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Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (2017)
Critic Consensus: Although it takes an episode to achieve liftoff, Star Trek: Discovery delivers a solid franchise installment for the next generation -- boldly led by the charismatic Sonequa Martin-Green.
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This sci-fi series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their quest to explore new planets and new life forms. Set 10 years before the events of "Star Trek: The Original Series," the show sees the Klingons waging war against the United Federation of Planets, with starship Discovery being the most important weapon on the Federation's side. Science Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) must learn that to truly understand all things alien, first she must understand herself. Notable guest… More
as Captain Lorca
as Captain Georgiou
as Lt. Saru
as Lt. Stamets
as Lt. Tyler
as Commander Landry
as Cadet Sylvia Tilly
as Dr. Nambue
as Ensign Connor
as Harry Mudd
as Admiral Anderson
as Dr. Hugh Culber
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But, despite a traditionally Trekkian diverse cast that includes the first black, female lead in a Star Trek show, and many elements that Trek fans expect in their franchise, there's not much about Star Trek Discovery to lure the much needed new fans.
Going into the second half of its season, Discovery has kinks to work out, but it's laid the all-important groundwork for a rich and tight-knit ensemble.
It feels of a piece with the show's apparent mission: to boldly disrupt - and hopefully re-energise - all the Trek lore that has gone before.
Granted, this is clumsy sometimes, but the franchise's optimistic core is why people love it.
The original series and those that followed didn't have the time or money to overthink themselves; they had to create a viable visual fiction every week on a budget equivalent to a few seconds of a contemporary commercial.
Discovery feels like it's adrift between the adventure-of-the-week format of its network-TV predecessors and the kind of complex serial favored by cable and streaming. It has the trappings of serious pay-TV drama... But they're mostly superficial.
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