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[–] [email protected] 6 points 2 days ago (1 children)

Lack of time is definitely the enemy of table top gaming. I feel very fortunate that I've managed to have an ongoing [mostly] weekly STA game for two and half years now.

 

Happy Free RPG Day!

 
[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

Way ahead of you.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

If you're paying, you can spell his name any way you like.

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[–] [email protected] 18 points 1 week ago (4 children)

My excitement at having Paul Giamatti in Trek is significantly tempered by the idea that he’s going to be the season villain for “Starfleet Academy”. Unless he’s going to be the hard ass dean of the Academy that doesn’t want to put up Tilly’s students putting Orion pheromones in the environmental system, and kidnapping the Klingon Military Academy’s targ mascot before the big game, I’m not interested in a villain.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

So did 'Farscape'.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

Not surprised there wasn’t a close-up on that one; I wouldn’t have recalled that Janeway has a microscope in her ready room.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

I think Burnham was referencing Book, not Tyler, when she said she knows what it’s like to lose someone but got him back.

I suppose you could interpret it that way, but I just don’t see it myself.

Book died during the final events of 10C, but they magically zapped him back into existence, if I recall correctly.

Book didn’t die, he was transporting out, and the 10C were able to capture his transporter pattern, and then later resolve it.

 

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• This is the series finale of the “Star Trek: Discovery”, the first instalment of what we might consider to be the modern era of Trek.

    • Premiering in 2017, DIS ran for five seasons over the course of seven years.

    • The show has a total of 65 episodes.

• The episode title, “Life, Itself” is a reference to the 1973 Disney animated classic, “Robin Hood” wherein the titular outlaw says the line, ”Marian, my darling, I love you more than life itself.” Q transformed captain Picard into a version of the cartoon fox in "Qpid".

• This episode’s credited director is series executive producer, Olatunde Osunsanmi, who has directed thirteen prior episodes of DIS, and two “Short Treks”. HIs presence is immediately apparent in the cold open when the first thing we see is the camera rotating upside down. The use of the flame jet emitters in the bridge is also one of his hallmarks.

    • Jonathan Frakes is the uncredited director of the final sequence of the episode, which was done in reshoots after it was announced the series was ending. That means Frakes is now responsible for closing out two Trek series, both DIS and ENT.

• I previously speculated that the floating wickets at the end of this season’s credit sequence were from the bridge of the Breen dreadnought, but that was incorrect. The interior of the Pregenitor technology features floating wickets as windows into different biomes, and they resemble the ones in the credits much more closely.

• We see a dead Breen whose helmet is smashed open and a bunch of green goo is spilled out, perhaps confirming the fan speculation that when a Breen dies while not in its solid form, their body loses cohesion, and that is why Worf’s statement in “‘Til Death Do Us Part” that no one had ever seen a Breen outside of the refrigeration suit remained true, despite Kira and Dukat incapacitating two Breen to steal their suits for disguises in “Indiscretion”.

• The Breen that tackles Burnham is the one who had a tether attached to their suit before attempting to enter the Pregenitor technology in “Lagrange Point”; you can see the snapped tether still protruding from their back.

Production error: The hurricane force winds are strong enough that Burnham and the Breen whom she’s fighting are both blown horizontal, but Burnham’s braids remain hanging down from her shoulders.

• The final credits sequence brings back graphics from earlier seasons:

    • The captain’s chair from season one

    • The environmental suit from season one

    • The paired Klingon mek’leths from season one

    • The graphical representation of Zora from season four

    • Book’s unnamed ship, from season three

    • The flip communicator from season one

    • The Red Angel suit from season two

    • The DMA from season four

    • The badge from season one

• The Breen fighters we see have an asymmetrical design with some elements of what we saw from the Breen interceptors in DS9.

”This is like the avalanche all over again.” Rayner recalls the events of “Red Directive”.

”Ever since Jinaal, I’ve been trying to figure out what it means. This change inside me, or whatever it is.” Doctor Culber refers to the third episode of this season by its title.

”I know what it’s like to lose somebody who means everything to you. I do. But thankfully, I got him back.” In “Will You Take My Hand?”, Ash Tyler left to support L’Rell’s bid to become chancellor. They were reunited in “Saints of Imperfection”.

    • Moll does not get L’ak back.

• In the interior of Saru’s shuttle, we can see a pathway drive for the first time, though it was mentioned in the season four premiere, “Kobayashi Maru”.

• Burnham and Moll locate a cairn. Burnham surmises it is the grave for the sixth scientist, the one whom Jinaal mentioned having died when the group located the Pregentior technology.

”Nine. That’s the number you need to make a larger triangle.” There are ten triangles on the Pregentior interface when we’re shown an unobstructed close-up. Moll is as good at counting as L’ak was at not stabbing himself.

• The USS Discovery A destroys the fleet of Breen fighters pursuing them by using a photon torpedo to ignite a pocket of plasma. In “Shadows and Symbols”, the IKS Rotarran used an EM pulse to trigger a solar plasma ejection, destroying a Dominion shipyard.

• Doctor Culber remembers the resonance frequency of the Pregenitor technology portal from his time as host to Jinaal’s consciousness in “Jinaal”.

”My species are predators, and I have studied you like prey.” In season one of DIS, the Kelpiens were mentioned repeatedly to be a prey species, and Saru was the lens through which that was presented. It was not until “The Sound of Thunder” in season two that Kelpiens were established to have nearly driven the Ba’ul to extinction thanks to the changes they undergo post-vahar’ai.

    • In “Die Trying”, the medical hologram Eli claimed that Saru might be the last Kelpien to display biochemical traces of vahar’ai.

• The Progenitor whom Burnham meets reveals that her people were not actually the originators of the technology, and shares a theory that there was some sort of pre-Progentiors who created it, and them as well. Some sort of Pregenitors, if will.

• Apparently the Discovery A can perform a saucer separation. It’s unclear if this was a feature of the Discovery pre-refit, but in “The Apple” Kirk suggested, ”Discard the warp nacelles if you have to,” to Scotty in order for the USS Enterprise to be able to devote as much power as possible to the impulse engines.

• The Progenitor causes Burnham to experience four billion years of development in a moment. In “Hard Time”, O’Brien was implanted with memories of 20 years in prison, and it messed him up pretty badly for the rest of the episode.

• “Nothing here can bring him back. I’m so sorry.” Burnham informs Moll that the Pregenitor technology can’t be used to bring L’ak back to life. Things that have been used to bring characters back to life in Trek include:

    • Scotty was revived by Nomad after Nomad had killed him in “The Changeling”.

    • Spock died in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” but the Genesis planet, revived his body as an infant, allowing for his katra, which had been transferred to Doctor McCoy, be returned to his now alive body.

    • Worf and Wesley were both killed in a battle with bestial soldiers conjured by Q. Riker resurrects them with his temporary Q powers.

    • Harry Kim had to die in “Emanations” to get transported back to the USS Voyager. The Doctor was able to revive him with medicine.

    • Neelix dies in “Mortal Coil”, but is revived with Borg nanoprobes.

    • Kelvin universe Kirk died in “Star Trek Into Darkness”, but Doctor McCoy was able to filter Khan’s augment blood through a tribble and save him. Or something.

    • Doctor Culber’s neck was snapped by Ash Tyler in “The Saints of Imperfection”, and beings that live in the mycelial network revived him using fungus material from an interdimensional transporter as his new body in “Despite Yourself”.

    • Shaxs died aboard an exploding Pakled clumpship in “No Small Parts”, but returned in “We’ll Always Have Tom Paris” with story of having visited the black mountain and fighting three faceless apparitions of his father.

”I realized we already have infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” The IDIC is a Vulcan philosophy first mentioned in “Is There In Truth No Beauty?” so that Gene Roddenberry could sell merch.

• Outside Federation HQ there is:

    • An Eisenberg-class starship

    • A Mars-class starship

    • A Saturn-class starship

    • A Merian-class starship

    • A Courage-class starship

• Among the trinkets in Kovich’s display are:

    • A Terran knife

    • A type-2 phaser of the sort introduced in season five of TNG

    • A bottle of Chateau Picard dated 2249

    • A VISOR, presumably the one Geordi wore beginning in season two of TNG

    • A baseball; it’s too clean to be Sisko’s so perhaps it’s Rom’s from “Parth Ferengi’s Heart Place”

    • Perhaps it’s noteworthy that Kovich does not have any items from the NX-01

• Kovich reveals himself to be Daniels, the temporal agent introduced in “Cold Front”.

    • Kovich says he’s from the USS Enterprise, but the NX-01 did not have the USS designation.

• Book had a confrontation with Talaxian pirates. Neelix established in “Non Sequitur” that Talaxian piracy is mostly cased around the procurement of haircare supplies.

• Molly was the endangered trance worm Book rescued from the Emerald Chain in “That Hope is You, Part 1”.

• In Burnham and Book’s 33rd century home on Sanctuary Four, they have the Tuli wood box in which the Eternal Archive and Gallery’s World Root cuttings were stored in “Labyrinths”, and captain Georgiou’s telescope, first seen in “The Vulcan Hello” and received by Burnham in “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”.

• We learn that Burnham has attained the rank of Admiral.

• There is a deer-like creature on Sanctuary Four that Burnham calls Alice. Presumably she named the creature for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, a book we learned Amanda Grayson read to her as well as Spock in “Context is for Kings” and “Once Upon a Planet”.

”I thought you’d be on your way to Crepuscula by now.” The Crepusculans were a pre-warp civilization in “The Vulcan Hello”. Georgiou and Burnham visited their world to help mitigate the effects of a drought caused by an industrial accident in nearby space.

”One, aye,” calls back to “People of Earth” where Book disguised himself as a Starfleet officer.

• The shuttle captain Leto picks Burnham up in is UFP-47.

• Book has planted the World Root cuttings on Sanctuary Four, and we see several trance worms swimming in a river.

• Starfleet HQ now has three of the station/ships in the 33rd century.

• We see DOTs working on restoring the USS Discovery to it’s original configuration before the 32nd century refit.

”I did hear a word in passing. ‘Craft.’” Zora encounters Craft in “Calypso”, according to her, almost 1,000 years after being left in a nebula.

• Despite the years that have passed, all the ships we see in attendance for the *Discovery’*s last mission are spaceframes we’re familiar with from the 32nd century.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

Odo definitely identifies as male.

And yes.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

He insisted that even though he is gay, the Sulu he portrayed is straight.

"Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate."

Takei was not into it, but I do feel like he was overselling just how much thought Roddenberry put into the side characters in Trek. Sulu didn't even get a given name until "The Voyage Home", a film Roddenberry had nothing to do with.

(In Generations, Sulu is married and has a daughter, Demora, who helmed the Enterprise-B.)

Demora is Sulu's daughter, but there's no mention that Sulu was married, or if he was that it was to a woman.

(and Cho himself is cool being a straight Korean playing a gay Japanese)

Funny you mention the character's nationality, considering that Roddenberry envisioned Sulu as some pan-Asian character on indeterminate nationality. Sulu is not a Japanese name, and Roddenberry chose to name the character after the Sulu sea of the coast of the Philippians.

Please don’t assume that I thought otherwise just because I didn’t explicitly mention every potentiality in that one post.

That was not my assumption. I just can't think of any reason to assume that Sulu is not bi or pan, given what we know about the various iterations of the character.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

Who said anything about revenge?

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago (5 children)

Ah, well that question has been answered by others and myself elsewhere in this thread. Sorry for assuming that you might have checked to see if your question was already answered before asking it.

But hey, just for you, I'll repost what I've already said:

Because the police enforce the laws of the state, often with violence. If the law dictates that a person being open about their identity is illegal regardless of the fact their identity harms no one, and everyone involved in their actions consents, than it is the responsibility of the cops to oppress them. One year the cops might march alongside people at pride, and then the laws might change and they’ll be there to bust heads of anyone who shows up the next year. 
 
And yeah, there no doubt exist LGBTQ+ cops, or cops whose friends and/or family whom they love are LGBTQ+, but so long as they wear the uniform they represent an organization used to oppress marginalized and minority communities. 
 
Fundamentally, pride is not just a party, it is a protest.

 

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Not my original content, but something I stand by

 

• This episode was directed by Johnathan Frakes, who starred in the ENT episode, “These Are the Voyages...”

• Captain Burnham informs Rayner that the Breen Primarch Tahal is going to be arriving at their location in the next episode. We learned in “Erigah” that Tahal occupied Rayner’s homeworld, Kelerun, and used it as a staging point.

• The tool Book is using to help effect repairs on the spore drive looks to be the same one he used as a weapon against Burnham in their fight when the characters first met in “That Hope Is You, Part 1”.

• The Progenitor’s technology is contained within a structure carefully balanced at the point where the gravity wells of two black holes intersect, i.e. the Lagrange point. Hey, that’s the title of the episode! Which makes sense, because the rest of the episode must surely be about figuring out how to retrieve the structure from such a precarious position without being crushed, torn apart, or spaghettified by the intense gravimetric interactions. It would be silly if, say, the Breen dreadnought was to show up and simply yoink away the structure with a tractor beam while we’re still in the cold open, and the Lagrange point did not matter for the rest of the episode.

    • The structure containing the Progenitor technology looks like a large barrel. Somewhere in Sto’vo’kor, a warrior punches a wall and doesn’t understand why.

• Moll stores L’ak’s body in a portable transport buffer. Trek has been using the transport buffer to store people since Scotty did so in “Relics”, though the other engineer aboard the USS Jenolan, Franklin, a good lad, pattern degraded too far for him to also be retrieved. Presumably no one would notice if L’ak’s pattern degraded over time.

• Adira mentions having been part of the Earth Defense Force, which is what they were doing when introduced in “People of Earth”.

• Burnham’s plan for infiltrating the Breen dreadnought is to transport through a gap in the shield coverage near an exhaust port. In “Preemptive Strike”, Ro and a team of Maquis exploited a weak point in the USS Enterprise D’s shields created by the ship’s impulse engines to steal medical supplies.

• Rayner asks Tilly to be his acting first officer while Burnham and Rhys are on the Breen ship. Saru also promoted Tilly to be his acting first officer while she was still an ensign.

• The away team plans to move around the Breen dreadnought in replicated Breen suits. In “Indiscretion”, Kira and Dukat disguised themselves in stolen Breen suits to infiltrate a work camp.

    • When Burnham activates her helmet, it forms around her head, but her braids are still visible hanging down her back before the transport. Upon arriving on the Breen ship, Burnham’s braids are no longer exposed. Later, when Burnham deactivates the helmet, her braids are already hanging down her back before it starts to dematerialize.

    • Despite being Federation technology, the fake Breen suits still have Breen script in their HUD.

• Burnham uses the term “achworm” during her bluff, something Primark Ruhn called called the Federation representatives in “Erigah” before it became apparent that T’Rina speaks the language.

• Assembled at Federation Headquarters we see:

    • Two Eisenberg-class starships

    • A Saturn-class starship

    • A Merian-class starship

    • Two Mars-class starships

    • One starship of the same class as the USS Dresselhaus

    • One 32nd century Constitution-class starship

    • One 32nd century Intrepid-class starship

• T’Rina suggests sending the USS Mitchell to intercept Tahal’s fleet. The Mitchell first appeared in “Rubicon”.

    • ”A shuttle wouldn’t be remotely capable of engaging her entire fleet.” President Rillak seems to imply that the Mitchell could conceivably be a match for a Breen fleet, which I would argue is very appropriate for a ship named for Kenneth Mitchell, who played Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik, and Aurellio on DIS, and voiced the Tweerk captain, one of Ransom’s Starfleet black ops buddies, and a Romulan guard on LDS before his passing.

• Burnham uses her xenoanthropology specialization to understand that joining a Breen feast day would be considered a good thing to do. Xenoanthropology was established as Burnham’s scientific focus in the series premiere, “The Vulcan Hello”.

• Burnham relates the results of her self introspection in “Labyrinths” to Book.

”Grum of osikod,” is a reference to the Kellerun epic, The Ballad of Krul. Burnham quoted the passage in which it’s mentioned to Rayner in “Mirrors”.

”Oh, holy schnoodle.” In “Choose Your Pain”, Tilly was the first person to say ”fuck” in Trek.

• Before sitting in the captain’s chair, Rayner does a one handed variation on the Picard maneuver.

 

• The episode opens on L’ak’s funeral. Because he stabbed himself in “Mirrors”, and then intentionally overdosed on the drugs meant to cure him in “Erigah”.

• The…bridge(?) of the Breen dreadnought appears to have the floating wickets seen in this season’s credit sequence.

• We’ve seen Efrosians before in “Star Trek: The Voyage Home”, and “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country”, but Hy’Rell is the first Efrosian woman we’ve been introduced to. She has more forehead ridges than the two previous Efrosians, though it's not clear if that's a redesign, or intended to be an example of sexual dimorphism.

• Burnham is very curt with Hy’Rell, cutting the archivist off multiple times as she explains the history of the Eternal Gallery and Archive. As all the lues leading to the Progenitor technology have thus far involved a lesson of some sort, no doubt the lesson being set up here is one about patience, and surely not just a bunch of faffing about before ultimately deciding the real lesson is the importance of self reflection.

• Cherenkov radiation was previously mentioned in “Choose to Live”.

    • In “Choose to Live”, Cherenkov radiation was said result from Tachyons interacting with an atmosphere, while here Tilly claims it is a byproduct of plasma activity.

    • In both cases, the Cherenkov radiation produced a blue glow.

• When Rhys claims the USS Discovery A won’t be able to cloak while in the pocket of the Badlands the Eternal Gallery occupies, Burnham claims that will also be true for the Breen, implying that the Breen’s cloaking device functions similarly to the Federation iteration of the technology.

• Hy’Rell is interested in having Book provide some information about one of the few remaining Kwejian artifacts stored at the Eternal Gallery. Kwejian was destroyed in “Kobayashi Maru”.

• Hy’Rell has the Eternal Gallery lower its shields so Burnham and Book can transport over. We’ve seen that in the 32nd century, transporters are not limited by shields, such as in the episodes “People of Earth” and “There is a Tide…”. Apparently the Eternal Gallery’s shields still block transporters.

    • The artifact is cutting from the a World Root, a system of tree roots that extended around the entirety of Kwejian before it’s destruction, first mentioned in “Kobayashi Maru”.

    • Hy’Rell only says the cutting came in to the possession of the Eternal Gallery, ”long ago,” without being any more specific. Kwejian was a pre-warp society when it was destroyed, though clearly some Kwejian, like Book, made it off world.

• The interior of the Eternal Gallery and Archive was filmed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

    • The Eternal Gallery’s collection we see appears to be mostly hardbound, paper books. No doubt all the various alien methods of recording information are kept in other wings.

• Hy’Rell claims that the Eternal Gallery has an oubliette. In “Star Trek Nemesis” Riker the Reman Viceroy into a bottomless pit on the lowest deck of the USS Enterprise E.

• The script used in the book, “Labyrinths of the Mind” is the same as what was on the library card that led the Discovery A to the Eternal Gallery, confirming that is the Betazoid language, meaning the first time it was seen was in “Erigah”.

• Burnham’s consciousness is transported into an artificial reality.

    • Captain Picard experienced the end of the planet Kataan from the perspective of a member of that species in “The Inner Light”.

       • Doctor Culber says of the device affecting Burnham, ”It looks like some kind of nucleonic emitter,” and that he doesn’t want to risk severing the beam as it could be fatal. In “The Inner Light” it was a nucleonic beam from the Kataan probe which subjected Picard to his experience.

    • Captain Sisko, Jadzia Dax, Kira, and Doctor Bashir were transported into a Wadi game, Chula, in “Move Along Home”.

    • Rutherford was also trapped inside a Chula game in “In the Cradle of Vexilon”.

    • Harry Kim’s mind was trapped inside a shared consciousness ruled over by an evil clown in “The Thaw”.

”Jinaal would have let an itronok eat us,” Burnham recounts the test from “Jinaal”.

• The books accessed by Doctor Derex when she was an archivist include

    • “Comprehensive List of Talaxian Hairstyles”; a multi-volume set

    • “Huypirian Folk Tales”; several Huypirians have been seen severing as personal valets to various Nagi of the Ferengi Alliance

    • “Euclidean Geometry”; this is the first mention of a species called the Euclideans.

”Hysperians really know how to party, by the way.” Hesperia is a human colony of, as Rutherford puts it, “ren faire types.”

”Someone once told me never turn my back on a Breen.” Rayner shared the Romulan saying first spoken in “In Purgatory’s Shadow” in the previous episode, “Erigah”.

    • The Breen also have a saying; “Never turn your back on the wife of the Scion.”

 

The 2024 Eisner awards for the comics industry announced the nominees a couple days ago, and the Day of Blood tie-in issue, Shaxs' Best Day by Ryan North and Derek Charm is among the nominees for Best Single Issue/One-shot.

The colourist for the current ongoing Star Trek comic, Lee Loughridge, was also nominated for Best Colouring.

 

Modiphius' Star Trek Adventures TTRPG is getting a second edition this year, and the last of the sourcebooks for first first edition has been published, so I thought I would go through the entire collection and share some of my favourite art from the game.

STA Core Rulebook

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Klingon Empire Core Rulebook

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Rules Digest

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Utopia Planitia Sourcebook

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Command Division Supplement

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Operations Division Supplement

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Science Division Supplement

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Division supplements cover triptych

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Beta Quadrant Sourcebook

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Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook

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Gamma Quadrant Sourcebook

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Delta Quadrant Sourcebook

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These are the Voyages Mission Compendium

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Strange New Worlds Mission Compendium

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Shackleton Expanse Campaign Guide

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Keyhole to Eternity Campaign

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Discovery (2256-2258) Campaign Guide

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Lower Decks Campaign Guide

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Federation-Klingon War Tactical Campaign

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