Since the unveiling of a very brief teaser trailer at Comic-Con last year, CBS Access’ Star Trek Discovery series has been the equivalent of the Trump/Russia story for fans, with dire predictions, backstage drama, accusations of “they’re hiding something!” and some fans claiming the whole series is nothing more than a PR hoax that will never see the light of day. CBS finally fired out a photon torpedo spread of teaser photos followed by a two-minute trailer on Wednesday, and fans can now completely agree to disagree on what they just saw.
The first image from the show depicted stars Michelle Yeoh (as Captain Georgiou) and Sonequa Martin-Green (as officer Michael Burnam) in desert gear that immediately drew comparisons to Rey’s Jakku garb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trailer opens with the two on a desert planet, appropriately enough, and Burnam questioning her captain—who flips open an old-style communicator after telling Burnam it’s time she thought about getting her own ship to command. What looks like the starship Discovery then zooms out of the desert sky cloud cover to beam them up (the ship looks more armor plated and military than the sleek test version debuted at Comic Con).
We get a look at the corridors and what is evidently the vaulted ceiling of the bridge of the Discovery, a little of James Frain as Sarek in a flashback that seems to indicate that Sonequa Martin-Green’s character may have been raised on Vulcan, or at least instructed by Sarek as a child in Vulcan ways—a “fascinating” character beat. We see Burnham leaving the ship in an EVA suit and heading out into an asteroid field or planetary ring (in a scene not unlike Spock’s EVA journey into V’ger in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) for an apparent encounter with the Klingons and a Klingon “sarcophagus ship” (we see a floating Klingon coffin inside an altar-like chamber at one point). And then we have conflict—Burham butts heads with her captain as she urges her to strike the Klingons (“Starfleet doesn’t fire first,” says Georgiou). And then there’s apparently Doug Jones’ alien character, Lt. Saru, informing Burnham that his race has been evolved to sense the approach of death—and that he sees it coming now.
Fans are already arguing (did they have to redesign the Klingons? Are there too many lens flares?)—but at least now there’s something to argue about.