‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is a hit and according to Entertainment Weekly‘s TV reporter Darren Franich, this Sunday night’s episode ‘Context Is King’ is the best of the first three, which were screened for members of the press and with the set up of the first two episodes out of the way, may offer the best idea as to what the rest of the series may feel like.
In preparation, CBS has offered a new clip from the episode to get you primed. In it, Starfleet officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is adjusting to the U.S.S. Discovery, which is commanded by Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs). She still doesn’t know why she has been brought aboard this ship, after being sentenced to prison for mutiny but she believes that Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) may offer some answers… should he be so inclined. But for starters, it doesn’t seem like he’s inclined to do anything that isn’t his idea and secondly, there seems to be a bit of a communications problem on the Discovery.
This will be the first appearance by Lt. Stamets, who promises to be a major character in upcoming installments. As has been widely reported, he is the first openly gay ‘Star Trek’ character on a TV show, although that isn’t mentioned in this particular clip and may not even be mentioned in this episode.
For now, here is his introductory scene:
Previously discussing his character, Rapp said:
“I’m really excited and happy when a gay character is a part of a story — especially when a gay character is created in a complex and human and non-stereotypical, interesting way, and that has certainly been the case with Stamets. And you get to see his relationship. There was a little glimpse [of a relationship with] Sulu in Beyond, and it was a nice nod. But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner [Dr. Hugh Culber, played by Wilson Cruz] in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated.”
“He’s a really, really smart guy and as smart guys go, he sometimes can be a little difficult to deal with because not everybody’s as smart as he is. So he’s got a little bit of an edge sometimes, which is fun to play.”
How are you enjoying ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ so far? Does it live up to the hype? Or is it too much of a departure from the classic mythology?