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Every Star Trek Pilot Episode, Ranked From Worst To Best

Every Star Trek Pilot Episode, Ranked From Worst To Best

Giving a third of the first two episodes over to Klingon characters who speak their (subtitled) dialogue in a slow, tortured cadence while standing very still in a large meeting chamber just takes the wind out of Discovery's sails; their plan's not terribly complicated, and the amount of time they spend yelling about it just feels like padding.

Just hours ahead of the highly anticipated series premiere, CBS All Access has released Discovery's opening credits.

The launch of the new Star Trek series was also accompanied by the largest spike in single-day signups ever for CBS' All-Access service, which will exclusively stream new episodes of Discovery every Sunday for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

Unusually for the streaming service, episodes will air weekly rather than be made available in one go. The prequel series takes place about a decade before the mission of the original 1960s "Star Trek". Moving forward, new episodes will be available on CBS All Access each Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Vulture wrote: "This is light years removed from being a flawless TV show, but it already shows signs of being a great one". At the heart of this new team, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) acts as the primary character and the central point of the story.

Legendary Klingon hero Kahless is also namedropped: Kahless founded the Klingon Empire, appears in the original Star Trek series and is referenced many, many times throughout Trek history (and was actually cloned in The Next Generation). It will follow themes familiar to the Star Trek canon as it attempts to break new ground for a broadcast TV science fiction show.

The first Star Trek: Discovery premiere ratings are in, and by and large we think that CBS has a victor on their hands. "It also feels at home in this era of prestige TV, in which shows like The Handmaid's Tale, Atlanta, Veep, and Master of None recently cleaned up at the Emmys".

Of course, in grand Star Trek tradition, you can read between the lines here and see that showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg (and perhaps departed co-creator Bryan Fuller) are using T'Kuvma to hold a mirror up to 2017 Earth, our wall-fixated, post-Brexit world where isolationism seems to be winning over globalism.

While the space-faring trappings look fine (for the most part, anyway), it's on the bridge where "Discovery" proves somewhat second tier. CBS wants Star Trek: Discovery to be must-watch TV, and they've certainly put their money where their mouth is. But it will at least help give the network a strong foothold in a future television landscape where advertising is less important and subscriptions drive more revenue.


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