CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery Has Boldly Arrived With Its First Trailer

CBS held their upfront presentation today and released the very first image and trailer for the long-awaited All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

[UPDATE: The YouTube embed if the other can’t be viewed.]

The first image (below) struck many as very Star Wars-looking and it’s no doubt this series will be different from Trek television shows of the past. Natalie Abrams, who was at the event, tweetedStar Trek: Discovery takes place 10 years prior to Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise.” She also added that it’s been expanded to 15 episodes. We previously had a teaser and a production video. Today’s presentation also revealed there will be an after-show titled Talking Trek. I volunteer to host.

The new show stars The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham. Michelle Yeoh also stars as Captain Philippa Georgiou and Jason Isaacs is playing Captain Lorca. The show will also feature Doug Jones as science officer Lt. Saru, Anthony Rapp as science officer Lt. Stamets, James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholoy as Doctor Nambue, Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly, and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor. There will also be several Kligons: Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, Clare McConnell as Dennas. And oh yeah, Rainn Wilson is playing Harry Mudd.

Of their ever-stretching premiere date, CBS had previously released a statement saying, “We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

You may recall the series was previously being spearheaded by Bryan Fuller but he left the project last October. Here was our first look at the U.S.S. Discovery.

The show will air this Fall.

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  • I realize there are already two other people talking about Klingons…but this is how the Klingons look now? Not like Worf? I thought they just had helmets on in In Darkness.

    …poop on this change!

  • Sam Russell

    Female captains before Kirk’s Enterprise? It wasn’t my favorite episode, but ‘Turnabout Intruder’ makes his non-canon compliant. Unless its in the new movieverse, in which case I have NF idea.

    • Yeah but Star Trek has always been aiming to make its future brighter and more egalitarian then the modern day. It simply doesn’t make sense for them to have actually regressed during Kirk’s time.

  • I’m super exited about this but I have one complaint about this trailer: Sooo am I the only one who thinks the Klingons didn’t actually need another redesign? They’re post TNG design is already a cool look.

  • It always requires a bit of mental gymnastics when a show (made many years later) that’s supposed to take place BEFORE another show seems to have wildly superior (or at least wildly different looking) technology than the original.
    In the case of the Klingons, the tale goes that Gene ALWAYS wanted the look we saw in the movies, but couldn’t afford it, so we got red paint and Genghis Khan moustaches. So the best explanation is that Klingons ALWAYS looked like that, and TOS just couldn’t afford to show us.
    So we may be forced to assume that TOS communicators, etc, really looked more like what we’ll see in Discovery.
    Can you imagine if they’d gone and “corrected” all the stuff like that when they upconverted the original series to HD?

    • They wouldn’t be able to do it. That would be more expensive than just doing a new show. Hence Discovery. It’s not a reboot, but it’s within the continuity of TOS.