Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by Sci-fi fan, Oct 4, 2017.
They have not yet given me a reason to care what happens to Burnham.
Agreed. I do NOT want another show like TNG. A ship of insufferable know it alls on a bland bridge with no conflict between the crew would not work today. Leave that garbage in the 80s.
I'm still peaved that Enterprise's finale was ruined because the powers that be decided to turn it into a TNG holographic show. I might not agree with everything that's happening right now, but at least this writing team is daring to be different and the cast has a spark of life to them.
Daring to be dull, yep.
I'm not 100% invested in Burnham, but I'm definitely intrigued by the consequences of her actions.
Must be the parent in me
Yeah, she was clearly designed by committee, trying to figure out the thread that all the "breakout characters" in Trek history had. Spock, Data, Worf, arguably Odo - they were all either torn between two worlds, outsiders with their own unique perspective on human culture, or both.
That said, the same sort of design by committee happened with many characters in Trek history. They don't tend to have auspicious beginnings, even if they end up something special.
I thought Burnham started out well - I liked how she played a human raised on Vulcan in most of the first ep - but she was derailed by that one big decision.
Sure, other Trek characters have flagrantly disobeyed orders, even when not possessed by alien entities, but in some cases I was more sold on their motivations, or at least more sold that they had motivations I just hadn't seen as they weren't THE main character.
Is there any reason not to? She seems like a perfectly nice person who made a horrifying mistake out of fear.
I care. I just find myself caring more about the fates of Saru, Sylvia Tilly and Captain Lorca at this stage.
Which means she should not be First Officer on a Starship. And I saw more than one mistake being made, in the form of disobeying orders, assaulting a Captain, distraction of a ship's crew on two occasions at least.
Choosing to land on the artifact instead of doing recon and going home was also a mistake, but the more normal sort many Trek officers have made over the years.
Which means she has some growing to do.
I suspect there may be more narrative coming that will fill in the lead up to that pivotal action.
Yes, that one mistake I could see most Trek characters doing. But then she compounded it from there (oh I forgot to mention her pulling rank on her Captain by saying her service record demands her request be followed, or some such hogwash).
I find myself hoping we see a pachyderm crewperson at some point, so we can use the phrase "talk about the elephant in the room" in more and varied ways.
You do your growing in a lower position, not as the one due to command a ship if something happens to your commanding officer or set to command a ship of your own.
But panicking and skewering the Torchbearer (instead of just flying away), and then killing T'Whothehellcares, shows that she has no business sitting in the center seat.
His name will be Gene, with psychic abilities, thus having visions.
I like the idea, but everyone knows that Gene is a bird, not an elephant.
Perhaps she is the origin of the Kobayashi Maru?
Also, there are certain aspects of leadership that will not be shown unless under stress.
The more I think about it, the most inexplicable mistake was Georgiou promoting her to XO without a Startfleet education and less than seven years of field experience.
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