Very little spoilers ahead. Honestly, if you’re paying attention, they aren’t much in the way of spoilers.
I was able to watch the first two episodes and, in general, it was good.
Michelle Yeoh had me worried from the previews. She came off as stilted and uninterested, but that wasn’t the case in the actual episodes. Doug Jones was kind of wasted. I love his work, but the character of Lt. Saru was underwhelming. Sonequa Martin-Green was awesome. She played Michael Burnham with great energy.
The Klingons were interesting. I wasn’t sure about their new look, but I kind of get it. Hate to use this analogy, but it’s like the Star Wars Special Editions. They were able to go in and make changes that they wanted with the available technology. Did I like it? Not really, but I’m still planning on watching more of the show.
Slightly spoiler-ish below. You have been warned.
Captain Georgiu (Michelle Yeoh) is only around for the first two episodes. The previews tease Michael Burnham getting her own command.
It’s a bait & switch.
The ‘season preview’ at the end of the second episode shows her joining another crew with Jason Isaacs as the captain. It felt cheap.
Here’s this really cool character. Check out her story. See her motivations. Now look at this guy you know nothing about. He’s the captain.
Michael (why is her name Michael) is sent to prison and there’s a war going on with the Klingons. Unless Jason Isaacs is just kind of there, I don’t want to know about him. There was some hints at something more going on with his ship. The parts of the preview with Michael interested me. Her in prison, her being transferred to a ship, that sort of thing.
Here’s an idea. She’s in prison, there’s a war going on, and they are running out of people. The Federation is losing. They don’t have enough crew to fill the ships. Here’s Michael, she was on the edge of her own command, and survived the initial battle. Reluctantly, they give her a ship and then the adventure starts.
Character arc intact, even if the court martial thing is dumb, and she gets her own ship. She’s a captain, as the previews promised. I came up with that as I was writing this. It wasn’t hard.
I’m going to give the show a few more episodes. Please don’t screw it up.