The writers are the issue with Star Trek: Discovery, not the fans

If you have an issue with the latest season of Star Trek: Discovery, don't blame the fans.
Star Trek: Discovery – Special Advance Fan Screening of the Final Season in NYC
Star Trek: Discovery – Special Advance Fan Screening of the Final Season in NYC / Dave Kotinsky/GettyImages

When something goes wrong, sometimes blame is deserved. If you get a bad meal, the cook is at fault. If your mechanic gives your car a toonup and then it falls apart, we know how to blame. If you buy an ACME rocket and it malfunctions, it's ACME's fault, not the Road Runners. If you don't like a show, you blame the creators of the show.

Not the fans.

Yet, that's not the case, at least not in the eyes of the folks at Giant Freaking Robot. In a recent article, they put out an article in which they dismissed the show's struggles during its fifth and final season by blaming the fans for making the show too predictable.

Yup. Now, they try to claim that the fans encouraged the writers and show creators to make the show "predictable". The argument being made is that the fandom wanted Star Trek to return to the episodic format that the first five series leaned on, and something we saw happen more and more with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Discovery has not really done this, linking every episode to a central theme, making these episodes far more serial in nature, not episodic. Yet, the author still argues that the fandom demanding more serialization has caused Discovery to end every episode in a very "predictable" manner.

Aside from the fact that every episode ends around the central plot line so far, thus making it not episodic, the biggest challenge to the author's original post is the fact that the writers, producers, and directors are at fault for any episode or series coming up short.

Blaming fans for the failure of the writing team or the showrunner is a pretty odd choice. Firstly, they didn't need to listen to the fans at all. Secondly, they didn't need to pick such a ham-fisted final storyline revolving around the ill-conceived progenitors; one of Star Trek's worst ideas ever.

Lastly, it's the show's job to come in and write a cohesive and interesting story. The fans don't deserve the blame for the failings of those in charge.