TV Show Reviews
Review of "Star
Trek: Discovery" 9/26/17 by
airs Sundays on CBS All Access
I'm a long-time
Star Trek fan. I have three older brothers, and we all
watched the original series back in the 1960's, along with
my mom. I watched it for years in the 70's in re-runs, and I
went to Star Trek clubs and conventions. I've watched and
recorded all of the series, and I've bought most of them in
DVD form as well.
I'm not one of those people who cares that much about
changes they make from each series to the next. Each TV show
is, to a certain extent, the creation of the people who run
that particular show, regardless of what source material is
used. Gene Roddenberry is long dead, and the others who
worked on his shows have moved on to other series.
I really only care if the show is fun to watch or not.
This new show definitely fits the bill. It's got good
characters and plenty of action. A lot of Star Trek
fans will probably be nitpicking about the series (just like
they have with every new Star Trek TV show or movie). I've
been reading a lot about the series on Facebook, and so far
it seems that many people have trouble with the way the
Klingons look and act. It doesn't bother me.
I watched the first two episodes. So far it's really
good. The only thing I didn't like is that the main
character, a woman raised by Vulcans, broke down crying at
one point. To me, that's very sexist. Not all women cry, and
professional women are even less likely to cry on the job.
You never saw Janeway or any of the other lead characters crying.
Kirk barely shed a tear when Spock died in "Star Trek II"!
To paraphrase "A League of Their Own," "There's no
crying in Star Trek!" Okay, that may be a slight
exaggeration. Still, I felt disgusted by that part.
The only other thing I don't like is the initials for the
show: STD. Surely they could have come up with something a
little better? No one figured that out before it went
Many fans are upset by the fact that CBS is only showing
the first episode on TV. You have to join CBS All Access to
see the rest of the series. Well, it's only $6 to
join, so I would say that it's worth it. They have a
lot of other shows on there besides Star Trek that you can
watch. "The Good Fight" is the only other original
show, for now. This is no different than when Netflix
started making their own original series. Before that,
you may recall, they were a mail-DVD's-to-you-door service,
long before they became a streaming service.
Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, a young
Starfleet officer. She's second-in-command to Captain
Georgiou of the exploring ship Shenzou. They have a
great friendship, but things go awry in the first episode
when Michael discovers a Klingon. The show takes place
after "Enterprise" but before the original series. Of
course, visually, they can't really make it believable to
look like it was before the original series ("Enterprise"
really didn't, either) because that show was made a long
time ago and had terrible special effects.
The Klingons have not been seen in a long time, and
they're not supposed to be in Federation space.
Burnham tries to stop a war with them, but nothing goes
right. In the second episode, things get even worse,
and the episode ends with her being sentenced to prison.
The show will be about the starship Discovery and its
captain will be Jason Isaacs, but we haven't seen them yet.
It'll be interesting to see how that happens. I can't wait!
“Star Trek,” one of the most
iconic and influential global television franchises, returns
to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR
TREK: DISCOVERY. The series will feature a new ship, new
characters, and new missions, while embracing the same
ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation
of dreamers and doers.
The series will launch on
CBS All Access on Sun. Sept. 24 following the
broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network that night.
After premiere night, all new episodes will be available
on-demand weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All
Access subscribers in the U.S. The
15-episode season will be released in two chapters. The
first eight episodes will run from
Sunday, Sept. 24
Sunday, Nov. 5.
The season will then resume with the second chapter in
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is
produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex
Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy
Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman,
Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron
Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth
serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed
concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188
countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and
OTT service CraveTV.
CBS All Access is
the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video
on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its
original series, which also includes season one of the new
edition of “The Good Wife,” THE GOOD FIGHT, CBS All Access
gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 9,000 episodes
on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime
and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and
classic TV hits. CBS All Access is currently available
online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for
iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV,
Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
and Fire TV.
Sept. 24 8:30 ET/7:30 CT
FORMAT: Drama/Sci-Fi (Filmed in HD)
CURRENTLY ANNOUNCED CAST AND GUEST CAST
Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer
Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru)
Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca)
Shazad Latif (Lieutenant Ash Tyler)
Rapp (Lieutenant Paul Stamets)
Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou)
Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly)
Frain (Ambassador Sarek)
Wilson (Harry Mudd)
Serpico (Admiral Anderson)
Pancholy (Doctor Nambue)
Sharma (Commander Landry)
Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor)
PRODUCED BY: CBS Television Studios in association with
Secret Hideout, Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather
Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman,
Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth
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