Show Review: Star Trek: Discovery

Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham in her state-of-the-art spacesuit.

Star Trek's newest series injects new spices into an old, familiar, and delicious recipe, striking a craveable balance among Trekkies and casual viewers alike.

I was browsing a few days ago when a Star Trek Discovery ad popped up. (Never underestimate the power of a relevant, well-timed advertisement!) I had been debating subscribing to CBS All Access for weeks, and after seeing an offer for a 7-day free trial, I decided to go for it.

Of course, within moments of gaining access, I loaded up Star Trek Discovery's debut episode, and fired away. And I'm so glad that I did. I know a lot of people with varying passions for sci-fi are on the fence about this show. I have seen the light, come out the other side, and I come bearing good news. Star Trek Discovery looks solid. Quite solid.

Discovery's showrunners grabbed a sci-fi salad bowl and said, "Okay, we're gonna give it a sprinkle of this, and a dash of that! Some diversity here, some techno-chatter there, aliens speaking and doing alien things. And, voila!

It's worth noting that I have an unhealthy obsession with the following two elements of geekdom: NOCs, (Network Operations Centers) and Radio Chatter. Space, aerospace, aviation, doesn't matter. So I loved the radio chatter that was present in Star Trek Discovery episode one.

And it didn't end there, because there was a whole lot more I enjoyed about the show's series premier. Some have argued the show simply doesn't feel Trek enough, and for devout Trekkies, that very well may be true, but just from a personal, subjective point of view, it was Trek enough for a light-to-moderate Star Trek fan like myself.

It's hard to execute a show and make every scene and line of dialogue seem completely natural and believable. It's rare and super-difficult to accomplish—most of us are aware of that. So no, it's not a perfect show—so few so seldom are. But it's undoubtedly worth the 30 seconds it takes to sign up for the free trial.

Although, I will admit, I'm going to upgrade to commercial-free soon as I'm done with this post, because the extra $4 it takes to eliminate commercial breaks will go a long way as far as my sanity is concerned.


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