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!
- Michael Burnham and Cadet Tilly enjoyed one of my favourite dishes, breakfast burritos, just the way I like them—with extra salsa.
- Lots of original Star Trek references, from the USS Enterprise, to the Constitution-class heavy cruiser, along with Sarek, Amanda Grayson, and Spock.
- Admiral Katrina Cornwell’s ship was not shown, just mentioned.
- The series is being more ambiguous with regards to the food slots… is it a replicator, a protein resequencer or a high-speed elevator?
- A lot of the episode was filmed at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto… and on a day that I wasn’t there!
- Stamets was pretty weird this episode. Probably some reference to “The Enemy Within,” except that his evil/aggressive/snarky self is trapped in his washroom’s mirror.
- During a rewatch of the previous episode, “Choose Your Pain,” I have doubts about the fan theory that Ash Tyler is just Voq in disguise because, if so, then Ash’s/Voq’s fight with L’Rell would have been unnecessary… unless he was also brainwashed to believe that he was human as a sleeper agent. But given the traitor is still a traitor rule, e.g. Dune‘s Dr. Yueh, how can Voq believe that he can lead a unified Klingon Empire if he dishonours himself by becoming a human, as the Klingon augments were also dishonoured?
- Also, didn’t Voq suck with weapons? Ash Tyler is a pilot/rifle-god.
- Ash also has no problem with eating un-fresh human food, unlike Kurn.
- Klingons under Kol are spreading the use of cloaking devices.
- As lots of online commentators have mentioned, the story arc versus episodic format of the series has left a lot to be desired with regards to character development. It’s episode six and we’re just starting to get a glimpse of Saru, but still know nothing about Keyla Detmer. Rmr. “The Naked Now” was TNG’s third episode.
- I briefly thought that the idea of showing Lorca with a Phaser on him, after hearing that he had effectively set up his former friend/lover Kat Cornwell, was to show that he was considering suicide. He was probably just that paranoid.
- Should’ve mentioned it earlier, probably spoken of by now, but why wasn’t “Garth of Izar” mentioned among Starfleet’s best captains? Kirk supposedly studied his exploits at Starfleet Academy so I guess was he retconned. Maybe, in the brief period between Kirk’s studies and the time of Discovery, Garth has already fallen into disgrace.
- Who volunteered for the spore drive this time?
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.
Very J.J. Abrams-y.
- Role: Heavy Cruiser
- Origin: United Federation of Planets
- Introduction: 2272/2273 
- Status: In limited service as of 2371 
- Primary User: Federation Starfleet
- Number Built: >5