All it takes is a quick search of my blog to discover that I’m a bona fide Trekkie (for those wondering, a Trekkie is like a Trekker, but less pretentious about it). So here’s a brief glimpse into the mind of a Trekkie, regarding the first forthcoming new Star Trek series in over 12 years, Star Trek Discovery, which will air on CBS All Access in the USA, and Netflix worldwide:
First, excitement: Yeay! Star Trek is tailor made for television (literally, that’s where it started, not as a movie franchise).
Then, trepidation: The last series, Star Trek Enterprise, was terrible. That’s not my opinion, that’s a mathematical truth. I hope this one will be better. Also, while the pilot will air on CBS’s network, the rest of the series will only air on their streaming service. I understand their reasoning, that Star Trek is a name franchise that can help them launch their service, but there’s that trepidation that maybe the reason is because the network has little confidence in it.
Next came cautious optimism: Brian Fuller, who did many good episodes of Star Trek in the day, and has been the show runner for some great series, is going to be in charge. And they’re bringing back Nicholas Meyer, who co-wrote and directed two of the very best original cast movies: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Followed by disappointment: Fuller had to bow out, due to his duties show running Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
And now, during the CBS Upfronts (basically, presentations to advertisers), the released the first trailer for the new Star Trek series:
I have to say, I’m impressed by basically everything except the last lines in the trailer (an entire species engineered to sense oncoming death? Hmm…). The production value and the acting all looked good. We have a glimpse at the plot and the ships and some of the aliens. As “teasers” go I feel adequately teased. I’m interested.
I was also happy to hear that CBS decided to buy 3 more episodes, and they’re even going to have a companion interview/discussion show (“Talking Trek” or something) to accompany it. The fact that CBS is literally putting their money where its mouth is suggests to me that they are, in fact, confident in the show’s quality.
We’re going to have to wait until Fall to start watching the show, but at this early stage, I am back to cautiously optimistic. And definitely hungry for more.