The Star Trek Dude

Star Trek: Discovery First Look & Thoughts

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It’s been a while, fellow Trekkies, but I am still around. In fact, I just put together a small piece for the Heroes Podcast Network pertaining to yesterday’s Star Trek: Discovery news. You can check out the full article, which includes a gallery and the trailer, here.

In short, CBS is excited and confident in the show. They have expanded Discovery’s first season from 13 episodes to 15 and they are launching a companion series called Talking Trek which will, I assume, be similar to the Talking Dead.

Star Trek Discovery Bridge

CBS Upfront gave us our first look at Discovery, the first Star Trek series on TV since Enterprise ended back in 2005. We got to see some of the main cast and at least one of the two named Starfleet starships.

USS Shenzhou

Overall, I am very happy with what I saw. The production value is high, the uniform designs are stellar, and I think the ship interiors look like a nice advancement to what we saw in Enterprise. I’m not thrilled with the Klingon design and no, it’s not because I don’t like change. I don’t mind new uniforms, new tech, new ships, etc. but it just seems unnecessary to change the Klingons so much given that they are probably the most explored alien race on Star Trek.

Discovery Klingons

Sarek looks like your typical Vulcan, so why do the Klingons look completely different? And it’s not that I am taking issue with the Kelvin timeline design either because they don’t match the Star Trek Into Darkness look (which no, I didn’t care for but had accepted as part of the separate timeline). Additionally, we’ve been told this show takes place in the Prime timeline, so shouldn’t they look like they did on TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise?

Discovery Sarek

At the end of the day, I’m very glad CBS is taking Discovery seriously. It’s the first Star Trek show to have on-location filming outside of the United States. It’s getting an expanded first season and a companion talk show. There is obvious confidence from the network and producers, and for this, I am grateful.

Don’t forget to check out my article over on the Heroes Podcast Network for the full gallery and trailer!

I’m also a co-host on two podcasts over there, Screen Heroes and Gamer Heroes, so please check them out.

Live long and prosper.

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