The new series is set roughly a decade before the classic original and stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs and a host of other well known names in the realm of television. Although not much is currently known about Star Trek: Discovery's plot, it seems that infamous Trek villains the Klingons will play a significant role in proceedings, with a conflict brewing between the famously aggressive race and the United Federation of Planets.
EW's set of covers (via the official Star Trek Twitter account) coincides with their August issue's huge feature on the new Star Trek series and there are three variants for fans to collect. The first features Sonequa Martin-Green's lead character Michael Burnham looking ready for business, the second depicts Philippa Georgiou (Yeoh), Gabriel Lorca (Isaacs) and Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and the third showcases Burnham, Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Saru (Doug Jones) and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman).
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Fans will notice that the second and third covers also give a glimpse of what appear to be transporter platforms on board the Discovery and it's also good to see more of Saru - one of the show's new alien characters who has already made a positive impact upon fans. The third cover sees Michael Burnham giving the classic "Live Long and Prosper" hand signal which is a reference to the character being Spock's adopted sister.
Although the feeling towards Star Trek: Discovery is very much one of excitement, there is still reason to be somewhat wary. The last attempt at a Star Trek TV show, Enterprise, wasn't regarded very highly and Discovery has also caused some controversy among fans with its redesign of the Klingons and its decision to make the lead character Spock's adopted sibling. Furthermore, although the first episode will premiere on CBS, the remainder will be streamed on CBS All Access.
With that said, the footage from the trailer has attracted widespread praise, the cast is stellar and the producers are clearly attempting to deliver an authentic take on Gene Roddenberry's creation, albeit with a modern and fresh feel. The show also has a loyal fan base ready and willing to see a modern Star Trek on the small screen and has every chance of being a success.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24th on CBS.
Source: EW (via Star Trek Twitter account)