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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"If Memory Serves" -- Ep#208 -- Pictured (l-r): Patrick Kwok-Choon as Rhys; Anthony Rapp as Stamets; Doug Jones as Saru; Mary Wiseman as Tilly of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS ©2018 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

8. The Use of Time Travel in Season 2's Finale

So, we've got Star Trek: Discovery boldly diving into the wild waters of time travel in its season 2 finale, and boy, did it stir up a space storm in a teacup. Time travel in Star Trek is like that one relative everyone has: can be incredibly fun at family gatherings but also might just as likely flip the table.

It's a classic go-to move in the sci-fi playbook, sure, but when Discovery decided to crank up the temporal shenanigans to 11, it left some fans scratching their heads, wondering if they'd accidentally switched to Doctor Who. The show, known for its sleek visuals and complex characters, suddenly turned the timeline into a pretzel, leaving some viewers feeling like they needed a star chart and a Vulcan science officer just to keep up. It was bold, it was brash, and it definitely had people talking - but not always for the right reasons. For every fan cheering at the audacity, there was another groaning at the déjà vu, longing for the days when the biggest worry was whether the replicator was out of coffee.

Why did this temporal tango end up as one of Discovery's most hotly debated moves? Well, imagine you're building a puzzle, and just as you're about to place the last piece, someone swoops in and scrambles the whole thing. That's a bit of what some felt while watching the season 2 finale. Discovery had laid down some intriguing tracks, exploring themes of identity, duty, and the very fabric of the universe. Then, bam! Time travel throws a cosmic wrench into the works. The twist aimed to be a game-changer, pushing the crew into uncharted narrative territory and setting the stage for new adventures.

However, for a franchise steeped in exploring the human condition against the backdrop of space, this high-stakes gamble on time travel felt to some like a step too far into the science fiction trope toy box, leaving behind some of the grounded storytelling that had attracted them to Discovery in the first place.