Thursday, October 12, 2017

Michigan, Sliding Doors, and Good Trek/Bad Trek #41 More Discovery

Intro: I’ve loved Star Trek since I was a kid. I started by watching TNG in 6th grade. I’ve been a fan since then and though I’ve spent a lot of time watching Star Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one who’s never seen any of them. So I’m watching all the TOS episodes for the first time and saying whether or not they suck. At the end, I give examples of better and/or worse Star Trek episodes to watch that remind me of this episode. Usually, I ramble on about some bullshit before the Trek. That’s it. 

I'm in Michigan right now. If you too are in Michigan then you should come to any of these shows that haven't happened yet.

I'm in Michigan right now. I've been here the past week or so. Michigan is where I'm from, and it's nice to be back. Not just because it's where a lot of my family currently is. Though it's nice to see all of them. It's good to be back here for other reasons. For example, I'm twenty pounds overweight and have been complimented on my muscles three times since I've been here. So if you're curious about how fat a state Michigan is it's about that fat.

Going back to where your from can mess with your head. I left Michigan seven years ago and even though I largely heart New York going back to where your from can mess with your head. Whenever I go back to Michigan I always start thinking about the Sliding Doors movie trailer.

The Sliding Doors movie trailer is a trailer based on the movie Sliding Doors. I haven't seen the movie, but I saw the trailer and I'm pretty sure I get the gist. It's a trailer about what could have been (I think). You start questioning all your decisions. You start seeing places you used to live and think about everything that's brought you to where you are and where you could've been. You see people leading lives you might have lived had you stayed. Were they right? Who knows. They all seem happy and a lot of them have dishwashers. That's pretty sweet.

I get to see friends and family that I don't' get to see a lot which is nice. Are they happy to see me or they just happy that they don't have to see me again for a while? Do I miss Michigan or do miss the fact that this is where I was 21 and still had a glimmer of hope in my eyes? Who the fuck knows.

One thing I don't have to wonder about is whether the last two episodes of Star Trek Discovery were any good. They were pretty good. Here goes...


I decided to watch Discovery again instead of a TOS episode. I actually did watch a TOS episode as well, but whatever. I think there's only 6 more after the two I watched this week. I'll probably get back to TOS after that.

I watched the third and fourth episode of Discovery. They were pretty good. Michael Burnham is on her way to a prison colony after being found guilty of being Starfleet's first mutineer. For some reason, everyone seems to think that she's responsible for the war with the Klingons. That doesn't really jive, but whatever. The transport is about to crash when they're saved by the Discovery. Of the show Star Trek: discovery. Ten minutes into the third episode and we finally get to see the eponymous ship, and it looks sick. I thought the CGI was a little off on the Shenzhou, but this one looks a thousand times better. I guess they didn't want to blow their budget on a ship they knew wasn't seeing the end of the pilot.
Commander Red Shirt
We get to see Burnham be badass defending herself from some attackers before she's whisked off to Captain Lorca. He wants her help before she's off to her prison colony. She's supposed to still go to prison, but I think we all knew that there will be a reason for her to stay. If not the show would be called Star Trek: Prison Colony.
Don't have to worry about Klingons because that is not a bat'leth

They investigate the destruction of the Discovery's sister ship the USS Glenn. The ship probably destroyed itself because it had such a dumb name. There's a bunch of dead folks on the ship and a giant bug looking alien. They capture the bug alien and get off. And the mystery is revealed the Discovery is a science war vessel that's been working on a new kind of propulsion using spores. Spores that somehow open little highways all over the galaxy. I didn't' really get what they were talking about. It might make sense to you. It sure as shit did not to me.

RIP USS Glenn. You're Trek was as brief as your name was dumb

The giant bug alien is a supergiant version of a microscopic organism known as a tardigrade. They need to find out why the Glenn had a giant tardigrade and also why the tardigrade went apeshit and killed everyone and also how to get their spore drive online because the Klingons have attacked a dilithium mine and if they don't fend them off soon the war effort might just be done for.
I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me

Turns out the tardigrade is part of the spore drive(?) which just kind of confused me even more. So the giant microscopic beast thing is part of the engine now I guess. So by strapping that thing in, they're able to go disrupt the Klingon attack and save the dilithium plant and everyone is pretty happy. Except for Saru because he doesn't trust Burnham at all and isn't' happy that the captain made her a full-fledged member of the crew.

Good Trek?

I don't care what you think of this show the opening credits just rule. Probably the best one ever. It captures everything hopeful about Star Trek and also captures the prequel nature of the show perfectly. Enterprise tried to pull it off, but they had that godawful song that really fucked it up.

Trek or Trek not there is no Sea Quest DSV

Captain Lorca has some serious Ben Sisko qualities which I like. He's got a single-minded focus on the war. You don't want to do anything to win the war then get the hell off his ship. There's a lot of dumb nerd debates over who is the best captain and I think they're all bullshit. Picard, Janeway, and Sisko are all great for their own reasons. I'll give Kirk some props in that I've been getting to know him through my TOS watching. He has his moments. He set the template for Star Trek captains, but Shatner just plain sucks and Kirk as a character is only slightly better.

The Bones Award for burn of the week goes to Saru

The Discovery looks amazing. I hope they take it in a Galactica direction and have the ship actually show wear and tear throughout its journey. I know that's probably tough to do effects-wise but it gives the universe such a lived-in feel when done right. They're far away. They're going to be fighting Klingons. It was bizarre that Voyager made it all the way back having never visited a space dock and barely had a scratch on its hull when it got back to the Alpha Quadrant sweet Alpha Quadrant.

I liked Captain Georgiou from the first two episodes. It was nice to see that little moment between Burnham and her hologram. I can't imagine they'll keep on using the hologram in the episodes but I hope she comes back in flashbacks. Their dynamic was great.

Part of the reason the prequel thing sucks is that if they're supposed to be working on this amazing new propulsion system, but unless this is your first Trek trek then you know already this doesn't pan out at some point because none of the rest of the Treks have spore drives. It's a good story and I'm curious to see how, why, and when the spore drive goes south. They're telling it well so I'm enjoying the ride, but still.

I don't If any Trek people out there were really clamoring for more Klingon authenticity. The voice of the main villain is pretty ridiculous. I don't like it. It takes me out of it. I would've been more than fine with watching Klingons speak English. I'm already watching a show about alien warriors battling it out in space. I can suspend a little bit more disbelief for the sake of not having to hear authentic Klingon speaking.

How many goddamn characters are we going to meet and then watch them get dispatched? The chief of security is dead now which is a shame. We didn't really get a chance to get to know her all that well, but at the same time, I liked what they were doing. It seemed like they were trying to redo Tasha Yar's character. Which would've been cool to see done right. But oh well, she's dead now.

The fourth episode is really the first real episode. It goes well with the first three but at it's the first where we're not meeting new characters or finding ourselves on a new ship.

Better Trek: 

I don't like how they're using the tardigrade to power their ship. This all seems really antithetical to Starfleet and the Trek I know and love. It's a new species they just discovered and now they're making it their slave. That's messed up. Granted Sisko did some shit that's pretty questionable but he felt awful. Lorca doesn't seem to have any qualms whatsoever. I don't like that. I wasn't crazy about a Starfleet officer trying to fire on the Klingons first, but that worked because Burnham knew there would be consequences for her actions and she looked like she was going to pay for them. You want to see a captain really struggling with doing something terrible because he thinks it's for the greater good then watch DS9's In The Pale Moonlight. This is just a dynamite episode that has Sisko recording a log for a good chunk of the episode. He stares at the camera and it's just a powerhouse performance

Also, I'd check out the VOY episode equinox if you're into watching an alien race being sacrificed to better a starship's engines. Janeway encounters another Federation ship that's been sacrificing an alien species to better its engines. Only now the alien species is pissed off and fighting back and has crippled the USS Equinox. Janeway goes into full badass mode when she realizes how far these folks have strayed from their Federation ideals. I love Janeway when she gets in righteous indignation mode and she's at her most righteous and indignant in this episode. It's just great.

That's it for this one. Probably more Discovery, but who knows. Check out that trailer for Sliding Doors. Pretty good I think. And don't forget to cheer on whichever MLB has your favorite former Tigers. I'm hoping for either a Verlander Granderson or Verlander Scherzer World Series.

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