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Star Trek: Discovery (2017-Present)

Episode:401
Kobayashi Maru

Jack's Rating:
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After months spent reconnecting the Federation with distant worlds, Captain Michael Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery are sent to assist a damaged space station.

Features:
Stardate: Unknown
Air Date: 11/18/21
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Jack's Review
Okay - I am going to get the two things I really dislike about Discovery out of the way in this first review.....Let me start off by saying that I still dislike the fact that Burnham was made captain after her antics from season 1....you remember - staging a mutiny, starting a war, getting her captain and countless others killed, being court-martialed....all that stuff. Also, as a professional designer, I can state that I absolutely detest the detached nacelles on the new ships. The writers even exposed it as a vulnerability in season 3 - just a few episodes after the things debuted on-screen. It's the laziest possible solution to "How do we make future spaceships look even more futuristic?" - that being said, I will now digress into the review of the first episode. The episode has a nice Star Trek feel to it. Problem to be fixed, away mission to rescue people, peril and the unknown, nosy politician trying to horn-in on the captain's decisions. I just wish the show was episodic and not serialized because I fear this gravitational anomaly storyline will fizzle about two-thirds through the season - but I do hope I am wrong. The crew of DISCO is moving along nicely and the bridge crew is starting to feel like a real crew and not a bunch of characters that get random speaking lines from time to time. Book continues to be a terrific character, as does Adira. Overall, a decent start to the fourth season overall.

Episode:402
Anomaly

Jack's Rating:
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Saru returns to help the U.S.S. Discovery uncover the mystery of an unusually destructive new force; as Burnham leads the crew, she must also find a way to help Book cope with an unimaginable loss.

Features:
Stardate: Unknown
Air Date: 11/25/21
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Jack's Review
A really fun episode that, overall, shows the growth of Discovery. There is a genuine connection between the viewer and the characters now. The bridge crew is becoming less background characters and more real contributors to the crisis at hand. I was actually a tad emotional with the return of Saru. Stamets is becoming one of my favorite characters. And the ability for us to chuckle at the gravity surge effects while still feeling a sense of dread is well done. Overall, it really does feel more like Star Trek. I just think that Burnham needs to take some command courses. She questions herself too much, lets her emotions get in the way of decisions, and needs way too much hand-holding.

 
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