Star Trek Discovery is the second wind to a franchise that dares push the boundaries of our minds. With DISCO we know to expect the unexplained and unexpected.
Star Trek Discovery Official Summary
Star Trek Discovery From the beginning!
Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds. More lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.
The Death of Lorca
When writing for The Geek Initiative, I was the “official” reviewer of the new Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery. I wrote a review for each episode. When sources came out that Captain Lorca would meet his death, I was quite angry.
Follow my reasoning here: Star Trek was always on the “right sight of things.” Here, we could tangibly feel that DISCO was about showing the dark side of The Federation. That includes Starfleet and everything it implies. It was clear as day.
So, Lorca fell entirely right in those lines. He would be the first anti-hero captain leaning more toward the villain role than the hero. He would be glorious, and in my opinion, as high as Picard was a hero, would he be a villain.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Instead, we find out that he is part of the parallel/mirror universe and leader of a quite racist creed ready to kill all aliens that would interbreed or join forces with others or humans alike.
In that mirror universe, the humans were the “Klingons,” and the human empire quite horrifying with their means of torture with Georgiou as their Empress and a badass warrior.
Lorca went as far as leaving his universe to get Starfleet’s first mutineer, Michael, to have her back at his side.
She declined, no surprise there, but saved Georgiou from her falling Empire while Lorca fell into the blast to destroy any means from going back and forth between the two universes.
So What Now?
Lorca is gone, DISCO almost lost me at once. He was such a different character! Like Tilly and Stamets, Lorca stood out and inspired some strange respect through fear, but the crew still trusted him. He was that good.
Just a random question here: Can someone tell me why they hid his English accent? It’s twice now that is happens with Star Trek.
First Picard, who’s supposed to be French has an English accent and now another “American” captain whose actor’s British had to hide his accent. Just make him English!
Back to this article, I almost entirely gave up on the show because they had something so perfect and threw it away.
Who Is The Strongest Of Them All?
At least Georgiou was back, sort of, and presented as the Captain Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou that perished during the war of the binary star—Star Trek Discovery’s two-hour premiere.
Of course, Burnham is not fond of Georgiou because of her extreme ways and racism against other alien species.
However, in my eyes, Michael has no right to despise Georgiou because she took her out of her time, her world, and the universe and threw her in her own out of guilt.
Hatred is horrible in any way or form—extra-terrestrials included, don’t get me wrong. However, she was abducted and forced into the Starfleet ways when she wanted to die in her world. To me that fell on Burnham, not Georgiou.
Burnham does not trust Georgiou, resourceful, and bringing some of her mirror universes thinking into Starfleet, who shows to be darker than we ever imagined, which is more realistic and less Utopian.
One thing is for sure, Georgiou’s racism dissipates, and instead, she focuses on climbing up the Federation ladder. Smart.
The war is over; the Federation wins thanks first to Georgiou’s terrorist idea on blowing up Q’onoS all-together.
As a result, Voq joins her as well back to the Klingon’s homeworld where she becomes the Chancellor.
Discovery‘s bridge’s crew gets decorated from Starfleet, and Burnham receives a pardon and no longer is she a mutineer. How sweet. Too sweet for my taste if you ask me.
Then, we hear the music, the iconic music from a distant time, but not so far away. Then we can all read clear as day: NCC-1701. Maybe there is hope after all.
Star Trek Discovery From the beginning now let’s see where we’re heading!