Sheer pleasure for Trekkies
Star Trek: Discovery, With the previews kept under wraps until just hours before the local debut last Monday, the verdict is now in: the new Star Trek series is unmissable television.
Set 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series, it stars two formidable actresses in the main roles: Sonequa Martin-Green ( The Walking Dead) as first officer Michael Burnham and Michelle Yeoh ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as captain Philippa Georgiou.
In the first two episodes, the officers and crew of the USS Shenzhou encounter Klingons, a race of aliens no one has seen in a century. They face a classic political conundrum: how do two unfamiliar parties deal with each other without the mutual misunderstanding that can lead to destruction?
In this universe, the Klingons regard the “We come in peace” greeting of Star Fleet as insincere and insulting, perceiving as disgusting the prospect of joining a cosmopolitan community of different alien races. War with Star Fleet, in their estimation, is an effective way to unite their disparate noble houses.
The officers of the Shenzhou are conflicted. On one hand, the Sun Tzu-quoting captain Georgiou holds a principled position about the use of force. On the other, the Vulcan-raised human Burnham is willing to calculate the odds and take actions to preserve the lives of the crew. Two brilliant women — one the mentor and one the protegee — but two very different responses to a mortal threat.
In short, this series’ performances, arresting visuals and dynamic plot promise an enjoyable contribution to the Star Trek universe.
streaming on Netflix, new episodes each Monday until November 6, returning January 8 until February 19.
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