Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Star Trek: Discovery"

As a lifelong "Star Trek" fan of over 45 years, I've had to adjust to many changes in it's history. Some were easier than others to get used to!

I favor the Original Series as it holds a special place in my life. There's been no major issues for me regarding every incarnation of Trek. Even the reboot movies by J.J Abrams (the Kelvin Timeline) have grown on me.

Such is not the case with "Star Trek:Discovery". I absolutely loathe this new series. I dislike everything about it.

It does not embody the spirit of Star Trek. The designs, the technology, the characters, the utter disregard for established canon, and just about everything they've tinkered with!

The characters are totally unlike the Trek standard as set by 50 years of canon. A completely unsympathetic group of protagonists. Characters throwing out the "F-word" just for effect...really? Back stabbing, lying, aggressive...the list goes on...

The writers have taken totally unknown and before now, non-existant characters, & made them the center of the story alongside long standing canonical characters. It just doesn't make sense.

The uniforms, the technology and even well established aliens like the Klingons have been reworked into unrecognizable states. It's as if this series was designed by non-fans who read the Cliff Notes for Star Trek to gain their knowledge of the Trek Universe! Which universe does ot take place in? The Prime Timeline? The Kelvin Timeline? Hell, at least the reboot movies were in an alternate universe & it kept the logic of the changes logical & acceptable!

The USS Discovery design is absolutely ridiculous! It resembles a discarded design created in the 1970's by artist Ralph McQuarrie. As far as the ship fitting into doesn't. "Spore Drive"? Give me a break!

Doing edgy social & political allegorical stories are not new to Trek, but "Discovery" seems to be the Social Justice Warriors of space! Maybe a better title would have been "Snowflake Trek" or "Sovereign Citizen Trek".

With a world phenomenon like Star Trek, the creators owed it to the fans, the world, to create something new without totally destroying what came before - for no other reasons than to be "edgy".

They've redesigned the USS Enterprise again. It's a completely new design and bears little resemblance to Matt Jeffries original design OR to the reboot movies version. It looks more advanced than the TOS version and too gritty for the "Kelvin Timeline" reboot version.

It's just a mess. The show, the  characters, the designs...everything. In fairness, I will say that the special effects are top notch. That doesn't help at all if you can't believe what you're seeing, no matter how great it looks.

I really wanted "Discovery"...until I watched it.

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