No one asked for my opinions on Discovery, but heck, I’m sharing them anyways. Spoilers below, of course.
There’s been some criticism about Discovery having too much action or trying to appeal to a broader audience and consequently not being recognizably Star Trek. That doesn’t quite ring true for me because I found the first two episodes extremely recognizable in the way they were patterned after “Balance of Terror.”
The influences are unmistakable: we have two sides, both with sympathetic motivations; we see their strategizing, their second-guessing, their mistakes; we see the deaths and the exacting toll of battle. We even get some of the Shakespearian drama and politics of the Klingon empire, which…didn’t quite work for me? Something about the dialogue being solely in Klingon and the layers and layers of prosthetics and makeup made the Klingons feel more alien than they ever have before. It was hard to connect to their “human” emotions and drama when I couldn’t even keep track of who was who.
Of course, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars” are still very different from “Balance of Terror.” “Terror” has some of the best character and emotional beats of the entire show: Spock dealing with xenophobia, Kirk second-guessing his command decisions, the death of a single crewman and his mourning
fiancée. Meanwhile, Discovery is still introducing us to its world and its characters. It has its character beats, but they’re introductory and sometimes clumsy. We learn a lot about Michael, but we’re still just meeting her, and I’m so excited to learn more about her past and see how she’s going to develop throughout the season.
“Terror” is about a small-scale stealth game with large-scale consequences. In proper Trek fashion, there’s a lot of philosophizing and chin-scratching, and the pacing is at times so slow it’s almost brutal. There’s a lot of that in the first two episodes of Discovery as well, but it’s larger scale, and the explosiveness is proportional to its larger budget. If “Terror” is a game of chess, these two episodes are more like a strategy video game. The basic components are still there, but there’s more action and more going on.
And I think the action is appropriate because the episodes are like if “Terror” had ended in catastrophe. Discovery is showing us what happens when the ending of “Terror” is reversed – where the Federation loses and the result is the beginning of war.
Basically, what I’m saying is: I don’t think Discovery is missing something essential. It feels different (in part, I think, because it looks so different from any other Trek), but it does understand what Star Trek is.
What I personally want to see from the show is an expansion of the Trek universe; I want to see the parts we haven’t been shown before. One way to do this is with diversity of perspectives, which is part of the reason it’s so disheartening that they killed off Captain Georgiou. The show needs as much diversity as possible if it wants to be truly bold and do something new.
But we’ve never had a character quite like Michael Burnham before. She’s different in part because she’s a black woman and the main character, and also because she has such a unique background – a human woman who was orphaned at a young age and raised on Vulcan. And now we’re going to see her stripped of rank and imprisoned, and we’re going to see an entirely new perspective on this universe: that of a prisoner and outcast.
So it’s a strange but exciting start, and I am tentatively hopeful for the rest of the series. I think they really are trying to do something that hasn’t been done before, even if I have mixed feelings about how they’re going about it.
me, 5 minutes later: here is a detailed portfolio of everything they’ve ever done, a timeline of important events, and I’ve prepared a short compilation video which we will watch after this power point presentation
This log was filmed after the boys returned to Korea, him and Namjoon got to watch Coldplay live in Seoul. As a singer who was able to watch one of his favorite artist as a fan (Hoseok, not J-Hope), he got to experience his heart flutter and feel happy, something he hadn’t felt in a long time. While he was standing there, he felt the same emotions ARMYs do when watching him perform. He felt so thankful for the fans that love and support his music. Him attending the concert made him feel emotions he hadn’t experienced in a while so he’s very happy for it. There was a slight mention about their trip to Hawaii and his mixtape, but he couldn’t speak about it because he might give away too much. Just be patient and wait for the final products. He ends his log saying Bangtan needs to finish the Wings Tour strong and healthy with honor!
Justin: I wanna highlight a couple, just because, like, I know we won’t be able to afford this one, but John Williams’ 8-year-old son Colin created the “Flaming Poisoning Raging Sword of Doom”. A steal at sixty-thousand gold pieces (laughing)
Griffin: So that one’s sitting in a big ol’ safe with a glass display case, it is an important item here at the Fantasy Costco.
Clint: “Gigantic blade, wreathed in flames, with a crooked oozing scorpion stinger affized to its point. Deals an extra 20 melee damage.”