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One of the things Trek has never fixed, old or new Trek, are Environmental Suits. But Bruh, new Trek has cool space suits! They do, but they don’t use them logically still. In Episode 2 they even take off the helmets on an unknown ship, per usual Trek, without even checking if they can survive there without helmets. And now in Episode 4, according to the promo, they are on a planet that has been devastated, and are using their cool biker/flight jackets even equipped with shoulder lights, but no suits. Like why hasn’t any new Trek been like, “our crew should be wearing helmets and ev suits at all times?” It bugs me. This is one of those ‘if I was in charge’ things. I don’t care if someone said it makes it seem even more like Robotech or Mass Effect. EV suits. Armor! At the very least remember to tell us our heroes are not dumb and have checked the environment, like they should have done in Episode 2. It’s just logical.

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On 5/20/2022 at 8:14 PM, Spider-Man said:

I don’t think M’Benga was talking to his daughter while she was in the buffer. He explained you can keep a person in the buffer indefinitely if you rematerialized them for a period between stasis. As such I think the indication here is that he rematerialized her, for a story and chat, then puts her back in stasis.

I missed that! In my defence, the actor’s accent is fairly thick and also the explanation itself raises a lot of questions — he’s routinely rematerializing somebody with a degenerative disease? won’t that just mean the disease will continue to progress forward during the time the patient is rematerialized? like, if someone is dying of space cancer and you keep popping them out of the transporter buffer won’t the cancer continue to grow during those periods you’ve rematerialized their body? He’s not buying time to save her life! He’s just killing her slowly-er on his own personal schedule! — but I definitely missed that bit. That’s not on them. That one’s on me!

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I’m falling out of like with this show pretty quickly.

Call me Murtaugh, I guess, because maybe I’m too old for this shit.

This week’s episode, just like last week’s episode, decided to do so much at one time that none of it felt satisfactory. That’s an opinion, certainly. The episode wasn’t helped by the fact it was pieces of prior series’ episodes cobbled together. One piece was Balance of Terror, and this Strange New version of it suffered from also having to essentially be a “trapped in an elevator” episode.

That said, the crew wasn’t wearing the cool biker/flight jackets with new shoulder lights, as I had thought in the promo. Instead it was another uniform, or some kind of battle armor except they had no headgear. So… kinda feels like they should just be using the Environmental Suits for this type of thing instead but whatever. If the EVA suits are good enough for Burnham to fly through an asteroid belt, and for Worf to fight Borg in, then maybe just use them.

I guess that is just another quibble born from my dislike of over complication. And this series is showing signs of severe over complication. From multiple characters being compromised or traumatized (and in similar or near identical ways), to characters like Una and La’an feeling less like mirrors that can be explored but instead just duplicate characters, to all the different uniforms, to crew quarters being bigger than a suite at the Ritz, to the last two episodes feeling like they had the subplots for four episodes.

 

Also a mind meld on a shuttlecraft with no other pilots, surrounded by enemies, on the edge of a black hole, sure felt like a bad idea. Maybe they should have had that conversation before boarding the shuttle.

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Saw the 4th episode. I’m still on board! The dialogue in these things is still kind of rough any time it strays outside treknobabble but on the whole this was a good’n! Love to see the ship! Love to watch the people on the ship nobly sacrifice themselves for each other!

 

* I didn’t put it together before this episode but if this show has a single touchstone in prior Trek it’s actually not TOS. That’s right, you guessed it, it’s Season 4 of ENT. Think about it! Aenar! Augments! Gorn! The folks at Paramount+ know what the fans want, what the fans NEED, they’ve done the research, they’ve done the testing, and they’ve decided to go with continual references to everyone’s favouritest Star Trek spin-off and everyone’s particular favouritest season of that spin-off. The fans love Captain Jonathan Archer! (Real talk : it’s just that they’re so unoriginal the franchise itself has already been unoriginal in EXACTLY the same way they’re doing now. They’re tripping over their own unoriginality from years before! It’s like how VOY is just a copy of a copy. But I shouldn’t complain. Hope this show ends up as good as VOY, honestly!)

 

* in 1000% percent agreement w/you on the suits issue, Spider-Man. No, actually, like 10000000%! They should wear an EVA suit and another EVA suit on top of that EVA suit. Maybe also those life support belts from the animated series too. Safety first! Can’t be too careful! After all it’s like Captain James R. Kirk famously said, “Risk is not our business.” (Yeah, sorry, I don’t know why I’m making fun. I have my own peccadilloes! Every time they use the bridge screen in a way that I dislike and personally register as a kind of breach in the established grammar of the series — talking to people inside the ship itself; demonstrating things I’d prefer to see on some other screen elsewhere or in some other room entirely — it makes me feel like I’m watching the first season of TNG and they haven’t yet figured out how to do what they gots to do.)

 

* re: the crew quarters thing, well, that’s been on my mind since last week and thinking of the Scotty episode of TNG where he has that line about how even his paltry guest quarters on the 1701-D would’ve been fit for an admiral back in his time. I don’t care, really, can’t fault the show for wanting to have things look good for locally accepted values of good, can’t fault the show for not wanting to be a braindead 1-to-1 correspondence with the exact dimensions of the sixties show (if you want to see that sort of thing there are fanfilms and stuff like that, v. impressive stuff), anybody sufficiently nerded up about all this should also be able to recall that it’s established canon back in Pike’s time his Enterprise had ~half the crew it does in Kirk’s.

 

* But wait, omigosh, speaking of fanfilms! I just put two and two together here! There was a fanfilm a few years ago. Walter Koenig was in it! It was called something like Renegades or whatever. It featured Khan’s granddaughter! The show, which is in and of itself a wholly unoriginal exercise, is so committed to scraping the bottom of its particular barrel that the tools it’s using to do this were first held by the hands of the very audience members it’s pandering to! I mean, c’mon already! They may as well just have Lt. Mary Sue Smith, aged 15½, beam aboard!

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On 5/27/2022 at 9:28 PM, Spider-Man said:

 

That said, the crew wasn’t wearing the cool biker/flight jackets with new shoulder lights, as I had thought in the promo. Instead it was another uniform, or some kind of battle armor except they had no headgear. So… kinda feels like they should just be using the Environmental Suits for this type of thing instead but whatever. If the EVA suits are good enough for Burnham to fly through an asteroid belt, and for Worf to fight Borg in, then maybe just use them.

 

There's two duty uniforms-- the standard, and the long zip-up the front one. Pike seems to always wear the standard, Una likes the zip-up and rocks it like a TOS miniskirt, but men have been seen wearing them too. Medical personal have their own special digs, and away teams get cool jackets. All of this has been seen before in other Treks. In Generations and DS9 you saw the standard TNG uniform and the DS9 style duty uniforms being swappable. TWOK had away team, cool coats. McCoy and Crusher both had their own special doctor coats. Every version has had EVA suits of some sort. The TSFS security officers wearing special tactical gear too. I recall there being concept art for TNG that had tactical armor for security, I think it showed up in the tech manual, but budget reasons kept it from being realized.

I think that's really the only difference here, this show has more money than most Trek productions... it must be why Picard S2 had zero money.

But continuity issues aside, SNW is easily the best Trek show since Ds9 in my book. It's not breaking any rules or pulling any moves stupider than any Trek show before it.

 

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I totally get that, and totally agree. The uniforms in Trek have always been wonky.

Heck, the designers for TWOK literally talked how that bugged them so they made a consistent rank and uniform system.

Anyway, I was speaking in continuation of my prior ‘if I was in charge’ geeky thought. I might not have made that clear. It was meant as a silly geeky quibble.

I’d make it three uniforms, with the three colors; dress uniform, standard tunic with pants (plus jacket option), and EVA (also doubling as the tactical armor option).

I’d also make them use the EVA on way more occasions, because it’d appease my science geek stuff. Like in say the movie Outbreak all the scientists appropriately hazmat up. So in the ‘if I was in charge’ of this or a Next New Trek then that would absolutely be a change I made.

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I’m just glad they remembered to switch command back to the gold on STN while Disco has adopted the TNG scheme.

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Saw the fifth and sixth episodes! No real complaints! I mean, I guess maybe the game of b-i-n-g-o has substantially changed by the time of the 23rd century but other than that, nope, rock solid episode. And, well, for the sixth episode, I kinda, wait, this is sort of a spoiler ...

 

The episode really needed to end with some ponderous speeches between Pike and other crew members over the whole Omelas dilemma. Can’t just have him look out the window and take a sip of scotch while the music swells! It needs the speeches! Sure, we get a little bit of the speeches what with the Lindy Booth baddie making her case for it (not well enough, though, she shouldn’t be dunking on the Federation! She should be dunking on our society, in classic Trek fashion, she should be referencing the history of Earth!) but that’s too little too early for me.

 

Still, all in all, pretty good! Got to give it up to them for doing a classic Trek show about the crew encountering an idyllic society only to uncover the evil underbelly! Barely even missed the Andorian guy this time around! Guess this is just the norm for SNW. I’m always going to be missing some of the crew for each and every episode! Oh well!

 

Fifth episode in particular was a good episode for the guy they got playing Spock. In that one he plays Spock but he also plays a nightmare all-human version of Spock AND a nightmare all-Vulcan version of Spock AND he plays T’Pring’s consciousness in Spock’s body AND he also plays T’Pring’s consciousness in Spock’s body pretending to be Spock. Pretty fun episode for Gregory Peck’s kid!

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