23 Weeks of Trek | Discovery Returns!
FINALLY, The 23 Weeks of STAR TREK brings us the premiere of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY season 3!
I've only been looking forward to this season for four years!
Discovery's first three story arcs were set in the 23rd Century in order to firmly establish the ship and her crew as having originated in an earlier era of Star Trek history.
Following that Discovery's lead character, Michael Burnham, quite literally led the U.S.S. DISCOVERY into a far distant future. To a time and situation no Starfleet ship has ever encountered before.
There's a different feeling going into this season than the last two, and a sense of wonder and excitement to see the story finally arrive at it's primary destination.
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Wednesday night a few of us were privileged to see the premier episode of season three, "That Hope Is You, Part 1."
The story is fresh, nuanced & complex, but deeply rooted in Star Trek lore. I couldn't have wanted more...except more episodes right then!
Which they provided by surprising us with episode two, “Far From Home.”
This is the strange new world we were promised back in 2016, and it's fascinating.
There's a lot to unpack here. New problems & solutions, new friends, felines, & foes, and everywhere - HOPE.
The situation the crew of Discovery faces this season is unique, but at every unexpected turn the response is invariably one of optimism.
Sometimes it's not stated overtly. Sometimes it's expressed in an action rather than words, but it's always there.
It's one of the overriding themes this season, and that's perfectly appropriate as that aspirational feeling is part of the very fabric of Star Trek.
The timing of all of this is remarkable, and I would be remiss not to mention it - as hope is something we all need in our lives.
Eight months into a strange new world of our own, and three weeks from a historic election, we need Star Trek's primary lesson now more than ever.
Stated simply - There will be a future for us all, and it will be better than our today.
Gene Roddenberry knew that to be the truth, and made it the guiding principle of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES.
Gene once observed that, “Star Trek was an optimistic show that said, ‘There is a future for us humans, the human adventure is just beginning.’"
In a time when so many people were saying, ‘In 20 or 30 years, it’s all gonna go boom,’ it was a breath of fresh air to turn on the TV and hear them say, ‘Hey! We’ve just begun. Most of our adventures are ahead of us.'
It’s a spirit of optimism.
Season three of Discovery shares that sense of optimism, and then some. It says "Ok, this is the hand we've been dealt, how do we win?"
The answer is of course, together.
Together, we can do amazing things. If "the Human adventure is just beginning," then what are we waiting for? Let's get to it!