CBS’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Trailer Looks Almost Unfortunately Cinematic

Coming soon to CBS’s streaming service that some people hypothetically subscribe to, Star Trek: Discovery is the latest series to actually set us back in terms of finding new life and new civilizations. These are familiar lives and civilizations. The online-only Star Trek revival is reportedly set about a decade before the events of the original series, and in a separate timeline from the recent films. You probably wouldn’t figure either of those things out from this first trailer, though.

As seen above, the cinematic look of Discovery seems much more informed by the modern movies than by any series that’s come before. That is to say, it too would rather identify as a thrilling, lens-flare-filled space adventure than as a futuristic procedural that involves a god-like presence on the regular. And despite taking place just ten years before Kirk and Spock’s heyday, the costumes look far more akin to the century-prior Enterprise wardrobe. Technicolor uniforms and well-lit bridges were, apparently, a recent innovation in TOS.

In fairness, though, the trailer seems to pull entirely from the series pilot. We don’t even get a glimpse of the new ship—nor its captain, Jason Isaacs. (In the preview, Michelle Yeoh’s captain leads the USS Shenzhou, not the titular vessel Discovery will focus on.) We’ll have to wait until the fall to see whether the latest Star Trek eventually settles into its namesake’s tone. Though, to see that, we’d also need to start paying for CBS All Access, so perhaps it shall forever remain our final, unexplored frontier.

  • adam3w

    Fingers crossed that they’ll have to license this to Hulu to get decent ROI, otherwise I’ll never get to see it.

    • Jolie Rogers

      I reckon they’ll have to. This move to make their own streaming subscription feels a lot like when Blockbuster made that last ditch effort to copy Netflix’s no late fees style.

      • Frumpus

        or their LAST last ditch effort of putting redbox style vending machines out in front of convenience stores. I think the one near me was there for a total of 6 weeks and half that time it was a windows BSOD.

  • jaime_arg

    Link appears to be broken. I do have faith in this show because it was developed by Bryan Fuller, probably my favourite showrunner, but I guess the appeal to make it modern-looking like the recent movies might be hard to resist.