Star Trek: Discovery Took a Classic Premise and Cranked It Up Way Past 11

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Star Trek: Discovery Took a Classic Premise and Cranked It Up Way Past 11
Sonequa Martin-Green's Captain Michael Burnham sits on a damaged Discovery bridge, as Wilson Cruz's Dr. Culber checks on her.
This is just what it looks like emotionally decompressing after anything happens on Discovery, honestly.
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Anomalies. What Star Trek fan doesn’t love an anomaly? I love ‘em, you love ‘em, Starfleet bridge crews definitely love ‘em, and Discovery is no exception. But Discovery is still the show it has been from the start, which means its approach to exploring the unknown of the week is going to be much, much more dramatic than its predecessors would’ve dreamed of being.

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“Anomaly,” on the surface, could just be any classic plot-of-the-week on your standard Star Trek, distilled to its most basic description: the crew travel to, and investigate, the titular mysterious anomaly. In fact, it’s even a two for one deal, because in doing so it’s also that classic “two characters who don’t like each other are forced to go on an away mission together, which goes wrong and they learn to have an understanding of each other by the time they make it out alive.” It’s reductive, to be sure. But for the first time in a while—between the high-stakes end of season three’s finale and season four’s contemplative, but still highly dramatic opening last week—Discovery is giving itself the chance to just be a Star Trek show.