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TV Review: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Season 1, Episode 15: Will You Take My Hand? [CBS]

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Star Trek: Discovery Will You Take My Hand? Review

Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1, Episode 15: Will You Take My Hand? This Star Trek: Discovery Will You Take My Hand? review holds that the show’s first season doesn’t go out with a bang but it can’t be said to go out with a whimper either.

In a way, it could be said that it’s a conclusion that is very much in keeping with the spirit and ethos of Trek as a whole. How many times have we been told that Trek is about diplomacy and resolving differences peacefully rather than action and violence (or, depending on whether the plot dictates it,  minimal, justifiable use of violence), after all? But while it may make for an orthodox interpretation of the property’s humanistic philosophy, it also makes for an ending that works but not much else.

It’s little surprise that the Terran Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) would turn out to be untrustworthy, but the pace at which she enacts her treachery is simply too fast. Most viewers probably could tell something was rotten when Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brooks) appointed her captain of the Discovery, but I doubt many expected that the source of the stench would be revealed so quickly. I get that the season only had 15 episodes to establish and resolve such a plot, but this should have made the producers think twice about introducing a storyline they wouldn’t be able to do justice with the time constraints they had. Perhaps it would have worked better for Season 2.

I will say, however, that it was very nice to see the Orions again. Although they loom large in the imagination of Trekkers, they figure very little into the actual source material, so it’s cool that the writers were able to find a place for them in the story. It will be interesting to see if the show decides to revisit them and flesh out their society and culture further.

Which, brings us to the other tie to The Original Series. Encountering none other than Captain Pike of the USS Enterprise, the Discovery treads closer to TOS‘s territory than it ever has before. What are the ramifications of this for existing Trek canon? Will the Discovery adopt the classic red, yellow, and blue shirts of TOS? Why do the Klingons still have ridges when they clearly didn’t around the time of TOS? It’ll be up to the second season of Star Trek: Discovery to answer these and other questions.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former UCLARadio.com disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for HonorSociety.org to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

When I'm not working towards my certificate in Radio and Television/Video Production at Fullerton College, I enjoy reading (horror, science fiction, and historical/political nonfiction are particular favorites), participating in my school's TV and theatre clubs, attending movie screenings, plays, concerts, and other events, and trying to come up with pithy things to say on social media. Believe it or not, there are occasions where I find time to write for my own leisure.

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