Saturday at Comic-Con wasn’t just for superhero movies, we also got the newest trailer for CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery that looks to be confused which timeline its in.
On September 24th Star Trek: Discovery will have its broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network before moving to their digital streaming service CBS All Access where the remainder of the first season can be seen.
Discovery is the first new Star Trek television show since Enterprise was cancelled after four seasons in 2005. Discovery will take place ten years before the events of the original Star Trek series that featured Kirk, Spock and McCoy and is set in the original timeline.
Discovery will follow the character of Commander Michael Burnham played by actress Sonequa Martin-Green who we learned during the Comic-Con panel is the adoptive daughter of Sarek and Amanda, Spock’s parents. We also learned that the Klingons would be the shows first season antagonist who have been submerged in chaos for a number of years, but are returning to the surface to battle Starfleet.
First thing I want to say is this newest trailer for Discovery looked exciting and fun and on the surface could be a very entertaining show to watch, but.
They say this show is set in the original timeline, but they have the show look as if it’s set in the “Kelvin Timeline” (Abrams Universe). Now in all fairness I have enjoyed the newer rebooted Star Trek movies that began with J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek movie. They may not be the most thought provoking Star Trek movies, but have been very entertaining at least in my book.
Telling fans the new Star Trek show is set in the original time line and then when you release trailers promoting the show and it has the look and feel of the newer movies you run the risk of alienating some of the hard-core fans. Lets face it with the rebooted movies you’ve either liked them or hated them, at least that’s what I read on all the different comment sections on social media when it comes to those three movies.
If your going to set a Star Trek show in the original time line then I feel they need to make a bit of an effort to ensure it has that feel, but if your going to set the show in the original time line and give it a look of the rebooted movies, then set it in the alternate time line. You can’t combine the two and expect everyone to be happy.
For me personally I plan on watching the first season on CBS All Access and evaluate it on its own merits before passing a final judgment. This newest trailer has the show looking like it could be a fun thrill ride, but at the same time I doubt every show is that action packed.
For CBS to consider Discovery a success hard core Star Trek fans and non Trek fans will have to tune in to their digital streaming channel and give the show a fair shake, but with so many complaining about having to spend more money just to watch it Discovery may have a bumpy ride getting to a second season even if its a hit with the critics.
Official Synopsis for Star Trek: Discovery:
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
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