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  • Summary: 10 years before the Enterprise, the U.S.S. Discovery sets out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ira Madison III
    Sep 24, 2017
    90
    It’s even more beautiful watching two women of color, black and Asian, navigate a realm that traditionally hasn’t included them. It honors sci-fi’s history while giving it a bold new future to stake claim in, making Star Trek essential television for the first time in decades.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    You respect the ambition of unspooling this story gradually, but the third episode also retroactively makes the two-part prologue feel even more overextended. This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    All told, Discovery still has some storytelling kinks to work out with the Klingons, and all the breathless action in the first two episodes didn’t leave a ton of room for character development beyond Burnham. But the seeds for a compelling series are definitely there--and, best of all, it feels like Star Trek.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2017
    75
    It’s the moral murk that Burnham must wade through that gives Discovery its tantalizing possibilities.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2017
    70
    Star Trek can be whatever it wants. Discovery is Star Trek. Maybe even, in time, a really good merging of past traditions and present television.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Keveney
    Sep 24, 2017
    63
    Soars in ambition and devotion to Star Trek history and mythology, but stalls with certain plot details and stilted dialogue.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 19, 2017
    50
    Discovery feels like it’s adrift between the adventure-of-the-week format of its network-TV predecessors and the kind of complex serial favored by cable and streaming.

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  1. Sep 25, 2017
    10
    I wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don'tI wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don't listen to the haters, this show is pretty good Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2018
    10
    You'll notice most of the early reviews for this series are bad, and most of the later ones are good. Ignore anyone who reviews a series ofYou'll notice most of the early reviews for this series are bad, and most of the later ones are good. Ignore anyone who reviews a series of anything after 2 or 3 episodes. Yes, this is different to previous Trek, but if you try to imagine what Trek would look like if it was written in the modern TV universe - a universe with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders and all the rest - this is it. Yes, it has some issues with pacing at the beginning, and the new Klingons take a little getting used to (I think I would have preferred them as they were in TNG), but this is solid Trek with a moral backbone, good characters and an intriguing story arc. It really comes together by the end. Don't forget TNG took almost three years to find its feet. Can't wait for series 2. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2017
    7
    There are several things that make the Star Trek "enterprise" fantastic. Among those is the witty family like banter between crew members,There are several things that make the Star Trek "enterprise" fantastic. Among those is the witty family like banter between crew members, cool futuristic tech, action, depth of characters, and of course plot lines. Although I've only seen the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, which means I'm still holding out hope, so far this current incarnation of Gene Roddenberry's baby has its phaser set to stun. And boy, am I stunned.

    There is one alien science officer who is more afraid and cautious than anything else. He describes himself as being bread to sense oncoming danger and death, which he would like to avoid at all costs. How could he possibly be 3rd in command of a star ship? It doesn't fit.

    The current captain is a small, middle aged Asian women who appears to be more frail than my grandmother....sorry grandma. I can't possibly imagine her in hand-to-hand combat with a chiwawa let alone a Klingon. This is just poor casting, especially when taking into consideration that at this point in the Star Trek universe hand-to-hand combat was much more common than later series like Generations.

    I did like the first officer, Michael Burnham. She is clearly a strong black woman who has been cast to a perfect role. She apparently was raised by Vulcans after her parents were killed by Klingons and still maintains a close relationship with a young Seric. That's cool and connects various other series to this one. Good touch.

    The only technology that kind of stood out to me were several interstellar holographic conversations that took place between the ship and other locations around the Star Trek universe. I did like the classic design of the phase pistols and the sound of the doors opening and closing, both connected well to the original series in my opinion. There was also a space walk, which included some wonderful CGI, to a sleeping Klingon ship. The production value is super.

    The Klingons' look has been directly taken from the most recent movies. Personally, I prefer the look of Klingons from Generations, but there is at least a clear connection between this series and the movies. I can appreciate that effort, i just don't like it.

    So, in short, there are definitely things I didn't like about this one episode, however, i did like the cliff hanger at the end so there is hope. I can also clearly remember the first episodes of Generations 30 years ago, and they were awful. However, changes were made and the series has become a classic. So, please add some depth to the characters, some banter between crew mates, and plot lines that keep us interested and coming back. Don't try to be political, just entertain.
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  4. Oct 18, 2017
    2
    I have tried to like this show but with each passing episode it seems more like miniseries then a journey of discovery, or at least I hope itI have tried to like this show but with each passing episode it seems more like miniseries then a journey of discovery, or at least I hope it is a miniseries so it will end before ruining Star Trek forever.

    The graphics are amazing and Michael is a likeable character, but the rest feels forced. I guess I will have to watch Next Generation or Original to get the taste of this show out of my mouth.

    Sorry for the bad review but it doesn't feel like Star Trek.
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  5. Dec 28, 2018
    1
    A bad parody of Star Trek. The cartoon "special" effects CGI matches the retarded writing & 2D "acting". Pathetic & laughably awful.
  6. Apr 7, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I honestly don't know how they could have messed up this show any worse and I am heart broken about it. I watch Star Trek when I've had a bad day and need to chill. This isn't Star Trek. It's the Michael Burnham super hero hour. Michael knows everything and can solve everything. She is Wesley Crusher to the 10th power. She's even much smarter than Spock. She is the most unlikable, uninteresting hero I've ever seen. I know nothing about the rest of the crew. I barely know their names. It's all Michael all the time. . She mutinies against her captain, causes a war, gets a bunch of people killed, is raised a Vulcan but cannot control her emotions and at the end of the day she comes out smelling like a rose? Also everyone is madly in love with her or interested in her. Why are they pushing this so hard? It doesn't work! I don't blame the actress I blame the writers.

    Klingons are not blue or clear. There are so many races they had to work with. There are races on Stark Trek that were only shown once over the years and never again. These stories on TNG, DS9 and Voyager were so compelling and profound. I wondered why they were never mentioned again. They could have easily picked up one of them and continued with their story. Why did they have to mess up the Klingons?

    I don't think this show can be saved. This show should cease immediately. They should act like it's the Wolverine Origins movie or the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie. It never happened. Forget about it. Make a new story with new actors and new characters. Here's an idea. Let's go FORWARD in the story. No more prequels for a long time. Please stop with the identify politics. No one wants to be preached at. As a woman I can say I love Captain Janeway, Dr. Crusher, Officer Uhura, Kira Nerys, 7 of 9 and Guinan. Jazdea Dax is my favorite character in all of Star Trek. Please get rid of the Michael Bernham show and review your prior successful female characters going forward.
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  7. Sep 27, 2017
    0
    Yet more PC garbage. Noble black characters and stupid white! It's becoming a cliché and boring; what happened to storytelling without agenda?Yet more PC garbage. Noble black characters and stupid white! It's becoming a cliché and boring; what happened to storytelling without agenda? Don't bother! Expand

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