Why can’t Star Trek: Discovery commit to serialized storytelling?

Why can\'t Star Trek: Discovery commit to serialized storytelling?
Star Trek: Discovery Should Introduce Spock In Season 2
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Star Trek: Discovery has just finished Season 1, but the journey is far from over – and in its next stage should definitely include Spock. Discovery wrapped up its maiden voyage with an almighty bombshell of a closing scene; while heading to Vulcan to pick up its new Captain, the Discovery received a distress call from none other than the U.S.S. Enterprise and its current leader, Christopher Pike. The episode ended with a final shot of the Discovery nose-to-nose with the Enterprise in a moment that had the Star Trek faithful foaming at the mouth.

We did, however, see Hunter’s Captain Pike in season one’s two-part episode ‘The Menagerie’ where he wasn’t in the best of shape. Having been promoted to fleet captain, Pike suffered radiation damage as he rescued cadets on training vessel USS Republic, leaving him paralysed in a wheelchair and unable to speak. For these scenes, Pike was played by Sean Kenney.

Star Trek: Discovery has not been shy about referencing the franchise’s illustrious and rich history, with Easter eggs referencing everything from Tribbles to Jonathan Archer. However, the show has been more reserved in alluding to the current status of the Enterprise and its crew. Given Starfleet’s war against the Klingons, the Enterprise has almost been conspicuous by its absence and considering the presence of both Sarek and Burnham, references to Spock have been few and far between.

3. He’s got a comic book series thoughMarvel’s short-lived Star Trek: Early Voyages comic book series was actually set around the same time as Discovery and followed the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike, but it was unfortunately cancelled after 17 issues with a cliffhanger to resolve.

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However, it appears these particular elements were being saved for Discovery‘s final act. With the Enterprise comes its first officer, Spock, who would have been serving on board under Pike at this time. While re-casting Spock could hardly be considered boldly going where no man has gone before, here’s why Star Trek: Discovery should bite the bullet and reveal Spock on-screen in its forthcoming second season.

The most prominent reason for Star Trek: Discovery to introduce Spock in Season 2 is that to not do so at this point would feel like a huge letdown. Discovery has been a critical success in its own right without ever relying too heavily on nostalgia and it certainly doesn’t need the inclusion of famous legendary characters to be interesting or relevant. However, with the recent season finale bringing the Enterprise and the Discovery to within touching distance of each other, introducing the likes of Pike and Spock is the only logical next step. Any attempt to wriggle out of doing so now would feel like a complete cop-out.

Producers Aaron Harberts and Alex Kurtzman have been predictably coy on the topic of Spock and/or Pike turning up in Discovery, neither ruling out nor committing to the idea. The duo’s comments since the finale aired do, however, confirm that the Enterprise will be a factor in next season’s story. But what would be the point without the ship’s most famous crew member? If Discovery‘s Enterprise storyline is resolved without any appearance of the pointy-eared scientist, not only would many viewers feel frustrated, but Spock’s presence in the show would become more of an elephant in the room than it already is.

This is especially true when taking into consideration the telling glance between Burnham (Spock’s adoptive sister) and Sarek as they discover the Enterprise is in trouble. Both characters are aware that Spock is on the ship and are visibly concerned that disaster may have befallen him. The scene sets up the question of “Is Spock alright?” and that will need to be answered in Season 2. Can a satisfying resolution really be reached without ever showing the character on screen?

On Sunday, the season finale of Discovery introduced the crew to the classic starship Enterprise in the final moments. Because the events of Discovery take place in the years 2256-2257, that now puts it eight years prior to James T. Kirk getting the Captain job on the Enterprise in 2265. And, other than that, we literally don’t know anything that happens in these intervening years, unless of course, you examine the alternate Kelvin timeline from the reboot J.J. Abrams movies. But, in that timeline, the Enterprise wasn’t even in service until 2258, so pretty much nothing from those movies is a good indicator as to what to expect in Discovery’s future.

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The USS Enterprise is in distress, as we learn at the end of the episode. When is the Enterprise NOT in some kind of distress, eh? EH? Anyway, it looks to be in pretty good shape, so the big question is: why send the distress call at all? Maybe the ship’s warp drive really couldn’t take any more before Scotty was around to fix it. Maybe they heard a young, alien-loving Kirk was coming aboard and the medical staff was worried they didn’t have enough anti-STD meds. Jokes aside, it seems to be an internal problem rather than an external one, so we should expect to see Burnham and a few others beaming aboard the famed sharship for a quick poke around. My best guess is that it’ll form the first (two-parter) episode of season 2, before the Discovery zooms off to Vulcan to receive its proper new Captain. Of course, it’s possible the Enterprise is on the run, and we haven’t see what it’s fleeing from / to yet. Either way, it should form a significant part of the first few hours of season 2.

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That “something new” was an arc that would take Cornwell from the character who was threatening Lorca’s plan to a character whose role extends far beyond that. By the end of the season, Cornwell appears to be the highest-ranking member of Starfleet, making decisions about the fate of the entire organization. Cornwell is the character through whom we see the toll of those nine months when the Discovery was away and the Klingons were picking off Starfleet ships and outposts one by one. When the Discovery gets to Starbase 1 only to find it gone in Episode 14, Cornwell has her very own Admiral-Leia-in-The-Last-Jedi moment, mourning the loss of life this war has caused.
Star Trek: Discovery Should Introduce Spock In Season 2
Star Trek: Discovery Should Introduce Spock In Season 2

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