In 2005 we had our first look at Daniel Craig as James Bond in “Casino Royale” and it worked. He has made three additional movies and has signed on for at least one more. What makes this reboot work was that while sitting through “Casino Royale” there was a strong familiarity with the character but you weren’t quite sure because something wasn’t quite right. We were watching Bond become the Bond from the previous movies. Likewise, J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek (Original) reboot worked for much of the same reasons. Visually he made it close enough to the original and the actors did a great job of making us believe they were younger, less experienced versions of their characters that made it work.
We have been lied to, Star Trek Discovery is a reboot! There is no other way to look at it. Visually it is completely different from anything in the Star Trek universe. (Warning, rant ahead) One of my biggest pet peeves is a lack of consistency in television. For example, Discovery relies heavily on the “Delta” signage, it is everywhere in the new series. According to cannon however, during this time period the “Delta” is not yet the official symbol of Starfleet but is only for the Enterprise. It was not until after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that it is adopted by all of Starfleet as a recognition for the Enterprise saving the universe from V’Gyer.
One of the things that makes Trek is the optimism of the future. Yes, it can be cheesy at times but it is that vision of the future is what has made it the beloved franchise that it is. With that said, Discovery has killed it! After 9 episodes I can only conclude that the show runners have never seen an episode of Star Trek. The show is very dark and downright depressing, it doesn’t feel like Trek. It has failed the franchise at each level (with the possible exception of visual effects) especially with the characters. Over the years, I came to care for each of the characters in Star Trek (yes, even Voyager) but with this group I have zero interest and will go as far as to say that I could care less who lives and who dies. Even though we are only half way into the first season, I’ll go ahead and say what others are thinking. This has been a worse disaster than we feared and it’s time to pull the plug. CBS needs to figure out the Star Trek licensing issues with Paramount and give us a proper Trek series. I do not recommend wasting your time. 1 out of 5 cushions.