It has been a year and a half since we last saw Michael Burnham, the leader of the American discovery, and his team in the distant future. Eighteen months for us, 930 years for her. Anyway, it’s a whole new world for us and for actors/writers/producers (hey, does anyone remember 2019 – before the pandemic?), and a whole new galaxy for the show. And it seems that we will have to get used to both 2020 and 3188!

So it’s time to start over with these editorial criticisms. Last time we left CBS’ flagship, Star Trek, I had something to say:

  • The show was too serious.
  • The stories were too confusing.
  • The scenarios were too far-fetched and showed a lazy, cowardly letter.
  • There were almost no jokes between the characters.
  • Michael Burnham remained an underdeveloped character who came from a place of controlled logic of a demanding volcanic education, Burnham was never a funny and often uninteresting character to watch (although SONEQUA MARTN-GREEN was a strong actor).
  • The writers jumped from rhythm to rhythm and didn’t let the characters breathe in between.
  • Most stories seemed too dark and hopeless.
  • In most cases, the orbital gun was completely outside the window.
  • For a franchise born out of the exploration of strange new worlds, we almost never reached the real planet.
  • This show doesn’t look like Star Trek… …but a fantastic mistake with Star Trek elements hanging like Christmas tree decorations.

So as Star Trek: DISCOVERY moved to the distant future and added a new co-leader, MICHELLE PARADISE, which has always been controversial and – allegedly – ALEX KURTZMAN, I was wondering if the series could finally correct its course in season three. I really hope so, because it’s hard to be a Star Trek fan with such mixed and often disappointed feelings about the current Star Trek series.

Well, boys, be careful what you wish for…

In many ways, since the third season, I’ve gotten what I wanted… Almost as if the showrunners were reading my blogs (which certainly wasn’t the case!) and making the right corrections. The first thing I noticed was a scene in an opening steaser:

Two things happened here. One: Burnham’s on the planet! When was the last time Sonequa Martin Green Discovery didn’t tour on the sound stage? ???. And not just any planet – in the best traditions of the throne game – the Discovery production team came all the way to ICELAND (!!) to film this episode and (allegedly) the next one. And so the episode sounds great. I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, and now I want more… …but maybe not to the desert part.

Then we finally see the raw emotions of Michael Burnham. A woman who started out colder than any Vulcan she’d ever imitated, ended up screaming… …twice! It confirms for the first time that the galaxy has a still life, which means that the bad guys didn’t win 930 years ago. And then it’s time to make it all come true and embrace the new reality. After two seasons of walking from rhythm to rhythm, this episode Burnham finally lets you catch your breath.

Then I noticed:

Did you hear that? BANTER, my friends, BANTER! !! Al, critics say that the new character in the book (brilliantly played by actor DAVID AJALA) has more chemistry with Burnham than his old flame, Ash Tyler (played by Shazad Latef), who managed to develop almost two full seasons. The book is already a new favorite character of the fans. And why is that? On the one hand because David Ajala can act well, and on the other hand because he and Sonekva have good natural chemistry. But actually, guys, it’s because the writers gave them something to work on… BANTER! If they feel comfortable enough to joke with each other, viewers can start sharing this chemistry. So, uh… Hooray!

The next 7-8 minutes I watched mainly on autopilot because the book gave us a mandatory exposure: Welcome to the hopeless future when we entered the Moss Eisley cosmoport… uh, I mean, mercantilistic.

Let’s see… About 120 years ago, all dilithium in the Federation/Galactic/Universe exploded suddenly as never before in a few centuries (or perhaps millennia). That’s how it happened. Probably not a natural phenomenon, but a fascinating mystery to solve. Of course, in the past we only solved the problem of Star Trek IV (Doctor Who / quantum leap) by going back in time to fix what went wrong once and put the universe back in order. So of course the writers had to introduce the necessary restrictions in the plot: all time-travelling technologies after the temporary wars were banned.

(Suuuure was.) Later we learn that without the Federation and the ability of most breeds to travel at warp, the galaxy is almost in anarchy. So if there is no one left who can enforce endangered species legislation, they are probably not really capable of interfering in the fraudulent pursuit of time travel. And since there are more ways to time travel in Star Trek than there are ice cream flavors in Ben and Jerry, it is doubtful that all time travel doesn’t take place somewhere in the Milky Way. But if you want to make a trip on the Discovery Bus in the third season, the fares think there are no more time travel in the Milky Way. For the time being, I’ll take your word for it. Here we go…)

Anyway, I was overwhelmed by the passive watching of the segment everyone is talking about, and this scene is Michael Burnham’s drug-induced brain:

Miss Martin-Green’s acting talent! And it seems that the writers are trying to give more life and humor to the character Michael Burnham while helping to explain it a little better to the fans… These two factors have led to a large course correction since the first two seasons.

And that’s when it hit me… this line:

I overcompensate.

It is clear that the authors wanted a humorous way to explain the behavior of Michael Burnham and his previous decisions in the series, and maybe they are right. But can’t he describe what writers do themselves? Um, let’s think about…

After stepping on exploding cannon mines for the past two years, they take Discovery 930 years into the future to give themselves a brand new canvas to paint on. Perhaps due to overcompensation?

And when they decide to show the alien planet, the film crew not only wanders from the studio in Toronto to the surrounding wilderness of Ontario, but flies every six hours to fucking Iceland !!!!. And when we get there, the first thing we see is that Burnham not only has a chance to digest what just happened, but also to hear not one, but two long primal screams.

And of course they try to bring some more humour into the character of Michael Burnham and into the series as a whole by not only telling us a much needed joke, but also this long chat about Burnham! A true feast, in which Sonequin’s comic chops are shown in a very complex series of high-speed monologues. Someone could do all this… Overcompensation.

Is there such a bad thing? Not necessarily! In high school, such efforts allow a student to earn extra credits for crossing the line. And I certainly didn’t feel that overcompensation from the writers, nor did I feel bored or upset. But it was striking.

In fact, immediately after receiving the revelation during Burnham’s journey, I realized that I could NOT have seen the various efforts the episode had made to overcompensate for the trajectory corrections. For example, for example…

To make sure that it is still Star Trek, the producers will certainly show the known species. Well, we have Andorians and Orions, and both looked pretty much like the canon (although the Andorian presentation seems a bit exaggerated… which makes it more difficult, but perhaps more useful… for all those blue Kosplers out there…).

Orionians and Andorians working together… what does the universe want? ????.

It would be nice to see these two races on his own. And maybe even Tellarite… which, by the way, we saw later. But we ALWAYS have Lurian (Morning!) plus what can be seen as Betelgean, what an unknown stranger in the background was made for Star Trek: A 1979 film…

Lurian, Betelgeusian and Tellarite…it’s time to form a band!

Again, not that there’s anything wrong with that! But on the other hand, I found it a bit overcompensating, as did his decision to quickly change the book from an unreliable lying villain into a cute, good-hearted hero. (Are there other people who feel an explosion of emotion when a change takes place so quickly?) Moreover, the book is not only a hero, but also a superhero… full of power to talk to animals and grow plants with his mind. Of course, this is disproportionate to the strength and agility of a spider that can hang on walls and pull a cobweb, but when the superpowers disappear, it knocks down a lot of them (such as the ability to talk to fish or check rags).

In any case, this overcompensation did not constitute a breach of contract for me. I won’t cancel my All Access subscription, and I’ll probably stay here for a while, depending on what happens when I see how they treat the rest of the crew.

As for my taste of the episode itself, as my friend Dave Hagney, Jr. said, it was definitely the strongest opening of the season for Discovery. I said: It corresponds to the word This is the largest state in New England. In other words, there is no need to set the bar very high.

And frankly, I find most of the episode a bit boring, because after two full seasons, I don’t care about Michael Burnham, I still don’t care about them… at least not yet. It took a long time to determine the future, and the imagery for itself is beautiful, but not very nice if you don’t really care about the people involved.

Flag, not full of stars…

But, and this is BIG, I liked the last scene in the remains of the Federation squadron. Of course it was a bit funny, but it gave the show a new purpose. Of course, this new destination is nothing new. The idea of restoring the dark future by restoring something that was once a great force for peace and cooperation is very common in fiction – from Andromeda Jean Roddenberry to Ark II, from Mad Max and Logan to Star Wars and even Starfalls Galaxy. Now it’s Star Trek’s turn.

But at least it’s something… and there’s hope. There has always been hope in Star Trek (except lately). So yes, maybe literally tearing the Federation apart and then trying to put the pieces back together again, maybe overcompensating by passing on the Discovery story as a hope, but at least for now I pay the fare and take the bus?

… …and I hope I don’t have to get off at the last stop.

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