Outstanding; early teen O.K. to watch with parental supervision
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Good Trek, arguably, is relevant to the times it was made. Today’s world is so full of darkness, uncertainty, and difficulty. Discovery is a very different Trek compared to before. Episodes are much less about escaping from a bad, scientific situation, or moral conundrums while peacefully exploring - and are more often written around an antagonist that easily leads to blood, gore, violence. Example: Captain Lorca.
But that is why it was so refreshing in Season 2, to have a legendary, funny, full of swagger ship captain like Christopher Pike, who could not be more different than Gabriel Lorca. The show’s tone instantly changes with Pike’s arrival. To fully appreciate this, I feel that watching the show with Lorca in command is needed (only my opinion). The show is still heavy and dark in some aspects, but none of it comes from Pike, who is written faithfully as the hero we’ve all known through the years. And he’s performed so awesome by Anson Mount. Pike embodies the virtues of Starfleet, while Lorca does not (well, there’s more to that but I won’t spoil).
Because of the greater realism in this show, the tough, gray-area moral conundrums of decision making are more realistic, relatable, and thought provoking. Again, young kids won’t be able to understand or process this stuff.
I don’t think Roddenberry would have supported Discovery, as he originally envisioned Trek as a “Happy Trails through the Stars”. Again, I don’t think that particular vision of Trek reflects today’s world as much, with all the scandals, school shootings, and political corruption in the news today. For those that always wondered what it’d be like if Trek was centered around the military, in wartime (as opposed to exploration), then this show is for you. But at expense of turning Trek into a show vastly different from Roddenberry’s vision. So that is why you see/hear so many people saying that this isn’t really Trek anymore. That said, concepts of love, compassion, peace, elements of Prime Directive, are clearly in the show still, just not as common or obvious.
So, I still enjoy it. It’s clearly not retreading the same plot used ad naseum in prior shows. I can appreciate how difficult it can be to adapt earlier Treks principles/values for for a topical version emphasizing realism and war.
If Discovery is causing all the ruckus about not conforming what is really Trek, then o boy, the upcoming Tarantino Rated R Star Trek Movie will be that much more controversial! Just imagine a Starfleet ship with a foul mouthed Captain Samual L. Jackson, giving monologues about an intergalactic royale with cheese. Anyways, back to Discovery.
This show is not for young kids at all. Period. Too much violence, too much swearing for that age group.
Pre-teens may have seen/heard these violent/sexual themes from others at school, but show may be still too intense for them. It’s one thing to talk about somebody getting shot, but another to actually see it depicted realistically. And visual effects these days are so good/realistic, it’s pretty rare for a kid to yell, “that looked sooo fake!”
Early teens: it is so easy for kids these days to become desensitized to senseless violence and bloodshed, due to what’s on TV and social media these days. Parental supervision (in my case) is needed to help my daughter understand consequence and responsibility, especially in these days of desensitization and sensory overload.
My teen daughter by now has heard obscenities, all of them, by now. I can’t shield her from those words at school now; what I can do however is to get her to understand why those words are obscenities. It’s unfortunate that peer pressure at school causes kids to swear in order to be cool. But it’s our jobs as parents to teach them right from wrong, while inspiring them to be the best they can become. In the face of all this social media.
Depiction of a loving gay couple (the mycologist and his physician husband) - in today’s world I’d be doing her and society a big disservice if I taught her to not tolerate or to hate homosexuals. She’s exposed to even more of LGBT stuff at school compared to what’s on Discovery. Despite the ire of some of my fellow church members, the best I can do for my daughter is to emphasize acceptance, tolerance, and love for all.
Violence/murder/rape - I have a big issue with these, much more so than sex itself. However she is now old enough to begin having discussions with me on those issues: violence, murder, death. And most of all, consequence and responsibility. Real vs. make-believe. As for gore, she’ll look at me strange when there’s a gory scene that makes daddy laugh out loud - usually it’s because the gore is somehow inconsistent with how things work in reality (I’m a physician). It gives me an opportunity to teach her anatomy, physiology, ER trauma, etc. to help her distinguish the real from Hollywood special effects. Things become less scary (if she is scared) when I explain/show how these effects are done, and all the safety precautions taken to keep the actor/actress safe. Maybe this ruins the shock-value of depicted violence for her, and/or suspension of disbelief, but I’d rather have that than a desensitization to true, real world violence. That said this happens much less with Star Trek Discovery than other shows. Although violence is “gratuitous” for a Trek show, it’s much less than many other things out there that’s she’s still a little young too watch (e.g. Quentin Tarantino movie).
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Positive role models
Violence & scariness