Space is no longer the last frontier. At least he is not the only one. Because in the third season of Star Trek Discovery it is time to reformulate the historical incipit of the classic series. In fact, the first episode of this new season of the prequel series of the historic show created by Gene Roddenberry in 1968 debuted a few hours ago in Italy and the cards on the table have definitely changed. both from a narrative and distributive point of view.
The new episodes of Discovery will actually see the light weekly on the streaming platform that has obtained the distribution rights from CBS, which produces the series and airs it exclusively in the US on CBS All Access. The series created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) and Alex Kurtzman (Alias, Fringe) is thus one of the most interesting and anticipated Netflix premieres of October and is preparing to interrupt the whole concept that had characterized him until now, to reach new unexplored horizons.
Forget about the Red Angel and AI Control that we were so worried about in the previous season; If you need a refresher, we invite you to discover where we left off with Star Trek Discovery 2. The third season of Discovery starts from the last bars of the previous one, to catapult us with a slingshot effect almost a thousand years in the future, at 3188 to be precise. Commander Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Verde) has in fact implemented the plan to prevent the destruction of the entire universe, erasing the very existence of himself and the USS Discovery from the membership timeline, going through a wormhole that faces an unprecedented future. And it is precisely in this future that we find ourselves in the first seconds of the episode, following the fallen angel Burnham – it is appropriate to say so – after having emerged beyond the black hole and impacted the spaceship of whom it will be. be be Book (David Ajala), the woman’s new travel companion in this prologue, as well as the one who promises to be an important addition to the already burly and highly valid cast of the series.
Burham’s downfall has enormous symbolic value for the Discovery franchise itself. The impact buries her in the black sands of an unknown planet, which she hopes is her intended destination, Terralyum. Seeing the Discovery Science Officer emerge from this mound and retrieve the vestiges of what his membership in the Federation represents, including his insignia, gives us the clear impression of a rebirth of the character and the franchise itself.
From the encounter / clash with Book we will in fact learn that the Federation is now a pale memory, whose end is lost decades ago, but which dates back to a catastrophic event that originated from a huge dilithium explosion called “the Great Fire”, which gave a real “blow” to the entire Galaxy a hundred years ago.
Some remnants of the Federation have survived since then, but what was once a widespread and efficient organization no longer exists and The Burham team itself is now antiques to be exchanged at the nearest market.
Towards new horizons
Discovery thus frees itself from the too close ties dictated by being a prequel to Star trek set a decade after the original series. Despite the interesting additions and new routes found in the course of previous seasons, the goal of a prequel cannot in fact be to fill a void within a known mythology, respecting its canons and characters and sometimes creating controversy or notes. about certain narrative choices (How come in all these years we never knew Spock had a sister?).
Well as of now, the CBS series is free to literally fly to new horizons and this feeling of renewed freedom is breathed throughout the episode, which does not translate into a distortion of the concept or the format, but rather represents a pleasant drift, a gigantic and if the scriptwriters have had the courage to explore and that shows the first fruits of this bet right now, despite of the unknowns are not entirely absent.
From a technical point of view we are faced with a gigantic production, which as always invest in great talents to obtain a result of undoubted quality. The direction unites the threads of the narrative without great surprises, but with a sure hand, giving a pulse in the action and fight scenes, accompanied by an impeccable photograph, which takes advantage of the beautiful locations and the scenography that give us a futuristic version. of the future itself, without daring too much and perhaps remain anchored to visual cliches that they find in the immortal Bounty hunter its origin. During the episode we didn’t get a chance to sample the actor’s performances from the entire cast; in any case we can confirm that Sonequa Martin-Green proves once again not only the ideal choice for Burham, but one of the most versatile actresses on the serial scene. Without forgetting the interpretation of David Ajala, whose character undoubtedly still has a lot to give to the show.
There are many paths to follow and not all of them are obvious; Will they lead to rebuilding the Federation and a new era for Starfleet? Will it be just a preamble to return the narrative to a kind of restoration of the concept and a return to the origins? These are all more than legitimate questions, but for now they remain unanswered. So we just have to wait for the next episodes to find out which fate will go against not only Burnham, but Discovery itself.