tv journal: writing + journal + review
star trek discovery (2017) – cbs
i can’t say i was waiting anxiously for this but there was a buzz amongst my friends.
i’m a guy who loves primarily the next generation-
if i have insomnia, i put tng on my phone,
i set the phone upside down on the bed frame,
i listen to the opening scene of whatever episode
and it leads in to patrick stewart monolog,
and the familiar chimes and theme,
and by the time the theme is done, i’m usually passed out.
i have a fondness for this show that lulls me into sleep.
so i put my credit card in for cbs all access so i could watch
the lighting and sets,
special effects all look great.
the klingons- i’m sorry, i can’t help thinking that the klingons
are just a metaphor for black people, and that bothers me.
the white albino klingon doing… something? lighting the beacon.
they put a twist on the usual do-gooder mentality of star trek and the
federation by focusing
on sonequa martin-green’s character- the half-vulcan half-human (i think?)
who ultimately (spoiler spoiler) winds up betraying the asian
i had no idea where this series was going to go until the
trailers for next time
michael (sonequa’s character) winds up heading to prison,
and then it looks like jason isaac’s character recruits her
to be on the discovery.
okay so some weirdness and dislikes i had:
-the musical theme wasn’t strong. just kind of a bland strumming of strings with a couple of musical familiar elements thrown in.
-the opening credits of blue printy type
michaelangelo drawings was just okay.
-i already talked about how i think the
klingons are a not good race substitute.
-just go to war and shoot first:
are they trying to grab the republican audience?
-doug jones’s science officer character is
basically an alien c3po but that’s great.
-i’d like a little more “star-trekky” moral
conundrums and sci-fi stuff.
-the gender-mixing of captain and first
officer was good – even down to the stereotypically
male first name given to a female character
ultimately: i liked it.
it was less action-y than i thought it was going to be,
in a good way.
i don’t like the star-wars-ification of the trek franchise.
big question is: should I keep forking over 6$ a month to watch it? mayyyybe.