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Star Trek: Discovery

Anybody watching “Star Trek: Discovery” so far?

Here’s a long post about Discovery, by Chris Barkley, at File 770: “Before we dive in here, I must say in full disclosure that I have purposefully avoided a great many critiques of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery to avoid copycatting anyone else’s opinion or views. I would like to think that as a fan of a certain age (sixty -one, for the record), and having watched every incarnation of the series since it started, I have a uniquely comprehensive view of the franchise.”

I haven’t watched it … I don’t have the ability to stream video, even in winter, unless the weather is especially cooperative. Plus I never feel like I have time. But Chris Barkley does make the show sound worth trying. I doubt his view is uniquely comprehensive, but it’s more comprehensive than mine. I grew up watching the Original series, then watched most of the Next Generation and part of Deep Space Nine and a little of Voyager.

Here’s how Barkley starts his description of Discovery:

Star Trek: Discovery however, dazzled me right out of the gate with its pilot episodes, “The Vulcan Hello” and “The Battle of Binary Stars”, as I recounted in my impressions from another previous column. At the end of these episodes that Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) of the Shenzhou is dead after a surprise raid on an enemy ship went sideways, the Federation is in an all out war with the Klingon Empire and that First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) was convicted of mutiny and imprisoned for life.

And then things got decidedly more complicated.

Six months into her sentence, Burnham’s transfer to another prison is delayed by an emergency “rescue” engineered by Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) of the USS Discovery. Lorca deliberately sought to have her diverted to serve on his ship under the title “Specialist” in order to help the Federation’s war efforts. (Or so it seems.) Burnham, who is still feeling quite a considerable amount of guilt about Georgiou’s death and her part in starting the war, somewhat reluctantly accepts the assignment.

This doesn’t sound quite like anything I would have expected. It does sound complicated and interesting. Have any of you been following this show, and what do you think of it? Are there any plans so far to put it out on a DVD set?

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1 Comment Star Trek: Discovery

  1. SarahZ

    I don’t have the service that Discovery was on, but I did enjoy The Orville, which is as close to being a Star Trek series as they could get without being sued. Its tone is more irreverent, but it has a major Next Generation vibe.

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