Star Trek Discovery (season 1)

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, et al, a young officer by the name of Michael Burnham serves on the USS Discovery. She is human but was raised by Vulcans after a Klingon attack killed her parents. As such, she’s given to much logical thought and a slightly cold demeanour. Not the most obvious of main characters, but her story is going to get a lot more interesting when the Discovery comes into contact with more Klingons…

I’ve long been a mild fan of Star Trek, starting with The Next Generation (I’m not old enough for the original series, thank you very much, and find it a bit too cheesy), but more impressed with the more recent movie reboots. In Discovery, I found a TV series that had more of the films’ sensibility – although that move away from ‘classic’ Star Trek did, I know, annoy some fans.

I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s quite dark and the constant drama levels can be a little exhausting, so not one I was binge-watching. Setting it before previous series also raised a lot of issues (better tech, ideas that clearly don’t survive to the original series’ timeline) – and opportunities, it has to be said, for the real geeky fans who pay far more attention than I do! Personally I’m still baffled about the very different look the Klingons have here compared to any I’ve seen before, although I’m sure there’s an explanation somewhere.

Story-wise, Michael’s fall from grace and fight to continue do make for a fitting main character. The other roles are often highly intriguing, from the dark and mysterious Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) to the wonderful Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou.

Overall, I enjoyed this, but while I thought it was good – very well made, looked amazing, intriguing story – wouldn’t have called it ‘fun’. I guess I can understand why ‘true’ fans won’t necessarily be geeking out over it, too, as it’s not quite in the same vein as classic ‘Trek.

First broadcast: September 2017
Series: 2 (so far)
Episodes: 15 @ ~50 mins each

My rating: 8/10

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2 thoughts on “Star Trek Discovery (season 1)

  1. What the makers of this show don’t want you to think about is that ‘Discovery’ is set in an alternate ‘Star Trek’ universe that’s closer to the reboot films; and because of corporate legal issues (yawn) has to be at least 25% different to the classic stuff. So I’m happy enough quarantining it from the rest of Trek, and treating it as its own thing…

    (Having said that, I wasn’t impressed; I’m not sure what it’s trying to accomplish, apart from using the Trek name. I much prefer ‘Killjoys’, ‘The Expanse’ and ‘The Orville’ for my modern space fix! Those shows seem to have a clearer idea of what they’re about!) 🙂

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  2. I knew that from reading your blog 🙂 I think never being as attached to any of the prior series helped me just enjoy this for what it was a lot more. But yes, all of your other suggestions are things I’ve enjoyed a lot more!

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