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  1. Smirnoff is practically tapwater... you'd need something a LOT stronger to get through Southern Cross, more like everclear.
  2. Even Nemesis wasn't that dark or depressing... courtesy of the movie still largely sticking with the TNG-era Federation as an optimistic organization that jumped at the chance to further improve diplomatic relations with Romulus and at least part of the Romulan military coming to the Enterprise's aid against Shinzon.
  3. That and it'd make a lot more sense to send unmanned fighters up against an unknown enemy first to scout them out. Gotta have reaction mass if you wanna fly in space... it's still way more efficient in terms of mass vs power than conventional rockets. Probably not... they'd have either plowed through them with superior numbers and firepower or had more to worry about from the approaching reinforcements. Nah, that section lists things that aren't necessarily in the OVA but just happened to appear in the artbook... but also doesn't list at least one design that DOES because its identity isn't confirmed. You'll only find the aforementioned VF-14 on the Macross 7 section.
  4. Bioroids... not very strong, and a mediocre experience for all involved. Just like Smirnoff Ice.
  5. Cut out that plot tumor called Canto Bight all you want, but they totally ought to fan-edit Rey to actually be a nobody instead of Palpatine's granddaughter... they had a much better message when she wasn't The Chosen One.
  6. Deader than dead... maybe once Secret Hideout's contract is over, we can Search for Spock this franchise and wrestle it back from the grave. Nice of The Guardian to finally catch up to what Star Trek fans were saying from the moment the first bits of information about the series were teased... this was a series nobody asked for, full of unlikable generic "badass" characters, terrible cliches, and the arrogant self-interest of one old actor who thinks the franchise is his personal political soapbox.
  7. Qui-Gon totally runs with the idea that he was a virgin birth, though... asserting he believes that Anakin was conceived by the whatchamacallits that make the Force go, and IIRC wasn't that what the Expanded Universe ran with as well?
  8. Star Trek's various shows are products of the times in which they were made, and most if not all were considered great. Some of the content, understandably, did not age well... or was freaking terrible to begin with like "Code of Honor", "11:59", "Tuvix", or that one episode of TOS with the space hippies. DS9 as the high-quality outlier... that's an unpopular opinion in the Trek fanbase. One I share, mind you, but an unpopular one nevertheless. I'd put it a good deal lower, mostly on the basis of the writing. The actors are clearly doing their best with what they've been given, but as the saying goes "garbage in, garbage out", and there are a bunch of moments where the Star Trek veterans are clearly having the Ford reaction "You can write this stuff, but you can't say it". Also the most realistic cast... a bunch of eccentric weirdos on a space station in the middle of nowhere who were very humanly flawed. I won't deny it, Star Trek: the Motion Picture is an editorial disasterpiece... it's too glacially slow to be enjoyable even as high-concept sci-fi thanks to the film's obsession with its own VFX. TBH, I might actually rank TMP below Into Darkness on that front. Into Darkness was crap, but it was at least a serviceable popcorn flick.
  9. Are we sure about that? Most of Star Trek's woes from the J.J. Abrams soft reboot on stem from those new Star Trek developments being unable to sustain themselves with just casual viewers. The Abrams TOS soft reboot movies eventually tanked at the box office because they just didn't make any impression or create new fans, and both Star Trek: Discovery and Picard have found themselves facing slashed budgets and the prospect of imminent cancellation because the fans don't like them and they're not generating merchandising revenue because Star Trek's merchandising partners correctly predicted the fans wouldn't like them and didn't bother licensing them. They've tried mocking the fans (Discovery S1) and largely ignoring the fans (Discovery S2 and Picard) aside from in-jokes, references, and cameos... but they haven't really tried making something that actually appeals to the fans yet. The fans are voting with their wallets, and Star Trek is on the brink of going under because of it.
  10. Yeah... to say that it was not an enjoyable viewing experience would be putting it mildly. To be frank, the main problem with Star Trek: Picard is that it isn't a Star Trek story. It would probably have been a much better series if they took the Star Trek elements out of it, to be honest. The execution reminds me a lot of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. One of those occasions where a creator pitched an original science fiction story and was told that it wasn't good enough or interesting enough to be a success, but instead of polishing the concept a bit more they just pitched the same story again almost unaltered under the name of an established sci-fi franchise in the hope that sequel power would cover its deficiencies as a stand-alone work. It's not like Star Trek is the only property where Patrick Stewart plays a crotchety, manipulative old man on the verge of death (see Logan). They need to stop doubling down on J.J. Abrams's mistake. Let Star Trek be Star Trek, a vision of a brighter and more hopeful future for humanity, and let the dystopian sci-fi be its own thing. Each have their own merits, but all you get for trying to mix oil and water is a mess and possibly a bill from the EPA if you do it on a big enough scale. Abrams's soft reboot, with its action-centric dystopian future, produced a few serviceable but ultimately forgettable popcorn flicks that barely broken even at best and at worst lost millions at the box office. Star Trek: Discovery copied those same mistakes, and while it briefly scored some points with the Twitter and Reddit SJW crowd for crowing about its diversity it was so poorly received that the network had to do a major rework of the series after season one, season two was carried mostly by a pre-existing character (Pike) and ending with the TV series being thrown out of the Star Trek setting entirely and an in-universe promise that we never speak of this again on pain of death, and the sponsors and licensees were so very unhappy with it that the network had to threaten to sue its own sponsor in order to secure greatly reduced funding for the third and possibly final season. Now we've got Picard, a poorly-paced, wandering mess of a series that seems to have undergone a similar rework to Discovery's... but in the middle of production, forcing the original characters that were meant to carry the series into the background in favor of increasing the importance of legacy characters the audience might actually like and then restoring the setting's optimism retroactively and offscreen in the literal last minute of the final episode in a desperate author's saving throw. Like, it's nice that Picard's writers seem to realize the magnitude of their error at the last minute and tried to end on a proper Star Trek note... but it's so much of an afterthought it doesn't do much to fix the rest of the show. If they'd done this a few episodes in, when it became apparent the Romulans were behind everything, it'd have worked a lot better... especially if it got more attention instead of coming out of basically nowhere. "Oh by the way, remember that policy that was central to our entire plot? Yeah, we reversed that but it wasn't worth mentioning until ten seconds before the credits roll." IMO, Star Trek: Enterprise season 4. Thanks to executive meddling, it took some time for Star Trek: Enterprise to find its feet and start feeling like a proper Star Trek show again after they tried to action-ize seasons 2 and 3 with the nonsensical Temporal Cold War schtick. Season 4 had a lot of promise, but unfortunately general audiences were burned out on Trek after fifteen years of continuous episodes and the less-than-stellar writing of seasons 2 and 3, so the show never got to build on that promise in season 5. The unproduced stories for season 5 contained some interesting ideas, a few really terribly cringeworthy ones, and a few that could honestly have gone either way. Some of the stuff that was planned for season 5 and 6 went into the Star Trek: Enterprise relaunch novels, and were actually quite enjoyable reads.
  11. Originally, yes... the heavy losses the UN Forces incurred in the Unification Wars convinced the brass to go heavy on the unmanned fighters, so the original plans for Earth's defenses in space prominently featured the QF-3000E Ghost as the majority of space-based fighter aircraft. The original writeup of the ARMD-class's fighter complement calls for a whopping 270 QF-3000E Ghosts supported by 78 manned SF-3A Lancer II's and 18 VF-1 Valkyries. Postwar, the ARMD-class airwing composition changed somewhat due to the massive attrition suffered by the QF-3000s in the First Space War. The writeup in Sky Angels indicates they scaled back to 120 QF-3000E Ghosts in favor of Regults and more Valkyries. VERY unlikely... the QF-3000E uses the initial-type first generation thermonuclear reaction turbine engine (FF-1999). It's even less efficient and powerful than the FF-2001 engine that was developed for the VF-1 Valkyrie, and that thing consumed fuel 4,200x faster in space than in atmosphere. Even if the QF-3000E's internal tanks were comparable to the capacity of a VF-1 Super Valkyrie's internal and conformal tanks combined, that's half an hour of maximum output at best. I'd expect they'd probably be coming back fairly regularly to refuel, rearm, and receive basic maintenance since they were known to have cooling system issues thanks to their early model engine. Their semi-autonomous AI suite is noted to have been a bit flaky, but serviceable... though not quite up to the task of being a viable replacement for manned fighters. As a result, the Ghosts aboard the Macross were mostly used to scout out and delay incoming enemies until the Valkyries could get there and mop them up. They took heavy losses in that role, and by the time the war ended there were only around 100 units left in the entire UN Forces inventory.
  12. Tonight on See? BS All Access... what we fondly hope will be the series finale of Star Trek: Picard, the Star Trek show so bad even Star Trek: Discovery fans can't stand watching it. At the very least, I can rest somewhat easy after tonight knowing that the series has flown into the ground so hard that Star Wars writers will use it as inspiration for their next lightspeed ramming attack sequence. The Good... haha like there's any of THAT to be had here. The Bad... and getting worse all the time. The Ugly... facing the reality that Star Trek is very dead, and its corpse is being puppeted by someone's bad Mass Effect fanfic. Well, that was AWFUL. Please, Amazon... don't renew this one. Let it die. Kill it if you have to. No Star Trek fan wants more of this.
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