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The Final Frontier is about to get a lot cuddlier — and this is coming from a world where swaths of reproducing fluff balls exist. Perfect World and Cryptic Studios has announced that they’re adding Star Trek: Discovery’s beloved Ripper the Tardigrade to Star Trek Online’s Age of Discovery expansion.

Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 confirmed a huge piece of news for the Trek universe last weekend: the rumours were true and Sir Patrick Stewart would be returning to television to reprise his role as an older, wiser Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. We know little else about the series beyond that, but I really hope it does for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker.

If you want to see an example of “trying too hard”, watch the trailer for CBS All Access’ new series, Tell Me a Story. It’s touted as a gritty update on three classic fairy tales, set in modern-day New York, replacing moonlit walks in the woods and houses made of straw with cocaine, sex clubs, and armed robberies in piggy masks. Not only does it look ridiculous, it’s also totally unnecessary.

Star Trek: Discovery has had more downs than ups, but a couple of standout moments did remind us of the Star Trek universe we know and love. The best (so far) has to be the seventh episode of the series, "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad".

Discovery's foray into time loops wasn't exactly heavy on plot, but it turned out to be a surprisingly heartfelt episode - one that only exists because the series was strapped for cash.

Honestly, considering the... staffing changes the good ship Discovery went through over the course of the first season, the crew could do with all the hands they could get. But Notaro will be serving the Federation elsewhere in season two.

The midseason finale of Star Trek: Discovery, "Into the Forest I Go", finally got this show to the place it should have been all season. Of course, in the process, it had to jettison a lot of character development it has been working on - but since it was mostly stuff that was bad, I'm perfectly happy letting them get away with it. This episode was the climax to a season that never existed, a season where the plot and characterisation was better. You can see that potential here.