Last season, I watched the first episode of Star Trek Discovery and discovered it wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel like the Star Trek I grew up loving. However, a friend of mine encouraged me to keep watching and I am glad that I did.
The show has done a great job at respecting the rich history of Star Trek and the canon. It has managed to bridge the past and the future. It takes places before the original series but incorporates stories and characters from it so it feels right.
Here are some great things Star Trek Discovery did in it’s first two season.
In the finale of Season 1, we get to see the Enterprise in all of its original series glory. It is such a gorgeous ship and it was nice to see that the producers didn’t feel the need to change or update it. Even better, this season, we got a look inside. The bridge wasn’t exactly the same as the television series, but it certainly felt right too.
It’s difficult to bridge classic trek with the demands of modern television. Technological advances and filming techniques would have made the old sets look ridiculous. This series takes places in the future and it needs to look futuristic.
Captain Pike is brilliant. He was introduced in the original series in a two-part episode entitled “The Menagerie.” However, that episode was a repurposing of a failed pilot for the original Star Trek. It was a great way for the studio to save money and use the footage that otherwise would not have seen the light of day.
It also gave us some canon. Captain Pike and Spock served together on the Enterprise before Captain Kirk, Bones, Sulu, Chekhov, Uhura, and Scotty. Wouldn’t it be something if we finally get the series that 1965 pilot tried to launch?
I really hope that happens. The Enterprise looked perfect in Star Trek Discovery. We even got to see the crew in action, including the first officer. She was impressive in the few scenes she was in. Known as “Number One,” this was the inspiration for the Riker character in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
This second season ended perfectly. I don’t think we even need a third season now. It bridged everything that has comes after it brilliantly. True Trekkies can rejoice in that.
I’m glad when studios can make something new while respecting the past. I hope they can continue that in the future with the third season, that has already been announced, and the potential Pike spin-off that needs to happen.