Star Trek: Discovery ends its first season with a promise to do better

It almost works. If you squint and you’re kind (or if you’ve been enjoying the ride thus far and see no reason to get off the train just yet), “Will You Take My Hand?” is an acceptable, even inspiring, season finale. The loose plot threads are all tied off; the Klingon War is ended; Burnham gets a chance to be a hero…

Star Trek: Discovery is exciting, but not much else

I’ve been trying to cut back on my use of “fan fiction” as a pejorative. It’s the sort of vague, over-done descriptive term that can mean everything and nothing, like calling someone you don’t like a “hipster” and just assuming everyone agrees exactly what “hipster” means. So when I say Star Trek: Discovery is like…

A new Star Trek: Discovery finds the show struggling to go forward

When last we left the U.S.S. Discovery, they were lost. Excessive use of the spore drive had battered poor Stamets’ brain, and the final jump—the jump that was supposed to take the ship to the nearest star base—was one jump too many. The Chief Engineer collapsed, his eyes gone nearly white, and the Discovery found…

Saru hears the music on an in-tune Star Trek: Discovery

I’ve spent so much time in these reviews talking about the ways that Discovery isn’t Star Trek (or at least, it isn’t what I would typically expect from Star Trek) that I might as well spend column space this week saying what the show does get right. It’s a very specific thing, but it’s important, and while “Si Vis…