On Star Trek: Discovery
THE TRAILER IS OUT THE TRAILER IS OUT THE TRAILER IS OUT THE TRAILER IS OUT THE TRAILER IS OUT
Okay. The intial excitement has faded (
lies lies lies) And I’m ready to discuss it properly. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what to think. I will reserve final judgement for after the show is out and I’ve watched it, of course. But here are some thoughts.
/!\ WARNING: (my negative thoughts will be in bold, if you don’t want to read them then please don’t. I hate to be a party pooper, so if yall are excited and happy with the trailer just skip the bold parts :D)
I’m really excited about the cast. And the choice of characters! We’re getting our second female captain (as opposed to 4 (four) male captains, so I will ask all the assholes out there to stop whining, if you please).
The main character is also female AND it’s not the captain! I know some of you may not agree with this but I’m actually really happy they chose to make the main character a regular officer. It’s a change, first of all. I don’t think we’ve ever had a Trek series and/or movie that centers around anyone else but the captain. This is refreshing.
New aliens! That are part of the crew! I hope this means we’ll get to learn about new alien cultures as well.
VULCANS! Possibly on Planet Vulcan. YES. ALWAYS YES TO VULCANS. And our main character seems to have vulcan roots? Interesting. I just hope they won’t fall into the same Spock narrative. They know that works, they know that Spock is still one of the most popular characters today, I hope they won’t exploit that and just give the new character an old storyline.
The costumes? Yeeeeaaaah. The Starfleet uniforms are 1) BADASS 2) the logical continuation of what we see in Star Trek: Enterprise. The design makes sense; it feels like something in between the uniforms in Enterprise and the Starfleet uniforms in TOS.
The one Vulcan we saw looks very Vulcan, just like the ones we know from TOS, TNG and beyond. (although a tiny bit too much like the Reboot Vulcans for my taste)
The Klingons. Please. Why. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS. I was enjoying the trailer so much up until the point we saw - I don’t even want to call them Klingons. So much like those hideous Reboot Klingons.
Hairless? HAIRLESS KLINGONS? WHERE IS THEIR HONOR?
On a more serious note: what really bothers me with the Klingons, more than the hair and ugly forehead ridges, is that they look monstrous. Beastly. In a way that clearly gives off evil vibes. It feels like we’re going to have pure evil Klingons with no hope of understanding or dialogue at all. Please, Bryan Fuller, Nicholas Meyer, whoever has a say in this, please say it ain’t so.
The ship. Now here I’m torn. On the outside she’s beautiful. And the corridors/hallways look pretty decent and trek-like. But I absolutely hate the lens flare (JJ Abarms, anyone?) And it all looks like some generic sci-fi action movie. I didn’t get that trek vibe, that “this is the future but it’s not foreign and scary and eerie, it’s welcoming and warm and fun”. I just didn’t get that feeling. I hope I’m wrong.
Some of the details we saw in the trailer seem very interesting. The main character’s relationship with vulcan. The captain and her crew. This threat menacing the federation. I’m curious.
BUT. I feel - and I pray to the Prophets that I’m wrong! - I feel like despite the series’ name, there’s going to be very little discovering and more explosions, space battles and world-saving. Not that I’m totally against that. After it that’s also fun. But can we have more than that? Can we have the exploration, the discovery. I want this new series to seek out new life and new civilizations!