AttenuationHz wrote: ↑
21 Oct 2017
Star-Trek is a joke not at all what I was expecting. Modern twist on the show is ruining its Nature. Gene Roddenberry would be turning in his grave. Passes the time though but not a show stopper. Them Klingons wtf. Wasn't the Klingon language invented by linguists just sounds like they are trying to read off the cards. Very slow and passive although the more aggressive war lord in the current episode is a bit more like it. You need your villains to be villains no?
Oh good lord, STD. Yes, every time a Klingon appears the show grinds to a screeching (quite literally) halt, with the most tedious of longeurs. The "because we can with this budget" make-up of all head-rubberisation affords the actors no facial expression, which might be fine an episode of Doctor Who
where the baddie has two lines of diaogue, this doesn't work at all when the poor actors have to carry five minutes of screen time and the entire plot. And the use of ALL CAPS for the subtitles (ok, it's technically small caps, but the effective result is ALL CAPS!) is, as you'd expect with ALL CAPS, hard work to read (at least it's white with a black stroke; if it had been produced by Trailer Park, it'd have been all black with 50% transparency or something).
But then the massive body armour affords the actors no movement, so it's just of two big blocks of rubber and fibreglass shouting motionless at each other for five minutes at an expressionist angle, half hidden in lens flare being produced from a non-existent point of light. Michael is, atm at least, just a really unlikeable character; Saru is an idiot. The tech guy is ok. But really it's only Jason Fucking Isaacs holding the thing together right now. Fortunately, his character is interesting enough I'll stick with it. I mean, it's Jason Fucking Isaacs. He makes everything slightly better
I've never been a big ST person; I've seen plenty of the TOS, and some TNG, and a few DS9, which I did like but was at uni at the time so didn't really get a chance to view it regularly. I only saw a couple of VOY and ENT each before I lost the will to live.
But just this past week, I finished a complete watch of DS9. And while it's certainly a product of its age, there's really only a handful of totally rubbish episodes. I did skip two that were boring me to tears: the Troi/Odo one and another I've already forgotten; I did stick it out through "Profit & Lace" though, purely because of its terrible reputation, and indeed, what the fuck were they thinking?
However, DS9 is, IMO peak Trek. Most of it is at least good, and much of it is excellent. By far it has the most consistent main and recurring cast, both in terms of characters and actors. (TNG has Picard, Data, and Worf but the rest of the cast is pretty awful, Colm Meaney excepted, cos he's so great in DS9). Other than maybe Jake and Nog, there's no real weak link in the regulars. And funnily enough, like with Clone Wars
' Ahsoka, as I mentioned on The Last Jedi
trailer thread, they managed to take a terrible character and performance in season 1, and turn it into a deep, compelling, brilliant character arc with an equally good performance, by season 6/7.
(Yes, I'm talking about fuckin' Nog!)