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  1. Reminds me of my only Empire campaign that I actually managed to finish. It ended with Prussia (me) and Austria deviding the world between each other, with only the Brits and their 13 colonies as well as Sweden sitting in awe at the sidelines. As far as I remember Prussia owned Germany, Poland, parts of Russia, France, Spain, all of their colonies in the americas and the entirety of India, while Austria owned large swathes of Russia, Italy and the entire fucking Ottoman Empire. Of course when 1800 came near, a ridiculously short (two or three turns) war broke out, that involved ridiculously amassed battles, though I only cared about getting this last city I still needed for the victory conditions. It was also the only campaign where I had a pretty neat 'historical accuracy' mod installed that made muskets being as ineffective over long range as they were historically. I copied the British tactic of bringing my lines to the halt barely in firing range, but without firing myself, waiting for the enemy to waste their first volley without hitting shit and then make a short dash towards them to unload buckets of lead directly in their faces. That was pretty neat.
  2. Smug yes, unrestrained as well. But Isaac isn't much of an asshole, it is always clear that he means well. But just like Rippounet, I had to look up the actor of Isaac as well. In some scenes when Isaac's curiosity takes over his thinking, he suddenly sounds exactly like Brent Spiner. Which is a good thing!
  3. Mmh... can't say that many of the old episodes weren't lackluster, but even in the worst of TNG episodes there was still a message of humanity within. You could see that every character always meant well, even when they had opposing viewpoints. I don't expect every STD-episode to be the next 'Drumhead', but I wish that the show would refrain from painting plain everyone as a petty asshole who bitches at their collegues for no reason. I would hold against that the first words spoken in the episode! By the doctor no less: "We don't know if it experiences stress or pain like we do." And that's why they shouldn't try to find out, but instead keep on torturing it. Only after Michael kept begging him to do some scans he relented. You know that this kind of fallacious thinking isn't far away from "We don't know whether we are the only ones causing global warming, so we should keep pump CO2 into the air" or "We don't know whether gun-control will actually decrease gun-related violence, so we should keep selling arms to everyone and their hamster"? To think that every single person on that ship except Burnham follows that kind of logic is to admit that everyone there is a morally bancrupt idiot. But they had to. Because apparently the only way the writers know to paint Burnham as empathetic is to paint everyone else as ridiculously callous. I agree that the episode painted Saru as totally in over his head (though admittedly, that makes Michael stroking his ego in the end to make him feel better especially glaring, because he never showed a sliver of growth until afterwards and he deserved to be chewed out for his unscientific and mission-endangering attitude). Though I have to say that I found his hostility towards Burnham always very sketchy. Georgiou died on what was essentially a very contrived suicide mission (why the hell didn't they even attempted to explain away why they didn't send a proper boarding party full of redshirts instead of just their two highest-ranking officers?). And yet Saru keeps on harping ambiguously how Michael's 'actions lead to her death'. HOW? How exactly? The show constantly dodges the fucking question. If that is just a delusion of Saru, fine, but then at least they should show Burnham disagreeing with his point of view, but instead she agrees with it. In spite of the fact that her ONLY motivation was to keep her Captain alive, so she should be incredibly hurt by his words. No, we are supposed to believe that Saru is right and Burnham somehow got her Captain killed, even though the show never seems to be sure how exactly she did. Fine, even all that baseless hostility towards Burnham aside, he messed up badly. He agreed willingly to exploit and torture a sentient lifeform, an ironically since he keeps reminding us that his species used to be treated like cattle, then nearly got the creature killed and therefore the entire ship stranded in enemy space and all of this just because he refused to listen to any of his officers. And then, after all that, when he started to doubt that he did the right thing, Burnham said he did a great job and Georgiou would be proud, and not facepalming about the entire idiocy. The 'growth' came afterwards when he gave Burnham the clearance to jettison the creature as if for a sorry apology. Of course we are supposed to be thinking he was stressed and irrational, but he also showed that he has no basic compassion. Heck, nobody on that freaking ship does. Otherwise they would have dared to show anyone other than Burnham uncomfortable about the whole creature thing. Heck, even The Orville's second episode did a better job showing an inexperienced commander growing into the job. Because she was allowed to grow... That's not what happened. Let's take a detailed look at the actual dialogue, after the part in which Burnham needed to stroke his ego: Medic Guy: "Burnham is worried about the physical effects that Discovery's jumps are having on the tardigrade. I have done my own evaluations and I must concur. Scans of (technobabble) indicate (technobabble that make clear it's dying)" Burnham: "We need to find a workaround. Making ripper the critical component for the S-drive is unsustainable. For the creature and your invention." Medic Guy: "We could loose them both. And with them, every chance of saving Captain Lorca." Spore Science Guy: "Aren't there actual people on this ship that require your attention, doctor?" read: Why did you dare bring this obvious thing up to me? Medic Guy: "Actually the CMO needs my help with (some bad excuse)." read: See, Burnham, he is an asshole who won't listen. Spore Science Guy (seething with anger): "To be clear: The tardigrade was your contribution. I never intended to utilize a living creature as a navigation tool." read: Fine, you could be right, but I won't back down before making it clear this all your fault, because I'm a petty asshole who refused to see this obvious thing. Burnham: "I didn't either." (continue bicking about whose fault it is, until Spore Science Guy demands that Burnham fixes this). So yes, he relented. But only after throwing a tantrum about how dared to make him see reason. I don't know how you see this, but this is not the sign of a sympathetic character at all. He doesn't even come around as quirky and self-centered, just as petty. And he's more angry about being corrected than about the agony of the creature he's been blissfully torturing over the last month. Speaking of his relationship status Maybe that we should see his dismissive attitude towards Medic Guy as snarky, but it doesn't change the fact that in both scenes the two had together before they showed that they are a couple he was incredibly dismissive of everything he said. Medic Guy was obviously flirting on sickbay in the episode before, so I somewhat expected this to evolve into bellingerent sexual tension over the course of the show, but it remained by bellingerent only the entire time and now we are supposed to believe that those two were already living together? What? Is that supposed to be a healthy relationship in which one half always dismisses everything the other one is saying? They never said that the prison would never send her to him, he actually flat out stated in this episode that Starfleet regulations allow him for some reason to draft everyone he wants regardless of their circumstances. Also: Why the heck did they frame it as if Captain Sinister killed the other prisoners who boarded the ship? Saru's death thingies rose when he watched them depart, remember? It is quite clear that we were supposed to think that he blatantly murdered Federations citizens just to keep the existence of his ship hidden. Even when apparently everyone in Starfleet and their grandma is whispering about Burnham working there! Everything in episode 3 made it look that the whole transfer was an illegal thing and Burnham even called him out on it in that episode as the reason why he has to recruit her in the first place. But now? Since they seem to disregard all the Section 31 foreshadowing by portraying the entirety of Starfleet as this eager to torture some new sentient lifeform for a tactical advantage? We are supposed to believe that the entire organisation has in a few months of war turned into a bunch of casual criminals? I feel like I have to decide what to retcon. Either the sinister black-ops ship suddenly stopped being a thing or Starfleet has stopped having principles at all. No, it's not laughed off, but we haven't seen any repercussions on him either. In fact during all of Mr. Baby-Face's scenes I couldn't help but wonder how clean and pretty and shaven he looked and how easily he managed to overwhelm members of a physically superior warrior-race in hand to hand combat despite seven months of rape and torture... ... which obviously would indeed make a lot of sense when we just accept that he's a Clingon and that story was just him bullshitting Captain Sinister.
  4. My problem is not only about the tonal darkness, but also in the weakness of the scripts. They throw all that sinister stuff in, but nothing of it makes sense in context or has no consequence at all. Episode 5 for example went out of its way to retcon everything about Burnham's arrival on the Discovery being totally legit and approved by Starfleet, making plain everything in episode 3 nil and void. Why the fuck make everything so dark and sinister that everyone would believe that this is an illegal black-ops ship and then... pretending that this is not the case at all! It makes everyone on that ship look like a moron... ... when they are not portrayed as petty assholes anyway. We are supposed to believe that nobody sees the creature crying in pain and dieing and we are supposed to still like these characters when they get dismissive or hostile when it's pointed out to them? There is so much completely baseless hostility among the crew that I'm constantly thinking this is not a Starfleet vessel full of professional scientists, but a soap opera full of bitchy teenagers. It's really cheap drama and pointless drama and it really rubs me the wrong way. Up until last episode Spore Science Guy was the only one I still liked, but his whole attitude in regards to Burnham, the doctor and the creature until he was forced to admit reason destroyed even that much. That's what hurts this show: I don't care about anyone in it! At all! It was played respectfully? Where? There was only the one scene of Captain Sinister twisting in mild discomfort while thinking about the implications of what that guy said and that was it. I'm fairly sure he's a spy, and a really obvious one at that. Because in every single scene of this guy I couldn't help but think that these Clingon prisons must have a spa with peelings and barbershops and massages and whatnot, because damn did he look pretty and in good shape for someone who has been imprisoned and tortured for seven months. And had even enough strength to break some dude's neck and fight off the Clingon girl with the cute red plastic spikes despite saying to be unable to walk five fucking steps to the shuttle bay.
  5. They totally stole that battle cam thingy from good ol' "Star Wars Empire at War", didn't they? But yeah, it looks very good, especially the Viper cam.
  6. Now that was an odd episode. On one hand the "let's try to make every conversation as awkward and cringeworthy as possible" from earlier episodes returned, making it quite hard to watch at times. On the other hand did they go out of their way to flesh out the Krill and humanize them, which was quite a success especially since they addressed pretty much all the fallout of Mercer's actions in the end. Yes, he wanted to show that humans have a soul by sparing the kids, but he still murdered all their parents and no (regardless of whether it happened in self-defence or not), the kids won't forget that! And they actually made sure to drive that point home, making the episode end on a very bitter note in spite of the successful saving of the Union colony. And how they portrayed the Krill... okay, on the one hand we had the very heavy-handed shitting on religion by the Union admiral (wonder how the usual Fox News crowd will react to this...) and the fact that the Krill themselves are crusaders, but with a very casual attitude to their holy conquest. We had the very genre-savvy priest, the very laid-back captain and with the lonely school teacher the only one who expressed her religious fervor even outside of the public space. All in all enough of a varied depiction that they seemed like real people. It's also helped that from episode 1 onwards the Krill tend to join in on the occasional goofiness when the Union crew ropes them in. So despite their religious believes of being the only chosen people being very prominent, it didn't consume them into being one-note evil. Funnily enough, with their attitude the whole reason of their expansion and the way they dismiss the Union as anything that can be reasoned with they kinda remind me of how the Gorn are usually portrayed in the Star Trek EU... the addition of children and schools on their ships seems a logical conclusion then...
  7. I was also under the relatively obvious impression that Vader would zap his life-support when he tried to shoot Force Lightning. What with being a cumbersome walking hospital and all.
  8. T'was more of a pun that "The Force awakens" was just "A New Hope". I am aware that both directors and writers changed, but I am also aware that big corporation don't tend to change a winning horse. Both storywise and stylistic.
  9. So... how are the bets that the story is gonna be exactly like Empire Strikes Back, just with lensflares?
  10. Interestingly enough, I'm beginning to watch Discovery the same way I watch Game of Thrones: By taking notes of all the thoughts that cross my mind while I'm at it. I now have watched episodes 3 and 4... and... wow, that was a downwards dive. During the pilot episodes positive thoughts in the vein of "well, it could be much worse" were pretty much evening out everything about the godawful 'clingons' and the haphazard projection of both alt-right slogans and Islamic terrorism onto a faction whose established feudal honor-culture grossly contradicts both concepts. Still, even with all my complaints my first impression was that it was... okay... mostly because the trailers made me fear a much worse way in which Burnham's actions affected the war (they never did) and how the narrative would glorify her for it (so far only Captain Sinister did). Okay... so Discovery could have been fine. But then... really, it's Alex Kurtzman's "Nothing makes sense, continuity is for pussies, I just throw words and conflicts at you and hope you won't notice" style of writing at it's work. With this, I just copy my notes right here. Sorry for the kind of stream of conscience-way of presentation, but this is what my impression of those first 'real' Discovery episodes are: Episode 3 Nothing in the opener makes sense. Why is Starfleet suddenly using Borg species classifications, why did they have to fly through that nebula if it would eat their power supply like this (especially when the Nebula ends literally 4 meters above them) and why the hell went the pilot out to die? Opening. Oh right, it’s because Kurtzman wrote this episode! Figures. First mutineer or “first” mutineer, as in “the most infamous one”? I sincerely hope the latter. That whole fake tension irritates the hell out of me. That map of the war in the Captain’s quarters looks just like the one in Axanar. This looks really cool! Too bad I can’t see shit because EVERYTHING IS SO BLOODY DARK AND SINISTER! Cringe-humor? What’s happened with calling a Commander, Commander? What? Is Saru blaming Burnham for getting Georgiou killed on a SUICIDE MISSION? The hell is wrong with the writing? Oh, Kurtzman... Though it also kinda supports my theory that there was heavy rewriting in the pilot thanks to the Fuller-shafting, so that would explain the heavy disconnect of how everyone is reacting to Burnham and what her actual actions actually amounted to in reality. Science officer boss who doesn't like you for getting assigned to his division? Interestingly enough, I kinda like him, given how fast they went out of their way to humanize him. So far he is the only one on the ship I like. And yes, that includes Saru, who turned inexplicably into an asshole for no logical reason. The holographic consoles are from the 25th century Enterprise F, imao... Those breath scanners look really stupid... ... and Burnham immediately proves my point by tricking it with a hypospray, seriously? WHY DID THEY INSTALL THOSE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!? Those sinister looking jet-black shuttles, damn it, where is my fucking Trek? This looks nothing like a Bath’leth... how do they come to the conclusion “Klingons? Oh right, “Clingons”. What does a sudden shift to sci-fi-horror need? More cringe-humor followed up by a messy and pointless death. God damn it, the Orville is more fun than this... Why has Burnham to stand in this weird chamber for the light show? Just because it is sinister and threatening? Oh yes, that’s the indeed the only reason... If they connect that technology with the Iconian gateway, I can see it work. But thing is, Iconian Gateways are immense power-hogs. How anyone is supposed to jump around like this on fucking space spores is beyond me and it really breaks any sense of proportion. So they killed the other prisoners? Figures. Fucking Section 31. Now right at the end Alice in Wonderland comes up? Is that reverse foreshadowing? End verdict: I like the science guy and I especially liked his rant in the shuttle. What I didn't like was how his boyfriend managed to get both buried and hidden in the same episode. Why killing him so gruesomely when you barely give Science guy any room to express his grief? And why the hell is he only referred to as "a friend" when the framing clearly makes him out as his partner? What the fuck is so difficult in calling him boyfriend? You are writing Star Trek goddamn it! You have no problem sticking alt-right idiologies onto Klingons without a shred of logic, but you are still afraid of hurting some redneck's feelings by portraying gay people as a thing? SHAME ON YOU! Episode 4 Surprisingly decent first ten minutes. I can even see shit! Never thought that would be ever worth pointing out. Though Saru’s interactions with Burnham still worry me. Okay, here we go... Klingons are cannibals now? What?!? Now they aren’t even trying anymore, are they? Wait, wait, wait. The Council thought T’Kuvma important enough to wage war against the Federation, but in six months they left his ship stranded and his crew starving? Are you fucking kidding me?!? 40 percent of the Federation’s Dilithium on a single planet? They are just making up absurdly high numbers again, aren’t they? Kinda reminds me of the 47 Klingon ships guarding freaking Rura Penthe in the Abramsverse... Why not make a series of short jumps then? Reminds me of the main problem with the quantum slipstream drive of Voyager (again, one that becomes widespread in the 25th century...) Oh my god, the Discovery’s dish is a Stargate! Chevron seven locked! Science officer guy is crying after butting heads with Captain Sinister? Seriously? Letting that thing out was seriously the stupidest thing I have seen so far in this show and this show already contained a lot of stupidly idiotic decision. How exactly did grim security chief thought this would end? By the way, why the fuck is she so fixated on its claws? Was the idea not to find out why its armor shrugs off phaser blasts? Given that even the practical looking Klingon armor of past shows was never able to be as sturdy, nevermind the 40k chaos follower bullshit the Clingons are wearing, I don’t see much of a point why its claws are supposed to be so interesting. Wait, she’s already dead? The fuck? Somewhere Denise Crosby must be laughing her ass off. Romantic scene between the frog Clingons. Bonding over who is the craziest religious fundamentalist. I’m facepalming at the awkwardness and the stupid untertitled joke. Well, given that Saru’s inexplicable hostility showcased the writer’s inability to keep any kind of continuity straight, even their own, I don’t even care in any way that Burnham used him as a canary bird. There was no way she could befriend him against the writers’ wishes. Okay, that whole bonding scene with the creature was nice and made it feel remotely like Trek, if the entire premise wouldn’t be so stupid. You are all ugly, Kol. Don’t be ridiculous. That was... pretty convenient that they knew where to shoot even before they arrived. And... was there not something about shields having to be lowered for the ‘spore drive’? (god how stupid it sounds even when writing it down) Am I the only one rooting in this battle scene for the Clingons to blow up this ugly excuse of a Federation ship? How could they destroy the Klingons by dropping bombs without eradicating the city beneath? And they can’t tell me those were all the Klingon vessels at once... Ugh, it’s the Equinox all over again... I so knew that it would be the stupid telescope again. But I don’t care, that was a powerful scene for once.
  11. He essentially asked for it... and Gordon himself admitted it was pretty funny in hindsight, so yes, this was awesome! Isaac seems to become a Data with less restraints and certainly no desire to actually be human, just to understand them. I'm also looking forward to what is going to happen now that Mercer owns a personal teleporter from the future. That'll certainly come in handy in one episode or another (though by the logic of the episode, it should have disappeared alongside Pria...).
  12. Had to watch the most recent episode to get the bad taste of Discovery out of my system. It was... well, okay. I feel Theron was a little wasted, given the cliché story full of tired old tropes that made it awfully predictable. Especially in regards to this whole femme fatal thing when the closest Trek comparison to her would be Rasmussen from "A Matter of Time", who made a very interesting episode without sleeping with Picard. What I did like were the antics of Gordon and Isaac. This episode worked really well as a comedy for a change, and their pranks made me really laugh out loud. It is also interesting to see that the lecherous slime guy was now seen as an Engineering officer and that we got to see the Engine Room and Chief. The world-building seems to start taking shape with every episode.
  13. When I went to my E-Mail account a little earlier, the first headline of the news thingy there showed the picture of a nuclear explosion and my heart plummeted for a moment. Until I've read the words about "Ican" getting the peace Nobel prize. That's how bleak it currently is... I'm really just expecting nuclear war to start at the drop of a hat...
  14. Your idea would make sense... if the show conveyed any shred of evidence that they care about world-building or established canon. But virtually all the design-choices are a mess, they are shoving a ton of real-world idiologies they want to make potshots at into the throats of their fake ass Klingons even if that directly contradicts everything we know about their culture and and the story they are weaving could literally take place at nearly any given point in the timeline, making the prequel thing mostly an ill-advised marketing decision that everyone hated when announced. They disregard all established canon and want only to tell their own story, so why should they pay attention to the development of Section 31 and reconnect it with their portrayal in other shows when they feel the need to distance themselves from those other shows as much as possible? Though I also have to add, that I only said that Section 31 acted amateurish in DS9 when you put them under scrutiny. My memories of that show are fuzzy, but I think my hatred of them stems from the fact that they kept beating over our head how powerful and "necessary" they are supposed to be. Simply because the idea to deconstruct the Star Trek universe and the utopia of the Federation permeated every single writing decision in that show and the writers were in love with the idea that you can only get shit done by acting as ruthless as Tywin fucking Lannister.
  15. How? How exactly is a rogue shadow organization without any government supervision at all that constantly brags about cutting loose in any way helpful to the counter-intelligence of the Federation? Especially in regards to their xenophobic creed and meddling that constantly endangers the political stability of the galaxy. Imagine the CIA trying to topple regimes left and right, but now without anyone telling them what exactly their goal is supposed to be! Every single action of them is a new galaxy-wide crisis in the making! There is nothing necessary about them, they are just a cancer to a political enitity that is supposed to show the best of what we are capable of! And now they are giving them all the tech and all the ships when this is supposed to be the Federation's biggest strength. The Federation was always portrayed as some kind of sleeping giant, where the brilliant minds of hundreds of worlds work together to achieve technological superiority. It is their exploration vessels that are capable of mopping the floor with dedicated war ships of most other factions for crying out loud! They already have all the tech they need to overpower an enemy, they are just reluctant to build ships that have limited use in peace-time.