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