Current TV: Discovery

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Star Trek: Discovery
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I’m late with my next entry, but the truth was I wanted to watch the new Trek, read some books, and give a go at KILLJOYS, LUKE CAGE, and STRANGER THINGS which are now available on Japan Netflix. ORVILLE sadly, is not. Nor is WESTWORLD. I have more obscures to cover and it’s about time for another BLAKE’S 7 rewatch. Maybe I’ll blog that.

Spoiler Alert!!! Spoiler Alert!!

Anyway, I’m a Trek fan so I looked forward to the series. Impression: I liked it overall. I wanted to watch all first three episodes to get more of a feel for it. I liked the lead character Micheal Burnam. Sonequa Martin Green is a powerful actress and does a great job. Michelle Yeoh was good as Captain Georgiou -and now she’s gone which kind of sucks. Saru was a nice surprise as a new alien.

DISCOVERY is very different in that it starts with a character accused of mutiny and the war with the Klingons. This is definitely darker than previous shows though not if you follow the expanded canon-books & comics-or even the original Pike pilot. I don’t care that much about canon; as long as the show works for what it is. So far, I feel like it does. ‘Context is for Kings’ got me hooked. The mysterious ship-Lorca, Landry, Tilly. I can’t wait to see more.

It isn’t perfect. It’s darker-as in lighting which was a challenge. It seems to be a trend in SF to have everything really dark or blind you with screen flares. I hope the future has comfortable room lighting. It’s also MA rated-there is language & it probably means it won’t be family friendly. I don’t mind that if it fits the show but I do still want an all ages SF on TV again. As for storyline- I like Michael but I’m still not sure casting her as a former first officer was a good choice. She seems a bit too green for that. More like a super smart officer working up to it but not quite as much gravitas as I’d expect. It’s early stages yet. TNG took a whole season for some of those characters to even put and make sense.

So that’s my two bits. I doubt I’ll have much to say until the full season run.