CBS scores record All Access sign-ups from 'Star Trek' premiere

Posted September 26, 2017

"Star Trek: Discovery" blasts off this weekend, and in celebration, so has a real-life USS Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery continues Sundays in the U.S. on CBS All Access and Mondays on Netflix in all other territories (excluding Canada). Internally, CBS expects that number to rise as 7-day delayed viewing is taken into account.

The opening two episodes (the second is "Battle at the Binary Stars") are essentially a feature-length premiere split into two, with Burnham - the series' first female African-American lead - as its conflicted and compelling heart. Newman even mocked Star Trek fans on air when they wrote in to complain about the contempt Nine showed for viewers.

Star Trek: Discovery premiered September 24 on CBS at 8:30PM ET/7:30PM CT and both Episodes 1 and 2 are available on-demand on CBS All Access.

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. That's out the window in the biggest possible way, because Burnham is going to continue the show on a new ship, with a new captain and crew, while wearing the label, "mutineer".

Have you watched Star Trek: Discovery yet? 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. Discovery feels like the rebirth of a franchise, much in the same way Star Wars: "The Force Awakens did for Star Wars, and it doesn't back away from boldly going where (almost) no Star Trek series has gone before", read Polygon's review. Instead, Netflix has chosen a much more reasonable Easter Egg for fans - the entire 15-episode run of Discovery will have an option to view subtitles in the Klingon language of tlhIngan Hol. Michelly Yeoh would probably cost a lot to keep in the show.

Discovery stacks up OK against Star Trek Enterprise and the other instalments in the franchise, but compared to more complex and sophisticated shows like The Expanse, it seems lacking in a few key places. There's also the weird focus on how expensive everything looks, as though the series is trying to compete with the new Trek movies rather than the other shows. "Just as importantly, for everything questionable about the design, it still feels like 'Trek.'" He also said, "For the first time in ages, I'm looking forward to watching more new 'Star Trek.' It's a good feeling". Unlike the big guys - Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, which are spending billions on original content - CBS to date had done very little in this area, beyond a spin-off of "The Good Wife" called "The Good Fight", and reality show "Big Brother: Over the Top".