Review / News: Star Trek: Discovery | Short Treks Reviewed & What We Expect From Season 2

Aʟʟ ᴏᴜʀ Pᴀsᴛ Rᴇᴠɪᴇᴡs —

a review by the Crow.
and the Azure-Winged Magpie…?

SPOILER LEVELS AT MINIMAL

A few quick reviews by the Bridge Crew

Captain‘s log, Stardate 96647.43: In a few hours, the second season of Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere in the USA, and now that the Short Treks have been “added” to Netflix for world-wide viewers, here we are with yet another bridge between the two seasons that now exist.

However, we have a slight issue. The Azure-Winged Magpie has been “shot down” while in action (this is how she would like me to put things, so at least she’s still acting herself) on day one of our long-awaited Star Trek Month. She is currently in “sickbay” (read: hospital) and looks unlikely to return to action this week. I’d originally attempted to scrounge together whatever scraps of writing she had left behind, but it’s turned out to be quite the futile venture. And in light of that failure, I’m going to fly this mission solo.

We’re only going to go over the Short Treks in the briefest of terms, since there really is very little content to speak of, but our look at Season 2 will be considerably more comprehensive

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Terran Empress First Officer’s log, Stardate 96647.43: *dying noises*  


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Our very brief looks at the Short Treks follow:

SHORT TREKS

RUNAWAY

The whole thing is quite an unsatisfying waste of time. There is a problem, a solution is talked-out, and while there is a character pivot in the episode, it’s nothing that warrants any real attention.

Tilly (Mary Wiseman) does shine in the episode, but only very little, as there’s barely any light for her to shine under.

RATINGS:

THE CROW1.5/10
THE AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE1/10

CALYPSO

Much better.

Calypso raises a number of questions in relation to what might happen in upcoming episodes of show, but they aren’t important here. The episode has a great measure of heart to it, and two great performances.

I’ll ignore some of the choices made for what’s going on the background because of them.

RATINGS:

THE CROW7/10
THE AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE9/10

THE BRIGHTEST STAR

I’m not so sure how I feel about the fate of Saru (Doug Jones)’s sister Siranna (Hannah Spear), but it’s a near-perfect short in the sense that it achieves a considerable amount of worldbuilding in the short span of time it has. It raises many more questions than I thought it would, and answers a few that were sorely needed in regards to the Kelpian species. But it’s not a great watch, overall.

At least, now I know how a creature as fearsome as Saru has evolved to fear. That village is numbing. Now, let us return to the problem of the Ba’ul in the near future.

RATINGS:

THE CROW4.5/10
THE AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE3.5/10

ESCAPE ARTIST

Watch it. It’s good fun with Harcourt Fenton Mudd (Rainn Wilson, who also directed this short). Well written and with quite the sprawling narrative in its short runtime.

Definitely worth a watch.

RATINGS:

THE CROW7/10
THE AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE10/10


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SEASON 2

I wonder if Star Trek: Discovery is going down the route of exploring the Iconians (or a similar species) in a fashion similar to Star Trek Online. It wouldn’t necessarily be a bad story for the series to explore, but it would be somewhat dissatisfying.

Anson Mount seems a perfect fit for the recast Captain Christopher Pike (a role previously played by Bruce Greenwood, Sean Kenney, and Jeffrey Hunter), whereas I have some minor reservations about the new “Mr” Spock (Ethan Peck). I find recasting Spock to be the riskiest thing Star Trek: Discovery has done yet, since Spock’s a character so important to the fabric of the franchise that making even the tiniest misstep with him could lead to outright hate. While ten years do change a person, just remember how long-lived Vulcans are (and by extension: how short ten years must seem to them).

Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the rebooted “nu-Trek” movies did a fine job with the character, but not only was he an alternate version of the character, but also had the iconic Leonard Nimoy to hold the audience’s hand through the series (which is currently dead in the vastness of space).

Ethan Peck as Spock

I’m not exactly sure what the Red Angel is, and haven’t really speculated much about what the show might be about, but here are a few points that I’d like to see Season 2 of Discovery touch upon:

  • The fallout within the Klingon Empire since the last episode.
  • A resolution to Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz)’s character.
  • Why it had to be the Discovery and not the Enterprise spearheading whatever mission it is they’ve been set upon (Episode 1 must clear this up).
  • What happens to the mycelial network.
  • Where Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is and how he’s changed since becoming a “part” of “The Network”, if he shows up at all.
  • A better look at Section 31 and an explanation about what their agents were so openly doing aboard the Discovery in Context is for Kings.
  • What that green dot was and how it affects Tilly.
  • Captain Saru (the man deserves the job); and with him, the Ba’ul.
  • However slim the chance might be — Prime Lorca.
  • A better resolution to the Ash = Voq (Shazad Latif) storyline.
  • Better writing in general. Less waste of concepts. I want to respect these characters a lot more than the stories make me, because their very concepts reserve respect. More choices, less default ability.

And here are a few points I wouldn’t like Discovery to touch (not even with a ten-foot pole):

  • The Spock we come across is really from the Mirror Universe (please no).
  • More Mirror Universe (the more we see it, the worse it gets).
  • Tilly falling upwards in the Command Training Programme.
  • The mycelial network being used for more magic.

I think that’s a solid enough list.

Of course, this has been a very rushed post, and apologies because of it, but the Azure-Winged Magpie’s recent — and very sudden — decline in health has thrown a spanner into our schedule. Star Trek Month will continue as originally intended, regardless, but maybe a touch slower than we’d planned. I’ll continue to post updates on her condition as the situation plays out.

With that, I’ll leave you to wait (just as we will wait) for Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery to premiere. I’ll meet you on the other side.

Live long, and prosper.

— Crow out


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