Star Trek: Discovery came along in 2017, and brought the franchise back to the small screen twelve years after the cancellation of Enterprise. I founded Trekking with Dennis in late 2019, so I don’t have reviews of Seasons 1 and 2 right now – but I hope to eventually write up re-watches of all of the episodes. Beginning with Season 3 I have reviewed every episode of the series, and I plan to continue to do so for as long as it’s on the air!
On this page you’ll find an archive of my
Discovery episode reviews, fan theories, and plenty of other discussion pieces surrounding the show. A fifth season has been confirmed and is currently in pre-production; if we get any news, casting announcements, or trailers I’ll be sure to take a look at them between now and when it premieres. Season 5 Buildup:
A fifth season of
Discovery is in pre-production. You can find all my pre-season articles here! Season 4 Episode Reviews:
You can find all of my Season 4 episode reviews right here!
“If I were to be critical of Species Ten-C, what I’d say is that it probably took too long for the season to reach this point…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 12: Species Ten-C
“Rosetta plodded along, constantly tripping over one big, unnecessary narrative cliché…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 11: Rosetta
“An episode with some stellar performances from both of its leads and a couple of guest stars stumbled under the weight of an unnecessarily heavy storyline…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 9: Rubicon
“When All In did find time for fun or interesting moments, they tended to be cut short in favour of returning to the contrived, less-interesting side of the story…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 8: All In
“But To Connect told two stories about seeking out new life: the very core of Starfleet’s mission…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 7: …But to Connect
“Blu del Barrio put in the best performance of the season so far, showed off their range as an actor, and made these sequences feel incredibly emotional…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episode 3: Choose To Live
“One of the big questions facing Season 4 at the moment is the nature of the gravitational anomaly…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 4, Episodes 1-2 Season 4 Theories:
I wrote and updated a theory list while Season 4 was running. You can see how I got on here!
Season 4 Buildup:
I wrote a number of articles in 2021 in between Seasons 3 and 4. Some were looking back at elements from Season 3, others looked ahead to Season 4. You can find all of them here.
“When fans pull together we can do anything. Star Trek’s history is testament to that…”
Read more We won! Kind of…
“Will Trekkies around the world be able to enjoy any new Star Trek in the months ahead? Or will we see repeat after repeat of the Discovery mess?”
Read more What will the Discovery decision mean for Picard, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, and the rest of Star Trek?
“Unfortunately, the way corporations see these kinds of social media campaigns is very dismissive and negative…”
Read more Should we #BoycottParamountPlus?
“The person who coined the phrase ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity’ evidently never met the marketing team at ViacomCBS…”
Read more Ten shows to watch instead of Star Trek: Discovery Season 4
“I feel sorry for the actors, directors, and the rest of the creative team, because their incredible hard work under difficult circumstances during the pandemic is now soiled by this truly disgusting corporate mess…”
Read more A Trekkie’s dilemma
“To make this announcement less than 48 hours before Discovery’s fourth season was due to premiere is beyond insulting. It’s the latest and most egregious ‘f**k you’ in a long line…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery won’t be available internationally.
“There are also four new photos that have been shown off along with the episode titles…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery – first Season 4 episode titles revealed!
“Let’s head back to the beginning and run through all three seasons as briefly as possible! I’ll try to hit all of the most important and relevant points as we go…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 – The Story So Far
“A well-timed and well-executed character death can be shocking, impactful, and emotional…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 – Death Predictions…
“I’d like to lay out some of my personal preferences for Season 4…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 – a wishlist
“Whether a Borg origin story was actually present in the original Season 2 pitch or not is something we may never know…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 theory: The abandoned Borg origin story
“The trailer was action-packed and exciting, with ample interpersonal drama and an awful lot to unpack…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 – new trailer analysis
“Star Trek Day shone with passion and positivity, and that’s just what the franchise needed as it marked its fifty-fifth birthday…”
Read more Star Trek Day roundup!
“I’ve got a few ideas for what might be coming our way when Star Trek Day kicks off…”
Read more Star Trek Day 2021 predictions
“As the rest of the galaxy struggles to recover, maybe Starfleet will learn that the Delta Quadrant largely escaped the Burn…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – did the Delta Quadrant escape the Burn?
“Time travel seemingly presents a way for the Burn to have been avoided – if we don’t dig too deeply…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – Could time travel have helped avoid the Burn?
“Would it have been possible for transporter technology to provide an alternative to some or all of Starfleet’s faster-than-light travel?”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – Could transporters have helped avoid the Burn?
“The ending didn’t flow from what had been slowly built up across the rest of the season…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – what was the Burn?
“What I’m thinking of today are five storylines that could take us by surprise in Discovery’s fourth season…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 – wacky ideas
“I think that makes it a good opportunity to take stock and look ahead to the entertainment experiences that lie before us between now and Christmas…”
Read more We’re halfway through 2021!
“All of these theories seemed plausible at the time – for one reason or another – yet ultimately proved to be way off base…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – my worst theory failures!
“One of Discovery’s unique features within Star Trek’s broader canon has been the season-long captaincies of three very different individuals…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 theory – Michael Burnham
“There’s storytelling potential in re-introducing a faction from Star Trek’s past to a character or group of characters who are entirely unaware of their existence…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 4: Factions of the far future
“No information was provided by Paramount Pictures or ViacomCBS about the film other than its June 2023 release date. So it would be foolish to speculate, wouldn’t it?”
Read more Star Trek 2023: what could it be?
“Star Trek’s past didn’t provide the key to understanding [spoiler] last season. Will something we’ve seen before come into play in Season 4?”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery – eight “gravitational anomaly” theories
“With so much going on, and so many amazing reveals, it’s hard to know what to talk about first!”
Read more Star Trek’s “First Contact Day” event – roundup and impressions
“These announcements were interesting, and I feel reasonably confident now that we’ll see three Star Trek shows this year instead of the two I had been expecting, so that’s fantastic!”
Read more Some Star Trek updates for 2021-22
“I thought now would be the perfect time for some wild speculation… sorry, I mean preliminary predictions…”
Read more Preliminary Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 predictions
“Something interesting happened as I was going back over the Season 3 finale of Star Trek: Discovery, and it turns out I’m not the only person who noticed it…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery – Was there a last-second change for Tilly?
“Now that we’ve seen the entirety of Season 3 I thought it would be fun to go back to that wishlist and see whether my wishes came true…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 wishlist: a follow-up
“Star Trek feels like it’s in a good place. There are projects in the pipeline that should see the franchise grow and build on what both Discovery and Lower Decks have done over the last 23 weeks…”
Read more 23 weeks of Star Trek comes to an end…
“Speaking of wrapping things up, that’s what we’re going to do today!”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 13 Season 3 Episode Reviews:
You can find all of my Season 3 episode reviews right here!
“That Hope Is You, Part 2 hit all the right notes in that regard. It was a solid, incredibly fun, action-packed episode of Star Trek…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 13: That Hope Is You, Part 2
“Though my initial reaction to that was some form of ‘what the actual fuck,’ I’m prepared to wait and see what the next two episodes have in store, and whether they can better explain how this happened…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 11: Su’kal
“Despite falling victim to some of the same Mirror Universe tropes that have plagued episodes in that setting, the two parts of Terra Firma have to go down as among the best Mirror Universe stories in the whole Star Trek franchise…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 10: Terra Firma, Part II
“Terra Firma, Part I unfolded in some respects like the classic Dickens novel A Christmas Carol…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 9: Terra Firma, Part I
“A solid mid-season episode that was in parts standalone story and connected to ongoing events. There was a lot packed into its 45-minute runtime, but practically all of it worked well…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 8: The Sanctuary
“Unification III wasn’t bad, but perhaps the nicest thing I can say about it is that my complaints mostly stray into nitpicking territory…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 7: Unification III
“For that reason alone, Scavengers is currently my least-favourite episode of the season…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 6: Scavengers
“Die Trying had some neat callbacks and tie-ins with past iterations of the Star Trek franchise while telling an interesting semi-standalone story for the bulk of its runtime. What we didn’t get was any significant advancement of the overall story of the season…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 5: Die Trying
“[Forget Me Not is] in three parts: two great and one not-so-great, leading to a mixed episode that I’d say was okay but unspectacular, let down by one of its three constituent story threads…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 4: Forget Me Not
“Episode three, People of Earth, continued the world-building seen in the first two episodes of the season, but definitely took the story in a darker direction. It also marked what seems to be a significant change in the character of Michael Burnham…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 3: People of Earth
“After a solid start to the season last week, I was hoping for something at least as good this time around – and I wasn’t disappointed. Far From Home was on par with the season premiere, and in many ways was a co-equal half of the season premiere…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 2: Far From Home
“Like the premiere of Star Trek: Picard earlier in the year, That Hope Is You builds up slowly and lays a foundation on which the story of the season can build. There was one especially bad line of dialogue, but other than that no colossal negatives to drag it down…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery review – Season 3, Episode 1: That Hope Is You Season 3 Theories:
I wrote and updated a weekly theory list while Season 3 was running. You can see how I got on here!
“We’ll have to wait to see what the season finale brings. Until then, we have a few more theories to discuss…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 12
“Su’kal shook things up in a major way after several weeks where the series made scant progress on its main storyline and attended to side-missions…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 11
“We’ve reduced the number of theories from last week ever so slightly! As we head into the final three episodes that was bound to happen…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 10
“Though a couple of theories we had going into the episode now seem unlikely, we’re also not at a point where we can really consider any debunked, and with no confirmations either, this week the theory list will grow longer!”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 9
“In terms of theories, The Sanctuary gave us a lot – certainly the most movement we’ve seen in several weeks. There are two theories being retired, two more being debunked, three brand-new ones, and several significant advancements…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 8
“There were three confirmed theories in Unification III and a couple of new ones as we head into episode 8 later this week. I’m also retiring one theory that, while not officially “debunked,” now seems unlikely because of the way the story has shifted…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 7
“Scavengers gave us a handful of new theories to work with as we enter the second half of the season, as well as debunking one theory and confirming another…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 6
“Those are the theories I currently have in play as we approach episode six. Are all of them nonsense? Or am I missing a different theory that seems painfully obvious? It wouldn’t be the first time!”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 5
“From a theory-crafting point of view, Forget Me Not didn’t offer up very many new possibilities. It did, however, debunk one theory and confirm another…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 4
“Discovery Season 3 continues to be fascinating, and thus ripe for finding new and interesting theories. I love that the story is still a mystery even after three episodes, and there are so many different ways it could unfold – including many I can’t even predict or imagine…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 3
“From a theory-crafting point of view, Far From Home didn’t offer up as many new theories as the first episode, but there are still a handful of new ones coming on board – and a single debunking!”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 2
“The season premiere offered up several points for theory-crafting – and also managed to debunk a couple of pre-season theories that I had!”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery theories – week 1 Season 1-2 Episode Re-watches:
I watched Seasons 1 and 2 when they were broadcast – but it was before I founded this website! I hope to eventually write up re-watches of every episode, though, so watch this space!
Season 3 Buildup:
Below you’ll find a collection of articles that I wrote in the run-up to Season 3’s 2020 premiere.
“This time we’re going to consider one possible effect of the Burn in detail. I hinted at this when I considered what the Burn could be…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 theory – warp drive
“The only sources I could find for what people claimed were the ‘real Discovery Season 3 episode titles’ were unofficial at best – and with all the made-up “rumours” that float around the online Star Trek and anti-Star Trek communities I wanted to wait for something more official before I commented! It took a little while, but there has been confirmation that these titles and synopses are legitimate…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 episode titles have been revealed… let’s see what we can gleam!
“While Star Trek: Picard Season 1 was ongoing earlier in the year, I postulated a number of theories about what was going on in the show. One theory that I had related to Control – the artificial intelligence from Star Trek: Discovery Season 2…”
Read more Star Trek: Picard + Star Trek: Discovery crossover theory: Control and the Romulans
“I do have some theories for how the backstory and narrative of Season 3 will play out, but these are more general points that I hope are included. It’s a wishlist from a fan, nothing more…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 wishlist
“With the new season imminent I thought it would be a good idea to briefly recap what came before, and explain how Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery came to leave the 23rd Century behind…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery – the road to Season 3
“Perhaps most importantly, we don’t know what the Burn is or what caused it. Fixing a problem requires understanding what the problem is and why it happened, so it will be absolutely essential for Burnham and the crew to figure this out…”
Read more Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 – what is the Burn?
“Taken as a whole, Discovery’s third season looks different to what we had before in terms of its setting, but also familiar. Burnham still seems to be the main focus of the plot, with the rest of the crew there to help out…”
Read more Let’s take a look at the second Discovery Season 3 trailer
“Many of my theories during Star Trek: Picard Season 1 didn’t pan out, and this may simply be another that falls by the wayside!”
Read more Has Star Trek: Picard’s first season finale set up the plot of Discovery’s third season?
“As a hologram who doesn’t age, we could definitely argue that The Doctor might have survived this long. But that isn’t the angle I’m taking…”
Read more Could Voyager’s Doctor appear in Star Trek: Discovery?
“In a way, part of the fun of theory-crafting and speculating is knowing that you won’t always get it right… and boy oh boy did I have some seriously wrong theories!”
Read more Star Trek: Picard Season 1 theory roundup!
“I’m not someone who would be able to attend Comic-Con due to disability, so in that sense I don’t feel I personally lost out in any way from Comic-Con going digital this year…”
Read more Comic-Con @Home – my thoughts on the Star Trek panel
“We got a little more information about Lower Decks in the announcement, including a first look at the ship the show is set on: the California-class USS Cerritos…”
Read more Star Trek: Lower Decks arriving before Discovery Season 3!
“My first five articles looked at one Star Trek show apiece. Those shows each had at least three seasons’ worth of episodes to choose from, so it was relatively easy to pick ten great ones…”
Read more Ten great Star Trek episodes – Part 6: everything else
“There are two huge choices: which series should be their first contact, and then which episode…”
Read more Introducing someone to Star Trek for the first time
“Wouldn’t you know it, they’re only making the Captain Pike show that everyone’s been asking for since Season 2 of Discovery aired last year!”
Read more Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been officially announced!
“Star Trek’s website and official Facebook page have chosen to republish the trailer, and while it isn’t exactly clear why they’ve done so (or why now), it does present us with a good excuse to take another look and see what we can gleam…”
Read more Another look at the Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 trailer
“It certainly seems as though something absolutely massive has happened since we last saw the galaxy in the 2380s…”
Read more Is a post-apocalyptic setting right for Star Trek?
“If we’re to believe the ending of the second season of Discovery, the ship and crew have travelled into the far future – the late 32nd or early 33rd Century…”
Read more Season 3 of Discovery – when is it set?