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Staten Island on SNL Weekend Update

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November 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

The Orville S01E10 “Firestorm”

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Not my favorite episode.

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November 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

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Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

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Does the tea have any sugar in it?

Does it have caffeine in it? Or is caffeine banned in the future and the replicator only makes decaffeinated tea?

Why can’t Picard just ask for “tea”? Isn’t the computer smart enough to remember what kind of tea he likes? Even my iPhone, early 21st century technology, remembers my favorite apps.

Why can’t Picard program a button on the replicator or even on his desk to make his favorite tea, so he doesn’t have to talk to the computer and sound like a dork?

Why does he like tea so much if he’s supposed to be French? French like coffee, not tea. (Of course, you may as well ask why he talks with an English accent and not a French accent.)

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November 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

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Discovery theories

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Addressing internet speculation about what’s going on.

All spoilers ahead

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November 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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Star Trek Discovery S01E09 “Into the Forest I Go”

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Some random thoughts (I’ve added some edits and additional thoughts since the original version of this post last night):

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November 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm

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The Orville S01E09 “Cupid’s Dagger”

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Another enjoyable and hilarious episode. It was good enough that I could ignore the episode’s homosexual undertones.

Glad to see that Yaphit, the gelatinous alien crewmember, finally got a decent amount of airtime.

This series has definitely found its groove.

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November 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm

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Dirk Benedict hated the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica

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https://mjolnirmagazine.blogspot.com/2017/09/starbuck-lost-in-castration-by-dirk.html

That’s a must-read rant from Dirk Benedict, who played Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series from 1978.

“Re-imagining”, they call it. “Un-imagining” is more accurate. To take what once was and twist it into what never was intended. So that a television show based on hope, spiritual faith, and family is unimagined and regurgitated as a show of despair, sexual violence and family dysfunction. To better reflect the times of ambiguous morality in which we live, one would assume. A show in which the aliens (Cylons) are justified in their desire to destroy our civilisation. One would assume. Indeed, let us not say who are the good guys and who are the bad. That is being “judgemental” [sic]. And that kind of (simplistic) thinking went out with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne and, well the original Battlestar Galactica.

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November 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

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Additional commentary on starship captain rankings

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To follow-up on my rankings:

William Shatner as James T. Kirk was the original starship captain. Without him, probably none of those other shows would have ever existed (although one could make the case that Battlestar Galactica was inspired more by Star Wars than by Star Trek). When I think of Star Trek, I think of James T. Kirk and not Jean-Luc Picard. I am really bewildered that there is actually a debate out there on the internet about who is the better captain. The people who are pro-Picard must be too young to have watched the original series before The Next Generation aired.

Patrick Stewart himself may be a better actor than William Shatner, but Stewart is miscast as a starship captain. Stewart is unable to play Picard without giving off the vibe that he thinks the role is beneath him. Shatner, on the other, never thought it was beneath him to play Captain Kirk.

In addition to the acting, the character of Picard created by the writers turns me off. Why does an allegedly French guy have a British accent? His constantly ordering “Tea! Earl Gray! Hot!” grates on me. I can’t stand his moral smugness and unquestioning adherence to the Prime Directive. That’s why The Inner Light is the best episode of TNG, because Stewart was great as a guy living out his life on a doomed planet, but he sucks as a starship captain.

However, in a nod to Stewart’s acting ability as well as an acknowledgement that Picard is the second Star Trek captain, I still place him ahead of many other starship captains, including Janeway and Archer. I liked the Enterprise series, but Bakula just didn’t have any gravitas as a starship captain. Putting Quark (the garbage scow captain, not the Ferengi) ahead of Janeway is my comic way of pointing out how much I can’t stand Janeway. (Regarding the other Quark: the episode where Quark assembles an all-Ferengi commando team to rescue his mother who’s being held captive by the dominion is the funniest of all Star Trek episodes.)

Sisko is a cool captain (although technically, he did not initially have the rank of Captain, and was always in charge of a space station and not a starship). The episode where he imagines that he’s a science fiction writer in the early twentieth century who’s discriminated against because he’s black is a pretty darn good episode. Sisko has a joie de vivre that Picard, played by Stewart, is lacking.

I like starship captains with gravitas, and that’s why Lorca, and both incarnations of Commander Adama round out the top four. The original Battlestar Galactica series had too much camp and silliness and incorrect scientific language, but Lorne Greene demonstrated how the guy in charge could simultaneously have gravitas while being a fatherly figure, something that Picard never pulled off very well. (Commander Adama actually had children, which Picard didn’t.)

In the original Battlestar series, the main characters on the show were Apollo and Starbuck, not Commander Adama, so while it may be a first for an official Star Trek series that in Discovery, the captain is not the main character, the concept was already done in the 1970s so it’s certainly not original. Captain Lorca may have only a supporting role, but he has more gravitas than any other Star Trek captain, even Kirk.

Finally, let’s talk about Seth MacFarlane. I love The Orville, but unfortunately the weakest link in the show is Seth MacFarlane as Captain Mercer. He keeps saying “oh my god” like he’s a teenage girl and not a captain of a starship. This is even worse than “Tea! Earl Gray! Hot!”

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November 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

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TV starship captains, from best to worst

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William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Lorne Greene as Commander Adama
Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca
Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama
Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Seth MacFarlane as Ed Mercer
Richard Benjamin as Adam Quark
Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway

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November 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

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Star Trek Discovery S01E08 “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

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Si vis pacem, para bellum is Latin proverb. If you want peace, prepare for war. Not a very liberal-sounding proverb, is it? Ronald Reagan said “peace through strength,” and how the liberals hated him. Yet during the Reagan administration we saw the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

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November 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

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