Star Trek: Discovery had its Hollywood premiere last night, and it seems as if fans might be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as the response on social media has been overwhelmingly positive.
The first Star Trek television series in over a decade, Discovery has been the subject of massive pre-premiere scrutiny. Initial series creator Bryan Fuller departed the production under acrimonious circumstances before filming began. The show's subsequent producers have loudly proclaimed their intentions to discard some of Star Trek's fundamental tropes, seemingly leaning toward a darker, more serialized iteration. It's also been criticized for showing some alarming symptoms of prequelitis, as the series' lead character, Commander Michael Burnham (The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green) has been revealed to be the never-before-mentioned adoptive human sister of series icon Spock. Perhaps most controversial of all, after its premiere on CBS, Discovery will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, the network's streaming subscription service, which the network is hoping will get a major boost from hosting one of the most beloved television franchises of all time.
Despite all those ongoing issues, none of them seemed to matter after last night's premiere. Both television critics and Star Trek alumni took to Twitter after the first two episodes were screened at a lavish Hollywood premiere, and while full reviews are still embargoed, the early reactions are almost universally positive:
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) September 20, 2017
— Adam Nimoy (@adam_nimoy) September 20, 2017
# StarTrek Discovery stands respectfully on the shoulders of past Treks and is positioned to take the tradition into the future. I loved it.
— Nana Visitor (@NanaVisitor) September 20, 2017
— Nicole deBoer (@Nikki_deboer) September 20, 2017
STAR TREK DISCOVERY does the impossible. It's modern and enormous but still fundamentally STAR TREK. Q'apla!
— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) September 20, 2017
OK just got out of #StarTrekDiscovery and can't say much but... It's good. Really good.
— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) September 20, 2017
— michelle buchman (@michelledeidre) September 20, 2017
While snap reactions from premieres are never a guarantee of quality, this has to come as a massive relief both to the show's producers and anxious Star Trek fans. There's been something of a dark cloud hanging over press coverage of the series - due largely to the endless production delays and Fuller's departure - and the easiest way to overcome that would be for the show to come out of the gate at full strength.
There's a lot riding on Discovery's success. Not only is CBS essentially staking the fate of their streaming service on the show, but the future of the Star Trek franchise itself likely depends on how Discovery is received. While the Star Trek film series is in limbo after the box office underperformance of Star Trek Beyond, there has been talk of several spinoff television series if Discovery is a winner, including a Khan series helmed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer. Star Trek is in need of a win, and early signs indicate Discovery might deliver.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 on CBS. The remaining episodes will stream exclusively on CBS All-Access.
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