Star Trek: Discovery is out and it looks glorious

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Both Discovery and Star Trek 2009 showed children growing up and learning on Vulcan, and doing so the same way: in little pods.

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Before the series premiered, fans were hesitant about Star Trek: Discovery airing on CBS All Access, seeing the network choice as a marketing push for the streaming service and not something beneficial to the fanbase. "After Trek" hits CBS All Access at 9:30 p.m. ET. Trek thrives on these debates, but the new aggression does breathe some life into the show - it's hard to imagine one of Picard's Next Generation monologues on this ship. The prequel series takes place about a decade before the mission of the original 1960s "Star Trek". CBS is spending a tremendous amount of money on both Discovery's production and promotional campaign to bring in new subscribers - and while early signs indicate that its debut brought about a massive uptick in new customers, the longterm viability of the platform likely won't be known until near the end of Discovery's debut season. The renowned Trek insider says he was particularly impressed with the show's depiction of it's central binary star system, which looks likely to play a big role in the upcoming series.

As we all look towards the future and the continuing adventures of Michael Burnham, there's still time to take a look towards the past, because the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery is steeped in references to the franchise's 50-year history. I'm also willing to bet that his show would have been less busy and more focused on Burnham, because everything else he's ever created - Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, the brilliant Hannibal - has been character-driven with a distinct perspective. These aren't the standard Klingon we've seen in series past. But since we're supposed to empathize with her as the lead character, the show tries to have it both ways - and when your lead character commits an act of mutiny not long after you're introduced to her, it's hard to muster up any positive feelings toward her.

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The series does receive a welcome infusion with the arrival of Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca in a subsequent episode, but by then it's hard to escape the nagging sense that this is Star Trek Lite.

Thankfully, we have plenty more Star Trek: Discovery to enjoy this season! Star Trek has covered this ground before, and better, in the movies. They deliberately start shows late, make last-minute schedule changes, screen episodes out of order and cram in too many ads - including plastering promos over the show you're watching.

In the first episode, we were introduced to the USS Shenzhou's Captain Phillippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and her first officer, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). (She is, instead, first officer.) I was excited to see what she did next.

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