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Screener Squad: Star Trek Discovery – Season 5

Star Trek: Discovery - Season 5 review


These are the voyages of the starship Discovery. Its five-season mission: to set-up spin-off shows; to seek out new fans and new demographics, to boldly go where no Trek series has gone before: the streaming era! While some may prefer the episodic format of Strange New Worlds, the goofy meta-comedy of Lower Decks, or the nostalgia-fest that was Picard Season 3, the truth is that none of those shows would exist were it not for Discovery. The first new Trek show in over a decade, Discovery proved that the franchise could survive both its return to to the small screen, as well as J.J. Abrams. Discovery‘s fifth and final season kicks off with Captain Michael Burnham racing to find a literal mystery box — OK, maybe we haven’t completely shaken J.J.’s influence, yet — which provides the first of many clues leading to an advanced technology belonging to the Progenitors, an extinct race of beings who are the genetic ancestors of virtually all humanoid lifeforms in the universe. That’s right, the Disco crew is off to meet their literal makers. Like the Genesis Device before it, the Progenitor’s tech has the potential to destroy life, as well as to create it. Naturally, there are other parties looking for it, including the warlike Breen Confederacy, and a pair of renegade, star-crossed lovers who have their own motives for getting to the tech first. As usual, Discovery relies on an overly large cast to tell its story. Fortunately, it only took three nerds to record a spoiler-filled One of Us review. Listen to T.C., Jordan, and Marco as they discuss the myriad issues they’ve had with Discovery, while still giving it the respect it deserves for bringing Star Trek back into our living rooms every week.


CREATED BY: Bryan Fuller, Michelle Paradise, and Alex Kurtzman

STARRING: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Blu de Barrio, Callum Keith Rennie, David Ajala, Tig Notaro, Oded Fehr, David Cronenberg, Annabelle Wallis, Tara Rosling, Eve Harlow, Elias Toufexis, Chelah Horsdal, Ian Alexander, Hannah Cheesman, Rachael Ancheril




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




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