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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Vulcan in the prime timeline. And afterwards Earth!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. My favorite episode was The Visitor from DS9, but my favorite series was TOS.
  14. 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.....
  15. While I like DS9 my heart still belongs to TOS. But my favorite episode is DS9........The Visitor.
  16. 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......
  17. 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.
  18. 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....
  19. I enjoyed how satisfied McCoy was with himself after he figured out how to heal the Horta with that cement.
  20. Well, some of the fan fiction has used the Guardian. For example, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men and Star Trek New Voyages: Mind Sifter both extrapolated from old episodes and used the Guardian for further 'what if' scenarios. Of Gods and Men had a middle-aged Charlie X use the Guardian to change everything, and the Klingon Mind Sifter was used on Kirk who was then tossed through the Guardian the New Voyages episode. Both made for pretty good stories. I agree that there is so much more potential for episodes or movies with the Guardian.
  21. What about this, AE.....you know those emails from foreign countries that ask for money for all kinds of personal catastrophes? Well I received an email from a friend saying something sad had happened. This was an out of state friend and professional colleague so I emailed her back to say I was praying for her and to let me know if there was anything I could do. As I left work it occurred to me to just call her....and lo, nothing was wrong! Plus, she had been getting calls all day from friends, and was in the process of investigating how she had been hacked. The next day I received an email reply to the email I had sent, supposedly replying from my friend. According to the letter my friend was stuck in a foreign country was ill, and needed thousands of dollars, and oh...she was so embarrassed to have to ask for this money. Now that reply site has been sent out to our IT people as a phishing site. But there is no restraint on these people. You just got an America version!
  22. The uniforms look closer to Enterprise than TOS.
  23. Hmm......a young Harry Mudd. I heard there would also be a young Sarek.
  24. Yeah, I guess we do have to just wait and see. I am not that comfortable with what I am seeing but I don't want to get negative like I have already seen or heard in other sources.m
  25. I read a couple of comments at startrek.com, and they are already negative. I have to admit I am wondering why they are naming a female character 'Michael,' but I am willing to wait and hope. There were comments about political correctness and so forth. I hope the present political climate does not creep into Star Trek discussions here. That's what Off Topic Discussions are for. Of course I made this comment....