The third episode of Star Trek Discovery dropped Sunday Night. You could argue that “Context is for Kings” was the true premiere episode and that the previous two “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars” were a prologue meant for nothing more than a background on who Michael Burnham and Saru are and what their relationship is.
First, the positives. Once again the special effects are incredible. You can tell that they put a great deal of time and effort into each episode and try to make the technology as believable as possible. I really can’t say enough about Doug Jones’ Saru, he does an amazing job bringing this character to life and has already become my favorite. We finally meet the Captain of Discovery; Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs, who is unlike any Star Trek Captain that we have ever seen and it will be interesting to see how he grows during the season. Also, SPOILER ALERT, Picard had a fish in his ready room, Lorca has a Tribble.
If there is one thing that has driven my opinion on the show down it has been trying to figure out which time line they are in. Early on, CBS told us that it would be in the “Prime” timeline but the technologies just aren’t matching up with Star Trek cannon. The shuttle bay (I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s been bothering me) has a force field on Discovery, which is set 10 years before the Original Series. We don’t see this technology until The Next Generation. In the Original Series the shuttle bay was exposed to open space when the doors were open and the tractor beam was used to bring a shuttlecraft aboard. I also have issues with how transporters are used, but that’s a complaint for a different day.
Without giving too much away it was an interesting episode that has set up the rest of the season. With that said I give “Context is for Kings”
2 out of 5 Couch Cushions and throw pillow (2.5) !