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With ‘Discovery’, ‘Star Trek’ finally moves forward

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In season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham and the rest of the Discovery the crew were transported to the distant future of Star Trek universe. Science fiction author Anthony Ha was intrigued by the new setting.

“Overall, I found that they had done a great job creating some really compelling mysteries around this idea called The Burn,” Ha said in episode 449 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast. “The Federation has collapsed, the speed of warp still exists, but it’s much harder than before, and there are all these civilizations that we recognize from previous ones.” Star Trek series, but now they’re 1,000 years after what we’ve seen in other series.

After years of prequels and reboots such as Company and Star Trek (2009), Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley is happy to see Star Trek finally go into the future with shows like Discovery and Picard. “When they first announced this show Discovery and I said it was going to happen before the original series, I was like, “do we really need to see this?” He said. “So I was really excited about the prospect of them jumping a thousand years into the future and that we’re going to see something new.”

Fantastic author Christopher M. Cevasco fears that a 1000-year jump will make Discovery too different from the previous series, but was happy to see that Season 3 still has a lot of familiar elements. “While I think they’ve done a fantastic job of blazing a new path, in terms of the ideas they pitch, I think they’ve done a great job with fan service as well,” he says. . “I also think they did a great job staying true to some of the show’s original intentions, which is to tackle the social and political issues of the time.”

Some fans have complained that the Star Trek the universe should have changed a lot more in 1000 years, but the writer Sara Lynn Michener thinks that introducing too many changes would be a mistake. “Star Trek has never been bound by hard science fiction, ”she said. “A few people actually complained, ‘Why isn’t it Star Trek more like The extent? ‘That’s because they’re completely different shows, and either one would lose something if they were more the same.

Listen to the full interview with Anthony Ha, Christopher M. Cevasco and Sara Lynn Michener in Episode 449 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

Sara Lynn Michener on Star Trek cannon:

“[The writers] have to walk that delicate line of paying homage without creating a copy of a copy. We saw Star Trek, before the Kelvin years, before the JJ Abrams reboot and all that, Star Trek became a copy of herself over and over again. It started with Traveler, and was definitely complete Dolly-the-sheep fashion by time Company came around. And one of the reasons, I think, is that it got stuck in its own cannon. With a show like this, if you’re doing it for the fans, at some point you’re actually going to do this very incestuous thing. I think you have to break the rules, do new things, break the cannon, and be adventurous about it.

Christopher M. Cevasco on supporting characters:

“I understand that the catwalk team isn’t the primary focus of the storylines, but they seem to be meant to be because the camera lingers on them. It looks like we’re supposed to be in touch with them somehow, but I feel like a lot of them are blank slates. And other than Vance, I feel like everything else in Starfleet Command is just a blank slate. You run into one or two more, and you see people standing in the background, but it’s like, ‘Is he running this thing on his own? Are there any other admirals around? They may mention one or two. I understand it’s a much smaller version of the Federation at this point, but there’s a bit of an empty room syndrome in terms of characters beyond the main characters in the story.

Anthony Ha on the Emerald chain:

“The idea that ‘we had to be these ruthless capitalists to get back to some semblance of civilization’ I found really compelling, but for much of the rest of the show the channel is just ‘We introduce ourselves and we are mustache wicked, and we feed our incompetent nephews aliens, and we threaten these planets with starvation. So I thought there was a small missed opportunity. I thought this idea that the capitalists are the villains this season was compelling, but it was underdeveloped compared to the more traditional Hollywood villain stuff that came before it.

Sara Lynn Michener on Burnham vs. Church:

“[Burnham] can’t help but break the rules when she absolutely believes she is right. She’s exactly like Kirk in that sense, and a lot of complaints on Twitter from angry fanboys are completely unable to come to terms with that. … In the Kelvin films, Kirk was given a temporary harbor master’s office, and technically he still hadn’t graduated from Starfleet Academy at that time, and had also been recently reprimanded. So that’s something we’ve seen time and time again, and I’m very tired of these characters being treated with double standards by Trekkies, who are totally okay with these things when they happen to Kirk, when they get to all of that. other characters, and don’t agree when they get to Michael.

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