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Exploring The Final Frontier

Star Trek: Discovery: Into the Forest I Go

With “Into the Forest I Go,” Discovery wraps up its first major arc of the series and gives us another one to ponder until the series head back to our screens in January.

Picking up where last week’s installment left off, the crew finds a way to not only break the Klingon’s cloaking technology but also to take out much of the Klingon leadership.  The story also serves to bring much of the character arc of Michael Burnham full circle.   Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Into the Forest I Go”

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Star Trek: Discovery: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

After taking a week off for some wacky time-travel fun, Star Trek: Discovery gets back to the business of the war with “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”

CBS Digital originally intended for this episode to serve as the mid-season finale.  And while it does end of a cliffhanger, I’m glad they’ve decided not to just leave us hanging on these developments for the next couple of months.  Don’t get me wrong — it’s strong, solid episode but I think I would have been annoyed if this was where we left things until January. Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

Star Trek: Discovery: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Strange that an episode featuring a never-ending time loop where a lot of the crew dies in the course of defending the ship would be one of the most entertaining, fun and light episodes Star Trek: Discovery has given us.

And yet, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” achieves just that. Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”

Star Trek: Discovery: Lethe

Years ago, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens classic Trek novel “Prime Directive” opened with a paragraph talking about how badly Starfleet misjudged the men it put into the center chair of the constellation class ships during TOS era.  It pointed out that a large majority of these captains came to a less than ignominious end, citing examples from TOS episodes as the basis for this.

Watching “Lethe,” I felt like this opening paragraph not only applied to the constellation class ships in Starfleet but also to other commanders from the TOS era.  Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Lethe”

Star Trek: Discovery: Choose Your Pain

With “Choose Your Pain,” Discovery begins to dig a little deeper into its characters and some interesting questions surrounding the exploration of the final frontier.

While being held prisoner by the Klingons, Lorca is called out by Harcourt Fenton Mudd (better known as Harry in a call back to the original series) over Starfleet’s perceived arrogance at heading out into the final frontier and expecting the rest of the universe to be fine with it.  Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Choose Your Pain”

Star Trek: Discovery: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

After three episodes of laying the ground-work for Discovery, the fourth episode finally settles in and begins to delve a little deeper into the characters and situation.  It makes for a fascinating hour and one that is this series’ best and most Trek-like so far. Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”

Space Seed

Without “Space Seed,” odds are we wouldn’t have the Star Trek franchise as we know it today.

It was Ricardo Montalban’s performance in this episode that caught the attention of Harve Bennett back in the early 80’s.  It was the character of Khan that was deemed worthy of making the jump to the big screen.  It was The Wrath of Khan that revitalized Star Trek in ways we’re still enjoying to this day.

So, it would be understandable if the episode didn’t necessarily hold up to those lofty expectations.  I certainly know the first time I saw “Space Seed” it was after multiple viewings of Wrath of Khan.  My expectations for it were off the charts huge.   This was, after all, the story that gave me the movie that serves as my entry point to the universe of Star Trek. Continue reading “Space Seed”

Star Trek: Discovery: Context is for Kings

“I believe you feel regret but in my mind you are dangerous.”

One thing that’s interested me so far about Star Trek: Discovery is that while the title of the episode doesn’t flash on screen (I promise, I’ll try and get past it at some point!), it’s been incorporated in dialogue in each of the first three installments.  Maybe the title is supposed to be an Easter egg for fans in the same way as the tribbles we see in Lorca’s ready room.

Speaking of Lorca, he does get quite an introduction.  It’s not quite as visually dramatic as the back-lit entrance of Kirk into Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but it was still effective and may be telling about the character.  Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery: Context is for Kings”

Star Trek: Discovery: Battle at the Binary Star

With “Battle at the Binary Star,” Star Trek: Discovery takes some of the pieces introduced in “The Vulcan Hello” and begins to move them into place for the next thirteen episodes.

It doesn’t hurt that “Binary Star” includes one of the best space battles that Trek has ever committed to celluloid in either a series or a movie.

It’s interesting to see Discovery has taken a different tactic to most of the other modern Trek shows with its two-hour pilot.  Each modern Trek had everything in place by the end of the first two hours.  At this point in Discovery, the only regular cast member we’ve spent significant time with is Michael Burnham.  And we haven’t even seen her assume her new role on board her new ship.  We haven’t even seen the ship that gives the series its namesake. Continue reading “Star Trek: Discovery: Battle at the Binary Star”

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