TV Show: Star Trek: Discovery
Episode Title: The Vulcan Hello
Original Air Date: September 24, 2017
Episode Number: 1×01
While patrolling Federation space, the U.S.S. Shenzhou encounters an object of unknown origin, putting First Officer Michael Burnham to her greatest test yet.
Just a little background: I have never seen an episode of Star Trek, but I have seen the first Star Trek movie that was recently rebooted by JJ Abrams and company so my knowledge of Vulcan, Klingon, and the lore of this show is very limited. Having said that, I really liked the pilot episode. It introduced all the characters very well and I was immediately drawn to Burnham, Georgiou, and Saru.
The only reason why I decided to watch this is because I want to support the show and give them kudos for casting a Shonequa in the lead. That is huge. We need more female leads and specifically female persons of color as leads. I am still mourning the cancellation of Pitch and wish I could watch Kylie Bunbury continue to be great as Ginny Baker, but alas.
Anyway, back to this episode. Burnham shocked me when she incapacitated the Captain and pretty much committed mutiny aboard the ship, ready to attack the Klingons. Granted, she was right all along, but still, what she did was a pretty tough pill to swallow and I’m not sure if Georgiou will ever forgive her for this.
The Klingons going on the defensive first…the Shenzhou fleet is screwed, aren’t they? How are they going to get out of this without losing any of their fleet? Will Starfleet come to the rescue just in time?
Regarding the special effects, I thought the whole sequence of Burnham getting ready for her fly by was very, very cool. That spacesuit is awesome and I love that the jetpacks allow her to travel in space at pretty high speeds; it’s kinda like a mini-spaceship. Again, so cool seeing that.
Lastly, the credits are great and are so aesthetically-pleasing. I just wish that the names of the cast and crew were smaller or were moved to the side because it marred the aesthetics for me.
Very promising start! I’m excited to watch the rest.