Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Review

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In order to watch anything beyond last night's series premiere, Americans have to subscribe to CBS All Access, the network's attempt to create a streaming service that stands alongside services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, ad infinitum. The result, creatively, makes for an awkward liftoff, one perhaps most notable for its commercial mission, which is to entice new subscribers to CBS All Access. It may take some time to grow on some fans, while others may take to the new opening sequence right away.

The 2001 premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise "Broken Bow" saw 12.5 million views, while the first episode of Star Trek: Voyager "Caretaker" on UPN had 21.3 million, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Encounter at Farpoint" had 15.7 million views.

With two episodes - and a substantial teaser trailer for the rest of the season - now available, Moore's excitement seems validated. At first glance, "Discovery" appears to be paying some homage to the spirit of "DS9": Ongoing story arcs are woven through the first three episodes (and clearly will continue beyond those hours), and its resourceful protagonist has as many challenges in front of her as Sisko often did. But seven years on, the relationship between the two women has warmed considerably, although Burnham butts heads with the cowardly Saru (why you would appoint someone like that as science officer remains one of the show's many inconsistencies). Frain also played Jarvis in TRON: Legacy, the computer program who chose to fight for the user after his master, Clu, had failed.

If the original series can be said to have any resounding legacy, it's in its vision of a utopian future.

So far, though, Discovery doesn't have the charms of either old-school or new-school Trek: Despite the show's title, the fenced-in time period in which it's set automatically eliminates the sense of the unknown that defines the best Trek, while the blockbuster visuals can't make up for its mostly generic protagonists and villains. "I thought it was a nice sort of nod to the fans and to the continuity of the original series".




Despite being outfitted with some interesting wrinkles, "Star Trek: Discovery" is an unspectacular addition to the existing fleet of "Trek"-branded series". Now, when someone gets sent to the brig, they apparently get to see their captivity clearly, through an interlocking wall of laser effects.

We WILL however, see Spock's father, as it was announced in January that James Frain - who played Theo Gallivan in Gotham and Ferdinand Chavalier in Orphan Black - will be playing the mysterious Vulcan who falls for a human.

Not that you get much of the Discovery in these episodes of Discovery. "You're always looking for those continuity glitches", Bormanis explained, "but who's to say that they didn't have other styles of transporters on other kinds of starships back then?"

Esquire in their review were also praises for Star Trek: Discovery as they wrote, " The moment when Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) transport onto an enemy Klingon ship, phasers drawn to save the downed U.S.S. Shenzhou, is a glorious moment of television-one that perfectly fits with the storied history of Star Trek. According to the premiere, nobody has seen a Klingon in 100 years.

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