In this second of two essays on CBS's Star Trek: Discovery, this essay looks back at the author’s earlier hopes for the show in relation to what this most recent contribution to the franchise actually offered. This essay argues that Discoveryfailed to offer a complex treatment of identity politics and a more nuanced and specific vision of the political economy of the Federation. On the other hand, season one did provide a moderately successful critical presentation of imperialism, as well as a consistently sophisticated ecological sensibility—both of which are crucially important in the contemporary moment.

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