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The Imagination Connoisseur known as “The Amazing Yosh” came away from the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode a bit confused by how little has changed after a thousand-year leap forward in time.
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I caught up with Discovery episode 7 and left . . . confused and with a lot of questions.
If dilithium was running out as the Admiral suggested . . . and Vulcan and Romulans unified, then why didn’t the Romulans integrate their quantum singularity drives into the fleet? Voyager alone established multiple means of propulsion: co-axial warpdrive, quantum slipstream, transwarp drive, etc. Why were they not used?
In the course of 930 years, why didn’t FTL propulsion grow beyond warp speed?
When Discovery arrived in the future with the Spore Drive, why didn’t the new Federation reverse engineer the tech? Adira the symbiont’s Host managed to redesign the Spore drive, and Discovery was refitted with future technology . . . .
I will admit it: I don’t understand this universe anymore. After a thousand years of advancement, the devastation the Burn has caused: the Andorians and Orions are the threat? Where are the Klingons? The Borg? A new threat? Maybe I am missing something.
Its weird too that Discovery isn’t really integrated with Starfleet, they don’t have the uniforms, but that is a little nitpick. And one would think that a new character from the Starfleet would help integrate the crew . . . a counselor maybe? There is a lot of crying so maybe someone should replicate a box of tissues and leave them at all the stations?
What really bothered me was when Book said that Burnham had a Messiah Complex. The Admiral specifically mentions that they are sending the sister of Ambassador Spock to visit them, a character that Spock himself never spoke of for obvious reasons. And her mom just pops up into the story . . . again.
Why Discovery needs to deconstruct its chosen Messiah is a cycle that can’t be broken three season in. There is so much going on with the Burnham character that it unravels verisimilitude. In this dialogue there is an internal commentary that is either critical, or validating; I am not sure which.
Star Trek has actually gone through this before. During the Berman Era of Star Trek characters would offhandedly mention “When can we go back to exploring” or “Remember when we used to be explorers?” This seems cyclical of a franchise that might have lost its magic. So what are they writers trying to tell us?
Why is the Burnham character being forced into canon in such a obtuse way? Why connect her with anybody at all and let her blaze her own path without the constraints of previous Trek lore?
Another question I ask myself, and the PGS: If you took away all the Trek branding and kept the story as is, would it be as scrutinized as it is? Would it have merits of its own worth considering?
I see at least two realities running headlong into each other over and over again when it comes to Discovery: what the writers are trying to accomplish, vs what Star Trek has accomplished. Both sides of the issue can’t let go with what is familiar and at the same try to create something new without colliding into a big mess, then picking up the pieces and trying again.
I am not sure I am part of the audience that this new Trek wants. I grew up with Star Trek, I have read Dreadnought that you mentioned in yesterday’s Robservations (sadface). It’s a little hard to accept, but all good things . . .
As much as the origins of the Burn are the mystery for Discovery, for me the mystery is: who is new Trek for? And by extension, will it hold much longer, or is this the path that Trek will blaze?
On a COMPLETELY UNRELATED SIDENOTE: I saw Videodrome for the first time: long live the new flesh!
Warms Regards to everyone,