We’re five episodes into the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and it’s safe to say I’m hooked. It’s turned out to be a better show than I could have hoped for! With high production values (no wobbly sets or dodgy make-up), interesting characters and a fair bit of moral ambiguity, it makes for compelling viewing.
It’s my only must-see show of the week and Monday evenings are now set aside to drink up all the Star Trek goodness.
In no particular order, here are my observations so far:
I’m really intrigued by how the Klingons are portrayed in this series. They look so different to how we’ve seen them on the screen before. I’m not soaked enough in Star Trek lore to understand all the ins and outs of Klingon culture (and head ridges) but I’m hoping we’ll learn more about why they look the way they do.
I love the fact that no characters are safe. We’re five episodes in and I’ve counted at least two unexpected deaths so far. It’s not just the ‘Red Shirts’ who get it in this series and that’s refreshing.
The interaction between the main characters is superb. I’ve fallen in love with the neurotic and quite strange Lt. Saru and his interactions (and history) with Burnham. They’re both emotionally interesting, both quite reserved, but also adversaries in a sense.
I’m also loving the fact that we’re seeing a same-sex couple serving on the ship and they’re not token characters – they’re central to the story. And we actually see them show each other affection. Thank you, Star Trek, for catching up with the rest of society.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the enigmatic Captain Lorca, who appears to be as far from the stereotypical Starfleet Captain as possible. We know he’s had a tough time of things, he’s now carrying around a significant eye injury and he has one hell of a temper.
For the first time in my life, I can’t wait for Mondays!