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Jussie Smollett written out of last 2 episodes, but NOT fired

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From Fox News:

Jussie Smollett’s character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox’s “Empire,” the show’s executives said Friday.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” co-creators Lee Daniels and Brett Mahoney and executive producers Danny Strong, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer told Fox News.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” the statement continued.

Big media was so quick to fire Roseanne Barr for a dumb but legal tweet, but only reluctantly does Fox write Jussie out of two episodes, with the implication that they hope he only gets a slap on the wrist so they can use him next season.

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February 22, 2019 at EST pm

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The Orville S02E06 “A Happy Refrain”

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The ship’s doctor, Claire Finn, gets romantic with Isaac, the robot.

This was the most hilarious episode of a science fiction series that I have ever watched.

This season, The Orville is at is best when it’s a workplace dramedy in space. And at its worst when it tries to do earnest science fiction, like the previous week’s horrible episode about The Orville visiting a planet that believes in astrology.

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February 4, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Star Trek, Television

Star Trek Discovery S02E02

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Better than the first episode of the season, but I don’t like where they are going with the religious crap, nor do I like Pike’s weird interpretation of the Prime Directive.

They find a planet with fugitives from Earth. That’s NOT an alien planet, that’s a planet with our own people on it, so it would not violate any version of the Prime Directive I’ve ever heard explained to provide them with answers about Earth and technological support. I have no doubt that Captain Kirk would have done the right thing. And this show is supposed to take place before TOS and not during the more uptight and morally preachy TNG error.

Also, Captain Kirk would be pissed off at aliens passing themselves off as “angels,” and not in any way moved or awed by it. Remember the lesson of Who Mourns for Adonais? “Mankind has no need for Gods.”

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January 28, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

The Orville S02E05 “All the World Is Birthday Cake”

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I was very disappointed with this episode, the weakest so far of the season, and perhaps even the series.

They make first contact with a new planet. Why does everyone on this planet speak English? OK, I get that The Orville is an homage to Star Trek, and in Star Trek aliens always speak English, and the reason is that if aliens spoke a foreign language that no one in Star Fleet could understand, then they wouldn’t be able to have all those episodes with cool stories about Riker and those guys getting into all sorts of trouble with alien races.

Another problem with the alien planet is that it appears to have a single government and single culture (a monoculture) for the entire planet, which happens every single planet they come across. The only planet we know of with intelligent life, that is our own planet, is balkanized with many governments and many cultures, so it’s logical to assume that most other pre-space-faring planets would also be like that. But once again, they are copying Star Trek.

So let’s get to the REAL problems with this episode.

It’s totally believable that an alien race would have stupid beliefs that our obviously false to those not indoctrinated in the belief system. So it’s believable that the planet could have astrology as their religion, but it’s absolutely NOT believable that people who appear to have the same level of technology as 21st century Earth would not be aware that planets in other solar systems would have different solar years and their sun would not be in the same part of the sky at the same time. And if the other solar system was far enough away, the sky would be totally different and they wouldn’t see the same constellations.An no one from the Orville even tries to make any of these arguments.

When dealing with an advanced alien species, putting their people in prison seems like a bad idea, even if you find them disgusting or repugnant. People rational enough to create an advanced civilization would be rational enough to know that the smart thing to do would be to not antagonize aliens. Telling Captain Mercer to take his people off the planet would make so much more sense. And once again, I never even heard Mercer say “why pay money to keep them in prison, we’ll just take our people off your hands and we’ll never come back.”

So I couldn’t get past all of the stuff in this episode that doesn’t make any sense. Big thumbs down.

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However, I liked Ted Danson as an admiral. And it’s intriguing that hired an actress with a prole Rustbelt accent to replace Alara. That’s Jessica Szohr, and I couldn’t quite recognize her under all the alien makeup, but I now remember that she played a prole girl on Gossip Girl.

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January 26, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

The Orville S02E04 “Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes” vs Star Trek Discovery S02E01 “Brother”

There are big spoilers for the Orville episode. No spoilers for the DIS episode because there’s nothing in it worth spoiling.

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January 20, 2019 at EST pm

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The Orville S02E03 “Home”


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January 14, 2019 at EST am

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The Orville S02E02 “Primal Urges”

How many times have I complained that in “real life” the holodeck would be used for holosex?

Well, that was finally addressed in this week’s episode of The Orville, where Bortus is addicted to holodeck sex. Boldly going where no science fiction show has ever gone before.

The only downside of this episode is that it was not as funny as last week’s episode, although there was some delightfully raunchy humor involving Bortus’s porn fetishes.

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Spoiler ahead:

Picard would have let all the people on the planet die rather than save them, because saving them would violate the Prime Directive. And that’s why I hated Star Trek TNG, and why Orville is a better series.

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January 4, 2019 at EST pm

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The Orville, S02E01

48 minutes of pure enjoyment, season 2 starts out strong. The jacket with the ornamental zippers was especially hilarious. I also loved the holodeck pickup-artist simulator.

I love how this episode pays humorous homage to the TOS episode Amok Time which was also the first episode of a second season. But should we worry about the show drifting too much into parody?

Too bad Yaphit wasn’t in this episode, but I understand that he uses up a lot the special effects budget when he appears.

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And I still like Isaac way better than Data.

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January 1, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Star Trek, Television

The Orville in the Wall Street Journal

When the sci-fi adventure series “The Orville” made its debut last year, TV critics opened fire, panning it as “a deep-space dud,” “creatively, morally and ethically bankrupt,” and “the strangest misfire of the fall season.”

Still, “The Orville” survived and thrived. The Fox show about the crew of a spaceship on a mission of exploration and diplomacy had support from a surprising group of allies: “Star Trek” fans, including some who rebelled against “Star Trek: Discovery,” a TV series introduced at the same time.

Stupid critics, they obviously just panned the show because it doesn’t advance SJWism (despite being the first TV series to show the discrimination faced by gelatinous persons).

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December 26, 2018 at EST am

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Manifest (TV series on NBC)

I caught up with this series, and although it kept me coming back to each episode, overall I feel that the series is crap, and I anticipate that after the first season is over (currently in intermission), I will feel like watching the whole thing was a big waste.

I definitely recommend Travelers over this.

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December 17, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Television

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