I am very late to this game–a full year, in fact–but I finally watched Star Trek: Discovery. Lack of access and doubtful reports kept me from exploring the newest installment of the Star Trek franchise for a long time. I finally realized the library had it on DVD, which seemed like the perfect level of investment. Watching it was, frankly, a bit rocky…but I’m ultimately glad I did.
As the series opens, it’s frankly hard to tell (or feel) that we’re in the Star Trek franchise. I use the word “franchise” deliberately, because the universe is discernible, but the things that make Star Trek what it is seemed notably lacking. We’re following the story of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Starfleet officer who is involved in the start of a war with the Klingon empire. She blames herself for the war; I frankly never figured out how it was her fault. Discovery, the ship, doesn’t show up until Episode Three, where we meet her captain, Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) and engineer Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp). Stamets is the inventor of a new propulsion system that runs on mushrooms. Sort of. It may be the key to winning the war with the Klingons.
I’m just going to be upfront here and say that I struggled with a LOT of things in this show. Most of it was resolved or at least moved past by the end of the season but…yeah, if this didn’t have Star Trek as part of its title, I probably wouldn’t have watched past the third episode (which I still think was the low point). In the interest of giving a full picture…I’m going to go ahead and include spoilers. You have been warned!