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This show seems like it could have more of the right idea compared to the other Kurtzman era shows I despise, but I'm really not on board for yet more re-using of TOS characters.  Next!

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I loved it!  Cast is great and script seems to be directed by people who actually love trek *cough* jjabrams *cough*.  Definitely feels closer to Rodenberry's vision than trek has been in decades.  One thing I wish they didn't do was...

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bring in kirk.  Just not needed, maybe at best allude to him in a series finale as a "promising young lieutenant with a formidable reputation" as Spock raises a suspicious eyebrow.

 

Definitely makes me want to see next episodes.

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When they said Lt. Kirk was coming aboard, I figured it was Jim. I had a laugh when Sam Kirk makes his appearance,  mustache and all.  He’s definitely acting like a member of the Kirk family, although unlike his brother, doesn’t have a proclivity to avoid and cheat death, with his cardiac event in this episode and his eventual end in TOS.  I may be misremembering, but I had always thought his appearance in Operation Annihilate was as a colonist, not with Starfleet

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Well, so far it’s better than ‘Picard’ yet ultimately TOS but stupider and more emotional which feels like a complete antithesis of Trek

 

A friend I was watching with had a good observation, we’re only about 8 episodes into TOS (the last one we watched had Kirk beating up children which was wild) but he said that ‘Brave New Worlds’ tries to have emotional moments consistently whereas in TOS they’re usually anomalies and as a result have more impact when they do happen

 

It actually feels like an unholy combination between TOS and The Orville, some scenes with Pike I could picture Mercer in his place instead, albeit without the wit and snappiness of dialogue. It wouldn’t surprise me if CBS took notice of The Orville’s popularity and decided to take influence, although it would be hideously ironic

 

Either way I’m not too disappointed, I’m watching TOS and The Orville with friends simultaneously, and much like with Picard it will be nice to throw this into the rotation to help us better appreciate what those shows do right in comparison

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Three episodes in and I'm loving it. It's enough like Star Trek that I love that I'm on board, but different enough that I'm not to fussed about continuity. (I like the new take on the character but there is no way that is Chapel.) 

 

Pike feels the most like a captain who has to manage and lead a crew out of ALL of the captains we've ever seen! 

 

This is appointment TV for me now. Which is amazing. 

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Up to Episode 7 and wow, this is quickly ascending to my favorite show.  The tone of each episode is different, so you never know what you’re gonna get.  But they’ve each been wonderful in their own way. 
 

This cast is magnificent.   They look like they’re having a blast, and it’s coming through in the product.  
 

I am loving that we get to see T’Pring so much. Who knew she could be so fun to watch?


Each show is so well paced. It’s refreshing to experience storytelling that isn’t bloated or filler. 
 

The end reveal of 7 had me squealing.  

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5 hours ago, Andy said:

 The tone of each episode is different, so you never know what you’re gonna get.

 

This is key to me.

5 hours ago, Andy said:

This cast is magnificent.   They look like they’re having a blast, and it’s coming through in the product. 

 

Yup

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I love this show.  Ep 9 was a complete ripoff of ALIENS, but I don't care, and the writers aren't being subtle about it.  The past 2 episodes (8 and 9), it's been a show that's not meant to be taken too seriously... until suddenly it is.

 

They have taken big liberties with canon and continuity, and unlike Star Wars where it is irksome, I'm willing to go with the flow here.  In fact, if they want to completely disregard the timeline and have Pike survive his future injury, I'm for some reason okay with it.

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3 hours ago, Andy said:

 The past 2 episodes (8 and 9), it's been a show that's not meant to be taken too seriously... until suddenly it is.

 

Right? The Elysian Kingdom was "fun" but totally disposable. It was not so much fun as it was "Hey, this is totally the kind of show they did every once in a while on shows in the 1960's." Which made it kind of fun. And then... Well then it did that.

 

Unfortunately there is pretty much no way to make the SNW Gorn fit with Arena. And pretty hard to make Christine, Spock, and T'Pring fit into Amok Time.

 

If that's the price I pay for Star Trek that I like this much? Sign me up!

 

Oh. And I now have a conundrum. As much as the last episode was an Alien, ahem "homage" it was still not as scary as Alien. And my kids aren't quite old enough to see Alien. But when they DO see Alien they'll know all the tropes! I mean, they'll probably know that anyway. Heck, I did and I saw it in 1986. (Right before going to the theater to see Aliens. So good!)

 

So I'm not going to show them Alien first. But I'm not going to put the brakes on Star Trek until they can see Alien. Ahhh the trials of a nerdy parent.

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Plus, you can’t skip the episode because of the ending. I get it. I’m happy for you being able to enjoy it with your kids. My daughter is in college now and while I’ve gotten her to watch a lot with me, Star Trek ain’t one of them.   Most illogical. 

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I love all things Star Trek, except fake star trek the kelvinverse.

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I didn't like the ninth episode, it's just a retread of things.

 

So far it's missing better music, or radical messages, or at least an episode as great a Crisis Point in the first season of Lower Decks.

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I have very mixed feelings about Quality of Mercy.

 

This was my least favorite episode so far. I still liked it. I got value and entertainment from it. But for everything they did that was good they seemed to do two things that weren't as good or outright bad.
 

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The good: Spock and Pike. That was terrific. I felt like this is the captain that Spock will nearly throw away his career for. The "Elseworlds" Balance of Terror wasn't bad as an idea.

 

That comet was actually pretty good. It was a nice update of the original scene.

 

The bad: I know SNW is playing fast and loose with Star Trek lore, usually successfully. But for some reason the notion that Pike would have been captain if he didn't have his accident is not what happened. Pike was promoted, Kirk was assigned the Enterprise. More to the point, Pike's accident happened while Kirk was already captain.

 

I gather the logic is that some of Pike's crew left when he left the Enterprise. It was actually cool to recast Styles with Ortegas. And I suppose that giving us Sulu AND Scotty AND McCoy AND Kirk would have been a heavy lift.

 

Trying to recast both Kirk AND the Romulan commander was a tough sell. I have no problem with recasting. So far SNW has done a terrific job with everyone. But you're replacing Shatner and Mark Lenard. I don't need to have carbon copies but both of these characters should be imposing figures. This wasn't young Lieutenant Kirk, this was CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK. And he just didn't have the gravitas. They got close to conveying the nuance of the Romulan, but not quite.

 

I can see why they got rid of The Centurion for brevity's sake. But that meant that there was no one to communicate to the audience the lay of the land on the Romulan ship. They should have leaned into it harder with Decius.

 

The ugly: Oh that Romulan fleet looked like ass. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't look good. It doesn't fit with the story. IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD. Call the guys that made The Expanse! The "eight million ships" in Rise of Skywalker was bone stupid but it was at least well done. (Yes, I realize that one of those ships in ROS was the entire season's FX budget for SNW.)

 

The Almost TWOK Uniform: They managed to do their own spin on TOS uniforms that are cool in their own way. Every change they made to the monster maroon was a step down. Those sleeves where hard to look at.

 

 

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14 hours ago, JoeinAR said:

Dave and I are overwhelmed with it. This is Star Trek at its best.

 

The show in general or this ep in specific? 

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Yeah I loved it. Kirk was a bit underwhelming, but I think he was playing the role seriously as Shatner did in Balance of Terror. 
 

They’re pushing on the limits of the timeline, and yet here they are, definitively saying there is no deviation from Pike’s eventual fate.  And he basically sentenced a child to death.   There’s a lot of heavy stuff in this finale. 
 

The one thing I’m confused about is Paramount has said Kirk will be in Season 2, but this episode was 7 years in the future.  So Kirk will be 7 years younger next time we see him in SNW?

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16 minutes ago, Andy said:

Yeah I loved it. Kirk was a bit underwhelming, but I think he was playing the role seriously as Shatner did in Balance of Terror. 
 

They’re pushing on the limits of the timeline, and yet here they are, definitively saying there is no deviation from Pike’s eventual fate.  And he basically sentenced a child to death.   There’s a lot of heavy stuff in this finale. 
 

The one thing I’m confused about is Paramount has said Kirk will be in Season 2, but this episode was 7 years in the future.  So Kirk will be 7 years younger next time we see him in SNW?

Did they use any makeup to age the Kirk actor a bit in this episode? I thought he looked a little more wrinkled than I expected Kirk to be.

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Hmmm perhaps they did. I’m not sure.   I hope he is used sparingly. This is Pike’s show. 

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There's kind of a bridge at 1:00

 

 

that reminds me of the teaser for Day of the Doctor.

 

 

Does anyone know if / when a soundtrack of Season 1 will be available?

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I have to admit that the main theme is still a bit of a dud for me... it just never really gets going and gently skirts around the original theme without either quoting it (and then perhaps launching into something else) so you get the Courage fanfare segueing into into driving rhythm with great promise but the theme just kinda mumbles from it rather than soars. I've grown to quite enjoy the Discover and Picard themes (although the styles wouldn't have been my first choice for Star Trek, but I like them on their own terms) but this feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. It needs to either be exciting and heraldic (Jerry/TNG/TMP), fanfare-y and stately (DS9), somewhere in between (the Orville... !) or be a bit more mysterious and quirky (Alexander Courage meets Bernard Herrmann). Even Anson Mount's delivery of the opening monologue feels a bit flat, but then he's not Patrick Stewart, fine though he is. Ah well, at least the visuals are great and the show itself sounds great, I've still not put my cash down for Paramount+ yet... but then with the Orville, I somehow don't feel like I'm missing out so much!

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I'm sure I'm spoiled these days. It seems like other shows wrap up and BOOM there's a score on the streamers. Has anyone heard anything about this score? It's been forever! (Looks up "entitled" in the dictionary. Oh.)

 

We're re-watching (seriously, when was the last time I watched a Star Trek show more than once!??) and I'm finding a great deal of the music very enjoyable.

 

I'm also re-watching Discovery season 2 with my boy just because he wants to know the backstory for SNW (I couldn't bring myself to watch season 1 again). Even though Disco and SNW share the same propensity for BIG SETS, the aesthetic in SNW is so much more Star Trek. More TOS even. I can't quite pin down the details but the vibe is so different.

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