Season Review: ‘Star Trek Discovery’

Space, the final frontier

On Sunday, February 11, the CBS All-Access Show “Star Trek Discovery” finished up its first season. When show first premiered, click here for that review, I gave the show a 3 out of 5. That was probably being nice because frankly, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything spectacular. That was kind of feel that I got out from the entire series. This is a mild warning that I cannot promise that there won’t be any spoilers. There will probably be some.

“Star Trek Discovery” first season follows the United Federation of Planets involvement in a war with the Klingon on race. The overall theme of the season was about the events that happened in the first two episodes involving the main character, Michael Burnham. The series itself started off a little weak. Like I mentioned before, the first two episodes could have easily been one. Some of the plot within the first act of the season didn’t really carry much weight. There was times that the plot was good and then there was time it was bad. It was just inconsistent. You got that they were in a wartime situation but at the same time, it really didn’t feel like that.

The season started to pick up during the second act of the season where they were stuck in an alternative universe, also known as mirror universe. That’s when I began to really enjoy what this show had to offer. It was like a fresh breath of air went into the show. It finally gave the show that sense of urgency that is needed throughout it. Frankly, I would have like more episodes in mirror universe. I would have ended the season on a cliffhanger or when the USS Discovery got back and the Klingon Empire taken over everything. The second season could have started off with that. The finale just came across as rushed and extremely anticlimactic. It just ended like ran out of time.

The lack of moral/doing the right thing in the name of science/survival was probably the stronger plot of the entire series. It was something that carried out throughout both acts of the season. It really what made “Discovery” good when it was good. You could really tell and feel the tense in the situations that occurred. It also got extremely good when morals got thrown out the window by Starfleet or someone above them, and the characters had to wonder if they were going to put their morals at risk or follow orders.

The acting on the show was extremely good. There really wasn’t any acting in the series itself. The drama was there and when it clicked with the plot, that what made it so fucking good. Everyone did an extremely good job with the characters they portrayed. The shots and the production is pretty much flawless. It made the show feel like the new movies version of the series.

Verdict

Overall, “Star Trek Discovery” is still an okay show. It picked up after the mid-season hiatus and that’s when it picked up it’s stride. It just failed to capture that in what I would call a lackluster season finale, which the highlight was the meeting of the OG USS Enterprise. I also think that it’s only like 15 episodes didn’t help with the overall story telling. There was somethings that I would have liked to be better explained. It’s not a bad show, just didn’t live up to their potential.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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Review: Boldly go with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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Make it So, Number One

Last night, the first episode of the first Star Trek television series in 12 years premiered on CBS and later the first two episodes being free to stream on the CBS All Access. CBS All Access is the streaming service through CBS that allows you to see original content, current and past show episodes (including all “Survivor” and “Big Brother” episodes and season), Star Trek is like Star Wars, but less of the dark side and more of the explorer with a side of battle stations. I’m going to try to have no spoilers but Anyways, here’s my review of the first two episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” takes place in the TV/normal canon and has nothing to do with the movie franchise, which is a good thing. While I slightly enjoy the movies, I’m very glad they are keeping the two universes separate. The show takes place in between the prequel series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and the original series that aired in the 1960s. The first two episodes also set up the series and really doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of the series, besides one character. The one characters and the events that happened on the first two episodes that really keep tie everything together.

The series follows Michael Burnham as her life turns upside during the Cold War between the United Federation of Planets and the newly reunited Klingon Empire. Unlike the past five Star Trek series, the show’s main character but rather the first officer, who is the second in command on the ship. You pretty much spend the first couple of episodes waiting to see if she becomes captain but a twist at the end of episode two that really takes the show in an expected direction. I can already tell that this series is a brand new take on the entire Star Trek universe. It’s rather refreshing that this show isn’t like any other show in the series.

Thematically, it’s shot like it was out of the film franchise, just minus all the lens flares. Thank god, there is no lens flares. In fact, the first two episodes reminded me a lot of a prequel movie. It’s sets up the plot, and introduces the main character in a way that keeps you engaged. Honestly, it would make more sense to make the first two episodes into one. The second episode literally picks up where the first one ends like it was meant to be like that.

This really wasn’t a good start to the series. Yeah, it was interesting but it just didn’t live up to the usually fanfare that comes with the Star Trek franchise. If they would have combined the first two into one and then showed the third, it might have been a little big better. There’s also some story telling aspects that aren’t really fleshed out.    It’s mainly with the Klingon, who don’t really look like Klingon’s besides the iconic ridges. I don’t hate the show so far, but it just feels rushed a little bit. The effects, the acting, and the fighting is on par with the rest of the series in the franchise.

The opening credits for the show are also something that is just bad. The music is trying to be it’s own thing while borrowing portions of the original series theme. The opening video has been just of the ship flying around in space before going into warp out of  scene. For this show, it’s like drawing that are coming to left and the ship is flying around them. It’s just one of those things that make you scratch your head. They really could have done better with the opening. All the other ones are iconic.

I hope the “Star Trek: Discovery” picks up with the reminding episodes, but the first two just fell a little flat for me. It there were combined and with the third episode shown, it might have been a little bit better. I tired to think of it on it’s own marks but not like the other series in the franchise, but they were just better when it came to setting up the season. The show is definitely suffering from the growing pains. I’ll review the first part of the season once it concludes in November. Here’s to the show getting better!

”Star Trek: Discovery” will stream every Sunday at 8:30 PM on the CBS All Access.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Big Brother 19: Finale/Season Breakdown

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Let that bitter tea flow

Well, it finally has come to this. We have crowned a new winner of Big Brother USA. This will be an overall review of the season that is probably the worst since BB9. It was the worst final three since BB15. I’m glad that this season is over and I’m glad that the pain is finally over. So let’s talk about this season ruined the America franchise for thousands. Yep, this season was that bad.

Cheers to the tea that I will spill in this article

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The Rise and Fall of Friendship

America’s reaction to Paul losing again

The most satisfying ending to this entire season was Paul losing again. While Paul played a good game, he forgot about one important aspect: jury management. Paul screwed over all of the jury members to get to where he was. Josh outplayed him when it came to jury management. While Paul was trying to not get blood on his hand, Josh was very upfront with everyone. He’s goodbye messages was probably what ruined Paul’s game. Paul overplayed when it came to lying, backstabbing, and just being shady. Josh kept it real while Paul was sharping his knives and sliding them in when he was least expecting it.

Paul’s game started to unravel with the eviction of Alex and Jason. If he didn’t blindside them, then he would have won the game because he knew that they were going to vote the same. Josh’s goodbye message to Jason helped unravel it more as it made him look shadier. It wasn’t until tonight when Paul’s game went down the tube. During the jury questions, Paul gave them fake and rehearse answers where he continued to deny the backstabbing that they were all aware of. But then he totally took credit for it during his speech before votes. If he would have grown a pair and just owned up to it, he could have won. He also really didn’t need to play so hard. I get that he was playing for a purpose of not repeating what happened last season but he will even admit that he took too much risk that really didn’t need to happen.

The jury is slightly bitter

Don’t worry Jillian, It’s bad

If CBS was to make a spinoff of BB with it just being what happens in the Jury house, they would make some serious money because that Jury roundtable was EVERYTHING. Literally, you can cut the tension with the knife. This is also where you will have a divide on why Paul lost. I’ve looked on all social media outlets and it’s pretty much split down the middle. Some are saying that the jury was bitter and they were just pissed off that they got played. Others will say what I said above, it was poor jury management. While the majority of them were salty, they all had slightly valid points. Minus Raven and Matt, they really are just the worst casting choice in all of Big Brother, both US/Canada and worldwide.

I like to think it a mixture of both. Because of the lies and the backstabbing out of nowhere, they were bitter because of how they were told about it. There was no jury management to stop them from feeling this. Paul was too worried about making himself look good and losing again that he didn’t take the time to make sure they didn’t feel the way that did. He also wasn’t good at jury management last season either. If he would have taken the time to say “no hard feelings, I had to do what I had to do,” or something to that effect, they probably would have swallowed it a little better than they did. But instead, Paul was too worried about clean hands. Was the clean hands worth kissing $500,000 out the door?

Overall thoughts on the Season

You guys are in for a rude awakening

While you can probably guess my thoughts, this season was a dud season. Having one vet in the house really ruined the season. It also didn’t help that this season was a bunch of idiotic assholes who worshiped the ground he walked on. It also didn’t help that production tried to help Paul win by reusing comps he won last year and twist that are in his favor. While I’m not blaming Paul for this, it just ruined a season that started off strong before it became a flop. On the Big Brother US rating scale, this season is one of the worst in history. While the finale was a very fitting end, I highly enjoyed Paul losing and Cody getting America’s Favorite Player, it wasn’t enough to save the season. These houseguests were bullies, said very controversial things, and were just plain dicks are in for a rude awakening on the outside. I think a lot of them will regret what they said. If I had to give this season a rating, it would 2 out of 5 and that’s me being generous. It was entertaining but mainly for the wrong reasons. I also found out that most people tuned out once Jessica and Cody were eliminated as they were the only two to call Paul out, to begin with. They proved to Jessica that they are bigger idiots than what she thought.

Big Brother US needs to take notes from its sister series from the north because it’s frankly the stronger show. Fan outcry saved the show from being on hiatus. That’s how good it is. They also just need to let things happen in the game. I’m frankly tired of constant twist being thrown out to help certain houseguests from Production. I hope BB20 is an All-Star season because it’s time for a true All-Star season. But please don’t include Paul. While I would love to see him get taken down a peg, I’m done seeing him play the game. And if it’s not All-Stars, I’ll settle for USA vs Canada.

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Big Brother 19: Week 11 Breakdown

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I cannot believe this is almost over

Well, it finally has come to this. It’s time for the final Big Brother Breakdown. Thank Julie Chen that this shit is finally coming to an end. I don’t know about you but I’m totally over everything, which I’ll tell you about in the season review next week. But let’s get into what was the most uneventful week of the season.

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Remember when the last week wasn’t so rushed

Before I get into the actual events, let’s talk about how rushed everything was. This week was probably the single most rushed week in the history of BB. Before the episode that aired on Sunday, there were four episodes left (including the finale) and they literally blew threw them in a matter of three days. They weren’t even that good of episodes. Like Thursday’s was just two jury segments and a rushed nomination and veto. I get there is only four of them left but I still want to see their reactions to it all. Don’t rush it because I don’t want a fucking clip show. I’d rather have a jury show than listening to them reminiscing about the “fun times.” This season blew, I’m good without a fucking clip show.

Raven was the real puppet master…..BAHAHA

Why does Raven think she was a puppet master? Probably drugs

I hope you are sitting down when we read that because it’s true. The majority of the second episode of the week was about what’s happening in the Jury house, which they just need to give us Jury feeds. When Raven reached the house and they watched her DVD, and she revealed to everyone that she and Paul were the calling the shots and she was the puppet master, along with Paul. I know, right! I literally started busting out laughing because that was hilarious. Has Raven been taking some of Arbor Days’ meds or is she really that crazy? In what world does she think she played a good game? She and Matt were too busy with each other than actually playing the game? How is that a good game? Everyone’s reaction to this was also amazing because they weren’t having it as well.

 

There’s a bitter jury in the house

If the Alex and Jason’s evictions were any indications, I have a feeling that this will be a

My reaction to Matt and Raven thinking they are Big Brother Legends

bitter jury. Kevin will probably be the least bitter just because he really didn’t care to begin with and whenever it was revealed that Paul and Joshmas had a final three deal, he was just like “ehhh, it’s just a game.” Kevin is going to vote by who the played the game while the rest will be like “fuck you” to Paul more than likely. Matt and Raven are literally just in their own world and I’ve never realized how over them I am until Matt arrived at Jury and keeps trying to explain his stupidity.

 

Josh keeps blowing up Paul’s game in the goodbye messages and it’s going to win the game if he can get Paul out before final two. Paul’s jury management has been horrid this season. He thinks he is covering his tracks but he’s just making it worse. He had bad jury management last season as well but this season just is cringy. Like, did he not learn anything from Nicole?

Odds on winning

Is it really something we need to go over again? It’s Paul. It’s pretty much Josh vs Paul in the final HoH comp as Christmas can’t really compete in anything. Paul would be stupid to throw this any portion of this but I’ve been saying this about all the comps they threw this season. I do see Paul throwing the Endurance part to Christmas if she’s playing in it because Christmas is thirsty for Paul’s “Friendship” and will take him to the end. I hope that this does happen and Josh beats Paul in the second part because then it will be all Josh.

More than likely though: Josh vs Paul, Paul wins HoH and just evict Josh. Paul beats Christmas. I really just don’t want anywhere near the final two. Yes, he deserves it but the way he played wasn’t anything to be proud of. I really want Josh to win because it’s like picking which STD you want because either way, it’s going to suck.

Big Brother Breakdown will be back for the first edition of Celebrity Big Brother US, and more than likely Big Brother Canada 6, which is the superior of the North American Big Brothers. Make sure you check in next week for my honest review of this season. Spoiler: it’s not going to be pretty.

 

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