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R.CAllen

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  1. I’ve added this to the list of ‘Funniest Possible Outcomes For ערב פסח’.
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    Picard

    seventh episode. short version: not too bad!!!1!
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    Picard

    Sixth episode! short version: not good
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    Picard

    What!? No? I don’t really understand what you’re saying. I mean, he’d be an alias of me. Looks like he joined long after I did unless he (too!) reregistered. I assume you’re talking about Primbud, here. The name rings a bell but I don’t really remember what his deal was.
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    Picard

    Prediction/speculation/fanfiction now follows:
  6. Oh dear! I hope you all feel better soon, of course!
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    Picard

    can’t stop cracking myself up over who’s going to come back next just to die. Mot the barber choking on his own blue blood. Nurse Ogawa gasping for her last breath in the vacuum of space. Mr. Homn gone all peaceful like in his sleep! Vash vashed away by a strong current out to sea. Keiko and Molly O’Brien in a murder suicide pact while Baby Yoshi (oh wait he’s like thirty) looks on helplessly.
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    Picard

    Halfway. short version: they made a kinda good one!!!1!
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    Picard

    The show has two concurrent realities at play here : Riker has rejoined Starfleet to deal with the pain of his dying/dead child. Riker has quit Starfleet to deal with the pain of his dying/dead child. Sequentially speaking, we get the latter first but the former was foisted on us largely for the sake of an audience who were presumed to have not seen the latter. I don’t think it works but whatever. It’s possible to stretch so that both these things make sense, sure. It’s possible to do a lot of things!
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    Picard

    Fourth episode. short version : still bad but got good toward the end
  11. I only scrolled down a little while on that there Instagram link before the page froze up and demanded my phone number, username, or email. It told me I had to use the Instagram app to continue! Couldn’t really get a good sense of what’s what from all that I saw up until that point — I liked the little ant! good on your friend for getting the San Antonio Dept. of Arts & Culture to fund this! — but I assume the stuff I didn’t manage to see was. even. better!!!!!1!
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    Picard

    Third episode. short version: still don’t like it but as always can’t help but hope for better
  13. cracking myself up now @ the idea of a guy who loves Scott Adams — agrees w/him about the power of affirmation technique, agrees w/him that the best thing for white people is to get the hell away from black people, agrees w/all his hard right political viewpoints, agrees w/him about everything involving women — but can’t stand Dilbert. Thinks it’s dreck! Thinks it’s painfully unfunny! Thinks it’s badly drawn! Separating the art from the artist, indeed. I feel bad for this poor imaginary guy!!!1!
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    Picard

    Every episode runs long! They have all the time in the world! Not a good enough excuse! A proper episode of Star Trek would have the situation sliced and diced from every angle by a series of unique choleric characters who’d share their particular avenue of approach with an authority figure who’d have to make the final call. This was just a morass of people making dumb dumb quasi-relevant half-points about what to do until Picard makes the ultimate decision on — admittedly a well-executed moment, have to give them credit — a whim.
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    Picard

    I don’t want to defend the show — it’s bad! — but the idea of a captain being entitled to do basically whatever it takes to protect their ship when it is outside Federation space is something that was emphasized again and again for seven years on VOY. There’s even a line of dialogue in the episode itself from Shaw (something like “Regulations are clear on this.” etcetera) to drive it home. That sort of thing was dumb and bad then and it’s dumb and bad now but Shaw is just following in the example of Seven’s former captain here — she merked Tuvix, she annihilated Species 116, she tortured that crewman who later showed up on BSG, she unleashed the Vaadwuar on their victims, she did like ten other things — and Starfleet made her an admiral so it seems like it’s fine as far as they’re concerned that he’s handing over a guy to be killed maybe in order to protect his ship’s crew from being killed maybe too. The episode is bad, well, it’s bad for a lot of reasons but it’s bad in this instance because the terms of the moral dilemma aren’t made super duper clear the way they’d have been in a good episode of TNG and DS9. Nobody on the show even argues that they can’t trust Christopher Plummer’s daughter to not blow up the ship once she has Wesley 2.0!
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