Star Trek has been around for more than 50 years and has had more face lifts than Cindy Jackson (google it), and the new CBS All Access series will be no different. This time it isn’t just a new ship and new uniforms, as some familiar aliens and characters are being reimagined. The official trailer for the new series dropped at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and gives us our first look at the newest entry in the Star Trek franchise.
That’s right, that is a new look for Klingons. CBS is taking some major risks with this new project. Instead of setting it in the future, which is free game as far as canon is concerned, the new crew sets off on a mission 10 years before Kirk and his crew, with technology that would make Scotty’s mouth water.
What’s more, Sonequa Martin-Green’s character Lt. Cmdr Michael Burnham has an unexpectedly close relationship to Ambassador Sarek (James Frain), who fans know well as Spock’s father. It has been revealed that in Discovery, Sarek is a surrogate parent to her character, meaning that Spock now has a sister.
The series will be different in another way, with the entire first season being one long story arc, making it perfect for binging. Presumably, if the show does well we will see stand alone episodes in the future. Star Trek fans have balked at change in the past. The newer theatrical reincarnation had fans on the fences, but the story played out in a way that left the original intact where Discovery is flying close to classic canon. As we fly through the trailer full of blasting ships and action scenes, the voice over reminds us to embrace the change.
There is one aspect that hard core Trekkies might have made note of that could answer some of the potential plot holes that are already sneaking up, which is the new ship’s designation – the USS Discovery NCC-1031. This may be a reference to Starfleet’s super secret black ops group called Section 31, previously mentioned in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the book series Section 31. If the Discovery is on a black ops mission, that might explain the more advanced technology than the Enterprise had ten years later, and maybe even the fact that Spock never mentioned his sister. Of course, Spock was never big on sharing personal details, but you’d think his mom or dad would have let something slip.
Former showrunner Bryan Fuller was asked about the potential connection to Section 31:
“There are aspects of our first season that, depending on how well versed you are in that mythology, you could either read into it a connection or not”.
The new crew, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, and Mary Wiseman, will be joined by Rainn Wilson in the role of Harry Mudd, who is featured prominently in the trailer.
All in all, it is nice to see a Trek series for the first time in 12 years. We will wait to see what CBS has for us. anything else would be illogical. Looking forward to Star Trek: Discovery? Let us know in the comments below, and visit us on Facebook.
Source: TV Web