Star Trek: Discovery opens with a wonderful title sequence

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26 September, 2017

All new episodes will be available on demand weekly for CBS All Access subscribers in the US. It's just as well, since he went on to produce the excellent "American Gods" for Starz, leaving "Discovery" in the hands of executive producers Alex Kurtzman (who co-wrote 2009's "Star Trek" movie as well as "Star Trek: Into Darkness") and Akiva Goldsman.

Like a lot of other long-time fans, the former Star Trek science advisor also had a lot to say about the Klingons' new look, which aside from the improvements in special effects over the last two decades, is by far the show's biggest change to the saga's original concept. Fashioning himself as the second coming of legendary Klingon leader Kahless, T'Kuvma seeks to unite the Klingon houses and begin a new and aggressive reign of conquest for his race - a plan that puts the Klingons on a direct collision course with Starfleet and the Federation.

Returning to the time of the original series and positioning Star Trek Discovery as a prequel series invites comparisons to the first iteration of Star Trek.

Still, if that represents a fresh approach distribution-wise, where "Discovery" feels weakest is in the fundamental qualities that have defined the best "Trek" series - namely, the strength of the interplay among its characters.

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Even with all that, Discovery is not a poorly executed show by any stretch. For those outside of North America, both episodes will be available on Netflix.

Long-suffering Star Trek fans will recall that Nine buried sci-fi in the Thursday night graveyard slot, after The Footy Show which always ran at least 15 minutes late. Film audiences are as likely to see an alien woman as an Asian woman. In that specific sense, then, Star Trek: Discovery is now a failure, though that might certainly change.

So yeah. It's got pros and cons-and while that might have been good enough for previous Trek pilots, where viewers' only investment was tuning in every week, the investment level in Discovery is about six to 10 bucks higher. The subtitled Klingon scenes give us a fascinating (though too briefly featured) bad guy: a racial purity-driven revolutionary who is intoxicated by dreams of reawakening a long-gone empire and armors his vessel with an exoskeleton made from dead warriors' coffins.

Star Trek Discovery aired last night (24 September) on U.S. network CBS, with the second episode following immediately afterwards on the channel's All Access streaming service.


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