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Watched SHORT TREKS "Ask Not"

The shortest of the Short Treks, maybe 8 minutes long?

Anson Mount again displays incredible onscreen charisma, proving he deserves his own show.

This is basically a Kobayashi Maru story that introduces a potential new cast member. 

I liked it, but again like most Disco stories it pays not to think too deeply about it.   Are we to believe that Pike and Number One put every new Enterprise crew member through such a test?  If so, they must have a lot of free time on their hands.  If not, then what makes this particular cadet so special to earn such an elaborated and convoluted scheme?  Again, nothing is explained.

Other nitpick.... we get to see the Enterprise engine room.  Except the Warp Core is vertical like in TNG, when in TOS the Enterprise Warp Core was horizontal....
And Discovery continues to disinterest me.

Wake me up when Axanar's released.
Just finished watching Discovery seasons 1 & 2. I'm not quite sure what to make of this series. I mostly didn't like it, but the season finale of season 2 was pretty spectacular. They told the story that should have been what the new Star Wars could have and probably should have done. I did almost roll my eyes when I originally found out that Captain Pike and Spock would show up season 2, but after completing the series I really like the new depth to their characters. Pike was easy to take, but I was more worried about how Spock would be handled. Worries adverted.

Currently

What I liked:
The composition of the crew. They really did a good job of creating a diverse group that could work well together. The link between old and new (Klingons now look like what we know of them from TNG forward, The Enterprise, etc.). The interesting possible connection with the Picard series. Pike, Spock, Saru and Burnham's characters. Less mature content in season 2. The dire situation. As in Picard, there is real consequence in this one. The view of Star Trek as seen not from the chair.

What I didn't like:
The entire plot of season 1. The flippant nature of the crew. Burnham's character frustrated me the entire time in season 1. Tilly was fun at first, but she became really annoying. I'm just not a fan of she and Stamets' communication styles. Everything is just a little too silly, though it fits the nature of the original series I suppose. This crew makes the JJ-verse Checkov seem calm. Everything is just a little too convenient and unbelievable surrounding the spore drive storyline. Yes I know it's all fake, but this really pushed it for me. The crew characters. The extremely mature content of season 1. It was disturbingly dark and graphic. Ash's character arc. I wanted to like him, but there just wasn't enough to go with for me to invest in him.

Season 1: 6/10
Season 2: 7.5/10
I enjoyed the first two season of Discovery while watching them the first time, but they don't have the same rewatch value to me that the older stuff does. The same probably goes for Picard, although I haven't rewatched it yet. I am really looking forward to Discovery Season 3. Moving into the far future is what I wanted it to be in the first place.
(Yesterday, 04:29 PM)asterixsmeagol Wrote: [ -> ]I enjoyed the first two season of Discovery while watching them the first time, but they don't have the same rewatch value to me that the older stuff does. The same probably goes for Picard, although I haven't rewatched it yet. I am really looking forward to Discovery Season 3. Moving into the far future is what I wanted it to be in the first place.

I think that will probably be the case for me as well. These stories are very much about reveals and progression of the plot which is contrary to what Star Trek OS and TNG were. I'd dare say the down fall of DS9 was too much focus on a linear story. Give us a 2-3 episode story arc, but then present something new. There were some profound moments of experiential insight that I found in Picard and Discovery, but no where near as the frequency that occurred in TNG. I think Star Trek benefits from an episodic approach, while Star Wars seems to be the one that benefits from a linear story.......well maybe not....
The thing that makes the DS9 arc work better for me than the Discovery/Picard arcs is that while the Dominion War story took place over the course of 4 seasons (give or take, depending on what you want to call the beginning), each episode was still fairly self-contained, with incremental changes to the arc so if you just watched half of the episodes in the season, you could still follow the plot. But with the new series, if you miss an episode you're totally lost, or if you don't like the arc the entire season is diminished in value instead of just one episode.
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