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I finally got a chance to watch the premiere last night. I enjoyed it, but I think they veered to far into the comedy trying to react to the downer of a first season (which I also enjoyed). Hopefully they level off somewhere in the middle by the end of the season.
Season two, episode two -- "NEW EDEN"
Directed by Jonathan Frakes

The series course correction continues as this single episode captured the essence of Star Trek more and better than the entire first season combined. 

A planet of the week in jeopardy/mystery that explores science versus religion.  While Trek has done this numerous times over the decades, it was usually through allegory of an alien race perspective, since Roddenberry was an on the record atheist.  What was new and refreshing here, the discussion was from an Earth Human view point.  Definitely new ground for Trek.

The bridge crew continues to be developed.  While I still can not remember their names yet, they are all becoming distinct personalities instead of eye candy furniture.

Captain Pike continues to shine.  He brings a wonderful TOS vibe, but more importantly, he brings the much needed balance of humanity component to the crew.  Two episodes in, and I never want this guy to leave! lol

The "Red Angel" mystery expands, with hints they may be connected to the mycelial energy...and dead people? ...very tantalizing stuff.

Closing random and probably completely wrong thought --- could the Red Angels be the Preservers? 
Season two, episode three "Point of Light"

Third episode in, and still going strong.  Though I was a bit worried during the opening teaser, as the dizzying fast moving/cutting camera  and too clever for their own good location transitions left me geographically confused and my head spinning.  But once the credits rolled, it all settled down lol.

The "A" plot was re-tooling the Klingons and trying to align them with known TOS/TNG continuity.  I like the ideas brought forth, though it still all contradicts what was established in Enterprise.  But once you put that aside, it was a great Klingon politics episode. 

The "B" plot was the continuing Red Angel plot.  We learn a lot more about Spock's past and connection to them.  Spock's mother Amanda guest stars, and we learn she was forbidden to show Spock any love or affection by Sarek, and thus transferred her feelings to young Michael.   Also another tidbit about Michael and Spock's falling out... Michael did something unforgivable in order to save Spock from Logic Extremists....

The "C" plot was Tilly and her "ghost".   This one really felt it got the short end of the stick and could have easily been a full episode in itself.

Things I loved about this episode.... the characters believe in each other and stay loyal.   A character is accused of murder, the Captain and Michael do not accept this and know the character is innocent.   Tilly says she sees a ghost, the crew do not think she is crazy, they believe her and search for a rational explanation.   Very refreshing.

There is a funny TOS  bit how Pike is old fashioned and still communicates to Starfleet by screen rather than hologram lol

A big yellow square TOS style floppy disc plays a signifiant part of the plot lol

The Game of Throne stylings and violence are still present, as we get some Klingons fighting and beheadings.  Not sure if the episode needed the blood spray splatter hitting the camera fx?

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Anybody working on this series? It could certainly be tightened up. Especially the first season.
(02-01-2019, 10:13 AM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]The "C" plot was Tilly and her "ghost".   This one really felt it got the short end of the stick and could have easily been a full episode in itself.

Yeah, I wish they devoted more time to this. It could have been so much better.
I am a nerd! Big Grin
Well that was a pretty action packed episode. And I was happy to see Tilly's story with that entity didn't end last episode like I thought it did. This season has been pretty solid IMO.
If anyone's confused about why Star Trek has turned out the way it has as of late, this video explain it pretty nicely: 
(02-08-2019, 09:37 AM)wilhelm scream Wrote: [ -> ]If anyone's confused about why Star Trek has turned out the way it has as of late, this video explain it pretty nicely: [video]

Midnight's Edge is a questionable source of information.
https://fanfilmfactor.com/2018/11/19/my-...editorial/
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