Although I tend to have to watch it on a small screen, it's certainly what you'd expect from a modern Trek that's thrown off any sense of a "PG" rating in how it deals with things - it's pretty brutal in places and in that sense is very different to most of what's come before. It faces that core dilemma that all Trek shows have - given that we can now do the graphics, should we not do it because we're pre-TOS that didn't have touch screens, holographic comms channels and so on? Now, for those of us who know our Trek Lore what probably hits home most is out and out technological advances that seem out of place. So now we have pulse phasers, not beam phasers, as capital ship weapons. Go anywhere drives. And yet... yes, it's still Trek. Dark Trek, X-Files Trek, call it what you will. But still Trek, somehow.
What I think really strikes me is that this is very heavily character driven - and these are imperfect, flawed Star Fleet officers. It's like Ensign Ro, Shelby, the Maquis. Far less of the moralising that I rather liked from the original Trek run - this is just win at all costs stuff for Lorca at least. Thing is though, whilst Enterprise has been name checked, I'm not necessarily assuming they're in "our" core universe. I think it's been established that they have an infinite improbability drive so all may not be as it seems. That said, I haven't looked at the dates closely - Enterprise has also been name checked in the modern films, where does Discovery fall within that timeline? When did the Romulan ship come through to change the timeline with Kirk's birth in it? Even then, the Klingons we've seen in the new films don't tie in to Discovery's rendition of them?
I think we just have to accept it as it comes at the moment but they've rather cleverly given themselves a larger than average playground to mess around in...
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