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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"The Red Angel" -- Ep#210 -- Pictured (l-r): Shazad Latif as Tyler; Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS ©2018 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

9. The Emotional Tone and Focus

Folks sat down to watch Star Trek: Discovery expecting phasers set to stun and warp-speed adventures, but instead, they found themselves on an emotional rollercoaster that feels more like This Is Us in space.

We have all found ourselves reaching for tissues more often than expected while surrounded by all the cool alien tech. This pivot to a more emotional narrative has left some Trekkies scratching their heads, wondering if they accidentally boarded the wrong ship. While Star Trek has always had its heart on its sleeve - after all, what's the Federation without its lofty ideals and moral quandaries? - the intense focus on feelings and personal drama in Discovery feels like a sharp left turn at Alpha Centauri for some viewers. For a franchise celebrated for its exploration of strange new worlds and the outer limits of human (and Vulcan, and Klingon) experience, this deep dive into the emotional depths of its characters has been a bit like finding a tribble in your sock drawer: unexpected, and for some, not entirely welcome.

Yet, it's not all space tears and heart-to-hearts. This emotional odyssey aligns Discovery with the broader trends in TV storytelling, where character arcs are as crucial as the plot twists. This approach has undoubtedly won Discovery a new constellation of fans who appreciate the rich, character-driven narratives that delve into what makes us all so painfully, wonderfully human - even in the far-flung future. However, for the fans who prefer their Star Trek with a little less crying and a lot more flying, this shift has been jarring. It's as if they've been asked to swap their trusty tricorder for a box of tissues.

Yet, this focus on the emotional universe of Star Trek isn't just about making viewers misty-eyed; it's a bold exploration of the inner spaces of its characters, proving that the final frontier isn't just out there among the stars - it's also within the hearts and minds of those who dare to explore it.