Star Trek

  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – Context Is for Kings
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Star Trek: Discovery - Context Is for Kings television review

Set six-months after the Battle of the Binary Stars, “Context Is for Kings” offers a secondary pilot for the show as the court-martialed Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finds herself aboard the U.S.S. Discovery when her prison shuttle encounters trouble during transport. Rightly skeptical of the situation that puts her back on a Starship, nevertheless Burnham goes to work helping the ships crew on a top-secret mission. Pulling in a couple of recognizable faces from the show’s first episode, the rest of the core cast is introduced here including Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), Mary Wiseman as Burnhams bunkmate, and Anthony Rapp as astromycologist Paul Stamets.

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Star Trek: Picard – Remembrance

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2020

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  • Title: Star Trek: Picard – Remembrance
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Star Trek: Picard - Remembrance television review

It’s hard not to think of Logan while watching the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. Set more than a decade after Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) left Starfleet, Picard is awoken from his slumber by a dream, an interview, and a visitor. Brent Spiner guest-stars in a couple of dream sequences as Picard does a fairly good job using make-up to hide the actor’s age since the last time Data was seen on-camera. The shiny optimistic view of Star Trek: The Next Generation has been toned-down quite a bit. Playing more than a little to current events, the once wide-reaching Starfleet has turned inward. The interview, which takes place on a historic event of some consequences for our Captain, helps flesh out a bit of Picard’s past and the reasons for his break with Starfleet over its policies towards ending assistance to Romulan refugees after the destruction of their homeworld and the termination of Starfleet’s synthetic life program following an android uprising on Mars.

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Oliver Harper’s Star Trek V Retrospective

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2020

in Essays 

Oliver Harper offers this retrospective of Star Trek V:The Final Frontier.

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – The Vulcan Hello
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“All life is born from chaos and destruction.”

Star Trek: Discovery - The Vulcan Hello television review

Set a decade before the original Star Trek, the opening episode of Star Trek: Discovery introduces us to First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) of the Starship Shenzhou. After a short pre-credit sequence focused on the pair bringing water to a planet facing drought, ending in a fun (if goofy) fan-service moment, the episode moves towards the primary storyline involving the reawakening of hostilities between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Coming across an unknown ship near a destroyed Federation interstellar relay will lead to high tensions aboard the Shenzhou, ending in near mutiny as the Vulcan-trained Burnham’s plan of attack flies in the face of the orders from both her Captain and the Federation.

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Here’s the first look at Star Trek: Picard, coming early 2020 exclusively to CBS All Access, and featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard.

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