It’s been nicely over 18 months since CBS first announced that it will convey a brand new Star Trek TV present to tv, and we’ve nonetheless solely gotten bits and pieces of details about the primary new Trek property on the small display in over a decade. The present, Star Trek: Discovery, has been by a number of retoolings, together with the addition (and departure) of Brian Fuller. Now, the primary “actual” trailer for the TV present has lastly leaked — and whereas it solutions some questions concerning the present’s premise and characters, it raises loads of others.
Earlier than you hit “Play” on the video, listed here are the salient details to know: Star Trek: Discovery is about ten years earlier than the occasions of the unique collection and takes place within the unique timeline, not the alternate future the Romulan Nero created when he traveled again in time, killed George Kirk, and later destroyed Vulcan. Its lead character is Commander Michael Burnham, performed by Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced of AMC’s The Strolling Useless. Not like earlier Star Trek reveals, Discovery intentionally received’t deal with the captain (or area station commander) as its protagonist. Her nickname, “Quantity One,” is a deliberate homage to the character of the identical title from the Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” as performed by Majel Barrett. Burnham is human, however was raised on Vulcan by Vulcans, which explains among the setting of the trailer.
For a tv present that’s supposedly set within the unique timeline, the units and know-how on show are ridiculously superior trying. To some extent, this can be a dropping battle. The rationale Star Trek appears the way in which it does is as a result of that was the extent of know-how and prop manufacturing that 1960s tv reveals needed to work with, not as a result of Gene Roddenberry was making an attempt to freeze all future portrayals of 23rd century know-how all the time. However for all the issues on TV reveals like Enterprise, it did attempt to set up set items and know-how portrayals that would arguably be mentioned to occupy a midpoint between the long run (relative to us) whereas nonetheless trying extra primitive than the know-how we noticed on Star Trek itself.
If any DNA of the unique Star Trek made it into Discovery in any respect, it’s under no circumstances in proof. As a substitute of the brightly coloured uniforms of the 1960s present, everyone seems to be carrying blue, as they did in Enterprise. As a substitute of particular person emblems for every ship (one thing well-established in TOS), everyone seems to be carrying the normal Starfleet delta. Supposedly one purpose why the Enterprise of the JJ Abrams reboot seemed so superior was due to technological advances Starfleet was capable of make after it scanned Nero’s ship within the opening scenes of Star Trek. But when that timeline by no means occurred, why do the ships of the pre-TOS period seem like they need to be starring in a Star Trek present set lengthy after Voyager?
Additionally, there’d higher be a particularly good rationalization for the alien officer’s declaration, “My individuals have been biologically decided for one function alone: to sense the approaching of demise.” To begin with, who says “Biologically decided?” And second, who the hell would biologically design a whole species for the aim of sensing “the approaching of demise?” Did John Edward by some means escape to an alternate actuality and create a species of aliens to inform him when individuals have been about to die, so he may misinform their relations about contacting the opposite facet?
If you scrape off the lens flare and the flowery graphics, there’s not quite a lot of story left on this trailer. That doesn’t imply the present received’t be good, however this trailer didn’t present us rather more than the primary one did.
Star Trek: Discovery will launch on CBS with a two-part premiere this fall after which weekly on CBS All Entry. The primary season will include 15 episodes.