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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 4:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Huh. I hadn't considered that before, but it's all there - in addition to this episode's elaboration of why the Union even works with the Moclans to begin with - they provide technological weaponry and defense expertise. 

For which the real-world allegory for the Arab/Muslim world would be....oil.


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The Moclans, it seems, are being cast as the Union’s version of the Arab/Muslim world. So very different culturally that we must overlook some deep divides in order to be “allies”.
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And note that neither side is demonized, or shown to be superior to the other. It's more about the crew discovering the cultural differences. bit by bit, and working through them.

As with the best of STAR TREK, the "other" is not presented as villainous. Antagonistic, perhaps, but not necessarily beyond communication or compromise.
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 10:09pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Excellent, moving, intriguing and stylish episode (the final shot was perfect). Bortus is both funny and full of depth. Was sorry to see Alara go but I'm really warming to Talla. And I'm now starting to see Malloy's humour as esssential to the show. His interactions with the rest of the crew, especially Bortus, are priceless. Just a finely put-together episode.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 15 February 2019 at 11:34pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Random crewmember observation: Ensign Turco works in Engineering and reports to LaMarr? Seems like an HR red flag. Granted, this was the fleet that thought it was a good idea to assign a Captain’s ex-wife as his First Officer, but still.
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Mike Baswell
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Posted: 16 February 2019 at 8:51am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

When Ed and Kelly are discussing the Moclans and he says we 'need' them; as simply a valued Union member, their engineering prowess, as an ally against the Krill, or something more?
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Posted: 16 February 2019 at 9:05am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

All of the above?
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 21 February 2019 at 1:52am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Another excellent episode. Really loved how they flipped the subject matter of this allegory on its head.
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Posted: 21 February 2019 at 6:55am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I didn't question Kelly's breakup with Cassius. I just took it as a cue that a lot of time had passed between this episode and the last time we saw them...

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Remember, too, that the relationship was some three months in when we first found out about it.

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 21 February 2019 at 8:00am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Coming back to this:

"Realizing just now that Claire--not my favorite character--has been the central focus of my least favorite and most favorite episodes."

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Curious - which are your least and most favorite? I think I can guess the least, but not the most.
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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 21 February 2019 at 8:57pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Won't spoil it for people in other time zones but I had a feeling for awhile that this might happen.  Really curious how it's going to be resolved.
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Vinny Valenti
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WOW.
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Isaac/Ruk?
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