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Neumatic

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Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: September 24, 2017, 08:30:35 pm »
So... Discovery...

Well, the first thing to point out was how awful the release was.  Slated to premiere at 7pm, football and 60 Minutes delayed it until 7:47pm, with constant commercial breaks.  Those streaming on CBS's app were constantly buffering, and even with episode 2 allegedly available immediately, no one seemed to be able to access it.  Also, CBS All-Access is 6 bucks a month WITH COMMERCIALS.  No one wants to bite on that.

Now, as to the episode itself.  Well, I've said before that I like the look, it reminds me of Mass Effect as well as what I pictured in my mind reading the recent novels, but it could stand to have a little more colour.  I liked Michelle Yeoh as the captain as well, but... it just seemed like not a lot happened in it.  Very "written for the trade," you know?  One episode isn't as satisfying.  It felt like the events that would have been the first half of an episode of old Star Trek, expanded and made flashy with just a few too many dutch angles and lens flares (Guillermo Navarro shot it beautifully, though).

That's the big issue: there was too much of one thing and not enough of the other.  Ironically... or perhaps obviously... The Orville has the exact opposite problem: lacking in the cinematic flair but nailing the feel of a full episode of Star Trek.  The ideal, mythical Trek series remains somewhere in the space between them.

 

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