After a few years with lots of Star Trek series, and with the current movies on cinema the only thing keeping the fans of Star Trek lore entertained, along come Star Trek: Discovery series.
Debuting on CBS a few days ago, the first 2 episodes presented a new lore, clearly intended to catch new watchers while side-winged with longtime fans.
Everything basic and more was there, sparking trekker stuff along with updated action and visuals.
Set 70 years after Star Trek: Voyager, Discovery felt like a smoothly blended mix of the exploration and action the fans expect from the Trek lore. Pushing things to a modern state, like the Klingon English subtitles during their dialog, gathering a much better out-of-this-world contrasting species. Kudos to the alien designs.
The story is placed 10 years before the original Star Trek, the legacy is here, every detail about the Federation and the Klingon war is built up and explored in a tense promotable way of action. Of course, there is a great difference about the show made 50 years ago.
The weapons, performances, and visuals are clearly upgraded and while I felt some balance was achieved, the more diverse and modern setup might be a deal breaker for longtime fans. But there is no way to copy the past when we know everything would be upgraded to keep the series fresh.
Ship designs were upgraded, federation and military spacecraft lines kept the Star Trek feeling while looking modern and cleaner, comparing with past shows.
Sound and music updated too, including the special effects along with background traditional scenarios and ship ambient.
Same for the crew, like the new update Klingon look, and first lieutenant instead of a captain on the lead.
Crew differences are mostly the same with every different character emphasizing different personalities and qualities. The logical, the action seeker, the hard character, and the emotional worrying friend are greatly integrated into the lore, respecting the direction once served to the fans as an amusing drama kicking team at times, and explorers in the traditional way on different settings.
Some details introduced might leave some well-aware Star Trek lore fans scratching their heads, not able to expose here avoiding spoilers. But rest at ease, the final work is no threat to the past series. It got plenty momentum with lots of action to get more and new fans, and acting is overall very good, believable and immersive.
Star Trek: Discovery has little to no competition on CBS, if this new promise keeps living to its legacy, it might be the jewel on a premium pack that suffers from prime time shows worth the monthly submission.
But 7 million for these episodes makes me wonder if every other in the future will be like this presentation or toned down into a more bland and simpler Star Trek series, only future will tell. For now – looks very promising!
Episodes to date (10-10-2017)
1 “The Vulcan Hello”
Directed by David Semel, Story by : Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
September 24, 2017
2 “Battle at the Binary Stars”
Directed by Adam Kane, Story by Bryan Fuller
September 24, 2017
3 “Context Is for Kings”
Directed by Akiva Goldsman, Story by Bryan Fuller, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
October 1, 2017
4 “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Story by Jesse Alexander & Aron Eli Coleite
October 8, 2017