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So the burning question is: Who’s behind it all? I really hope they don’t blow it. The Romulan commander that Spock boned in TOS? Her offspring?
What this show is (again) making me realize is how much I want a Captain Pike show that's a lot more hopeful in tone.
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Episode 6 of ST:P... by far the best episode so far.
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Episode 7 and 8 were great, too.

Picard's dialogue with Rios at the end of Episode 8, just pure heart and soul Star Trek.

"The future is left for us to write. And we have powerful tools, Rios: openess, optimism and the spirit of curiousity. All they have is secrecy and fear. And fear is the great destroyer..."
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Episode 7 and 8 were great, too.

Picard's dialogue with Rios at the end of Episode 8, just pure heart and soul Star Trek.

"The future is left for us to write. And we have powerful tools, Rios: openess, optimism and the spirit of curiousity. All they have is secrecy and fear. And fear is the great destroyer..."
Is Commadore Oh from the Terran Empire? The sunglasses....
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Is Commadore Oh from the Terran Empire? The sunglasses....
She couldn’t be from the Terran Empire being half Vulcan and half Romulan (at least I wouldn’t think so) but perhaps she could be from the mirror universe. The problem with that theory is she doesn’t wear the glasses in the sun in every scene outside, so my guess is they were trying to do a whole MIB thing with that scene to make her look tough.

Seems like there’s a whole back story we’ve yet to get to behind the group she’s in and the group Elnore is from where their group is about fear and secrecy and Elnore’s (again, all female group he was raised by) is about openness and curiosity. I really think that dialogue with Rios is the centerpiece of the whole show. It will be interesting to see how Elnore makes his way back to the crew. Perhaps he and Seven have a surprise entry into whatever space battle inevitably occurs at the synth home world worth the Borg cube a la the way the Klingons et al showed up at the final battle with Section 31/Control at the end of Season Two of Discovery.

Btw, I’m not sure I’m in love with Discovery and Picard both going down these roads of being hard critiques of AI. At least Picard seems to be making an argument to not be fearful of technological evolution. It’s a nuanced subject and TNG always struggled with being too pro-techno fundamentalist, but I also hate swinging the opposite way like Discovery did, too.

Am I wrong that I detected a hint of the Discovery scene at the end of Episode 8? There’s been a lot of speculation the future Discovery goes to in Season 3 that is after the fall of the Federation has a tie in to Picard. I may have imagined that, though.
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I found Episode 9 disappointing. After 3-4 really good episodes that led me to believe this series was really hitting its stride this one just went flat as a pancake the second they made it to Synth Village.

Lots of plot holes that can only be filled by twists in the finale and likely will never be filled. A very predictable turn of the androids versus the organics that's been done over and over and over again in sci fi (Battlestar Galactica says hi, and was better written led by DS9 alum Ron Moore btw). And, a season finale teased as giant space battle SFX porn, which is exactly what the Discover Season Two finale was. It's all been done. Other points of annoyance:

- Oh look, Noonian Soong had a son and he looks exactly like Brent Spiner. Unless it's revealed Soong's "son" is actually Lore, there's so much wrong here. He's not old enough to be Soong's son. There's been no character development there to explain why he's decided to throw in for genocide of the organics beyond that he's a Soong (that kind of lazy character development is what turned me against Voyager fast).

Alternatively, what if all these androids are built from a positron from Lore and Sojhi and Suhtra end up being the new Data/Lore dialectic. How can Sojhi be good if she was built from Lore? How can a Palpatine become a Sykwalker (I'm old enough to remember when Star Trek was the innovator in sci-fi, not the follower)?

- No one explained what the twin androids' mission(s) were on Earth and on the Borg cube. This is a not insignificant part of the plot arc that logically should've been explained 5 minutes after they got to the synth compound.

- Androids can do Vulcan mind melds. Bullshit.
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I hope they work it out better in the finale. Otherwise it will be a disappointment like the GOT ending.
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Pretty sure I have put this on here but while some of you are sheltering in with a bit of time, look this one up. It is seriously the best climbing movie I have ever seen, the story is excellent, the photography is amazing and it shows just what hard work and persistance can overcome. As they say in the trailer, we are capable of so much more then we could ever imagine.
The trials these guys endure are amazing. 6 years out of their lives.
Success or failure, no spoiler alert here, watch it.

Come back with some reviews, wondering if its just me, or is it as well done as I think it is.

The Dawn Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edfw9ip9sCQ

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Old 03-26-2020, 11:15 PM
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So, after watching the season finale of Picard...

Recall when I first started posting about this I said that part of this season was about trying to slap some lipstick on the pig of a move that was Star Trek Nemesis. I can honestly say that in so far as that mission goes, this finale checked that box. They gave Data's story/life a fitting conclusion. Period. Full stop. That's no small thing given what a shit stain of a movie Nemesis was, so I'm at peace with the season in that context.

I don't feel like the show did a whole lot of profound things beyond that, but that's ok. Some of the best Star Trek episodes have always been the ones that are really about character evolution rather than advancing some grander in-universe storyline. So, cool.

It's not what I would've done. But, what I would've done would've treated Nemesis like Star Trek V (i.e. "it never happened") and that wouldn't have necessarily done justice to the Data character. So, it's cool. We'll see if something broader in scope and more profound comes out of Season Two.
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Been watching a lot of older TV during quarantine. Really enjoying Combat and Twelve O' Clock High.
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