Sci-Fi News and Analysis Roundup 11/3

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

A prosperous future, filled with opportunity and upside burst from The Next Generation as Captain Picard’s Enterprise pushed the boundaries of space and humankind each week. Its follow up, Deep Space Nine, showed audiences a far bleaker part of space, in a setting more accustomed to thievery, infighting, and insurrection than TNG’s spotless bridge.

This angered many fans, but others still would argue that the new tone allowed for more ethically challenging themes.

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Voyager didn’t follow through on the part of its premise that involved a Starfleet ship stranded 75,000 lightyears away from any military, technical, or mechanical support. That’s most evident in the ship’s consistently perfect condition throughout the run of the series.

The ship went through some major, major conflicts with nemeses like the Borg, Species 8472, the Kazon, the Hirogen – the list goes on. But apparently the repair crew (and the industrial replicators needed to produce the necessary materials) were really, really good at their jobs, because Voyager should’ve been a scrap heap.

More items follow the jump.

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  • Why Tyler Blevins doesn’t stream with female gamers

“Ninja explains his choice not to stream with female gamers” at Polygon

“I don’t play with female gamers,” says Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Twitch’s biggest streamer and one of the faces of the Fortnite fandom. This edict may be surprising to hear, especially as emphatically as Blevins said it when we spoke at a recent Samsung event.

Though Blevins isn’t shy about being married, and his more than 10 million subscribers include people of every gender identity, the internet’s love of gossip has convinced the Twitch star not to invite women to participate in his Fortnite Battle Royale livestreams. With fame comes scrutiny of every thing you say or do, he suggested, and that can sometimes lead to questions about who you’re sleeping or flirting with on the sly.

“If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we’re playing with one another, and even if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever,” Blevins told Polygon.

  • Inception litmus test

“Finally, we have closure to the ending to ‘Inception'” at Yahoo!

Was it real, or was it a dream? Forget “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” or “Is the dress white and gold or black and blue?”; the ending to “Inception” is this era’s greatest existential debate. (Note to future generations: If you’re wondering why we haven’t cured cancer yet, here’s your clue.)

Since the movie’ arrival in 2010, director Christopher Nolan has been evasive when asked to explain the infamous final scene.

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6 thoughts on “Sci-Fi News and Analysis Roundup 11/3

  1. The main thing I always thought wrong with Voyager was that it set up a premise of “how much can you compromise your ideals and still remain Star Fleet” and then chose to ignore that question.

  2. Lurkertype: Hard to tell. I gave up after the opening episode of Season 2 (I think) when they noticed hydrocarbons IN SPACE, and they found a pristine Ford truck from the 1930s just floating around in the Delta Quadrant and then eventually Amelia Earhart. I know a lot of people hate Enterprise, but I always thought Voyager had the worst writing. Well, the Enterprise time war was probably worse, considering that it was something major that happened in a prequel to 4 different series, and never mentioned in any of them. I realize Star Trek Discovery has totally different show runners, but I can’t see subscribing to CBS’s streaming service to watch a new Star Trek when the last two series were unwatchable after a season or two.

  3. Voyager had one or two stand-out episodes (let’s say “Living Witness” for drama and “Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy” for humor) – but I don’t recall any Enterprise standouts (though that was the only series I gave up on completely well before it ended, so I might have missed something).

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