Star Trek: Discovery is an odd show; its may delays and staff reshuffles have had a detrimental effect and we’ve ended up with a product that is hugely uneven… but I have faith it will find its feet in the latter half of the first season.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller handing the reins to Akiva Goldsman certainly changed the feel of the show but, like Prometheus, somewhere inside is a great show just bursting to get out.
By abandoning the overfamiliar, (syndication-friendly) episodic style in favour of longer story-arcs, Discovery broke many of Star Trek’s rules.
Yet, unlike The Last Jedi, which subverted established ideas by killing them, Discovery improves every idea. Star Trek fans wax lyrical about The Original Series – which in my humble opinion is the only incarnation that deserves plaudits – but they forget everything that came after it was unwatchable.
Where The Next Generation and its successors failed, Discovery succeeds by trying outlandishly brave storylines. The targograde creature fuelling the ship’s ability to jump anywhere in the galaxy is fantastic, as is the Klingon subplot missed by many “fans” because they’d rather ush their fearful, alt-right agendas than ya know, actually pay attention to the plot.
Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca being a warmongering, double-crossing bastard is unlike anything in Star Trek history and I think he may actually be the Mirror Universe version of himself.
The back nine kicks the series off again in the first week of January and I believe the crew are going to wake up in the Mirror World we first saw in The Original Series, so you better hold on to your space potatoes as we’re going for a ride.
Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS on Sunday, January 7th, 2018