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Will update weekly as they come out. Let's bitch/cheer.

The Vulcan Hello:
Despite a weird opening, I found myself really enjoying this episode. It really carried the vibe of the Abrams trilogy, so if you're a fan of those you'll likely have a good time with this. The visuals are on par with those, the production design, costumes, and vfx are all astounding, I can't imagine how much money they spent on this thing. But that aside, the interpersonal relationships between the main trio are quickly established. Things move very quickly, it's mostly all setting up the impending Klingon war, which they do in a very Star Trek-y way. It's not so much action oriented as it is mysterious and curious. They're trying to figure it out instead of going out guns blazing, unlike most popular sci-fi. Still, the script was a bit weak I'll admit, with some exposition heavy dialogue early on. But overall, incredible visuals and solid acting trumped that feeling, and the direction made us feel right at home en medias res with little introduction necessary. 8/10
2Royal Blood
Royal Blood

Battle at the Binary Stars:
Well this was pretty ballsy. I'm not gonna say much about what happens other than that the trailer they put up for this show was literally just for the first two episodes; the trailer that played at the end of this episode should've been the one they showed to sell the show tot he fans. If you're a purist like my dad you might not be as impressed with the show so far as I am, but we both agreed that it's better than we expected. The majority of this one is balls-to-the-wall action, with some serious twists and unexpected turns. This episode ended in a very different place than it started, and I'm looking forward to the future direction. I'm expecting a very DS9, serialized type show here. Which is to say, probably fucking awesome. I'm also loving the attention placed on the Klingons, the conflict is much more interesting. I feel like they're making a comment on the War on Terror with them as the antagonists, but we'll see where they go with it. 8.5/10
3Regina Spektor
Begin To Hope

Context Is for Kings:
This episode was strange in many ways because they tried doing a little bit of everything, but most of it was pulled of exceptionally well. The mystery of the first half, the horror of the second, and the final denouement were all played to their Trek strengths. I was surprised to see the TV-MA rating for this episode and I'm not sure if this episode deserved one, but I'm definitely interested in a show willing to take Trek to such a dark route. In many ways, this was a second pilot and if you were convinced by the first two episodes I strongly suggest this one, as it has much more of a classic Trek feel to it. There were far more references and new characters (that Captain is gonna be an interesting one to watch), and the show successfully pulled off throwing everything into the wind the last couple episodes and shifting to this direction without a hitch. I'm even more sold than I was before. 8.5/10
4Foo Fighters
In Your Honor

The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry:
What a strange, strange episode. I'll go on record to say that this is easily my least favorite episode thus far, though I did enjoy it quite a bit regardless. I felt like so much was going on and yet it felt like there was little progress character wise for, well, anyone. Except maybe the Klingons. It gave it this weird impression of a filler episode even though catastrophically important things were going on onscreen. Some general notes: killing the security officer was a bold and frustrating move that I liked and disliked at the same time. She was such a flat character that I was happy she was gone, but I was disappointed that they didn't put more effort into her before giving up on her. The whole nightmare-creature-from-the-previous-episode-is-actually-our-fuzzy-navigator was just too strange and thin for me to totally grasp this week, but I guess we'll see how it goes. I really enjoy the emphasis on Klingons so far in this show.
5Foo Fighters
In Your Honor

Giving them a romance subplot was a bit weird, but the character and politics they're throwing us gives plenty of reasons to care and empathize with what's now our main antagonists thus far. But I still love the majority of the cast, and the teleportation effects (and production design on the Klingon ship) were just phenomenal. I also loved the callbacks to previous events from the opening episodes with Philipa's will and the Klingon's harvesting the Shenzou. Also there were a lot of really cheesy moments here and there. Wow, I guess I had a lot to say about that one. 7.5/10
Hold that Tiger

Choose Your Pain:
Shit I forgot to update this yesterday. Um, I really liked this one but I'm a little hazy on the details. I thought that the Klingon prison scenes were really good and that Mudd was used well. I also really liked Saru's arc in this episode. I thought that the whole tardigrade plot worked better this time (even if it's still a little strange), and I was fond of the conclusion they reached with it. Just a really good episode overall. 8/10
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