‘Star Trek: Discovery’: The Pros Outweigh the Cons, But We’re Still Nervous

Star Trek: Discovery is coming. Let’s break down what we’re looking forward to the most and a few things that still have us uneasy.

Between Comic-Con and CBS’ presentation at the Television Critics’ Association Summer gathering, Star Trek fans have plenty to look forward to this fall. But there is still a bit of weariness residing in my gut. The photos are stunning and the trailer proves that the taking the extra time to get things right pays off.

But there are a few red flags that detract from fully embracing the series. Will the development of new characters take a backseat to the inclusion of classic antagonists? Can the series recapture the fear of the unknown? Is a great score enough to put fans at ease?


Honoring Bryan Fuller’s Vision

Bryan Fuller’s exit from Star Trek was less than ideal. After witnessing the triumph of American Gods, however, the decision makes a bit more sense. As the press tour carries on, it’s becoming more obvious that even without Fuller in the chair, the course he locked in is still being crossed.

There are a few hallmark Fuller items in the series. First of all, the name Michael. Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham keeps with Fuller’s style for creating female characters with typically male given names.

Star Trek Discovery leaders

Second, having a black lead actress on the call sheet is another vision Martin-Green is fulfilling for the departed creator. In terms of story, the series is highly serialized. While DS9 technically did it first, Discovery will not be a series you can tune into at will. It is meant to be consumed as a whole.

Additionally, the Klingons underwent a makeover. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman noted at the Television Critics Association panel, “One of the things [Fuller] wanted to do was shake up the design of the Klingons… that they wouldn’t be the thugs of the universe, that they’d be sexy and vital and different.”

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