Star Trek: Discovery's season 2 just reset its entire premise.
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This is a Big Deal because historically Star Trek series were strictly episodic and eschewed foundational changes like this.
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This is mostly due to Star Trek's early success being built on syndication, and syndicated shows needing to be accessible.
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So TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise usually only dealt with issues that could be solved in a single episode.
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Ensign, set a course for shows anyone can start watching at any time in their run - engage!
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Deep Space Nine tried hardest to break that mold and wound up producing some of the franchise's best work using serialized storytelling.
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Which is also why it's enjoying renewed popularity in an age of serialized television...
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...and why Discovery following in its footsteps 1000 years into the future is a huge, very good, two thumbs up decision.
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