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STAR TREK DISCOVERY season three continues...

Four episodes in, and still going exceptionally strong. Like previous Trek series incarnations, Disco seems to be following the season three pattern where the writers/producers have a better handle on the characters and tone of the show.

Michael is excellent. I love her evolution as a character this season. And Saru.... what can I say about this beloved character? He has come a LONG WAY since season one and it is very satisfying to see him assume the Captain's mantle. In fact, all the bridge crew are getting spotlight moments and being fleshed out more. Even Georgeou has been enjoyable! Yeoh plays her role as the Dissenting Voice with the knife cutting precision of comedy and malice.

The pacing seems better this season. Not as hyper accelerated as previous seasons, with the character beats feeling more natural and less plot motivated. And thankfully so far, no "look at the super cool and pointless (and dizzying) camera movements" we can do. lol

While still a serialized action quest show, the producers have wisely kept the TOS flavoured planet of the week element from last season, sprinkled with the perfect amount of current social commentary. But most of all, the show is really doing the Deep Dive into Hope and Optimism. I can honestly say, by the end of each episode, I feel uplifted and rejuvenated. Good stuff!
 

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STAR TREK DISCOVERY continues....

... a few bumps in the road, but still very entertaining.

Episode 5 "Die Trying" -- the weakest episode so far this season, due to some very lazy/convenient/coincidental writing. While the whole Seed Ark is a very cool concept, but the fact the exact same ark is still functioning and in the exact same place 900 years later, and Discovery knows all about it, smacks of weak writing for me. Otherwise an emotional and very Trek episode.

Ep. 6 "Scavengers"--If 32nd Century Starfleet can so easily upgrade a 900 year old Starship, why can it not analyze the Spore Drive and install it in the rest of the Fleet? A very fast paced, action episode with great character beats for Michael, Georgeau and Saru.

Ep. 7 "Unification III"-- an incredible episode written by Kristen Beyer!!! An episode that honors Trek's past and brings resolution to Michael's season subplot. My only nitpick, Tilly as Acting First Officer.... really??????????

Ep. 8 "The Sanctuary" -- a Booker centric episode about reconciling with family which plays out a wee bit too predictable but has lots of traditional Trek heart.

Ep. 9 & 10 "Terra Firma" -- Mostly SPOILER free....
Okay, let's get the BIG reveal/twist from part two out of the way.... YES! I squealed with overwhelming delight like a 8 year old! Pure Trekgeek-gasm! lol

And while that SURPRISE has been getting most of the Trek attention, it can not undo the fact the actual episode suffers the return of underdeveloped writing that plagued seasons one and two.

The two parter is basically a retooling of Georgiou character (ie. make her more likeable/sympathetic) to set her up for her own spin-off show. And that is fine. Except the writers never sprinkled any hint of Georgiou's change in view point beforehand, so her new perspective on the universe plays more Left Field than Revelatory. Also, there is a very bizarre scene at the end of the episode where all the Discovery crew toast Georgiou and glorify her. Considering Georgiou treated the most of the crew with distain and is a mass murderer, this struck me as very, very odd.

With that said, Michelle Yeoh's performance is Emmy nomination good. So despite my misgivings regarding the story, the writer's won me over, and I would now happily watch a Georgiou spin-off.

Ep.11 "Su'Kal" -- Michael and Saru discover the cause of the Burn while Tilly has the conn and the Emerald Chain attacks! Plus, an interesting twist on the Trek Holodeck story trope.

Ep.12 "There is a Tide..." Discovery is captured by the Emerald Chain and Michael must go all Die Hard (even barefoot! lol) to save her crew. Meanwhile the Emerald Chain negotiates an armistice and possible alliance with the Federation -- but is there a catch?

The Burn reveal is not what one expects and has a very old school Trek vibe. And the Die Hard stuff is fun and there is some nice Stamets moments. But what was truly interesting part for me was the meeting between Osyraa and Vance, and the philosophical, ethical and moral discussion that followed -- pure Trek!

One episode to go! Will Discovery stick to it's landing this season?
Stay tuned!!
 

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STAR TREK DISCOVERY Season Three Finale
"That Hope is You Part 2"

It was good. Not great. Not amazing.

It did it's job of giving a solid, entertaining, somewhat uneven, finale that tied up all the loose threads in the usual convenient, accelerated storytelling that Discovery favors.

The episode follows two very different storylines; the high octane adrenaline action of Michael saving the Discovery from the Emerald Chain and the more intimate, cerebral challenge of Saru helping Su'Kal come to terms with his past. Michael's story is fast paced, fun and totally illogical. Saru's is heartfelt, very Trek but ultimately predictable.

Biggest nitpick: the big spectacle set piece is Michael and Book fighting Regulators inside Discovery's Turbo Lift system. It looks and plays INCREDIBLE - worthy of any big screen blockbuster. BUT... apparently the interior of Discovery must be 90% hollow and is a megalithic empty transit hub chasm... lol. Can not wait until the official CBS/Paramount blueprints are released to explain this engineering nightmare LOL. Though I must admit, Book get's the best line of the episode at the end of this sequence.... never insult Book's cat.

I find Discovery works best if you don't over analyze it too much. It was a finale where the parts are better than the whole. Yes, the badguys were ultimately one dimensional and many plots points are non-sensical but the underlying theme of connection is strong and powerful.

And I gotta admit, the final scene of Michael on the Discovery bridge gave me the FEELS.

So for me, season three might be the most evenly written season to date. No extreme highs or lows, compared to the first two seasons. And Michael's arc has a rewarding (if not predictable) payoff. In the end, a solidly entertaining if somewhat unspectacular season.

"Let's fly!" :D
 

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^ I was hoping you were either going to convince me to watch S3, or convince me not to.  Hmmm, maybe I'll give it a go. I do like the Disco characters, even if I'm not jazzed about what they do with them.

Just noticed the model used at the start and end of this old 1990 comedy sketch is the Discovery type prototype design:

 

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I think Season 3 of Discovery was better than 1 and 2, but still not quite what I wanted. We spent the whole season in the future, and while we did get some glimpses of it and some new tech, I don't feel like we really explored it as much as I would have liked over the course of 13 episodes. It looks like Season 4 is set up to do that, so I have high hopes for it, but I also thought the Season 2 finale was setting us up for the same thing so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

If you're looking for a simple yes/no recommendation on watching, I would still vote "yes".
 

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Yeah, I liked the glimpses we saw, but I'm really hoping s4 literally explores more. Overall though, this season absolutely felt stronger than the others, and more evenly told. My hope is that a solid groundwork will lead to bigger and better things moving forward, similar to how a solid season 3 in TNG led to a really great seasons 4 through 6.
 
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