Star Trek on mushrooms – that’s not a commentary on the series, by the way, that is literally what the plot is of the newest entry in the franchise as it returns to the small screen in Star Trek: Discovery!
Star Trek: Discovery is (allegedly) set in the time between Star Trek: The Original Series first pilot 'The Cage' and its second pilot 'Where No Man Has Gone Before'. We follow Michael Burnham, a disgraced officer of Starfleet, as she explores the mystery and secrecy of the USS Discovery and its strange spore drive that allows the ship to teleport instantly anywhere in the galaxy.
"Discovery keeps its drama closer to home with the cloak-and-dagger operations of Captain Lorca and the ship itself"
Unlike previous Star Trek series, Discovery is completely serialised, and as such, is hard to really decide how good the plot is in comparison, as we are only really in early stages. The first two episodes are a prelude to the series, so have only just started to explore the plot (not all the characters have even been introduced yet!). Interestingly however, it is already apparent that where previous Star Trek stories use alien planets and settings as their source of story, Discovery keeps its drama closer to home with the cloak-and-dagger operations of Captain Lorca and the ship itself.
"The futuristic feel of the ship and equipment can sometimes make you forget you are watching Star Trek"
That’s not all that sets Discovery apart. Aesthetically, the show is very different. The series exploits its Netflix home by using a more cinematic aspect ratio, and the camera angles are more varied, with Dutch angles and contrasting shots. The show has a feel more in line with the more recent (“Kelvin timeline”) films than it does the previous shows. This, in addition to the futuristic feel of the ship and equipment (remember, the USS Enterprise is already on operation at this point, with Spock on board, just not Kirk), can sometimes make you forget you are watching Star Trek.