Star Trek: DiscoveryLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place each found humanity in hell
The CBS All Access series may be completely different from The Good Place, but they are both is "moving in parallel" with each other, says Genevieve Valentine. "Though they couldn’t be more tonally different, each show is deeply concerned with how one person making moral decisions — or compromising them — can change a world," writes Valentine. "And those complexities of subjective morality, utilitarianism, and acceptable collateral damage are all tied into stomach-sinking revelations: The characters in these stories are trapped in horrible places, the utopia they’ve been sold is a lie, and it’s a surprisingly small jump from that supposed utopia to their horrible reality. The central question of each show is whether their protagonists will be defined by the hell they’re in, or whether they’ll be able to redefine it."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Forget the naysayers: Star Trek: Discovery delivered the strongest first Star Trek season since The Original Series
Since last night's finale of the CBS All Access series, Matt Zoller Seitz says "I’ve seen mostly expressions of disappointment or outright hostility, mingled with affection for certain characters, moments, and episodes. This baffles me." In fact, he says, Discovery's first season was so stellar that the series "could be one of the all-time greats if it plays its cards right," he says. "At its best, Discovery surprised and moved me in ways that very few freshman series manage to do. This show has brains, soul, and a big heart. There were missteps here and there, to be sure. But there always are in first seasons, and the ones seen here were minor compared to, say, those of The Next Generation, which became a classic eventually, but was tedious and hesitant until pretty deep into season two. Frankly, I’m having a hard time taking seriously any complaints about plausibility or too-easy resolutions — especially with regard to the finale — when nearly every episode of every Trek series that isn’t a cliff-hanger ends with things being wrapped up neatly with a surprise tactical maneuver or an impromptu peace treaty hammered out in a scene or two, usually by charismatic rule breakers who just improvise on the spot."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 1 finale was a microcosm of the entire season as a whole
The CBS All Access series showed that dark, gritty reboots of beloved franchises can have a purpose, says Todd VanDerWerff. "It has the eye-rolling stabs at 'adult content' (here a visit to an alien sex club, with plenty of bare flesh all around), the occasionally ridiculous attempts to bring stories full circle, and the genuinely thoughtful consideration of what it would mean to try to truly live by Starfleet’s principles ... The series feels as if it’s earned its deconstruction of the Trek mythos, no matter how many weird missteps it took along the way."
- Executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains the season finale
- Producers see the finale as an opportunity to say, “This is exactly how Discovery fits into the timeline"
- Star Trek: Discovery composer says it's been "mind-blowing" to work for a franchise he's loved since he was a kid
- It seems like Discovery's creative team hasn't figured out what the show is about
- The season finale gave hope to the Discovery skeptics
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Anthony Rapp says he came forward with Kevin Spacey allegation because he “knew there were more stories”
The Star Trek: Discovery star made his first televised comments about the Spacey sexual misconduct scandal today on The Talk. "I knew there were more stories. So I was just hopeful that coming forward, it would encourage other people to tell the truth,” he said.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Why Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction
“When I say Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction,” explains the AV Club's Zack Handlen, “what I mean is: It’s a show that uses the tropes of an established franchise without any real understanding of how those tropes work; and it’s written without the craft or patience necessary to tell a story that means something outside of our recognition of those tropes. To put it another way, if this was just called Discovery, if the serial numbers were filled off and this was just another science fiction show with aliens and parallel universes and FTL drives, I doubt we’d be talking about it."
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery star: “I’ve lied to the press constantly since the very first day I got this job”
“So why would you believe anything I say now?” the Discovery star says of Sunday’s twist.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery fans should “rage-quit" the show after last night’s “horrible new twist”
“I think I knew in my heart it was coming, but denied it because I was giving this show the benefit of the doubt—that it had greater themes in mind, but couldn’t help poorly executing them,” says Katharine Trendacosta. “I was, in fact, wrong. There are no deeper themes, just twists. This is Star Trek by way of M. Night Shyamalan.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery star: “It was like being in the CIA”
The subject of last night’s big twist is speaking out, telling Variety: “It’s been like a year’s worth of secrecy now. It’s been a year of keeping up a crazy secret that a lot of people figured out toward the end. That’s always hard. I couldn’t say anything. The whole set was quiet in general because it was Star Trek anyway. It was like being in the CIA.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery bosses explain Sunday's big plot twist
Producers said they weren’t surprised some fans figured out the twist early on. "We understand how fervent, devoted and smart Star Trek fans are, so we had a sneaking suspicion that they would be theorizing on everything," says co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery producer on this week’s shocker: We have a smart audience that “thrives on nuance”
Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts and one of the stars from CBS All Access drama are reacting to the latest development, with some spoilers of what is to come.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery returns with one of its best episodes
Sunday’s episode will also pay homage to the Trek franchise in surprising ways.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Why The Orville is better than Star Trek: Discovery
Seth MacFarlane gets Gene Roddenberry’s vision better than the CBS All Access series.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 4:40PM EST
Doug Jones has had quite a year, from Alabama to Twin Peaks to Star Trek: Discovery
The newly elected U.S. senator from Alabama shares a name with some well-known TV characters. Twin Peaks: The Return fans were especially happy, celebrating Jones' victory with Kyle MacLachlan-Dougie Jones GIFs.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery miss something essential about Star Trek by focusing on the furniture
“The uniforms, the aliens, the stuff you can make GIFs out of,” says Darren Franich. Some of the finest hours of Trek, from Kirk through Janeway, are stage-y talk operas about smart people on a bridge set. Discovery and The Orville both set up deflector shields to avoid this basic reality: The former with a lot of glimmering special effects and self-important this is serious! action, the latter with a forced casualness and not-unoccasional d*ck jokes to satisfy (Seth) MacFarlane’s base.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
Anthony Rapp is “very gratified” that Netflix is resuming production on House of Cards
The Star Trek: Discovery star, who’s been receiving hateful tweets for exposing Kevin Spacey’s alleged sexual misconduct -- thus putting the Netflix series in limbo -- tweeted in reaction to the news that the series is resuming production on Season 6 without Spacey: “I’m very gratified to learn that the many folks who’ve been in limbo this past month will in fact have the chance to complete their work that had been interrupted. I wish them all the very best on @HouseofCards Season 6.”