Perhaps the best way to view the maiden season of the fan-divisive (now a regular occurrence) Star Trek series, Discovery is to treat it mainly as the redemptive arc of Michael Burnham, and just leave it at that.
But even with that narrow perspective, the final two episodes wrapped up the Federation-Klingon war in a highly satisfactory manner.
One might argue that the writers have done an excellent job in tying up all the characters’ own arcs into a nice little bundle and certainly that’s a charitable way to look at the first season’s conclusion.
Burnham saves the Federation without compromising its ideals, L’Rell unites the Klingon empire with Ash Tyler by her side, Tilly moves closer to her dream of being a starship captain and Terran Georgiou is given her freedom to cause more havoc.
There seems to be no good reason to set the series in the Prime Universe, a mere 10 years before the Original Series and mess around with the established continuity unless it’s meant to generate online buzz.
And it’s that last consideration that frightens us about where film and TV culture is going. After the experience of The Last Jedi, it seems dividing fans has become a valid marketing tool to drive eyes to a product. Risky business though.
That final tease – an encounter with the USS Enterprise with Captain Pike at the helm – hopefully will (in season 2) answer the burning question of why Spock or Sarek have never mentioned Burnham in any previous films or TV series.
… still there’s more …