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Fun!

While not the best Trek pilot ever, it is easily the most confident and feels the most wholly formed right out of the gate.

Anson Mount leads a very likeable cast, which is very quickly introduced, defined and feel like real characters immediately.

And wow! How refreshing to have a full story told in a single episode again. How I have missed that.

A solid opening episode that left me smiling.
 
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I was completely unaware of this series, but Bob's assessment is promising.
 

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I think I went into this with too high of expectations after hearing the great reviews, but I did still like it. Pilots are hard, and they did a pretty good job of telling a self-contained story and introducing characters. It felt a little rushed, but I'm glad they didn't stretch it to a two-parter. My only issue was that it made no sense for Spock to be brought on the away mission since they knew there would be problems, and they only did it because the plot required it for the end of the mission. I also thought the stuff about the "Second Civil War" was a bit heavy handed, but I also think it's funny that the producers put it in there (including the Hang Mike Pence gallows!) knowing that the "NuTrek is too political!" people would lose their minds. I love the new interiors, which are slightly updated from what we saw in Discovery (presumably, part of the refit it was getting in spacedock). And I am incredibly jealous of Pike's house!
 

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Watched the pilot last night and after Picard this show was refreshing. I agree it got a tad preachy but to be honest we kind of need it right now. And as @bionicbob said the show felt confident and, most of all, fun. While I do love serialized shows it will be nice to get back to an episodic format for this one.
 

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Fun!

While not the best Trek pilot ever, it is easily the most confident and feels the most wholly formed right out of the gate.

Anson Mount leads a very likeable cast, which is very quickly introduced, defined and feel like real characters immediately.

And wow! How refreshing to have a full story told in a single episode again. How I have missed that.

A solid opening episode that left me smiling.
I'm really excited for this show now. I'd heard good things and Bob's opinion just clinches it for me.

I haven't watched any of Discovery past the first episode but is there potential in there for a "prequel movie" fan-edit given that I hear SNW is a spin-off?
 

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I haven't watched any of Discovery past the first episode but is there potential in there for a "prequel movie" fan-edit given that I hear SNW is a spin-off?
I'm not sure. The parts of the Discovery plot that this follows on from are the last three episodes of Season 2 ("Through the Valley of Shadows" and "Such Sweet Sorrow" Parts 1-2). That alone has a feature runtime, but it's not really enough of a full plot to be a "movie" on its own. It's possible you could cut the whole season into a movie, but unfortunately I think big chunks of Pike's story would have to be cut to make that work, which is the opposite of what you're asking for.
 

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Is it me, or is the opening credit theme sound like it is from a lesser fan production?

Plus...the timing of the text (to my eyes at least) feels WAY OFF!..

Views?
 

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I'm not sure. The parts of the Discovery plot that this follows on from are the last three episodes of Season 2 ("Through the Valley of Shadows" and "Such Sweet Sorrow" Parts 1-2). That alone has a feature runtime, but it's not really enough of a full plot to be a "movie" on its own. It's possible you could cut the whole season into a movie, but unfortunately I think big chunks of Pike's story would have to be cut to make that work, which is the opposite of what you're asking for.

Maybe a prequel miniseries that focuses on Pike, Una, and Spock and trims the Disco characters as much as possible?
 

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Second episode "Children of the Comet"... excellent. Pure classic Trek!

Not perfect mind you. A wee bit too comedic for my tastes. And perhaps one too many modern references.

But the allegory was spot on. If you know a catastrophe is coming, do you get off you ass and do something about it or just say it is all part of a greater plan. I think the show walked a nice line.

We learn more about Uhura in this one episode than in 60 years of Trek. Her musical talent is a nice connection to the Uhura we know from TOS.

And so many nice original design production nods... to the spacesuits, the shuttle exterior and even Uhura's writing pad.

Fun stuff! (y)
 

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I loved the second episode while I was watching it, but after thinking about it a little bit over the past few days, it was actually just a pretty standard, mediocre Star Trek episode, but with great special effects and modern cinematography/score. It's exactly what I've been wanting!
 

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Gotta say...I love it. It's very refreshing to get back to Star Trek after the last several series. The second episode is classic Star Trek.
 

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Episode three "Ghosts of Illyria"

Another solid episode. Last week the focus was on Uhura, this week it is Number One's turn.

We get two classic Trek tropes in this episode; a mysterious outbreak on the ship and crew members stranded on a dangerous planet, and both are done very well. The pacing in this episode is top notch. And we get some very interesting and surprising character revelations. I only had one minor plot point nitpick, otherwise a exceptionally strong story. šŸ‘ šŸ˜Š
 

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For my money, this is easily the strongest opening of a new Star Trek show since the Original Series. Most of the shows took a couple seasons to find their footing, but this show seems to know exactly what it is right off the bat, perhaps because it is trying to harken back to an earlier kind of storytelling we haven't seen in a while.
 

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episode four "MEMENTO MORI"

...and with this episode I go from really enjoying this series to fully falling heads over heels in love with it!

This is the Horror/Disaster/Submarine Thriller episode.... and it is PERFECT.

Gripping narrative structure. Fantastic pacing. And incredible performances all round, but in particular from Anson Mount.
This is Star Trek EXCELLENCE.

Easily and by a significant margin, the best episode thus far of the Paramount Plus Star Trek era.
And perhaps, even, Top Ten worthy of All Time Trek episodes....?
 
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episode five "SPOCK AMOK"

Shore Leave meets Journey to Babel... sort of...

This is basically the character relationships/comedy episode and it works really well.
The humour rises from the character dynamics, so it feels genuine and not like a Sitcom.
We get some wonderful insights into our heroes personal lives, while at the same time there is a nice subplot about a new civilization being invited to join the Federation.
There is an incredible recreation of Vulcan from Amok Time!!! And they play the classic music!!!!
I think this is the first episode where they refer to Kyle as "Chief"? So this confirms he is a Noncom and explains why is uniform is so different. We also learn that all the junior officers are terrified of Kyle... which is hilarious.

A very solid, enjoyable episode.
 

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I cannot wait to see this new Star Trek series, here in my country, has not been aired yet but I have watched the trailers and it looks like the "old" Star Trek, when every chapter was an away mission or something happened inside the Enterprise.
 

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I liked most of the scenes in Spock Amok, but the episode as a whole didn't really feel like a coherent whole. Still, it was a mostly pleasant viewing experience so I'm not too disappointed.
 

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episode six "LIFT US WHERE SUFFERING CAN NOT REACH"

....and another excellent episode!!!

This time we touch on the tropes of the Old Flame and A Perfect Civilization With a Secret.

These are very familiar stories that Trek has done many, many times before. And the basic plot for this latest interpretation is a seemingly predictable one.
BUT.... this episode is so well executed, supported by such fantastic performances (once AGAIN Mount hits a home run out of the park), that everything about this story works perfectly and it fully satisfies.
And not everything is predictable. The Ending. Wow. Total gut punch! I applaud the writers and producers for going there.

Damn. I just can not get over how GOOD this series is.

Four episodes to go. Don't let us down Kurtzman!
 
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