STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Launches a Promising New Adventure

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

Sonequa Martin-Green is First Officer Michael Burnham in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017, CBS)

Sonequa Martin-Green is First Officer Michael Burnham in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017, CBS)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 6 (out of 10)
Performances: 7
Visual Style: 6
Effects: 10
Music: 9
Overall: 7
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)

5 thoughts on “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Launches a Promising New Adventure

  1. I’ve been curious about this! On the one hand, I’m excited to see new Star Trek, but on the other I’m hesitant to pay more for another streaming service. I’m curious how well the streaming model has gone over with fans, and how many will subscribe just to watch Star Trek. I know several fans who are just waiting until it hits DVD or Amazon Prime, etc.

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    • So, I am one of those who subscribed to CBS All Access just to watch Star Trek: Discovery. Right or wrong, the way I reasoned it to myself is that I am getting four hours of Trek a month for less than the cost of one movie ticket.

      Though they appear on other streaming services (e.g., Netflix, Amazon), the other six Star Trek series are available on All Access as well. This might be a selling point for some who do not have the other services.

      Four episodes in, I like Discovery more and more. For the first time since watching The Next Generation in the early 1990s, I find myself truly looking forward to the next episode of a Trek series.

      So far, I do not like this series as much as the Kelvin Timeline films, but, despite the large budget of this series, that is an unfair comparison to make anyway.

      Tonally, Discovery reminds me of Deep Space Nine, only darker. As noted above, it looks more like the Kelvin Timeline than the Prime Universe at this point. It will be interesting to see how this season plays out.

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      • I definitely am excited to see where the story goes, even if I’m not quite connecting with the characters yet to the same level as Kirk, Spock, etc. I have a lot of love for the Kelvin Timeline films, since they are what first got me into Star Trek. :) I’ve found that with Discovery, I miss the camaraderie that you felt with the Original Series crew, but that may change as the season goes on. I’m looking forward to catching up once ST: Discovery season 1 wraps.

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        • It will certainly be interesting to see how the characters on Star Trek: Discovery evolve in terms of camaraderie. I can see hints of it. The nature of this story, of course, is so different compared to classic Star Trek or even the Kelvin Timeline. After five episodes now, I’m still very much engaged.

          My concerns at the moment are that 15 episodes does not seem like enough of a season (I am old-school, though), and rumors that a second season would not be until 2019. On that last point, I felt like the Kelvin Timeline films lost some momentum between Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness due to the four year interval (for me, the ideal interval between movie sequels is three years, and some would argue two…certainly four is too many). I would hate to see the same thing happen to Discovery if the show turns out successful.

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        • That’s a good point about losing momentum between films/seasons; I think two to three years is the sweet spot for films, like what they’re doing with the new Star Wars trilogy. And TV shows should probably be yearly. A show with massive popularity like Game of Thrones can afford to skip a couple years, but most other shows need to release seasons sooner to keep the hype up.

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