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"Battle at the Binary Stars" picks up the pace and ratchets up conflict as it clearly establishes Burnhman as the show's central focus -- at the expense of the ensemble.
... it's what Star Trek is supposed to do: take modern society and put it through the prism of the genre.
We'll have to wait until next week to find out how the series gets its protagonist out of lock up and aboard the titular Discovery, but for the first time in ages, I'm looking forward to watching more new Star Trek. It's a good feeling.
This new, harder-edged Trek feels of a post-Game of Thrones landscape, but it remains to be seen how much of the idealism can survive in 2017.
The performances? We're given an inkling of how Burnham can and will grow.
What follows is a series of increasingly tense and, in some cases, unfortunate events that puts Michael at odds with the rest of her crew, and finds the Federation encountering the Klingon Empire for the first time in nearly a century.
The first two installments of the show very much feel like a prologue to the bigger series, but also an important one that sets up Burnham's bigger arc.
But overall, Star Trek: Discovery seems poised to give us an adventure worthy of the Star Trek name, and I think it's worth it for us to keep watching to see where Burnham's journey takes us
The Battle at the Binary Stars presents more action and development than the first episode, making the pace faster and more engaging to the audience.
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.
Burnham is clearly worth sympathizing with and rooting for, and she will clearly continue to be the main focus.
This attack also added a deeper understanding of why relations between Starfleet and the Klingons are so tenuous and icy in years going forward.
It could be taken straight out of the rebooted Star Trek movies, but don't let that put you off - it looks incredible, gives us some well-earned action, and is only different from past series because of technical limitations of the time.