The Beige and The Bold

We talk about the character work, Riker’s command decisions, and maneuver naming conditions. Some of that is really good and some of it is disappointing.

I don’t question it because it smooths the rough edges of the narrative, but Derek has a point about making Worf Riker’s executive officer instead of Shelby. Shelby’s great and all, but if something happened to Riker, you’d  want someone who knows the crew.

Also, we get the Borg queen presaged. I mean, insect queens don’t really issue commands as much as they act as a unique and hard-to-replace part of the colony’s biomachinery, but the point is a salient one. Is there a better, accessible analogy for the Borg than colonial insects?

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

Raaaaaaaaampage!!!

When you have a character who is a badass killing machine, you want to set up a scenario when they’re allowed to go all-out. Maybe not on the cogs in the wheel of an unjust system. The cogs Kovachs just gunned down in the corridors.

What’s interesting about media is that characters are rarely called upon to make the banal moral compromises most of us have to to pay rent. So when our dude starts killing every minimum wage worker and middle-manager trying to get by in a world run by disengaged Methuselahs it takes me a minute to realize we’re supposed to be rooting for him. Ew.

I’m also angry he only uses his gun’s retractable bullet thing once in this whole series. Like…what’s the point, man?

You may be excited to learn that this is the last Blood and Chrome to get pushed to the feed. The other six episodes will be linked on VanVelding.com as I edit them and next week we will resume Star Trek: The Next Generation with “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II.”

Blood and Chrome:

Episode 5: The Wrong Man

Episode 6: The Man with My Face

Episode 7: Nora Inu

Episode 8: Clash by Night

Episode 9: Rage in Heaven

Episode 10: The Killers

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CST. Season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation begins October 21st.

Two people fight to the death and I’m still fighting a hardcore case of yawns here. This episode’s central theme is that the wealthy are corrupt, but it can’t even draw a clear bead on that point and fire. It’s allegory that fails to link its allegory–the long life of the Methuselahs–with what it represents–obscene wealth and the detachment it brings.

Also, there aren’t enough frowny faces on the emoji menu of your keyboard to express my disappointment with the Kovachs-sleeps-with-Miriam plot. It just fizzles out and it’s not no one gives, a damn; it’s that Altered Carbon works so hard to inform us that someone would and then never pays that off.

Can I make it through seven more of these?

The video version of this episode can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2MVYkca1EQ0

The Beige and The Bold is available on Stitcher and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT. Season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation begins October 21st.

Man, does this title even work? In that everyone in this setting is pretty damn fallen, it’s not really–oooh, it’s probably about the girl who fell into the lake from the cloud layer and died.

I’m doing these solo now and I’m doing my best. I have a lot of questions and a lot of speculation. Is Abboud having sex with Ortega’s mom?

…other questions.

The mystery itself is going to plod along and I expect it will unfurl alongside the setting.

The video version of this episode can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/c5TmxJM1vas

The Beige and The Bold is available on Stitcher and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT. Season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation begins October 21st.

During our break, The Beige and The Bold is going to watch Netflix’s Altered Carbon, a ten part series which explores a future world in which human consciousness can be reduced to an electronic signal and stored in devices called a stack. In an inversion of our usual roles, Derek has seen Altered Carbon and I have not.

We cover a lot of stuff and I freely admit I’m one of those guys who’s a bit prickly when they’re not on familiar ground. My initial impression of Altered Carbon is that it has a lot of potential and is a fine show, but is so eager about telling its story that it sometimes forgets the basics.

Time will tell if I’m wrong.

A video version of this episode can be found on You Tube: https://youtu.be/_aE77g-Eapc

The Beige and The Bold is available on Stitcher and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT. Season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation begins October 21st.

We get right into it in this season’s supplemental, rolling from the season three finale right into:

-The Question

-Season 3 versus Seasons 1 and 2.

-What we’re doing during the interregnum.

-YouTube, sound quality, iTunes, and listener feedback.

-Characters and characterization.

I’m serious about podcast recommendations. Maybe I’m a bad participant in the podcasting community because I listen to Writing Excuses and…nothing else. Given that my music playlist is getting a bit stale, I’m wide open for suggestions.

Anything else we’re missing though? We do this casually, but we would like to improve.

Also, there will be a brief–odd–mini-series of Altered Carbon for the next four weeks. Then we’ll start season four.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

It’s done. It’s hard to say anything about what might be–as a Deep Space Nine fan–the greatest multi-part Star Trek story ever told.

Star Trek: The Next Generation was under restrictions neither you nor I fully understand, but they still managed to push the serialized network television format to its limits.

I try to end these with a question, so ‘great episode’ or ‘greatest episode’?

As a special bonus, the Season 3 Supplemental goes up on Monday night.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

We’re three years in and we’ve already established that Worf is a romantic. I’m glad that’s something that’s kept as part of his character.

I think that Star Trek has telegraphed ascension several times, with the Traveler, with Q, and with the Metrons back in The Original Series. And then this guy does it because he’s an X-Man, basically. That seems kinda weak. On the other hand, how would the much-foreshadowed ascension of humanity work in the Star Trek universe?

“The Best of Both Worlds” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_mFdqY6y4g

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

Planetary security, diplomatic incidents, and transporter protocols are just a few things that utterly baffle us about this episode. Like…are there not telepaths on Space E-Lance?

I know it’s a ‘fun’ episode, but it’s nonsense.

Is there a difference between the words “nice” and “good”? Is Daimon Tog a bad person who is nice? Can we separate a pleasant exterior from a malicious interior? Can I load these questions any heavier?

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

Sarek

Derek’s 80/40/40 joke was really good and I missed it. I’m not sure what else there is to say here.

Was there another way to slip some elements of TOS into the series? I feel like this series quickly forgets the lessons of this episode later, but it is a good one.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.