The show’s mission was to boldly disrupt all Trek lore that had gone before – and it has done, with space discos and even a dropping of the F-bomb. It feels worth sticking with, even if some fans haven’t taken to it ... For decades, Star Trek TV shows have loved and lionised their Federation spacecraft. You can see it in that signature visual flourish, where the USS Enterprise – or Voyager, or Defiant – languidly comes about like a proud old galleon before stretching impossibly into the distance and vanishing into the star field. The USS Discovery, headline star of the first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years, is no less central. Indeed, it has a one-of-a-kind “spore” drive that allows it to fold space and appear, essentially, anywhere else in the universe. Engage this drive and the Discovery’s saucer spins crazily like an 80s executive’s desk toy. The ship rips a hole in the cosmos, then abruptly reappears with a drunken bob. It seems like sci-fi skunkworks: effective, but certainly not pretty.
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