Star Trek: Discovery is the first new Star Trek series since the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise was broadcast in 2005. With such an ardent fanbase, it’s perhaps unsurprising that some fans found fault with it. The show has made some departures from typical Star Trek fare – such as including swearing in its dialogue, as well as bloody and brutal scenes of violence. There was also that Klingon sex scene. Bet you never thought you needed to see what Klingon boobs looked like. But now you have.
While the first half of the inaugural season struggled to find warmth from fans in some camps, with many criticising the refreshed look of Klingons for one thing, the series creators have ramped things up as the second half of the season kicks in. And fans are loving it. Let’s compare reactions to the show back when it started through to that incredible eleventh episode, “The Wolf Inside“.
In September, reactions ranged from out-and-out hate to cautious optimism, starting with this person who wasn’t keen:
So let's talk a little about Star Trek: Discovery and how things get killed by bad decisions.
— Columbina (@EccentricFlower) September 25, 2017
This person didn’t have an opinion on the story, but was put off by its look:
I don't know if Star Trek Discovery is good story wise, but cinematography wise its horrible. The dutch angles and lens flares are bad
— Philip Arsenault (@PhilipArsenault) September 25, 2017
This Twitter user, meanwhile, afforded it faint praise:
Star Trek: Discovery is not half bad. Only the future will tell. pic.twitter.com/AiZOlIGDfz
— OMJ3D molṑn labé ن ♞✟ (@jabob99) September 25, 2017
This Tweeter admitted to liking the show, but didn’t hold back in identifying his problem with it:
I'm liking Star Trek discovery but Captain Goergiou is already bugging me. She seems like a bad actor.
— Paul Liebrand (@PaulLiebrand) September 25, 2017
Greg thought badly of the Klingons, and crew members — among other things:
Star Trek Discovery was pretty bad. Klingons were awful, acting stiff, f— those camera angles, and they were the dumbest crew in Starfleet
— Greg (@RoninGreg) September 25, 2017
While Steve had also made his mind up:
just watched Star Trek Discovery
that's Klingon for
— Steve Fruitman (@SugarCamp2) September 25, 2017
Barry, meanwhile, wasn’t won over:
Just got done watching another segment of star trek discovery so far still pretty bad and we haven't even seen the starship discovery yet.
— Barry Lee (@maxmydog41) September 25, 2017
In October, there was still plenty of people disliking it, but more were coming round. There’s a lot of love for the show’s vision in this Tweet:
Star Trek Discovery’s episode by episode march away from darkness and towards the hope of Roddenberry’s original vision is one of the most subtly powerful statements of 2017.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) October 14, 2017
While this guy — try as he might — just couldn’t get into it:
After catching up on Star Trek Discovery's latest episode, I have decided that's enough time wasted. Not enjoying that at all. -> #tvhut
— John M. Kahane (@jkahane1) October 14, 2017
This person noted its similarities to Enterprise:
The more I watch Star Trek: Discovery the greater I feel I'm watching recycled EPs from the nonexistent fifth season of Enterprise…
— InvisiBill (@WFStretch) October 14, 2017
And poor old Rob begged for assistance:
I still don't get star trek discovery… Help.
— Rob Edwards (@1robedwards) October 14, 2017
Stinky tested another tactic to help get into the show:
i guess in 20 minutes we'll see if Star Trek Discovery is better drunk or not
— Wiiide (@Lagrange_1) October 8, 2017
While this person seemed to think it was okay, but had one big issue with Sonequa Martin-Green’s character Michael Burnham:
Two episodes in to Star Trek Discovery and I can roll with it SO FAR, but the one thing that bugs me most ?
Why's she got a man's name ?
— pee (@callmeepee) October 8, 2017
And this person condemned it as being akin to bad fan fiction:
Everything about Star Trek Discovery screams of shit-tier fanfic.
— Outlaw Jersey Whale (@tobadzistsini) October 8, 2017
This Twitter user couldn’t figure out why another user disliked it:
@Totalbiscuit Just watched star trek discovery 1-3. Not sure why you dislike it so much, seems like a star trek to me, just more movie-like
— Evil Cronos (@Evil_Cronos) October 8, 2017
While this one found one good thing to like about it — another show:
The one good thing about Star Trek Discovery is that it's caused me to start watching Star Trek Enterprise which I'm enjoying.
— Team Heir | Dan Soup (@DanielSoup) October 8, 2017
In November, reactions were noticeably more positive, with this person listing its good and bad points:
So far mixed feelings about Star Trek Discovery. Potentially good backstory, characters and techno babble, but poorly written screenplay and direction. Fighting scenes are plain ridiculous. Now they went Voyager *sigh
— Nelson R Jr / Nerjal (@nrj_nerjal) November 15, 2017
And this one pointing out one thing that could improve the show, namely the addition of a certain actor:
One thing could make Star Trek Discovery better: a recurring character played by Jeffrey Combs. Shran was terrific in Enterprise
— john f (@johnnygf) November 15, 2017
This person stuck with it and found their opinion changing:
After giving Star Trek Discovery another try with finishing the first 5 eps, I can say this show has a lot more potential than I originally felt w/ the premiere
— Tankooni ᛈᚷᚲ (@Tankooni) November 15, 2017
While this one made a joke about how bad the characters in Seth McFarlane’s Star Trek homage The Orville think it is:
Judging by the disgust on their faces, I'm pretty sure they're watching Star Trek Discovery
— Adam Kopala (@adamkoppol) November 15, 2017
Lucy, meanwhile, cautiously praised the show:
I went into Star Trek: Discovery expecting to hate it, but I don't. Not even a little.
Diversity, intrigue, awesome special effects, gay kisses, space battles, aliens, cool concepts, cliffhangers!
Sure, it's not classic Trek, but it's fun and clever and entertaining. Big fan! pic.twitter.com/Ej0k8oP0nl
— Lucy Goacher 🦊 (@goachwriter) November 15, 2017
While this person seemed to doubt that the Klingon nudity was necessary:
When you're explaining how it was actually an artistic choice to show titty in episode 9 of Star Trek Discovery
— crasspantƵ (@crasspants) November 15, 2017
And while these two Twitter users weren’t down on Star Trek: Discovery per se, they both admitted to preferring another show:
I am mildly enjoying Star Trek Discovery, but I'm sad to see biology getting mangled as badly as physics this time around… I miss the #TheExpanse
— Sim Koning (@SimeonKoning) November 15, 2017
This person seemed to acknowledge the haters while revealing his thoughts on the series:
Personally, i really like Star Trek: Discovery.
— Tony Khan (@anthonypermal) November 15, 2017
While this guy has definitely grown to like it more as it’s gone on:
Feeling better about Star Trek Discovery after 8 episodes than I was after 2. Got a bit more into standalone-ish episodes.
— eggy beard (@edknock) November 7, 2017
Although some still had beef with that lens flare:
Enough with the lens flares Star Trek:Discovery.
— Boback Shahsafdari (@bobacks) November 7, 2017
And someone gave up:
Star Trek Discovery; I gave you the benefit of the doubt but 4 eps in and I'm done. And congratulations on the grown up swearing and stuff.
— Bennett Arron (@BennettArron) November 7, 2017
But Gareth was keen to know more:
I was very 'meh' about the idea of Star Trek: Discovery, but having watched the first four episodes, I'm intrigued by the emerging dynamic between Michael and Captain Lorca. Is she going to have to take him down at some point?
— Gareth L Powell (@garethlpowell) November 7, 2017
While this fan of The Orville communicated that she thinks Discovery is inferior:
Watching more of The Orville, it's interesting to me how shallow the storylines of Star Trek Discovery are by comparison.
— Angela Night (@Angelheartnight) November 4, 2017
This birthday girl likes the show so much, on the other hand, that she got a special themed birthday cake — happy belated 21st, Katie!
— Katie S (@131Katie) November 7, 2017
Star Trek: Discovery was absent from our screens through December but after a thrilling mid-season finale, the Discovery-watching internet was looking forward to it coming back in January. And they weren’t disappointed, with the following Twitter users particularly into the latest episodes:
Really digging this mirror universe storyline in Star Trek Discovery. Way better than the Klingon war.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) January 15, 2018
Star Trek Discovery has sort of engaged beast mode in the second half of this season, eh?
— Helen O'Hara (@HelenLOHara) January 15, 2018
The best part about Mondays is new Star Trek Discovery episodes…
— 🏳️🌈🎮 (@GaymerChat) January 15, 2018
Star Trek Discovery is amazing! The latest twists are mind blowing and I'm addicted to the series!! I need the next episode now! Also @SonequaMG does the best job as Burnham like she did as Sasha on TWD! Highly recommend this show to be watched. #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.com/w79W2kGLXn
— TWD fanboy (@fanboy_twd) January 15, 2018
It’s even become popular amongst the cat population:
Shhhh don’t talk! I’m watching Star Trek: Discovery with my Dads! Pass the Cheese Its please. #livelongandpawspurr cute .
.#heyquesocat #nachoandqueso #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #kitty #pet #pets #animal #petstagram #photooftheday #ilovemycat #instagramcats … pic.twitter.com/FUvGyDblj2
— Nacho & Queso Cats (@HeyNachoCat) January 14, 2018
This guy was blown away:
— George Alevizos (@GeorgeAlevizos_) January 15, 2018
While this Twitter user utilises exclamation marks to full effect to convey his joy:
Marsha puts it up there with two other current shows and gives it high praise:
These 3 Shows Are Reinventing The Legacy of #StarTrek
— Marsha Collier (@MarshaCollier) January 14, 2018
This person is surprised at their reaction:
Star Trek Discovery is pretty freaking awesome.
Never would I have imagined liking it so much when it was first announced. #StarTrekDiscovery
— Salvor Hardin (@SalvorH) January 12, 2018
And this person judged his feelings about the series according to his physical responses while watching the mid-season premiere:
Star Trek Discovery came back swinging. I audibly gasped, laughed and shouted at the screen, which to my mind is a good sign that they've got me hooked. pic.twitter.com/7jUpxj8J7V
— Stephen Byrne (@StephenByrne86) January 9, 2018
Carlton. Enough said:
STAR TREK DISCOVERY IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK pic.twitter.com/HxBdDTWOja
— Hind (@arret2jeu) January 13, 2018
In true Star Trek fashion, it’s also picking up fans of different species:
Reporting for a new episode of Star Trek: Discovery: Tribble Security Officer Grace. pic.twitter.com/VzESNSOz4X
— Jean MacDonald (@macgenie) January 8, 2018
This person praises the show’s depiction of one of the show’s significant relationships:
Hi just want to say STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is back tonight & if you like good sci-fi & excellent representation of same-sex love you should be watching it pic.twitter.com/Vz8U3bwcan
— BringBackLookingHBO (@looking4evah) January 7, 2018
But there’s just no pleasing some people:
Usually tv shows make it to the second season before having a sophomore slump, but Star Trek Discovery decided to start halfway through their first season following the fall break
— Jacob Dean (@SchadenJake) January 15, 2018
Star Trek Discovery is the food equivalent of canned cheese whiz cheese substitute…five months expired. So not only is it not nutritious, it tastes awful and under the right circumstances can cause brain damage! Damn I hate that thing! AHHHHH!!!!!!
— Doomcock (@doomcock) January 10, 2018
You can catch Star Trek: Discovery every Sunday in the US and a day later in the UK.