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Comment Re:Brought about by the internet? (Score 1) 597

Well, before you start foaming, let's try to find out what these laws entail and how these laws came into existence, shall we?

Germany actually has replaced its "original" Anti-anti-semite law with a more encompassing law against Volksverhetzung. Which is basically an anti-hate crime law. Sounds familiar? Maybe? Just in case it doesn't, you might want to read this.

Austria, on the other hand, didn't bother to invalidate and modernize its Verbotsgesetz. There you still have the original one in effect. It may be a little known fact that after WW2 it was not just Germany alone that was considered the criminal. Austria was in it too. Kinda like the junior partner. And just like Germany it was separated into 4 areas, split up between the four winning Allies, the USA, Soviet Union, England, France.

Another little known fact is that Austria, just like Germany, could not really issue any meaningful laws without the express consent of those "victorious powers". More often than not, laws came into existence on behalf of the four powers.

Austria was occupied from 1945 to 1955. That law came into existence in 1947. Now take a wild guess whose idea it was.

Comment Re: Brought about by the internet? (Score 1) 597

So wars are just some kind of entertainment for you? Because that sure has to be the reason, if you retreat (oh, sorry, "advance in a different direction") without actually getting anything out of it, it sure is a hobby, but not a viable source of income.

Comment Re:DS9 aka "Cspan" (Score 1) 82

Enterprise had great potential. Especially because of the limitations. Star Trek suffered from the "poof it's done" problem that supercharged technology creates for writers: If technology can solve all problems, you have no plot. Enterprise offered a lot to its writers in this aspect but it gave them a huge problem due to its universe. May I spell it out?

How can we include new races that the viewer has not seen yet?

That is the main problem with Enterprise. Essentially, due to technology, they can't by any means reach a place that has not been explored by the shows that play in this show's future. To compare it to Earth, imagine you're doing a show about the ancient Greeks and their sea voyages after you have done a show about the discovery of the new world. OF COURSE you would have seen everything those iron age Greeks could discover and explore with their ships that can't leave the Mediterranean Sea if your previous show is about ships that sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

So they started to come up with one silly, far-fetched idea after the next. When they started the time travel insanity I turned away.

Comment Re:It'll devolve. (Score 1) 82

DS9 got turned into that whole metaplot-y mess after Bab5 took off and the writers noticed that viewers like story arcs that bind stories together. You can almost exactly pinpoint the transition from episode style writing to metaplot writing. Which is fine, I liked Bab5 and it's season spanning story arc. Lovely.

The only problem is that in DS9 the writers did not cooperate. For B5 it was easy. One main writer can easily spin a plot and drive it. With DS9 you had multiple writers with little communication among them and a hastily slapped together metaplot "war on dominion" that none of them really dared to drive (or could not/were not allowed to). This led to a pace that made molasses look like the Niagara falls. Shows that drove the plot for maybe an inch, followed by episodes that had nothing to do whatsoever with the whole plot. And not in the B5 style of "oh, you just don't know yet HOW they fit", they simply had NOTHING to do with the whole metaplot system.

That alone made it really tedious to watch, to the point where I simply didn't give half a fuck about the whole metaplot anymore.

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