Saturday, February 17, 2018

Guns, I Guess & Good Trek/Bad Trek #58 Discovery: Will You Take My Hand?

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.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you’d probably know that there was another shooting this past week. A lot of people died. Kids. Seventeen of them. It’s pretty fucked. I don’t really know what to say about it, and obviously, a Star Trek blog isn’t really where you go for takes on mass shootings. What always gets me after any kind of event like this is just how quickly the crazies come of the woodwork. Soon as anything happens folks like Alex Jones will come up with some batshit theory as to what “really went down” Jones is saying that there was a second shooter. I guess implying that this is some kind of false flag. To what end? I have no idea. They imply that democrat agents are always behind these things so that people will get scared and call for more gun control. We don’t. If these were false flags all they’ve accomplished is in making the whole country numbed to this shit. I can’t really imagine that’s what would be their goal. People get angry, but even in their anger it just amounts to a whole bunch of bullshit. People call for gun control after something like this, but never in a “we demand it now” kind of way, but usually in an “I’m sure this won’t do shit just like all the other ones didn’t do shit but here goes nothing” kind of way. Least that’s how I feel. 

I read a lot of user comments. It’s what I do. The worst one that I came across read “The DNC is broke and now are orchestrating events to take the focus off the Left.” That’s pretty bananas. For starters, the focus wasn’t on the left. The news has been pretty focused on the shit show that’s living in the White House. Why would the DNC shoot up a bunch of kids to take the heat off Trump? I’m not buying it. Plus, dude just said that the DNC is broke. How is an organization in disarray going to orchestrate a false flag school shooting? That takes immense organizational skills. These things don’t just happen. You have to plan them and brother, they ain’t easy. If the DNC is as broken as this guy thinks then there's no way they're pulling this shit off. Honestly, I think the only entity capable of pulling off a false flag school shooting is Apple. I'm not saying they're responsible, but I wouldn't put it past them. 

I hate how that happens, but here we are. Some people think that we need to require folks to carry guns. Every able-bodied person should have to have a gun. An individual mandate of guns. That’s not a good idea because I’m ostensibly an able-bodied adult and I should most definitely not have a gun. And I know that I shouldn’t have a gun because I think guns are cool as shit. I think the cooler you think guns are the less you should be allowed to have them. 

That’s it. I don’t know. This shit is pretty awful. But know what wasn’t awful? The last episode of Discovery. 


We got ourselves a whole bunch of resolution this week. Captain Emperor Georgiou is sent on the mission to end the Klingon war. To this end, they take a probe to the Klingon homeworld with Burnham, Tyler, and Tilly. A good portion of the way through the mission we learn that it’s not a probe, but a bomb! A bomb most foul. I have no Earthly (Qo'noSly???) idea how, but somehow this is a bomb that if detonated in the heart of Kronos will somehow make all the water turn to vapor and then the whole planet blows up shortly thereafter????? Okay. I guess that's a jump we're just taking. 
This is why presidents always look like shit by the time they leave office

I don’t really get it either, but Burnham and Tilly seem pretty convinced that this is the case. So Burnham goes against orders again in a nice little bookend of character development. She makes the leaders of the Federation realize that blowing up an entire goddamn planet is pretty messed up. The Federation brass let her talk to the Klingons and make peace which works out perfectly. For a little while at least. Evil Georgiou is free to roam and have sex with prostitutes and the Discovery stumbles upon a wounded Enterprise being captained by Pike. Fade to black. 

The Carbonite Maneuver is set about five years after this, so the next five years are really going to be something for Balok

Good Trek?

Yes. I’d say that this was pretty solid. It helps to stop looking at each of these as singular episodes and more to view the whole season as the pilot. We get a little arc for Burnham from the person who almost started a war despite Federation ideals to someone who stood up for Federation ideals and in doing so ends the war. When you look at the entirety of the arc I liked it a lot and think it definitely works. 
You have to fight for that right

Despite how I liked the chemistry between Tyler and Burnham I was beginning to tire of Tyler and the whole half Klingon thing. I’m sure they’re not done with him or with Georgiou for that matter. But I can tell you that I’m definitely done with both of them. They can show up in a few seasons, but I’m definitely ready to give both those storylines a rest. 
Racism is cool so long as it's true
A lot of folks didn’t care for the Enterprise showing up at the end, but of course it did. Why wouldn’t it? That’s the whole point of setting the show when it is. Something that I’m still not sold on the prequel timeline, but if you’re going to have it set at the same time as the Enterprise is running around then they have to put the Enterprise there. If you didn’t think that was going to happen at some point, then I don’t know what to tell you. 

I thought they were going to do some time travel bullshit and have the majority of the events of this season just erased. To the show’s credit, they didn’t do that. Which is good because even though I really thought they were going to do that it would have really pissed me off if they took that route. 
Maybe they're going too far out of their way to prove that this ain't your daddy's Trek, but Tilly cursing after doing space cocaine with an Orion is great. Just great. 

I’m also glad that the spore drive is offline. I’m hoping that we never hear about that again. Or if they do bring it back have it be something they discover has far-reaching negative effects on the fabric of space and time and that’s why it cant’ be used anymore. 

That's literally your solution to everything
There are complaints to have about the episode. How the hell does one bomb destroy a planet? Klingons are a pretty cantankerous people. If they, as a bunch of spacefaring warmongers are really that easy to completely wipe off the space map then I’m sure someone would have already. Yes, they’re at peace with the Federation right now, but they still acted like a bunch of bullies the whole time. They better hope that Romulans don’t figure out just how easy they are to take out. Not everyone has the scruples Burnham does. 

I'm Malcolm X!
Burnham gives that long speech about Federation ideals towards the end and yeah, It’s a little on the nose about all this stuff, but at the same time, I liked it. If you didn’t I can see why, but I was so happy to see her redeem herself and I was super pumped to see the Federation quit acting like their mirror jerk selves and start acting like a bunch of hippie do-gooders that I know and love. I don’t know if it was just me or if it a conscious decision, but after the war ended everything seemed brighter. I don’t mean that metaphorically. Not just the scene where they’re all accepting their awards for not blowing up a planet, but the bridge of Discovery seemed to have brighter colors. I don’t know if it was just me. I was so happy that after all the gloom and doom of the season we got to end with a smile. I don’t really have the same love for TOS that some viewers do, but I broke out into a big smile when we saw the Enterprise and heard the original theme music playing in the background. 
bout goddamn time

I’ve got my nerd quibbles, but I’m not going to stress about that shit. It’s Star Trek. It’s Star Trek with high production values and great acting and I hope now that the learning curves and I can’t wait to see what hijinks this crew gets into next year. 

Fuck yeah!

Better Trek?

Even though I generally liked this season there were definitely low points for me. Again, I think the whole of the first season works as one big pilot. Now having it all said and done I’d say it reminds me of how I feel about the TNG pilot, Encounter at Farpoint. Like this season of Discovery, It’s not a perfect pilot. There are parts that are pretty ridiculous. Some folks hate Q as a villain because it’s kind of silly to have Picard matching wits with a god, but at the same time, you got to see what the show might be capable of in the long run. The first couple of seasons of TNG had some real low points. Wesley Crusher sucks. It ran into some of the same problems with pacing and ridiculousness as TOS. Aliens either looked ridiculous or were just normal humans wearing weird outfits. But at the same time, if you don’t crack a huge smile when Picard says “let’s see what’s out there” at the end then I don’t know what to tell you. I can see someone watching that episode back when it first aired and giving the show the benefit of the doubt for the next couple years just because of the flashes of brilliance displayed in that episode. Just like Discovery. 

That’s it for this one. Since Discovery is over and done with, I guess it’s back to TOS episodes next week. 


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