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  • Summary: 10 years before the Enterprise, the U.S.S. Discovery sets out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ira Madison III
    Sep 24, 2017
    90
    It’s even more beautiful watching two women of color, black and Asian, navigate a realm that traditionally hasn’t included them. It honors sci-fi’s history while giving it a bold new future to stake claim in, making Star Trek essential television for the first time in decades.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    You respect the ambition of unspooling this story gradually, but the third episode also retroactively makes the two-part prologue feel even more overextended. This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    All told, Discovery still has some storytelling kinks to work out with the Klingons, and all the breathless action in the first two episodes didn’t leave a ton of room for character development beyond Burnham. But the seeds for a compelling series are definitely there--and, best of all, it feels like Star Trek.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2017
    75
    It’s the moral murk that Burnham must wade through that gives Discovery its tantalizing possibilities.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2017
    70
    Star Trek can be whatever it wants. Discovery is Star Trek. Maybe even, in time, a really good merging of past traditions and present television.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Keveney
    Sep 24, 2017
    63
    Soars in ambition and devotion to Star Trek history and mythology, but stalls with certain plot details and stilted dialogue.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 19, 2017
    50
    Discovery feels like it’s adrift between the adventure-of-the-week format of its network-TV predecessors and the kind of complex serial favored by cable and streaming.

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  1. Sep 25, 2017
    10
    I wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don'tI wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don't listen to the haters, this show is pretty good Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    I know there has been way too many negatives about this show. As a Star Trek fan it is great to me, but I love all Star Trek, everything fullI know there has been way too many negatives about this show. As a Star Trek fan it is great to me, but I love all Star Trek, everything full stop. This for me is the best of the bunch, it is of its time just like the others were but it adds a richness and depth to the universe for me. Dark and full of wonderful characters, intelligence and meaningful interactions. 10/10 especially starting the new season 2, just simply brilliant. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2017
    7
    There are several things that make the Star Trek "enterprise" fantastic. Among those is the witty family like banter between crew members,There are several things that make the Star Trek "enterprise" fantastic. Among those is the witty family like banter between crew members, cool futuristic tech, action, depth of characters, and of course plot lines. Although I've only seen the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, which means I'm still holding out hope, so far this current incarnation of Gene Roddenberry's baby has its phaser set to stun. And boy, am I stunned.

    There is one alien science officer who is more afraid and cautious than anything else. He describes himself as being bread to sense oncoming danger and death, which he would like to avoid at all costs. How could he possibly be 3rd in command of a star ship? It doesn't fit.

    The current captain is a small, middle aged Asian women who appears to be more frail than my grandmother....sorry grandma. I can't possibly imagine her in hand-to-hand combat with a chiwawa let alone a Klingon. This is just poor casting, especially when taking into consideration that at this point in the Star Trek universe hand-to-hand combat was much more common than later series like Generations.

    I did like the first officer, Michael Burnham. She is clearly a strong black woman who has been cast to a perfect role. She apparently was raised by Vulcans after her parents were killed by Klingons and still maintains a close relationship with a young Seric. That's cool and connects various other series to this one. Good touch.

    The only technology that kind of stood out to me were several interstellar holographic conversations that took place between the ship and other locations around the Star Trek universe. I did like the classic design of the phase pistols and the sound of the doors opening and closing, both connected well to the original series in my opinion. There was also a space walk, which included some wonderful CGI, to a sleeping Klingon ship. The production value is super.

    The Klingons' look has been directly taken from the most recent movies. Personally, I prefer the look of Klingons from Generations, but there is at least a clear connection between this series and the movies. I can appreciate that effort, i just don't like it.

    So, in short, there are definitely things I didn't like about this one episode, however, i did like the cliff hanger at the end so there is hope. I can also clearly remember the first episodes of Generations 30 years ago, and they were awful. However, changes were made and the series has become a classic. So, please add some depth to the characters, some banter between crew mates, and plot lines that keep us interested and coming back. Don't try to be political, just entertain.
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  4. Oct 1, 2017
    2
    Show is good quality. But thats about it. I believe all star trek (show) principles has been lost. Im gonna ignore messages of the show asShow is good quality. But thats about it. I believe all star trek (show) principles has been lost. Im gonna ignore messages of the show as this is open for interpretation. Decisions crew make are not calculated and most of times not reasonable. There is also no-one I connected with, however the show is just starting, maybe that will change. I feel the directors went on that flashy loud route ignoring what got Star Trek very popular, which is diplomacy, reason, and thought provoking stories. I hope this was just to promote the series to new audience, but, to be fair, if you are hoping for something to get better then it isnt really good. Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2019
    1
    This show is 100% SJW garbage now. It is like a diversity hire who hates Star Trek made all of the decisions regarding this series. TheseThis show is 100% SJW garbage now. It is like a diversity hire who hates Star Trek made all of the decisions regarding this series. These out of touch Hollywood elite execs know white males are the biggest Star Trek fan base, right?! Apparently not, as they do everything in their power to demean and insult white men throughout the entire show. Just total garbage, I hope this series fails and is forgotten. I will just go watch DS9 re-runs instead. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    Worst star trek of all series, and here is reasons:
    1. Plot. Who was writing it? you haven`t talent for it, change your profession.
    The
    Worst star trek of all series, and here is reasons:
    1. Plot. Who was writing it? you haven`t talent for it, change your profession.
    The start of tv show, klingons reasons for war - the Federation want to tarnish our culture. As for me, it isn`t enough to start war, if they said - they have resources and we need it and it worth to fight for it, then i will agree. Another thing, when they obtained intel data, they could just transmit it, how did they talk to the base and cannot send them the information? There is no logic here.
    I liked the plot about another universe and another earth, but they dropped it in next moment, because the Federation as timid as mouse and cannot kill the enemy by using any method. How did this organization was able to survive util now.
    2. Gay story. The scenario writer must die. I cannot endure to watch it, if you want to create film for gays, then do it in films only for gays.
    3. It was so uninteresting plot that i skipped time, when i watched series.
    And the last one about gay story line - they were able to transform a klingon into a human, but they unable to change DNA of gays to cure them, if you will ask Vulcans about it, they will die because there is no logic here.
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  7. Sep 28, 2017
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I watched the 1st 2 episodes of Star Trek Discovery and these episodes will be my last. I was a kid when the original Star Trek (TOS) aired in 1966. Through reruns and syndication as I was getting older, I came to know the TOS episodes and the storylines very well.

    This version is the most implausible Star Trek to date. These 2 episodes are as bad as the finale of Star Trek Enterprise. The ship doesn't resemble the TOS Ship at all. In fact, we don't see the Starship Discovery in the 1st 2 episodes. That's a serious mistake for a premier of a series IMO.

    For the Trekkies who know TOS, on 2254 (or 2253) Spock with Captain Pike experience the adventure in the original unaired pilot "The Cage", which was used in TOS Season 1, episodes 11 and 12 titled the Menagerie. The Cage was not broadcast in its original form until in 1988 on TV. The Enterprise in that episode doesn't look like the ship Shenzhou in these episodes, even though its the same time frame. The uniforms don't match TOS, and the technology is way too advanced than the same time frame in TOS. Now I know this series is 51 years later, but geez, have a modicum of continuity.

    Since when does Star Trek borrow from Star Wars with the Hologram communications? The writing and acting in these episodes are deplorable to say the least. Burnham tells Captain Georgiou, if you kill T'Kuvma, he will be a martyr for the Klingons and it'll rally the Klingons to fight in his name. So after T'Kuvma kills the Captain, she kills him anyway. The tribunal is a compete joke where she sentenced to life imprisonment for Mutiny, striking an officer, and insubordination. She pleaded guilty before sentencing and states she'll violate Starfleet principles if she has to or something like that. Now in future episodes Gabriel Lorca, (Jason Issacs who I like as an actor) gets her sentence dismissed and takes her to his ship "The Discovery" for the war with the Klingons. How do you know if she disagrees with your decision she won't mutiny again or at least disobey orders? This is such poppycock. The weapons like the phasers are more advanced than TOS. Especially the rifle/gun used in the beginning to bring water to the surface of the desert planet and the Prime Directive is completely ignored. Why even have a prime directive at all? Is Burnham going to continue to disregard the prime directive every time she disagrees with it?

    So far, she's one of the worst Star Trek Characters ever to be in one of the Star Trek TV Shows. I 'd find it amazing if true Trekkies, especially from my age group, like this show. Its pathetic, unrealistic, and most of all insulting to older Trekkies like myself. I'll probably be wrong about my prediction, but this series shouldn't last 1 season.

    It seems people today are content with any movie or series created for one of the 6 top franchises of all time. Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond, the Marvel Universe, and the DC Universe ( I know there are others like Rocky. Alien, Predator, Terminator, Dr. Who, etc...). Don't get me wrong, I grew up with 5 of the 6 and enjoyed the Harry Potter Series immensely. However, prequels, sequels, changing characters for diversity purposes, incorrect time lines, alternate universes or alternate versions of characters, reboots, and relaunches are saturation at its worst.

    For the comic book fans who read this post, since when was Barry Allen brought up by a step father who has a daughter named Iris West and a brother namesd Wally West. That concept goes against the original storyline of the Flash. The original Defenders were the Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Namor The Sub Mariner.

    It seems some heroes have become passe like Namor, The Green Hornet, and The Lone Ranger (Johnny Deep's movie, with him playing Tonto didn't do anything for that franchise nor did Seth Rogen's movie about the Green Hornet). I think the Green Hornet could be made today with a great script and two good actors playing Kato and the Green Hornet. The 1966 one season series of the Green Hornet is still a Cult Classic TV Series.

    Can we create anything else these days than redoing the same characters over and over again with different storylines just to attract new generations? Why doesn't the franchises create additional characters for the story to attract new audiences? Superman will become the Man of Tomorrow again as he was in 1938 as opposed to being the Man of Steel. How many times are we going to relaunch a character when the previous reboot didn't work out? Most changes I don't agree with, but once in a while there's a change I do agree with regarding these franchises. Wonder Woman was always set during World War II (WWII), not WWI. Is Steve Trevor dead? I doubt it, but I disagreed with this change in the storyline just like "Discovery". Yet, Superman and Wonder Woman should be together in this day and age.

    Thanks for reading.,

    OldTrekkie
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