Netflix has released the very first teaser trailer for their upcoming TV show, Star Trek: Discovery, and we cannot wait to see what the series has in store for us. Check out the trailer below.
I’m going to be very frank here, Star Trek was never really my thing. I was also more of a Star Wars person, as you might know from reading the many articles I’ve posted on the space opera saga. Yet it has to be said that without Star Trek, there would be no Star Wars, and the original TV was revolutionary. It featured ethnic minorities in prominent roles on television for the very first time, was one of the first science-fiction TV shows, and also treated viewers to American television’s inaugural interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Uhura (although people do still debate whether it was actually the first…)
My first real introduction to the world of Star Trek was through J.J. Abrams’ films. I was familiar with the TV show and had watched a handful of episodes; I particularily loved the episode with the fight scene between Kirk and the Gorn warrior. That will go down as being both one of TV’s greatest and worst moments. However, Adrams’ reboot of the Star Trek universe began my love of the franchise. I’ve now delved deeper into the original series, and have watched a few episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which Sir Patrick Stewart excels as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
I have yet to watch any of the movies, but now that Star Trek: Discovery is coming out this ‘fall’ (autumn in British English), I’m certainly going to do my homework. Discovery, which will air on Netflix in the UK, is set roughly ten years before the adventures of Captain Kirk and company, and will be in a separate timeline to that of the new films. It’ll feature Jason Isaacs’ as Captain Lorca (he didn’t appear in the teaser), who’ll be in charge of the USS Discovery. Yet the show will really focus on first officer Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green.
Other cast members include Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, Doug Jones, James Frain and Anthony Rapp to name a few. Star Trek: Discovery was created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. Fuller’s previous work includes Pushing Daisies, Hannibal and he’s also developed American Gods which is receiving very positive reviews so far (I have yet to start watching it myself).
It was originally intended to run for 13 episodes, but CBS and Netflix have decided to bump it up to 15. Could this be a sign of their confidence in the show? I certainly hope so.