The score, the cinematography, the effects, it's all perfect. It serves up plate after plate of fan service without spoiling our appetite or sacrificing its integrity. While it does often lack real tension or twists, it's stylish riffs on Sergio Leone or Kurosawa are exhilarating and its world-building sublime. It just has so many squee moments.
This was a surprise. Like most people, I expected a parody rife with slapstick. Instead, it was an earnest copycat of TNG, just with anachronistic pop culture gags. If you yearn for those episodic high-concept TNG days, this is actually a much more satisfying "Trek" than the grittier and legitimate, Discovery.
The fun comes from untangling these mindbending incestuous family trees in this atmospheric, stylish and tantalizing show. However, the narrative begins to get repetitive, characters stand (never walk, never sit) giving expositional speeches instead of actual conversation and a few too many mysteries are unsatisfyingly explained away as bootstrap paradoxes. Against all odds, though, it succeeds in filling in every gap and concluding the story in a gratifying, logical and surprising way.
The faster pace and increased amount of time travel this season lessens its impact, and the dialogue is unnatural exposition rather than being realistic or developing character. Still, it remains a thrilling, atmospheric, kaleidoscopic mind game of a show.
Eye colour seems like a pretty flawed means of identifying good from bad robots and why does nobody just turn off the robots by pressing their chin when in conflicts with them? Attempts to be more political but feels oversimplified.