Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Star Trek Discovery: Boldly Representing Women Of Color

Star Trek Discovery: Boldly Representing Women Of Color

Her power was restrained rather than overbearing, similar to Patrick Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation-the series I grew up with.

"Despite the concessions to modern TV storytelling and effects, Discovery feels like a Star Trek show - at times one with the potential to be quite good". I was gripped and engaged by the journey of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the new series" lead character and only the second "Star Trek' lead who's not a captain.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday night, September 24th around the world and on several different platforms in what might be CBS's most widespread launch of a TV series. And we also frequently visit the upstart Klingon leader T'Kuvma (Chris Obi) as he attempts to unify the 24 Houses of the Empire with a unsafe plan of aggression. Perhaps the most egregious example of this clunk factor is the pre-credits sequence (spotted in the show's trailers) that features Burnham and Georgiou on a desert planet spouting exposition by the page-full before culminating in moment that's supposed to be inspiring but just plays as silly.

"With its level of talent and commitment, Star Trek: Discovery has a decent chance of getting on course to complete its mission".

Building a subscriber base for All Access might not immediately make CBS a rival to, or Hulu. We use cookies to improve your browsing experience. Film audiences are as likely to see an alien woman as an Asian woman. Giving a third of the first two episodes over to Klingon characters who speak their (subtitled) dialogue in a slow, tortured cadence while standing very still in a large meeting chamber just takes the wind out of Discovery's sails; their plan's not terribly complicated, and the amount of time they spend yelling about it just feels like padding. Fuller's ambitious pitch for Discovery-an allegorical anthology that would span Trek's different eras, pulling in talent like Edgar Wright along the way-was reportedly scrapped by CBS in favor of something decidedly more pedestrian: a darker prequel to the original Star Trek. Usually the violent "other" in Star Trek lore, Discovery gives the familiar antagonists their own point of view, backstory, culture, and reasons to fight. Good to see him back, even if it is weird that he never told Spock he had a foster sister...

CBS said the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery pushed its CBS All Access over-the-top subscription service to a record for most subscriber sign ups in a single day.

The plot of that episode sees the Enterprise investigate the destruction of some Federation outposts on the edge of their territory, only to be ambushed by a cloaked Romulan vessel and have to walk a fine line to avoid all-out war.

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