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    After having seen Captain Marvel, the "de-aging"...

    After having seen Captain Marvel, the "de-aging" tech is pretty impressive these days. But it might be also too expensive.
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    Nah, the novel or comics and the game already...

    Nah, the novel or comics and the game already have found ways for Data to return. He basically takes over B4 thanks to B4 having gotten his... data transfer.
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    I guess John Wick and Crank are the closest we...

    I guess John Wick and Crank are the closest we got so far to this:
    https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/action_movies.png

    Maybe after I "re-adjust" my expectations, I will enjoy the series going further...
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    I was a bit disappointed overall. There was a lot...

    I was a bit disappointed overall. There was a lot of cool stuff, but I guess it might have damaged my disbelief suspenders a bit in how over the top things went sometimes.
    It seemed to me as if Wick...
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    No, it is definitely different. No one but the...

    No, it is definitely different. No one but the poet traveled through time. Only Sisko and Akorem Laan entered the wormhole to talk with the prophets. The trope would require everyone not time...
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    There is an incidence of a very clear paradox in...

    There is an incidence of a very clear paradox in DS9. A Bajoran poet and writer comes out of the wormhole, and the Bajoran start believing that he is the true Emissary. It also clears up a mystery on...
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    The narrator seems to be part of the group that...

    The narrator seems to be part of the group that Picard lead out of Darkness with the greatest rescue armada in history.

    It seems that this is referring to the Hobus Supernova referenced in the...
  8. Was great while it lasted. Along with a wonderful...

    Was great while it lasted. Along with a wonderful soundtrack by Bear McCreary.
  9. Democracy is a lot better at it, though, then...

    Democracy is a lot better at it, though, then many other forms.
    Animportant thing for a government form is that it allows for changes, instead of being static. If the only way to get rid of a bad...
  10. Sounds surprisingly interesting. I mostly...

    Sounds surprisingly interesting.
    I mostly remember SR3 (my first RPG!), and the crazy amount of modifiers you had (or at least could) consider was something that made it really difficult and...
  11. This is a common claim I see, but who is better...

    This is a common claim I see, but who is better qualified how much story they have to tell than the ones that write the story?
    If they said they had something for 6 episodes, why would you assume...
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    I think that is an important part - it's...

    I think that is an important part - it's self-sacrifice. It's not someone murdering her to get at the hero (be the intention by the "author" or by the in-universe murderer). She has full agency, and...
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    Well, the movie had an extended run time already,...

    Well, the movie had an extended run time already, and it's not like group funerals are common in such scenarios. It was either Stark or Black Widow, and if anyone would have a big funeral with plenty...
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    I think using the infinity stones to destroy...

    I think using the infinity stones to destroy themselves could be a particular exemption clause for this. ;)
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    I can only say how I understood it, and it made...

    I can only say how I understood it, and it made sense to me:

    The different timelines are essentially different universes. What you do there can't affect the timeline you're from, e.g. what ever...
  16. Will the markup at least appear to warn people,...

    Will the markup at least appear to warn people, or is it silently hidden, with the text appearing without any hitns it might be in a tag? And why doesn't Tapatalk support something like that? Are the...
  17. Maybe it happened so that all the people Arya...

    Maybe it happened so that all the people Arya killed so far didn't have blue eyes? Seems questionable, but I won't sift through the episodes to figure it out ;)
  18. The novels are the "Song of Fire and Ice"... But...

    The novels are the "Song of Fire and Ice"... But the TV show is "Game of Thrones". Maybe that is something the two diverge deliberately, in the novels, the fight agaist the Night King might be the...
  19. I dunno, I could see watching this funeral then. ...

    I dunno, I could see watching this funeral then.

    I hope the next trailer makes fun of "The Fastest Man Alive" intros from CW's Flash.
  20. I wonder if it wouldn't be better to put those...

    I wonder if it wouldn't be better to put those rumors into spoiler tags, since if they are true, they are spoilers. We won't know until its out, I suppose, but I can imagine some people don't want to...
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    I really liked how the trailers basically spoil...

    I really liked how the trailers basically spoil absolutely nothing of importance, and about 10 minutes you have no idea how the movie will go, and I don't think anyone predicted this. I guess that is...
  22. Isn't there some prophecy that will have Khal...

    Isn't there some prophecy that will have Khal Drago returning to Danerys?


    Maybe beating the Night King is what alters the world in such a manner that this curse is actually a prophecy. That...
  23. The project is somewhat different. M5 was not a...

    The project is somewhat different. M5 was not a project for operational planning. This could have been a major factor in Control - he knew too much and had too great responsibilities and power.
    M5...
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    It's on Netflix. Brit Marling plays a woman that...

    It's on Netflix. Brit Marling plays a woman that disappeared years ago - when she disappeared, she was still a blind teen-aged girl, but when she is found again, she can see. She recruits an unusual...
  25. Everyone says she's referring to Kirk, and that...

    Everyone says she's referring to Kirk, and that might be the intention, but I am really thinking of McCoy. Because he's very emotional.
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    Expanse, Discovery and OA are certainly high on...

    Expanse, Discovery and OA are certainly high on my list.
  27. The "disrespectful" argument is something I can...

    The "disrespectful" argument is something I can see as a subjective thing, but I see a lot in Discovery that shows a great respect for Star Trek. Every time they reference some obscure lore and give...
  28. This thread contains a poll. We've only a very limited view of the "average...

    We've only a very limited view of the "average man", but Luke wanted to join the Rebels even before he knew about Obi Wan's past, Leia or the Death Star. And the rebellion was a galactic...
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    Rey repeating Luke's journey is probably a...

    Rey repeating Luke's journey is probably a deliberate feature.
    The idea of TFA seemed to simply retall the original Star Wars success story. Star War got as popular as it got because it had Luke's...
  30. This thread contains a poll. Palpatine dissolved the Senate which supposedly...

    Palpatine dissolved the Senate which supposedly used to be the democratic body of the Republic/Empire. That isn't an act of terrorism, but it suggests that the legitimate ways of disagreeing with the...
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    I didn't quite like the space battle on some...

    I didn't quite like the space battle on some level. I mean they managed to give us about an entire episode just about a single space battle, and it wasn't boring at all. But I was kinda hoping for a...
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    I enjoyed the X-Wing series and the Zahn novels...

    I enjoyed the X-Wing series and the Zahn novels mostly, because they maintained the trajectory of the previous movies - things were still to be dealt with, but the heroes still worked to improve...
  33. Sidious made me think that the system behind Sith...

    Sidious made me think that the system behind Sith names is: Find a word starting with In, and then delete the In.

    - Darth Vader = Invader
    - Darth Sidious = Insidious

    Logical Consequence:
    -...
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    I can see why TFA went back to basically retell A...

    I can see why TFA went back to basically retell A New Hope - because that original story is powerful and just works. If you want to relaunch your franchise, you have to realize its strength. What...
  35. I don't think I can account for all of those 30...

    I don't think I can account for all of those 30 years, but for half the time he might have been playing Holonet Chess with Luke. (Luke didn't know, because he separated himself from the force, he was...
  36. Of course, sometimes trailers lie. In case...

    Of course, sometimes trailers lie.

    In case they don't, here is my questionable prediction:

    At some point in the past, Kylo Ren realized that the Emperor was not actually dead, and he was...
  37. I think he was obviously doing nothing there....

    I think he was obviously doing nothing there. "Damn, this Sith thing is totally not working. I got almost killed by my pupil, and my beautiful Peace Moon lies in ruins.
    I think it's probably best if...
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    When was it ever that not anyone could become a...

    When was it ever that not anyone could become a hero in Star Wars? Han has no special connection to previous heroes. Obi Wan was just some random Jedi, not the heir to a long blood line of Jedi....
  39. So is Rey going to fight Kylo again, and win...

    So is Rey going to fight Kylo again, and win again?
    Is the Emperor not quite dead yet?
    And I thought it was going to be the end of the Skywalker Saga. Not sure "Rise of the Skywalker" sounds like...
  40. Now the real fun parts begin! I think. I haven't...

    Now the real fun parts begin! I think. I haven't been able to keep my rewatch lately and don't remember the exact beginnings of various events. It's possible the real fun has already begun. ;)
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    I wonder if Tyler's reason to leave the ship is...

    I wonder if Tyler's reason to leave the ship is to get some Klingon aid into the battle. But he'd arrive a bit late if he only leaves 5 minutes before Section 31 arrives. Unless there is actually a...
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    Pike certainly lives the Starfleet ideals. ...

    Pike certainly lives the Starfleet ideals.

    Discovery's shuttles seem to definitely move at the speed of the plot - they make a big point to mycelium jump the DSC to Boreth, but the shuttle flies...
  43. Doesn't the EU say that all Bacta comes from a...

    Doesn't the EU say that all Bacta comes from a single world?
    And what happened to Kolto from the Knights of the Old Republic?

    Something along those lines - a new hybrid that can be grown in...
  44. I stumbled upon it a few years ago, I believe due...

    I stumbled upon it a few years ago, I believe due to some recommendations and a Steam Sale?
    The original one was really good... Minus the horrible bugs that made the game unplayable and required...
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    I think Anson Mount leaving was already...

    I think Anson Mount leaving was already confirmed. Unfortunately, apparantly also Rebecca Romjin was only contracted for this year. I was kinda hoping "Number One" might be the next Captain.

    While...
  46. No, the beatings will continue until morale...

    No, the beatings will continue until morale improves.
  47. It seems that is now the new future-tech sci-fi...

    It seems that is now the new future-tech sci-fi standard, though. Marvel uses it a lot, too. Detachable helmets are obsolete.
  48. A study on how Hyperspace travel routes change...

    A study on how Hyperspace travel routes change over time due to galactic drift and hyperspace-innate dynamics. This might allow predicting new potential spots for fast trade-routes, maybe even...
  49. I really enjoyed this episode, and I think that...

    I really enjoyed this episode, and I think that it worked great.
    Sure, it seems a bit cheap to only really tell us more about Airam when she's about to die, but: We already wanted to know about her...
  50. It seems to me that at this point, the fans are...

    It seems to me that at this point, the fans are making stuff up that they than try to fit continuity trying to make it work.

    In the show, Airiam 's nature has not been discussed, and specifically,...
  51. Hypergates are interesting. In my own Star...

    Hypergates are interesting.

    In my own Star Wars campaign, I settled for "Hypergates" as an ancient, inferior hyperspace technology. Sure, your ship doesn't need a hyperspace engine, but you can...
  52. Talos, so we meet again. Very neat to provide...

    Talos, so we meet again. Very neat to provide them of the "Previously on Star Trek" segment, highlighting the events of The Cage.

    Ethan Peck is doing a good job with Spock, IMO. The scene...
  53. Almost bricking sounds a bit like almost...

    Almost bricking sounds a bit like almost pregnant...
    Bricking is when the device simply doesn't function anymore and can serve no other purpose as a brick could, basically. If you can still restart...
  54. Just finished it. Very enjoyable. Would watch...

    Just finished it. Very enjoyable. Would watch again. Or at least continue watching future seasons.
  55. No one so far has reason to mention events of The...

    No one so far has reason to mention events of The Cage. It's just one of many missions the Enterprise under Pike went on.


    That depends on when exactly the prohibition was instituted. It seems...
  56. Vulcan was gorgeous. I wish we could spend more...

    Vulcan was gorgeous. I wish we could spend more time there.


    No, the first visit of the Enterprise has already happened. Discovery plays after The Cage, but before the events The Menagerie.
    My...
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    And I know exactly for which one of my sisters...

    And I know exactly for which one of my sisters this applies. :p

    I actually used that idea in an Arcana Evolved/Diamond Throne campaign.
    There was a village were allegedly every generation or so,...
  58. Control and Synthesis don't really require any...

    Control and Synthesis don't really require any sacrifices, however.
    The Destroy sacrifice isn't even that big if you already eradicated the Geth. And even if you didn't - :):):):) them, it are just...
  59. Well, I think Mass Effect overall story always...

    Well, I think Mass Effect overall story always lost severely in quality in ME2. The whole "Harvesting to make a Reaper" thing was already not the best idea. Turning the "We harvest to preserve all...
  60. In TNG, they seemed to have extended that,...

    In TNG, they seemed to have extended that, however. IIRC, Picard explicitely mentions that due to the Prime Directive, they can't interfere in the Klingon Civil War. (Only when the Romulans became...
  61. Yes. I'd say it's really a bit like other laws or...

    Yes. I'd say it's really a bit like other laws or convention in all fiction - the interesting stories involve people breaking the laws or convention of the setting.
    Extreme Example: Murder is...
  62. Is it really ridiculously reckless? It might be...

    Is it really ridiculously reckless?
    It might be reckless, but consider that you have to compare this recklessness with non-intervention being agreeing that regularly murdering Kelpians that get old...
  63. Come on, did Star Trek in the past really get...

    Come on, did Star Trek in the past really get non-mixed reviews? It hasn't really been mainstream TV in the past, and so you'd always get reviewers that "get" this kind of show, and those that just...
  64. Netflix is a paywall. It's just one you already...

    Netflix is a paywall. It's just one you already paid for.
  65. Okay, okay, we'll get off your lawn. ;)

    Okay, okay, we'll get off your lawn.

    ;)
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    On screen, she was never a spoiled princess. She...

    On screen, she was never a spoiled princess. She was a confident Rebel and also a Princess from the moment we see her - it's probably what Han and Luke (definitely Han) think she is, but her actions...
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    Luke didn't really have to become more powerful....

    Luke didn't really have to become more powerful. But I can't see how a Luke that turned Darth Vader back from the Dark Side of the force, a Luke that risked life and limb (literally) to try to save...
  68. Not a direct source of power probably, but a...

    Not a direct source of power probably, but a source of resources (and if includes stuff like whatever we use in the reactors, an indirect source of power). Getting things up from a planet is costly,...
  69. dragoner Well, there is still a "long-term" need...

    dragoner Well, there is still a "long-term" need for your O'Nell Cylinder to fly somewhere else - the Sun won't be there forever. That is really long term, of course, but it's almost the only reason...
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    I think it's totally legitimate to say "Rey's...

    I think it's totally legitimate to say "Rey's parents are not important in the grand scheme of thigns". But the thing is, they were definitely important to Rey. And TLJ's "answer" to what her parents...
  71. Similar time frame. TNG + DS9 and DS9 + VOY...

    Similar time frame. TNG + DS9 and DS9 + VOY partially overlapped with each other. There was even a cross-over episode between TNG and DS9, and some characters from TNG went actually on to DS9, and...
  72. Vouchers do not mean a captalistic society, and...

    Vouchers do not mean a captalistic society, and in fact, implies it might be something else. If it was capitalism, we could just give the voucher a monetary value and the rest comes on its own. The...
  73. Nothing is a 100 %. The generation ship has to...

    Nothing is a 100 %. The generation ship has to live with that.

    Including the possibility that some people don't want to use contraception and rather churn out kids. But there will also be some...
  74. I found one of the most astonishing things about...

    I found one of the most astonishing things about update the Voyager 2 Probe. They already designed them back in the 70s with updates in mind, and it's kinda crazy what they had to do to still be able...
  75. You're making a lot of assumptions abou the way...

    You're making a lot of assumptions abou the way the system would work. Why would anyone chosen from birth to assume a particular role? That would be most likely a very short-sighted system, because...
  76. Watched the first season. Really enjoyed it. DC...

    Watched the first season. Really enjoyed it. DC can do well. It's a bit weird that they have so many DC shows and they are not all in the same "universe", but in the end, that matters a lot less than...
  77. Regarding the slavery issue - I read that there...

    Regarding the slavery issue - I read that there is a fellow in India that is suing his own parents for having giving him life. He wasn't asked if he wanted to live, and there would have been plenty...
  78. The title of this thread is definitely getting...

    The title of this thread is definitely getting further from reality with every new episode. Oh, well, maybe not, because it's about someone's fears, not reality.

    Loved Episode 4. Maybe a bit too...
  79. Too bad megastructures are out - I always thought...

    Too bad megastructures are out - I always thought that one of the possibl explanations for the seeming lack of tech advancement in the Star Wars universe might be that the logistics of uncovering new...
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    My players keep out, I guess. Beware that I have...

    My players keep out, I guess. Beware that I have no trouble distorting old or new EU to carve out new opportunities for stories.

    1. Exile Sith Civil War
    Now that the last Sith Lord following the...
  81. Well, we can't cryogenically freeze people and...

    Well, we can't cryogenically freeze people and revive them later, so it would defniitely hinder us from doing it now. And then it wouldn't be a Generation Ship anymore.
  82. I think that is something to consider. ...

    I think that is something to consider.

    Personally, I love fiddling with game mechanics, and making tactical decisions in combat and so on. D&D 4 devliered almost perfectly in that regard. I have...
  83. I am afraid recycling is really the only way to...

    I am afraid recycling is really the only way to go here. Everything else would be wasteful. However, one probably would want to ensure that the flesh goes a thorough "recycling" process for health...
  84. I don't believe a generation ship would be fully...

    I don't believe a generation ship would be fully automated, though.

    You have a human crew aboard. Why waste even more resources on complicated robots that also need maintenance if you could juts...
  85. I regret that the show wasn't continued. Not sure...

    I regret that the show wasn't continued. Not sure they have given it all a good resolution...
  86. However, I am not sure there would be an...

    However, I am not sure there would be an "Engineer" priesthood or a ruling class. We know from Earth already that class systems suck. They don't actually lead to competent people at the right spot. ...
  87. Well why would they no longer be able to read...

    Well why would they no longer be able to read their manuals and labels if every generation has to do read them? The language drift shouldn't be a big deal if they constantly have to use the...
  88. Are you a parent? Mustrum "I am not, but I...

    Are you a parent?

    Mustrum "I am not, but I know young parents" Ridcully
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    The revealing question to ask might be: If we had...

    The revealing question to ask might be: If we had time to prepare, which would be harder: Building a colony on another world (Mars probably), or creating habitats to survive in on Earth? What if we...
  90. We could probably build something that could...

    We could probably build something that could transport a lot of people, at immense cost of course. But it would probably not be a generation ship, because the ship its ecology or its energy source...
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    Killing has never been considered a good and...

    Killing has never been considered a good and desirable thing, and yet movies - be they classics or just some mindless fun or unfun movie - are full of it, and often the "cool" protagonist is the one...
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    The death of Dunn did hurt, yes. He just didn't...

    The death of Dunn did hurt, yes. He just didn't deserve that. I can see how that ending particularly uts a shadow (as you put) on Unbreakable.

    I think the biggest weakness might be that I don't...
  93. I say "gyro-stabilization", but I really think:...

    I say "gyro-stabilization", but I really think: "CGI bovine excrement". ;)
  94. Pike was awesome, and it was an episode pretty...

    Pike was awesome, and it was an episode pretty much entirely about exploration and mystery, which is great.

    I didn't care much for that action landing sequence, though. On the other hand, that...
  95. So, how is Torg overall doing, how is it...

    So, how is Torg overall doing, how is it recieved?
    Back in the old days, my old gaming group really loved this game, but their main Torg time was already over, having played through all the...
  96. If it wasn't on Netflix, and I could only see it...

    If it wasn't on Netflix, and I could only see it on some German CBS All Access. I think I might be willing to pay for it. I mean, there is a chance I might use other means, but it's relaxing not to...
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    I recently watched a talk for novices on black...

    I recently watched a talk for novices on black holes. An interesting aspect is that it could be that when a black hole is growing, it might be that it's only growing inward, since for the observer...
  98. I liked it, though I agree that I don't really...

    I liked it, though I agree that I don't really see a way how some 9th century humans could beat a Dalek. Unless perhaps the error is really that everyone tries to fight them at range, when they are...
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    Vader murdered children and yet he was...

    Vader murdered children and yet he was "redeemed". It is hard to find someone under these circumstanecs that could be irredeemable in Star Wars. Of course, he also died, but it's not like Kylo...
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    I actually liked that. I agree that it hurt his...

    I actually liked that. I agree that it hurt his "villainy", but we have our bad ass dark lords already and an attempt of topping that was kinda bound to fail anyway, having him more of a "wannabe"...
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