Just finished the first season. A few thoughts:
|Posted: 04 May 2018 at 12:00am | IP Logged | 8
- Overall, I enjoyed it. Not my Trek, but I think that ship has sailed.
- Don't get the hate (Miller!) for Sonequa Martin-Green. I thought she was fantastic.
- Didn't like the portrayal of Sarek. Far too emotional. Not in his overall arc, but in little asides like the last scene in the season finale where he says he never tires of seeing his home world. Just doesn't feel Vulcan to me. Sarek would never say that in a million years.
- Hate, hate, HATE the idea of a spore drive out there predating TOS. So they have this technology out there that is now waiting for a nonhuman host to drive it...a tech that they apparently haven't found a nonhuman host for in any other iteration of the series nor 13 films. It essentially was the driver for this season, but then put on the back burner once it's usefulness was at an end? Lame.
- Loved the cast of characters. I thought it was one of the best, most complete first season casts since TOS. We got to know a number of characters, even the lesser lights, through action rather than a story arc devoted to them which was totally fine by me.
- Really hated the continued use of subtitles for the Klingons. It was cute in the beginning, but became incredibly tiresome as the series wore on. I don't think it lessens the integrity of the series to have Klingons speak Klingon to each other but we (the audience) can hear it in English even where there are no humans around. It's just such a ponderous language that I felt time was wasted by enunciation rather than just getting the words out.
- For as much as I enjoyed the set up to the finale, I thought the final solution was inelegant. I kept thinking that all someone had to do was kill L'Rell before she hit the button to detonate the bomb and the Klingons could have won the war. Also, L'Rell said she had something to unite the Klingons, but never told them what it was. We hear the chamber laughing when she says she can lead them, but they fall silent when she raises a handheld monitor. Why? How could they possibly know what threat lay beneath their planet? It was just too easy a finish for something 15 episodes in the making.
- The effects were amazing. Easily the best of any Trek series and they certainly rival the films.
- Hated the opening theme and the credits. Everything about them including the fanwank nod to the original TOS theme. Blech.
Overall, an intriguing but flawed new entry in the Trek Universe. Outside of the first season of TOS, you can say that about every other first season of any iteration. I'm willing to hang in there for a second go, curious where the focus is with Pike, but still have to color myself cautious as to whether or not I can fully commit.