Spoilers Star Trek: Short Treks 1x04 - "The Escape Artist"

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by Commander Richard, Jan 2, 2019.

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Rate the short…

  1. 10 - It provided me with the escape I needed.

    30.5%
  2. 9

    20.0%
  3. 8

    26.3%
  4. 7

    14.7%
  5. 6

    3.2%
  6. 5

    3.2%
  7. 4

    2.1%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1 - Lock up the people who made this thing and throw away the key.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Noname Given

    Noname Given Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If that's how you took it, my apologies - I definitely thought that aspect was a GOOD thing. (I love the old Loony Tunes stuff). :)
     
  2. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Do we know when in the timeline this short takes place?
     
  3. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    No, only that it's sometime after the time loop episode.
     
  4. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    But the flashbacks could be before that?
     
  5. Timo

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    Or parallel to the "main" events of the short. Or they or some of them might take place after the "main" story of the short. The story itself sets no limits on when Mudd came up with this scheme; at most we can speculate that if he had this racket going for a long time, Lorca and the rest of Starfleet would have been warned about it - so it can't really have been before the major Mudd appearances in DSC.

    Since Mudd himself is at large here, in a post-timeloop setting, we have to come up with ideas on how he escaped the grip of his father-in-law. We may speculate on the role of androids there. Perhaps Mudd had access to them before the timeloop events, but didn't use them for this particular gig yet.

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  6. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Not necessarily.

    Remember there was a time skip during season 1,
     
  7. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    It seemed like the Mudd-droid we were watching with the Tellarite "remembered" the previous encounter, which could mean it was programmed after that previous encounter. And as many copies as only the DaVinci had, it seems like it was going on for a while.

    I'm so confused, but it was a really good short too.
     
  8. Tuskin38

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    They might have a limited hivemind.

    Maybe their memory is stored on the cloud :lol:
     
  9. Ronald Held

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    Next they will be running a form of Windows mobile with Cortana??
     
  10. Nerys Myk

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    "Where can I find a beach good for sipping Jippers?"
     
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  11. CorporalClegg

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  12. Greg Cox

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    We should note the term "non-scarcity" appears nowhere in TOS. Instead we got a fair amount of episodes about hardscrabble miners trying to strike it rich, mail-order brides, con men and swindlers and merchants and traders and what-not, not to mention eps about struggling colonies who were running low on salt, medicine, etc. And then there's Mr. Flint, who was rich enough to buy an entire planet.

    TOS was never a show about life in a "non-scarcity" economy. It was set on the Final Frontier, where people were often struggling to make a living.

    Meanwhile, I thought that Mudd mini-episode was a lot of fun, although I confess I didn't realize his captor was a Tellarite until they said so late in the ep.
     
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  13. CorporalCaptain

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    "The Escape Artist" was my favorite of the first four Short Treks, by a pretty wide margin. "Calypso" is runner-up, followed by "Runaway."