• Star Trek: Discovery's season 2 just reset its entire premise. 1 / 9

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  • This is a Big Deal because historically Star Trek series were strictly episodic and eschewed foundational changes like this. 2 / 9

  • This is mostly due to Star Trek's early success being built on syndication, and syndicated shows needing to be accessible. 3 / 9

  • So TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise usually only dealt with issues that could be solved in a single episode. 4 / 9

  • Ensign, set a course for shows anyone can start watching at any time in their run - engage! 5 / 9

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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. 6 / 9

  • Which is also why it's enjoying renewed popularity in an age of serialized television... 7 / 9

  • ...and why Discovery following in its footsteps 1000 years into the future is a huge, very good, two thumbs up decision. 8 / 9

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