Star Trek: Discovery has a lot riding on it, both for CBS executives (who are counting on the show to help them launch their paid streaming service CBS All Access) and Star Trek fans (who’ve been waiting more than a decade for a new Trek series).
On the business side, last night’s premiere seems to have been a success, though it’s hard to say for certain without real subscriber numbers. The first episode, “The Vulcan Hello,” aired on CBS, while the second, “Battle at the Binary Stars,” was available immediate afterwards on All Access — CBS says Discovery drove record sign-ups for its streaming service.
On the creative side? Well, I wouldn’t say it was a great premiere (and I’ll have more thoughts to share on this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast), but it was effective at establishing how the show might break the franchise template without totally abandoning the elements that Star Trek fans love.
Discovery takes place about 10 years before the…