New Star Trek leads to 'record' CBS SVOD sign-ups

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Unlike the previous generations of Star Trek, however, only the first episode of Discovery will be available for free. The result, creatively, makes for an awkward liftoff, one perhaps most notable for its commercial mission, which is to entice new subscribers to CBS All Access. Additionally, all future episodes will be released on over-the-top streaming service in the United States on Sundays. Newman even mocked Star Trek fans on air when they wrote in to complain about the contempt Nine showed for viewers.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS this Sunday, September 24, 2017. "Discovery feels like the rebirth of a franchise, much in the same way Star Wars: The Force Awakens did for Star Wars, and it doesn't back away from boldly going where (almost) no Star Trek series has gone before", read Polygon's review.

Most importantly, Discovery presents viewers with an nearly entirely new slate of characters, save for James Frain as Sarek, Spock's father and the adoptive parent (along with as-yet-unseen wife Amanda) of our heroine; writes them as fully rounded personages; and casts them with actors you can't help but like even when they're getting on your last nerve.

Moreover, Burnham's past ties directly into the heart of Trek lore: orphaned, she was raised on Vulcan by Sarek (James Frain), Mr. Spock's father, and thus exhibits a fondness for logic and computer-like mind, despite her rounded earlobes.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said initial discussions among producers focused on bringing "something new to "Trek" that both fans and people who'd never seen the show before could experience".

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Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz play Lieutenant Paul Stamets and Dr Hugh Culber, the first openly gay couple to be featured in a Star Trek series.

In the new series Star Trek: Discovery "new worlds and civilizations are explored by new members of the Star Trek universe".

The U.S.S. Discovery made a special appearance in advance of the Star Trek: Discovery premiere, flying across the river and continuing north up the Hudson, before turning around right before the George Washington Bridge.

It's worth noting that there's also a fair bit of the original "Star Trek" woven into "Discovery's" premise, given that it's set about a decade before the events of that program.

But so far Discovery has been called a "promising addition to the Trek canon" (by Variety), and "a rollicking piece of television" (by Radio Times). Usually the violent "other" in Star Trek lore, Discovery gives the familiar antagonists their own point of view, backstory, culture, and reasons to fight. CBS wants Star Trek: Discovery to be must-watch TV, and they've certainly put their money where their mouth is. Lt. Saru (Doug Jones), the first Kelpien character in Star Trek, is a creation as vivid as Spock, Data or Worf, though more particular in his neuroses.

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