Star Trek Discovery & Leaving Your Baby With a New Nanny

Where do I come up with these blog titles anyway?  What’s a meta for?


Okay, so here’s the thing.  It’s both thrilling and fretful for a Trekkie when a new movie or television series first airs.  It’s like leaving your baby with a new nanny and praying she doesn’t drop her.

This fictional universe has been around for 51 years and it’s fully integrated into our culture.  It’s a full-blown mythology.  That’s how much it means to us.

I just finished watching the third episode of Star Trek Discovery and they didn’t drop the baby.  It’s okay.  Really.  Yes, there’s tension between Starfleet officers, but it’s along the same lines as Deep Space Nine and Voyager.  Please don’t throw Tribbles at me, but I think Discovery might handle it just a little bit better.  Time and experience are good writing teachers, you know.  In fact, I could totally hear echoes from DS9, which makes sense.


The story creator, Bryan Fuller, is on record saying how much he enjoyed that show.  The other nice thing about Mr. Fuller is that he is an incredibly character-driven storyteller.  The crew starts out sufficiently immature and screwed-up so that they can go on lots of adventures as they grow.  The galaxy is a freakin’ mess so they’ll have a lot of work to do on the way.

So, take a deep breath and enjoy that glass of Romulan Ale.  The baby’s doing great and this nanny’s gonna work out just fine.


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