Doubling back for ‘Lower Decks’
A year ago, I announced I would not be reviewing Star Trek: Lower Decks. I had my reasons for that decision (like the endless commodification of the franchise into still more “product,” which I still believe is true), but the biggest reason was that I just didn’t have the will to take it on at the time.
I’m now announcing that I am reviewing Lower Decks, and I’m releasing all my reviews for season one instantly, Netflix style. You can go read them now. These are in my more condensed format — in the neighborhood of 500 words rather than 1,200 or 1,500 or more — that I’m thinking may be more of the norm for me for some shows moving forward.
I will say that I struggled with this series, especially early on. A lot of the problems I noticed in the original trailer a year ago were indeed problems that I experienced watching the show. To call this series “uneven” would be an understatement. The success rate was about 40 percent, and the lows were lower than the highs were high. That said, I found enough of value in this series to continue on with it. It’s a journey I took alone, as my wife declared the show unwatchably annoying within five minutes and tapped out. I understand her position, but I soldiered on, and while I did not love this, I found things in it to like, which you will see if you read the reviews.
Besides, I’m a completist running a website here, and with season two coming in August and nothing else happening in the Trek universe at the moment, I want to be up to date with what’s going on.
On the maintenance/administrative front, I have moved all the comments that those of you made over the past year on the general Lower Decks placeholder commenting page to the new Lower Decks review pages. Because I’m thoughtful like that. For the most part, they should align with the reviews they were meant to be posted on, but there may be some mistakes I made in moving them around. It’s the best I could do without sinking a ton of time into it.
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