What We Know About ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Going Into The Premiere

With the highly anticipated premiere of Star Trek: Discovery just a few hours away, we are pleased to announce that TrekNews.net will have weekly reviews of each of the first season episode. These reviews will post no later than the morning after each episode airs — so keep an eye out for the first one Monday morning.

Until then, here’s a bit of what we know about the show so far:

Setting

Discovery will take place in the prime timeline 10 years before The Original Series, or roughly 90-years after Enterprise and will focus on a previously alluded to, but never-before-seen, conflict between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery

Characters

The show will feature two Starfleet ships, the Shenzhou and the Discovery, captained by Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), respectively. Though previous Star Trek shows had the captain serve as the defacto main character, Discovery will instead center around the titular ship’s first officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).

Veteran character actor Doug Jones will play Discovery‘s science officer Lt. Saru, an alien belonging to a brand new race created for the show. Also in the ship’s science department will be Anthony Rapp‘s Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist and the first openly guy character on a Star Trek show.

James Train as Sarek on Star Trek: Discovery
James Train as Sarek on Star Trek: Discovery

At least two existing Star Trek characters will appear in Discovery: Sarek, played by James Frain, and Harry Mudd, played by Rainn Wilson. While Mudd is only slated to be in a few episodes, Sarek is expected to be in a lot more, as he is Burnham’s adoptive father. Taken in by Sarek and Amanda at a young age and raised on Vulcan, the elder Vulcan looks to serve as mentor to Burnham during the show.

Mary Chieffo as L'Rell on Star Trek: Discovery
Mary Chieffo as L’Rell on Star Trek: Discovery

Discovery will also feature a number of Klingon characters, including Chris Obi‘s T’Kuvma and Mary Chieffo‘s L’Rell.

Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler on Star Trek: Discovery
Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler on Star Trek: Discovery

Behind the Scenes

The show was created by Trek alumni Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Bryan Fuller (Deep Space Nine, Voyager), the later of which wrote the first two episodes.  The writing duo of Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will act as show runners, leading a writing staff that includes former Trek writers Joe Menosky and Nicholas Meyer as well as Voyager novelist Kristen Beyer. Veteran Hollywood writer/director/producer Akiva Goldsman will also serve as an executive producer.

Doug Jones as Saru on Star Trek: Discovery
Doug Jones as Saru on Star Trek: Discovery

After-show

A weekly live companion after-show, After Trek, will premiere at 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT on CBS All Access and will be hosted by Matt Mira of Nerdist. Subsequent After Trek episodes will be available to stream live at 9:30 pm ET following new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.

Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery

When and How to Watch

In the United States, Star Trek: Discovery is slated to premiere on CBS at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 24, but could air later should that night’s NFL football game runs late. The rest of the season will be exclusive to CBS All Access. The second episode will be up later that same evening, which each subsequent episode becoming available at around the same time on Sundays.

In Canada, the show will be available on Space, but everywhere else in the world the show will be exclusive to Netflix, with new episodes arriving the day after the original U.S. release.

The first Season will run for 15 episodes, streaming on Sundays from the premiere through November 5, then picking up again in January.


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Andrew Cardinale is from a Boston suburb where he works in IT. When he’s not doing something Star Trek related, he writes, follows local sports and listens to far too many podcasts.

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