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Where I try to binge-watch all of Discovery, Picard, and Strange New Worlds in Seven Days (Paramount+ Trial)

Mercurius

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OK, I don't expect to be able to do that, but I have a very open week coming up with kids on vacation with their mom, and very few other commitments.

So that's 55 episodes of Discovery, 20 of Picard, and 10 of SNW: 85 episodes in total, or 12 episodes a day.

OK, I can't do it - that would be about half the hours of the week, or two-thirds of my waking hours. I might be able to get through half of that, and only if I watch with it in the background while I work on various creative projects, but even that would be stretching it.

But this brings me to the next question: While I'm more excited to watch Picard and SNW than Discovery (which I watched the first nine episodes of, I believe, and was lukewarm on - but would re-watch as it was almost five years ago that I watched them), is there an order that I should abide by? Or can I just pick a series?

Or should I watch them chronologically, which according to this article, goes like this:

Stardate 2256 - Discovery 1 and 2
Stardate 2258 - SNW 1
(big gap)
Stardate 2399 - Picard 1 and 2
Stardate 3188 - Discovery 3 and 4

The nice thing about that is it changes things up a bit - two seasons of Discovery, SNW, Picard, then back to Discovery. What say you all? What approach should I take?

Another point of relevance is that my girlfriend showed interest in Picard, so I could watch the other two alone while she's at work, and Picard with her at night. That might be the wisest approach.

Side note: I've been meaning to binge Star Trek on Paramount and Star Wars and Marvel shows on Disney+ for awhile, but just haven't gotten around to it. Inspired by SNW and @Snarf Zagyg's Trek captains thread, I got a hankering for Trek, so am going with this first.
 

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Umbran

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Or should I watch them chronologically, which according to this article, goes like this:

Stardate 2256 - Discovery 1 and 2
Stardate 2258 - SNW 1
(big gap)
Stardate 2399 - Picard 1 and 2
Stardate 3188 - Discovery 3 and 4

That, technically, is the in-universe chronological order of them, yes. I am not sure what you are gaining in this ordering. Aside from the overlap between Disco and SNW characters in Disco Season 2, these shows are disjoint and independent, and intentionally so.

The nice thing about that is it changes things up a bit - two seasons of Discovery, SNW, Picard, then back to Discovery. What say you all? What approach should I take?

If "change it up" is of value, then alternate individual episodes of Disco and Picard through their first two seasons. Then alternate Disco 3+ and SNW 1 episodes.

Another point of relevance is that my girlfriend showed interest in Picard, so I could watch the other two alone while she's at work, and Picard with her at night. That might be the wisest approach.

Most definitely, yes. However.....

Side note: I've been meaning to binge...

Hot take: I think binging these shows alone is actually one of the worst ways to experience them.

The Trek, Marvel, and Star Wars series were created to entice people to pay in a subscription model. They did this well, in that all of them have content and emotional impact designed for you to think about and process for the week between episodes. Now, I can understand not wanting to take a full week, but taking a day or two adds value to the experience.

I say this after comparing the experiences of binging some of this stuff on my own, and watching other bits at a more leisurely pace with my wife. Social and a little slower is better, imho.
 



MarkB

Legend
Watch SNW after you've watched Discovery S2 if you're watching both, but aside from that there's no particular need to watch any one series before another. But if you're short on time don't save Strange New Worlds until the end just because it's recent, because you really don't want to miss out on it.
 

CapnZapp

Legend
Based on reviews, I'd skip Picard and Discovery, and watch SNW first. I've read it captures Trek best, and is overall best written.
SNW is a very welcome surprise, after seasons of underwritten Discovery characters, and an actual focus on intellectual and philosophical themes that to me separates Star Trek from regular sci-fi. The Original Series homages might give you an extra edge, but I was never a TOS fan, so I'm giving it high praise even though I can't identify each and every TOS Easter egg.

I quite liked the first half of season 1 Picard, but it did go down the senseless action drain in the last episodes, much like almost all other modern Star Trek. I started S2, but quit when I couldn't stomach the senseless actions taken by the characters.

So my recommendation is to start with SNW just in case starting with either of the two other shows turn you off Trek so hard you never get to the good stuff.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Side note: I've been meaning to binge Star Trek on Paramount and Star Wars and Marvel shows on Disney+ for awhile, but just haven't gotten around to it. Inspired by SNW and @Snarf Zagyg's Trek captains thread, I got a hankering for Trek, so am going with this first.

Whew. So, having been summoned (although, like Beetlejuice, you may not like the results), I will say the following:

1. Do not watch them chronologically in-universe. That's ... just a bad idea.

2. I would recommend watching them by series. However, if your SO wants to watch Picard with you, watch that at night with her. Because you're doing it together! And that's always more fun.

3. Are you really going to do all of them in 7 days? Look, Paramount+ is cheap. Let it ride for a month. Watch Beavis & Butthead Do the Universe. And the Halo series to. Then cancel. And you won't feel obligated to smash it all into a week. Which leads me to my next point-

4. Discovery is more bingeable than SNW. Because SNW is episodic, you might want to let it breathe a little between episodes. Maybe one a day? Giving you something to look forward to? Regardless, DO NOT WATCH SNW until you've completed season 2 of Discovery.

5. You didn't mention Lower Decks (the good animated series). If you like Trek, especially TNG-era, you'll like it. I know, I was surprised to.

Now, here's my thoughts.

Discovery is a good show, but flawed. It was the first show to go full "prestige TV" with season-long arcs. This is probably going to be an extremely unpopular opinion, but I think that it gets a lot of hate for creative choices that it makes that people would forgive other shows that were less ... openly ... modern (if you understand what I am saying). That said, it also shoots itself in the foot a lot, and there is a lot of deserved criticism mixed in. Personally, I think the show is worth watching, and I particularly enjoyed the last two seasons.

Picard ... is fine. Of interest to you is that the person I was watching it with, who is a casual (at best) Star Trek fan ... but only knows TNG, really liked the second season.

SNW really is all that.

If you have the time, I'd do it like this-
1. Binge Discovery by yourself.
2. Watch Picard at night with your SO.
3. When 1 & 2 are done, watch SNW at leisure with your SO.
4. And watch Lower Decks! :)
 

payn

He'll flip ya...Flip ya for real...
Take another look at P+ in November. If you have prime they were offering a black Friday deal of two months of the service for 2 dollars. You should be able to catch up on anything you miss with your 1 week trial here.
 

Umbran

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Personally, I think the show is worth watching, and I particularly enjoyed the last two seasons.

So, I would up with a problem with the most recent season of Discovery, such that I haven't finished it yet. While usually I have found the modern short season prestige format to be positive, I think 4th season Disco hits one of the format's failure modes.

Which is this - drama requires characters face adversity. So, bad things happen to characters you like. That's okay. In long-season formats, these bad things can be spread out over time, but short-season formats must condense them. Which tends to lead to a whole bunch of bad things happening to several characters you like at the same time, and it turns into a misery-fest. I am sure those things get resolved, but it was hard to watch all that pain at once.

YMMV, of course.
 

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