Paul Stamets – Penny Drop Discovery vs Researcher

I’ve been tepidly watching Star Trek Discovery from time to time. Mostly from a misplaced belief that I ought to be able to continue to say “I have watched all the Star Treks”… partly from that Train Wreck Effect… You just can’t look away when one is happening.

For those unfamiliar with it, some folks have called this Star Trek Plagiarism as they copied several main theme elements from a video game. (Will be interesting to see how the “sue happy” S.T. owners handle their plagiarism…) In that video game a tardigrade is key to traveling the universe on a mycelial network. Star Drek has an entirely different plot line: A Giant Tardigrade is key to traveling the universe on a mycelial network and one of the crew learns to do it…

Some background on the plagiarism claim:

The key crewman who does this is Paul Stamets:

“At the quantum level, there is no difference between biology and physics. No difference at all. And you talk about spores. What are they? They are the progenitors of panspermia. They are the building blocks of energy across the universe. Physics and biology? No; physics as biology.”
– Paul Stamets to Michael Burnham, 2256 (“Context Is for Kings”)

Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets was a male Human astromycologist and Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He became part of the team that discovered the Mycelial network and helped develop the revolutionary spore drive propulsion system. In that capacity he served as the spore drive specialist of the USS Discovery in 2256. (DIS: “Context Is for Kings”, “Choose Your Pain”)

As the Discovery’s spore drive specialist, he was the first to make the spore drive viable for traversing great distances by using himself as an organic navigation computer, making the ship an invaluable asset in the 2256 war with the Klingon Empire. His frequent exposures to the mycelial plane led him to exist partially outside the universe’s normal flow of time.

He’s also a Gay Guy in a “committed relationship” (shown way too many times on the show IMHO, so not a “kiddies show”) but his “spouse” gets killed off and he ends up in despair and emotionally broken. (It’s a theme for them, emotionally broken… no well balanced high achievers for these writers.)

So also, a while back, I posted some videos from a mushroom specialist about how they are helping in cancer cures. His name? Paul Stamets…

I think I hear some homage going on by the Magic Mushroom lovers writing Star Drek Plagiarism…

Here’s part 1 of 5, a 25 minute talk by Paul Stamets about Psilocybin and Amanita mushrooms. (You can find the rest of them at Youtube or they will likely pop up as the next link anyway)

I’ve not watched the whole series. I did run into one later part that I watched all the way through. In it he talks about collecting mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest, trying an Amanita, and being very very stoned on it. The story is funny as it had “onset” later than expected and after heading out to go collecting, making getting home a challenge…

Here’s the wiki bio:

In Conclusion

So clearly someone doing the writing is familiar with the mushroom growing subculture and the whole “mycelia everywhere” in the biome mantra of Paul Stamets and decided to center their world around it, and give him some “props” in the process. Maybe that also helps to explain the lack of creativity of stealing ideas from a video game, and then having most of your plot devices used just to promote the Leftist SJW Agenda.

Also the rather scattered story lines, lack of any attention to the preceding canon of Trek, overuse of camera motion (sea sick anyone?…), lots and lots of flash-bang-boom-splat and Kingons that lisp because their dental appliances (to make their teeth really scary…) get in the way?

For those not watching the show:

It has a bunch of “Strong Female Leads” by design, and almost no Straight White Male characters. The SWMs that do show up usually get killed off, and often have trouble taking advice from women but eventually see the light and submit… The main character is a young Black Woman who commits treason, then gets posted to THE most exclusive ship in the fleet as an officer (yeah, right…) and is key to everything, pretty much. She, it turns out, is the foster sister of Spock (who we never ever heard of before…).

In the last episode I watched, Spock is accused of killing 3 people to get out of the insane asylum he “checked himself into”. We “learn” that he has been emotionally traumatized his whole life (by his sister’s rejection of emotional bonding and by “visions” he’s had of some pseudo-angel) and is an emotional basket case. (Say, what do you think of completely destroying the character of a key Trek persona? He may be a Vulcan, but he’s a Straight White (pale green?) one; so gotta take swings at that…)

There’s a point where “edgy” turns into “Springtime For Hitler and Germany!”…
(The Producers)

Also note that the Kingons have been made unrecognizably ugly and their Klingon doesn’t sound right as their mouths are stuffed with fake fangs. The Kingons are supposed to represent Trump Supporters (stated by the folks making this “show”) as they make the show a commentary on current affairs. I’d not know that if they hadn’t told me; since their story lines are incomprehensible and the characters are broken… All of them filled with various failings and fears and all SJW-ish needing a shrink because someone stirred their coffee counter clockwise. (/sarc;) Waaaaaaaay too much time spent on gay marriage relationships and no Real Men ™ with Real Women ™ allowed…

But the special effects are nice… (Gotta have something good to say about it.)

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7 Responses to Paul Stamets – Penny Drop Discovery vs Researcher

  1. Pouncer says:

    There has NEVER been a “real” Klingon portrayed on televised “Trek”.

    REAL Klingons are characters, in the culture, described here:
    and here:

    The lazy bums writing TV can’t even be assed to plagiarize the triangular “chess” board from the story.

    Pertinent quote, following on the comment about bogus teeth for the actors …

    Klingons do not weep, as many races do… a different set of facial nerves is stimulated by stress. The Klingon in deep emotion bares his teeth, as if to say ‘stay away, until this feeling is past’.”

    – Dr. Tagore, on Krenn’s wounds after a fight

  2. philjourdan says:

    I’ll never watch it. In the real ST Universe the Klingons were the USSR, ,and Romulans were the Chinese. That is why in TNG, the Klingons went all honor and were “kind of” our friends, while the Romulans continued to be deceptive and inscrutable.

    Later came the Cardassians (Muslims). The Borg were always the globalists. You will be assimilated.

  3. H.R. says:

    Pass. I’ll wait for the stone tablets to come out. 🤷‍

    I have watched all of the Star Trek TV Series and I believe I’ve seen and enjoyed all the Star Trek movies. After that, the follow-ons just seemed like a soap opera to me with aliens thrown in… just because they could. Too many feewings and too much relationship angst for me. I want photon torpedoes and explosions., though I might poke my head above the parapet if a good time travel paradox is going on.

    Mrs. H.R. is the Trekkie in the family. She has watched everything Trek and all the cousin shows twice removed. I bought her three or four of the year-dated special edition Star Trek Christmas ornaments which she was very happy to get. Anything with aliens and 54th Century technology and she’s glued to the screen.

    Not sure why, but neither of us cared much for the Star Wars franchise. I think we’ve only seen 3 of the movies, all on TV and years after they showed on the big screen.

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  5. cdquarles says:

    I’ve seen more of Star Wars, but that one is “Soap Opera in space”, more than Battlestar Galactica was. I’ve read none of the books and none of the movies past Episode III, I think. Star Trek went downhill after Gene Roddenberry died. I’ve seen none of it past the first few of Voyager. I saw all of the movies made early on, but none of the recent ones. I won’t. I will not support folk that threaten me with physical violence. Stargate died early, and for that I am glad. That one died shortly after the SciFi channel made itself into SyFy. I quit watching TV a decade ago. Knowing how TV is done, I barely can stomach clips shown on video streaming sites. I quit watching movies, in the theater, since War of the Worlds was remade. I miss Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Jerry Pournelle.

  6. Larry Geiger says:

    “I miss Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Jerry Pournelle.” This…

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