I'm just going to come out and say it... Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is my favorite Trek since the original series, and I've only seen the first episode. This is kinda how I felt about Star Trek: Discovery before it went from being phenomenally interesting, exciting, and brilliant in the Season 01 to being a phenomenally whiny, weepy, and dull pile of shit in Season 03. Disco has become so bad in Season 04 that I can't even bring myself to watch it. Such a pity.
But back to Strange New Worlds...
The cast, as we've seen from their appearance on Disco is sublime. The visuals and special effects are absolutely gorgeous. And the writing is whip-smart with a bit of fun. In short, it's absolutely everything you could possibly want out of a TV show.
Finally Star Trek is Star Trek again...
Eschewing the season-wide arcs that Disco decided to adopt, Strange New Worlds is back to episodic television which neatly wraps up the story by the end of the episode. Despite my love of how Disco started out, I think this is the format which works best for Trek.
The debut episode, aptly titled Strange New Worlds, is about a First Contact mission that goes terribly wrong for Number One, and it's up to Pike, Spock, and Co. to make things right. It's not even remotely a spoiler to say that it all works out, but it's how it works out that makes this such good Trek. It's hopeful and inspiring as it was when Trek was new.
Plus it's got Spock in it.
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Season-long story arcs kill most shows IMHO. It’s what made me loathe Castle and so many other procedurals of that ilk.
I think they work for some shows… but for a great many shows, it’s like an anchor dragging down the stories to depths from which they can’t really recover. And yet everybody seems to be heading in this direction whether the story needs it or not. A darn shame.
Couldn’t agree with your assessment of Discovery more. Loved season one. Thought season two was alright. Season three was…a slog to get through. And I had no desire to even watch season four. I hear it isn’t great.
After liking season one, season two of Picard was all a bit of a let down as well. Started with a bang but then completely fizzled out.
While I haven’t yet watched Strange New Worlds, I do read very good things about it and hold out hope for it. Loved what we got to see of the Enterprise and her crew in season two is Discovery.
As of episode 03, it is my favorite Star Trek now. I will always have a place in my heart for the original series (still a favorite) but I am absolutely gobsmacked by how wonderful “Strange New Worlds” is.