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    Star Trek Discovery not getting any better I fear.

    Had hopes for the new season of Discovery as I have been a major Trekker since I first watched the original series in the '60s. This is only my opinion so take it with a grain of salt but the show runners have somehow managed to make Star Trek almost unwatchable.

    Michael continues to add to her resume: now in addition to being the best pilot and best science officer, she also has a complete understanding of engineering systems. And the direction--just terrible, I can't remember when I last watched a show with so many people standing around doing literally nothing while the protagonist literally does everything. Standing with concerned looks on their faces, hands hanging loosely at their sides the other officer's body language was cliche and consistent with innocent bystanders waiting to be saved.

    Finally what is with the continued cursing by everyone and what happened to any semblance of respect for the chain of command or higher-ranked officers? Guys and Gals (writers or directors) although Star Fleet isn't a military for pete's sake even the crew on a cruise ship or a freighter don't voice whatever flippant thought that pops into their heads and ignore direct orders or contravene them like the crew of the Discovery does.

    Although it is out of context Jack Nicholson had it right (especially aboard a ship in deep space): "we follow orders or people die". In my opinion it should be a rare and meaningful moment that a crew member chooses to disobey a direct order not business as usual.

    Nope. Didn't like it. Not at all.

    My gauge for Star Trek is pretty simple: Would I be excited to visit the world being presented in the stories. Honestly--not at all.

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    Given that I rather enjoyed Discovery, I'm not sure it matters that it didn't get any better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhaelen View Post
    Given that I rather enjoyed Discovery, I'm not sure it matters that it didn't get any better.
    I enjoyed the ST: Disco

    Well, I should say that parts of it were good, parts of it were not so good, and while I admired their reach, it seemed to exceed their grasp. Still, I think it's better that they are trying too much, and failing at times, than just re-treading over the same material in order to appeal to an aging fan base.

    THAT SAID, I haven't watched the first episode of season 2 yet, and I think the show is weakest when it goes too hard where TOS has already been, which is why I am .... not necessarily thrilled with what I understand this season to be about.

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    I enjoyed the new episode immensely. Pike was perfectly cast, the Enterprise was gorgeous (shame we wont see much of it) and the plot has me hooked already.
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    Pike was awesome, and it was an episode pretty much entirely about exploration and mystery, which is great.

    I didn't care much for that action landing sequence, though. On the other hand, that was one of the only few "tense" moments in the episode, so I guess it wouldn't have worked without something like that, but the sequence specifically wasn't that great.

    Now I have to wait a whole week for the next episode. Meh.

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    I felt Pike was a better Kirk than Chris Pine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully View Post
    Pike was awesome, and it was an episode pretty much entirely about exploration and mystery, which is great.

    I didn't care much for that action landing sequence, though. On the other hand, that was one of the only few "tense" moments in the episode, so I guess it wouldn't have worked without something like that, but the sequence specifically wasn't that great.

    Now I have to wait a whole week for the next episode. Meh.
    It's not really that the action landing sequence was bad, just that we've seen dozens like it. It's pretty much a rip-off of Kirk and Khan's EVA in Star Trek Into Darkness, and there've been plenty of similar sequences. They did at least subvert the "redshirt dies first" trope, but it felt like that was half the reason they made the sequence.

    Also, I'm not sure why the pods' tails kept spinning. Was the spinning helpful in some way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB View Post
    It's not really that the action landing sequence was bad, just that we've seen dozens like it. It's pretty much a rip-off of Kirk and Khan's EVA in Star Trek Into Darkness, and there've been plenty of similar sequences. They did at least subvert the "redshirt dies first" trope, but it felt like that was half the reason they made the sequence.

    Also, I'm not sure why the pods' tails kept spinning. Was the spinning helpful in some way?
    I say "gyro-stabilization", but I really think: "CGI bovine excrement".
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    I liked the episode. Fun. Trekkie. Cool. And some bloody gorgeous scenes.

    But yeah. The spinny tails were stupid and distracting.

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    Tig Notaro and her "kids" made a great entrance. Pike was better than I expected. If the rest of the season is as good as the first episode then I look forward to it. Oh hell, I'll watch it even if it sucks.

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