I have several thoughts about the latest announcement from the folks producing Star Trek, from the silly to the sublime, and I posted those thoughts to Tor dot com. Check it out, and join the discussion!
Serialized shows certainly have their place, but it shouldn’t be the default—any more than standalone shows should be the default. The sweet spot, to my mind, is what Deep Space Nine did—and, for that matter, what the Stargate shows did—and have each episode tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but have the character arcs continue from week to week. Discovery and Picard are obviously going to keep following the serialized model, and that’s fine, but Strange New Worlds needs to distinguish itself beyond “yes, we’re giving these cool actors more to do.” Making it more of a series of adventures instead of huge season-long storylines is a great way to do that.