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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2018 is treating you all well.

January is that wonderful time of year when all our favourite shows return to our screens. Well, almost all of them (*cough* looking at you E4 *cough*) so I thought I would make another post about what I'm watching. Specifically the sci-fi...


Star Trek: Discovery



Turns out I was right and they did end up in the Mirror Universe after that jump. And it's the same wonderfully camp evil universe as in other Star Trek series, but with Discovery's darker edge. Seeing Tilly as Captain Killy is brilliant, but the sense of danger you feel Michael and Lorca are in over on the Shenzhou is so much deeper and real than any danger that previous MU episodes posed.

It also turns out that everyone on the internet was correct and Ash really is Voq. I'm now interested to see what, if anything, of Tyler remains. Was the Ash personality wiped out when Voq regained his memories? Or is he still in there, holding on to his tether (Michael) and trying to claw his way back to the surface? But even if he does, what then? It's not like things can just go back to the way they were. Still, it would be really interesting to watch.

And now the theories are turning towards Lorca, namely that he's been Mirror!Lorca all along and recruited Burnham in order to bring her to the Mirror Universe for some reason. Possibly to assassinate The Emperor. I don't know if that's the case, but I am really intrigued by the little smirk he did when Michael bowed to Emperor Georgiou at the end of the last episode. Almost like his plan was falling into place.

Also, I just want to point out that as soon as the Emperor was mentioned, I was 99.99% sure it was going to be Georgiou. Considering how shaken up Michael was by seeing (and stabbing) a random ensign that she used to know, how much worse is it going to be for her to come face to face with the Mirror counterpart of her former captain who she was extremely close to? And probably have to kill cos, you know, evil Terran Empire and all that.



The Orville



I was a bit wary going into this show. It's by Seth MacFarlane, he of Family Guy, American Dad, and the "We Saw Your Boobs" song at the Oscars, so I didn't have high hopes for anything particularly intelligent or mature. But I also heard it was a loving spoof of Star Trek, particularly TNG, and I love Star Trek, particularly TNG, so I decided to give it a go.

I'm so glad I did, cos I love it.

It's a bit weird though, cos it's not the direct spoof I was expecting. It's more like a sci-fi/comedy hybrid, which is good, but doesn't always mesh together as well as it would like. I do get the impression that even the show forgets what it's supposed to be sometimes, occasionally inserting random jokes into otherwise perfectly normal storylines as though the writers were worried they were getting too serious and needed to bring it back a bit.

Having said that, I still love it. Maybe even because of how not-polished it is. It feels like a ship crewed by real people who are good at their jobs but still occasionally goof off. And they all genuinely care about and respect each other, which, I've got to be honest, was another surprise coming from Seth MacFarlane.

Also, I ship Ed/Kelly a lot more than I expected to. After 'If The Stars Should Appear' I was so eager to go online and read fanfic about the two of them talking about and dealing with the events of the episode. So I was very disappointed to discover that none exists.

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