In “Choose Your Pain”, Star Trek: Discovery loses us a little bit, just as the USS Discovery loses Ensign Tardigrade.
We learn more about the spore drive, get Star Trek: Discovery’s riff on “The Devil in The Dark”, and find out what happened to Captain Georgiou. Plus! Ensign Tardigrade is the best.
In “Context Is for Kings”, we meet the USS Discovery, Captain Lorca, Lt. Stamets, and, best of all, Cadet Sylvia Tilly. Nothing else matters. Cadet Sylvia Tilly needs to be retconned into all previous Trek series. Oh yeah, and some other stuff happened about a new way to fly on fungus spores. Wait. What, Star Trek: Discovery?
Well, it’s finally here: the premiere episodes of the first new Star Trek series since 2001, Star Trek: Discovery. “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars” are less a pilot for a new series and more a prologue, as it sets up the events of the series but doesn’t directly deal with our setting or most of our characters. Does it work? Listen and find out!
We wrap up the adventures of Voyager’s crew in the strange alien land of Los Angeles, 1996 in “Future’s End, Part II”, and it’s only kind of successful at paying off the first installment. Then, Jennifer Lien gets a chance to shine in “Warlord”.
Star Trek: Voyager continues its upswing this week by giving us a Janeway episode, “Sacred Ground”, in which she is challenged to put aside her devotion to the scientific method. Then, in “Future’s End”, the show does something so batshit that you just have to admire it.
Welcome to the third season of Star Trek: Voyager! Michael Piller has stepped down and Jeri Taylor has all these great ideas for the show, we assume. So why the hell did we have to suffer through “Basics, Part II” and “Flashback”?