On Sunday September 24th, Star Trek: Discovery finally launches. The first new Star Trek television series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005, Discovery arrives after months of delays and creative upheavals, including the departure of the series' creator and original showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal). Fans who have longed to watch a new Star Trek series on television after nearly a decade of the only new Trek to watch being the three J.J. Abrams-produced films set in the rebooted Kelvin timeline are no doubt eager to check out what the new series is all about.
Discovery is reportedly set in the "prime" Star Trek timeline which is the setting of all of the television series and all the movies not produced by J.J. Abrams. A prequel series taking place approximately ten years before the events of The Original Series, Discovery follows Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the First Officer of the USS Shenzhou and later the USS Discovery. Burnham is the heretofore unmentioned adopted daughter of Sarek of Vulcan (James Frain), who is the father of Spock. Discovery also co-stars Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, commander of the Starship Shenzhou, and Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca, commander of the Starship Discovery. The Klingons will prominently feature in Discovery, and the series will reportedly explore the cold war between a re-imagined Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets.
Star Trek: Discovery's first season will be 15 episodes divided into two sections. The first half of the season will conclude in November and the second half will resume in January 2018. Here's how you can get on board the newest starship in the Star Trek universe.
In the United States: CBS will broadcast the first hour of Discovery's two-hour premiere on Sunday, September 24th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT. The second hour of the premiere will then be immediately available for streaming at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT exclusively on CBS All-Access, the network's new streaming service. To the chagrin of most fans, Discovery will be the first Trek series not available to watch on traditional broadcast television. Obviously, by airing the first hour for free on your local CBS affiliate, the network hopes to pique fans' interest in buying their streaming service to see the rest of the series.
Star Trek: Discovery is the flagship series of CBS All-Access, where thousands of hours of CBS programs are available to stream, including every episode of all of the prior Star Trek series. Each new episode of Star Trek: Discovery will be available to stream every Sunday at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on CBS All-Access starting Sunday, October 1st.
CBS All-Access costs $5.99 a month to subscribe ($9.99 a month without commercials). You can watch CBS All-Access on your computer, mobile devices, gaming consoles, and streaming devices. To subscribe, click HERE.
In Canada: The two-part pilot of Star Trek: Discovery will be available on the Space Channel starting Sunday, September 24th at 8:30pm. Each new episode will air on Space Sundays at 8:30pm starting October 1st. The series is also available for subscribers on the Space Go app, as well as being available on Space.ca and On Demand. In addition, Discovery will stream exclusively in Canada on the CraveTV streaming service starting Monday, September 25th at 10pm.
Similar to CBS' plan in the USA, part 1 of Discovery's premiere will be broadcast on CTV at 8:30pm. To see the rest of the series, you have to be a subscriber to the Space Channel or use the CraveTV streaming service. In addition, Discovery will be shown in French on Z, the Bell Media-owned channel, starting Sunday, September 24th at 9pm. New episodes will air on Z in French every Sunday at 9pm.
Outside of the USA and Canada: International fans get to see Star Trek: Discovery as part of their Netflix subscription. Netflix reportedly paid a hefty sum for exclusive international rights to Discovery (so much money that it's rumored Netflix paid for the series' production costs). While Trek fans outside of the borders of North America don't have to subscribe to any extra (and otherwise unwanted) streaming services to enjoy Discovery, the trade-off is they don't get to watch the series until the next day. Star Trek: Discovery will launch the first two episodes on Netflix on Monday, September 25th "within 24 hours" of its 8:30pm airing the night before. Each new episode will then be available within 24 hours after being released in the US.
While many fans are skeptical about (or even opposed to) Discovery's rumored content and the way CBS has chosen to make the series available for viewing, the first new Star Trek series in a dozen years remains cause for celebration for Trekkers. Here's hoping Discovery lives up to the venerable franchise's reputation for endearing, iconic characters boldly embarking upon thought-provoking outer space adventures.