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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5. Michael Burnham's Mutiny

Imagine diving into Discovery's episode for the week, popcorn in hand, ready to see what the crew will get into while zipping through space only to find our protagonist, Michael Burnham, pulling a mutiny faster than you can say "Engage!"

This moment, right at the series' get-go, had fans spitting out their Romulan ale in disbelief. Here's Burnham, a character we're just getting to know, deciding to go rogue against her captain and mentor, essentially giving Starfleet's rules the intergalactic middle finger. It's a bold move, no doubt, and one that sets her on a path of redemption that's as winding as a wormhole. But for many fans, this act of mutiny was as jarring as a sudden warp core breach, casting a shadow of controversy over Burnham's character from which she would spend seasons trying to emerge.

Why did this moment stir up such a cosmic storm of discontent among the Starfleet faithful? Well, it's partly because Star Trek has always been about exploring strange new worlds, not just the outer limits of command chain disputes. Fans tuned in expecting phasers set to stun and got a court-martial instead. Burnham's decision to mutiny didn't just challenge Starfleet's authority - it challenged viewers' expectations of what a Star Trek hero is supposed to be. In a universe where captains like Kirk and Picard solve problems with a mix of diplomacy and the occasional judicious application of force, Burnham's approach felt like trying to fix a delicate piece of alien technology with a sledgehammer. It was a bold narrative choice, sure, but one that left some fans wondering if they'd accidentally boarded the wrong starship.

Yet, in the grand scheme of Discovery, this moment of mutiny was a genesis for Burnham's complex journey, proving that even in the vastness of space, the road to redemption can start with a single, misguided step.