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Was just kind of wondering about you (and some of the other top posters), actually.

I'm kind of surprised that they changed the design considering in the TOS episode, the ISS Enterprise wasn't distinguishable from the USS Enterprise externally.  I guess on the other hand, I'm not all that surprised, given how other things have been handled on this show.

I don't suppose anyone has any screencaps?

Trivia, Games, & Fun / Re: New SCN Collections thread
« on: January 03, 2018, 01:25:15 AM »
Picked up the Dirty Pair tv series from Rightstuf when it was on sale.  Still salty that it was split into two volumes...

Artwork and Design / Re: Making sense of Discovery's Klingon Starships...
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:02:32 AM »
I rather like that little one.  Wonder if there's a Klingon word for Soyokaze.  ;D

Artwork and Design / Re: Making sense of Discovery's Klingon Starships...
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:34:46 PM »
I have to say that they're definitely a lot better than the spike-filled ... things that are in the actual show.

Trivia, Games, & Fun / Re: New SCN Collections thread
« on: October 03, 2017, 09:55:58 PM »
I got the first 4 volumes of Toward the Terra on sale at RightStuf.  Now I just need to get the last two volumes at some point.  :D

Trivia, Games, & Fun / Re: New SCN Collections thread
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:23:28 AM »
Nope.  Never heard of it, actually.

Trivia, Games, & Fun / Re: New SCN Collections thread
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:00:03 AM »
Picked up a DVD of Otaku no Video, and the soundtracks for Blood: The Last Vampire (the original movie) and Gun x Sword.

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: August 28, 2017, 01:26:02 PM »
I don't know, I could go for some nudity in Star Trek.   ;D

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:07:38 AM »
I kind of wish that'd been something Trek had done away with - starting out with brand new ships I mean.

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:57:37 AM »
Looks like they're using the TNG rank in the arrowhead.  :-\

General Trek Discussion / Re: Now *THAT* is an NX-01!
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:04:46 AM »
Once, long a go, I designed an NX/Connie in-between for CX's (in hindsight, crappy and poorly run) Star Trek: Foundations

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:16:40 PM »
That transporter room gives me Roddy McDowall "Time Machine" feelz.
I wouldn't be surprised if this is intentional.

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:39:26 PM »
Wouldn't be the first time sports preempted Star Trek.  I think it might be for a pilot episode, but whatever.

Artwork and Design / Re: Romulan "A-Type" Warbird...
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:27:48 AM »
Has senpai noticed you?  ;D

Artwork and Design / Re: Romulan "A-Type" Warbird...
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:24:50 PM »
That looks pretty good as a D'deridex contemporary.  You should totally show this off to Rick Sternbach.   8)

General Sci-Fi Discussion / Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
« on: April 10, 2017, 09:13:40 PM »
Which doctor? If you're referring to Dr. Ouelet, the one who tells her what has happened after she first gets her prosthetic body, I assume since she "created" the Major then its something akin to a mother/daughter bond.
Yes, that's exactly who I mean.  They establish she's killed an awful lot of people just like the Major, yet in this case she suddenly has a motherly feelings toward her?  Were they reciprocated at all, because I sure didn't get that out of the movie.

Which RoboCop?
The more recent remake.

Well in this movie she's only been on the job a year so maybe her skills haven't developed to the level seen in previous adaptations. Alternatively you could argue that her hacking skills came from her Motoko Kusanagi memories and those memories were suppressed throughout the bulk of the movie.
That doesn't make any sense given the backstory given to her.

General Sci-Fi Discussion / Ghost in the Shell (2017)
« on: April 08, 2017, 05:33:11 PM »
I just watched it today.  It'll take me a bit to fully organize my thoughts, but my first impressions are thus (do not read if you don't want spoilers):

- They completely wasted the characters, and failed to establish any kind of connection/comradery between them.  So it rang false when there was supposed to be character drama.  Like, why does that one doctor feel the way toward the Major that she does? 

- The referral to the main character as simply "Major" rather than "the Major" was somewhat jarring to me.

- They went through great lengths to copy iconic imagery from the first two movies, yet completely changed the circumstances of them, and with the garbage men the change made no sense.

- It came off as them snatching names and iconography from the previous adaptations with their own made up shit as the actual substance of it, which came off as rather ham-fisted the majority of the time, especially how they kept explaining the concept of the fully-prosthetic body and name-dropping the show.

-A lot of the establishing shots of the city looked fake as hell, partly or maybe even mostly because of the giant ad holograms.  It's funny how much more convincing similar shots in 1982's Bladerunner were in comparison.

- I was rather disappointed that the Major didn't get an opportunity to show what an awesome hacker she was supposed to be.

- The plot really rubbed me the wrong way, because while I'll be the first to say that adaptations don't have to be exactly like the source material, they deviated so much from it that it might as well not be GitS.  Instead we got a recycled amnesia/revenge story with elements of "The Evil Corporation" not unlike what was in the Total Recall remake (and RoboCop from what I've heard).  It felt like I was essentially watching the same movie with different window-dressing.

- Other than the cityscapes, the movie was rather good-looking, though I had a laugh at the elimination of the Major's nipples from all the shots they were ripping off from the 1995 movie.

- I also liked that Aramaki was able to speak Japanese and everyone was able to understand him, as given the level of technology this only makes sense to me.  I also liked that it was not explained to death or even at all, really.  It's probably the only thing in the movie that wasn't explained to death like the audience was a bunch of idiots or something.  I do kind of think Kusinagi's mother should have been able to do the same thing, though.  Although part of me doesn't like that she has a living mother like this (her background being mysterious was honestly some of her appeal).

- The soundtrack was barely noticeable, and did nothing to stand out on its own.  The first two movies and Stand Alone Complex all had outstanding soundtracks that stand out on their own and complimented the movie/series very well.  The only use of the iconic wedding theme from the first film was relegated to the end credits (rather like Abrams Trek if you think about it), and made no sense in the context of the actual story beyond the fact that it was something from the original movie.  Of course, this seems to be the movie in a nutshell.  I am so disappointed, even though I was expecting to be disappointed.  :(

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: April 04, 2017, 10:36:09 PM »
It's not a trans character.
Why not?

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: April 04, 2017, 09:52:19 AM »
Probably meant to be a trans character.

Videogames and computers / Computer Design Thoughts
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:15:42 AM »
So the vast majority of home computers these days are towers it seems. But, remembering with some nostalgia, I rather liked the design of the old desktops like the Compaq Prolinea 433 and the Apple Macintosh IIsi. Whatever caused the old desktop designs to go out of fashion, and do you think they could ever make a comeback?

Here's the screencaps from TrekCore.

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I haven't looked through it in detail, but TrekCore has screencaps and production photos.

General Trek Discussion / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:33:18 PM »
One could say the same about the double standard you apparently have.

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