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  1. I have watched each episode so far, and while there are many aspects I do not care for, I like a lot of it, and it has good issues in the episodes, and more than one point of view. Some of the humor is too risque, but other is side-splitting hilarious. My favorite humor was when the brother asked the captain about whether they could still have lidded drinks on the bridge, and the captain said sure. And later we saw he taking a sip. (I don't have any of the names in my head). Haven't you wondered if the crew really did all their eating in the cafeteria? I really liked the fact that in the latest episode, fighting the Krill, they could not bring themselves to let the children be harmed, yet were told that these children would grow up hating them. That was a very star trek-like episode in my opinion. They had to act to stop the Krill form murdering 100,000 or so people, yet couldn't slay the Krill children, who remain to hate them for killing everyone else, which was the only way to stop the mass killing. A no win scenario.
  2. Vulcan in the prime timeline. And afterwards Earth!
  3. In many ways these episodes are tough to watch, less entertainment and more drama. It reminds me of the different nature between the two Battlestar Gallatica series. I soon stopped watching the Edward James Olmos version. But I really enjoyed Burnham's action to save the tardigrade, and Stamets' risky move, more or less experimenting on himself. The plot thickens. What has really happened to him? Is he really okay, and just in awe, or is something wrong? I have to keep watching just to see Lorca's response to the tardigrade situation, and what is going to happen to Stamets. I have a colleague who is a physicist who currently isn't watching The Orville or Star Trek Discovery. But he keeps reading commentary to warn me about what's coming next. He asked me about the comments on this website, and I had to confess that I hadn't been here for years, and that there was very little conversation here. But I am also watching the Orville also.
  4. Discovery's propulsion system is amazing. The use of living creatures to accomplish it is probably why it remained a secret, and was never part of design of future ships. The creature is somehow not responding well to its role. People who seem like main characters keep getting killed. For noe I m interested to see where this all leads.
  5. I was drawn in by this episode. I also watched this episode multiple times, which is one advantage to Star Trek being on all access. Saru was blunt and to the point. I loved Burnham's speech when she made it plain to Lorca that she lives and dies by Star Fleet Principles. The magnitude of her loss, and the pain it brings, is apparent but not overacted. I liked the scene where she touched the insignia on the pillow. I think crediting Burnham with starting the war with the Klingons is not quite accurate, since the Kingons were planning war all along, despite what everyone says. The Federation does not understand the Klingons well enough to make a better assessment of what started the war, But she did mutiny. I am glad she is out of jail. What I liked about this episode was how an apparently resigned to her fate Burnham popped right back into top form when put into situations that needed her expertise. I also liked Lorca's comment on how the universe perhaps did not like waste.
  6. Ummm.....She's in jail! So I watched the first episode after watching 60 Minutes. It seemed a little tedious but I watched the whole episode. I decided to go ahead and pay for CBS All Access, but the one with commercials. And I watched the second episode which ended up with Commander Birnham (sp?) stripped of rank and put in jail for life, for mutiny, and so forth. Course I realize that she won't stay in jail... As a fan of the original series and of Uhura, I was not anticipating jail. But someone on 'After Trek' pointed out that her back story sounded a lot like Worf's, whose parents were killed, leaving him to be raised by humans. I guess she will be pulled out of prison by the captain of Discovery, like Tom Paris in Voyager. I'll watch for awhile. I now see why CBS put a stop to the more engaging fan fiction, Axanar.
  7. Hands down. City on the Edge of Forever. Even the name of the episode captures the precarious nature of the choice Kirk was ultimately forced to make. When I see that episode title Kirk's terrible dilemma and painful final choice just pop right out as if IHad just seen the episode. That is probably why I like the fan fiction episode 'White Iris'. As a fan it seems that all such events in Kirk's life would have to come to a head.
  8. People actually knew Beverly Crusher as a mother. The others, including one of my favorites- the Horta - were in at most a one or a few episodes.
  9. My favorite episode was The Visitor from DS9, but my favorite series was TOS.
  10. I really liked John B.'s Phlox. He had such depth and his responses made him seem so real. Two examples. His response to the new prejudice against aliens he encountered I think at the start of season four, when he just wouldn't go back down to the surface, even though he had been craving Chinese food for so long, was so real. The response to prejudice that never makes the evening news is why it is successful and will never go away......people just stay away from mean people. He settled for take out. Then I loved the time he was playing basketball with the senior staff. He was playing the game by standing in one spot shooting 'three-pointers', enjoying himself and thinking about a Denobulan (spelling?) 'analog', interpreting the game in terms of his own cultural perspectives. Everyone else was sweating, running and jumping and exhausting themselves..... playing basketball! To me this is the kind of understated excellence Star Trek had over most sci-fi....interspecies cultural interaction. Phlox considered himself to be playing the game, but was seeing things from his own perspective. The humans were including him and doing things from their perspective, including using and trading Phlox's special shooting talent to win...it was a brief, excellent vignette of inclusion. And right before the tragic news of the embassy explosion.....
  11. While I like DS9 my heart still belongs to TOS. But my favorite episode is DS9........The Visitor.
  12. Me, too, although I will probably cave in and pay for cbs all access. I still do not like the new look of the Klingons......
  13. If I recall the digital Gorn was more agile, and so Kirk would not have had a chance in the episode 'Arena.' I also see the original series Gorn as the legitimate version of the Gorn. However, I like the TNG version of the Klingons, and hope that will be retained in Star Trek Discovery.
  14. My mother has rediscovered Laramie with Slim and Jess, and watches it all the time. I remember most of the shows mentioned above except Wanted....
  15. I enjoyed how satisfied McCoy was with himself after he figured out how to heal the Horta with that cement.