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Ceciri Ariadust

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  1. The Fenris Rangers - an organization that sprung up after the Federation withdrawal and the Romulan collapse to help bring justice to the oppressed, and to fight the warlordism that the region could descend to without an organization to bring peace to chaos. With its own ships, beacons and well known among people operating in the zone, good people and ne’er do wells.  

    While many say that there is an organization within Starfleet that does a similar job, the Starfleet Rangers, any Fenris Ranger might argue that they're often too timid to do what must be done, and too bound by the fickle political will of the Federation and restrictive rules of engagement of Starfleet. Some officers left Starfleet to join the Fenris Rangers, such as Icheb and Seven of Nine, and while it has had mixed results, it was undoubtedly a force for stability within the former Romulan Neutral Zone and bordering sectors.    

    Would you be one of these officers who leave Starfleet? To join an organization attempting to be justice in a dark galaxy by any means necessary? Or do you feel that vigilantism, even well-intentioned, is a danger to people as justice can become vengeance? Let us know in the comments!


  2. The nature of Starfleet is as a combined service within the universe, responding to not only exploration and scientific missions, but also crisis and emergencies. Starfleet Officers are called on to address multiple different situations, some of them intensely dangerous, and a lot tense. Some situations may be as innocent as freighting medicine to an outpost, or as dangerous as facing a battle group in one ship. But maybe none are more fraught with personal danger and worry as needing to rescue your Captain from hostage-takers. 


    No series within the franchise did this better than Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the episode "Allegiance", unbeknownst to him, Picard was replaced with a doppelgänger when kidnapped from the Enterprise and held captive. It takes the crew of the Enterprise to realise he’s not the real Picard and together, they refuse to follow his orders, effectively removing him from command. We see this again later in the series, though to much greater repercussions, in the episode “The Best of Both Worlds” in which Picard is abducted and partially assimilated by the Borg, rescued by Data and Worf from the Borg Cube. And also in Voyager, in the episode "Renaissance Man", where the Doctor had to deceive the crew in order to rescue Janeway from the Hierarchy.


    This week, we want to know how your character would respond to a hostage situation. Would you go in guns blazing, or try to sneakily enlist your crew to help with the rescue? How would you deal with it?

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  3. I picked the Defiant-class because.. well, it's always reminded me a lot more of a purpose built ship, and it's limitations make it more interesting to me, since well, the Galaxy class can go on longer in deep space, but the Defiant has a time limit in how long it can be on mission.

    (That said, my second choice is the Nova-class)

    I can't say I like any of the others, but I'd like to see a modern refit of at least the Miranda-class. (Because, honestly, my favorite ship class is actually from STO.. <_<)


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  4. It depends on how far out into the EU you go into. (Section 31 is an extant force being actively worked with in Starfleet Command in quite a few of those books).

    Personally, I've always thought that Section 31 existing as a thing is pretty logical, but I didn't really like how Discovery just went all down that hole. (Of course, in Discovery, they were attacking Earth, so I can understand why they'd resort to any-measures thinking. And consider, it's canon that we attempted to blow up Quo'nos.)


    I don't really like Section 31 as more than something the heroes have to overcome.

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    True it wasn’t like the shows from years ago. It had a modern look. Or to quote someone “It looked to advanced.”


    Uhhh wait I’m sorry, but this is the future and from what I know things are supposed to be advanced. Yes, back in the day the LCARS DisplayFusion was considered futuristic, but now with the graphics they have people say it’s too much? I truly don’t get it. 

    Because it's too advanced compared to TNG/DS9/VOY which come after it in the chronological order. It's more advanced than TOS, which occurs chronologically in the same time frame! This is the problem with prequels. (And I do still hold this to a lesser degree against Discovery, but it's not the main reason I don't like it.)


    So I guess my real question is why have people lost their love for the show just because things have changed? Some of it to reflect the universe as it should be and of course some that we could live without. 

    As I stated above though if your a true fan shouldn’t you be able to find something that you love regardless? The shows can’t truly be so bad that it would make you not still love the franchise of old. So why can’t people find things about the new shows to like?

    Because being a fan of something does not mean you have to like everything in the fandom. There's no such thing as a true or false fan of something. If you like something, you're a fan of it, really. 

  6. I really really wish they hadn't killed the science officer. He was too smug on purpose, so you'd want him killed. It was a waste of good character tension. (They *literally* telegraphed from his appearance that he was dead.)

    Tilly.. I still don't get her. Probably because I don't.. really like this character type very much. At all. Burnham was tolerable, but they need to stop writing her as 'always right, always wise'. The vulnerabilities she shown helped but..

    Eh. It's meh. The plot line is OK, but not terrible, and the Enterprise not being used in an all out war was laughably silly. So was the 'emergency protocols' - but that's Trek for you, and clearly a plot element. 

    That said, I look forward to E2. This was terrible, yes, but they're relaunching, so I'll give it another shot. 

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  7. Quick thoughts: 

    If, like me, you find Tilly and Burnham incredibly annoying, you won't like this episode. I'm reserving judgement as to whether or not this will tell across the entire season.

    The 'previously on' was OK, the 3 minutes of flashback story could.. have been compressed. There is such a thing as overpromising, and I felt this was a thing. I bring this up because this is a reoccurring problem in the episode, and after a while, I wanted to scream 'I GET IT. CAN WE MOVE ON?'.

    The obvious foil being killed was too on the nose. The storyline I feel presages a fairly obvious spore drive twist, but let's see if they do that. Several explanations were ... well.. shoehorning, but whatever, first episode.

    Personally, I think that trailer was a mistake, but what do I know about grabbing people's attention?

    That is to say: I feel this episode is a resounding meh. Still enough for me to want to see if season 2 is better than 1.


  8. 9 hours ago, Trellis Vondaryan said:

    There has been talk of doing anthology seasons (like American Horror Story or Fargo). If that's the case then one season post-Enterprise, pre-TOS wouldn't necessarily be that constraining. A second season (if there was one) could be post-VOY or somewhere else in the timeline.

    That I'd really look forward to. Hell, imagine just one season of the Cardassian Border Skirmish...

  9. I just finished seeing it. I don't think I really like it, but I don't dislike it.  From what I'm reading, I think I'm going to dislike what a lot of people liked



    From the top, in order of apperaence

    I like how the start portrays Kirk as a man who isn't sure of what he's doing or what he is - more's the pity that it didn't use this framework more! Had there been more scenes with Kirk strugging to define himself through the movie, I think this framing device would have worked. As it is, it just feels.. underused.

    The Yorktown. Who thought that up, and can they be fired from ever designing starbases again? As the movie demonstrated, it was in fact a very fragile snowflake and I see they don't know the meaning of the word 'redundancy' or 'emergency bioattack'. From the perspective of looks: great. From the perspective of 'being a functional starbase', terrible. I will say that I liked the scenes sit there, but really -really-, guys?

    The character moments on board the Yorktown were good - the quiet moment of Sulu's family, Uhura and Spock, it demonstrated the bonds of family. Granted, it was also an excuse to GET YOU WORRIED but I expect that.

    The Enterprise being destroyed: ... Yeah. Sure. OK. You done doing this? You can stop just blowing up the ship to punch up the drama. It gets old, and I really didn't liked how the movie kept going 'Nope, not going to succeed'. Although the moment where it crashes into the planet a-la Troi was pretty great. 

    Obvious traitor was kinda obvious, incidentally. I will give them credit that you kinda wonder a little but it was unfortunatly too heavily foreshadowed.Uh.. 

    Krall just happened to find this supertech. I'm sure, writers, I'm sure.  Also, you mind not giving him All The Obvious Villain Lines from TVTropes? That'd be cool too. Hell, why don't you make him make sense? Have some gray? Not alternatively be both insanely smart (please don't tell me that all of that info is available by hacking on the probes, seriously) and insanely dumb (people sneak in while he's about to launch ALL THE SHIPS). 

    And at this point you can see why I didn't like the movie. I didn't like the villain. He was more .. off than anything, like they just wanted him to be creepy and disturbing and I'm sure that might have worked but it really didn't. The fact he forgot about the Franklin is just.. something. And only at the very end of the movie do they bother to explain that he might have some reasoning for what he was, but even that was weak.

    That all said, I'll probably still buy it. A C- rating is still watchable, after all. >_>

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