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On 3/8/2019 at 6:26 PM, jazzygeofferz said:

How nice was the little "previously on Star Trek" thing before this week's episode?

It was the first little morsel in a buffet of general aceness for me.

As much as Discovery improved last season, it really feels like it's getting better and better. 

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I'm double posting by default, but fuck it! The last two episodes of Discovery have been absolute stormers. 

My only gripe is that this week's pay off would be even bigger if we knew the Bridge Crew a bit better. 

You know you're getting a good one when they bust Frakes out to direct.

 

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21 hours ago, BrodyGraham said:

My only gripe is that this week's pay off would be even bigger if we knew the Bridge Crew a bit better.

It's the limitation of the shorter seasons isn't it.  We've only met a lot of characters in passing.

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I feel like we know a half dozen characters really well and the rest of the Bridge Crew are essentially Tracy the barmaid from 'Enders though. I honestly feel like as much as I like her, I could know Burnham a little less if it got me a little closer to Airiam, Detmer, Oyo and the communications guy whose name I seem to have missed.

It's a common complaint and sometimes feels like a petty one but the payoff this week would've hit a lot harder with just a little more investment in the secondary characters. That said the work they did within the episode was excellent.

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If it had been more an "ensemble" show like the other Star Trek series and not just Michael Burnham and friends this episode would have potentially been heartbreaking. Instead it kind of felt like an episode of Black Mirror, but it managed to get you somewhat invested in Airiam in order for it to have its potency. 

The problem is that rather than being a show about the ship and crew they decided that it needed a protagonist and in doing so even the episodes about other characters almost all pretty much have to be seen through Burnham's eyes. Hopefully the new showrunner for next season understands this and can try and shift the focus away from that. 

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