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  1. Mindwalker

    Star Trek Thread: Set Picard to Stun

    PICARD: Well, that was awesome. A bit pulpy, but great fun. Could have done without the graphic opening scenes, but I'm squeamish. Glad they killed him off, simply because the original actor is an insufferable... never mind. (Bonus: I doubt this Seven is going to end up with a certain piece of cardboard after all...) Elnor is a hoot. "Are we still pretending?" And Picard's tone when he replied, "No, Elnor!" Younger Deanna Troi lookalike was deliciously evil. BTW, was it my imagination or did she and Seven have a thing back then? Seven was even better than I expected. She and Picard are a dream team; too bad she's already left. That final dialogue about regaining their humanity! "All of it?" - "No." Would have loved to get a glimpse of Quark. (I am currently doing a DS9 rewatch. It really holds up well.) This was the first time that I really "felt" Rios and Jurati. Still a bit iffy on Raffi, something in the acting feels off to me. I'm also not sure that we really needed the scenes with her son and his wife, but I didn't mind either. We knew that Jurati had been turned by Oh, but I didn't see that coming... A spectacular ending. Of course you have to wnder if she now tries to kill off the crew, one by one... This episode worked perfectly for me. It helped that there were none of these Borg cube scenes... I'm sure there will be many rants about how this is not Trek, but I'm easy that way! FINALLY, they engaged!
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    Star Trek: Picard

    You know, it just occurred to me that maybe the "Picard trampling on the Romulans Only sign" scene was not just him being dumb. It is possible that... a) Picard counted on Elnor following him and thus saving him, and providin opportunity to recruit him after all. That's quite clever. Also kind of mean. (And still Picard couldn't know Space Samurai would kill the attacker. Unless that's a well-known rule of the order that he failed to look up.) b) It was a fit of anger because of his illness. I tend to think it was a. He did look rather calculating before he did it. But that's the thing: I don't need them hitting us over the head with it, but a little hint would have been nice.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    This, so much! Also, the holiday/ bonding during rescue mission thing? Two reasons: 1. Clumsily make a point about colonialism by painting Picard as an entitled White Savior Type 2. Heaping more guilt on him, because it was apparently his fault that Starfleet canceled the rescue mission and/ or his fault for his threat to resign not working out. His fault that he couldn't keep the promises he had made in good faith. Oh wait, there may be a no. 3: Did they try to channel the "Bush is reading to a little kid when he gets the news about 9/11" scene?! Also, apparently he didn't even bother to once check up on his friends/ poor little fatherless kid whom he had practically adopted. (Slightly exaggerating, but really...) Seriously, I'm all for a flawed Picard who's made mistakes, but they make him an ignorant dumbass and complete failure. I don't necessariliy think they were justified, and the responsibility for the killings lies entirely with Space Legolas. But yes, he had to know it would end badly for him (he had no way of knowing Space Elf would rescue him.). Ridiculous and pointless, indeed. Of course, we have to have at least one action scene per episode (easier than writing a coherent narrative)... so Space Samurai to the rescue. And it's episode 4 of 10, and we're still at the recruiting stage... I don't mind Seven as I expect she'll fit into the Borg plot (of course it's a case of Small Universe Syndrome), but I'm very tired of new characters being introduced at the last minute of an ep. Yeah, Las Vegas in Space. Awesome. Not. I thought these scenes were lame and pointless. Also, the Narek actor is not good. The beheading, as well as the weird Narek/ Rizzo scenes gave me GoT vibes. And that's not a compliment. ETA: ETA: Oh, nd the warrior nuns only pledge themselves to lost causes! I guess that helps keeping their numbers low...
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Ragarding Data's resurrection/ reconstruction: AFAIK, Brent Spiner only agreed to reprise his role if Data was not resurrected.
  5. Mindwalker

    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    I strongly recommend to watch "Anne Will" (from yesterday), even if (like me) you don't watch these shows anymore. It's spectacularly bad and highlights everything that is wrong right now.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Unsurprisingly, AKK is done. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/10/annegret-kramp-karrenbauer-to-quit-as-cdu-leader-amid-far-right-firewall-row https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51441993 Hellooo, Laschet/ Spahn/ Merz!
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    The latest Forsa study points to the contrary. Yes, of course the AfD gains a bit. FDP and CDU lose, SPD, Linke, Green party gain. Which is of course why the CDU tries to draw things out until people forget, or they succeed in putting the blame on the other camp. LOL.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Gosh, that oily snake Christian Lindner is like teflon; nothing sticks. Of course he would make it. Wouldn't it have been delicious, had he lost his head (politically speaking) over this? *sigh*
  9. Mindwalker

    Star Trek: Picard

    Oh, definitely. But Dr. Zimmerman is not on the show, thankfully.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Oh, how I wish the sight of a space ship model could make me happy! Disclaimer: Rant ahead! While I still love Picard and his two housemates, this show has serious pacing issues (not unlike DISC), wayyy too much and too clunky exposition (was that flashback Raffi/ Picard really necessary?); very unnatural dialogue (e.g. Raffi to Picard), and when they finally show, not tell, it's tired clichés, e.g. a macho man who's totes cool with a blade in his shoulder! Wtf?! I mean, I'm cool with a ragtag band of misfits, but could you be a bit more original, please?! We have whining, self-pitying Raffi, who blames all of her misfortune on Picard; we have Rios, who I'm sure will turn out to just hide his manpain over the captain he couldn't save (maybe also his lover, if female) behind his rough, oh-so-manly outer shell... *yawn*... Number One would be more exciting to me. And apparently Picard, totally ooc, once did a Kirk on Starfleet, and his bluff failed. And apparently, he's been hiding and not-living ever since. 20 years wasted, and now he is ill... Good grief. The only crew I like, so far, is the "British" EMH! Mabe he could switch personalities with Rios.. Speaking of whih, how vain can you be to make your EMH look like yourself?! The scientist ist ok, if a little boring so far, but maybe she's now a spy for Oh, which could make her more interesting. Why can't Laris and whatshisname go on adventures with Picard?! They certainy have the skills. I just hope that mystery is worth the wait for us.... / Rant over The ending was nice, though. Engage! And the musical nod.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Kemmerich announced he will step down. Ministerpräsident for a day, fool for a lifetime (taz) Not stupidity, at all. They thought they could get way with it and didn't. Yet. Hopefully this will make sure the FDP will massively lose votes. Sadly, the CDU probably won't. What's more important, they both have further legitimized the AfD, who will paint themselves as victims of the establishment. Exactly what they had planned: Win-win! https://taz.de/Die-FDP-und-Thueringen/!5658334/
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    US politics - sometimes political jokes get elected

    I don't think they speak for the majority of Germans, not even the majority of male Germans. As far as reenactments are concerned, I would probably buy the whole "it's just a re-living history, fantasy thing" claim if these people also reenacted other scenes. Why this obsession with war, if it's just harmless escapism? That said, while it took longer for right-wing extremists / fascists to really get momentum here, they are now on the rise, particularly in Eastern Germany. They are, of course, of the opinion that our culture of remembering mentiond by several posters is a trip of self-flagellation, the Holocaust (not that they'd use the term) just a tiny bird dropping in our otherwise glorious past. And of course they love Trump (and Brexit).
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    And only a few hours later he realized it wouldn't fly and damage control was in order; now he's calling for new elections. That weasel is really something. I've been saying that for years, but he always manages to surprise me by stooping even lower. In the same vein, initial congratiolations by CSU representatives on twitter were quickly deleted, and Söder is calling for elections. Schill is not forgotten. And they have been testing the waters, with false equivalencies between Linke and AfD, for a long time. Still, this is a new victory, even if new elections are held. My inner optimist hopes that some of the more sane CDU voters won't forget. My inner optimist is usually wrong. But really, if the SPD was not in shambles... Anyway, I will force myself to watch Markus Lanz (yuck) tonight, were I am sure the host will explain to us that cuddling with the AfD may be wrong, but doing so with Die Linke is just as wrong. Who knows, maybe with Kubicki or Lindner? "It is better to not govern at all, than to govern without the support of fascists."
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Nice little coup by yours FDP/ AfD/ CDU truly in Thüringen. Nice as in, horrific. This moves the red line for future coalitions with the AfD. First we take Thüringen, then we take Berlin! See, that's what Lindner meant when he said: „Es ist besser, nicht zu regieren, als falsch zu regieren!“ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/05/centre-right-german-parties-vote-with-afd-to-oust-thuringia-premier-bodo-ramelow https://www.politico.eu/article/liberal-elected-leader-of-east-german-state-with-far-right-support-thomas-kemmerich-thuringia/
  15. Well, of course they imagined a nice buddy road trip ending for Dany's murderer with the man who had loved her for years! Fits. #JonrahBros4eva PS: Funny little tidbit from the US politics thread, a tweet about the Iowa DNC desaster: I’m gonna be really pissed if after all of this Bran is the nominee. — The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 4, 2020 Maybe GoT will become a metaphor for all kinds of F-ups.
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