As a long-term Trek fan, this show is an interesting case.
I like a lot of things about this show. However, I'm very disappointed they made half the episodes TV-MA and most of the rest strong TV-14. This does not make it more entertaining for me, but the opposite. Star Trek has never had to include graphic stuff to be good - that's almost the whole point of the show.
What I've always liked about the Star Trek is the optimism and the absence of cynicism. ST: Discovery doesn't feel like past Star Trek. The look is darker, the story is darker, the characters are darker.
If you think Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager were quintessential Star Trek, then this new ST: Discovery is anti-Star Trek. No one acts very Star Fleet - they are constantly disobeying orders. They are all flawed. Most of the characters are jerks, although that changes somewhat as the season goes on. The captain in this show would have been, in past TV series, the "problem captain" causing trouble that Captain Picard or Janeway had to deal with.
When I saw the first several episodes of the show I thought, "This is actually what you would get if you found people to make a show who had only watched a couple of the recent Star Trek action movies, but didn't know anything about all the Star Trek TV series before that." Then I found out that is basically what happened.
However, what Star Trek needs at this point is fresh approaches. This show provides that. I find myself enjoying the show a lot, even though I may decide to skip all the TV-MA episodes and just read summaries. The look of the show is spectacular, so can overlook that it doesn't look very Star Trek to me. The characters and situations are engaging. Sure, the Klingons are as tedious as they always have been - I'm hoping for less and less Klingon as the show goes forward. But at least they look like aliens, instead of amped up Rastafarians from earth.
So I have big hopes for this series, and now also all the other new Trek shows that CBS recently announced. It's an absolute annoyance that you can only get this through CBS suscription streaming. But if you make something good enough, people will do what it takes to get it.
Do I miss the old Star Trek, with its emphasis on exploration and a more evolved future? Yes, very much. Let's hope these new action Trek's aren't the only kind of Trek we get from now on.
But we're talking now about Discovery. It's entertaining and different, so I like it. But please no more TV-MA.
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