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Thread: Finally watched Star Trek: Discovery...my thoughts.

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    Finally watched Star Trek: Discovery...my thoughts.

    Well, I'm three episodes in.

    Geez, where to start. The writing on this series is BAD. Laughably bad. The first episode begins with the single stupidest thing I've ever seen in any Star Trek episode.
    Our heroes are wandering around a desert, waiting to be rescued, and according to THEM, they can't be found with sensors. So the captain decides to leave footprints in the sand in the shape of a giant Starfleet insignia,
    which the ship COULD NOT POSSIBLY SEE. Wait, what? The ship cannot see or detect you visually, but somehow it can see your footprints? Amazing since the ship literally emerges from a sand cloud that totally
    obscures it from view until the last second.

    Next are the abominations this series dares to call Klingons. They look and act like a cult of D&D cosplayers. The redesign is not only terrible, it's pointless.
    They no longer LOOK or ACT like act Klingons at all. Why? Just so they could say they changed them. Change just for the sake of change. They've been dumbed down to a single
    personality trait. Angry. They hate everyone and everything for apparently no reason. Also, everything on Discovery is DARK.
    The sets are very dimly lit, claustrophobic and depressing. The interiors of the ships do not reflect the brightness and hopefulness Star Trek is known for.

    Which brings us to the rest of Starfleet. Almost everyone is a snarky *******. People constantly talk down to and insult each other, and everyone is just generally sarcastic and nasty to everyone else.
    I can remember many times when Picard gave someone a dressing down, but it was always done in a civil manner, with mutual respect. I really can't stand the lead character Michael. She comes off as an
    arrogant, insufferable know-it-all. TNG did a MUCH better job writing and handling a similar character type in Ro Laren. She had the same attitude, yet was infinitely more likeable and engaging as a character.
    So much for Gene Roddenberry's optimistic future where people get along. What else can I say? It's terrible.
    Perhaps if it weren't called Star Trek, it could pass as moderately entertaining sci-fi with some bad elements to it...mostly the writing, but as Star Trek, it fails miserably.

    It is Star Trek in name only and nothing more. If you want to watch REAL Star Trek...it's now called The Orville.

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    hang in there. a lot of what you mention does evolve and get explained. including the Klingons. the first season was okay, but S2 really takes it up a notch.

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    I guess I can see what you mean about The Orville, but I don't like the tone of it either and McFarland ruins it for me. I have not seen Discovery.

    The first season of TNG was pretty uneven, too. Not many series can begin as strongly as TOS.
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    Once they introduce Pike, and eventually Spock, the show really picks up steam

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    I am actually thinking I will pay for the service since S3 starts this week. of course without Pike and Spock it will be different. Interested to see where they do go with it though

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    Never seen the show and don't plan too

    Star Trek hasn't been Star Trek since the next Gen TV series

    All this new crap is (including movies) are knock-off made-in-China products of very questionable quality

    They look right at first glance, but when look closer you can see they're just cheap knockoffs
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    I’m three episode in as well...and I’m actually liking it.

    It’s finally showing for free in my area. First season, every Friday night in one of my local channels.

    Is it Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek? Of course not, not by a long shot, not even the same universe.

    But if you watch it as an alternate universe, sort of like Mirror, Mirror, then it’s fine.

    That’s how I’m watching it, with that mentality.

    It’s really not going to kill ya...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgiabuff View Post
    hang in there. a lot of what you mention does evolve and get explained. including the Klingons. the first season was okay, but S2 really takes it up a notch.
    What I’m really impressed with are the special-effects, they are really top notch.

    One thing I really don’t like are the look of the Klingons. Man, they made them so friggin ugly-looking, lol...

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    Yes, Starfleet, the crew, Michael, and company, everyone, even the Vulcans...they sure don’t act proper like Federation folks do, but again, this is an alternate universe to me, that’s why I don’t pay attention to all that...it’s a different world...it doesn’t bother me with that mindset...

    Yes, it’s not Gene Roddenberry Trek. I agree, The Orville is more traditional Trek.

    But once again, ALTERNATE UNIVERSE TREK...that’s how I now personally view it.

    So I’m fine with it.

    I kinda like it that it’s so different. I mean, why rehash the same thing over and over again?

    Now that Amazon The Boys has shown its entire season 2 on Fridays...Discovery is a nice replacement for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgiabuff View Post
    I am actually thinking I will pay for the service since S3 starts this week. of course without Pike and Spock it will be different. Interested to see where they do go with it though
    Yes, exactly. Strange New Worlds is definitely going to be a more traditional Star Trek series.

    Starting with their uniforms...



    Looking forward to that one...

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