'Star Trek: Discovery' Leads to Record Sign-Ups for CBS All Access

Posted September 26, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery is the hottest show on TV following its premiere on CBS and CBS All Access on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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We will be sure to let you know when we hear more information about Star Trek: Discovery coming to Netflix in the U.S. For now, you'll have to watch the series on CBS All Access... or Netflix, if you live outside the U.S. CBS All Access is now available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Fire TV.

The team behind Star Trek: Discovery could be forgiven for feeling under pressure.

The first two episodes of "Star Trek: Discovery" are now available on CBS All Access. The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green acquits herself well as Michael Burnham, a human raised as a Vulcan after what's hinted to be the death of her family.

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Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said initial discussions among producers focused on bringing "something new to "Trek" that both fans and people who'd never seen the show before could experience".

Discovery is set about a decade prior to the events of the original 60s TV series and remains in that show's timeline, rather than the rebooted recent films featuring Chris Pine and Karl Urban.

And yet, that sequence - shot in Jordan - looks wonderful, as does everything else in the show, be it the ships, costumes, sets, props, visual effects or even the new spin on an opening credits sequence. Meanwhile, viewers outside the USA and Canada will catch the latest episodes on Netflix within 24 hours after they have debuted on CBS All Access. "The supporting cast is incredibly charming and immediately places the viewer in the comfortably familiar milieu of Star Trek". Giant battle cruisers, busy viewscreens, hordes of starships, spacesuit helmets so crowded with data displays that we can barely see an actor's face - yes, it's nifty tech, but more often than not it's just in the way.

In other words, they hope that Discovery will keep the Star Trek TV brand living long and prospering. You're not going to be willing to pay $12-18 for two or three months of All Access programming to watch this show? The Office's Rainn Wilson is also set to appear as original series villain Harry Mudd.

So yeah. It's got pros and cons-and while that might have been good enough for previous Trek pilots, where viewers' only investment was tuning in every week, the investment level in Discovery is about six to 10 bucks higher. Whether things take a different course over the next 13 episodes remains to be seen, although by all accounts the war with the Klingons will dominate this first season.