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Created by Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman

Based on Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry

Starring

Sonequa Martin-Green
Doug Jones
Shazad Latif
Anthony Rapp
Mary Wiseman
Jason Isaacs


Star Trek: Discovery is an American television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. It is the first series developed specifically for that service, and the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and separate from the timeline of the concurrently produced feature films, Discovery explores the Federation–Klingon war while following the crew of the USS Discovery. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts serve as showrunners on the series, with producing support from Akiva Goldsman.

Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, the first officer of the USS Shenzhou and later the USS Discovery. Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, and Jason Isaacs also star. The new series was announced in November 2015, with Fuller joining as showrunner and wanting to make an anthology series. CBS asked him to make a single, serialized show first, with the prequel to the original series idea further developed. After further disagreements with CBS and struggles with other commitments, Fuller left the series in October 2016, replaced as showrunner by Berg and Harberts.

Star Trek: Discovery premiered on September 19, 2017, at ArcLight Hollywood, before debuting on CBS and All Access on September 24. The rest of the 15-episode first season are streaming weekly on All Access. The series' release led to record subscriptions for All Access, and positive reviews from critics who highlighted Martin-Green's performance. A second season was ordered in October 2017.




Premise
Set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, the show sees the united Klingon houses in a war with the United Federation of Planets that involves the crew of the USS Discovery.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main article: List of Star Trek: Discovery characters
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham:
First officer of the USS Shenzhou, referred to as "Number One" to honor the
character of the same name portrayed by Majel Barrett in the original Star
Trek pilot "The Cage". She was initially pitched to CBS as only being called
Number One in the series. Burnham is a human who was raised following
Vulcan culture and traditions by Sarek, and was not made a starship
captain, like the protagonists of previous Star Trek series, "to see a
character from a different perspective on the starship—one who has different
dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer
context". Fuller deliberately gave the character a traditionally male name,
which he had done with the female leads of his previous series.

Doug Jones as Saru:
A Science Officer serving as a Lieutenant Commander aboard the Discovery,
and the first Kelpien to enter Starfleet. Kelpiens, a new species created for
Discovery, were hunted as prey on their home planet and thus evolved the
ability to sense the coming of death. They have a reputation for
cowardice. Jones based Saru's walk on that of a supermodel, out of
necessity thanks to the boots he had to wear to portray the character's hooved
feet forcing Jones to walk on the balls of his feet. The producers
compared Saru to the characters Spock and Data from previous series.

Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler:
A Starfleet lieutenant and former prisoner of war. Latif was originally cast
in the role of Kol. Latif noted that Tyler's PTSD would be explored in
the show as he attempts to return to his Starfleet life, calling Tyler "a very
complex and painful and deep character." The character explores these
issues with different characters, including Lorca due to their shared military
background, and Burnham with whom "there's a chemistry, a relationship".

Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets:
A science officer specializing in astromycology (the study of fungi in
space). The character is inspired by a real-life mycologist of the same
name.He is the first openly gay character in a Star Trek series, and the
showrunners "wanted to roll out that character's sexuality the way people
would roll out their sexuality in life." Rapp noted that Hikaru Sulu was
portrayed as gay in the film Star Trek Beyond, calling that "a nice nod. But
in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in
our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any
other relationship would be treated".

Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly:
A cadet in her final year at Starfleet Academy, assigned to the
Discovery. She works under Stamets aboard the Discovery, where she
becomes roommates with Burnham. The character was included to represent
people "at the very bottom of this ladder" of the Starfleet hierarchy. She is
"the most optimistic ... has the biggest heart", and showrunner Aaron Harberts
described her as "sort of the soul of our show."

Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca:
Captain of the Discovery, a "brilliant military tactician". Isaacs
described the character as "probably more f-d up than any of" the previously
seen Star Trek captains. He plays the character with a slight southern U.S.
accent, and had initially wanted to ad-lib a catchphrase for the character
feeling that all Star Trek captains should have one, coming up with "git'r
done" which the writers turned down due to it being widely used and
copyrighted by Larry the Cable Guy.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 2, 2015, CBS announced a new Star Trek television series to premiere
in January 2017, "on the heels" of the original series' 50th anniversary in
2016. It is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in
2005, and the first show to be developed specifically for the CBS All Access on
demand service. Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the films Star Trek and Star Trek
Into Darkness, and Heather Kadin were set as executive producers on the series,
which is "not related" to the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond. The January
2017 date was the earliest that CBS could release a new Star Trek series after
an agreement the company made when it split with Viacom in 2005. Showtime,
Netflix, and Amazon Video all offered "a lot of money" for the rights to release
the series, but after heavily investing in the new All Access service, CBS
believed that a returning Star Trek could be "the franchise that really puts All
Access on the map" and could earn more money in the long run.

In January 2016, CBS president Glenn Geller revealed that he and the CBS network
were not involved in the production of the series, saying, "It really is for All
Access. While the network will be broadcasting the pilot, I actually can't
answer any creative questions about it." The next month, Bryan Fuller, who
began his career writing for the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star
Trek: Voyager, was announced as the new series' showrunner and co-creator
alongside Kurtzman. Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of Star Trek II:
The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, also joined the
series as a writer and consulting producer. In March, Rod Roddenberry, the
son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth of Roddenberry
Entertainment also joined the series, as executive producers. Fuller said
that working with people previously involved with Star Trek was "really about
making sure that we maintain authenticity", and said that Meyer—who is widely
considered to have made the best Star Trek film in The Wrath of Khan—brings "a
clarity and a cleanliness to the storytelling. An ability to ground
science-fiction in a relatable way, and also making sure that we're telling
character stories." Fuller had publicly called for Star Trek to return to
television for years, particularly because of its impact on minority groups, as
he explained, "I couldn't stop thinking about how many black people were
inspired by seeing Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of a ship. I couldn't stop
thinking about how many Asian people were inspired by seeing George Takei and
feeling that gave them hope for their place in the future. I wanted to be part
of that representation for a new era." When Fuller first met with CBS about
the series, the company did not have a plan for what the new show would be.
He proposed an anthology series with each season being a standalone, serialized

show set in a different era, beginning with a prequel to the original series,
then stories set during the original series, during Star Trek: The Next
Generation, and then "beyond to a time in Trek that's never been seen before".
Fuller compared this to what American Horror Story did for horror, and described
the proposal as a platform for "a universe of Trek shows". However, CBS told
Fuller to just start with a single serialized show and see how that performs
first, and he began further developing the concept of a prequel to the original
series.[38]

Fuller announced in June 2016 that the first season would consist of 13
episodes,[39] though he would prefer to produce 10 episodes a season moving
forward.[6] A month later, Fuller announced the series' title to be Star Trek:
Discovery,[40] and revealed that it would be set in the "Prime Timeline" (which
includes the previous Star Trek series, but not the modern reboot films) to keep
the concurrent series and films separate, so "we don't have to track anything
[happening in the films] and they don't have to track what we're doing".[41][6]
Also in July, CBS Studios International licensed the series to Netflix for
release outside the United States and Canada,[34] a "blockbuster" deal that paid
for the show's entire budget (around US$6–7 million per episode).[42][43] During
pre-production on the series, Fuller and CBS continued to disagree on the
direction of the show, which was starting to overrun its per-episode budget, and
was falling behind schedule due to Fuller supervising all aspects of the series
as well as another new show, American Gods. This caused frustration among CBS
executives who felt Fuller should be focused on having Discovery ready for
release by the January 2017 premiere date.[38] By August 2016, Fuller had hired
Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, who he had worked with on Pushing Daisies,
to serve as co-showrunners with him.[6][43] A month later, he and Kurtzman asked
CBS to delay the series' release so they could meet the high expectations for
it, and the studio pushed the series premiere back to May 2017."[44] At the end
of October, CBS asked Fuller to step down as showrunner,[38] and announced a
restructuring of the production: Berg and Harberts were made sole showrunners,
working from a broad story arc and overall mythology established by Fuller;
Kurtzman and Fuller would continue as executive producers, but with Fuller
moving his attention fully to American Gods; and Akiva Goldsman would join the
series in a supporting producer role, similar to the role he held on Fringe
alongside Kurtzman. CBS reiterated that they were "extremely happy with
[Fuller's] creative direction" for the series,[43] though some elements of the
series that came directly from Fuller were dropped, including some designs and
"more heavily allegorical and complex story" points.[38] Fuller later confirmed
that he was no longer involved with the series, but expressed interest in
returning for future seasons.[45]

With production set to finally begin in January, "a lot of careful deliberation
[was] continuing to go into making Discovery special, from the choice of
directors, to set design, to the special effects."[46] Ted Sullivan also joined
the series to serve as supervising writing producer.[47][48] At CBS's 2017
upfront presentation, CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise confirmed a
"fall" release date for the series, and announced that the episode order for the
first season had been expanded to 15 episodes.[49][50] In June, CBS announced a
new premiere date of September 24, 2017, with the season airing through November
2017, and then beginning again in January 2018. This break gave more time to
complete post-production on the second half of the season.[24] Also that month,
Kurtzman said that he and Fuller had discussed future seasons before the
latter's departure, and promised that "what's there in terms of story and
certainly in terms of set-up, character, big ideas, the big movement of the
season, that's all stuff that Bryan and I talked about" and would not be
altered.[51] Goldsman said in August that the producers wanted "a hybridized
[anthology] approach. I don't think we're looking for an endless, continuing
nine or 10 year story. We're looking at arcs which will have characters that we
know and characters that we don't know."[8] Kurtzman added that the success of
Discovery could lead to other new Star Trek series that could potentially use
the anthology format.[52] By the end of August, Berg and Harberts had developed
a "road map" for a second season, and "the beginnings of one" for a third. It
was also revealed that an average episode of the first season had ultimately
cost US$8–8.5 million each, making it one of the most expensive television
series ever and exceeding the original Netflix deal, though CBS still considered
the series to be paid for already due to the number of new All Access
subscribers that the show was expected to draw.[53] After the series' premiere,
Kurtzman said that the producers wanted to avoid announcing release dates and
having to delay those for any future seasons, due to the external pressure that
caused with the first season, but that he hoped a second season would be
available in early 2019.[54] The second season was officially ordered a month
later in October 2017.[55]

Writing[edit]



"The defining factor of Roddenberry's vision is the optimistic view of the
future ... Once you lose that, you lose the essence of what Star Trek is. That
being said… Star Trek has always been a mirror to the time it reflected and [the
topical question now] is how do you preserve and protect what Starfleet is in
the weight of a challenge like war and the things that have to be done in war."

—Executive producer Alex Kurtzman on the balance between classic Star Trek and
new elements in Discovery

The series' writers are based in Los Angeles, and include "fans who all have
very different relationships to Trek," which Kurtzman said is "a healthy thing
and it's a good thing". Fuller wanted to differentiate the series from the
previous 700+ episodes of Star Trek by taking advantage of the streaming format
of All Access and telling a single story arc across the entire first season. He
and Kurtzman developed this story from "so many elements of Star Trek", taking
certain episodes of the original series and using their "DNA" to find "the
spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction
storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition". Berg
said that the series' writers "are so in love with" The Original Series, The
Next Generation, and the family aspect of those series, while Harberts added
that Meyer's Star Trek films were an especial influence on Discovery because
"his storytelling is complex and intellectual and yet there's a lot of room for
character voices".

The titular ship was named after Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey,
NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery, and "the sense of discovery ... what [that]
means to Star Trek audiences who have been promised a future by Gene Roddenberry
where we come together as a planet and seek new worlds and new alien races to
explore and understand and collaborate with". Fuller saw the series as a
bridge between Enterprise and the original series—which are set around 150 years
apart—but set much closer to the latter to allow the series to "play with all
the iconography of those ships and those uniforms". In May 2017, Sullivan
described the series as "a genuine prequel" to the original series,[61] with
Goldsman later adding that there were many classic Star Trek elements that fans
among the writers wished to include in the series, but couldn't because they
were included in the original series as something being discovered by Starfleet
for the first time then.[62] The choice to feature a single serlialized story
throughout the first season was inspired by the general change in television to
tell more realistic and serialized stories rather than the "new
destination-based adventure each week" format mostly used in previous Star Trek
series. Fuller had been one of several writers during the 1990s pushing for Deep
Space Nine and Voyager to move towards this style.[63] Also inspired by modern,
"peak television" series such as Game of Thrones was a willingness to kill off
major characters for dramatic reasons, though the writers wanted to avoid doing
so gratuitously or for "shock value".[64]

Fuller said the series could "push the content envelope since it won't be
constrained by broadcast standards", but "it's still Star Trek. It will probably
be slightly more graphic content ... I imagine we're going to shoot scenes a
couple of ways and see what feels more authentic in the editing room."[1]
Harberts ultimately described the series as a "hard PG-13", saying the series
could include "some violent things or [a] tiny bit of language" but they still
wanted the show to be for families and to "honor what the franchise is."[65] On
using time travel in the series, a plot device used in at least two episodes of
every previous live-action Star Trek season, Fuller said that it had not yet
been used for any episode by the end of August 2016, and, "You never know when
you want to pull out that device but I am not anticipating an over-reliance on
time travel to tell this season's stories."[6] The series' writers also chose to
ignore Gene Roddenberry's longstanding rule that Starfleet crew members not have
any significant conflict with one another or be depicted negatively (a rule that
Roddenberry himself did not always strictly follow). Harberts explained, "We're
trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of
view and strong passions. People have to make mistakes—mistakes are still going
to be made in the future. We're still going to argue in the future ... the thing
we're taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts."[63] Because of
the show's position as a prequel to the original series, the producers felt it
was more important for Discovery to build towards Roddenberry's ideals, and to
show that "you can't simply be accepting and tolerant without working for it,
and so this show is about that struggle."[62]

Casting[edit]





Sonequa Martin-Green portrays the series' protagonist, Michael Burnham
By June 2016, Fuller had met with several actors, and said that "we want to
carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it's
fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a
gender-blind prism".[39] A month later, Kadin clarified that the series would
feature minority, female, and LGBTQ characters.[66] In August, Fuller said the
series would feature "about seven" lead characters,[67] and would star a
lieutenant commander, rather than a starship captain like previous Star Trek
series, to be played by a non-white actress. He said the series would also
include more alien characters than other Star Trek series, and would feature at
least one openly gay character. Fuller, who is gay himself, had been determined
to see this happen since receiving hate mail while working on Voyager when a
character on that show was rumored to be coming out as gay.[1] By this time,
Fuller had discussed the series' casting with Mae Jemison, the first black woman
in space (who made a cameo appearance in an episode of The Next
Generation).[1][68]

Fuller anticipated casting announcements in October 2016,[6] but none had been
made by the end of that month. The majority of the series main characters were
believed to have been cast by then, but no actress had been cast for the series'
lead role. This was a source of "some internal stress" at CBS.[43] Several
African American and Latina actresses were being looked at for the role, with
CBS "not seeking a huge star and [preferring] a fresh face for the part."[69] In
October, the cast was believed to include "a female admiral, a male Klingon
captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor", with one of
those male leads played by an openly gay actor.[70] The next month, Doug Jones
and Anthony Rapp were revealed to be cast, as Science Officers Saru and Stamets,
respectively.[9] The former is a Kelpien, an alien race created for the
series,[10] while the latter is the first Star Trek character to be conceived
and announced as gay.[9] Sonequa Martin-Green was cast in the lead role in
December,[71] which was officially confirmed in April 2017, with the character's
name revealed to be Michael Burnham.[5] Also in December, Shazad Latif was cast
as the Klingon Kol.[72] In March 2017, Jason Isaacs was cast as Captain Lorca of
the USS Discovery,[21] and Mary Wiseman joined as Tilly, a cadet.[18] At the end
of April, Latif was revealed to have been recast to the role of Starfleet
Lieutenant Tyler.[12]

Design[edit]

Mark Worthington and Todd Cherniawsky served as initial production designers for
the series;[73] Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb designed the
costumes;[3][74] veteran Star Trek designer John Eaves designed starships, along
with Scott Schneider;[75][76] and Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page of Alchemy
Studios provided prosthetics, props, and armor.[3][77] Page previously served as
the concept and creature designer on the three "Kelvin Timeline" Star Trek
films.[78] The series also employed seven art directors, over nine illustrators,
more than thirty-five set designers, and over four hundred and fifty painters,
carpenters, sculptors, model makers, welders, set dressers, and prop
builders.[76]

Fuller said on the general approach to design on the show, "we're producing the
show in 2016. We have to update the style of the effects, the style of the sets,
the style of the makeup ... all of the other series have been produced [at a
time that] isn't as sophisticated as we are now with what we can do
production-wise, we're going to be reestablishing an entire look for the series"
and for Star Trek moving forward.[1] Fuller had wanted the series' uniforms to
reflect the primary colors of the original series, but this was discarded after
his departure.[38] However, Fuller's designs for the Klingons, which he "really,
really wanted" to redesign, were retained.[8][2] 3D Systems' "cutting edge" 3D
printing techniques were widely used in the making of the series.[3][78] For the
prosthetics, Page and Hetrick took detailed laser scans of the actors so they
could simulate make-up and prosthetics in a virtual environment before creating
the practical version.[79] Fabric for the Starfleet uniforms seen in the series
were custom-dyed in Switzerland; the costumes were cut and assembled in Toronto
by Phillips and her department. The main uniforms seen in the series are a navy
blue specifically mixed for the show, with gold or silver embellishments
depending on the division of the officer. Medical officers wear a "hospital
white" variant, also custom-dyed in Switzerland, while the captain's uniform is
the standard navy blue but with additional gold piping on the shoulders.[80]
Starfleet insignia badges were molded from silicon bronze, and then polished and
plated by a jeweler to create custom colors for the series, based on the
division of the officer wearing the uniform: gold for command, silver for
sciences and medical, and copper for operations. Props such as tricorders and
hand scanners, communicators, and phasers were produced with 3D printing and
heavily inspired by their designs in the original Star Trek series.[80]

The design of the USS Discovery is based on an unused Ralph McQuarrie design for
the USS Enterprise from the unproduced film Star Trek: Planet of the Titans,
which Fuller had noted in July 2016 was "to a point that we can't legally
comment on it until [our legal team] figures out some things".[41] McQuarrie's
designs were based on the concepts created by Ken Adam to feature a vessel with
a flattened secondary hull.[81][82] Fuller wanted "something distinct about what
our Star Trek was going to look" like, and after seeing McQuarrie's design "saw
sort of harder lines of a ship and started talking about race cars and
Lamborghinis in the '70s and James Bond cars and started working on the designs,
taking those inspirations and coming up with something completely unique to
us."[83] The design for the Discovery went through several revisions and
refinements before the final version was approved in December 2016.[84] The
sickbay on the Discovery was inspired by that of the Enterprise from the
original series.[85] Other Federation starships created for the show include the
USS Shenzhou and the USS Europa. Sets for the Discovery's interiors were
described as a "tangle of corridors and rooms", and were designed to match
with the exterior design of the ship, so "the rooms [could believably] fit
inside the house", but there was some artistic license taken in places. The
graphics used for the Starfleet computer systems were designed to be believably
more advanced than modern technology, but to also "honor the look and feel" of
the designs used in previous series. The initial colors allowed for the graphics
were mostly restricted to blues, with the intention of these becoming more
colorful the closer the series gets to the time period of the original
series.

Filming[edit]

Star Trek: Discovery is filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios, with Vincenzo
Natali serving as producing director for the series. Some of the series'
sets took over six weeks to create, and new sets were being built up until
the end of production of the season. Discovery took advantage of multiple
soundstages at the studio, including the largest soundstage in North
America. Some episodes for the show were filmed solely on existing sets,
making them bottle episodes, though Harberts said the series would not do
anything "as bottle-y as 'everyone is stuck in the mess hall!'"

For the visual scope of the series, Kurtzman felt that the show had to "justify
being on a premium cable service". The showrunners were particularly
inspired by Star Trek: The Motion Picture and its "wider scope", with Harberts
explaining that the series is shot in a 2:1 aspect ratio which "just lends
itself to a very lyrical way of telling the story." He added that some of the
series' visuals were influenced by the modern Star Trek films from J. J.
Abrams. Some of these influences, per Goldsman, are "the ability to be
creative cinematically…the intimate discourse, the humanistic storytelling with
the giant canvas that is Star Trek. A more kinetic camera, a more dynamic way of
existing, a much greater use of practical sets so when you’re running down a
corridor, you’re running down a corridor. A sense of rhythm…there is a sense of
litheness, a kind of fluidity in the characterizations." The producers
worked closely with pilot director David Semel to make the series look as
cinematic as possible, including filming the bridge of Starfleet's ships in such
a way as "not to shoot in a sort of proscenium box…to be able to get the camera
into spaces where, you know, to shoot it in interesting ways, which is a
combination of choreographing a scene to motivate the camera moving, and also
lighting." The cinematographers for the series wanted to emphasize on set
sourcing, with lighting built in wherever it would naturally appear to help
create a more realistic feel, and distance the series from the "stage" feel of
the original series.[89] The lighting could also be controlled to create
completely different situations, such as the lighting of a Starfleet red
alert. Harberts said that the cinematographers wanted the series to have a
"Rembrandt texture".

Visual effects[edit]

Visual effects producers were hired to begin work on the series during the
initial writing period, with Fuller explaining that the series would require
such things as "digital augmentation on certain alien species" and "the
transporter beams". He said, "We're trying to cultivate distinct looks for all
of those things that are unique to our version of Star Trek and carry through
the themes we love seeing in fifty years of Star Trek, but doing a slightly
different approach." Pixomondo is the primary visual effects vendor for the
series, with Spin VFX also working on the show. Kurtzman noted that the
series utilizes multiple CG environments which take several months to properly
render. The shuttle bay of the Discovery is completely computer-generated,
with actors performing in front of a green screen for scenes in that
environment; using the digital set is more expensive than any other set created
for the series, including the practically-built ones.

Music[edit]

The first teaser for the series featured music composed by Fil Eisler, which he
"threw together as an audition" within three weeks.[66] Before production on the
series began, Charles Henri Avelange had also composed and recorded music for
the series, which he described as "a showcase for CBS". In July 2017, Jeff
Russo was announced as composer for the series. Russo recorded the series'
score with a 60-piece orchestra. The show's main theme incorporates elements
from the original Star Trek theme.

Release[edit]

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery aired in a "preview broadcast" on CBS
in the United States on September 24, as well as being made available with the
second episode on CBS All Access. Subsequent first-run episodes, making up the
first chapter of the season, will be streamed weekly on All Access through
November 12. The second chapter will begin streaming January 2018.

CBS Studios International licensed the series to Bell Media for broadcast in
Canada, and to Netflix for another 188 countries. In Canada, the premiere
was simulcast with CBS on September 24, 2017, on both the CTV Television Network
and on the specialty channel Space before being streamed on CraveTV; it was also
broadcast in French on the specialty channel Z. Subsequent episodes will be
released through Space, Z, and CraveTV, with Space airing each episode 30
minutes before it's streamed on All Access. In the other countries,
Netflix will release each episode of the series for streaming within 24 hours of
its U.S. debut. This agreement also saw Bell Media and Netflix acquire all
previous Star Trek series to stream in their entirety, and to broadcast on Bell
Media television channels.

Marketing[edit]

The first full trailer for the series was released in May 2017. Forbes's
Merrill Barr noted that the trailer was a good sign for many who believed the
series would never be released following the many production setbacks and
delays, saying, "Having a legitimate trailer that can be watched over and over
again brings signs of hope, particularly for fans that have been waiting over a
year for this moment. Star Trek: Discovery is real, and now we have proof."
Chris Harnick of E! News described the trailer as "gorgeous" and "truly
cinematic", and because of the appearances of Sarek and the Klingons in the
footage, "this is the Star Trek you know and love." Aja Romano at Vox
called the trailer's visuals "sumptuous" and "modern, but still very much in
keeping with the aesthetic of previous Trek series". She continued, "What gets
short shrift in this trailer is the series' overarching plot ... In any case,
seeing the Klingons in all their combative glory feels a bit like coming home
for Trek fans." Also in May, McFarlane Toys signed a toy license deal with
CBS to produce "figures, role play weapons and accessories" for Discovery. CBS
Consumer Products senior vice president Veronica Hart explained that McFarlane
was chosen as the first licensee for the series because of its "commitment to
quality and dedication to fans". The deal will also see the company "create
merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the classic Star
Trek: The Original Series to its popular movie franchise." The first merchandise
produced under the deal are set for release in mid-2018.

Reception[edit]

Ratings and viewership[edit]

According to Nielsen Media Research, the CBS broadcast of the first episode was
watched by a "decent" audience of 9.5 million viewers. The premiere of
the series led to record subscriptions for All Access, with the service having
its biggest day of signups, as well as its biggest week and month of signups
thanks to the series. According to "app analytics specialist" App Annie,
the premiere of the series also caused the number of downloads of the All Access
mobile app to more than double, with revenue from the app for CBS doubling
compared to the average in-app revenue during the previous 30 days.

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating
for the first season, with an average rating of 7.13/10 based on 51 reviews. The
website's critical consensus reads, "Although it takes an episode to achieve
liftoff, Star Trek: Discovery delivers a solid franchise installment for the
next generation—boldly led by the charismatic Sonequa Martin-Green."
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100
based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

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After Trek[edit]

Main article: After Trek

By July 2016, CBS was working on an aftershow companion series to Discovery
similar in format to AMC's Talking Dead, a companion to The Walking Dead. The
show would air live after each episode of Discovery, and would feature "guests,
celebrity Trekkies, former Star Trek actors, along with cast members and crew"
from Discovery.[109] The companion series was confirmed in 2017, with the title
After Trek and host Matt Mira. It is produced by Embassy Row in association with
Roddenberry Entertainment.

Publishing

In September 2016, Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer announced that CBS was working
with IDW and Simon & Schuster to produce more content revolving around the
setting of the series, starting with at least one novel and a comic series tied
to the television show. Beyer, the writer of many Star Trek: Voyager novels,
explained that she would work with fellow Star Trek novelist David Mack and Star
Trek comic writer Mike Johnson to ensure that all three media "are coming from
the same place". The release of the books and comics was set to coincide with
the series' premiere.[111] Mack described writing around the continuity of
Discovery as "tricky to get right", as the time period "is light on detail and
almost unique within the Star Trek continuity. That made it a challenge to
represent that era faithfully while also staying true to the new elements being
introduced" in the new series.

In August 2017, Beyer explained the series' writers' intentions for the
additional content, saying, "We want to be able to take the story opportunities
that we're just frankly not going to have time to cover in the show, and go as
deep into those into the various formats as we can. It's not that you have to
read these stories to understand everything, but the story will be incredibly
enhanced if you do." Regarding whether this content would be considered
canonical, Beyer said that the stories of the comics and novels are briefed back
to the show's writing staff so "the stories we created get integrated into their
brains", but she also said, "Because of the collaborative nature of this
process, we're able to go farther, take bigger risks. The danger is that, in the
future, somebody will come upon with an amazing story idea that would be
incompatible with what we've already established and just like always, the
series is going to take priority. But the hope is that we can carve out these
places that are safe and that we can continue to protect because as much as
possible we want this to be one integrated universe…we're doing what we can to
make sure these stories all fit together moving forward."