Star Trek Discovery continues to excel at being all around good television.
Oh wait, you wanted more? Look, it’s just hard recapping a serialized show every single week. One-and-done episodes are easy. You have a problem that’s set up, explored, then resolved. Serialized storytelling is a different tool in the belt and has some great advantages. In the case of Discovery they are brilliant at building mystery and character. Not to mention the world building and details we receive. Many of the characters on Discovery already have more character traits revealed and explored than most characters on Enterprise, Voyager, and TNG combined. Though that’s not saying much… point is the main problem is that the big picture is only revealed over the course of the entire season. And they are subtle about this. This isn’t Captain Picard going “oh wait, it’s hard to watch and do nothing when you know the people dying” . Gee whiz, thanks, Captain Obvious! Discovery values its subtext over text as much shows do these days and as such might rub people the wrong way who are used to the classic Trek model of approaching the franchise from a theater and literature perspective of telling more than showing rather than filmic. Considering it’s a visual medium I actually prefer the latter. Big shock.
In many ways these weekly recaps are only good for two things: getting a chance to talk about the meta regarding the franchise and reception, and getting those sweet, sweet clicks. Guess why I’m gonna be back next week?!
In the meantime: Since she couldn’t join us in the previous recaps, here’s Jessica aka “The Angriest Fangirl” with her thoughts:
Many people will probably scoff at the spore / tardigrade warp system, but it’ really not any sillier than the little antimatter aliens Captain Ransom was exploiting to get home in Voyager two-parter “The Equinox.” And that episode is actually a pretty decent episode of Voyager, because it’s not about the science, which let’s face it is often silly in Trek. It’s about the metaphor. We don’t know where the metaphor is going yet on Discovery but I’m willing to see what it is, and I can guess it has to do with the exploitation of animals or people for your own ends.
Captain Lorca is like an embodiment of all the jokes about Sisko being a badass and Chuck Sonnenburg’s version of Janeway which could be really cringey but as played by Jason Isaacs he’s a fascinating character and I can’t wait to see if he’s actually evil or just very underhanded.
Michael continues to be an interesting character, so much more complex than I was expecting. There is some conflict in her character between her humanity and her Vulcan upbringing, which could be a retread of Spock but instead comes across as a fresh take. She has a lot of compassion and is very principled, even though she makes mistakes. She’s wonderfully human (ironically) and Sonequa Martin-Green does a lot of face acting that’s really wonderful to watch, conveying a lot of the character without a lot of dialogue. I hate to keep acknowledging the negative comments, but I suspect that people complaining about the supposedly thin characters are really just not paying attention to these moments and/or want everything spelled out for them. Or just don’t want to see them.
… Okay, that’s it. Go away now.