10 most disliked moments in Star Trek: Discovery, ranked

Let's look at ten specific moments and decisions from Discovery that left a bit of a bitter aftertaste for some viewers.

"The Red Angel" -- Ep#210 -- Pictured (l-r): Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell; Ethan Peck as Spock; of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS ©2018 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"The Red Angel" -- Ep#210 -- Pictured (l-r): Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell; Ethan Peck as Spock; of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS ©2018 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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Pictured: Mary Wiseman as Tilly of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ © 2021 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /

1o. Tilly's Rapid Promotion

Imagine if, on your first day at Space Academy, you tripped into the captain's chair and they decided, "Hey, why not?" and gave you the keys to the starship. Sounds a bit rushed, like we skipped a few chapters, right? Well, that's kind of how some fans felt watching Ensign Sylvia Tilly's meteoric rise through the ranks.

Tilly, the best girl in Discovery, known for her bubbly personality and unmatched enthusiasm, somehow zipped up the Starfleet career ladder faster than a Tribble's reproductive rate. This warp-speed promotion had some Trekkies tilting their heads, squinting their eyes, and muttering, "Wait, what?" under their breath. It's not that anyone doubted Tilly's potential or heart, but her jump from cadet to acting captain faster than you can say "Engage!" felt more like a fantasy than the future, challenging even the most flexible suspension of disbelief. I kind of agree with that a bit.

This lightning-fast trajectory sparked more debate than a Vulcan at a philosophy convention. In the Star Trek universe, where every pip on a uniform and every bar on a sleeve is earned through hard work, sacrifice, and a fair share of life-or-death decisions, Tilly's promotion seemed to bypass the usual space dues. Fans weren't just confused because it felt unrealistic; they were concerned it undercut the very essence of what makes Star Trek compelling – the journey. The journey of growth, of earning one's place among the stars, and of facing challenges that test not just skill, but character and spirit. Some feel Tilly's express elevator to the top skipped a few crucial floors, leaving them pondering the value of the scenic route in storytelling.

It's a testament to the love and investment Star Trek fans have in the integrity of the series' universe – where every rank and role tells a story, and every story is a lesson in what it means to boldly go.