The first season of Star Trek: Discovery, whether you loved it or hated it, added new imagery to the visual language of the series: a new ship, new uniforms, and even new glimpses of old favourites.
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Going into Star Trek: Discovery, fans were told to expect something new. It would be dark. It would be modern. It would push the boundaries of where Star Trek had boldly gone before. Now that we're at the end of Discovery's first season, we know it did take a few steps in those directions - but every time it did, it retreated back the minute things got too uncomfortable.
That was the theme of Discovery's latest episode: Michael Burnham's struggle between wrong, emotional (her words) choices and right, principled ones is also the struggle of the United Federation of Planets. Her giving into temptation and selfishly rescuing Emperor Georgiou is much the same temptation faced by the Federation in this episode. But will the Federation make as bad a call as Burnham did?
It's very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what's fuelled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series' wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theatres and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be tackling something fascinating, questioning institutions in each world that fans have held dear for decades.
Thought it was tough to beat Daenerys Targaryen when it came to absurdly lengthy formal titles? Well, her most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Kronos, Regina Andor, Emperor Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius on Star Trek: Discovery just might. But this being Star Trek, there are reasons for every one of those fancy names.
Star Trek's Mirror Universe is one of - hell, the - most famous parallel universes in science fiction history. In fact, it almost has a timeline of its own as rich as the prime reality of Trek itself. So if you've been confused by all the Mirror-verse happenings in Discovery - and why wouldn't you be? - we're here to help put it all together.
After a brief holiday hiatus, Toy Aisle makes its triumphant return with an exclusive first look at a new collectable from DC Comics that fans of The New Teen Titans will want to start saving for. We also have the easiest way to build your own ship-in-a-bottle courtesy of LEGO, and something for Star Trek: Discovery fans looking to recreate epic Federation vs. Klingon space battles at their desks, instead of actually working.
Ah, Discovery. This might be the best exploration one of these episodes has ever done in encapsulating just how miserable the Mirror Universe really is. Like, we all joke about goatees and the agony booth, but the idea's existed for so long it's almost been kitschy. Not any more. But, of course, the true betrayal isn't this universe's versions of themselves, but something Discovery brought along with it.
Ryan Coogler talks about where we find T'Challa going into Black Panther. ABC reveals a weird twist for its Jetsons reboot. Matt Reeves offers a tiny update on the progress of The Batman. Plus, a look at Mon-El's new superhero getup on Supergirl, and hope for Agents of SHIELD's future. Behold, spoilers!
Holy crap was there a lot of television this year. While we've already covered our best and worst shows of the year, there were many specific moments in these series, as well as memorable highlights from shows that didn't make it into our Top 10 list, that we'd be remiss to not highlight - or remind you of how awful they were. Steel yourselves, here comes our best and worst TV moments of 2017.
One of the biggest mysteries that Star Trek: Discovery left unanswered by the end of its midseason break -- other than, is everyone on this ship crazy or good now, I can't tell - is just what's happened with Voq, the mysterious Albino Klingon who could be a secret spy within the Federation. This poster either hints at that, or is just hilariously bad.
Earlier this week, we got the ridiculous report that Quentin Tarantino not only pitched a Star Trek movie, but that JJ Abrams was allegedly drafting up a writers room alongside Tarantino to help bring it to life. A new report today claims that Tarantino's Trek would boldly go where Star Trek movies have never gone before.