By Dave B.
In the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, the Federation faces an unexplained phenomenon that heralds a threat to all life in the galaxy. The crew, with a new captain at the helm, battles across time and space to defeat an enemy that knows the Federation’s strengths and weakness like no other enemy could. The galaxy’s only hope of survival lies with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finding and reconciling with her brother…Spock.
There are definitely some strong aspects to this season of Star Trek: Discovery. The performances, led by Green’s, are stellar (no pun intended). Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock are a breath of fresh air into the series and definitely hold their own beside series veterans like Doug Jones and Michelle Yeoh. This season’s special effects are dazzling and even the chaotic and slightly confusing space battle in the finale is a sight to behold. On paper, this season could have been an improvement on the impressive first season of Star Trek: Discovery. But…
DAMN TIME TRAVEL TO HELL!!!
Season two of Star Trek: Discovery has one of the worst executed, most non-sensical, and utterly infuriating time-travel plots that I have ever seen. It makes no sense whatsoever. Throughout the season, it’s possible to gloss over inconsistencies with the hope that the show will wrap things up logically in the end. Nope. Instead of causing the time-travel threads make sense, the show’s writers just gloss over most of the convoluted plot points that they create during the season’s 14 episodes. In another franchise, I could try to overlook lazy plot development and using poorly thought out time-travel scenarios as a ridiculous crutch. But not from Star Trek. The franchise is too close to my soul and seeing a season-long story arc so poorly designed is disheartening, to say the least.
Even weeks later, thinking about the second season of Star Trek: Discovery fills me with a burning, semi-irrational rage. I implore anyone who someday dreams of writing science-fiction to please, PLEASE avoid using time-travel in your stories unless you are prepared to put the time and effort into making the results of that storytelling device make sense! A part of me wants to not recommend this season of the show, but to be fair, I enjoyed almost everything about it (except for the lazy time-travel usage), and it feels petty to suggest that others wouldn’t enjoy it just because I hate incompetent time-travel writing. Ultimately, season two of Star Trek: Discovery is decent, but not nearly as enjoyable as season one.
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