The much-beleaguered Star Trek: Discovery has a trailer, with special effects and everything:
Knowing next to nothing about the series or what to expect, here’s what I like:
• They changed the look of the ship. While it was great they went back to some old school Ralph McQuarrie drawings to design the ship, making it look like his Star Trek Star Destroyer concept art kind of made the ship look a little sinister in the test footage.
• The cinematography, sets, and costumes look pretty cool. It does make the Kirk-era uniforms and tech look a little goofy by comparison, but we can just assume that if Starfleet hadn’t been operating under the budgetary constraints of the 1970’s, it would’ve had spiffier duds and digs.
• The glimpses of some pretty neat looking alien races that seem to go beyond the old “forehead of the week” from previous shows.
What seems a little worrying:
• Prequel-itis. All the events we see have to lead into Star Trek: The Original Series, so fans will be on the lookout for any contradictory events. I just hope the Borg don’t show up again only to somehow vanish without a trace, like they did in Enterprise.
• The prune-alien’s claim about his genetic heritage. How can you be “biologically determined” to sense the coming of something as vague as “death?” Telepathic powers are one thing, and I’ll even buy precognitives that can sense likely futures, especially their own, but just “death?” It doesn’t help that he kind of looks like Grandpa Simpson, because now I’m picturing him kind of sounding like him, too.
• We appear to have yet another person trying to bridge the gap between being Vulcan and human. I can’t tell if Burnham is supposed to be half-Vulcan or just was raised on Vulcan, but I’m not all that excited about another Star Trek character doing the whole logic vs. emotion thing, if that’s what we’re going to get.
Armchair criticism aside, it looks a lot more cinematic than previous outings, and there are no pop songs being used for the theme, so I’m hoping those are good signs. It’ll have to pull out some pretty hefty sci-fi chops to beat out The Expanse for my current spaceborne saga of choice, but I’ll give it the opportunity.