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Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 9:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

This soft reboot is so bizarre... but honestly, it feels like Discovery was completely misconceived from the beginning, so maybe it's for the best.

I don't think the writers are necessarily to blame. They've demonstrated an ability to do individual episodes quite well. I suspect the development of Discovery was severely hampered by misguided executives. It's surely why it started as a prequel (marketing execs have a fondness for them as they require no pre-knowledge of a franchise, despite creating so many storytelling issues). It's surely also why Discovery has been so needlessly fast-paced and flashy. And why the Enterprise and Spock were awkwardly added in S2. And maybe it's even why it has Iron Man-like flying suits or the battles in this episode seem inspired by BSG and Star Wars (wait there are repair droids now?!).

This whole show just reeks of shitty guidance from executives - clueless and under pressure to make this a bigger mainstream hit that can launch CBS All Access. It just feels like such a weird hodgepodge... even though it sometimes has good elements, it's probably not the show anyone actually wanted to make.

The spore drive was such a conceptual mistake as well - if you can potentially go anywhere and anytime, it removes any sense of danger or progress. It was a WAY overpowered device that has had to be slowly nerfed and then discarded.

Perhaps they can still reset DIS and fix this show in season 3, but S1 and 2 will still feel like such a waste of screen time - despite isolated elements of the show being quite impressive.

The production values on this show are so amazing and some of the writers must be individually very talented, but I also wish this were a whole different show.
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