I’m a huge Trek fan. I’ve loved Discovery S1-S3 (although not the S3 finale). I’m not here to complain about diversity (one of the best things about the show), the storylines (they’re fine) or the characters (they’re good, on paper). Star Trek has always explored emotions, in their many facets. But this season is so damned OTT it’s almost comical. Every position of adversity summons an anecdote about any characters childhood difficulties, and how this particular moment has helped them to overcome their past. People get emotional and bleary-eyed when a panel beeps. It’s seriously unrealistic: not because people don’t have emotions, but this is Starfleet. It’s a professional peacekeeping armada designed to protect and safeguard the Galaxy. Surely the fact that everyone on Discovery suddenly has deeply set, unresolved psychological issues isn’t realistic. Characters of the past - O’Brien’s war PTSD, Nog’s guilt, Worf’s relationships… all of them were able to set their difficulties aside on the bridge when push came to shove. Discovery seems - this season - to seriously struggle with this. For the record, this is nothing to do with wokeness. Star Trek has always been the shining light of forward thinking society. I love what Discovery has done for a diverse future, LGBTQ characters and highlighting societal issues today. I just really feel this season got derailed by poor screenplays, lacking emotional resonance because it was shoved down the throat rather than explored delicately.