No, “Diversity” isn’t the problem with Star Trek Discovery. I just wanted to get that out of the way in case someone decides to make this about gender or race. It’s not. It just sucks. CBS does however use gender and race to excuse the fact that they seem to have created a show with no real characters or plot. Maybe since the main characters in the first two episodes are both women, I’m supposed to ignore the fact that they are having an argument more fitting of an episode of Real Housewives. Now I did actually like the captain, or at least the actress they chose for the part. Too bad her decision to make Michael her first officer (and to let her back on duty after committing mutiny) really ruins the actual character.
I will never be able to comprehend why the writers chose to set up the character of Michael so poorly. I mean, they made her commit mutiny backed by the worst reasoning they could possibly come up with and in turn, completely trash all potential credibility and likability of the character. Then somehow, they still expect the audience to actually follow the “hero’s” story? What a bunch of crap writing!
I only watched the second episode to witness the inevitable backlash Michael had to deal with from failing to take over the ship. Seeing her get sentenced to life in prison was immensely satisfying. Even with the crappy un-Star-Trek-like lighting for that scene, it was easily my favorite. In my version of cannon, she rots in prison. Want a real woman in Star Trek? Stay away from Michael and see Captain Janeway, Lt. Torres, and Seven of Nine in Voyager or Major Kira and Dax in Deep Space Nine. And don’t even get me started on the amazing character arc of Councelor Troi in Next Generation.
Also, I should probably mention the “Klingons…” I’d say they reminded me of orcs from Middle Earth, but I wouldn’t want to insult the orcs. But forget the costumes, their cringey way of speaking, and the completely garbage dialogue for a moment. They could have gone to any star trek convention in the country and found better actors to play them. The Klingon parts were hard to watch for so many reasons, but I couldn’t help but feel the actors hated dressing up like fake Klingons just as much as I hated watching them. There was absolutely no passion there. I started skipping through the Klingon parts because I couldn’t handle the cringe. It felt like I was watching a cheap sci-fi rip-off of Star Trek. Anyways, this show sucks and I’m sick of writing about it. Go watch The Orville. Their cast has a gay couple and a bunch more diversity if you care about that sort of thing, only they don’t need to brag about it to make up for poor writing or unlikeable characters.
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