The BurnettWork https://theburnettwork.net Genre entertainment has never been this fun! Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:23:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i1.wp.com/theburnettwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/cropped-Robservations-Icon.gif?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 The BurnettWork https://theburnettwork.net 32 32 114431728 The Samuels Whoview: That time watching too much TV was really, REALLY bad for you. https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-that-time-watching-too-much-tv-was-really-really-bad-for-you/ https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-that-time-watching-too-much-tv-was-really-really-bad-for-you/#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11542

by Ian Samuels (@IanDJ75)

The Doctor takes Rose to see Elvis Presley in New York on the Ed Sullivan show. Once again, he gets things a bit wrong and they end up in London the day before Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Coronation.

But there is something very strange happening. People are loosing their faces and being taken away by a mysterious group of men wearing black. 1950’s Britain, Men in Black and people loosing their faces? What could possibly be going on? Rose, using what the Doctor refers to as ‘The Domestic Approach’, notices that pretty much all of the houses have TV aerials on them. She remembers stories of the coronation and particularly about people having to bundle into a person’s living room as not many people had a TV.

The reason why so many in this area have TVs is a local shop called Magpies selling them really cheap.

It turns out that Magpie is working for an alien who was due to executed by her people but managed to survive in energy form. Now she is absorbing people to gain enough power to regain physical form. She has guided Magpie to build a portable device which she can transfer to for Magpie to carry to the transmitter at BBC’s Alexander Palace nearby.

Meanwhile the Doctor and Rose talk to young Tommy Connolly whose Grandmother is one of the victims.

While the Doctor is talking to the police that are ‘investigating’ by taking the victims away and hiding them away from the public and frustrated at not being able to do anything else.

Rose confronts Magpie and becomes a victim. When the Doctor sees Rose with no face, he declares that everything has changed as now ‘Nothing on this world come stop me!’.

The Doctor with Tommy build a machine to stop the Wire. Doctor climbs the tower after Magpie, links up his machine to the mobile screen with The Wire in it. But connecting it blows a valve. Tommy manages to find a replacement valve and changes it and the Wire is trapped on a Video, which the Doctor has just invented couple decades early. He tells Tommy it’s Betamax and shrugs, which means nothing to Tommy.

Reunited with Rose he tells her that he will ensure the Wire is gone by the use of his ‘knowledge of trans-temporal extirpation methods to neutralise the residual electronic pattern.’ Which he admits just means that he is going to record over it.

Production Notes:

•   This episode was written by Mark Gatiss.

•   The Wire was played by Maureen Lipman a stalwart of British Comedy.

•   Margret John played ‘Grandma Connelly’ had previously appeared in Doctor Who in the 1969 serial ‘Fury from the Deep’ with Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. But even though she is credited as ‘Grandma Connelly’, but it is made clear in the episode that she is in fact Rita’s Mother therefore her surname should be Rita’s Maiden Name not Eddie’s name.

•   A line cut had the Doctor mention a fear of Radio Towers which would have been a reference to a the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker’s death as he fell from a radio tower in the 1981 episode Logopolis Part Four.

•   Another thing cut from the original script had Rose visiting an Aunt who worked on a game show for the BBC. But Russel T Davies insisted on taking it out as it could show the corporation which they work for in a negative light.

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Three Word Review: Cube (1997) https://theburnettwork.net/three-word-review-cube-1997/ https://theburnettwork.net/three-word-review-cube-1997/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:23:11 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11567

Fellow Imagination Connoisseurs share their 3-word reviews of the Canadian independent, sci-fi film CUBE.

Enigmatic math trap
– Jay Canada

 

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This is how legends (and legendary characters) get born … https://theburnettwork.net/this-is-how-legends-and-legendary-characters-get-born/ https://theburnettwork.net/this-is-how-legends-and-legendary-characters-get-born/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:42:43 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11566

Imagination Connoisseur, Sven Eric Maier, sent us the teaser trailer for a series he’s developing called BLACK FOREST WITCH. 

About Greg:

I’m a writer-director from Karlsruhe, Germany. I’ve created a lot of short films as well as feature scripts. On my YouTube channel Ergocinema I’m showing my followers how to write screenplays.

Greg’s Story:

We shot this teaser trailer for a Fantasy TV series in the real Black Forest in May 2019 – just an hour from where I live.

BLACK FOREST WITCH is a prequel to the Hänsel and Gretel story. It shows how an innocent girl becomes the evil witch from the fairy tales. This trailer is basically the first scene of the pilot. 

Only one night provided the shooting conditions we needed: Calm, dry and mild. It was actually a huge gamble. The night after I returned to the location to check if we forgot anything, but the wind up on the mountains was so strong that I couldn’t even open the car doors.

Now we are looking for partners to produce the whole 45 Minutes long pilot episode and from there, the whole series. We’ve got a script, an outline for one season and a plan for a seven season long story arc.

On the about page I’ve listed the whole cast and crew.

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Does our view of a star change after it’s gone away? https://theburnettwork.net/does-our-view-of-a-star-change-after-its-gone-away/ https://theburnettwork.net/does-our-view-of-a-star-change-after-its-gone-away/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:18:40 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11565

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, asks a poignant question about how we view celebrities after their passing.

Rob,

Kobe Bryant died yesterday and some are having conflicted feelings because he admitted, in hindsight, to rape. I’m reminded of a past ROBSERVATIONS when you were discussing the John Wayne Playboy Magazine interview controversy.

In the end, you believed that he was an overall good man but like many of us, complicated. I’m comfortable in saying that Kobe Bryant was the same.

Brian Ng

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The Samuels Whoview: The “mirror” Who-verse is made of metal instead of glass. https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-the-mirror-who-verse-is-made-of-metal-instead-of-glass/ https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-the-mirror-who-verse-is-made-of-metal-instead-of-glass/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11541

by Ian Samuels (@IanDJ75)

The TARDIS ends up in an impossible place, an alternate universe. The TARDIS seems to be dead, but that there was on small piece holding onto power.

So while it recharges the Doctor, Rose and Mickey, who for some time the Doctor had been calling Ricky, had time to explore, carefully.

Rose discovers that her Father, Pete Tyler was alive and successful in this universe.

Mickey finds out that his Grandmother who had raised him but had died tripping down the stairs is still alive in this universe.

But there is more going on, people going missing and rich businessman and visionary John Lumic is returning home to London in his airship. He is ready for the final trials of his new invention, his new vision for the human race, his metal men. An invulnerable metal body in which the mind can live on forever.

Rose and the Doctor pose as staff at the party at the Tyler household, the party for Jackie Tyler’s 40th Birthday Party. One of the guests is the President of Britain, who has recently told Lumic that his government would not authorise his project.

Mickey on the other hand sees his blind, old grandmother who insists on calling him Ricky. But he is then bundled into a van. Turns out that his parallel version, Ricky is leader of a group called ‘The Preachers’ that has been rebelling against the new regime and investigating the missing people. The missing people are being taken for ‘upgrading’, they have been taken to become Cybermen.

And the Cybermen have crashed the party the party. The Doctor knows that there is no way out, so he, Rose and Pete Tyler surrender. The Cybermen refuse to take them for upgrading and are about to ‘delete’ them when a van turns up and The Preachers arrive and disable the Cybermen and they escape.

The Cybermen decide it is time to accelerate the final stage of their plan. Lumic is turned into Cyber Controller.

On the way to their hideout they have to split up to avoid the Cybermen. But before they meet up again Ricky is killed. But Pete Tyler reveals that he has been the secret agent that had been feeding them information.

So Rose and Pete pretend to be heading for upgrade to infiltrate the base. Meanwhile The Doctor and Mrs Moore, one of the Preachers use the tunnels underneath to reach the headquarters at the old Battersea Power Station where Lumic’s airship is parked and that is where the master switch is. So Mickey and the other remaining member of The Preachers, Jake head for the airship.

But soon Mrs Moore is killed and The Doctor is captured, soon after so are Rose and Pete all taken before the Cyber Controller.

Mickey and Jake successfully take control of the airship. The Doctor, knowing that Mickey would be watching on the security cameras tells him to look for the base command code in the computer systems and then gets Mickey to send the code to him on Rose’s mobile phone. Using the phone he uploads it to all the Cybermen, which deactivates the emotion chip allowing them all to feel. Seeing what they have become destroys them. They escape in the airship.

Recharged the Doctor reawakens the TARDIS and he and Rose ready to depart, but Mickey chooses to stay behind, to replace Ricky and to help take down all the remaining Cybermen.

Production Notes

•   The President of Britain is played by sitcom legend Don Warrington who appeared in Rising Damp. He later appeared as Commissioner Patterson in the BBC crime drama series Death in Paradise.

•   Another sitcom legend Roger Lloyd-Pack who played Trigger in the long running Only Fools and Horses plays John Lumic. He also played Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and David Tennant plays his son Barty Crouch Jnr.

•   Roger Lloyd-Pack broke his leg just before filming so the story was rewritten so that John Lumic was in a wheelchair.

•   Russel T Davies had it be Jackie Tyler’s 40th as the episode broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the 1966 serial The Tenth Planet in which the 1st Doctor faces the Cybermen in their first appearance.

•   This is the first episode to have no extra-terrestrials other than the Doctor and the TARDIS since the 1982 serial ‘Black Orchid’ with 5th Doctor Peter Davison.

•   In Russel T Davies’ original script Ricky and Jake were supposed to be gay lovers, the only sign of this left in the final production is Jake’s reaction to the news of Ricky’s death.

•   The Doctor’s plan of attack with one group attacking from above, one between and finally one under is a nod to a line given by Patrick Troughton, the 2nd Doctor in the 20th Anniversary special ‘The Five Doctors’. He recites an old Gallifreyan nursery rhyme “Who unto Rassilion’s Tower would go, Must choose Above, Between, Below!”

 

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The Samuels Whoview: Who’s who when it comes to playing Dr. Who. https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-whos-who-when-it-comes-to-playing-dr-who/ https://theburnettwork.net/the-samuels-whoview-whos-who-when-it-comes-to-playing-dr-who/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11140

by Ian Samuels (@IanDJ75)

(Editor’s Note: Noted Whovian and member of the Post-Geek Singularity, Ian Samuels, provides his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs with a comprehensive run-down of who’s played Dr. Who in the iconic BBC series over the past 50+ years.

This list includes actors who have played The Doctor on the BBC television series, in films and in documentaries/docu-dramas about the making of the television show. Special thanks to Ian for assembling this history for those of us who are not as familiar with the show. – Editor) 

The first Doctor in 1963 was played by classically trained actor, William Hartnell.

But during his tenure as The Doctor, Hammer Film Productions – the studio famous for its Horror films as well as its Comedy films (including the On The Buses films) – released the film DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS (1965) and DALEKS’ INVASION EARTH 2150 (1966), starring Peter Cushing. Many people over the years have asked why Peter Cushing was not mentioned in any list of The Doctor. The reason was that Peter Cushing’s Doctor is a film version of the William Hartnell Doctor and therefore is also the 1st Doctor.

In the same year of the 2nd Hammer Doctor Who film with Peter Cushing the tv series introduced Regeneration and William Hartnell gave way to Patrick Troughton. The 2nd Doctor ended in 1969.

In 1970 we got our 3rd Doctor played by Jon Pertwee, a more action Doctor.

3rd gave way to 4th in 1974 and the favourite of the Classic period Tom Baker who played the Doctor for 6 wonderful years until 1981.

5th Doctor Peter Davidson, was not so well received and was The Doctor during a difficult period for the series. Still viewed as a ‘kid’s program’ by the BBC who were not happy with the ‘Man in a Suit’ monsters of the 1970s they wanted more special effects, but the series wasn’t given much budget for this and the effects did not look good even for the 1980s. Peter Davidson’s tenure was just 3 years.

William Hartnell (the first doctor on TV) passed away in 1975, but in 1983 as a 20th Anniversary special, they chose to do THE FIVE DOCTORS. The part of Hartnell’s 1st Doctor was played by Richard Hundall.


(The Doctor Who theme – extended for THE FIVE DOCTORS 20th Anniversary Special)

1984 6th Doctor Colin Baker, no relation to 4th Doctor Tom Baker. Often considered as a rude, brash Doctor, suffered even more at the hands of the BBC, only having 2 years before Colin Baker and the BBC parting ways.

After a short hiatus Doctor Who returned in 1987 but with Colin Baker refusing to return for the regeneration scene 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy was left lying on the floor of the TARDIS in Colin Baker’s outfit and wearing an ill-fitting ‘Colin Baker’ wig. The 7th Doctor also only got 2 years before the long running juggernaut was axed by the BBC.

It took 7 years before an attempted reboot with the made for TV Movie in 1996. 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy returns to regenerate into the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann. The reboot failed.

A later edition that would fit in between McGann’s 8th and the 9th Doctor would be John Hurt’s War Doctor who the Doctor change into in order to fight in the Time War and to end it.

The reboot that did work was in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the 9th

But Eccleston only signed on for 1 season before regenerating into the 10th David Tennant in 2006. Tennant held on for 5 years.

2010 11th Doctor Matt Smith. Just 3 years. Suffered from poor writing under new showrunner Steven Moffatt.

In 2013 Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary the BBC presented a Docudrama named AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME, where actor David Bradley who played Argus Finch in the Harry Potter films and Cohen the Barbarian in the Colour of Magic Sky Miniseries, Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, played William Hartnell. The Docudrama was about how Doctor Who came to the screen.

So in 2017 the First Doctor was to return with the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi in a Christmas Special and so David Bradley, again, was bought on to play the First Doctor.

2013 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi. Another actor to suffer under Moffatt’s tenure for 4 years.

2017 our present Doctor, the 13th Jodie Whittaker.

Peter Cushing

William Hartnell

Patrick Troughton

Jon Pertwee

Tom Baker

Peter Davidson

Richard Hundrall

Colin Baker

Sylvester McCoy

Paul McGann

John Hurt

Christopher Eccleston

David Tennant

Matt Smith

David Bradley

Peter Capaldi

Jodie Whittaker

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The delicious TV obsession that is HBO’s SUCCESSION. https://theburnettwork.net/the-delicious-tv-obsession-that-is-hbos-succession/ https://theburnettwork.net/the-delicious-tv-obsession-that-is-hbos-succession/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 04:29:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11543

Imagination Connoisseur, Amir B, is effusive in his praise of the HBO series, SUCCESSION. The series stars BRIAN COX and tracks the lives of the Roy family and the media conglomerate they control.

Hi Rob,

I hope this email finds you well.

I just finished watching the first two seasons of HBO’s SUCCESSION this weekend, and well, I couldn’t stop myself from writing this email to you. This show has to be the greatest thing since chocolate ice cream.

I’m a huge fan of family dramas such as THE SOPRANOS. On top of that, I’m a sucker for stories around corporate greed, deceit, and politics. THE BIG SHORT and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET being two of my favorite movies in the past decade. But Oh…my… God.

With SUCCESSION, the cast and crew have combined two of my favorite genres and added some more. What Jesse Armstrong with McKay’s Gary Sanchez production has brought to HBO is nothing short of a masterpiece. I have not been so enthralled with any show since BREAKING BAD.

It’s a story of greed, family relationships, betrayal, and the center of it a father and son’s relationship. I haven’t been so in love with a group of cast members since THE SOPRANOS.

You know they’re doing an excellent job with their characters when you know all the 10-20 main and side characters’ names, motivation, and history by the end of the first season. If this was real life, I probably would have hated everything this dysfunctional family represents, but my God, I couldn’t look away.

Best writing and acting I’ve seen on TV in years.

Brian Cox is mesmerizing, and Jeremy Strong is on par. I’m in awe about how I didn’t see this show sooner. The show is full of heart, humor, and tension. Every dinner scene is one to remember, from the dinner with Pierce’s to the infamous “Boar on the Floor.”

God bless HBO, Rob. God bless them.

Best,
Amir B

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Thanks for all the great sci-fi memories. https://theburnettwork.net/thanks-for-all-the-great-sci-fi-memories/ https://theburnettwork.net/thanks-for-all-the-great-sci-fi-memories/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 22:07:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11491

Imagination Connoisseur, John Hirose, writes in to say “thanks” to writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett for FREE ENTERPRISE and for the interview on ROBSERVATIONS #320 which featured an interview with Paul Salamoff.

Hi Imagination Connoisseurs,

I recently watched the movie, FREE ENTERPRISE (1999) on Amazon Prime! If you’re a Captain Kirk fan, FREE ENTERPRISE might even be a fave movie for you. The humor really worked for me. I went into it basically spoiler-free.

I knew Robert Meyer Burnett co-wrote it and William Shatner appeared in it. I really enjoyed going in without spoilers, so I won’t go into detail about the movie.

I liked it so much I even ordered a used copy of the FREE ENTERPRISE DVD: FIVE YEAR MISSION – EXTENDED EDITION, 2-disc set.

I also ordered HER (2013) and ENCOUNTER, directed by Paul Salamoff.

While I liked ENCOUNTER, I really liked the HER Blu-ray. I hadn’t heard much about HER, I guess it got awards for best original screen play.

That’s all I wanted to say.

Sincerely Yours,
– John H.

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Willow Talk: Bolding going where no deep fake has gone before. https://theburnettwork.net/willow-talk-bolding-going-where-no-deep-fake-has-gone-before/ https://theburnettwork.net/willow-talk-bolding-going-where-no-deep-fake-has-gone-before/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:05:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11478

Imagination Connoisseur and fan-favorite guest blogger, Willow Yang, is more than just a little creeped out by TNG’s Reginald Barclay’s bad hologram habit.

Dear Rob,

I know that you’re taking a hiatus at the moment so I don’t expect my letters to be read on air, but I do hope that Mike will continue on updating the website. (I am, Willow – Ed) I’m sending over my thoughts on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (ST:TNG) episodes: Hollow Pursuits and Galaxy’s Child, both of which explored the problems of recreating real-life people in holodeck simulations.

Hollow Pursuits introduced the character of Reginald Barclay, played by Dwight Schultz. I actually first heard of Dwight Schultz from my high school classmate, John. John had a bit of an obsession with the actor; I don’t really know why, but I think he might have just liked the name. He actually once wrote a piece for a creative writing class that had a character named Dwight Schultz as a werewolf. It was a very weird story; I’ll just leave it at that.

I’m personally mixed about the depiction of a socially awkward and anxiety-ridden character in Hollow Pursuits. Barclay certainly possessed some traits that really resonated with me. I dread socializing with others. One method that has always helped me to cope is through imagination. I would often re-enact conversations and situations in my head as a way to help bolster my self-esteem.

Moreover, I do like to indulge in self-masturbatory fantasies where I’ve become an idealized version of myself, where I’m some great hero who can defeat anyone in a swordfight and have many handsome men at my beck and call. If holodeck technology existed, I’d certainly use it to live out daydreams of things that I can’t do in real life.

However, Barclay also had some traits that I found to be quite cringe worthy. I consider myself to be a very punctual person and have never been late to work or to a meeting because I was too busy fantasizing. I guess there just wouldn’t be too much of a story if Barclay’s holodeck habits weren’t interfering with his work performance, but I did find the portrayal of an introverted character to be a bit too negative.

I know that I’m probably at a disadvantage compared to those who have more outgoing personalities, but I don’t think that I’m incompetent and completely ineffectual in the workplace. It’s just very odd to me that someone like Barclay would have been able to graduate from Starfleet Academy without having been taught any techniques to help him deal with his social difficulties. And then, of course, there’s his peculiar fetish of running simulations using the likenesses of his coworkers. I personally don’t connect with that type of behaviour; it’s pretty strange and awkward to me. I can certainly understand the extremely negative reactions that the other crewmembers had when they came across his programs of them.

The only person on the ship who appeared to somewhat sympathise with Barclay’s rather strange holodeck affliction was Geordi La Forge. Part of the reason was probably because he too had created, and then subsequently fallen in love with, a holodeck version of a living person in Dr. Leah Brahms in Booby Trap.

I think the main differences between Barclay’s and La Forge’s situations were that Brahms wasn’t working on the Enterprise when La Forge made the program of her, and his initial intention wasn’t for pleasure but for professional consultation. But of course, La Forge still got taken to task when the real Brahms paid the Enterprise a visit in Galaxy’s Child.

Now, as an aside, I’ve always disliked the way that female scientists and doctors are often depicted on screen. The women are frequently attractive, young, and single. That has no, to use Rob’s favourite word, verisimilitude. A doctorate takes about 5 years (longer if you choose to complete a masters first); medical school takes 4 years, with an additional 3-7 years of residency required before you’re eligible for a medical licence. The numbers just don’t add up: I can’t believe that most of the women I’ve seen on screen are old enough to have gotten out of grad or med school, much less become renowned experts in their fields. And of course, the percentage of single women is just grossly inflated: while I don’t have any actual statistics, I’d say that the majority of people with doctorates I’ve encountered, male or female, are either married or at least in committed relationships. Films and television like to sacrifice realism for the sake of some sexual tension and drama, and I get that, but it is something that drives me nuts.

All this is to say is that I do applaud Galaxy’s Child for having some realism by revealing that Brahms was married (even though I don’t understand why an intelligent and respectable guy like La Forge always seems to have trouble finding dates whereas Wesley gets a princess and Ashley Judd, but that’s a topic for another day). The other thing that I really appreciated is the extremely negative initial reaction that Brahms had upon discovering La Forge’s holodeck recreation of her, going as far as to say that she felt violated.

It seemed like a realistic response that someone in her position would have. Booby Trap was told from La Forge’s perspective, and when we see the story that way, his actions seemed relatively innocent and understandable. However, from Brahms’ point of view, this could be interpreted as being very creepy and a serious incursion on her privacy.

Her reaction was similar to those from Riker and the other crew members when they came upon Barclay’s programs of them; I think many people in their positions would probably find such an affair humiliating.

What are the ethics of using technology like the holodeck to create real life people?

On one hand, I can understand the privacy issues it would cause, that many people would be disturbed by the idea of having their likenesses used without consent. On the other hand, people do frequently fantasize about each other, and that isn’t really something that anyone can or should control.

Even though it is often played as a recurring gag throughout The Next Generation, if you’re a telepath like Lwaxana Troi, you’re going to be inundated with crude thoughts from coworkers. If a person keeps their simulations to themselves and doesn’t allow their habits to interfere with their work and professional relationships, I’m not sure if it’s too far removed from personal fantasies.

I’d certainly never create simulations of people that I actually know and interact with on a daily basis; however, I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t want to use such technology to play out some of my slash fiction fantasies. If the holodeck existed today, and we were to judge people by the programs they run, we’d all probably be seen as creeps.

Live long and prosper,
– Willow

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Can Jean-Luc Picard come out of retirement and save Star Trek? One Imagination Connoisseur seems to think so … https://theburnettwork.net/can-jean-luc-picard-come-out-of-retirement-and-save-star-trek-one-imagination-connoisseur-seems-to-think-so/ https://theburnettwork.net/can-jean-luc-picard-come-out-of-retirement-and-save-star-trek-one-imagination-connoisseur-seems-to-think-so/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:42:00 +0000 https://theburnettwork.net/?p=11477

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, is “all-in” on STAR TREK: PICARD. He sees plenty of connections to Jean-Luc Picard’s earlier stories (in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION) and looks forward to where the new series (and maybe the future of Star Trek) is headed.

Rob,

So here we are, STAR TREK: PICARD (ST:PICARD) has begun. Through a dream and then an interview we get much of the post-Nemesis storyline.

We start with ‘Blue Skies’ gently playing. This is particularly significant as it is the song Data sings at Riker and Troi’s wedding at the beginning of STAR TREK: NEMESIS (ST:NEM) and B4 begins singing it at the end, hinting at Data’s memories are beginning to integrate.

It is good to see a line drawn between this and the 2009 Star Trek feature (STAR TREK: ’09). Even though they have borrowed the “Romulan sun going supernova” plot. In the Kelvin timeline, B4 fully integrates Data’s well data and becomes Data. He is then accepted back into Starfleet and is promoted and Captain Data, new commander of the Enterprise E.

But in ST:PICARD, B4 was just too basic to integrate Data’s memories completely – meaning Data is dead and his sacrifice in ST:NEM still has meaning.

But after the attack on Mars and the shipyard, synthetics have been banned by the Federation just as they did after the Eugenics War. There was a huge death toll (and we don’t know as yet if that toll includes Geordi LaForge or not, since he was running the shipyards). So Starfleet chose to turn their back on the Romulans and Picard’s plan to save them. which results in Picard resigning, claiming Starfleet was no longer the Starfleet he knew. Similar to his actions in the film, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (ST:IN), where he disagreed with Star Fleet’s raping of a planet of its minerals and not showing any concern about the inhabitants.

We discover that Darge is Data’s daughter, reflecting the episode The Offspring where Data had attempted to build himself a daughter. We see in Picard’s vault a model of his first command the Stargazer also the Costeau, the Captain’s Yacht from the Enterprise E. Also squashed in the background you can just about see a model of the Enterprise E.

Dage’s attackers are revealed to be Romulans. Tal Shia perhaps? But she is killed. This is what forces Picard to stop waiting to die and to take action. He needs to find Dage’s twin sister.

Dage’s twin sister is revealed to be a scientist on a ‘Romulan Reclamation Site’ which right at the end is shown to be a Borg Cube.

Star Trek pilot episodes have notoriously been really bad. The Cage, Encounter at Farpoint, The Caretaker and Emissary, other than the Wolf 359 stuff were all pretty bad. Broken Bow, the ENTERPRISE (ST:ENT) pilot was the best of what came before but was far from perfect. ST:PICARD’s pilot was great and after the awful STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (ST:DISC), it was fantastic to have good Star Trek back.

My wife and I loved watching ST:PICARD and both enjoyed it immensely and will now make up our Friday night date night watching the new episode on Amazon Prime every week.

– Ian

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