The first official trailer for Star Trek: Discovery brings a ton of action and intrigue, which should satisfy the complaints from those who said the first look trailer was a bit boring. We also get a much better look at the Discovery and her intrepid crew, whatever version of Klingon they will be facing off against and we meet a bearded Dwight Schrute as Harry Mudd.
While the show takes place in the Prime timeline, 10 years before the events of TOS, Discovery's look and feel is really more akin to the Kelvin timeline. Some die hard Trek fans are surely shitting themselves silly over it, but it's not really that big of a deal. If you're unfamiliar, Prime is basically everything not "JJverse" and Kelvin is the timeline of the "JJverse" movies, but I digress. I think a show about deep space travel, aliens and spaceships having massive battles should look futuristic and shiny as fuck. Besides, it's brand-new Star Trek. What's not to like?
Now, onto another bit of "holy shit" for Prime fans. It's been revealed that Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, is Spock's adopted sister. I'll have to check in with one of my Trek guys, but as far as I can recall this is the first mention of Spock having a sister, adopted or otherwise. Burnham was raised on Vulcan by her human mother, Amanda, who was married to Spock’s father, Sarek. So, it stands to reason that she grew up side by side with Spock.
At SDCC, executive producer Alex Kurtzman addressed the huge link to TOS.
Hell yeah man. I'm more than intrigued. Burnham is seemingly 100% human, but what would being raised on Vulcan, by Sarek nonetheless, do to a child? How does Sarek view her? Do they show genuine love for one another? Do she and Spock love each other? There are an endless number of ways these relationships could play out and they're all terribly exciting. Plus, these characters being portrayed by such fantastic actors means watching these dynamics flesh themselves out is going to be a real treat. Discovery is quickly rising my list of must watch shows for the fall.
For pudding, enjoy the visual delight that is one of the Discover posters that come out at SDCC. So old and fabulous.
Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, James Frain as Sarek, Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou and Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca and premieres September 24th on CBS All Access.