I am a Star Trek fan from way back, and I was excited to hear about the production of a new series, and I waited patiently for its premiere. That was Sunday night. I thought I would share my observations and opinions – my two cents worth here.
As I said I like Star Trek a lot. I think one of the key reasons is the way in which the different series are able to make you a part of the crew. The series creates a brilliant feeling with an ensemble cast, with a group of individuals who are interesting, and developed. I think that this is missing in the new series. Granted I have only seen the first two episodes, but so far I know a lot about Michael Burnham, but nothing about anyone else. There were a few hints with her captain, Phillipa Georgiou, played brilliantly by Michelle Yeoh, but [spoiler alert] they killed her off. I am uncomfortable with the fact that the series seems to be concentrated on one person. She is interesting, make no mistake, but it is not enough. I was also not really happy about the number of flashbacks used in the series. I found that they depended on that to explain the character’s actions too often.
Where is this wonderful cast they are promising? Not in the first two episodes. I always thought a premiere was supposed to lure you in, introduce you to the cast of characters, and make you want to watch more…..
All in all, I was disappointed. The show had a number of niggly issues for me. I found the re-jigging of the Klingons problematic. I thought the makeup a bit much, especially the noses. I was happy to hear the Klingon being spoken; with the translations as subtitles below, but to be honest sometimes I couldn’t read the white writing, as it blended into the background. I don’t understand why they had to change their appearance from that of the Star Trek Next Generation look.
Discovery is supposed to happen about the same time as Star Trek Enterprise and ten years before the original series. But somehow they are using wildly more advanced communications. All the other series have the crews of the ships communicating using a view screen, but this series uses holograms. The long distance talking takes place like they are in the room. In one scene hologram Sarek even leans on a desk. It is discordant with the technology shown in the other series.
So now I have to make a decision. The first two episodes were broadcast on Space, so I was able to watch them. To see the rest I will have to start subscribing to a pay per view service – Crave. I don’t know that I want to do that. And that I think is perhaps the best way to evaluate the series. Do I really want to make a financial commitment to see the rest of the episodes? Is it worth the effort? I am not sure. For a Star Trek fan to be on the fence about watching more, that is the true test.