Spoilers General Disco Chat Thread

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by Lord Garth, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. XCV330

    XCV330 A Being of Pure Caffeine Premium Member

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    depends on your vehicle. There were about 14 million Ford Model T's built where one essentially rode atop the gas tank (no fuel pump, it had to be higher than the carb.. curiously this also meant it couldn't drive up extremely steep hills unless going backwards.. I digress).
    Millions of motorcycle and scooter riders commute with a gas tank under their butts or between their legs every day without exploding.

    I figure due to Romulan hacking or some other problem with traditional electronic computers, the duotronic architecture and later variants Starfleet used on their ships did have super-capacitors that could short out in dangerous explosions.

    I think I would have just got a remote console app and stood a few feet away from my duty station using a PADD to do my job function :D
     
  2. SJGardner

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    Does that mean the S31 series is going to be a co-production between CBS and the BBC?

    This might be just what it takes for my stubbornly Whovian sister to start watching Star Trek :D
     
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    Try implying that the red angel MAY be Ashildir or Clara :D
     
  4. Discofan

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    Wow! In French slang, we call cars "coffins on wheels". It seems very apt for your old Trabants.:D
     
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    I love minimalist cars like the model T, Trabi, Topolino, and other "coffins on wheels" (I love that, never heard that term), but my favorite has always been the Citroen 2cv. A beautiful-ugly French design coupled with ruthless efficiency. There should be one sent into space for aliens to find and go "Ah.. yes THIS species gets it"
     
  6. SJGardner

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    Well, there was this East German joke that basically said the only difference between a Trabant and a coffin is that a coffin is ordered after a person dies and a Trabant is ordered after a person is born.

    You didn't buy cars in commie land. You had to apply for one and you were given a delivery order number based on a first come, first served basis weighed by how much you were willing to pay (both officially and unofficially), your social status, party membership and so on. Even Trabant deliveries had a waiting period of about 10-15 years. This had the hilarious side effect of used cars being sold for 2-3 times the price of brand new ones on the black market.
     
  7. Discofan

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    I am guessing that could only order one car at a time or you could make a fortune reselling them.
     
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  8. SJGardner

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    Basically, yes. Of course, with those waiting periods and the fact that you had to pay 50% of the price up front when you applied, it would've been impractical for most people. Needless to say, most communist countries weren't world leaders in motorization... Hungary had 135 cars per 1000 people in 1985, when the US had 745.
     
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    Is there any kind of, well not hot rod culture, but people who like to restore the older cars from there and keep them running? I don't know much about East German vehicles except some cool Simson motorcycles. Honestly, with retro bikes like Royal Enfield and Indian doing so well now, I could see Simson making a comeback.
     
  10. SJGardner

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    Most of these cars don't really hold up well as they're mostly based on pre-World War 2 technology so their owners try to get rid of them as fast as possible. The Trabant, however, actually enjoys a cult status in Germany to the point that they're willing to buy up roadworthy ones from Hungary. Most well-preserved and restored cars are usually older Lada Riva models (the original series were still quite close to the Fiat 124 they were licensed from, have most of the original Italian interior styling etc.) as it's still relatively easy to find replacement parts for them due to how common they were in the '70s. Generally, the older the car, the more likely you'll find restored ones, but even the newer models like the Škoda Estelle have their enthusiasts (the latter in the UK of all places, where it was basically the quintessential cheap car).
     
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  11. SJGardner

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    Oh my god, seeing it is even better than just reading about it.

    From Emir Kusturica's 1998 movie Black Cat, White Cat.
     
  12. Discofan

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    Will we have a tearful reunion between Michael and her mother? Will that be the first thing in the first third season episode?
     
  13. SJGardner

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    I'd rather have Mama Burnham only as a plot device to facilitate Michael's character development. She was probably unstuck in time and might not have ended up where the Discovery went... Michael would eventually have to make peace with that and let her go. She might even have some heated arguments with Saru over her mom or make some rash decisions, like taking a shuttlecraft and going to search for her alone after Saru refuses (the Discovery might have more pressing matters depending on where they actually end up), getting herself in serious danger before the Discovery rescues her or something similar. But in the end, I'd just love to see Michael finally start walking her own path without her family baggage holding her back.
     
  14. NewHeavensNewEarth

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    I get that, but at least she'd be down to just 1 mom instead of 3!
     
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    Damn, I keep forgetting Discovery Rule #1 that stipulates that at the end of each season, Burnham should have one more mom than before. Hmmm, I wonder who the fourth mom will be.
     
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    The Sisko's Celestial Prophet Wormhole Mom just so everything is linked together. She'll be the Sisko's sister, also.
     
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  17. Cyanide Muffin

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    I'm getting a chuckle out of all this "Burnham and her extra mom's" stuff.

    There's her actual mum and then Georgiou, and Amanda so 4 could be anyone.
     
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  18. NewHeavensNewEarth

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    Unless you count Prime Georgiou and MU Georgiou as 2 separate people, in which case we have to rethink our initial count of total moms she's had. :lol:
     
  19. Cyanide Muffin

    Cyanide Muffin All hail Doctor 13 Premium Member

    Very good point. I'd count them as separate so there's your 4.

    BTW why mom and not mum?
     
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    Do you realize that if not for Lorca's insistence on keeping her on board in spite of even the Admiral's opposition, Michael would have spent the rest of her life in prison? I mean she sounds like a little ingrate when later she describes him as the essence of evil.
     
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