And yes, that could be; it is kinda odd that two episodes into Discovery and we’ve not even SEEN the USS Discovery yet, let alone its crew.
But, as I noted while writing the blog last night, TOS wasn’t quite ‘settled’ out of the box when it rolled out either. It took two full pilots just to settle the format, let alone introduce all of the characters (in the 3rd production order episode). The only common thread in TOS’ two pilots was Spock (who is, interestingly, also linked to Burnham).
Maybe that’s another reason DSC’s two hour rollout felt so ‘familiar’ to me; that ‘unsettled' quality felt like TOS's equally unsettled introductory pilots. I think you guessed it when you said that perhaps it’s all just preamble for the ‘real’ show that we’ll see in the weeks to come (?).
An excellent review, Sehlat. Quite exhaustive, in fact! Nothing I actively disagree with; I'm just grappling with my own sense that, so far anyway, Discovery didn't yet really feel like Star Trek to me. I really liked both the ongoing characters we were introduced to, so that, in my view, is a huge plus. Pacing issues aside, I can't fault the production as a whole. I'm actually looking forward to next week's episode now that we've got this intro period out of the way, so we can begin on the central quest of the story. I can't help thinking this opening prologue was something of a sleight-of-hand by the showrunners; a distraction so as to get the whole idea of "new Star Trek" out of the way before unveiling the real central philosophical core of the show in the weeks that follow.
Perhaps Starfleet captains buy their bridges "off-plan," like an unbuilt apartment, so they can choose whether or not to have one. And Kirk just said, "I'll be sitting in that chair the whole time."
Maybe captains April and Pike had a hidden ready room somewhere? While we're on the subject, where is the bridge's bathroom? (It does have one. The Enterprise blueprints I bought as a kid told me so. Pedantry again.)
And thanks to you as well, Justin.
And no, I didn’t feel a Kelvinverse vibe off of DSC either; despite some superficial aesthetic similarities. I’m not sure if it was the preponderance of TOS/TNG sound effects, the pacing, or the more stately camerawork, but this felt a lot more 'prime timeline' to me.
Maybe they felt that Kirk was born ready (?), I don’t know...
I like a captain with a proper ready room; it’s an office. Makes sense.