Didn’t care for the Tilly one. Felt like a corny TNG story.
Awesome start to the new season. Its been a long time, decades even since ive enjoyed TV like this.
I liked the Short Treks and the first episode is a great start. The new captain brings much needed levity in the tone to discovery and I hope the bridge crew introduction scene means we finally get them a bit more involved. It’s still the Burnham show though. In a time where I am used to binge watching the waiting for a new episode works to get me actually more excited.
and Jet Reno needs to be a permanent fixture as the Discovery engie is constantly spaced out and missing the dynamism and fire of all the good ST engineers.
While I like Stamets they seem to keep the door open to that possibility.
That (and the short treks) were much better than most of last season IMO). The casting for Pike is just right & I’m loving more of the Tilly show.
Anson Mount is a fantastic actor, (see Hell on Wheels) and I am super excited to see him in Season 2.
Really liked the first episode. The best production values the show has had yet. A definite change in tone. Not all the comedy hit but liked most of it. Anson Mount is great as Pike.
Just keep the same people making the show now and let them build it into own thing CBS.
We must have been watching different Short Treks:
The Brightest Star / Saru
1. We’re meant to believe that the Kirk-era Federation is Ok with having a race of sentient cows, and the Federation definitely know about, and that no one is going to hammer-fist any aliens about it to rescue them, because they’re pre-warp?
2. We’re also meant to believe that one of these stone-age sentient cows can cobble together a communicator from random bits of tech that’s “fallen” off a ship?
3. And also believe that Saru is such a genius that he can learn enough tech stuff to be able to enlist into Star Fleet, and. by the time Gerogiou becomes a Captain, he’s able to speak enough technobabble to become the ships Science Officer?
4. Though I kind of suspect that Georgiou planted the tech there in the hope of rescuing some space Cow?
This was just awful. The ship is “alone” for 1000 years in a space cloud, and manages to grow sentient, somehow still “obeys” the captains stagnant order, and the thing it wants most is to dance? I was kind of hoping the apparition would have been the Discovery “standing” on it’s two warp nacelles.
Still, Episode 1 was highly entertaining, but I have some nerdy points to raise about that as well:
1. So the Enterprise investigates the red blobs and is taken out by one of them. OK, fine. So even thought the Enterprise is offline Pike manages to “request” permission from Starfleet to take over the Discovery? Err, what? I hope Saru dialled up HQ to confirm this was ok, and not just Pike making it up as he goes along.
2. If the Enterprise’s communications were offline how could Morse code work? Visual?
3. Oh look, the Science officer is a massive jerk (even though he managed to become a Lieutenant), so of course he’s going to die!
4. Why does Saru, which his better vision, have to look at the same 2d image as everyone else to make out the digits? Why not just ENHANCE the image a bit so everyone can see and the ship can OCR it?
5. Those landing pods are the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Why not take a shuttle with some shields and phasers? Instead we take the spinny racing pods. They’re as bad as the Delta Flyer.
6. I like that we continue to see the Trek tradition of “sending the entire senior staff into danger at the same time” being kept alive.
7. What’s the logic behind the colour of the Space Longjohns? The 3 Enterprise crew were in matching colours, but Burnham was in silver?
According to this they’ve switched the actor of the robot-headed crew member. I don’t know if that’s because the new actor is a “better” actor, in line with your thoughts about more screen time? I hope so.
Is the CBS premium streaming channel still the only way to watch this show?
In the United States, yes. Apparently in other countries, it’s shown on Netflix.
So far, I’ve signed up last year for a 2 week free trial of CBS All Access, and used that time to binge-watch Season 1. Then they offered everyone one free month around Christmas time, so I had it for the free month.
I plan on getting another month once Season 2 is over. Or, if I’m feeling particularly poor that month, I can use another email to get a free trial again.
1. Ha! Saru at least had the good sense of running a DNA test of Pike… which produced Pike’s Starfleet grades on the bridge screen for everyone to see an F in astrophysics. Good ironic moment, but sure that calling Starfleet HQ would have been far more straightforward.
3. I was watching this with my partner and her reckoning was that mansplaining while piloting a spaceship do not mix well. It was funny to see how nobody cared or was sad about it, either.
4. He came across as a jerk last season, I guess the writers felt important to make him appear as useful, beyond the crotchety nitpicking which surely keeps suicidal green ensigns in line.
5. My partner, an awesome sci fi bullshit detector, pointed out too that was reckless.
6. See 5
7. There was a joke made out of it but I can’t recall what it was (I am ESL and miss quick jokes like that all the time).
It was a fun episode, but I am guarded. In my opnion, the end of the first season was clunky and rushed, probably because the writers were still figuring out what kind of show they wanted to make.
As others have pointed above, Trek first season tend to be all over the place… this one had memorable moments. In comparison, TNG Season 1 is a complete blank for me other than Q’s episode.
Yeah, I only really remember a few key moments from Season 1. The first episode where Q puts them on trial, then another Q episode where he comes back for Riker and tempts him by giving him powers. Then another Riker episode where the Bynars keep Riker distracted with a hot lady in the holodeck while trying to steal the Enterprise. And then there was the episode where Tasha Yar dies to the black tar alien. And finally that Conspiracy episode where Starfleet admirals are aliens in disguise, and they’re heading toward Earth (and still haven’t arrived yet by the end of the series).
I envy you.
I remember that too (not sure it was season 1 though).
Cheers, unironically, for the reminder @Rock8man, Yar’s demise was quite a shocker for the 12 year old I was. Funnily, I was under the impression that came from a different show.
Haha that’s a better one indeed.
Is there a good Season 1 recap of this somewhere? I remember some stuff but not a lot of it.
The first episode of Season 2 has a nice brief recap before the episode starts.