Fans have been arguing about whether CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery is absolute genius or total dreck since the series premiered in 2018. Now it’s 2019 (“Oh, really? I’ll be damned”), and last week brought us the second season premiere–
Which, believe it or don’t, has begotten a whole new, ahem, “discussion” of genius versus dreck, shit versus Shinola, and on and on and on. Inasmuch as our feckless leader, Larry Brody, was an early disciple of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (in other words, he spent much of his early career working for the Great Bird His Very Self, writing for a variety of projects including ST:TAS, ST: TNG, and ST:VOYAGER) we here at TVWriter™ also have found ourselves caught up in the debate, we thought we’d give y’all some samples of current thinking.
Let the debate begin!
There you have it, three different video views of the first episode featuring the Trekkers Delight known as Captain James Pike. And if by chance you’re actually interested in reading some thoughtful words, there’s also this review from Siskoid’s Blog of Geekery:
STAR TREK #1472: BROTHER
CAPTAIN’S LOG: Captain Pike takes command of the Discovery and takes it on a dangerous mission.
WHY WE LIKE IT: It’s funny and exciting. Pike is cool.
WHY WE DON’T: That jackass Connely. Is that really Spock’s voice?
REVIEW: Season 2 of Discovery begins with a familiar name (not to say face) joining the crew as its (temporary?) commanding officer, Captain Christopher Pike.
Anson Mount looks vaguely like both Jeffrey Hunter and Bruce Greenwood, but regardless of your familiarity with those interpretations, brings immediate charm to the role. We quickly get a sense of who he is. A practical man who is (but for one line) anti-technobabble and likes easy to understand analogies.
An honest man who uses transparency to get the trust of his crew, and treats them as a team where rank doesn’t really matter (even gives us the feeling we’re going to see more of the extended bridge crew, and indeed, they get their moments).
He’s a little out of it, having been forced to sit out the war, and on a ship that is not his own while Enterprise gets repaired from system-wide failure. And he gets serious sometimes, will act like the dad if his officers start bickering, has no patience for defeatist attitudes, and is loyal to a fault when it comes to his people.
This is post-The Cage (there’s a cute reference to it in Lorca’s old ready room), and for older fans, the “toll” the journey took on the Enterprise’s captain stems from that episode.
I’m very happy that he sticks around at the end, and rather intrigued by how he and Saru will “share” command. After Lorca’s dark secrets, it’s nice to have a more heroic figure leading the crew, and Pike makes a great first impression.
Not to say there aren’t mysteries set up in this first episode. At first, I thought the asteroid was the origin of dilithium or something, but no, it was already a thing in that Short Trek with Tilly. So what IS this new power source?
But that’s a MacGuffin. The big mystery is really the relationship between Michael and her foster brother Spock. Part of the story is told through flashbacks to her adoption by Sarek and Amanda, and the decidedly uncommunicative younger Spock who would rather play with his futuristic Etch-a-Sketch than deal with his new sister…