A visit to another universe has realized all of the show’s early promise.

Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for January 21 through 27 is “Vaulting Ambition,” the 12th episode of the first season of CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery.

What is Star Trek?

That question has dogged Star Trek: Discovery — the first new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise closed up shop in 2005 — since it began. The show’s darker tone and consideration of the difficulties of building and maintaining utopia seemed to be firmly at odds with the franchise as a whole, which has famously posited a future in which humanity is a peaceful species, exploring the cosmos and constantly striving to build a better universe.

Discovery is dark. It’s occasionally pessimistic. In the pilot, several of its characters more or less commit war crimes. The show has spent much of its season with the United Federation of Planets fighting the Klingons, and it has argued forcefully several times that the ends justify the means — an idea that, to put it mildly, would seem to cut against the philosophy of Star Trek. (On the micro level, though, Star Trek has never been all that consistent when it comes to its ideals.)

Indeed, the simultaneous presence of The Orville, Fox’s more forthrightly optimistic Star Trek: The Next Generation homage starring Seth MacFarlane, has spurred a debate in some circles of the internet: Which series better captures the “real” spirit of Star Trek?

My usual contribution to these debates is to declare that Read More Here