Final yr “Star Trek: Discovery” started with just a few components that did not appear very “Trek”. It spotlighted a hero apart from the captain. It adopted an ongoing arc fairly than standalone episodes. And for a ship known as USS Discovery, there was little or no searching for out new life and new civilisations.
However now the primary season has drawn to a climax with episode 15, “Will You Take My Hand?” it looks as if the present wasn’t about discovering new life in any case. It was about discovering what made “Star Trek”, “Star Trek”. And within the season 1 finale the present got here full circle again to its personal genesis and to “The Authentic Sequence”.
With spoilers, here is some ideas about season 1 — and a few questions for season 2.
“Will You Take My Hand?” confronts Burnham with the identical dilemma she confronted within the very first episodes “The Vulcan Good day” and “Battle on the Binary Stars”. As soon as once more she faces the Klingons and should select whether or not to be the aggressor or search peaceable decision. On the Binary Stars she selected to struggle. Right here, she searches for an additional method — the Starfleet method.
By specializing in warfare and the horrible issues folks do when determined, “Discovery” has typically felt gentle years from the utopian dream of earlier Star Treks. It seems that was the purpose. I could not work out why this present needed to be a prequel — for me, the uniforms and the manufacturing design simply did not match into the timeline — however because the story unfolds to its finale, I lastly perceive. This can be a story concerning the folks of the Federation and Starfleet discovering that utopia inside themselves.
Possibly “Discovery” did not really feel like “Trek” to start out with, nevertheless it does now.
Which is why solely now can the usEnterprise seem, symbolically tying this discovery to “The Authentic Sequence”. As does the cameo by Clint Howard, who appeared in “The Corbomite Maneuever”, the primary episode of TOS shot after the pilots.
Our hero Michael Burnham has accomplished the journey she started within the opening episode. And now she’s formally again in Starfleet the scene is about for the journey to proceed.
The present wraps up with medals all spherical, however as an alternative of journeying to HQ in San Francisco as in earlier variations, we discover ourselves in Paris. Possibly that is a reminder that the Federation isn’t only one place, however fairly a set of peoples and locations.
Lorca is stardust. Georgiou is free to roam the galaxy, for some purpose. And maybe most stunning, Ash Tyler is off to hang around with the Klingons as an alternative of staying aboard the usDiscovery. Between them, they have been a number of the most advanced and fascinating villains in “Trek” historical past, and I am unhappy to see the again of them.
Season 2 will little doubt see some new and equally fascinating unhealthy guys present up. The door is definitely open to see extra of Georgiou and Tyler in season 2, however I would most wish to see Lorca come again. Possibly the unique universe Lorca will present up, or maybe the Terran model ended up zapped again into our universe once more someway. It does not need to make sense, it simply must deliver Jason Isaacs again.
So Dr. Culber is for reals useless? Robust break contemplating what number of others survived obvious demise on this sequence. I suppose you must be a captain to correctly come again from the useless.
Poor Stamets — having misplaced his lover, his life’s work and really almost his humanity, he is likely to be the character who’s sacrificed essentially the most for Starfleet’s decision.
The space-hopping spore drive is just about completed and the Discovery is again to common warp drive as an alternative of warping Lt Stamets’ thoughts. The Federation is creating a non-human interface to navigate the spore drive, however judging by the very fact it is by no means been talked about in some other “Trek” sequence we might have seen the final of this explicit plot machine.
Nonetheless, future Trek crews may do with trying into making the spore drive work — keep in mind that episode of “The Subsequent Technology” that exposed warp drive messes up the material of the universe? TNG engineer Geordie LaForge ought to dig out Stamets’ notes.
“Discovery” has been confirmed for a second season in 2019. It is set to as soon as once more stream on CBS All Entry within the US and Netflix elsewhere (disclosure: CBS is CNET’s mother or father firm). Till the present returns, here is some questions we’ll be pondering within the meantime.
Who will take the conn in season 2 of “Discovery”? The primary season revolved round Burnham’s relationship with two captains, Lorca and Georgiou. Though Saru has completed a fairly good job filling the captain’s chair, we are able to count on a brand new captain for the brand new sequence. And if season 1 was something to go by, the brand new skipper will deliver their very own complexities and issues.
Will season 2 undertake a extra acquainted “Trek” format? The producers have promised extra away missions and new planets, however the present will nonetheless have an ongoing story arc. It feels like season 2 will mix components of outdated and new “Trek”.
How will the usEnterprise match into the present? I am not ashamed to say I misted up when the Enterprise hove into view on the finish of the finale. It is a potent image that “Discovery” has taken its place in “Trek” historical past — and opens the door to new tales in season 2.
The lightly-modernised model of the basic ship appears like a pleasant bridge between the unique 60s design and the high-tech aesthetic of “Discovery”. It’s going to be fascinating to see although how they bridge the hole between bridges — the gunmetal and holograms of the usDiscovery’s command centre are a far cry from the pop artwork colors of the unique Enterprise bridge.
Who’s on that bridge? The Enterprise’s misery name reveals the ship is captained by Christopher Pike, the person in cost within the very first TOS pilot episode “The Cage”. Pike is a predecessor to Captain Kirk, so there’s most likely just a few years but earlier than any of the TOS crew arrive on the Enterprise — I doubt then we’ll see acquainted characters performed by new actors just like the current reboot films. It appears we might even see a brand new actor taking part in the square-jawed Captain Pike, taking over the position originated by Jeffrey Hunter within the unique unbroadcast pilot episode.
There may be one character nonetheless who survived from “The Cage” into the basic sequence, and has already performed a big — if unseen — position in “Discovery”. Sure, everybody’s favorite half-human, half-Vulcan: Spock.
We have seen numerous Spock’s household within the first season, and Burnham has encountered the person himself in “Discovery” tie-in novel “Determined Hours”. Will season 2 see Spock seem within the present correct? Would it not be an excessive amount of to ask for reboot-Spock Zachary Quinto to play the position, or would that simply be too complicated?
If you need extra “Discovery” earlier than season 2 rolls spherical, the third spin-off novel “Drastic Measures” has simply been launched and options Lorca and Georgiou in a narrative tied right into a basic TOS episode. You can too discover spin-off comics too. Hold an eye fixed out for season 2 information and trailers — and be able to boldly go.
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