Star Trek: Discovery is out and it looks glorious


Your thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery's opening title sequence?

And for Andre Bormanis, former science advisor on series like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, the arrival of the new show held a special significance - it was the first time in nearly 25 years that the writer and astrophysics expert was able to watch an episode of Star Trek on TV without having fact-checked the ending.

Unfortunately, you can't watch the series on Netflix in the USA yet, and we don't know if you will be able to watch this series on Netflix at any point. In the meantime, TV has FINALLY come round to having a female First Officer...

Star Trek: Discovery launched across the world on Monday, and in celebration a new Klingon trailer for the series was released by Netflix.

After a 12-year absence from primetime TV, Star Trek is finally back on air.

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While this leaves the door open for younger versions of favourite characters to drop in - it also means it will mostly be a whole set of brand new fleet members on board a new Starship that ISN'T the iconic Enterprise. It will follow themes familiar to the Star Trek canon as it attempts to break new ground for a broadcast TV science fiction show.

Stay tuned for our review of the first two episodes.

And it's not the only one of Spock's old tricks to get an outing, with the Vulcan mind meld (a method of sharing consciousness and reading minds practised by the species) used on a young Burnham in flashback by Spock's father Sarek (James Frain). They deliberately start shows late, make last-minute schedule changes, screen episodes out of order and cram in too many ads - including plastering promos over the show you're watching.

It has the familiar Star Trek music with a slightly different take. That leads the aging ship into a direct confrontation with T'Kuvma (Chris Obi), leader of one of the Klingon Empire's 24 houses and self-styled messiah of the Klingon race.

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. But since we're supposed to empathize with her as the lead character, the show tries to have it both ways - and when your lead character commits an act of mutiny not long after you're introduced to her, it's hard to muster up any positive feelings toward her.