I just finished season two of Star Trek Discovery.
Ever since I became a step father I have found that I often get overly emotional while watching things that never would have touched me before. I start crying like a little baby at the oddest things. More often than not it’s during scenes that involve difficult family moments, more often than not involving parents and little kids.
Most of these episodes happen in the obvious places. The filmmakers push a button and I respond. The first season of This is Us was utter hell for me. I shed so many tears it left me dehydrated for months. The last scene that Ned and Jon have together in like episode two of Game of Thrones. On first watch it was a nothing moment. On a re-watch years later it destroyed me. Military stuff is really hard to get through. The opening 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan on first watch was spectacular. On second watch, now as a married man with two step kids, turned me into a gigantic puddle of emotional goo. Some things effect me in huge ways when they absolutely should not. The one I can’t get over is from Wonder Woman. Yeah, Wonder Woman. The scene where she jumps out of the trench and crosses no man’s land? I ball my dumb stupid eyes out. Every time I see it I completely lose my shit. Why? It’s a super hero movie for goodness sake. It’s a Greek Goddess fighting a bunch of normal people. Why does it wreck me so?
Well… Star Trek Discovery. It happened again. There is a goodbye scene in the last episode. I literally had to turn away to keep my eyes from leaking like a leaky faucet. Why did this stupid show mess me up like this? What is it about the world around me that allows me to be effected like this?
Oh yeah… the world around me… that might be it. I wonder if being at 99% of my maximum allowed stress level for 24 hours a day for over a week might have left me vulnerable to an emotional unglueing?
Yeah… I wonder.
As for the show? Season one was really good. Season two… awesome. Star Trek Picard is a mystery show. It’s a whodunit, where you’re trying to put the pieces together. Discovery has elements of that, but it’s basically just an action/adventure/blow shit up kinda thing and it is just sooo good.
Fight the stir crazy, watch Star Trek. You’ll thank me, even if you do fall apart like a baby near the end of the last episode.