Space, the final frontier, again: Should you bother watching Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery is an American television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman.
It is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005.
Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and separate from the timeline of the concurrent feature films, Discovery explores the Federation/Klingon cold war while following the crew of the USS Discovery.
Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts serve as showrunners on the series, with producing support from Akiva Goldsman.
Simply put, so far this show is a mixed bag in my opinion.
Now there are only three episodes so far, which is worth keeping in mind since my current opinion is based solely off of those three episodes.
Now the show gets off to a fairly slow start, which is what I expected from a Star Trek series.
I knew from the start what would make or break it for me would be the actors.
This was initially one of my biggest gripes with the show as in episode one viewers were introduced to a slew of wooden, cardboard and other types of stale characters.
In the first episode to me, it felt like the characters weren’t real, didn’t have real personalities and were reading their lines off a teleprompter.
That was until the final 10 minutes of the episode.
I was nearly ready to give up when I finally saw a spark of life in the actor portraying the lead role, Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham.
It was the final 10 minutes that drove me to watch the next episode, and in the end, I was glad I did.
Episode two starts with a bang and it has what in my opinion may be one of the most technically impressive and entertaining space battles ever shown on TV.
Simply put, the effects were blockbuster worthy.
Now the acting was still a bit raw but I am happy to say the spark of life Michael Burnham brought in the final 10 minutes of the previous episode carried over.
To my delight one after the other the stale characters were killed off.
Though that does explain why they didn’t seem very invested in the show.
Eventually nearly the entirety of the cast we were introduced to in episode one were dead and in episode three viewers are introduced to a slightly less stale bunch of people.
Don’t get me wrong there were still a few cringe-worthy moments but overall it was a lot better.
Now there were two familiar faces but in the end, I didn’t have any issues with those two characters to begin with.
Even though episode three wasn’t as action-packed as episode two I still enjoyed it.
I will probably finish watching at least season one, then reevaluate how I feel about the show and whichever actors may remain.
If you are a fan of Star Trek you will probably enjoy this show, if you are a fan of Sci-Fi you will also probably enjoy this show.
Now if you are a fan of deep TV with massive interconnecting plot lines and A-list acting I can’t recommend this show just yet.
Now, it may still be finding its feet and in a few weeks it may be the second best show on television, so it might be worth waiting around for a while to see how it all pans out.
You can watch the trailer for the show here: