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  1. Will you be watching it’s debut on CBS all access? I will. I think it will be interesting seeing how Picard’s life is ‘in retirement’ or with less authority.
  2. Thanks, AE! My New Year will be a challenging one, but I am leaning on God, and looking forward to a new Star Trek series!
  3. I know that I am off topic, but are you going to start a forum for Star Trek: Picard?
  4. Recall my gripe about how the Federation universe was so close to the mirror universe, that it did not have the impact of the contrast of the two universes as in 'Mirror, Mirror'. Then in the very next episode we find out who Lorca really is. I have watched that episode and every subsequent episode with my mouth wide open in shock. I must say that there has been quite a satisfying resolution of most issues. I liked that Burnham was deservedly reinstated. ( Her reinstatement had to come, but I did not think I would find it believable...and it was.) Pike and the Enterprise coming soon. I'm looking forward to it. Contrary to what I vehemently declared earlier, I have to go back and re-watch these 15 episodes. It seems..cough...cough...mumble..that AE may have been right about the series after all.... However I am still repulsed by the new Harry Mudd!
  5. Never ever saw her in person, but did see her on the television. She was a role model for me ( but so was my dad, a math teacher). My parents let me watch Star Trek (TOS), and she was a black woman in a responsible role, a good thing to see at an impressionable age, at a time when it was rarely seen on tv. Because she was there, i did not know that black women did not have those kinds of jobs, so a future life in the sciences seemed reasonable, seeing it both on tv and home. She is special to me because of this. Now I actually qualify for full retirement from my position as a college math professor, although I am not retiring just yet....
  6. And the death of Dr. Culber was another shocker for me....I can't count on who the characters are in this version of Star Trek. I'm tossing, twisting in real life. I cannot make an emotional investment. No other Star Trek has been this dark or or left me with a feeling of hopelessness. I do have an update on who's watching. Since CBS all access has this free period, my physicist friend ( we are both in our sixties) has gone back to watch the first few episodes of Discovery. Last time I spoke to him he had finished the episode where they had freed the spore drive creature. He is questioning the whole idea of the spore drive, but I would suggest that for him, like me, the show is watchable. Curiosity is the trump card. With regard to the mirror universe, Discovery has been so dark that there is not the stark contrast between the universe Discovery left, and where it is now...not like in the original series. But what was actually wrong with Ash Tyler! Didn't see it coming.....wow!
  7. I just saw Mudd's Women again, and while his blackmail forced Kirk's hand, and he cheated the miners, where is anything deeper than a manipulator and a thief?
  8. I agree that this is the kind of interesting idea that one would expect from a Star Trek series, and it is one of the reasons I am still hanging in with the series. I agree that something has to happen to spore drive, because there is no mention of it in any other Star Trek. What is going to happen to Stammets? Some of the best stories and subplots showing the decency and risk-taking of the main characters has centered around the spore drive. Also the worst story (Mudd). The episodes I have rewatched have involved some aspect of the this drive.
  9. None of my family members is watching Discovery. My good friend who is a physicist and life long Star Trek fan, is not watching Discovery nor the Orville. He refuses to pay, nor likes what he hears in the many reviews he reads and watches. He asked me what people here are saying, and I told him there was virtually no one here is watching or talking about it, but that one guy really loves it. (That would be you, AE!) I only bought CBS all access to watch Discovery. I pay the low amount that means I get commercials. The jury is still out for me. I find a certain prevailing heaviness in working with the emotions of betrayal, guilt, resentment, suspicion, revenge,manipulation on a regular basis. You don't see a lot of friendship. There is a lot of sadness. Now they are lost in space. I will start watching again when they have new episodes, but I don't see myself watching reruns the way I do with all the other series. I don't even see Kevin here commenting on this series. But we do have AE.
  10. I am still trying to make it through the first season. Some of the ideas are thoughtful and trek-like. I like lots of the characters, although the main characters often have bad things happen, like death or life sentences in jail, or becoming part of the ship's star drive. Other aspects are horrible and dystopian, the opposite of Star Trek. The jury is still out for me. I'll keep watching for now, as long as there are not too many more episodes like the the Harry Mudd Time Loop episode. With regard to CBS ALL Access, i do find myself watching Perry Mason reruns, with commercials.
  11. I agree that this looks plausible. I felt so sorry for the Admiral when she found herself alone in that trap originally designed for Sarek. But to me it looks like Lorca set her up. It must have crossed her mind. If the Klingon have the mind sifter, they will use it. In some of the fan fiction, the Klingons used the mind sifter on Kirk.
  12. The point is that both he and Stamets lived through every single murder and he enjoyed it. And even if Stamets did not remember everything, Harry would. I think Stamets was allowed to be a witness of each loop so that there was a real memory of the evil. Lorca was not bothered by the endless murders, but Harry relished all the ways he killed Lorca, and Stamets knew it. No, the TOS Harry never went that far. He was naughty, not evil . The Discovery Harry is still witty, but he is twisted, vengeful, excessive, and sick, and I am not surprised that he did not say the words' what, me a murderer... no one is dead''. No instead he boasted to Lorca about how many times and ways he had killed him. Not good. Not trek. Even the Klingons have context for their violence. He did not need that much video-game like violence to accomplish his goals of stealing and selling the ship. I do not look forward to seeing this Harry again. I always looked forward to seeing Harry in TOS.
  13. I disagree that the Harry Mudd of TOS had that dark an edge. When he was going to strand the crew of the Enterprise with the androids, there was no hint of murder. The TOS Harry Mudd was a charming rogue, and a thief. This Mudd is psychotic. He murders one man over and over and over again in multiple ways. His cleverness does not mitigate the the unrelenting, unmeasured cruelty. The potential sweetness of romance for Burnham in this time loop is overshadowed by the unbounded vengeful violence. It is like video game killing......no heart....how many points did I get? This is my least favorite episode. The one good aspect of this was the punishment they devised for Harry after all his meanness.....and the final transport was done by Stamets (I still am working on names) who was forced to live through the cruelty of each time loop. It was appropriate and a punishment that was equivalent to jail,and very trek-like.
  14. 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.
  15. Vulcan in the prime timeline. And afterwards Earth!