Will “Star Trek Discovery” Season 2 Ruin Spock?

Matthew Loffhagen
CBS
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The confirmation that we’ve all been expecting has finally come. The second season of “Star Trek Discovery” will feature a version of a classic character; the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock.

This is enough to send a shiver down the spine of any fan of the classic “Star Trek” TV show.

“Star Trek Discovery” has, throughout its first season, played fast and loose with official franchises lore. The show holds up elements that the writers can be bothered with, while discarding anything that feels too restrictive.

Often up for the chop are elements of classic “Trek” fiction that include humanity’s drive for compassion, understanding, and diplomacy. These very optimistic elements of the show’s core foundation are often treated as bothersome by writers. Let’s face it, they’d probably much rather be making a “Star Wars” show filled with explosions and characters of questionable moral integrity.

What’s worse, in order to try and justify these sensationalist character motivations and actions, the writers have relied on every sneaky, underhanded trick in the book.

Star Trek Discovery Evil Characters
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Of course that character is a jerk! He’s secretly a boogly space alien Klingon monster!

Of course that character is a jerk too! He’s secretly from an alternate dimension where everyone is evil.

Great job, “Discovery” writers. To think that you were worried that the characters in the show shouldn’t be nice to each other because it wouldn’t be believable enough!

One can only begin to imagine what treatment the showrunners have in mind for Spock.

Boldly Going Where Nobody Should Ever Go

Thus far, the effects of “Discovery” and its weird characterization have been confined primarily to its own show. Now, bringing in a popular character from the original series of “Star Trek”, we’re about to see character assassination that means a lot more to people.

Spock Zachary Quinto
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While the Zachary Quinto version of Spock that has appeared in recent movies isn’t spot-on to the original Leonard Nemoy portrayal, he has at least maintained a lot of the core characteristics that fans would want to see.

With this new series, though, I can’t honestly say that I trust “Discovery” not to make Spock secretly evil for no reason. Presumably he’d have a brain parasite or something. Regardless, my natural inclination is to assume that this is going to be really dumb.

I hope I’m proven wrong. Maybe, if we’re lucky, season two of “Star Trek Discovery” won’t be filled with as many awful, unlikable characters as the first season.

At this point, though, I’m not holding my breath. I don’t have a Vulcan’s lung capacity when it comes to waiting for good writing on a modern “Trek” story.