So, Star Trek: Discovery is showing in the UK on Netflix and I caught the first two episodes last night. I really enjoyed the show overall. It's more of a prologue (you don't even see the Discovery ship!) but the production values are absolutely terrific, and the opening is possibly the best Trek has ever had. There's a real feeling of weight to everything, the sets and props are very solid, and it's clear that this take on Trek has taken huge cues from contemporary shows like Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, with a serial rather than standalone (so far) feel. Actually I'd say it's like a far more action packed Stargate: Universe. The USS Shenzhou is a frikkin' marvellous piece of mechanical design, and everything from the overall lines to the super-detailed shots of the exterior are amazing for TV production. Given all the issues that were reported in production, it comes across as super-competent on screen. The cast are solid, with good performances all round. The aliens on the Federation bridge are nicely varied, with great make-up and (in one case) a con operator has a screen for a head. Very FLCL. The Klingons are dangerous and a bit mental, just how they should be. I don't personally have a problem with the improved and more alien look they've gone for here. I know purists will probably cry foul as it doesn't fit with the established timeline (and this is Prime universe to be clear, no movie exploits) but honestly, we can't expect TOS to be the establishing criteria for everything, the world has moved on. The story is very much told from one point of view rather than the "bridge crew" dynamic Trek is famous for, but I have a feeling that'll develop once the series starts properly next week. Anyone else seen it yet?