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Star Trek: Discovery’s ‘Choose Your Pain’ Finally Feels Like Star Trek; Season 1 Episode 5

23 Oct 2017, 14:01 UTC
Star Trek: Discovery’s ‘Choose Your Pain’ Finally Feels Like Star Trek; Season 1 Episode 5
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The USS Discovery, NCC-1031, is perhaps a very thinly-veiled reference to Star Trek’s ‘Section 31,’ and things could get a lot darker before anyone goes back to being an explorer. Image credit: Star Trek / CBS Press Kit.At long last, we’re getting a confrontation with ethics, with science, and with human frailty, not just the Federation at war.“You are… six years old. You are weak and helpless! You cannot… hurt me!” -Captain Picard, a badass, while being torturedWith the Federation immersed in an all-out war with the Klingons, the spirit of exploration has been all but missing from Star Trek: Discovery through the first four episodes. Captains, crews, and even an admiral all met their demise with little pause for mourning, and the ideals of Starfleet have been repeatedly shoved aside in favor of doing whatever’s necessary to obtain the desired outcome. But for the first time since this new incarnation of Star Trek premiered, the ultimate vision of Gene Roddenberry has been on display. When it mattered most, it wasn’t the commanding officer who steered the ship along the path of righteousness, but the crewmembers themselves, acting of their own volition. It was a triumph for the spirit of ...

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