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23 minutes ago, Mogster said:

 

Not really. "Androids killing its creators" is the Geth rebelling against the Quarians. "Something comes along to bitch slap you" is the Reapers showing up from Dark Space and wiping out all life in the galaxy.

 

And who's to say it's synths that show up in this case anyway?

 

Soji herself is meant to be 'The Destroyer', isn't she? So we know it's a synth?

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What you are about to witness will drive some of you to madness.

 

 

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Well that episode was awesome. Loved all the exposition, Rios in all his forms was fantastic, and nobody face acts as well as Alison Pill’s. Very little actually happened, but that worked this time.

 

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Seven as a “good” Borg Queen would be incredible.

 

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23 hours ago, PC Master Race said:

That was a proper Picard speech that Rios got there at the end.,


Those are exactly my sentimonies. 
 

There was a rare spark in that scene. A glint in Patrick Stewart’s eye. It was like the old Picard was back, just for a moment. 

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6 hours ago, Harsin said:

What you are about to witness will drive some of you to madness.

 

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Why is the activation thing from Total Recall in the middle of them?

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Surely the Enterprise will be leading the Starfleet Squadron, being sent to no doubt save the day, against the Romulan fleet heading for the synth homeworld?

 

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8 minutes ago, MpM said:

Surely the Enterprise will be leading the Starfleet Squadron, being sent to no doubt save the day, against the Romulan fleet heading for the synth homeworld?

 


You think Starfleets going to be on Picard’s side?

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22 minutes ago, MpM said:

Surely the Enterprise will be leading the Starfleet Squadron, being sent to no doubt save the day, against the Romulan fleet heading for the synth homeworld?

 

 

Probably they'll have some major member-berries like that as the season cliffhanger. Like when the Enterprise showed up at the end of the 1st season of Discovery.

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So is Soji supposed to be completely unlikabke? At this point I kind of just want her to be killed off.

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15 hours ago, Mr Ben said:

What I find baffling, is why the Romulans never bothered with Data.

 

It was so exasperating trying to discuss this wrinkle in the retcon on reddit. I knew that official show subreddits often become echo chambers, and won’t brook criticism, but the startrek reddit is exactly the same. Setal spent time with Data in TNG’s ‘The Defector’ and never showed any dislike or contempt, but wasn’t shy when it came to insulting Worf in Klingon. Similarly, none of the Romulans who encounter Data, once him and Picard have been discovered in ‘Reunification’, show any notable reactions either. Setal even mentions that he knows a dozen Romulan cyberneticists who would ‘give anything’ to sit so close to Data. So the Romulans loathe synthetics but have cyberneticists? Seems like a pretty thin line to dance along. 

 

Shortly before I was downvoted to oblivion, all I had was ‘oh, that’s just the military. We never saw the general population!’ So, the military have no problem when it comes to showing their disgust regarding disability (LaForge’s blindness) and intolerance to other races (Worf), but androids are ignored? 

 

Yes, but the Romulans are secretive, I was told. Very secretive. That’s when I realised, as a race, they’re a hazardously good fit for the J.J Abrams ‘mystery box’ style of plotting. The Iconians even more so. I’ll certainly still be following reviews with interest to see how any of this ties together, or if the viewers will have to endure ‘Lost’ levels of anti-climax. 

 

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While antagonists, I feel the Romulans are just the maxi version of ‘hard men making hard choices’, the Renegade option if you will. They’re aware of something terrible thanks to the Prothean beacon they found and will not risk anyone fucking things up for everyone.

 

Conversely, Picard is decent, well meaning chap who believes in everyone’s right to existence and that we should all come together to overcome whatever threats await us. A true Paragon of virtue.

 

In short: Michael Chabon played way too much Mass Effect.

 

They need to address Data, I feel, though I suspect I know who they’ll hand-wave it: Oh hadn’t risen in Starfleet yet, Soong was repeatedly considered dead, no one came close to replicating his work until after Data was destroyed, an Enterprise officer was too difficult and high profile to reach, etc. Bonus points if they suggest the entire reason the Romulans came back again after decades of isolation was because they’d gotten word of Soong’s creations.

 

All that’s left to do is have Lore show up as the harbinger of an unknowable cosmic threat (wouldn’t be the first time) and the stage is set for a ludicrous season 2. I’m just thankful the Terrible Secret of Space had nothing to do with the Vulcans/Romulans creating the Borg because I had an awful feeling they were going to go there at one point.

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34 minutes ago, Garibaldi said:

 

It was so exasperating trying to discuss this wrinkle in the retcon on reddit. I knew that official show subreddits often become echo chambers, and won’t brook criticism, but the startrek reddit is exactly the same. Setal spent time with Data in TNG’s ‘The Defector’ and never showed any dislike or contempt, but wasn’t shy when it came to insulting Worf in Klingon. Similarly, none of the Romulans who encounter Data, once him and Picard have been discovered in ‘Reunification’, show any notable reactions either. Setal even mentions that he knows a dozen Romulan cyberneticists who would ‘give anything’ to sit so close to Data. So the Romulans loathe synthetics but have cyberneticists? Seems like a pretty thin line to dance along. 

 

Shortly before I was downvoted to oblivion, all I had was ‘oh, that’s just the military. We never saw the general population!’ So, the military have no problem when it comes to showing their disgust regarding disability (LaForge’s blindness) and intolerance to other races (Worf), but androids are ignored? 

 

Yes, but the Romulans are secretive, I was told. Very secretive. That’s when I realised, as a race, they’re a hazardously good fit for the J.J Abrams ‘mystery box’ style of plotting. The Iconians even more so. I’ll certainly still be following reviews with interest to see how any of this ties together, or if the viewers will have to endure ‘Lost’ levels of anti-climax. 

 

 

Is it not that this dislike is only within the super secret sect of the Tal Shier. Everyone else is none the wiser and doesn't give a shit about androids. 

 

If that's not the case then you're completely correct in your observations. I'm not saying slavish adherence to cannon is always necessary but at least some attempt at consistency is required. 

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1 hour ago, McCoy said:

 

Is it not that this dislike is only within the super secret sect of the Tal Shier. Everyone else is none the wiser and doesn't give a shit about androids. 

 

If that's not the case then you're completely correct in your observations. I'm not saying slavish adherence to cannon is always necessary but at least some attempt at consistency is required. 

 

Well, Picard’s housekeeper mentions how Romulan society in general doesn’t use A.I or synthetics, so there must’ve been an effort to indoctrinate the population into believing that they’re bad things. You could try to tell people that A.I and synthetics are unnecessary, but Romulans in general are technologically advanced enough to easily be able to see the utility in adopting either or both. 

 

[EDIT] For that matter, why aren't the Zhat Vash worried about holograms? It's been established that if you leave a hologram on for long enough then it can become sentient, and the Doctor's mobile emitter technology would be a game-changer if replicated.

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This series' commitment to going for "goofy dumb shit" whenever they're not sure what the tone should be is a precious thing and we should all feel blessed.

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2 hours ago, McCoy said:

 

Is it not that this dislike is only within the super secret sect of the Tal Shier. Everyone else is none the wiser and doesn't give a shit about androids. 

 

 

That was certainly how I read it. Also they mentioned that as soon as they became aware of Data they planted Oh within Starfleet but obviously it took many years for her to rise to a position of power. So presumably it's only now that they have the ability to do anything about it.

 

I think it holds up reasonably well. Of course you can nit-pick.

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4 hours ago, Garibaldi said:

 

It was so exasperating trying to discuss this wrinkle in the retcon on reddit. I knew that official show subreddits often become echo chambers, and won’t brook criticism, but the startrek reddit is exactly the same. Setal spent time with Data in TNG’s ‘The Defector’ and never showed any dislike or contempt, but wasn’t shy when it came to insulting Worf in Klingon. Similarly, none of the Romulans who encounter Data, once him and Picard have been discovered in ‘Reunification’, show any notable reactions either. Setal even mentions that he knows a dozen Romulan cyberneticists who would ‘give anything’ to sit so close to Data. So the Romulans loathe synthetics but have cyberneticists? Seems like a pretty thin line to dance along. 

 

Shortly before I was downvoted to oblivion, all I had was ‘oh, that’s just the military. We never saw the general population!’ So, the military have no problem when it comes to showing their disgust regarding disability (LaForge’s blindness) and intolerance to other races (Worf), but androids are ignored? 

 

Yes, but the Romulans are secretive, I was told. Very secretive. That’s when I realised, as a race, they’re a hazardously good fit for the J.J Abrams ‘mystery box’ style of plotting. The Iconians even more so. I’ll certainly still be following reviews with interest to see how any of this ties together, or if the viewers will have to endure ‘Lost’ levels of anti-climax. 

 

It'd been handwaved away already when I last looked. Its even on Memory Alpha's Cyberneticist page now:

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In the Star Trek: Picard episode "Maps and Legends", Laris stated that the Romulans did not study cybernetics. According to showrunner Michael Chabon, "being a 'Romulan cyberneticist' is kind of like being a 'Nazi doctor.'"

Also the lines in the TNG episode are:

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SETAL (continuing) I know a host of Romulan cyberneticists who would love to be this close to you.

DATA I do not find the concept particularly appealing.

SETAL Nor should you.

Which sort of backs this up, however at the time it was after the Maddox incident where Bruce wanted to disassemble Data, so Data's reaction is hardly surprising. There are plot holes, but at least its been somewhat retconned and covered a bit. Not 100% perfectly, but nothing is usually when retcons are involved.

 

The whole holograms can also be sentient thing has been totally ignored in Picard, I assume because they want to focus on androids/synths, but then having 4+ holograms on the show, and also using the same actor is a bit meh,. especially when he cant do accents for toffee, is a bit cheeky. A simple line about the Doctor from Voyager would have been a nice nod at least.

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Thanks for the info. Definitely a reach for me! As you say, Maddox had already established that the only way to really find out how Data ticked would be to disassemble him. So obviously he wouldn’t relish being examined by anyone else. 

 

The Romulan cyberneticists/Nazi doctors comparison feels like shutting down the conversation with a striking/slightly upsetting mental image that nobody would want to poke at any further. To do so almost seems in bad taste. Suffice it to say, I’m pretty sure cyberneticists don’t swear a Hippocratic oath.

 

As to ‘nit-picking’, I don’t see that any of the things I’ve raised fit that description. Nit-picking is noting a lamp moved between rooms in different episodes, that someone is using a scientific tricorder instead of a medical one, or that you can briefly see a boom-mike. It’s stuff that most people would never notice. This is stuff that slapped me in the face. 

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57 minutes ago, Mr Ben said:

It'd been handwaved away already when I last looked. Its even on Memory Alpha's Cyberneticist page now:

Also the lines in the TNG episode are:

Which sort of backs this up, however at the time it was after the Maddox incident where Bruce wanted to disassemble Data, so Data's reaction is hardly surprising. There are plot holes, but at least its been somewhat retconned and covered a bit. Not 100% perfectly, but nothing is usually when retcons are involved.

 

The whole holograms can also be sentient thing has been totally ignored in Picard, I assume because they want to focus on androids/synths, but then having 4+ holograms on the show, and also using the same actor is a bit meh,. especially when he cant do accents for toffee, is a bit cheeky. A simple line about the Doctor from Voyager would have been a nice nod at least.

They have been in talks with Robert Picardo so something may come of that.

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Also a Vulcan wearing sunglasses, even if she is half Vulcan, is ridiculous.

 

The reason given is absolute rubbish too:

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In "The End is the Beginning", Oh is shown wearing sunglasses. This was specified in the script as a homage to Danish-French actress Anna Karina. [2] It was previously established by T'Pol in "The Forge" that Vulcans don't need eye protection due to the existence of an inner eyelid.

On that account, Michael Chabon said the following on this post's comment section: "Let me try to be clearer: Oh has read Jurati's psychological profile, and something in it, a tendency in Jurati's relationship to authority figures, has led her to prepare both her manner and her appearance very carefully. [...] This is behavior that cops, soldiers, and teenagers, among others, engage in all the time."

Its actually established in ToS episode, where Spock goes blind temporarily (Operation -- Annihilate!) due to Bones using him as a guinea pig to eradicate the parasite from his nervous system.

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Discovery set the bar for how established canon was going to be treated so it really is no surprise at how loose it seems on Picard.

 

I am eager to see how they depict the Klingon look in this era. Imagine Worf looking like a Discovery Klingon and the fan uproar. I have to imagine they will go with the Worf we are so used to seeing (that's if we even see Klingons at all in this series).

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3 hours ago, Jg15 said:

Discovery set the bar for how established canon was going to be treated so it really is no surprise at how loose it seems on Picard.

 

I am eager to see how they depict the Klingon look in this era. Imagine Worf looking like a Discovery Klingon and the fan uproar. I have to imagine they will go with the Worf we are so used to seeing (that's if we even see Klingons at all in this series).

Yes, but Worf is a Northern Klingon.

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22 minutes ago, hub2 said:

Yes, but Worf is a Northern Klingon.

Lots of planets have a north (sorry wrong franchise).

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It’s not a ripoff of

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mass effect, it’s Star Trek once again ripping off Babylon 5. 

 

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1 hour ago, Papaya Dance said:

You mean Wales, England?

 

Wahales, engerlandchestershershire actually. 

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Jurati had the pleasure of meeting Space Satan on a starship once. She was surprisingly thirsty, and VERY beautiful.

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