The long-awaited sci-fi series Star Trek: Discovery premiered its first two episodes last evening on CBS and CBS All-Access, in the midst of what (so far) have been largely positive reviews from both critics and long-time trekkers alike. Celebrating the launch, the streaming service delivered a brilliant minute-long teaser trailer, showcasing just how the Klingons are looking for war as soon as this new adventure starts.
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And for Andre Bormanis, former science advisor on series like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, the arrival of the new show held a special significance - it was the first time in nearly 25 years that the writer and astrophysics expert was able to watch an episode of Star Trek on TV without having fact-checked the ending.
CBS All Access costs $5.99 per month for a plan that includes commercials. Yet one would likely have to be a true "Star Trek" completist to feel sold, based strictly on the opening flurry, on signing up - and anteing up - for "Discovery's" full tour. The Klingon have returned in Star Trek: Discovery and, as always, are one of the Federation's most contentious adversaries. It stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, a human raised by Vulcans who follows a tumultuous career path within the United Federation of Planets' Starfleet as a war with the Klingons looms. "Just as importantly, for everything questionable about the design, it still feels like 'Trek.'" He also said, "For the first time in ages, I'm looking forward to watching more new 'Star Trek.' It's a good feeling".
"We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don't result in compromised quality".
The network is also promoting the show with an orginal live after-show, called "After Trek", which airs immediately after "Star Trek" streams.
It gets enough things right that it's hard not to see as a success, but it would be a tragedy if Star Trek forgot that it's about explorers and not soldiers.
The brand new series will mark the return of the "Star Trek" franchise to television since "Star Trek: Enterprise" concluded in 2005.
Kicking off yet another Star Trek series is a tricky undertaking in today's market under the best of circumstances, and Star Trek: Discovery seems to be a venture hoping to handicap its possibilities as much as possible.
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Nearly no one has seen a Klingon in more than 100 years. It moves fast and the story is gripping, and the visuals easily eclipse anything done by Star Trek on TV before. (She is, instead, first officer.) I was excited to see what she did next.