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"Star Trek: Discovery" is Not for the Family
The new "Star Trek: Discovery" series puts the naughty into the Star Trek franchise, making it not appropriate for the entire family.
Yep, I am a trekkie and I don’t care who knows it.
The Star Trek franchise has been in my life since I was seven years old. I started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my parents every Sunday night. I looked forward to it. I dreamed of the day I too would get to go to space and live on a starship, exploring the galaxy. I hoped one day I could read Moby Dick on a tablet like Captain Picard. It was excellent science fiction that became reality, at least for the tablet reading.
I have watched all the movies and TV shows before and after the The Next Generation series. As I got older, I noticed that the new shows were getting less and less family oriented. But I had no kids at the time and it didn’t matter to me.
Now I have four kids. I would love for them to watch the series and introduced them to The Next Generation shows a few times. When I learned CBS was coming out with a new series I was elated. I bought access to the CBS app so I could watch it, since it wasn’t appearing on their TV channel. I find Star Trek: Discovery to have a good storyline and the acting is well done, but sadly it is not kid-friendly in any way.
There has always been mild violence in Star Trek shows and movies, but the violence in Discovery is definitely more like a TV-MA rating. And then for the first time ever I heard the F-word on a Star Trek show. Totally threw me off. I guess I just hoped some shows would be immune to bad language. Next problem is the sexual content that may have been eluded to in old Star Trek shows and movies, but in Discovery it takes on new visual aspects.
I can get past the bald Klingons that don’t look much like the Klingons from the other series, but to me Star Trek should be more about the hope of the future. I wish the writers would stray away from political statements, immorality and swearing and focus more on the science of space and the ability to solve a problem in a 50 minute episode. Writers should really know their audience.
Sadly, there will be no Sunday night watching of Star Trek: Discovery for my children. We will stick to the old shows and movies. Luckily, you can watch all the Star Trek shows and movies on the ABC app making the cost of $5.99 a month absolutely worth it.