On the TV show The Orville, the Kaylon are currently the enemies of the Planetary Union. The Kaylon are a mechanical species who regard themselves as superior to biological species, and they sent a representative, Issac, to determine whether or not they should preserve the Planetary Union. We learn in the two-part episode “Identity” (S2, E8&9) that the Kaylon have consumed all of the land and resources of their homeworld and wish to expand into the galaxy and exterminate species that they deem to be unworthy of preservation. The thing is, though, they have made poor use of their world and still have plenty of resources left - perhaps enough to last until the stars turn to iron.
Most enjoyable. 4/5
Almost a perfect rating. I had a few qualms. Minor spoilers ahead.
As I said in the last post, I am currently introducing four of my friends to Star Trek; however, each one of them are going at different rates and are watching them in different orders. As a reminder, Star Trek has a habit of going back in time and messing with its own timeline. Because of that piece of storytelling, that sometimes makes it difficult to explain to newcomers where they are in the Star Trek timeline. It also leads to many fan theories about whether or not the last two Star Trek television series (Enterprise [Note 1] and DIS) are in the Prime Timeline or not. But therein lies a new problem: defining what is the PRIME TIMELINE. As I stated last time, in my opinion, the Prime Timeline begins with “The Cage” (TOS 0x01), the original pilot episode that started it all. Also, in my opinion, the proper order for TOS is the production order - there are 4 ways to watch TOS: the production order, the original air-date order, the remastered air-date order, and the Netflix order. I am going to stick with production order.
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In May of 2012, I graduated with my BA in Gender Studies from Metropolitan State University. My capstone paper was titled "Science Fiction, Gender, and Race: How Star Trek Has Failed to Live Up to its Progressive Ideals" - it was because the 2009 Star Trek film was still on my mind (the second reboot film wouldn't be out until 2013) and I was still very disappointed in it.
I am currently introducing four of my friends to Star Trek; however, each one of them are going at different rates and are watching them in different orders. Two friends have started with Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS), one friend has started with Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP) and has made it through Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (TUC), and one friend has started with nuTrek [Note 1] and has only seen the first two of those movies. One of the friends who started with TOS has already finished all of it and has moved onto Star Trek: Discovery (DIS).
Normally, I would not bother giving one of these videos any of my attention, as they are nothing but conspiracy theory garbage - however, I am being paid to watch this one, and so you get to read what I have to say about it. I will not embed the video into this post - however, I will provide a link to it at the end of the post, because there are those who do want to check it out for themselves. But I encourage you all to not give that video any views, as it is rather terrible. The first thing that I have to say about this video is that I want those 10 minutes of my life back. The second thing that I will say about this video is CONTENT WARNING: graphic images from The Passion of the Christ, references to pedophilia and murder.
If you haven’t seen E.C. Henry’s videos, I suggest that you check them out. He makes really great stuff - I’ve been following him for a while. Some of my favorite stuff from him includes Pacific 201 Show-and-Tell, how much tea Captain Picard drinks, and the size of that planet in the opening credits of Star Trek: Voyager.
In his most recent video, "How ONE LINE Fixes The Last Jedi", E.C. Henry argues that the biggest problem around the plot and story-structure was from Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo’s role in the film, saying that her refusal to share her plan with anybody is seemingly irrational. I’ll take the reasons why this is incorrect in the order that he brings them up:
You may have already read my review of the pilot episode. If not, I would suggest that you do so, so that you can understand why I continued to give The Orville a chance. And I am glad that I did. There will be a spoiler-free tl;dr version at the end of this post.
On 10Sept2017, The Orville premiered on Fox. Personally, I rather enjoyed it. This post contains spoilers. Spoiler-free tl;dr version at the end of this post.