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Star Trek: Discovery Asks the Age Old Question: If You Kill Your Mirror Universe Self, Is It Murder or Suicide?

Ah, Discovery. This might be the best exploration one of these episodes has ever done in encapsulating just how miserable the Mirror Universe really is. Like, we all joke about goatees and the agony booth, but the idea’s existed for so long it’s almost been kitschy. Not anymore. But, of course, the true betrayal…

Watch Jonathan Frakes Make His Return to Directing Star Trek With Discovery 

Jonathan Frakes isn’t just the former first officer of the Enterprise or the master behind one of the most important tactical maneuvers in Starfleet history. He’s also a longtime director of the franchise, with contributions spanning both the TV shows and the movies—and after decades away, he’s finally making a return…

This Star Trek Poster Is Either Very Silly or a Hint to One of Discovery's Weirdest Mysteries

One of the biggest mysteries that Star Trek: Discovery left unanswered by the end of its midseason break—other than, is everyone on this ship crazy or good now, I can’t tell—is just what’s happened with Voq, the mysterious Albino Klingon who could be a secret spy within the Federation. This poster either hints at…

Last Night's Star Trek: Discovery Was a Great Climax to a Show We Never Got

The midseason finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Into the Forest I Go,” finally got this show to the place it should have been all season. Of course, in the process, it had to jettison a lot of character development it has been working on—but since it was mostly stuff that was bad, I’m perfectly happy letting them get…

Star Trek: Discovery Riffs on an Original Series Episode With Muddled Results

Last night’s “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” ended on a cliffhanger that sets up a big showdown for next week’s finale. Meanwhile, everyone, save Burnham, is wandering around acting suspicious as hell. And for some reason, the show seems like it’s doing its own version of a classic Klingon-Federation moment from the…

io9 Is Stuck in a Time Loop of Explaining Star Trek: Discovery's Use of Harry Mudd

Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) reappeared this week in an episode that took a crack at one of scifi’s most venerable tropes: the time loop. In our livestream, we take a look at how well the show did with the opportunities presented by repeating the same 30 minutes over and over again (it’s pretty good!) as well as the…

Star Trek: Discovery's Biggest Problem Is That It's a Prequel

“Lethe” was a character episode. It was fine. Well, it wasn’t. Every plot beat was fairly predictable and the emotional resonance got about halfway there at best. At least I didn’t loathe it. I just found it tedious. And instead of thinking about Sarek and Burnham’s past and Lorca’s future, I kept wondering why this…

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On Star Trek: Discovery, Burnham Is Torn Between the Two Tenets of Starfleet

Captain Lorca doesn’t have a lot of dimension, but it turns out that’s a good thing. Lorca is best when he is merely an archetype of a certain set of militaristic beliefs, set in opposition to scientist Stamets, who’s devoted to the pursuit of knowledge only. And of course, Burnham’s journey is about trying to…

Star Trek: Discovery Delves Into a Conflict That's Been Simmering Under 50 Years of Trek

“Context Is for Kings” is the first true episode of Discovery and it’s a big improvement over the TV movie that kicked off the series last week. The characters are more interesting now, the ideas smarter, and the world better understood. Granted, I may be biased because it’s also examining a Trek issue I’ve been dying …

If You're Outside the US, You Can Watch Star Trek: Discovery in Klingon (Sort of)

Unlike their past TV iterations, the Klingons of Star Trek: Discovery don’t predominately communicate in English. They speak in Klingon, naturally, which is subtitled for us human audiences. But was that not enough Klingon for your discerning taste? If you’re outside the US, you can experience the premiere all over…