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Subj: Star Trek Discovery S3 #1-3
Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 at 04:58:23 pm EDT (Viewed 164 times)

Season 3 of Discovery ended back in January 2021 so I am a bit late to the party. I’m not sure why I’m still watching since I haven’t enjoyed it that much. I guess just for the sake of Star Trek completion.

Re-reading my thoughts on last season I’m still not clear on some things. So the big bad of S2 was some evil future AI that was going to wipe out all biological life in the universe, just like on Picard. Ultimately they prevented the thing from taking hold in the present day but the Discovery computer has the evil AI data onboard so they can’t risk leaving Discovery in the present for fear of infecting other ships, so they send it to the future (I guess where the evil AI came from?) But if they have altered time and prevented that future then won’t they just be risking the future Federation by sending Discovery there? I think they said they can’t destroy the ship for some reason. Really? Why not just shoot it into a sun? Burnham had to use the Red Angel suit, a personal time-travel suit, to open the portal to the future that Discovery could follow, automated. But the Disco crew won’t let her go alone so they stay on the ship.

When Burnham arrives in the future she sends the Red Angel suit back through the portal for some reason, we might see it again. Then again, maybe not. I’m assuming they will never mention Discovery being loaded with dangerous AI data again. Burnham has been separated from Discovery but she soon finds them again and all is happy.

They find out that around the year 3000 something called The Burn happened which destroyed all Dilithium in the universe (they land in 3188). Actually they later said “rendered it inert” which caused all Federation starships to explode? Which is why Starfleet is no longer a presence in the galaxy. Isn’t exploding the opposite of inert? I suppose if they lost containment on their anti-matter they would explode. When Saru is questioned on how he still has a working starship, and he doesn't want to reveal he's a time-traveller, he says "I wasn't at warp when the Burn happened" and they buy the explanation. So if that really worked, then wouldn't like half of all Starfleet ships have survived? Surely they weren't all at warp at the time. Perhaps the ones asking the question didn't know it was a bogus answer.

But the whole universe seems to be sublight travel run by pirates. Did they forget that neither Romulans nor Borg used dilithium-based warp drive? Shouldn’t they be running the galaxy? I guess the Romulans were rendered virtually extinct by JJ Abrams’ supernova. Well, except for that giant fleet they had at the end of Picard.

Didn’t Starfleet still have the specs for the Spore Drive? Did that run on dilithium? I’m not sure why that had to be classified along with the rest of the existence of Discovery in order to prevent the future AI from taking over. All dilithium in the universe suddenly going away would be a good reason for Starfleet to declassify it. I mean the existence of Talos was classified under penalty of death but Spock went there anyway to save his Captain, Pike (“The Menagerie”) and Kirk defied a similar order to stay away from Genesis to save Spock (“The Wrath of Khan”).

Remember when the Spore Drive was killing Stamets so they weren’t going to use it any more? And now they don’t mention that any more?

Anyway it was nice to see Jake Weber as a pirate Zareh. They let him live even though he’s a murdering bastard. Will he return?

You know I like Michelle Yeoh a lot but boy is Georgiou annoying. I wish we had Prime Georgiou instead of Mirror Georgiou.

Detmer has PTSD. Will she finally get a storyline? Will any of the other bridge officers?

Episode 2 with Saru in charge and Burnham nowhere in sight was kind of a relief. He’s the MVP of the show for me. I mean I liked Lorca better but I guess he was a one-season player like Pike.

It was funny when Discovery was being crushed by "parasitic ice" and another ship shows up and the helm guy says "enemy vessel spotted!" and I thought how does he know it's an enemy? And it turned out to be Burnham. What a misdirect. Shouldn't he have said unknown vessel? Hey, if there is still ice on them after they take off will it continue to grow? It seems to multiply pretty rapidly.

Discovery gets fixed up and goes back to Earth only to find it’s no longer a Federation member. And Discovery is a thousand years behind in technology but they have a large store of dilithium that is the coin of the realm. Now they set off to find what’s left of Starfleet. Are they ever going to properly dispose of the plague ship Discovery or can they just fly back to their own time if the AI stuff no longer matters?

I have to agree with Mandarin’s comments about the dramatically heavy tone being exhausting. About every other scene of every episode has characters with tears welling up in their eyes, hugging and holding hands and expressing their love for each other. It does seem like a parody of a soap opera but played straight. If they could alter the tone it might work better (for me).

My thoughts on Season 2
My thoughts on Season 1

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