Innocent question, do you all have goatees right now?
I only ask because I seem to have jumped into a weird, almost mirrored universe where everyone thought that episode was great.
I thought it was kinda naff.
I didn’t hate it or anything, but it felt tonally very inconsistent, plot wise very predictable and derivative, and just not very exciting. Next week might be more exciting, although it all looks very predictable.
I wonder if it’s me. I suspect this kind of thing would have been amazing back when I was a teenager, but as it was I found myself pretty unmoved and even getting a bit bored.
In fact, I know for a fact I’d have loved this as a teenager, because I did when other tv shows did it.
You guys are obviously a bit more trekkie than me, as I don’t think I watched much of Enterprise, which seems to have been where most of the Mirror Universe stuff happened. But I remember spock with a goatee, and some goatees appearing in TNG and DS9 (though that might just have been regular Riker and Sisko )
I didn’t remember it being so cheesy. The gold spangly flash gordon uniforms were kinda ridiculous.
I seem to remember mirror kirk had gold spangles, so it might be consistent, but that kind of thing fitted in a lot better with the vibe / design of TOS than with Discovery.
It’s like this show spent the first few episodes saying “we’re a serious dark drama” and then they suddenly went “nope, we’re a daft sci-fi show”.
I guess a few parts of their empire were a bit dark, but they were also corny and over the top.
The darker bits were the flashback scenes for Tyler. But his character is really confusingly inconsistent, and the basic idea seems rather dumb to me.
(It doesn’t help that everyone on the internet seems to have guessed the twist months ago.
I suspect that if I was watching it without the ‘benefit’ of the internet hive-mind, I probably wouldn’t have guessed the Tyler thing, and it might have been more of a surprise.
But, as someone already said, the problem with a lot of modern shows that are set up as mystery/twist shows is that it prompts everyone to second guess everything, so nothing comes as an actual surprise.
I remember being really shocked by a twist in the first season of Angel, only to find out later that most of the audience had been distinctly underwhelmed because the twist had leaked in advance and they all knew about it. But as I hadn’t been privy to that leak, it worked so much better for me )
There are things I like about the show, but it really needs to work out what it’s trying to be, and it could do with a bit more exploration and wonder, and with slowing down and explaining things a little.
Like how they arrived in an unknown parallel dimension and worked it out and obtained an apparently exhaustive database on everyone in it within about 2 minutes.
Captain Killy was fun though.