That said I think it was good - and far better than the same episode would have been in S1. I also perversely enjoyed how extremely bloody the big fight was, after untold episodes of bloodless Bat’lehs in TNG/DS9.
They’re setting them up to become more, pretty clearly, and the stuff with the “standard tongue” and so on was pretty clearly an apology for previous over-Klingoning.
Also like, how many notes do TNG/DS9 Klingons have, exactly? Two? Savagery AND Intrigue. Maybe three if you add Mysticism. I think the issue is more that Klingons in general aren’t a terribly engaging long-term adversary and never really have been. Occasionally an individual comes along who is, but as a group? Nah. They’re best when they come in and cause chaos for a while, then leave. It was a mistake to focus on them too much in S1.
It’s pretty slick, that’s for sure, yet era-believable (there’s a clunky squared-off-ness to elements of the design that screams “TOS-era!”). She’s getting a spin-off series though, dunno if it’ll be a mini-series or full-length or what. Honestly Section 31 being involved with that era of Klingon politics might explain a lot.
Yup. Pike is the best captain we’ve had since Sisko. Soz Janeway, but you were written so completely inconsistently that you ended up with basically no real personality and Archer was written as basically a non-entity. Pike though is likable, actually has a personality, views, flaws (but not like terrible ones) and so on.
Tilly and Michael were good. Thank god Michael managed to actually get more of a personality over last season and this, and particularly has become a lot more friendly and funny (again, common in Trek S1s that someone goes from no-personality to being increasingly fun in later seasons).
I also kind of liked that everything we’re hearing about Spock totally DOES fit with what we know about him from later, which is his passion for his beliefs/values, his tendency to go rogue, his excessive secret-keeping, his shit relationship with his dad and so on.
I mean, I went from watching this to Leonard Nimoy as Spock in TNG’s Re-unification 2-parter, and so many of the same things came up about Spock that I can’t help think that they must have re-watched a lot of “Spock’s family-related” episodes/movies before writing S2. In Re-unification P1, for example, Sarek notes that Spock used to run off into the hills for days, and when he came back, wouldn’t tell Sarek where he’d been or what he’d been doing.
As a complete aside, comparing DISCO and TNG is fascinating, and whilst TNG is generally good, DISCO and modern SF in general does rather show that TNG often took a very long time to not-terribly-well explore an SF idea. Often there are scenes that whilst, perhaps, fun, are super-filler-y, in that they don’t further develop characters, or really tell us much, they just sort of happen. I feel like you could tell all of Re-unification in a DISCO format in a single episode AND it would be more effectively told.
TNG in general though, holy shit that is Picard & Data show. Why is anyone else there? Picard gives the speeches, and what speeches they are, some really magnificent ones, and Data either solves, or occasionally causes, every problem. Riker grins suggestively. Troi looks concerned. Geordi furrows his brow (and someone else always has to fix the problem for him - usually Data). Worf gets Worf’d by the Alien-of-the-week (or, and I did forget this, is bizarrely the voice of reason in a security situation, and is ignored). Bev Crusher sidles up to everyone smirking and gives an impertinent suggestion (much like Geordi, when faced with an actual medical problem, someone else will have to fix it for her. Probably Data).