“Space the final frontier.”
“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” These are just some of the phrases that have been spoken over the years that have become synonymous with one TV show, Star Trek. Today in New York City at the CBS Upfront Presentation, we were treated to a trailer for the new Star Trek series, STAR TREK DISCOVERY.
It’s been over a decade since we’ve had a Star Trek show on TV, Star Trek Enterprise. Enterprise, in my opinion failed to reach its potential until it’s final season and by then it was too late. Before that we had Voyager, Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and the one that started it all Star Trek - The Original Series. With 50+ years of TV shows, movies, books, toys, games, theme parks, and exhibits they are about to embark on another journey in the Star Trek universe.
From the trailer we can see that this series takes place 10 years before Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise. But I’m not going to explain the trailer to you let’s go ahead and Watch it:
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit excited to see this TV series. As you can see Sonequa Martin-Green plays the role of first officer Michael Burnham with Michelle Yeoh as Captain Phillipa Georgiou. It seems that in the trailer everything seems to focus around Burnham’s character being a human that was that was raised by or spent most of her life with Vulcans. You may obviously remember Sonequa as Sasha from The Walking Dead.
Since the show is so close to the Kirk era we will be seeing characters we’ve seen in TOS, such as Ambassador Sarek played by James Frain and Harry Mudd played by Rainn Wilson. And let’s not forget the Klingons lots and lots of Klingons.
Now here comes the bad part of all of this. The show will premiere on the CBS television network in the fall with all subsequent episodes available on CBS all access their digital subscription service. This means CBS is going to push this TV show like a drug and give you that first taste for free and after that you will have to pay for a service to watch this show. As far as I see it, putting the show behind a paywall doesn’t seem to be the right thing for CBS to do. I guess they’re counting on the millions of fans to just go ahead and sign up for the service, no questions asked. Netflix will stream the show 24-hours after it airs on CBS All Access, but that will be to other countries Netflix services outside the US.
The good part of this is that the show was originally scheduled to have 13 episodes, this has expanded to 15 episodes and will include a companion show called “Talking Trek” which will be on the CBS All Access paid service.
The last bit of information you need to know about this series is that it takes place in the Prime universe. This is the one that contains William Shatner as Captain Kirk, not Chris Pine. So look out for Star Trek Discovery this fall on CBS for the first episode and CBS all access for any other episodes.