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Mixed or average reviews- based on 101 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second season of the sci-fi series introduces Spock (Ethan Peck) and sees Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) taking over command of the U.S.S. Discovery.

    The current Star Trek is available for streaming on CBS All Access.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Star Trek: Discovery
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Keisha Hatchett
    Jan 17, 2019
    85
    Bringing in an iconic character like Pike could have been disastrous but Discovery somehow makes it work. He's seamlessly woven into the narrative, bringing exhilarating new energy that never overpowers the series' core cast. ... Season 2 takes a carefully bold, gripping and undeniably fun stab at it and in turn, is the best it's ever been.
  2. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Jan 18, 2019
    83
    The show still looks great; a little too reliant on the blue-gold thing, but still, slick and thrilling, with some striking moments throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jan 18, 2019
    80
    It's fun to see the "Discovery" characters, who improved greatly over the course of Season 1, play in the same space as the classic guys. This is a setup the series has proven it can work with: interpersonal relationships (Spock is Burnham's brother, of course) and a multi-episode adventure. And in the season premiere, The new "Discovery" continues to shine, with a more confident atmosphere and even some humor mixed in.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 9, 2019
    75
    [Discovery season premiere] offers a mix of resetting characters and action sequences. But it also embraces Pike’s mandate for a lighter tone thanks largely to the Pike character--a warmer, more likable leader than season one’s cold, aloof Capt. Lorca (Jason Isaacs)--and a new character played by comedy actress Tig Notaro. ... So far, so good, but what any of this signals for the rest of the show’s second season is unknown.
  5. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jan 18, 2019
    75
    There’s a lot of set-up packed into this premiere, and for now the direction set is worth traveling.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 15, 2019
    75
    A fun, nostalgic, energetic re-entry that makes up for that sometimes bloated bore of a first season.
  7. 50
    What’s onscreen in season two feels more consistent, smooth even, but also more distressingly typical.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 41
  2. Negative: 28 out of 41
  1. Jan 26, 2019
    10
    Love this Show. The addition of Anson Mount as Capt. Pike was inspired. He and Sonnequa Martin-Green balance each other. The new ChiefLove this Show. The addition of Anson Mount as Capt. Pike was inspired. He and Sonnequa Martin-Green balance each other. The new Chief Engineer is promising. Waiting anxiously for Number 1. Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2019
    9
    With the first episode of Season 2 out, we get to see what Disco should have been from the begining. It is only one episode and it still hasWith the first episode of Season 2 out, we get to see what Disco should have been from the begining. It is only one episode and it still has flaws, but the biggest problem with it is fans who have already made up their mind that they will never watch this and want to attack it, yet illustrate that they do not properly understand trek themselves. Like complaining about every little thing about the show and then turn around and complain about the show not having any consistency when they try to change it for the better.

    You can see as much in the other reviews here condemning this season for the flaws of last season and directing you to go watch the Orville as if that is somehow trek. These people dont want new trek, they just want to rewatch the trek they already have with slightly updated visuals, which is basically what they are getting with Seth Mcfarlanes plagiarism of Trek but is not anywhere near up to that pedigree.

    This episode has shown infinitely more attention to detail and is much more respectful of Trek. Referencing not only TOS era but seeing obscure and nuanced lines drawn to other eras of Trek. For example the awesome Barzan engineer from Enterprise pike brings with him that many people who think they are trek fans have completely missed.

    It still has a few missteps here and there.. They knew they would need to make a big impact with the first episode to have any hope of holding onto an audience for the season. They put a LOT into the episode and they also amped up the explosion level to Bay. It felt like it was Trek being directed by Michael Bay in the back half, but that is both understandable and forgivable given that they needed to wow an already highly disgruntled audience.

    Still not a real fan of the series, especially given the timeline/prequel problem. However it is VERY nice to have a glimmer of having actual Star Trek back on television which this episode did an outstanding job of.

    It remains to be seen if they are going to be able to keep it up and manage the continuity with all its problems.

    Key thing to remember is when you look at Trek history, that short of TOS (which was a failure of a show and was cancelled and only gained serious popularity thanks to reruns) that every Trek TV show has had awful initial seasons. TNG especially which is so cringe worthy its practically unwatchable in parts. That said TNG is the closest parellel to Discovery in that its the show that is deviating from the norm and trying to establish itself and in so doing so had massive missteps in its first season. If Discovery can continue along this trajectory, the ship WILL right itself and Discovery will eventually become a respectable to Trek history. You cant listen to vocal fans ranting and raving because this isnt the trek they know because they did the same thing every new show and they were proven wrong each time as the shows found their audiences (Save Enterprise which got cut prematurely just as its audience was starting to form)

    Moreover than just being wrong if you cant allow for Trek to be something different, it will never grow, evolve or improve and if you are actually a fan of trek you WANT it to change because who wants to keep watching the same thing over and over and over again? Orville fans, thats who.

    Will continue to revise review with new episodes. Right now to be honest I would rate the first episode of Season 2 a 7.8, but elect to rank it a 9 to help counteract the ridiculous Orvillians who do not understand trek and are review bombing it for little or no legitimate reason.
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  3. Feb 12, 2019
    7
    Well.... apparently they listened to some of the feedback. Episode 2 in this season (New Eden) has been the first episode that felt more likeWell.... apparently they listened to some of the feedback. Episode 2 in this season (New Eden) has been the first episode that felt more like star trek. They turned up some of the humor, reduced (a small bit) the militarism and "us" versus "them". Other characters than Michael got some more play. Also the story was for the first time something approaching interesting. Giving a 7 now compared to the 4 on season one. Final verdict outstanding while waiting for the rest of the season to play out, but definitely giving it now a serious try while waiting for new episodes of the Orville to come out. Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2019
    1
    Season 2. O boy. I could make this a long review by describing how bad the acting is, how annoying the constant supposedly 'funny' one-linersSeason 2. O boy. I could make this a long review by describing how bad the acting is, how annoying the constant supposedly 'funny' one-liners are, how ridiculous the story is, how absurd the science-talk sounds, how mind numbing the action is, how uninteresting the characters are and how void this second season is of any emotionally engaging content...

    But I'm not going to do that and just say: don't waste your time on this. If you had your doubts about the first season then this second one will sink your expectation into a super massive black hole.
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  5. Jan 23, 2019
    1
    The reason why people used to like certain science fiction shows/movies was that many contained some concept of possibility based on actualThe reason why people used to like certain science fiction shows/movies was that many contained some concept of possibility based on actual science. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Gene Roddenberry and others had a keen interest in science and theory. The new generation of QUILTBAG writers and liberal arts drama students throwing around absurd concepts, twists and spins for the sake of controversy that make people go huh? When the story gets bad enough, throw in lots of shaking loud explosions and effects that blind the eye and deaf the ear. This new Star Trek is just that, a filler for the modern brain void. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    This is getting so 'days of our lives' that in one scene the character tried to explain how the other character had gone through all of theThis is getting so 'days of our lives' that in one scene the character tried to explain how the other character had gone through all of the different iterations and then reappeared. This was before in the same episode someone who died was re-introduced. This is a really insulting series to Gene Roddenbury's vision. If you called it something else like "Days of Our Lives in Space" then it may be okay. But tying it into the Star Trek franchise and insinuating that it came from previous series is perverse. This is just sensationalist crap, badly and overly dramatic acted, weird circumventive story lines with no real point and an insult to anyone seeking the Star Trek vision of a positive future. It is sad and more Orwellian than we realise that we have taken such a positive focused idea and in 2018-19 turned it into such mass market drivel that doesn't inspire anyone but in fact asks people to accept this pathetic excuse for a series as a vision of a future. I hold to a different vision and ask any true believer to see that future. The future is still ours to go boldy beyond ourselves, our universe, our destiny! Expand
  7. Jan 21, 2019
    0
    not a real star trek... do not trust paid reviews... go watch orville thats more star trek than STD. Remember kids you dont wanna catch some STD

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