Star Trek Discovery: Welp, I Stand Corrected

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

Damn you, CBS. I didn’t want to love Star Trek Discovery, and then you dropped a new trailer.

I’ve said some less than positive things about the Star Trek Discovery project, both in writing, and in an episode of The Grumpy Geek. CBS stumbled through the beginning of the project, with delays and what I felt was a bit of a fumble with missed opportunities during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. I’m still not over the idea that I will have to pay $5.99 per month to watch this show, and I may wait until everything is released, binge it, and then cancel the membership until the next season comes up. I am fairly certain there is nothing else that CBS could offer to entice me to keep the membership. Maybe another NCIS show that brings Ziva, Jenny, or Kate back from the dead?

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Anyway, I was all Grumpy Geek about the whole thing, and then this beautiful, beautiful trailer drops. Here, have a look and then we’ll discuss.

See what I mean? Hook, line and sinker. Here you go, CBS. Here’s my money.

Everything is top notch. The production design, the costumes, the CGI, and I love the casting decisions in Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green as the first officer, Michael Burnham, who in the very beginning of the trailer seems like she is the inexperienced needy student, and later is seemingly telling her captain emphatically that they must fire first, despite, as her captain pointed out, “Star Fleet doesn’t fire first.” An interesting juxtaposition of Burnham’s growth set up in the trailer.

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The trailer starts out with a walk through the desert, leading to a stunning shot of the USS Shinzou bursting through a cloud of something or other. Gone is the ship from the first trailer that looked more like a beginning CGI student’s work. This looks great. 

Then we see some interior scenes of a ship. I particularly like the bridge design. It is more spartan, as it is before the time of the Enterprise. We also have a whole new group of aliens to get to know, including one who was “biologically determined for one purpose alone…to sense the coming of death…” Well, that has some possibilities, doesn’t it?

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This looks like a trailer for a big, epic movie, not a TV series. The budget realities of TV often challenge the special effects departments. That doesn’t seem to be the case. From the starship design to space scenes, this looks exquisitely done, and against my prejudgements, CBS has enticed me to be on board from the very beginning. (And I’m secretly grinning about that. Don’t tell anyone.)

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What do you think of the trailer? What do you think of Star Trek being behind a paywall? What do you think of the fact that I am still bitter that Starship Captain isn’t a job I can apply for? Leave me a comment below.


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    • Interested to know why you think it looks awful. I agree that Yeoh has an affect, but I think that it is an interesting personality quirk.

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