It’s been nicely over 18 months since CBS first announced that it might 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 screen in over a decade. The present, Star Trek: Discovery, has been by way of 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 info to know: Star Trek: Discovery is about ten years earlier than the occasions of the unique sequence and takes place within the authentic 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. In contrast to earlier Star Trek reveals, Discovery intentionally gained’t concentrate on the captain (or house 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 authentic timeline, the units and expertise on show are ridiculously superior trying. To some extent, it is a dropping battle. The explanation Star Trek appears to be like the best way it does is as a result of that was the extent of expertise and prop manufacturing that 1960s tv reveals needed to work with, not as a result of Gene Roddenberry was trying to freeze all future portrayals of 23rd century expertise forever. However for all the issues on TV reveals like Enterprise, it did attempt to set up set items and expertise portrayals that might arguably be stated to occupy a midpoint between the longer term (relative to us) whereas nonetheless trying extra primitive than the expertise we noticed on Star Trek itself.
If any DNA of the unique Star Trek made it into Discovery in any respect, it’s in no way in proof. As an alternative of the brightly coloured uniforms of the 1960s present, everyone seems to be sporting blue, as they did in Enterprise. As an alternative of particular person emblems for every ship (one thing well-established in TOS), everyone seems to be sporting the standard Starfleet delta. Supposedly one purpose why the Enterprise of the JJ Abrams reboot seemed so superior was due to technological advances Starfleet was in a position to 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 appear like they need to be starring in a Star Trek present set lengthy after Voyager?
Additionally, there’d higher be a particularly good clarification for the alien officer’s declaration, “My individuals had 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 had been about to die, so he might misinform their kin about contacting the opposite facet?
While you scrape off the lens flare and the flamboyant graphics, there’s not a variety of story left on this trailer. That doesn’t imply the present gained’t be good, however this trailer didn’t present us far 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 encompass 15 episodes.