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  1. I actually think of Odo as a very emotional character, he just isn't a very emotive character (also I think Data is a very emotive character and I liked him, but in the episodes where Brent Spiner gets to play other characters I did definitely wish he got to do more). I'm only on season 5 so I don't know how Odo ends up, but I was really into the stuff with him and Kira. I think with a weaker actor he just isn't sympathetic at all and all his inner conflicts just aren't engaging, but Rene Auberjonois really makes the characterwork, for me at least.
  2. I'm watching the DS9 episode where they go onto the original Enterprise with a lot of TOS footage and this is an enjoyable episode. The stuff about the Klingons that no one recognizes as Klingons and Worf just says 'It's a long story, we don't talk about it with outsiders" and that's the end of that was great.
  3. I have a co-worker I talk to a lot about Star Trek, he's actually the one who got me to watch DS9 and Voyager after only ever watching TNG (and TOS) multiple times. He's talked about how big of a deal it was for him (as a Chinese guy) just to have a Chinese guy in Star Trek finally in Voyager. Thanks for the episode list, I'm planning on just watching every episode, but I'll keep it handy so if there's an episode I'm really not digging I can see if there's a reason to stick around or if I'm safe skipping to the next one.
  4. I'm watching a Voyager episode and I'm not very far in, but so far it's just Chakotay talking about spirit animals and Kim talking about an ancient Chinese curse. This is like the 5th episode or so so I get that none of the characters are really established at this point and are all pretty one-dimensional, but so far it's kind of just... yeah.
  5. I'd seen the trailer so I already knew that that was how they were approaching the show, but man that's basically the most off-putting way to pitch a Star Trek show to me. I was hoping the movies meant they could have all their fun and action and lens flares in those and have the TV show stay modest and focused on interesting ideas instead of cinematic set-pieces. Oh well, I guess I hope it does well because if it does the chances of me getting something new that I like are higher than if it flops and gets canned, but I will most likely not watch Discover at all.
  6. I've just started Voyager and it seems like it's much more of a hard sci-fi focused show than TNG and especially DS9. I'm only 3-4 episodes in so I'm not sure if it'll stay like this, but so far every episode has had some sort of convoluted plot involving quantum singularities or subspace fractures or whatever and there hasn't be much focus on the characters. I'm watching concurrently with DS9 so I don't mind having one be the show with the interesting characters and the other being the show with the Twilight Zone speculative fiction plots, but I'm sure the show will change as time goes on. Also I love Robert Picardo.
  7. Wet Hot American Summer

    This is where I am (including having trouble articulating me feeling about it). Like the original was a super over the top parody, but the new seasons have an additional layer of intentional self awareness that makes it harder for me to engage with them in the same way. In the movie Coop is trying to be a goofy character from an old 80's summer camp movie, but in the new ones he's very much trying to be Michael Showalter in a wig playing a goofy character from a 2001 summer camp movie.
  8. Wet Hot American Summer

    I watched 10 Years Later this past weekend and felt exactly the same about it as I did with First Day of Camp, which is to say I didn't like it. WHAS the movie is something I absolute adore. On multiple occasions I've watched the movie and as soon as the credits ended just started the movie over again on the spot which puts it in exclusive company with Airplane! for me. For some reason though these sequels just don't do anything for me. I'm not sure if it's that they're taking things too far or if it's the way they're messing with the characters, but for whatever reason the jokes just don't land the same way for me and while I've tried super hard to like both of these seasons I've just ended up really disappointed. I was really looking forward to this new season too after reading that it was inspired by Singles and the Big Chill and I assumed that it was going to have a different tone than First Day of Camp and maybe be a little more serious with the characters and less over the top, but it felt the exact same as the last one to me.
  9. Baby Driver (Boss Baby Successor)

    I'm taking that example way to literally, but if you took Baby and replaced him with Wallace from The Wire the movie would be completely different for me. They both play a good-hearted kid that falls on hard times and gets mixed up in some bad shit, but the difference is that for me Baby doesn't (and isn't meant to) fulfill the role of being a real person. Baby for me was basically just like the cars in the film, he was there to get the movie from point A to point B and keep it engaging in-between. He was somewhere between a very thin character and a vehicle, but he wasn't there as a human being. Having him be a shy awkward kid who spends all his time in his room making beats worked for that better for me than if he were more interesting or outgoing. I didn't love the film though so I could be totally wrong!
  10. Baby Driver (Boss Baby Successor)

    Man this sums up my experience watching this movie. I had a good time watching it, can't imagine I'll watch it again anytime soon. A year or two back I was listening to a podcast as it was coming out, Goodfellas Minute, where the hosts and their guests talk about Goodfellas one minute at a time, so an each episode is 10-15 minutes of people talking about a single minute of the film in order. It works because there's so much going on between the actual film and the history of Henry Hill and the background and all the little details that come from someone like Scorsese. Even the first minute which was just a black screen with the white titles scrolling by made for an interesting listen because they talked about the font and how Scorsese really liked the opening to Vertigo so he ended up just getting the same guy who did the Vertigo title sequence to do Goodfellas. Listening to all 145 minutes of that podcast made me really appreciate how few movies there are that have so much going on that every individual minute of the film is interesting in it's own way. Baby Driver is definitely a movie that you could dissect a minute at a time, easily.
  11. Movie/TV recommendations

    So I watched Paterson the other night and I liked it, but some things in it didn't work for me personally. Basically all of it boils down to "I wanted this movie to be more of something that it wasn't trying to be in the first place". Basically I really liked the premise and a lot of what the movie did (and for the record I'm a big Jarmusch fan), but I think I wanted more grounded-vignette-of-a-normal-dude's-life and less quirky-indie-movie (half-way through the movie I stopped and thought to myself about how much I felt like I was just watching 500 Days of Summer or something). Like the parts where he encounters the little girl or the Japanese man on the bench were just so serendipitous that it made things feel a little saccharine to me. It was like having a normal like life where you do the same thing every day wasn't good enough so Paterson has to have all these special encounters to make his life worthwhile which didn't really work for me. The scene with Method Man did work for me though, I guess because the encounter happened as the result of Paterson hearing his verses and going out of his way to listen and that made the whole shared moment something that came from within the characters and not just the script. One thing I'm not totally sure about is the daily interactions with his co-worker where he talks about what's going on with his life. I like the whole thing, it does a good job of portraying the sort of conversations you have where you're asking what's new to get a sense that things are changing despite the fact that every day things are essentially still the same, but also at the same time you're just kind of going through the motions out of routine. What I'm not 100% sure how I feel about is how on the last day his co-worker just figures Paterson doesn't care and leaves. Is this supposed to be like a whole relationship arc for them over one week? Presumably before the movie starts they've been doing this for years and is this the one week where the guy just decides to stop? For me I can relate to the scenes a lot, and I've been the co-worker where I know someone doesn't really care all that much about what's going outside of work, but I'll rant for my own sake as much as theirs just so I can get it off my chest and I'm glad to have a sympathetic ear even if it's an unresponsive one. Maybe this isn't the end of some sort of relationship between those two characters, I could totally see the other guy coming by again come Monday and rambling on to Paterson again and the cycle continues. Regarding his girlfriend once again I'm conflicted, but I think I might have misheard a line that changed how I framed everything. When she decides she wants to get a guitar so she can fulfill her dream of being a country singer I thought Paterson mumbled "You wanted a dog..." meaning first she wanted their bulldog and now she wants a guitar and in a week she might want something else and it would totally make sense that between these things and her art and her aspirations of stardom we're being shown how she's feeling unfulfilled and looking for some sort of outlet, and from Paterson's point of view he loves her and wants to make her happy, but obviously money is tight. If this is the case part of me wishes the film had had to address the end result of this sort of thing, which is getting to a point where you're forced to say "I want more than anything for you to be happy, but there just isn't any more money". Then again the movie does present a picture where I would totally just buy a "Well, money's tight, but we'll find a way to make it work..." sort of thing, and to undercut this whole paragraph the more I think about it the more I think I just misheard Adam Driver mumbling and he didn't mention the dog at all and rather than the scene being about spending money you can't afford in the hopes of wish-fulfillment it's actually the opposite and about finding ways to be happy and fulfilled even in lean times and how special it is to have someone who supports you. To talk about something positive, I liked the bar scenes a lot. Seeing Paterson leave with his dog every night always got me excited. I also really like resulting scene, probably my favorite in the movie, where Paterson passes the actor-boyfriend (I'm really bad at names, if Paterson wasn't the most used word in the film I would be calling Adam Driver Adam Driver) on the sidewalk after the incident the night before. The way they just sort of approach each-other and there's some awkwardness, but then it ends with a good character moment where they both ask each other how they're doing and they both say they're doing fine despite having both just lost something big to them and there's the line exchanged about there always being another day capped off with "see you around" and it does a great job of showing how all the little things don't really matter it's the big picture that's important. Lots of movies are based around some big event happening, but in Paterson the big event is just life so one thing that happened one night isn't really that important, you get over it and move on and grow. This isn't totally fitting, but it made me think of the Richard Linklater quote about high school, "The stakes were really low. To get Aerosmith tickets or not? That’s a big thing. It was really rare when the star-crossed lovers from the opposite side of the tracks and the girl gets pregnant and there’s a car crash and somebody dies. That didn’t really happen much. But riding around and trying to look for something to do with the music cranked up, now that happened a lot!". I definitely ended up writing more than than I expected, so that's probably a good indication that it's a good movie. I guess I didn't state it at all earlier, but I am also a career-minimum-wage-worker so I definitely appreciated a lot of what the film went for. Definitely something I'll have to watch again sometime.
  12. Split

    I remember seeing it and going in really cynical and halfway through being really surprised in a good way because it was pretty good and engaging and yes McAvoy is fantastic in it. Then by the end I was kind of not that big of a fan anymore. I already don't remember a lot of the specifics about the movie, but I think essentially I thought the movie might have been trying to say something interesting about trauma and abuse and judging people and that just never really happened. Also I just thought the ending was really stupid.
  13. Movie/TV recommendations

    I'm curious what you're referring to here as for me the problems I have with the prequels aren't in A New Hope. There's lots of problems, but for me above everything else the primary flaw with the prequel movies is just that they're really fucking boring. I've always attributed a lot of this as to being due to Lucas getting older and being drawn to different things (for example a guy in his late 50's might be really into trade routes and tax disputes in a way that a guy in his early 30's wasn't and less interested in other things).