Captain’s log: 2257
Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts write the teleplay for the first season finale of Star Trek: Discovery from a story by Berg, Harberts and Akiva Goldsman, who also directs. It first aired on 11 February, 2018, and ended with a moment that excited some fans, and infuriated others.
With Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) in command of the Discovery, the Federation hopes to end the Klingon war once and for all with an attack and plans that seem particularly brutal when compared to the Georgiou some of the crew remember (they don’t all know she’s the Mirror Universe counterpart). The Discovery arrives at Qo’nos and things are going to get tense really quick, and Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) comes up with a different approach to the plan.
With the help of Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) who is struggling to hold onto his human half, but they need access to his Klingon memories. It takes them to the outer edges of Klingon society, where the dregs of countless species have taken root. But Georgiou has her own moves to play out, which are so much more dangerous for everyone, as she plans to destroy the entire planet.
Will Burnham and the Discovery crew be able to end the war, stop Georgiou, and save Qo’nos?
Old memories are brought up for Burnham and we hear how her parents were killed.
Things get set up for the next season, as characters prepare to depart, and a peace is reached.
Throughout the episode the series makes references to The Original Series in a number of ways, mentioning Bread and Circuses, a guest appearance by Clint Howard, culminating in the final moments of the episode with the notification of a communication from Captain Christopher Pike and the arrival of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the use of the end credits theme from The Original Series.
All of these things seem to be the creators’ way of telling us that yes, this takes place in the Prime Universe, and yet the some not so subtle differences just convince me that like the Star Trek movies, this series, and arguably Picard as well, take place in an Alternate Timeline.
You could argue that the series is just updating the look of Star Trek, its themes, its aliens and characters to reflect the abilities available to creators today. But it messes a bit with established canon, and that’s tough to swallow for a lot of people. The fact that it is darker as well, and some of the behaviours aren’t inline with what we’ve come to know as those of Starfleet.
They are, decidedly, human however.
So it’s not Trek for everyone, but I have to be honest with you. I’ve been boldly going since the very early 70s, and with Discovery, the Human Adventure continues.
Star Trek: Discovery – Season One on blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada.