We watched Discovery Season 3 Episode 1 the other night. I’m cautiously optimistic.
To date we’ve watched 3 episodes of Season 1 before NOPING out.
We watched all of season 2 while fighting the urge to NOPE out. It wasn’t horrible but was bad. If there’s a bright point to season 2 it’s that it setup the Pike/Enterprise show.
Mild plot point spoilers ahead, if you haven’t seen season 3 episode 1.
Season 3 gives me hope (Not a lot though). We’re in the future, you can tell because there’s even more whiz-bang hologram interfaces and beds made out of smart pebble things. I’m sure those sheets are comfy.
My biggest reservation is “Solving the Burn”. In the “What to expect this season” bit at the end of the episode, there was a lot of Burnham “I’m going to figure out why the the burn happened” stuff.
Oh, if you haven’t seen it yet, the burn is the “Big bad” thing that ruins the future.
Now back to Burnham. So the Federation fell as a result of the burn, a lot of folks died. I guess all the smart ones because somehow we’re going to follow her figuring out what future people with better knowledge couldn’t, because… well you know, she’s Spock’s adopted Earth sister…
I’m the first to gripe when the “Good Trek” (That’s everything before Discovery) would show us something cool, then never revisit it. But Discovery (and Picard) suffer the exact opposite problem. They can’t seem to just have a show that doesn’t spend all season tackling 1 ridiculously outsized problem. As if Trek wasn’t built on episodic “fun”. Now if you miss an episode you’re as likely as not to have no damn clue what’s happening.
Discovery Season 2’s entire arc, would have been 2, maybe 3 episodes of any other trek show, and been better told.
I’ve been a trekkie since I was a kid, but jeez the folks they’re letting run the franchise right now are doing their level best to tell some really shit stories.