The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery introduce a fascinating Klingon foe, but spend too much time over-explaining themes and subjecting us to boring flashbacks. Read our review of “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.”
The Klingons of Star Trek: Discovery are religious zealots expected to have multi-layered metaphorical resonance with the state of the world in 2017. There’s no way they could do worse than Star Trek: The Original Series episode “A Private Little War” did symbolizing the Vietnam War.
By setting itself in the same timeline as the original Star Trek, Star Trek: Discovery risks pinching itself between the need to innovate and nostalgia. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine explored similar territory in its classic episode, “Trials and Tribble-ations.”