Star Trek Discovery: First Impressions

Star Trek: Discovery – First Impressions

Star Trek: Discovery has recently been released. Australians can watch it on Netflix, which is really awesome as Netflix is a fantastic platform.

I watched the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery today and really enjoyed it. In many ways Star Trek: Discovery is a 2017 adaption of the traditional Star Trek franchise. It follows much of the past lore that evolves around the Star Trek universe. It is however paving its own path in the Star Trek franchise, and adding new dynamics to the Star Trek universe.

Many of our members at the Brisbane Geek Social Club are watching the new series, and indeed enjoying them. While the episodes so far are not perfect, they provide a story which is more courageous, bold and adventurous than previous series such as Star Trek: Enterprise. Star Trek: Enterprise followed a similar format to Star Trek: TNG, Voyager and DS9. This is a change to a much more grittier Star Trek that appeals to the modern Netflix audience.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode and was on the edge of my seat throughout. What would happen next? I automatically had a personal connection with the characters, disliking some while liking others. Watching the first 2 episodes was fun, exciting and left me on the edge of my seat.

Kahless the Unforgettable was a legendary mytho-historical Klingon figure. He was the first Warrior King and Emperor of the Klingon Empire, known as the “greatest warrior of them all”

Klingons

The Klingons are far more ‘alien’ than what you see in future Klingons of DS9, Voyager or TNG.

They are far more brutal than the human-looking Klingons we are used to. However, I can’t help but imagine Kahless looking very similar to the Klingons we see in Discovery. Brutal and ever-imposing. There are a few fan theories of how the Klingons have evolved, and I am particularly interested

Criticism

Credit to www.joblo.com for the image

The different Klingons, from the Original Series (left), The Next Generation (middle) and Discovery (right)

There has been alot of criticism of the direction CBS has taken the Star Trek universe. From a female Captain, the 1st Officer being the main character to the different look of the Klingons (discussed above), criticism was ripe. Change is difficult for TV franchises, and the impact on audiences can be immense. The criticism in my opinion is justifiable, especially when other famous brands such as Stargate and Battlestar: Gallactica had really bad experiences.

First Impressions

This new iteration of Star Trek seems to be exploring a new frontier in the Star Trek universe and telling us some unique stories. I am excited to see what will happen next, how the war with the Klingons will play out and see how detailed the character and story writing is. So far, I am excited and enthralled in the direction Star Trek has taken.

I will definitely be watching Star Trek: Discovery and I am excited to see what it will bring to the universe. What do you think so far? Have you watched the first 2 episodes? Comment below and join the discussion in the Brisbane Geek Social Club. All you have to do is warp into our Facebook Group and our Facebook Like Page to join the discussion!

Signing out,

Vlad

President of the Brisbane Geek Social Club

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