And, that’s a wrap!
Overall, while I did not agree with everything I saw in Star Trek: Discovery or its tone and its modern TV story-telling style, it has been an exciting season of Star Trek, full of twists and homages. I am confident that the franchise will not only survive on the small-screen but also thrive, even before I saw Discovery‘s version of the original Enterprise. Heck, I’ve been thinking that Discovery‘s show runners should prepare another Star Trek series set after Voyager to run concurrently with Discovery.
Grade: somewhere between B+ and A-, for presenting a lot of new ideas and a fresh version of the future without using the established Prime Universe as a crutch. Discovery doesn’t get a full A from me because its shorter season structure leaves many characters and story lines rushed and underdeveloped, technical and stylistic incongruencies with the Prime Universe, and its lack of memorable musical scoring, a la Ron Jones or Dennis McCarthy. I mean, will Keyla Detmer say anything yet and will we know more about Airiam, one of the few cyborg or robotic Starfleet officers ever seen?
Regardless, the world needs more Star Trek. And Toronto, where Discovery is filmed and where I live, needs more Star Trek!
The Federation-Klingon War of 2256:
- Never heard of it before Star Trek: First Contact changed everything.
- Could be considered a minor conflict in retrospect, like the 2372–73 war from DS9.
- Total Federation casualties after six months of fighting in 2256 are a few thousand shy of the losses suffered in 2367 at Wolf 359.
- Klingons, at least those in the House of T’Kuvma, are cannibals. Klingons are also now bald.
- Entirely new Klingon bird-of-prey design that is armed with both torpedoes and phasers rather than disruptors.
- Cloaking devices exist, but are extremely limited.
- The House of Kor has made an appearance but no sign of either the House of Mogh or Duras, yet.
- The Klingons are apparently winning the war against the Federation despite the lack of cloaking devices, no centralized government or command-in-control, and their habit for ground and melee combat.
- Force-field technology is widespread. Replicator technology is also available. J.J. Abrams-style bridge.
- Hand phasers seem to operate like the J.J. Abrams movie phasers.
- The Shenzhou was a member of the Walker-class, an older exploration cruiser.
- Starfleet crews abandoned their ships after the Battle at the Binary Stars, rather than self-destructing them.
- The Europa is a newer, quad-warp nacelle design, undoubtedly related to the Miranda-class.
- The Discovery and Glenn are members of the brand new Crossfield-class of experimental science vessels designed to develop the quantum spore-based FTL drive.
- Given the simulated combat drill in 1×04, the Crossfield-class Discovery seems to have weaker shields than the Walker-class Shenzhou as the latter was able to withstand more photon hits.
- Once again, Starfleet crews are torturing animals for the sake of FTL travel.
- Still no sign of the Constitution-class.
The most intimate Star Trek pilot, yet.
Grade: A- to B+
I can’t wait for 8:30 and the return of Star Trek to the little screen.
The second-largest Buff Clan starship, and one of the largest starships in Sci-Fi, the unique Bairal Jin served as the flagship of the Buff Clan just prior to their extinction. In addition to the Bairal Jin‘s arsenal of missile launchers, it carried a substantial complement of heavy mecha to fight the Ideon super mecha. A heavily armoured and robust design, the Bairal Jin was still able to operate even after the Ideon destroyed half of it.
Saw this headline just after watching my newly bought copy of Shin Godzilla.