Why the Trek is a Star Trek Discovery review and analysis podcast where David, a lifelong Trekkie who's seen every episode and movie of Star Trek at least once, and Zach, a novice to the Trek world and a hardcore Star Wars fan, break down each episode of CBS's Star Trek: Discovery series.
Why the Trek offers a unique, in-depth look into the world of Discovery, as David brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the Star Trek franchise, and Zach provides a fresh, out of the box view of the universe.
Check back each week after Discovery airs for post-episode analysis that's sure to expand your appreciation and knowledge of the show.
S2E14 - Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2
David explains the effect Discovery Season 2 has had on his star trek fandom. Zach wants to know why Control was handled worse than Ultron. We discuss why season 2 feels like a badly written group project report in college.
Come back in a few weeks for our full season 2 recap roundtable!
S2E13 - Such Sweet Sorrow Part 1
David can't take it anymore, but Zach remains calm, cool, and critical. David defends Georgiou's supernova suggestion and rails against the hypocrites in the room (Cornwell). Zach reimagines the telling of this episode if the Spore Drive was damaged, and it makes a lot more sense.
S2E12 - Through the Valley of Shadows
David fears he's becoming a nitpicker, and Zach compares watching DSC to The Bachelor. Zach questions Saru's post-Vaharai competency as a leader and asks if his lack of fear hurts his ability to act rationally (Zach also pitches Free Solo as a comparison point to Saru). We get spun up on time travel storytelling and how stereotypically treacherous Control's motivations are. We hate the ending of the episode. It's bad.
S2E11 - Perpetual Infinity
Our disappointment, unfortunately, continues. Dave and Zach discuss why they feel this episode (and the season of late) are going down the wrong path. Everyone's a bit confused on the ever-expanding feature list of the Red Angel suit. Zach explains why the changes to Leland cheapen the character, and Dave pledges his unwavering commitment to optimism in the upcoming season finale.
S2E10 - The Red Angel
This episode really didn't stick the landing for us. David wants to know why anthropologists are building time machines just to test their pet theories. Zach teaches a class on time travel paradoxes, complete with examples involving a German child in the early 20th century. Not to poke fun, but if we designed ocular scanners, we would also put needles in the eyepieces.
S2E9 - Project Daedalus
We discuss how Airiam was misused in this episode as a one-off character, from her backstory through her apparent demise. Zach points out how this episode raises good questions about simulation and realistic fakes, and the challenges to understanding what is true in the world. David salutes Nhan, the one character who seemed to be focused on her job for the entire episode. Finally, we speculate about where the story will go over the last four episodes of the season.