Star Trek: Discovery: Star Trek is returning to TV and anticipation is, naturally, startlingly high. Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming series including release date, trailer, cast, and plot information.
An all-new Star Trek TV show is coming to screens in 2017 in the form of Star Trek: Discovery. Yes, US channel CBS has announced it will air the first Star Trek show since Star Trek Enterprise ended in 2005, later this year.
And for those of us in the UK who don’t have access to CBS’s fine slate of programming, Netflix will be providing fans worldwide with the episodes a day after they air stateside.
Will it be any good? What do we know so far? When is it going to hit Netflix? The answers to these questions and more are below…
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Star Trek: Discovery – What do we know?
The new series is the first show developed entirely for CBS’s streaming platform: CBS All Access. It will be female-led, with Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green starring as Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham respectively. Martin-Green will be portraying the protagonist of the show, marking the first time a captain has not been made the central figure of a Star Trek series.
Set around a decade before the original Shatner-led Star Trek series, Discovery will feature stories that take place in a separate universe to that of the current run of films.
According to pre-release info from CBS, the show will “follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms”. Here’s how the company describes the show in full:
“Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery.
Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are on-board as showrunners, and CBS has confirmed that Star Trek veteran Bryan Fuller will be on executive producer duties. He will also be credited as co-creater alongside Alex Kurtzman who co-wrote the 2009 film Star Trek along with J. J. Abrams, as well as 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Fuller’s credits include writing on previous TV shows Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
In a joint statement, Fuller and Kurtzman said: “Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood.
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“We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality.
“Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
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Star Trek: Discovery – UK Release Date
We know Star Trek: Discovery will be delivered over the course of 15 episodes, with CBS confirming those episodes will be split into two chapters. Eight episodes will air from Monday, September 25 until Monday, November 6, with the final seven set to air in January next year.
The series will start with a two-part debut that’s set to air on the actual channel, before being made available on the CBS All Access VOD service. Subsequent episodes will then be added to the on-demand platform each week.
But where does that leave UK viewers and the rest of the world? Well, who else but Netflix has stepped in to save the day, announcing it will add the episodes to the streaming platform a day after they air in the states. That means it’ll hit Netflix on Monday, September 25, and you’ll only need to dodge spoilers for 24 hours if you’re stuck in Blighty.
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What’s more, Netflix will apparently host Star Trek: Discovery episodes in 188 countries worldwide, so there’s every chance you’ll be able to keep up with developments no matter where you live.
There’s been no word yet on whether the announced Talking Trek companion series (basically a Talking Dead-style after-show) will also make it to international platforms.
Star Trek: Discovery – Cast
CBS has confirmed the following cast members:
- Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou)
- Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham)
- Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru)
- Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca)
- Shazad Latif (Lieutenant Ash Tyler)
- Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Paul Stamets)
- Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly)
- Chris Obi (T’Kuvma)
- Mary Chieffo (L’Rell)
- James Frain (Ambassador Sarek)
- Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd)
- Terry Serpico (Admiral Anderson)
- Maulik Pancholy (Doctor Nambue)
- Damon Runyan (Ujilli)
- Rekha Sharma (Commander Landry)
- Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)
- Clare McConnell (Dennas)
- Sam Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor)
Star Trek: Discovery – Trailers
The following trailer arrived earlier this year and provides us with a sneak peak at what’s to come from Star Trek: Discovery:
And here’s a mini featurette that shows you some behind-the-scenes stuff:
And if that isn’t enough to get you hyped up for the show, you can watch a load of other Discovery videos over on CBS’s official site. However, the suits at the channel have decided only US viewers can watch the clips on that site, which isn’t all that helpful for, y’know, the rest of the world. Good thing Star Trek isn’t a global phenomenon, then…
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Star Trek: Discovery – Images
The first shot of the cast together emerged in March, via Instagram. It’s far from an official press shot of the crew decked out in full gear, but it’s something:
From left to right: Jason Isaacs (Discovery’s captain, Lorca), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Georgiou), Chris Obi (the Klingon T’Kuvma), Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham, aka Number One, Discovery’s first officer), Kenric Green (not on the show,), Doug Jones (Discovery’s alien science officer), James Frain (Spock’s dad, Sarek), and Shazad Latif (Kol, a Klingon commanding officer).
Here’s a few images direct from CBS:
Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru, Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou.
Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham.
Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou and Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham.
Chris Obi as T’Kuvma.
And, of course, the official Netflix poster has been revealed:
And that’s your lot for now. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this page with all the latest news and rumours as the show draws near.
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