There are a few bits of Star Trek: Discovery news from the week to catch up on, starting with CBS offering a free month for Star Trek fans to acclimate to All Access. There’s also new character animations, a fun fan-made piece of Discovery-themed TAS art, and some sites that feel Discovery needs to solve all the world’s problems.
CBS All Access free month offer
Star Trek: Discovery arrives on September 24th. In the USA the first part of the pilot will air on the CBS Television Network. The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available exclusively on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere. The rest of the series will be available weekly only on the CBS All Access streaming service. For many fans this will be a new experience and so to get you ready, CBS is offering a limited time free month of All Access leading up to the premiere.
You can check out CBS All Access on various devices and review episodes from the Star Trek library (all of which are part of CBS All Access). To get the free month: Click HERE to Sign up for CBS All Access using code STARTREKSALE by 8/18.
More character animations
Earlier in the week we showed off three character animations CBS has released on social media. Since then they have filled out the crew with animations for Michael Burnham, Capt. Georgiou, Capt. Lorca, Lt. Saru and Lt. Stamets.
Discovery Tweet of the week: Sarek family photo re-imagined
Star Trek author Dayton Ward found this bit of fan art on the Interwebs featuring a re-imagined Sarek family from when Star Trek: The Animated Series flashed back to young Spock’s childhood. Now included is a young Michael Burnham (taken in by Sarek) and Sybok too.
Yes, it's available in wallet size.
— Dayton Ward (@daytonward) August 12, 2017
How much can Discovery do?
There are a lot of expectations for Star Trek: Discovery. It is the first Trek TV series in 15 years and it is trying to cater to the fanbase while fitting in with premium peak TV marketplace and bring in a new audience to the CBS All Access streaming service. So, no pressure right? Well there are some who have some additional ideas for a to-do list for Discovery. We have already reported before on how New York Magazine feels Discovery has to take on hot-button issues of the day. This week more outlets are adding things they feel Discovery must do.
Yahoo UK offers up “Why Star Trek: Discovery must deal with the legacy of Janice Rand.” which includes this:
Star Trek’s treatment of Janice Rand is fundamentally at odds with the utopian idealism that is so often sold as the franchise’s main virtue. For Star Trek: Discovery to now make attempts at returning to that 60s utopianism, it must by the same virtue address the legacy of Janice Rand within the narrative.
And Tor.com argues “Star Trek: Discovery Should Recommit to the Idea of ‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations’” and they offer up a number of areas Discovery must address, including disabilities, all aspects of LGBT issues, current affairs, faith, prejudice and more. Here are a few examples:
Where are the asexuals in Trek? The trans and non-binary folks? Intersex people? What about the people who practice polyamory?
Accessibility would be built into starship design, considerations made in prepping for away missions, text rendered in different fonts for officers with dyslexia, and so forth.
Sure it would be great if Discovery can address shortcomings of past Trek shows and also reset the bar for showing an inclusive future humanity. But maybe to start with, let’s just hope it is fun, thoughtful entertainment that feels like Star Trek. Then maybe later they can deal with Janice Rand and dyslexia and more.
Six weeks to go
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.