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I've always liked Bashir, not sure why. 

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Rene Auberjonois has died  

On a side-note, I just read on wiki that the Maquis were created in DS9 entirely for the purpose of providing the upcoming Voyager series with a renegade group that would fit into the show's proposed

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I'm into season 4 of DS9 now and there have been plenty of episodes along the way that I have really really liked. It is without doubt my favourite part of the ST universe, my favourite "ship" (well....station), my favourite crew. I love the shades of grey and the grubbiness. I love how that when Worf arrives and tries to get all "good boy scout" by getting all up in Quark, Sisko instead pretty much tells him to judge Quark on Ferengi moral codes and not Starfleet/Human. The Cardassians and Bajorans are rich and interesting and the relationship between the two races and Humans is nuanced and always evolving. This is without even getting into the Dominion.

 

Anyway, all that said and done, tonight I just watched "Our Man Bashir" and it left me with a huge smile on my face and warm feeling in my soul throughout. It's rare that TV does that. I LOVE that episode.

 

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Our Man Bashir is to me a huge missed opportunity. Supposedly MGM wrote some strongly worded letters to Paramount because they felt it was a bit too close for comfort, but man, this is like music studios pulling popular songs off youtube; it is free advertising. No one is gonna watch Our Man Bashir and legit confuse it with a Bond movie, no more than they would Austin Powers. Parodys like that tend to make you appreciate the originals and grow the audience; I bet there are thousands of kids whose first James Bond movie was Austin Powers. So it was a real shame we never got to see more.

In retrospect though, trying to imagine "It's Only A Paper Moon" without Vic Fontaine makes me think things worked out okay.

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Nog is a good example of what happens when you hand good writing to a good actor. Dude killed it, his whole run was great but especially once he applied to Starfleet.

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Was not expecting the most recent episode of Discovery to be both

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a sequel to a thirty year old TNG two-parter, AND implement concepts debuted in a one year old Picard episode

 

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Discovery is wearing me down. I'm an outspoken fan of series 1 (yes, really) and series 2. I'm happy with the jump into the far future and like the idea of making reconnections with different planets. Saru is brilliant in the role of a quasi-ambassador, smoothing things with the folk from the different planet, I think that's his biggest strength and should be celebrated.

 

My problem is that more and more it's the Burnham show and that's exhausting me and making me feel that they're missing opportunities in adding depth. It feels like they've gone backwards in this regard. I feel we have fewer and fewer people involved in A storylines this series. I know fan writing is generally trash but I really feel that even in these shorter series with less chance for bottle episodes or focusing on engineering for a whole episode etc, they could still have built other characters without Burnham being pushed into the background.

 

Without going too indepth into episodes, here is a personal and utterly flawed retroactive plan:

Episode 1: Burnham's episode. Her character deserves it and is the best eyes for the viewer.

Episode 2: Saru takes Nilsson instead of Tilly. The walk gives a chance to build Nilsson's character, along with how she responds in the wild west bar. Tilly stays with the ship and shows some leadership skills in trying to save the ship.

Episode 3: just add a little more of Detmer's PTSD, make it a B storyline to build it a bit.

Episode 4: Culber goes to the Trill homeworld with Adira. Build the counsellor side of his character. Put him in Burnham's shoes for the episode and it becomes a great Culber ep. He doesn't need to be at the crew dinner as he can hear about it when he returns, so you still get his scene with Detmer and Saru still has the B story.

Episode 5: Butnham doesn't need to go to the Tikhov. It's a good Nhan episode and she deserves a good episode. Sometimes it feels Burnham is included just because it's Burnham. I know she's science, but still...

Episode 6: This Burnham/Book/Georgiou episode works better with less Burnham in Eps4 and 5. It goes back to her Ep1/3 struggle with if she belongs with Starfleet.

Episode 7: Awkward to change as it's Vulcan based, but less bigging Burnham up as the reason for Spock's success would be good. More Saru or give the bridge team a C story to solve.

Episode 8: I can see why they wanted to tie Book, his planet etc to Starfleet but something about this episode was wrong and under my new writing rules you can't have so many Burnham heavy episodes in a row. Maybe drop Burnham/Book to the B story and make the Emerald Chain stuff bigger. More Detmer and Owo involved in a storyline regarding flight stuff or even give Bryce and Rhys a chunk of time to solve a problem and build character.

 

 

Anyway, enough of my nonsense.

 

 

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I'm with you in not enjoying season 3 as much as the first 2 seasons. For me, I think it's the jump to the future that's got me less interested. It doesn't help that the past few episodes have focused on the Mirror Universe. The only episode of Star Trek involving the Mirror Universe that I enjoy is the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror". 

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Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Currently on episode seven of season three..

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Really hated the whole scene with Michael in court. It felt like bad writing, just the bit where she's all "oh actually, it's not worth this" and walks out as if she dropped a mic and everyone looks inspired, confused, and gassy. Michael as a whole has felt a bit lacking this season for some reason.

Also, I adore Tilly, but making her the number one is probably the most stupid promotion ever.

 

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I'm up to 3.10. Saru and Culber have been my MVPs of the series. Culber is now his own character with his own strengths and not just partner-of-Stamets or back-from-the-dead-guy.

Saru has made mistakes as he learns how to be captain and is naturally cautious, but he's brilliant at talking to representatives from planets and has been the one most willing to return to Starfleet chain of command and "greater good".

If I was the admiral I'd be getting Saru to keep making contact with planets to try to bring them back to the Federation. He's great as that guy.

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