Amazingly, almost unbelievably, the first Star Trek: Discovery trailer is here
After nearly a full year of delays and still no official release date, CBS just released the first full trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. It may end up raising more questions than it answers, but at least it is here.
The story of Discovery’s journey to get on the air could itself one day be a TV show – a frustrating TV show that you will probably need to pay at least $6 a month to watch. The short version is that CBS and Paramount had the idea to bring Star Trek back to TV, possibly in time for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Things didn’t quite work out.
The studio decided that it wanted to use the new series as a Launchpad for the CBS All Access streaming platform, a service that costs $6 per month and contains a tiny fraction of CBS’ decades-deep library. It’s a bewildering service – people pay a monthly fee and yet many of the shows have just a sampling of episodes rather than a complete run. That is likely a combination of licensing issues and a desire to sell new shows into syndication and on home media, but it makes a limited service even more frustrating. Still, the lure of a new Star Trek show is a good incentive to get people to sign up, so things began to move ahead.
Then the production began and all hell broke lose.
For a full breakdown on the complicated production history of Star Trek: Discovery, you can check out our frequently updated article on it here.
As for the trailer, it gives us our first real look at the cast, the designs, the uniforms, and it hints at the plot. One person that is conspicuously absent from the show is Jason Isaacs who plays Lorca, the captain of the Discovery.
Given the content of the trailer – which features Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou suggesting that Sonequa Martin-Green’s Commander Burnham is about to be tapped to command the Discovery – we’re obviously missing a vital piece. The trailer also seems to suggest that Burnham disobeys Georgiou and attacks someone, seemingly the Klingons based on the way the trailer is cut, so perhaps her command is a short one.
Anyway, check out the trailer below and look for Star Trek: Discovery later this year. Maybe.