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  1. How many times are they going to try and open this park?
  2. That ST:Online plotline sounds a lot better. Romulans working more with the Federation due to diminished influence makes sense (and it’s something that would be seized upon. Look at how quickly Starfleet was sending Riker back after Nemesis to keep diplomatic channels open.) Unfortunately, they had to take it to illogical extremes because dark.
  3. It depends on how much you go with the Picard series' representation. The destruction of Romulus would be damaging to the Romulans, but not fatal. No more than, say, the destruction of London would turn everyone in the U.K into a refugee. The Romulan Star Empire isn't as big as the Federation, but it's not as though every Romulan in the universe lived on their home world, and being a warp capable civilisation there's no way vital members of the government, and noted scientists/artists/etc were just sitting on Romulus waiting for the Federation transport barges to turn up. True, they were battered by Shinzon's coup, and the destruction of their home world would have been a big blow to general Romulan morale and sense of purpose, but it wouldn't have caused the Star Empire to fall. Tl;dr: I refuse to believe that there isn't a Romulan ad-hoc government operating in the Star Empire, and one which would expect the Federation to abide by any existing treaty.
  4. Garibaldi

    The Division 2

    I was enthusiastic for a decent lever-action, but the Diamondback is the most hideous thing I’ve ever seen. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of grinding for one to check out a picture first. Looks like it was designed by an edge lord 13 year old.
  5. The Borg remind me a lot of the Necrons from Warhammer 40K, in that they have similar traits but the more you learn about both the less interesting they become. In the beginning, they were relentless and emotionless forces of nature, with the best technology of thousands of assimilated species on their side. Thinking so little of the Enterprise and its crew, and so sure of their own ability to regenerate, that they let Picard blast giant holes in the Borg ship just so they could analyze Starfleet weaponry first-hand. The only initial victory over them was a pyrrhic one. Honestly, I think the introduction of the Queen was the death-knell for the Borg (things were wonky before then. TNG's 'Descent' for example, but not terminal.) Yeah, she makes sense as a concept, but she also gave future writers a singular figure in the Collective to fixate on. The Borg were no longer a force of nature, but an autocracy, and it sucked all the air out of the room. Voyager then fucked them up even more royally, taking away any sense of menace. They've been so neutered by this point that it would take careful, and coordinated, efforts to rebuild them - not to what we had at first, that's gone forever now, but certainly something worthwhile. The point is, you can either do that, or you can go for one huge, brain-busting revelation to try and make the Borg relevant again. The former is considerably harder than the latter, which is why we won't get it. Unfortunately, all the latter is going to do is dig the Borg's grave that much deeper.
  6. Slightly more believeable here as phaser rifles seem to have no recoil. Still doesn’t mean you’d hit shit while dual-wielding them, though!
  7. My fear is actually in the opposite direction. That they’re going to try and make this secret as mind blowing as possible, and due to Picard being canon we’ll all be stuck with it. Certainly something as bonkers as ‘Romulans made the Borg.’ As to this episode, it’s notable how much it was improved just by having no boring Borg cube scenes. The gore did feel pretty gauche, like someone elbowing me in the ribs and saying ‘not your grandfather’s Star Trek. Eh?’ There’s certainly a place for darker themes in Trek, as DS9 showed, but going straight to gore is a cop out. Also created an odd feeling of bathos to then follow it with wacky disguises. Otherwise, it was ok. The scenes between Seven and Picard gave some satisfaction with ‘will they discuss x?’ Brief, but worked better for that, I think. There was a nice moment near the end: The crew continue to just sort of wash over me, at this point. Dr Jurati seems to be transforming into an unsettling Tilly/Barclay hybrid; Raffi is bland despite being a drug addict; Rios is displaying hints of something beyond a pensive swagger, so wait and see there; Elnor is, I fear, going to be the straight man for comedy bits and occasionally an ass-kicker. So, still finding its feet, unsurprisingly. I hope the mature parts are handled more, well, maturely in the future, but as things are now picking up pace I feel a bit more optimistic for the remaining episodes.
  8. Must’ve been very frustrating for him, as they never really grew his character or took it anywhere new. All the Native American stuff always felt ham-fisted and one dimensional. He seemed to have a particular dislike for Robert Picardo, who apparently used to read the script and say things like ‘that’s a funny line. Why isn’t it mine?’ Still, as you say, he lasted out the entire series. Like a jaded cop trying to get his pension.
  9. I think the biggest problem so far is that there’s no sense of threat. It’s ok for the antagonists’ motives to not be entirely clear at the moment, but for them to be boring as well is a fatal combination. Between the charismatically void baddies, with their incompetent hit squads and tedious ‘one more week! This time I really mean it, grrrr!’ posturing, I can barely keep my eyes open when they’re on screen.
  10. I can't wait for next week's episode where they infiltrate a fancy-dress party.
  11. Garibaldi

    The Division 2

    You are technically correct (the best kind of correct.) The new specialisations were largely awful, though, so having a leg-up on people who didn’t want to grind for them was rendered moot. Plus, I think some were expecting content like the ‘classified’ missions to be a little more substantial, whereas they were bite-sized. Tbh, I never considered it an appealing package, but I can understand why folk could feel let down.
  12. Garibaldi

    The Division 2

    Their season passes often fall into the pattern of one good, but short DLC, other lacklustre DLCs, and assorted fluff. You can put Watch Dogs; Assassins Creed: Syndicate; Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5 into that bracket. Can’t speak to ones I haven’t played, but I’m sure there are others. If we’re talking free content, some of that is admittedly very good. Far Cry: Arcade was excellent.
  13. Garibaldi

    The Division 2

    Lot of understandably pissed off ultimate edition owners on reddit who starved on a thin gruel of exclusive content in year one and are now seeing the meaty expansions planned for year two. Hopefully this’ll put them off buying a season pass in advance, as nine times out of ten it’s a stupid idea, and Ubisoft don’t have a great track record for providing value for money when they already have your money.
  14. Which would certainly be convenient when the writers can’t figure out how to show rock bottom in a post-capitalist society. Not all of Trek lore is sacrosanct, obviously, but Earth’s post wealth status is a bit too fundamental to the Trek universe to be hand-waved.
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