By going dark, Star Trek: Discovery freed itself to look at the future in a new way

When Star Trek: Discovery launched on CBS last September, it went where no Star Trek show had gone before. Instead of focusing on standalone episodes like its predecessors, its first season was a single, extended story arc about a war between the Klingons and the Federation. Rather than scientific exploration, cultural exchange, and diplomatic missions, the USS Discovery’s captain, Gabriel Lorca, was hell-bent on defeating the Klingons, even when it meant venturing into ethical gray areas. Over the course of the first season, the show repeatedly pushed the crew (and sometimes the audience) beyond their comfort zones, with episodes that dealt with rape, torture, and the systematic exploitation and consumption of intelligent races. Even…

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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