In Its Second Season Premiere, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Learns How to Have Fun

/Film | 1/18/2019 | Monique Jones
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We’re back in the saddle again! Welcome to Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, where we have a ton more fun around these parts than last season.

In fact, “fun” and “levity” are the themes of this episode, “Brother,” despite its intense undercurrent. The episode follows Michael as she tries to figure out what happened to Spock. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet Spock in person, except in the form an audio recording. However, we did get a lot of clues about what this season will bring. Let’s get into it.

Season - Everything - Doom - Gloom - Fact

Last season, everything was all doom and gloom despite the fact that we knew how everything would turn out in the end. A lot of hardcore moments hit us in the face, such as a man being raped, attempted mass genocide, the death of a beloved crew member at the hands of another crew member, a captain being eaten by Klingons, and let’s not forget the huge intergalactic war that was taking place. Things were dark. Too dark for a Star Trek series.

Granted, I got used to the darkness and even found some purpose for it; the show reflected the country’s mood at the time post-Trump’s election, and between the political depression and the fear of a North Korean nuclear war, it makes sense that TV would reflect some of that existential worry. However a Star Trek series was probably the last show we probably expected to go this route.

Vulture - Chris - Chafin - Article - Storytelling

Vulture’s Chris Chafin touched on this in his article detailing some of the storytelling changes that are happening this season. Part of his article includes an interview with Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer, who has signed on as this year’s showrunner.

“Star Trek has for years been characterized by an essentially optimistic vision of the future. And that vision is more essential now than...
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