Damian, Thanks for giving us your first impression as many of us have already forgotten what it was like to first see STD. There never is an answer to the spore drive question. And IMO this series cannot be reconciled with the others ENT-VOY, as you will probably come to conclude STD is a re-imagining of the Trek universe in the TOS era. Visually, there are too many differences, Shenzhou looks more advanced that Voyager, larger bridge, faster engine, its not just forcefields, there's the holodeck, the audio computer interface, site-to-site transport-despite what the producers say, STD doesn't fit canon. Characters like Mudd, Sarek, Amanda are re-done, as Spock and Pike will soon be. That doesn't mean the show can't be enjoyed, but you might enjoy it less if you try to fit it in with prior Trek. Just forget prior Trek and accept it for what it is, a flawed, but noble effort to re-imagine Trek for an instant access, cable TV primed, Abramstrek nurtured audience.