spent $150,000 to create a movie quality Star Wars Fan Fiction Film.  This is not bad.  It is only about 13 minutes long and somewhat limited.  However, if you like Star Wars, then it is definitely worth watching:  

Initially, there was a copyright strike against this on youtube, but the fans objected and the copyright strike was removed.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Doctor Who Season 11 episode 7. Spoiler free review.

When the Doctor Who series rebooted in 2004, it had a high quality about it that made it a really good show.  By 2010 to 2011 it was bloody fantastic.  Each episode felt like a special experience, and the stories were epic, with plots that would span entire seasons.

Now the days of brilliance are long behind us.  Episode 7 is my favorite of the season so far, but it doesn't even reach the halfway mark of what a Doctor Who episode could be.  The show has lost its exocticness.  So far we have had only had one episode on a spaceship with a menacing alien, which was good, but parts of the episode dragged on too long.  Most of the stories have centered around characters that are all too British.  Where are the alien worlds we used to visit?  Where are the interesting aliens?  Why is the music so dull?  There used to be great music.

If anything, the new season seems to be more about social commentary than alien worlds, and that is a problem.

In the past, the companion characters were reason enough to watch.  Doctor Who always had brilliant companion characters, except for this new lot.  This go around they gave us three companions instead of one, and they are likeable enough, barely.   They don't really add anything to the series.  

The show has also lost the great writers and producers it once had.  New people are running and writing the show, and the result is kind of ho-hum.  It also feels like they are making the show on a lower budget.  It is such a shame, because Doctor Who used to be one of the best things on television.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 4: Arachnids in the U.K.

The latest Season of Doctor Who has had a bit of a bumpy start.  The episodes aren't as bad as a couple of seasons ago, but they aren't as good as the 2007-2012 glory days of the show.  Jodi Whitaker makes a mostly convincing female version of the Doctor, but her character comes across as too politically correct.  The good Doctor is also a warrior, and we don't see that in her.  She is more of a caretaker, like a nurse with an attitude.

With episode 4 things are looking up.  The story evokes some of the terror we saw in episodes like "Blink" and "Silence in the Library", but only by a fraction.  Giant spiders have taken over a hotel with a handful of people trapped inside.  How one reacts to this might depend upon on how one feels about spiders, and since they never bothered me that much, I found them about as scary as the giant spider at the end of the surrealistic movie 'Enemy', which apparently was as afraid of the humans as the humans was of it.  That turns out to be true here too.  The owner of the hotel is a corrupt Donald Trump wannabe, who is planning to run for President, and he has the right idea, which is to shoot the spiders.  The politically correct Doctor will have none of that, and wants to treat the spiders with respect and even talks to them.  This is one of many things that didn't quite make sense, like why didn't they call the police, or the military, or even an army of exterminators?  We know from previous episodes that the Doctor has political friends in very high places, and at one time was temporarily made President of the entire Earth.  Surely she can get help when she needs it?

The well done ending holds promise for good things to come, but I also thought that maybe this was a missed opportunity for some storytelling gimmickry.  We see Grace, Graham and Ryan enter the Tardis to say a proper goodbye and wish the Doctor bon voyage.  After some discussion they decide to go with her.  Imagine the same scene where we see them enter the Tardis just from the outside, and after a long pause the Tardis begins its journey.  Sometimes leaving things to our imagination can be more enticing.  The discussion inside the Tardis could have been held for a flashback in the next episode.

The special effects of the spiders is pretty well done, but I still think that the show feels like it has less budget than before.  It has lost some of its visual appeal, which in part due to the Doctor's goofy outfit and the drab look they chose for the Tardis interior.

Re: Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 4: Arachnids in the U.K.

Seconds after I finished my review, this video popped up on my computer:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Doctor Who and Rosa Parks

So far the new season of Doctor Who is somewhat interesting,  but it greatly pales by comparison to the first season of Matt Smith.  The new season looks cheaply made, and this latest episode feels awkwardly executed.  However, almost anything is better than the first season with Peter Capaldi.

When Doctor Who first aired, all the way back in 1963, it was supposed to be a kids show to teach history.  With this latest episode, I wonder if that is what they are trying to do?

At least we got a new villain, which I assume is a recurring character.  However, this is very familiar.  In another time travel show, Tru Calling, we had an almost identical villain, which was a mysterious young handsome male time traveler, possibly love interest, who was trying to oppose everything done by the time traveling female lead character.  There is also the show Quantum Leap, where they introduced an evil female antagonist, and love interest, to oppose the time traveling main character.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Doctor Who

The 2005 reboot of Doctor Who was good from the start, although sometimes a bit silly at first. By 2010 it was utterly brilliant. However, it seemed like a slow decline from there, until a couple of seasons ago it was not very good at all. The last season was better. The new season is trying to mix things up with a new female Doctor. The first episode was very good. The second was just okay.

Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 2, "The Ghost Monument" review, with some spoilers.

The episode is mostly entertaining, but feels flawed. It is out of character for the Doctor to lose hope. Why doesn't the Doctor have a recall mechanism for the Tardis?

The robot guards were mostly annoying. Given the major plot point of the episode, they make total sense, but their implementation and appearance felt kind of lame. The best special effect is of the ship crash landing, but everything else looks low budget. The new inside of the Tardis doesn't look very good, although they only show pieces of it.

If you were to ignite the atmosphere, you would be roasted and deprived of oxygen.

The only interesting characters are the Doctor, Graham, and the grumpy alien. Everybody else feels weak. That is the problem. The female character Yaz might as well not be there.

The preachy scene about guns feels lame.

Despite all these problems, the episode kept me interested because it is essentially a long race and chase scene. However, that is mostly all there is. I have seen type of thing this done much better, like on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and on Doctor Who itself.

We get an semi-interesting backstory about the planet, but almost any other episode of Doctor Who would have the Doctor interact with that story a great deal more, instead of being a passive spectator. For example, "The Doctor's Daughter", or "Smith and Jones". Here Jodi Whitaker as the Doctor doesn't have as much charisma as David Tennant or Matt Smith, although it is clear that she is trying.

Unlike the previous episode, I have no reason to see it a second time, and for the series Doctor Who that is not saying much.

Rating: B-

John Coffey

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Resistance Review: Has the age of good Star Wars animation ended?

John Coffey
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Speaking as someone who loved the two previous animated series, the first three episodes Star Wars Resistance feels like a Cluster #&@*. I do not see anything in the shows that would appeal to an adult, or for that matter anybody over the age of 9. If this is the demographic that they are shooting for, then fine, but it seems like a huge waste when I know that good Star Wars stories can appeal to all ages. Instead we get stories that don't even feel like real stories, but a gag reel.

BTW, I loved Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels) from the start.

P.S. I can't emphasize enough how good Star Wars The Clone Wars is. I wasn't as sure about Star Wars Rebels at first, but by the time that series finished it was awesome.

Friday, September 7, 2018

13th Doctor Reveal - Reactions Compilation - YouTube

Netflix Streaming

I found this interesting website that gives recommendations on what to watch on Netflix streaming, including ratings on some shows.

I like the penultimate section that recommends some shows that will soon disappear from Netflix, called "Last Chance to Stream."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

"John Locke" Terry O'Quinn in Star Trek The Next Generation.

I just happened to see another video about Star Trek The Next Generation, and I thought that I noticed Mr. John Locke himself.