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  • Summary: 10 years before the Enterprise, the U.S.S. Discovery sets out to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

    The current Star Trek is available for streaming on CBS All Access.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ira Madison III
    Sep 24, 2017
    90
    It’s even more beautiful watching two women of color, black and Asian, navigate a realm that traditionally hasn’t included them. It honors sci-fi’s history while giving it a bold new future to stake claim in, making Star Trek essential television for the first time in decades.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    You respect the ambition of unspooling this story gradually, but the third episode also retroactively makes the two-part prologue feel even more overextended. This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Sep 24, 2017
    83
    All told, Discovery still has some storytelling kinks to work out with the Klingons, and all the breathless action in the first two episodes didn’t leave a ton of room for character development beyond Burnham. But the seeds for a compelling series are definitely there--and, best of all, it feels like Star Trek.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2017
    75
    It’s the moral murk that Burnham must wade through that gives Discovery its tantalizing possibilities.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2017
    70
    Star Trek can be whatever it wants. Discovery is Star Trek. Maybe even, in time, a really good merging of past traditions and present television.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Keveney
    Sep 24, 2017
    63
    Soars in ambition and devotion to Star Trek history and mythology, but stalls with certain plot details and stilted dialogue.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 19, 2017
    50
    Discovery feels like it’s adrift between the adventure-of-the-week format of its network-TV predecessors and the kind of complex serial favored by cable and streaming.

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  1. Sep 25, 2017
    10
    I wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don'tI wouldn't have given this show a 10 if it weren't for all that haters that clearly want a decent show to fail. True score: 7.5-8. Don't listen to the haters, this show is pretty good Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2018
    10
    You'll notice most of the early reviews for this series are bad, and most of the later ones are good. Ignore anyone who reviews a series ofYou'll notice most of the early reviews for this series are bad, and most of the later ones are good. Ignore anyone who reviews a series of anything after 2 or 3 episodes. Yes, this is different to previous Trek, but if you try to imagine what Trek would look like if it was written in the modern TV universe - a universe with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders and all the rest - this is it. Yes, it has some issues with pacing at the beginning, and the new Klingons take a little getting used to (I think I would have preferred them as they were in TNG), but this is solid Trek with a moral backbone, good characters and an intriguing story arc. It really comes together by the end. Don't forget TNG took almost three years to find its feet. Can't wait for series 2. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2017
    7
    Had the pleasure of attending the red carpet premiere. The budget seems as if it was a film per episode. This is an incredible addition to theHad the pleasure of attending the red carpet premiere. The budget seems as if it was a film per episode. This is an incredible addition to the Star Trek Universe. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2017
    2
    My initial thoughts/review. I am a Trek fan from TOS and have warmed up even to the reboots (sans Into Darkness) and really wanted to likeMy initial thoughts/review. I am a Trek fan from TOS and have warmed up even to the reboots (sans Into Darkness) and really wanted to like this effort, having anticipated it for two years.

    At first blush, I sense that this series is doing too much, and trying too hard. FIrst off, Discovery is a prequel; it's supposed to be 10 years before the original series (TOS- w/Kirk and Spock); yet, the technology is way beyond that point in the timeline. This starship has more capabilities than Kirk's Enterprise a decade later, or -- even Picard's, 90 years hence. It has hologram communications (no monitors or screens); a ready-room for the captain (not introduced until TNG); large crew quarters, even larger than TNG; the hi-techie medical bays; large screen window-monitors that take up half of the ship; and, that one-person spaceship/suit. I could go on. Too many new gadgets that simply would not have been in use at that time.

    Also, at this point in the timeline, there are too many species serving on a starship. Recall, that Spock was first Vulcan and TOS had no other species serving back then. Additionally, Vulcans would not have kept vital historical information about Klingons from the Federation; it's just not believable, especially after "Enterprise" plumbed the Vulcan-Human storyline that led to the creation of the Federation for four years. I'm also baffled by the modification -- again! -- to the Klingons. This one finds them expressionless, lumbering and plodding through syntax-challenged barks. In addition, the Klingons-with-cloaking technology is beyond this point on the timeline.

    Then there's the whole fight between a captain and first officer -- unless you're Marchis, this isn't how Starships operate. Specifically, these two officers served together for seven years, and now first officer Michael employs a Vulcan pinch and disobeys an order. This, from a first officer who is supposedly ready for her own command? To top it off, the captain manages this incident at phaser-point.

    This veers away from Star Trek canon. Might be great as a Sci-Fi show, but didn't feel like Star Trek. They have already dismantled many ideas at this point in the timeline to be believable -- at least for me. Between the five Star Trek series and the many movies, there's a rich Star Trek canon already imagined and some reimagined to draw from. Yet, they opted to undo staples, such as a United Federation of species (especially Vulcans and Humans), tightly bonded bridge crew, and a strong chain of command and Starfleet principles.

    What's odd is how easy it would be to make a new Trek series work. And yet they went for such obvious overreach to "serialize" a drama. At best it's a strange way to premiere this prequel. I think I'll wait for reruns on this one. I am curious about the new ship U.S.S. Discovery. It took TNG a season to get its footing. I hope this show can evolve into a Star Trek series as well; but thus far, it's not close.
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  5. Aug 4, 2018
    1
    Worth the reviews this low. It's not a bad sci-fi show on its own. It would have been pretty OK if they had called it "Space Odyssey" or "DarkWorth the reviews this low. It's not a bad sci-fi show on its own. It would have been pretty OK if they had called it "Space Odyssey" or "Dark Horizon Flights" or whatever you wanted ti call it except "Star Trek".

    It's just not a Star Trek and I watched all of them/ The Star Trek lore is totally wrecked. Some ideas can be called "innovative and fresh" but in this case it's a totally different/new show.

    As a sci-fi series in general: 7/10
    As a Star Trek: 2/10

    Don't ruin your star trek palate with this. You'll be disappointed. I expect this show to be cancelled at lightspeed. Hopefully the new one with Patrick Stewart won't be such a joke.
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  6. Nov 30, 2018
    0
    Like all the others have said - this show is an awful abomination which seems to go out of its way to trample into the ground everything thatLike all the others have said - this show is an awful abomination which seems to go out of its way to trample into the ground everything that Gene Roddenberry held dear. Want to watch good, new episodes of Star Trek these days? Watch The Orville. Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2017
    0
    If this helps you, 2 Starfleet Officers break the prime directive in the very first scene of the show, letting us know right from the start,If this helps you, 2 Starfleet Officers break the prime directive in the very first scene of the show, letting us know right from the start, the writers know nothing of Star Trek. Bad acting, bad writing, dark and depressing. Tilted camera angles, lens flares, Klingons that have so much costume on it sounds as if they have just gotten back from the dentist with the cotton balls still in their mouths, so many things that are just wrong, and very few that are right. The only thing I though was decent is the opening title sequence. Expand

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