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  1. Yep, it’s tough to lose great moments in episodes that are a bit wayward. Sarek’s a great shout, although there’s a lot of latent knowledge of Vulcans sort of expected. Devil’s Due is fun, but doesn’t really show anything new about him. I love Conundrum because it shows all the crew’s true colours even though they’ve lost their memories. It’s really an ensemble piece though. The Pegasus would be great even though it’s Riker’s, and I’ve been thinking about The First Duty in the same vein. But if she’s only seen Wesley in Q-Who, she might not give a shit. Perhaps Datalore IS the answer! 😉 One really fun episode I thought of that might work is Disaster - the whole crew’s involved, not too much tech beyond the MacGuffin filament thing, also puts Picard outside his comfort zone with kids. On a different topic, I’ve been thinking about The Pegasus and how it actually provides a reasonable justification for Riker not getting another Captaincy offer until Nemesis.
  2. Yeah, I might see how it goes with that. Cheers! Also, I goofed - Captain Picard Day is from The Pegasus. It's a belter, but not Picard-focused. Also also, I'm modding a Diamond Select Enterprise D! Painting and marking windows to drill atm. Has anybody built any ST models before?
  3. Okay, I've been thinking about the Picard show and how I would love to watch it with my wife. She's not a Star Trek fan, although she's got nothing specifically against it. I've been thinking about a very, very lean playlist (like, ten episodes) of Picard-based TNG that I could prime her with and, hopefully, hook her on the character. I'm looking to avoid technobabble or in-jokes - the goal is to showcase the character and what people love about him in the shortest possible timeframe. I came up with the following which captures some great Picard stuff, sets up recurring themes and will hopefully hold the attention of a non-fan, but I'd like some second opinions: Q Who? - Sets up Q and the Borg, exciting with some hubris that Picard acknowledges. Plus Whoopi Goldberg! Measure of a Man - Great episode in general, everyone loves Data, sets up Riker/Picard relationship and has some weighty SirPatStew speeches. Who Watches the Watchers? - Prime 'Prime Directive' episode. Picard as a deity: great stuff. Plus she'll recognise Ray Wise from Twin Peaks. Best of Both Worlds - Return of the Borg. Obviously Picard is central, but also calls back to Riker 'rivalry' from Measure. Also required for the following episode... Family - Top, top work. Great episode, no technobabble, mostly Picard. The Drumhead - Great acting, relevant themes, that speech. Q-Pid? - Fun episode, Picard as Robin Hood, his relationship with women. Plus Q returning. The Perfect Mate - Interesting moral Picard-centric episode with a few fun bits. Plus Famke Janssen guesting. The Inner Light - This is coincidently the only episode she's seen before. All Picard and almost no reversing of polarities to create inverse tachion pulses. Perfect. Tapestry - Captain Picard Day ftw. Many of the stuffy elements of the character get exorcised and explored here. Plus Q. Attached - Relationship with Beverly. Plus it's a cool concept. I especially like the croissant bit. First Contact (the film) - Resolution of the Borg plot. Interesting, easy-going, fun film. Moby Dick references. A1 SirPatStew speeches about drawing lines. There are tons of great moments missing, but I want crowd pleasers with lots of Picard. Chain of Command is a sizeable omission but it's a bit heavy - I'm honestly hesitant over Best of Both Worlds. I'm wavering on Attached, too, but I think its important to feature his and Beverly's relationship. If anyone has any comments or suggestions or alterations to that list, I'd be very grateful for them
  4. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    I'm waiting for 1-2 Switch to hit 19.99€
  5. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Congratulations! I’d add Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime to the list.
  6. He gives the impression that Jean-Luc is going to go Last Jedi, which seems to be an (obvious) idea floating around the net. Picard has always been my favourite because he’s Mr Principles but he has never ever EVER had to compromise them. Which is fantastic, in every sense of the word. His best moments are pretty black and white - he’s 100% in the moral right and he ain’t shifting. Awesome, but it would be interesting to see his rationale in a shitty situation which only has shitty solutions. Regardless, it’s more Picard, which makes me so happy 👍 His speech from The Drumhead made me cry a few months back. If it’s rubbish, or average, nobody’s hurt. But it could be interesting. I understand, but I can never quite agree when people want to preserve a character or a series by not having a new version ‘taint’ the old, as if the original won’t always be there. Like with people not wanting another Twin Peaks following The Return - why the hell wouldn’t you want to see new stuff from Lynch?!? There’s always a risk it might be a turkey but that’s no reason to stop. You don’t get The Undiscovered Country without The Final Frontier. Nemesis didn’t destroy the memory of TNG, and it even had, like, two or three good bits. And maybe Riker finally gets a shot at that chair!! 🤩
  7. I’m on holiday and I’m missing the thumbs and I’m wishing I had Firewatch on my Switch ☀️ Hope Campo Valvo are enjoying the summer 👍
  8. Don’t know where else to shout and cry and cheer over this: http://trekcore.com/blog/2018/08/patrick-stewart-returns-new-star-trek-series-announcement/ 😭🤩
  9. https://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/twin-peaks-the-return-mark-frost-david-lynch-writing-collaboration-1201975099/ This has some interesting quotes from Frost detailing be writing process and thoughts on Episode 8 and Cooper’s journey. May have been posted before - if so, sorry. If not, check it out.
  10. The Big VR Thread

    Game over. I now require VR. Edit. Shit, that Beat Saber thing looks sweet, too.
  11. Basingstoke - A hometown apocolypse simulator

    Game looks fun, might pick this up. Basingstoke (the town) is in Southern England and is remarkable for being unremarkable. It’s pleasant, by all accounts, but the kind of place you’d never go unless you live or work there, or you’re driving through on your way to somewhere else. Some companies have head offices there. The name has comedy value, kind of like Norwich, when it's listed alongside more prestigious places. Manchester!... London!... Basingstoke... It’s got lots of roundabouts.
  12. Recently completed video games

    You know, if Tokyo Mirage Sessions came to Switch, I'd probably pick it up, although the proper Fire Emblem must be coming soonish too... I just completed Doom 2016. Haven't played an FPS in a while, but goddamn that was a belter! Just chunky and meaty and metal. I really liked the movie with the credits too - how they tied in the visuals depending on whose credit was onscreen. I'm definitely going to go back and mop up the secrets and change the gun view to centre. I'm looking forward to Wolfenstein II, although it seems the actual shooting part of it isn't half as satisfying.
  13. Here's a nice video essay about Lynch and language:
  14. Confirmed. Holy moly! Congratulations to everybody involved So, does this mean that technically Valve is publishing a game on Switch now?!?
  15. Modest Tech: The NX Generation (Nintendo Switch)

    Sometimes it’s very easy to forget that the world is a beautiful, beautiful place. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/04/pack_your_hiking_gear_because_firewatch_is_coming_to_nintendo_switch