On Star Trek: Discovery, the Federation Takes Burnham's Bad Decision and Makes It Worse

That was the theme of Discovery last night: Michael Burnham’s struggle between wrong, emotional (her words) choices and right, principled ones is also the struggle of the United Federation of Planets. Her giving into temptation and selfishly rescuing Emperor Georgiou is much the same temptation faced by the…

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…

Star Trek: Discovery Returns With a Great Episode Marred by One Terrible Twist

Star Trek: Discovery returned last night with huge revelations, lots of Trek fanservice, and yes, a few big shocks. But none of that was what made “Despite Yourself” compelling—if anything, those moments ended up serving as frustrating distractions in what was one of the show’s strongest episodes yet.

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…

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…

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 …

Star Trek: Discovery Goes Out Boldly, But We Still Don't Know Where to Yet

The prevailing question about Star Trek: Discovery is “Is it good enough?” Is it good enough to justify all the delays? Is it good enough to get over the fact that CBS embargoed all reviews until now? Is it good enough to justify paying $5.99 ($9.99 without commercials) a month? And, based on the first two episodes,…