The following are a few notes I took while watching tonight’s episode of Star Trek Discovery. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
As I mentioned last week, tonight’s episode was the Fall finale for Star Trek Discovery. Regular episodes will return on 7 January 2018, and I will personally be looking forward to it. With all the hype, I worried the series would be a disappointment, but I’m happy to have been wrong. The return of Star Trek to TV was a huge event, rife with things that could’ve gone wrong. Luckily–at least in my opinion–they’ve done a great job.
Observing a well-established Star Trek trope, this episode involves the crew disobeying direct orders from Starfleet, choosing what is right over what is required. Unwilling to abandon a defenseless species to destruction by the Klingons, they buck the system in true Trek fashion. A willingness toward self-sacrifice and moral courage is a big part of what this franchise has always been about, so it’s great to see Star Trek Discovery continuing that tradition.
There are naysayers, of course. This series apparently isn’t for every Star Trek fan even. In my opinion, however, it has been a worthy addition to the franchise so far, despite being more updated for today’s audiences. It’s not always your everyday Trek, though there are many callbacks to earlier franchise shows and characters. It’s already been renewed for a second season, so I imagine there will be more of that going forward. Eventually, Star Trek Discovery will be just as as big a part of the deeper mythology of the franchise as previous series have been. I, for one, am really glad to be along for the ride.