Harry dies. It’s okay, it won’t be the last time.
This is a belated cross-post of a Dreamwidth* post I made on Friday 27 July. I’ve found myself linking to it a fair bit, especially in light of programming decisions at Star Trek Las Vegas, so it’s now updated and saved here for posterity.
* Dreamwidth: Like LiveJournal but without the Russian government.
Michael Burnham Is The Protagonist
(Imagine the clapping hands emoji between each word.)
(Or, “ensemble cast” is starting to sound a lot like a dog whistle.)
I tweeted on Sunday:
I need my Disco fix badly enough that I lurk around corners of the internet like Reddit, which is outside of my usual bubble, and I’ve seen this enough that I actually recoiled when I read Tom and Lorenzo saying, “…we’re struck by how fun this all looks and by how much the rest of the ensemble is being punched up a bit, making this seem slightly less like The Michael Burnham Story and a bit more like a classic Star Trek show.”
See also: literally any journalist, blogger or below-the-lines commenter who describes Anson Mount as “the new lead”.
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Tom Paris is convicted of murdering an alien scientist and condemned to relive the dead man’s final moments. Luckily, Detective Tuvok is on the case…
Voyager comes across a wormhole to the alpha quadrant, everything proceeds as planned and nothing bad ha–
We discover just how far Janeway will go for a cup of coffee.
A Voyager episode with no temporal anomalies whatsoever?
It’s episode four, and we’re up to our second temporal anomaly! It sure would suck if you were a viewer who hated time travel!
Fortunately, I am not that viewer.
Janeway and Chakotay face the first challenge in uniting their crews — choosing a new chief engineer. The candidates are Starfleet’s Lieutenant Carey, who is competent but not brilliant, and the Maquis B’Elanna, whose brilliance is undermined by her habit of punching people in the face. Like Carey, for example.
Luckily, a weird space thing turns up to move the plot along.
Having given myself permission to skip DS9, I started watching select episodes of Voyager for my “Trek to catch if you’re new and liked Disco” series. But then I thought, well, I don’t have much to blog about on a week-to-week basis right now, and this is one hundred and seventy-odd hours of television…
So I guess we’re doing this! Mostly weekly, real life and other distractions permitting, and with the understanding that it’s fine to take breaks, and getting bored and giving up doesn’t mean I’m a big failure. (Keep your expectations reasonable and your self-talk kind, that’s my motto.)
If you’re new to Star Trek, you’ll get a lot of people telling you that DS9 is the best of the ’90s spin-offs, if not the best Trek, full stop.
And those people aren’t wrong.
Nevertheless, I’ve decided to skip it for now in my round up of “Star Trek episodes you might enjoy if you are new and liked Discovery“. Because the truth is, I just don’t like it all that much.