Some people think that sci-fi fans will swallow any old rubbish. It does have some of the elements right Captain Lorca puts on a splendid Scottish accent at one point. Our movies and show should be politics free. She successfully portrays an upright, capable but insubordinate character through the season's full story arc, and it's all plausible. The prosthetics look nothing like earlier incarnations of the Klingons. Here again there is a mixed bag: some beautiful work with the 'mycelia' and the general space scenes are pretty, though it all seems a bit static.
I believe the root cause of these problems is that studios put key people in charge, as producers or directors or screen writers or casting directors, who are just not that into the source material. She can't even say simple lines correctly her intonation is wrong and the wrong words are stressed. The uniforms also look more up-to-date. Because the core mantra of this alternate human race is - listen to this - preserving their own kind basically, they made an episode about just how bad a racist universe might be. By the end of Season 1, it feels uneven. These look and sound absolutely amazing! The first season of Star Trek Discovery I can only describe as awful.
But overall it does not make the grade. Like the vacuum of space it was sucked dry of the warmth and sense of hope and optimism found in the wonderful 1990's series. I guess this minimises production expenditure on location shoots, but it severely limits the sense of adventure and discovery. . A serious design mis-step here.
Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered featuring a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Everyone is an independent and capable woman. That said, the hangover from season one remains and its uncomfortably starchy militaristic vibe, has not completely dissipated. The full 15-episode Season 1 is available on Netflix here in Europe. Even a low-budget sci-fi show like Killjoys excellent if you haven't seen it yet has more planets than this. Overall just a shame: presumably a good chunk of the acting budget was spent on this headline name, and she's easily the worst actor in the show.
Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise there was Discovery. The idea of these beings as the galaxy's fiercest warriors is preposterous. It came as a relief that the writers and producers listened to fans and crafted a much improved second season. It is well handled: we see that these men have a strong and loving relationship and there is a deep emotional hit later when one of them is harmed. Its upbeat vibe, well timed humour and its sense of optimism and thoughtful approach make it addictive viewing.
These things are going to irritate the fans. Fans hate to be patronised. A series like Star Trek wouldn't be complete without its special effects. Her character here is supposed to have a Malaysian accent we know this because at one point she explains that she was born in Langkawi - that's an island in Malaysia but Malaysian people don't maul English like this. There are some great ideas lurking in this, but it also has some serious issues: bad pacing, terrible acting in parts, and some obvious signs of a limited budget.
Non-fans are likely to give up on this before the end of the season, and I can't really blame them. Anything made with that level of care will have no problem attracting new, younger fans. The only white male in a position of power is a single capitan, his with his flaws too. There have been other recent geek favourites which have disappointed, even though they have had big budgets and big names involved. The positive audience reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fine example. A shame that her Vulcan upbringing doesn't come into the story so much in the season's later episodes.
Star Trek: Discovery was - you would hope - aiming for that target. Watch The Orville instead, it's 100 times better and has none of this political crap in it. If this is an intended effect then it's extremely badly portrayed. Meanwhile all initial reviews are based on the pilot episodes 1 and 2 combined. Fans are going to be, at least, annoyed. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is the clearest example.