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Here's the thing, Robin. They already have Dilithium. Where they're at right now they probably can only do warp five ( for comparison, TNG has warp 9). That base they were trying to save was responsible for 40% of the Federation's Dilithium harvest. Which begs the question, why leave such an integral part of your war effort, in the middle of a war, undefended?
Oct 12, 2017 12:37 AM
I just hated that "Why won't you wake up mommy" bullshit. And how that suddenly spurs immediate urgency to figure out a practice use for the water-bear in war when that situation is far removed from getting the spore engine up in running. Granted the water-bear helped with that, but finding out what it's claws are made of is so sooooo stupid. You know what else can tear through a bird of prey's hull? Photon Torpedoes.
A lot more practice than creating melee weapons.
Oct 11, 2017 2:39 AM
Seriously, the Klingons have more humanity and likable qualities than the humans! I want them to win! Wtf is going on with this show?
Oct 9, 2017 12:52 AM
I'm five minutes into episode four, and wow this show has gone off the fucking deep end. At this point, over 3 hours into this saga, I have no idea who to route for.
This ship is doing heinous things, we have a cartoonishly villainous captain and a complacent main character(I would also argue weaponizing a strong animal is fucking stupid and inefficient). This isn't just dumb-action filled Kelvin Trek.
That at least presumed Starfleet was good. This is a sick perversion of what Star Trek fundamentally is and I have no idea who it's for. I'm revolted.
Oct 9, 2017 12:48 AM
Juno BeachThird ep was interesting. I do have a question though - what happened to the Klingon ship that dropped off that scouting party?

Who's to say it wasn't still there?
Oct 4, 2017 3:15 AM
Robin McDonald
Evan SolomonA tribble is like a pocket ecological apocalypse. They almost ruined the Klingon Empire, them being an agricultural society. The Captain should just drop some of them off in major Klingon systems.

I hate to step on your joke but Klingons aren't exactly known for being farmers of the galaxy but you always like to call them farmers.

They are though. The Warrior caste dominates the government at large, and that is what Starships typically interact with, but that, according to Enterprise is not how it has always been. The lower "caste" generally sticks to agricultural pursuits, and they have a knack for it, as seen in Voyager (the episode with the lost colony ship) and TNG (the episode with the Klingon prison camp run by Romulans). Coffee is one of the Empire's largest exports. According to Worf himself Tribbles nearly crippled the empire, leading to the armed forces mass bombing entire worlds covered in tribbles.
Oct 3, 2017 10:15 AM
A tribble is like a pocket ecological apocalypse. They almost ruined the Klingon Empire, them being an agricultural society. The Captain should just drop some of them off in major Klingon systems.
Oct 3, 2017 2:30 AM
My biggest critocism for this show is the Klingons. I do not like how they look and how they talk. Klingons are people. An agricultural people at that. These new Klingons are more like monsters. Motivated monsters, sure, with a valid fear of the Federation. But they look stupid and un-Trek like. I hate how they talk. It sounds like they struggle to say things in their own language, whereas in prior shows the actors made it sound casual and conversational. The big bad Klingon spoke English better than his native tongue. I kept comparing these Klingons to Worf, Grilka, Martok, Alexander, and Gowron and those guys feel like a real people with things to respect about them.

I also hate Sarek's characterization.

I also need our main character Michael to be punished for her actions, not proven to be in the right or justified. Her actions were inexcusable. If you are not willing to die for Starfleet principles, you don't belong in Starfleet.
Sep 26, 2017 2:26 AM
Is the main character of Discovery supposed to be hateful, evil, utterly unlikable, and completely opposed to every ideal Starfleet stands for?
Sep 25, 2017 1:55 AM
B.A.BaracasBob Iger has left creative control in the hands of both of his previous major studio acquisitions, and in the case of Pixar even bringing Catmull and Lasseter over to lead a renaissance within Disney's own animation division. I'll believe Iger is strong arming Kathleen Kennedy when there is proof of it. If he is it's because she isn't capable of handling the role, but if he feels she's the right person for the job, how is his board going to strong arm him? Iger has been incredibly successful in this same hands off strategy so far, and I'm sure their shareholders will remember the last time their CEO (Eisner) pulled a power play on a studio head (Weinstein) killing the golden goose.

Don't forget about the enigmatic Perlmutter. He is a particularly strong shareholder who bought more shares on top of accepting payment for Marvel on Disney shares to my knowledge. He seems poised to make a power play. He put considerable heat on Iger for grooming Staggs as his replacement, Staggs was eventually knocked out of the running. If there is someone to worry about, it's him.
Sep 20, 2017 2:05 AM
Someone find that video of Siskel and Ebert demolishing a snobby critic during a news segment on TV where they successfully defended the Star Wars films as being perfect films for children.
Sep 11, 2017 10:37 PM
The GuyColin Trevorrow has walked away (fired?) from episode 9. Only months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller bowed out of the Han Solo movie. What's going on over at Disney?

Should they worry about episode 8 & 9? No. Should they worry about Disney burning out the IP with spin-off films of varying quality and a lacking of fresh ideas? Absolutely. That's where the cancer is going to start. You have to play conservatively with Star Wars. A new trilogy is fine and warranted, but trying to emulate Marvel won't work. While in the same universe, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange are wildly different films in tone, setting, and characters and function by themselves. Star Wars needs that kind of variation before audiences stop turning out. The new trilogy is as effective as it is because we have gone without it one so long. You can't cash that check every year from here on or you will see diminishing returns. Look at where Star Trek is right now. It's on a precarious peak overlooking franchise death, and it has had an equal effect on our pop-culture.
Sep 6, 2017 3:23 AM
The premise of this film intrigued me when Insaw it on Netflix. The premise is it's a Borat type picture where Hitler wakes up miraculously in modern day Germany and tries to adjust in the modern realm, with the actor playing Hitler interacting with real people who are being secretly filmed in the vein of Borat or Bruno. However, this movie sounds like it could be in immense poor taste just by the surface premise of the film. I hope the film had something to say, rather than humanizing and making light of potentially history's greatest monster.
Aug 30, 2017 6:37 AM
I think that Game of Thrones might be part of the problem for the box office. Home content providers are offering products of generally equal/higher quality and more creativity that customers love bonging and can access at a value.
Aug 29, 2017 9:41 PM
There's a shooting star in Temple of Doom when Indy is telling Shortround about fortune and glory.
Aug 29, 2017 6:23 PM
DaMUI see. Something I thought of after your post is how the velociraptor peers into the window and then its breath fogs up the window. A good tactile touch.

Even something as simple as Hammond blowing off the dust on Grant's hand is memorable. Unsure if that was Steven or Attenborough, though. I owe ET and Private Ryan a rewatch to see if I can spot more.
Aug 29, 2017 7:28 AM
DaMUIt's an interesting idea - can you think of any more examples you noticed? Is it a sort of thing limited to making special effects seem more plausible and organic?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, a shot that particularly stands out to me, is a scene in a Catina where the characters are framed talking in a wide-shot when you see a gun being handed to someone in the foreground in the bottom of the frame. You didn't need to put that detail in there, we understand what's happening and the stakes, but that little detail draws the audience in that much further.

I'm also really fond of the liscense plate falling out of the tiger shark in Jaws, while that ended up being used to talk about how far that shark traveled, it wasn't nessecary to the scene, but the visual gag makes it iconography.

There are more examples to be mined from Jurassic Park, which sticks out in my mind most as I just watched it. You have a money shot of a T-Rex roaring at the camera, frame it through the rear view mirror for a visual gag that also inserts the audience into the viewpoint of a protagonist. The sequence near the end with the raptors is full of them, such as the raptor licking the spoons, of the claws clicking against the floor, or the TCAG patterns being projected onto one of the raptors. He paces out his shots well and adds that one detail ot bit of character that butns the scene into your memory.
Aug 29, 2017 7:13 AM
I don't know if anyone's noticed this, but I call them honey shots, and while I don't think I have watched any of Steven's recent work (as they lack a sense of roughness, inventiveness, and grit to me), I noticed it in abundance in his old work. I've seen people talk about the "Spielberg Oner" to a fair degree, wherein he creates an incredible long, tracking shot without drawing attention to itself, however these aren't the most memorable aspects of the movies to me.

Steven will set up a money shot, I think the best example I can give is the iconic "Rex looks into car" shot from Jurassic Park, and then follow through with the honey by adding a small visual/auditory detail (the pupil closing). He lets the shot breathe long enough to account for such a change, which in advertantly raises the tension because the realism/detail of the action makes the film more believable and thus immersing the audience more. This splash of honey takes a normal money-shot or normal action and makes it instantly iconic by pushing it one extra level to make it instantly memorable.

Anyone else notice this quality of his?
Aug 29, 2017 6:23 AM
Evan SolomonMeh, whatevs.

Nah, you just accused me of stealing your supposed joke. However facetious that was intended, I expect some actual reasoning. So what gives? Or are you making a joke that's totally flying over my head right now?

I was playfully busting your balls, guy. Also "supposed"? I thought it was a novel goof. =\
Aug 29, 2017 3:39 AM