Monday, March 21, 2016

Lets Play Star Trek Online - Alliances

With what happened in last week's episode, the Vaadwaur are now an even bigger threat than the Alliance has first thought... and we don't exactly have enough ships from the Alpha Quadrant on the front line to really handle the situation. So the plan is to make alliances with those races in the Delta Quadrant to try and put up a united front against the parasite infested snake-heads.

To say this is a long mission.. is a bit of an understatement... the good news is the travel aspect is cut down, as you warp from one system to another, so it's not like a system patrol bundle, where you have to go to each location via the sector map. However like the system patrols, you do get to choose which order you want to do them in after taking care of your own assignment first, because lets face it, your captain is the most competent.

So, let's do the break down... After meeting with Tuvok and other Voyager alumni on the ship the caused pretty much all the problems we're facing, it's off to the Turei system. Upon arriving, the Science Office (Satra in my case) notices something on sensors, giving you a first sign indicator to be ready for a fight. You meet with the Turei and they are happy with being allied with the Voth... even though they aren't exactly in a rush to come to their aid, or even help secure the Turei's homeworld. The Vaadwaur show up, combat happens, with the Turei Ambassador wondering where the Voth are, and that's where you talk the Turei into becoming allies with you. The key here is to promise ships to defend to Turei home world on a permanent basis.

From here... it's basically player's choice

I recommend replicating 100 Tereform Units first and heading to the Bremark System to help Ensign Kim (Like hell he's a Captain) negotiate with the Kazon... this part of the mission basically is a big reference to the Kazon being obsessed with Voyager and of course revealing what happened to Seska's baby. Seksa for those who may not know, was a Cardassian spy among the Maquis portion of Voyager's crew who went rouge and joined up with the Kazon. Having the 100 Teraform units helps gets some of the Kazon on your side, and makes the battle that takes place here much easier.

Next jump over the Prybyl system to help The Doctor (the hologram not the Time Lord) with the Sontarians... I mean the Hierarchy... basically, you just have to impress them with your ability to launch as many different bridge officer abilities as possible against a super-strong holographic target. Pretty straight forward.

Following this, I say head to the Neles system, where Neelix is trying to recruit the Hazari, but they have some demands. We already have the Benthans on our side, but the Hazari wants some prisoners released, some warrants suspended and the right to pursue bounties in three systems. The Benthans offer a compromise, which the Hazari accept saying if you don't ask for everything you may end up with nothing instead of something. This is primarily a ruse to get a Hazari spy within the Benthans ship, but with only one bit of light combat.

Finally, it's the Russan System to get the Octanti... and if your character is a liberated Borg, you're not exactly going to get a friendly response. See the Octanti hate the Borg, and don't believe the liberated Borg aren't a danger... things don't get better when Seven arrives to warn a recently liberated Borg ship is infected with a virus the Octanti created...but here's the 'pick the obvious' choice, HAIL THE BORG CUBE, doing that lead to the Octani leader seeing that his brother who became a Borg is now free. Damage the Borg cube enough so the virus can be eliminated and the Octanti are on your side.

Man... this ended up being more of a walk through, but because this mission effects things going forward, making sure everything is done right is important. Plus it shows off how awesome your captain is.  

Daredevil'ish Thoughts - Part 1

Thoughts Regarding Daredevil Season 2 Episodes 1 to 6

Hello and welcome to The Basement...

While many have binged watch all 13 episodes of Daredevil Season 2, I am going at a much slower pace... as the time this video, and it's corresponding blog , was produced after viewing episode 6 of this season, meaning I have seven episodes to go. I will keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Right off the bat, let me say the lighting is still absurdly bad to the point I have to watch the show with the lights on, just to see any damn thing when it's set at night or in a dark location. And I've watch it on my phone, TV and PC, and basically it's a poorly lit show. That's my major complaint, it carries over from last season, but let's hit do the run down of the things that are obviously talking points for the first six episodes

Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, is a one man army, gunning down gangs, punishing them for what they did to him and his family... and it appears that the DA Samantha Reyes (who appeared on Jessica Jones), is out to get Frank, and our heroes Matt 'Daredevil' Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page are caught in the middle... of stopping Castle from his murderous campaign and playing nice with the DA... plus there's the added complication of Elektra, a love from Matt's past, arriving to draw him into her issues that she has going on.

Damn... keeping this spoiler free is going to be tougher than I thought...


From the first six episodes, it appears that this season is being broken down into the chapters, episodes 1-4 deal with Daredevil and The Punisher at odds, in particular with methodology in dealing with crime... and we get a lot, I mean a LOT of plot exposition... I would say it's overly talky when Matt and Frank are face to face, but since they have make the Punisher a 3-Diemensioanl character, there's only one way to do it, as he does get some actual character development, particularly when he interacts with Karen. As mentioned earlier Reyes, the DA, has it out for Frank, and there is a lot of mentions of the cartel and, in less than subtle fashion it's implied that she is quite dirty (in the political sense)

Once the apparent issues with The Punisher are 'resolved', things switch gears as Elektra is introduced at the end of episode 4, with episode 5 having flash backs, and her basically luring Matt into her world, with him trying to stay out of it (which he fails too). Basically Elektra knows Matt is Daredevil, and knowing what he can do means she sees him as an ally (UN-willingly mind you) in dealing with a Yakuza styled organization. While I have an idea of how this is going to fit with The Punisher side of the story, the obvious bit from the start is that Matt is going to have a dual-loyalty problem, which is heavily indicated in episode 6, when it's clear he's really needed to be with Frank, Foggy and Karen when a... ah crap... so much for keeping this spoiler free. Basically Frank is captured thanks to Daredevil and ends up pleading not guilty and Reyes is fast tracking his trial to give our heroes 'no chance' when Matt is off with Elektra.

So, both story lines are compelling... but obviously not as good a season one with The Kingpin's rise and fall, but I'm going half way through the season. I think every character is very well defined, and the interactions come across to me as natural. If there are negatives with the story telling, it probably is at least up to the point I watched is the implied juggling act Matt is going to be doing heading into episode 7.

But I'll give my thoughts on that when I watch the remainder of the season.

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