"Star Trek: Discovery" gets hopeful, mostly positive reviews

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Internally, CBS expects that number to rise as 7-day delayed viewing is taken into account.

Stay tuned for our review of the first two episodes.

It's a sarcophagus ship, a 200-year-old leviathan about three times larger than any of the Starfleet vessels we see in the premiere.

The first two episodes - The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars - became available on Netflix in New Zealand on Monday night, at the same time as the US.

The series also stars James Frain, Rainn Wilson, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Chris Obi, Mary Chieffo, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, and Damon Runyan. The result, creatively, makes for an awkward liftoff, one perhaps most notable for its commercial mission, which is to entice new subscribers to CBS All Access.


There's very little exploration in the first two segments, which introduce us to main character Michael Burnham (The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green), first officer aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou under Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).

What do you think about the Star Trek: Discovery premiere ratings? It didn't, but Discovery is the type of show that should only be watched on a television set - if doable - where the higher resolution and better quality the better. Based on the two-part Discovery premiere, the show has successfully made the jump to the modern mode of serialized storytelling, an approach that was mostly avoided in the previous Trek shows. (The great Michelle Yeoh is, sadly, more or less squandered.) There's the fact that the first episode kicks off on a weird, inventively designed planet with weird, inventively designed aliens, with Yeoh and Martin-Green doing cool stuff-yet ends with an unearned, too-early twist and a rote standoff that already feels familiar.

Yet it also summed up one of the main essential problems for this much-anticipated continuation of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe, available on Netflix in the UK.

Handsomely produced, fast-paced and thematically empty, Star Trek: Discovery marks the return of the landmark sci-fi franchise to the small screen for the first time since Star Trek: Enterprise ended its run 12 years ago. It was interesting that the first officer was the adventurous one after Captain Kirk (the William Shatner version) paved the way for that.

"From a technical standpoint, I would give it an A-plus" says Bormanis - good news for a series that reportedly spent between $8 and $8.5 million per episode to take audiences into the outer-reaches of Federation space. That said, we're grading on a curve, since Star Trek pilots are generally pretty lousy. These aren't the standard Klingon we've seen in series past.

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