Making Sense of Star Trek: Discovery
| Oct 16, 2017 | By: FEARIUN
This article tries to make sense of Star Trek: Discovery, and give a perspective of 50 years of Star Trek and how it could fit in with the prime universe.
1. Does Star Trek: Discovery Conflicts Between Characters Still Feel Like Star Trek?
I believe it does. In the beginning, Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, had a very specific vision of Star Trek and the future. Roddenberry created a mandate, or what I call 'Roddenberry Prime Directive', that conflict can never be between main characters. In Starfleet, petty conflicts are a thing of the past, but are otherwise proven in later seasons of The Next Generation and future Star Trek shows. The mandate became slacked because reality dictates human beings are prone to conflict.
Is Discovery's showrunners, Harberts and Berg getting rid of the conflict-barrier? Yes, I believe Roddenberry’s mandate was cut by half. Roddenberry already started to change his mandate years ago with self-contained conflicts that were over just as fast as it began, but they were still there. Shows like Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise already pushed those boundaries even further. Removing some of those boundaries, creates the ability to relate to the characters and for better character development. So, Discovery will be no different then other Star Trek shows, by removing boundaries for better story telling.
2. Are those Klingon?
Their was no attempt in this matter to appease core Star Trek fans. Klingon's already have a long established back story that spans 200 years and they were the most used aliens on Star Trek for the last 40 years. Across Star Trek history the Klingon's physical appearances have changed, but at a slow rate.
Discovery's showrunners truly do not understand that core Star Trek fan have already established them self's in the trek universe, and drastic changes are very noticeable. My opinion as a core Star Trek fan, the look and feel of the characters are just impotent has the story telling.
3. Is Star Trek: Discovery's Technology & Science more advanced for its time in history?
Starfleet has experimented with advanced technology and science over the course of Star Trek history. Some technology's such as the Genesis Device, Coaxial Drive, USS Pegasus Prototype, sciences such as Genetic Engineering and Omega Molecule were conducted by Starfleet throughout history. It was stated in the show, Discovery is one of two prototypes, so ultimately what tech and science used, could exist.
Starfleet has referred from its core principles to win wars. One example is the USS Defiant from Deep Space Nine, a warship to fight and defeat the Borg, then used to fight the Dominion. Building the Defiant, Starfleet place greater emphasis on Starfleet's essential role in the defense of the Federation, even going against core principles. So the tech and science on the USS Discovery makes sense for a war that is not going very well for Starfleet.
4. Will Star Trek: Discovery Use Profanity and Nudity
The episode titled “Choose Your Pain” features the first and second use of the f-word in Star Trek history.
While these are the first f-bombs in Star Trek history, there have been some other bad words throughout the franchise’ history, entirely in the films.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Kirk: “double dumb ass.”
Star Trek: Generations (1994) Data: “Oh sh*t”
Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Lily: “bullsh*t”
“I’m not saying we’re not doing some violent things or doing a tiny bit of language,” Harberts said to Entertainment Weekly. “But what’s important to the creative team is the legacy of the show — which is passed down from mother to daughter, from father to son, from brother to brother. We want to make sure we’re not creating a show that fans can’t share with their families. You have to honor what the franchise is. I would say we’re not going much beyond hard PG-13.”
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