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Bolstered by a strong cast and fresh direction, Discovery takes the best of both the procedural and cinematic world of Star Trek to make a gripping pilot.
Logically, Discovery set out to establish some broad themes in its premiere episodes - but it also moved the plot substantially.
Uniquely for Trek (so far), the focus is on a single character.
What's great is that Star Trek: Discovery has been able to combine the procedural elements of Star Trek's TV incarnations with some of the action from the franchise's films.
Pushes the philosophical buttons intelligent viewers desire and demand from Star Trek.
Despite the concessions to modern TV storytelling and effects, Discovery feels like a Star Trek show -- at times one with the potential to be quite good.
With a polished production, a complex plot, and several compelling characters already introduced, Discovery is off to a good start in transforming Trek on TV for a new era.
This episode is, by far, the best pilot a Star Trek series has ever had.
For those of you who have seen the series and considered this episode long and uninteresting, I recommend you to hold onto it, as the next episode remedies the mistakes in this episode of gives us more to makes us excited for this show.
The commentary is obvious, but luckily the way the first two episodes are executed is gripping, with the kind of diverse casting that Star Trek is known for.
The kickoff of the series set off a conflict between Starfleet and the Klingons that will serve as the major backdrop for at least the first season of Discovery.
It's an interesting choice to introduce the show via a hostile speech made by an enemy about the lie of "we come in peace," but it's pleasantly freshening and sets up a conflict we already know is coming.
Star Trek: Discovery has incredible character development, a sustainable plot, and production value that looks so good that it feels like you're traveling in orbit right there with Commander Burnham and the crew.