>It feels like many of the creators really care about enriching >the Star Trek universe, but others (including CBS suits >maybe?) have been pushing to keep it broad. And it just >doesn't mesh. >
I can see that. It's always going to be a battle when you're dealing with the big four networks. They want to be as broad as possible. Hopefully the creatives will win this battle.
> >All that said, though, everyone keeps saying (and it's >generally true) that Star Trek series usually need a season to >find their legs. The first season of TNG was just as uneven, >if not more. Despite all my complaints, I'm confident the show >will get better. I'm just ranting because I'm a nerd, and I >wish they'd done better. (And I'm fully aware that I wouldn't >have been able to do better.)
I was 11 when TNG started so I didn't notice, but looking back, that first year was pretty bad. I've watched all of the series (save TOS) multiple times. I would say that generally, none of the shows started to pull it together until season 3 and season 4 is where they really took off. Even "Enterprise". That said, Discovery easily has had the best first season of any of those shows. That's not to say it is better than those shows or will end up being better, but it is definitely off to a better start than the other shows IMO.
> >I'm also curious if anyone will come in and say they like the >mirror universe. Because it's never seemed anything other than >silly to me, in any of the series.
For me, the mirror universe stuff is a case by case situation. I mostly didn't care for the mirror universe in DS9 other than we got to see Sisko's wife. The mirror universe episodes on Enterprise was actually more entertaining than expected. Hoshi's character was awesome. Unfortunately those episodes had nothing to do with the main narrative of the show, so they felt inconsequential.