This third season of Star Trek has felt the most like the Star Trek series that have come before. I mean that in a good way and a bad way.
Some spoilers ahead.
This third season picks up right where the last season left off. The crew of Discovery was sent hundreds of years into the future and must now survive in this unfamiliar time. What they discover is a ravaged galaxy where a galaxy spanning disaster known as the “burn” has destroyed most of the space ships in the galaxy. Starfleet is a shell of what it once was. It’s up to Discovery and the remnants of Starfleet to rekindle hope in the galaxy again.
This season is very standard Star Trek, which means that there was no genre defying twist or anything like that. It followed the tried and true plot structure of past seasons of Star Trek where there are a lot of standalone episodes with a looming threat in the background and the final few episodes deal primarily with that threat. I like the often used themes of morality, optimism and rising above cruelty, themes common to old Star Trek. I enjoyed all of that.
But there was nothing new in this season. No real twist or revelation. The final reveal of what the “burn” really was anticlimactic, but in line with a more optimistic Star Trek.
Overall, I am a long time Star Trek fan so of course I enjoyed this season. I would’ve liked some progression in the overall genre and for the franchise, but this is nice too. When there are so many shows that insist on dark, edgy stories, it’s nice to have a story that stays somewhat optimistic, even if that equates to a predictable plot.
I think the primary target demographic of this show is clearly the people who’ve read the book and, moreover, those who played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. For those who read the book, they get to see those stories brought to life. For those who played the video game, this series serves as a prequel to the games. If you are not one of these two types of people, your enjoyment of this series may vary.
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I feel like this season of Strangers Things was a lot more fun than the prior seasons. I mean, there was always a bit of fun in the prior seasons, but I feel like this season was a lot more focused and had a lot better pacing. Also, each episode seemingly had something important that dealt with the primary plot line. No episodes with Eleven running off with other powered teenagers in this season. Just some kids fighting a monster. It’s also somewhat easier to sympathize with teenage actors than child actors.
Details: This is a review for season 2 of the show Stranger Things. Released on Netflix in 2017. There are nine episode with each episode at around forty-five minutes to an hour-long.
If I were to summarize Stranger Things 2 into a single phrase, it would be “nostalgia porn.” Stranger Things 2 doubles down on the nostalgia for the 1980’s and almost forces the viewer to partake in the music, style, and pop culture of the 1980’s. If you’re a fan of that decade, then you will likely enjoy Stranger Things 2. If you did not… then Stranger Things may come off as derivative and uninspired. For me, Stranger Things 2 dances the line between homage to the 1980’s and an uninspired, unoriginal mishmash of 1980’s pop culture.