Television Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Episode #1: “The Vulcan Hello” | Episode #2: “Battle at the Binary Stars”
USA Release Date: September 24, 2017
Written By: Episode #1: Bryan Fuller & Akiva Goldsman (Teleplay); Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman (Story) | Episode #2: Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts (Teleplay); Bryan Fuller (Story)
Music Composed By: Jeff Russo
Directed By: Episode #1: David Semel | Episode #2: Adam Kane
Running Time: Episode #1: 43 Minutes | Episode #2: 40 Minutes
Story: 6 (out of 10)
Visual Style: 6
Verdict: Worth Watching
Comments: For some reason, the creators of this latest Star Trek series insisted on placing it in the same prime universe and just a couple of years after the events of the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” which is a major and unnecessary distraction since Discovery feels like it should either take place some 140 years later or in the Kelvin Timeline of the recent films.
Then there are the Klingons, who are more boring than ever, as the actors spend most of their time struggling to spit out pages of dialogue in Klingonese.
These criticisms aside, there are some interesting twists in this two-parter, as well as a stand-out performance by Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham). Star Trek: Discovery shows promise.
In the US, episodes beyond the premiere are exclusive to the CBS All Access streaming service. In Canada, Star Trek: Discovery airs on Space (English) and Z (French) channels, and it is available on Netflix in other locations around the world. It is unfortunate that Discovery is not available on Netflix in the US as well, as the content on CBS All Access is currently quite limited compared to other streaming services.
From Best to Worst: The Star Trek Television Pilots/Premieres
#01 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine–“The Emissary” (1993)
#02 Star Trek: “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (1965) [Star Trek Pilot #2]
#03 Star Trek: “The Cage” (1964) [Star Trek Pilot #1]
#04 Star Trek: “The Man Trap” (1966) [Star Trek Broadcast Premiere]
#05 Star Trek: Discovery–“The Vulcan Hello”/”Battle at the Binary Stars” (2017)
#06 Star Trek: Voyager–“Caretaker” (1995)
#07 Star Trek: “Beyond the Farthest Star” (Animated-1973)
#08 Star Trek: The Next Generation–“Encounter At Farpoint” (1987)
#09 Star Trek: Enterprise: “Broken Bow” (2001)