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What TV shows have you been watching lately?

Posted 8 Months ago by Castrael

For me

Crunchyroll
  • Noblesse (***--) Currently airing
  • Jujutsu Kaisen (***--) Currently airing

    Netflix
  • The Devil Punisher (****-) - New episodes are being posted
  • The Ghost Bride (****-)
    -I'm getting my Chinese drama kicks in.

  • There are 43 Replies


    rewatchign Community with my dad and me and a friend have been going between Erased and DuckTales.

    8 Months ago
    tnu
     

    Monsterland and Ratched

    8 Months ago
    Jubei
     

    I've been rewatching stargate SG-1

    8 Months ago
    Riven
     

    Finished the Queens gambit. Excellent show.

    8 Months ago
    S.O.H.
     

    Binged my way through Star Trek discovery Seasons 1-2, and half of season 3. It's definitely gotten alot better than the first season.

    8 Months ago
    Q
     

    I've been meaning to rewatch Stargate SG1 and the movie, but there are others shows/movies on the list that I want to rewatch too. :/

    Queens gambit looked interesting, but don't know if I'll watch it yet.

    Edit: I take breaks from binge watching.

    8 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    Binged my way through Star Trek discovery Seasons 1-2, and half of season 3. It's definitely gotten alot better than the first season.


    I really enjoyed the mirror Universe arc in season 1.

    Season 2 was definitely better, having a character like Captain Pike certainly helped it too. I just hated that at the last second they suddenly pulled a plot twist and turned the interesting red angel storyline into a generic evil AI story.

    Season 3 has probably best captured some of the core ideals of Star Trek of the three seasons but it's still not a show that I would consider truly Star Trek.

    8 Months ago
    Moonray
     

    Just finished 'The Boys'. Holy god.

    The hubbie and I have started watching 'The Flight Attendant'. I admit I was pretty avoidant of it at first - it looked like a fairly generic quirky girl romcom series... For the first 20 minutes. Then things escalated. I'm pretty hooked. The leading lady is very charismatic, and IMO plays a very convincing addict.

    @SOH... I loved The Queen's Gambit. I don't know why I did, but I did. I may have a small crush on Anya Taylor-Joy.

    8 Months ago
    Aviatrix
     

    Depending how we define “lately” there could be so many I might not remember them all.
    But the most recent is “Chuck”.

    8 Months ago
    chiarizio
     

    Rewatched Kim's Convenience, finished Big Mouth, and still watching The West Wing, middle of Season 5, now.

    The West Wing, by far, is the show everyone needs to see right now.

    8 Months ago
    mariomguy
     

    The West Wing, by far, is the show everyone needs to see right now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t44eGxGBrNE
    One of the best scenes imo.

    8 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    the west wing is neoliberal propaganda

    8 Months ago
    poptart!
     

    I enjoyed the first half until the last couple of seasons. My parents were watching it at dinner time and I had no choice but to watch with them lol. It was a good show. I just don't care for politics.

    8 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    The West Wing is "Harry Potter" for boomers. If I'm gonna watch an Aaron Sorkin show, I'm watching Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.


    I haven't really watched much television. Been watching The Mandalorian, which I like but have a waning interest as they work harder and harder to work in more lore into the show. I watched Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun. I keep meaning to watch more things, but for some reason I'm just not feeling a series at all. Otherwise, I put on an episode of Bob's Burgers when I run on the treadmill and an episode of Community when I use the rowing machine.

    8 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    Been watching The Mandalorian, which I like but have a waning interest as they work harder and harder to work in more lore into the show.


    Any specific reason?

    The only episode I felt really had an issue with working in external lore was the one with Bo-Katan. Felt like a wasted opportunity to have him meet other Mandalorians, especially ones that don't share his beliefs, and not really delve k this relationship with him. That episode definitely felt like "And here's a character you know from something else."

    The other instances have worked for me.

    8 Months ago
    Moonray
     

    the west wing is neoliberal propaganda


    People all over the spectrum are good and bad, effective and non-effective. If you actually watch through the show, you'll see.

    One of the best scenes imo.


    Haha, for sure! Lionel was woefully underused. So was Ainsley.

    One of my favorites has to be Josh bungling the press briefing about the improved economy while CJ's mouth was still numb from the dental anesthesia. There are so many layers to that... leading up to the President telling him "Not only do we have a secret plan to fight inflation, but you don't even support it?" Josh had his ass handed to him!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3kELe0M8A

    8 Months ago
    mariomguy
     

    "I really enjoyed the mirror Universe arc in season 1."

    Yeah, but I knew Lorca was up to something since like the 4th or 5th episode when they captured the Tardigrade and was ok with continuously using it to power their spore drive instead of finding another solution.

    "Season 2 was definitely better, having a character like Captain Pike certainly helped it too. I just hated that at the last second they suddenly pulled a plot twist and turned the interesting red angel storyline into a generic evil AI story."

    Season 2 started off strong but then forgot what they were going for. How did the 7 red signs appear before they started appearing in sequential order? And how did Captain Pike literall stand on the opposite side of a door of a room that had a freakin photon torpedo and just watch it go off? If a blast door can protect you from that then they should make all of thier ships out of whatever that door was made of.

    Season's 1 and 2 suffered from alot of fast and loose writing that was sloppy. But what saves the show for me are all the characters around Burnham. When they take the focus off of the stupid war and tell the character's stories, that's when it gets good. When Tyler killed Dr Culber I really felt sad for Stamets' loss. Saru is a great character and Tilly is just wonderful. I love how they call her Killy in the mirror universe. Apparently the data the AI was after merged with the Discovery's computer and became sentient, but they have barely explored that in Season 3.

    "Season 3 has probably best captured some of the core ideals of Star Trek of the three seasons but it's still not a show that I would consider truly Star Trek."

    I sort of agree. Now that they show takes place almost 1000 years later, they aren't bound by any previous story plots from previous star trek shows. I like that Saru was made Captain, and overall feel like season 3 is trying to go to a model of each episode having it's own story while also having the whole arc about the burn.

    I only really have 2 complaints about Season 3

    1: Why were/are they still using Dilithium to power their warp drive, and why are they still using warp drive? In ST Voyager, they experimented with a couple new ways to travel faster than Warp 9.99 and were powered by other means. The burn happened 120 years prior to Discovery's arrival in the future, meaning that for 800+ years they never decided to look at Voyager's experiments and try to improve them. Or power their ship the same way the Romulans do with artificial black holes. Remember, we find out that Vulcans and Romulans are now living together and gave Burnham their research on why dilithium suddenly exploded so why couldn't the Romulans share their warp drive technology? Who knows, maybe we will find out as Season 3 progresses.

    2. This isn't really a plot whole, just a couple moments of 'WHY?' Why did the Federation decide to refit a 1000 year old ship? I can see if it was 100, maybe 200 years old. But 1000? Remember in DS9 when the Dominion war kicked off and all the older ships were getting destroyed like they were nothing? Those ships were around 80-100 years old and refitted with the most modern federation tech at the time. You can only refit a ship so much before it just needs to be replaced. And then they gave it the letter A identifier after the registry number. Now, prior to this, the letter identifier was only given to a different ship of the same name, not a refit of the same ship. In the Original Star Trek movies, the Enterprise didn't get the A identifier until after Kirk blew it up to keep the Klingons from capturing it and it was replaced with another COnstition class ship.


    Other than those 2 complaints, I like Season 3 the most so far. I just wish they would hurry up with the burn story line, as we are 5 episodes away from the end of this season.

    8 Months ago
    Q
     

    Any specific reason?


    I don't really like feeling like I need to do homework to really get what they're talking about. I'm not saying the Mandalorian has been bad at this. I guess Operation Cinder was from Battlefront II's campaign or something? But it's done in a way that you don't really *need* to know about that to get the gist of that conversation with Bill Burr and Colonel Southern Gent. But I felt like there was a *lot* to the Ahsoka episode that I just was like...I have a passing knowledge of who this character is, and everything else feels like an inside reference. Like, that one kinda felt to me like they were kinda banking on me knowing more about her ahead of time. So I was like, "Why is she here? What is she really after? Why is she after this person?" And the episode doesn't really explain it all. And then it ends with a name that I only kinda know but it was clearly presented as like an "oh shit!" moment.

    So I don't think the show's been bad at it overall. And I'm all for Easter eggs, generally. There have been a few moments or an episode or two where I felt they were definitely not great about it, but overall the show has been fine. I just don't like things that get too heavy in lore to drive the moments. I don't wanna have to read a bunch of books or watch a bunch of other shows to really appreciate why "Where is Thrawn?" is a big "oh shit" moment, ya know?

    8 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    @Q:

    Yeah, but I knew Lorca was up to something since like the 4th or 5th episode when they captured the Tardigrade and was ok with continuously using it to power their spore drive instead of finding another solution.


    Oh I mean yea they made it obvious, and then there was the line from the Admiral where she said he was like a completely different man and that was my moment where I went "He's from the mirror universe!". So I was expecting it to be in the story on some level.

    Though I did find it a bit of a shame that they glossed over the Klingon-Federation war story to make it happen. Almost feels like it should've been hinted at in Season 1 and then been the focus of Season 2.

    Season 2 started off strong but then forgot what they were going for. How did the 7 red signs appear before they started appearing in sequential order? And how did Captain Pike literall stand on the opposite side of a door of a room that had a freakin photon torpedo and just watch it go off? If a blast door can protect you from that then they should make all of thier ships out of whatever that door was made of.

    Season's 1 and 2 suffered from alot of fast and loose writing that was sloppy. But what saves the show for me are all the characters around Burnham. When they take the focus off of the stupid war and tell the character's stories, that's when it gets good. When Tyler killed Dr Culber I really felt sad for Stamets' loss. Saru is a great character and Tilly is just wonderful. I love how they call her Killy in the mirror universe. Apparently the data the AI was after merged with the Discovery's computer and became sentient, but they have barely explored that in Season 3.


    Yea that's what I mean about Season 2, it's like they were going one way and then suddenly out of the blue it's a different story and all the themes they've been exploring throughout the season don't really tie in to where it ends up.

    The other thing that bugged me was how Section 31 was common knowledge (think the reboot movies made this error too). The whole point of Section 31 when they were added to DS9 was the federation had plausible deniability. No one officially knew they existed, and those who did know were very top rank people who kept it to themselves. Yet in Discovery they're common knowledge, literally everyone knows about them.

    Pretty sure Pike's blast door became a meme for a while, I certainly remember people saying exactly what you just did lol. For me that was just one of those moments where I was more invested in the emotion/characters so I didn't pay too much attention to the believability, so it didn't bug me at the time. It's only after everyone pointed it out that I gave it any attention and I still just shrug it off because it's not important to what's going on in the scene :P

    And yes, I was saying to a friendly recently how much better the show is when it stops trying to be the Michael Burnham show. She's a really uninteresting character to me and to be honest I don't think the writers had a lot of faith in her either, otherwise they wouldn't have given her a special trait as Spock's brother. She's well acted for what she's given though, I just don't think the character is that good. I've always been more invested in the other characters. Saru finally becoming captain and doing a damn fine job at it, Tilly's slow development to being a more capable and confident person, Staments losing the love of his life and having to deal with that.

    Apparently the data the AI was after merged with the Discovery's computer and became sentient, but they have barely explored that in Season 3.


    There's a Short Trek episode about the ship abandoned in the future (ironically it used the old ship model as they produced it prior to Season 2) and it is inhabited by a sentient AI that runs the ship. I haven't seen it but many consider it one of the best episodes of Discovery (or related to discovery). They got in the same voice actress in Season 3 for a brief moment when the computer was talking to Saru, so I believe the show will head in that direction. It may just be that they're leaving it as a slower story for the background.

    1: Why were/are they still using Dilithium to power their warp drive, and why are they still using warp drive? In ST Voyager, they experimented with a couple new ways to travel faster than Warp 9.99 and were powered by other means. The burn happened 120 years prior to Discovery's arrival in the future, meaning that for 800+ years they never decided to look at Voyager's experiments and try to improve them. Or power their ship the same way the Romulans do with artificial black holes. Remember, we find out that Vulcans and Romulans are now living together and gave Burnham their research on why dilithium suddenly exploded so why couldn't the Romulans share their warp drive technology? Who knows, maybe we will find out as Season 3 progresses.


    I could be wrong but I feel like I remember episodes of TNG era shows (perhaps more Voyager than anything else?) where they had to shut down the warp core for whatever reason and the entire ship goes into a low power mode. So my assumption has always been that the warp core is powering the whole ship and not just the warp drive (though they cleary have an alternative power source for impulse speeds). So it's possible that they were still using warp cores, which rely on dilithium, but making use of a newer form of FTL travel (or they science'd their way to warp 10 and above without becoming lizards and impregnating the captain). Overall dunno, you're right though Voyager experimented with loads of FTL methods and you'd think in the time it's been between Voyager and this season that some of that would've been put to use. I also find it a bit weird that in 900 years no one else has come up with the idea of the spore drive. I get the idea of super intelligent individuals are often at the head of progress in science, but generally speaking I think it's a bit far fetched to assume in 900 years an entire galaxy of people didn't have the same idea.

    The lack of other FLT methods also means they now either need to come up with a nonsense excuse for not retrofitting spore drives onto everything, or have to actually go ahead and do that which has massive implications for storytelling if everyone can just teleport everywhere.

    This isn't really a plot whole, just a couple moments of 'WHY?' Why did the Federation decide to refit a 1000 year old ship? I can see if it was 100, maybe 200 years old. But 1000? Remember in DS9 when the Dominion war kicked off and all the older ships were getting destroyed like they were nothing? Those ships were around 80-100 years old and refitted with the most modern federation tech at the time. You can only refit a ship so much before it just needs to be replaced. And then they gave it the letter A identifier after the registry number. Now, prior to this, the letter identifier was only given to a different ship of the same name, not a refit of the same ship. In the Original Star Trek movies, the Enterprise didn't get the A identifier until after Kirk blew it up to keep the Klingons from capturing it and it was replaced with another COnstition class ship.


    Made no sense to me that they would do it that way either, especially as the refit basically made it a complete new ship anyway. They would've been better off just saying they'd made a new Discovery but opted to keep the internal look the same. Dunno, maybe they just shrug it off as the newer tech is so much better that they can easily refit anything and no longer need to scrap old ships.

    Other than those 2 complaints, I like Season 3 the most so far. I just wish they would hurry up with the burn story line, as we are 5 episodes away from the end of this season.


    Yea this story is on a slow burn ;)

    Strikes me as they're going to reveal something from the burn (eg, a race we used to consider friendly was behind it) and that'll shape the final story arc of the season, similar to the structure of Season 2 where a revelation shaped the final arc.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    @Jet Presto:

    I don't really like feeling like I need to do homework to really get what they're talking about. I'm not saying the Mandalorian has been bad at this. I guess Operation Cinder was from Battlefront II's campaign or something? But it's done in a way that you don't really *need* to know about that to get the gist of that conversation with Bill Burr and Colonel Southern Gent. But I felt like there was a *lot* to the Ahsoka episode that I just was like...I have a passing knowledge of who this character is, and everything else feels like an inside reference. Like, that one kinda felt to me like they were kinda banking on me knowing more about her ahead of time. So I was like, "Why is she here? What is she really after? Why is she after this person?" And the episode doesn't really explain it all. And then it ends with a name that I only kinda know but it was clearly presented as like an "oh shit!" moment.

    So I don't think the show's been bad at it overall. And I'm all for Easter eggs, generally. There have been a few moments or an episode or two where I felt they were definitely not great about it, but overall the show has been fine. I just don't like things that get too heavy in lore to drive the moments. I don't wanna have to read a bunch of books or watch a bunch of other shows to really appreciate why "Where is Thrawn?" is a big "oh shit" moment, ya know?


    I find that sort of interesting because you're usually the loudest voice when it comes to the whole not needing to know about every minute detail like the old EU did (an opinion I agree with I'll note).

    To me the only things you need to know about Ahsoka were in the episode. Everything else is extra detail that benefits someone like myself who has watched the previous shows and read books. Knowing that she's looking for a Jedi called Ezra, doesn't add anything to that episode. Knowing that she was Anakin's Padawan adds more weight to her line about even the best of the Jedi being corruptible but isn't essential for the audience to understand her point. Knowing that the owl-like creature they cameo'd into a few scenes is relevant to her isn't require knowledge. Beyond that pretty much every about this episode was new story for the character, the woman in-charge of the castle/fort was new. The man she'd hired was new. The plane was new I think? Don't think I'd ever seen those droids before either (though apparently they have the insignia for Thrawn's fleet on their heads which I didn't notice).

    Ultimately it's not her story too so they can't waste too much time talking about her, but by the end of it you do learn what's she after and I genuinely believe they would not name drop Thrawn in this show if they did not intend for this show to payoff on it. I suspect we'll be seeing Thrawn either in the finale as a teaser, or sometime during Season 3. Also given the announced plans for an Ahsoka and New Republic show that'll crossover with Mandalorian, I suspect the intention is for Thrawn to serve as the "big bad" that ties the shows together.

    I felt the episode works really well as she's just a random Jedi with her own things going on. During the episode my Dad, who only watched the movies and this show, only had two comments that my extra Star Wars knowledge already knew. It was his first time learning that beskar can block lightsabers and he asked if I thought Thrawn was going to be Moff Gideon's boss- so he clearly read the scene as setup for a future character not realising it was an established one. His lack of knowledge about Ahsoka didn't seem to be an issue, he just thought she was another Jedi.

    If I'm honest I think you're possibly reading into it all too much because you know there are more details about the character, which yes there are but almost all of it doesn't matter in the context of that episode. If you were completely oblivious to her existence do you think you would have felt the same about it?

    As I noted, the only instance for me that I felt they handled it poorly was with the Mandalorians in the Bo-Katan episode. Not enough time was set aside for discussing the differences between his cult and the regular Mandos, to the point that I suspect casual viewers still probably view his Mandos are the "real" ones and Bo-Katan's as "fake" Mandos. Though thinking about it maybe that was the intent, keep the viewer on Mando's perspective until (if) he changes it.

    7 Months ago
    Moonray
     

    I'm going to try and not read the Mandalorian comments as I haven't watched show yet. :/

    Haha, for sure! Lionel was woefully underused. So was Ainsley.

    One of my favorites has to be Josh bungling the press briefing about the improved economy while CJ's mouth was still numb from the dental anesthesia. There are so many layers to that... leading up to the President telling him "Not only do we have a secret plan to fight inflation, but you don't even support it?" Josh had his ass handed to him!


    Oh, I remember those very well. I especially adore that scene when the priest tells the President about the river. I believe that's right. Hold on, let me look.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06dQaOZIcH0

    7 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    "Oh I mean yea they made it obvious, and then there was the line from the Admiral where she said he was like a completely different man and that was my moment where I went "He's from the mirror universe!". So I was expecting it to be in the story on some level."

    Honestly I forgot all about that until you brought it up, but I think at that point I already had my suspicions about him being from the mirror universe so I didn't really give it much thought.

    "Though I did find it a bit of a shame that they glossed over the Klingon-Federation war story to make it happen. Almost feels like it should've been hinted at in Season 1 and then been the focus of Season 2."

    Yeah, like what was done in DS9 where they spent 4 seasons setting up everything so when the Dominion War started you knew exactly who everyone was and why they were fighting. But to be fair, I do feel like the Federation instigated that war because they kept going into Dominion Space after being warned many times to stop.

    "The other thing that bugged me was how Section 31 was common knowledge (think the reboot movies made this error too). The whole point of Section 31 when they were added to DS9 was the federation had plausible deniability. No one officially knew they existed, and those who did know were very top rank people who kept it to themselves. Yet in Discovery they're common knowledge, literally everyone knows about them."

    Yeah that bugged me also. I think in the Kelvin(reboot) movies still didn't make it common knowledge. Only Admiral Marcus was shown to be a Starfleet admiral with Knowledge of Section 31 and he was using them to build a huge ass battleship. Scotty only found it on accident.

    "For me that was just one of those moments where I was more invested in the emotion/characters so I didn't pay too much attention to the believability, so it didn't bug me at the time. It's only after everyone pointed it out that I gave it any attention and I still just shrug it off because it's not important to what's going on in the scene :P"

    My other problem with that scene is why did the Admiral have to sacrifice herself? After she closed the blast store she stood there for a good 10-15 seconds before the torpedo exploded which would have given them enough time to beam her out of there.

    "And yes, I was saying to a friendly recently how much better the show is when it stops trying to be the Michael Burnham show. She's a really uninteresting character to me and to be honest I don't think the writers had a lot of faith in her either, otherwise they wouldn't have given her a special trait as Spock's brother. She's well acted for what she's given though, I just don't think the character is that good. I've always been more invested in the other characters. Saru finally becoming captain and doing a damn fine job at it, Tilly's slow development to being a more capable and confident person, Staments losing the love of his life and having to deal with that."

    100% agree with everything you said. I think Discovery has a wonderful cast of actors that portray all of their characters really well. Star Trek has always been about it's characters, so when Discovery takes a break to focus on them it really shines. And speaking as a straight male, Stament's and Culber's relationship and everything they went through had me tearing up a little, not gonna lie. Saru has definitely grown into being a great captain and honestly shows how to be a more starfleet officer than almost all of the other characters.

    "There's a Short Trek episode about the ship abandoned in the future .............It may just be that they're leaving it as a slower story for the background."

    I've been meaning to watch those Short Treks.

    "I could be wrong but I feel like I remember episodes of TNG era shows (perhaps more Voyager than anything else?) where they had to shut down the warp core for whatever reason and the entire ship goes into a low power mode. So my assumption has always been that the warp core is powering the whole ship and not just the warp drive (though they cleary have an alternative power source for impulse speeds)."

    You are mostly correct. I think it was Star Trek The Motion Picture that established that newer ships had power for all their vital systems, such as phasers) channeled through the warp core to increase power and efficiency. However, TNG and Voyager both showed that ships could function with the warp core offline. But as you pointed out I think the Impulse engines gave them auxiliary power.

    "Strikes me as they're going to reveal something from the burn (eg, a race we used to consider friendly was behind it) and that'll shape the final story arc of the season, similar to the structure of Season 2 where a revelation shaped the final arc."

    Yeah I feel like they are leading to a big reveal also, I just hope it's more focused than Season 2's ending.

    ----

    On a similar note, have you seen Lower Decks?

    7 Months ago
    Q
     

    Yeah, like what was done in DS9 where they spent 4 seasons setting up everything so when the Dominion War started you knew exactly who everyone was and why they were fighting. But to be fair, I do feel like the Federation instigated that war because they kept going into Dominion Space after being warned many times to stop.


    Lol yea! The Federation were asked to stop disrespecting borders and then were all surprised when the Dominion got upset about it.

    Though to be fair the war itself was instigate by multiple things. Federation ignoring borders, Romulans & Cardassians attacking the Dominion, Federation blockading the wormhole with mines, Dominion actually having a legit excuse to fight the Klingons because of their alliance with the Cardassians (which was weird after they attacked them). The Dominion almost assuredly was always going to attack, be it as soon as they did or much later, but the Alpha Quadrant factions totally instigated that particular war.

    Yeah that bugged me also. I think in the Kelvin(reboot) movies still didn't make it common knowledge. Only Admiral Marcus was shown to be a Starfleet admiral with Knowledge of Section 31 and he was using them to build a huge ass battleship. Scotty only found it on accident.


    Maybe I am remembering wrong then, has been ages since I watched Into Darkness and it was only the once.

    My other problem with that scene is why did the Admiral have to sacrifice herself? After she closed the blast store she stood there for a good 10-15 seconds before the torpedo exploded which would have given them enough time to beam her out of there.


    Because they were going to the future and wanted to give her a dramatic exit to the show. Obviously the character knew that and decided to be dramatic. Honestly Q.

    Dunno, you're right, there's a lot wrong with it :P

    100% agree with everything you said. I think Discovery has a wonderful cast of actors that portray all of their characters really well. Star Trek has always been about it's characters, so when Discovery takes a break to focus on them it really shines. And speaking as a straight male, Stament's and Culber's relationship and everything they went through had me tearing up a little, not gonna lie. Saru has definitely grown into being a great captain and honestly shows how to be a more starfleet officer than almost all of the other characters.


    Yea I was thinking that with Saru, particularly this season where he is the Captain. He reminds me of Picard a lot in that he feels like an embodiment of what the Federation & Starfleet stand for.

    Though Pike served a very similar role in Season 2. It was refreshing to see after a first season where a lot of it didn't feel like the Federation we knew. And I mean beyond just Lorca who had an obvious reason for not being that way.

    You are mostly correct. I think it was Star Trek The Motion Picture that established that newer ships had power for all their vital systems, such as phasers) channeled through the warp core to increase power and efficiency. However, TNG and Voyager both showed that ships could function with the warp core offline. But as you pointed out I think the Impulse engines gave them auxiliary power.


    Oh ok! I haven't watched a lot of TOS stuff because I find it all just a bit too... Dated? Cheesy? Cheap? Don't know, just doesn't really grab me like TNG era shows did. Though I still remember being a little kid in the 90s watching TNG with my Dad so that probably has something to do with it :D

    On a similar note, have you seen Lower Decks?


    It's not out in the UK yet. Netflix will likely have it at some point, it took ages for us to get the Short Treks as well and I still haven't watched those because by the time they came out I had forgotten they were a thing. You'd think in the age of streaming we'd get stuff pretty quickly but there can sometimes be big delays. Took us well over a year (after America) to get Season 3 of The Expanse because of Amazon buying the rights which meant Netflix couldn't show the third season but Amazon UK didn't want to put Season 3 up until they could put Seasons 1 & 2 up, which meant waiting until Netflix's exclusive rights in the UK expired.

    7 Months ago
    Moonray
     

    "The Dominion almost assuredly was always going to attack, be it as soon as they did or much later, but the Alpha Quadrant factions totally instigated that particular war."

    Well, the reason the wormhole was blockaded was that the Dominion were moving large fleets of ships to build up it's forces to attack. The Dominion was forced to attacked sooner than they were planning to because of this. That and combined with the federation's attack on the shipyards in the alpha quadrant and the Cardassians switching sides at the last minute are really the only reasons the Federation were able to win.

    "Maybe I am remembering wrong then, has been ages since I watched Into Darkness and it was only the once."

    Yeah it's been a while for me too. Definitely the weakest one in the reboot films. I thought beyond was really good and I hope we get to see the new Enterprise A that was built at the end. It looked like it was an improved model of the original.

    "Because they were going to the future and wanted to give her a dramatic exit to the show. Obviously the character knew that and decided to be dramatic. Honestly Q."

    Yeah, it's just a shame. She was a strong character and I liked the actor that played her. You'd think they could have kept her around for Strange New Worlds that supposed to come out sometime next year that focuses on the adventures of Pike and his crew before Kirk.

    "Oh ok! I haven't watched a lot of TOS stuff because I find it all just a bit too... Dated? Cheesy? Cheap? Don't know, just doesn't really grab me like TNG era shows did. Though I still remember being a little kid in the 90s watching TNG with my Dad so that probably has something to do with it :D"

    The TOS show is definitely campy and The Motion Picture could seem boring. It was more of a cerebral movie that focused alot on talking and not too much action which lead to it being poorly received at the time. Remember it came out a couple years after Star Wars so people wanted more of that kind of movie which is why Wrath of Kahn was more action packed. But you don't need to watch the movie to see what I am referring to on the warp core, here it is in only 8 min:



    Did you notice that the effect that was used when they went into the wormhole was very similar to the one seen when Discovery went into it's wormhole? Skip to the 4 minute mark:



    "It's not out in the UK yet. Netflix will likely have it at some point, it took ages for us to get the Short Treks as well and I still haven't watched those because by the time they came out I had forgotten they were a thing."

    Oh yeah, I keep forgetting who lives outside of the US, my apologies. I really enjoyed Lower Decks as it's not dark and gritty like Discovery. It's definitely a comedy but it also feels like star trek with alot of call backs and easter eggs for trek fans.

    Also another nerd fact: the Warp core that was used for the Enterprise in The Motion Picture was reused as Voyager's warp core.

    7 Months ago
    Q
     

    Watched The Queen's Gambit and Barry last month. Finished Rick & Morty Season 4 like a week ago. Have been watching Westworld Season 2 since last week, we watched season 1 like 4 years ago but didn't have HBO again to continue. Not too sure what to watch after that, maybe Ratched or something.

    On my own I had an Adult Swim binge by watching all of Aqua Teen, Ballmastrz 9009, and Metalocalypse. I'm still watching Space Ghost and took up Teen Titans which I watched early on back in the day but lost track of the show in its latter half. I also picked up Samurai Jack and Primal but admittedly they are both shows you really have to watch intently because even half a second of looking away may confuse you as to what happened.

    7 Months ago
    Fox Forever
     

    I find that sort of interesting because you're usually the loudest voice when it comes to the whole not needing to know about every minute detail like the old EU did (an opinion I agree with I'll note).


    Right, that's my position here. I think by and large, the show doesn't require needing to know a bunch of minute details from other shows, but there have been a few moments here and there where it feels very much designed for people who do know those. I like and enjoy Easter eggs, but I don't like plot or character stuff that is built on having to have seen or read something else.

    You may be right about Ahsoka, that I know of her but nothing about her. And maybe if I didn't, it wouldn't be quite as much a deal for me as like, Timothy Olyphant's character in the first episode of the season. The difference, I would just argue, is that they clearly set her up as somebody significant or of significance, and then they end with what is absolutely meant as like an "oh shit" moment that is, well, very much not that if you either didn't get into or really remember extended universe stuff. Timothy Olyphant is never really a POV character. But "The Jedi" *starts* with following the goings-on fo Ahsoka, which makes it a little different because this is clearly somebody.

    There are definitely things where like...like I don't mind the Boba Fett stuff (beyond I just genuinely don't care about Boba Fett and don't totally get the appeal) simply on the grounds of, ok, yeah, if you didn't watch the original Star Wars movies, you have no idea why this character is a big deal. But if you haven't watched the original Star Wars movies, uh, why are you watching The Mandalorian? And then there are things like Ahsoka, which to me definitely felt like this episode was from start to finish primarily tailored for fans of the other shows. And I felt kinda left behind, especially since it ultimately served as just filler. The only thing that really mattered was she tells Mando where to go.

    7 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    Caught up on some missed episodes of Family Guy. Nice little comedic junk food for 10:30pm to 12:30am.

    But my real guilty pleasure is everything 90 Day Fiance. I don't have any tv at my new apartment, and even though it's on Hulu, it doesn't update new seasons for like a year or two, which is a bummer.

    But what I do now is watch this Youtube channel called Psychology in Seattle. It's put on by this therapist who does a lot of podcasting and stuff, including a video series where he watches 90 Day Fiance and provides relationship-based psychological analysis. It's legit, and has made me think a lot more analytically about people and the traumas we go through when we're young.

    7 Months ago
    Agis
     

    So, I've only seen the Sherlock movies and loved them. I decided to watch the TV show version and I hope it's as good as the movies. It's short though.

    7 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    So, I've only seen the Sherlock movies and loved them. I decided to watch the TV show version and I hope it's as good as the movies. It's short though.


    Are you watching the one with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman? It's a British show so you'll know it if you see it. Honestly since Sherlock was always based in London I feel like this show is more authentic. It's on netflix if you have a sub.

    7 Months ago
    Q
     

    Are you watching the one with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman? It's a British show so you'll know it if you see it. Honestly since Sherlock was always based in London I feel like this show is more authentic. It's on netflix if you have a sub.


    Yeah, it's that one. To be honest, not the best. But, it had its funny moments though. Like how Dr. Watson kept leaving his cane behind and Sherlock always surprising everybody with his smarts. I do prefer Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law though.

    7 Months ago
    Castrael
     

    Continued watching The Simpsons...and agree the writing got bad around season 10-11 for me.

    5 Months ago
    RikaxNipah
     

    I’m watching a lot of Korean films and series.
    The algorithms have me binging a country at a time: apparently it’s Korea’s turn now.

    4 Months ago
    chiarizio
     

    The Good, The Bad, The Weird is one of my all-time favorite movies. Just lots of fun. (Korean western flick.)



    This year, I've not watched as much television as I'd like. I have, however, watched and enjoyed the following:

    The Plot Against America (David Simon project. The dude only puts out good shit.)

    The Good Lord Bird (Ethan Hawke as John Brown was my favorite performance of last year.)

    Truth Seekers (Creepy/kinda funny British series with Nick Frost. Yes, please!)

    Ted Lasso (Best television comedy I've watched in ages. Can't believe this show works at all, never mind as well as it does.)

    Mythic Quest (Really liked this, too. Two of my recent favorites are AppleTV shows, weirdly. Episode 5 was maybe my favorite episode of television in years.)

    Schitt's Creek (I was pretty late to jump on, but I love so much about it. Daniel Levy is a treasure.)



    I've also been splitting time with several shows for exercise. I've been spinning for an episode of the Simpsons. Been running for an episode of Bob's Burgers. And been rowing for an episode of Community.

    Up next, I think I'm gonna dive into Superstore. A friend told me they think I'd like it. The ads made me unsure, but my friend said she really likes it. So I'm gonna check that out soon.

    4 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    Watched a little Lupin III Part 2, some Buffy the Vampire Slayer, some Hunter x Hunter (1999).

    4 Months ago
    tnu
     

    @Jet Presto:
    You wrote:
    The Good, The Bad, The Weird is one of my all-time favorite movies. Just lots of fun. (Korean western flick.)

    I thought it was you who recommended that to me!
    Thank you!
    I just finished watching it (took a while to negotiate access), and I’m still enjoying it, because I’m a nerd and I have to look up all sorts of stuff now!

    4 Months ago
    chiarizio
     

    Nice! It really blew me away when I first watched it and it's become just one of my "comfort films." Whenever I'm feeling down, I put it on. Or every year or so I make it a point to watch it. And every time I do I have this moment after the opening train sequence where I'm like, "Wow. This really is as good, if not better, than I remember it being!"

    Kang-ho Song is also one of my favorite actors in the world at this point. Can't think of a role he hasn't been great in.

    4 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    I put my TV shows on Jet Presto’s Movies thread.
    Sorry!

    [edit] I just realized I also put my movies on Castrael’s TV Shows thread! Sorry again! [/edit]

    3 Months ago
    chiarizio
     

    Ha! It's all good. Anywhere is fine to post.

    3 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    I picked up Invincible. It is alright, I will prob put it in the back burner until more episodes come out.

    3 Months ago
    S.O.H.
     

    Been going hard at Superstore. Dunno why no one told me about this show until now, ha. Love it a lot. Mark McKinney rules.

    3 Months ago
    Jet Presto
     

    Stranger Things & Twin Peaks

    1 Month ago
    Madethistocomment
     

    Stranger Things & Twin Peaks


    Both excellent! Like other than the part of twin peaks after the main mystery gets solved -- kind of meandering after that, and off the rails but not in a good way.

    1 Month ago
    Riven
     

    Spending the last few days binging Castlevania.

    1 Month ago
    tnu
     

    Been going down a Bo Burnham rabbit hole and watching the forgotten, kinda criminally under-appreciated Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.

    Also watching Sweet Tooth, which I'm liking so far!

    3 Weeks ago
    Jet Presto
     

    Semi-permanent Lockdown

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