Martin-Green Previews Tonight’s Episode Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ + Showrunner Promises Fewer Subtitles

There are more bits of Star Trek: Discovery news to cover before tonight’s debut of “Despite Yourself,” including a preview from the star, more info on the rest of the second chapter of the first season, cast and crew talking Trek connections, a new way to get CBS All Access and more.

Martin-Green previews tonight’s episode

In an interview with CBS Chicago, Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green gave a little update on what fans can expect from tonight’s episode:

They can expect to see a good episode, that’s for sure. It’s very exciting because this episode will kickoff the second half of the season where we go where we have not gone before. They can expect to be at the edge of their seats.

Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler; Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham in preview image from “Despite Yourself”

Showrunner promises fewer subtitles and return to optimistic Federation

Picking up on some more reporting from yesterday’s Winter TCA event, Discovery showrunner Aaron Harberts implied we will be seeing less scenes with just Klingons by noting there was going to be less subtitles (via Deadline)::

“In the back-half the audience will see fewer subtitles. There will be a little less reading involved.”

He also noted that we will see a more traditional Federation (via Slashfilm):

One of the things we do hear about is everybody wants this optimistic version of Star Trek right out of the gate. I feel that our show has a lot of hope in it from episode to episode on the character storyline that we’re tracking. By season’s end, people will see the Federation that they’ve come to know and love from [the original series] on.

Cast and crew share their Star Trek connections

CBS released a video featuring stars and crew of Discovery talking about their connections to the franchise.

CBS All Access now available via Amazon channels

The CBS All Access streaming service is now available as an optional add-on for Amazon Prime Video customers. While the cost is the same ($9.99 for the commercial-free version with the version including commercials coming later), it can be more convenient for Amazon Prime customers to get the All Access content via the Amazon app (like you can with other add-on channels like HBO and Showtime). Also, the Amazon Prime Video app is available on some devices that don’t offer the standalone CBS All Access app.

CBS All Access app now available on Samsung smart TVs

CBS All Access has finally come to the world’s top selling brand of TVs. The All Access app is now available on 2015/2016/2017 mid-range and higher Samsung smart TVs (those that run the Tizen OS).

Samsung UHD Smart TV with Tizen

Dawson directing Discovery?

Tonight’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery was directed by TNG vet Jonathan Frakes. Could there be more Trek vets behind the camera coming up? In a tweet today, executive producer Aaron Harberts responded to a question about former Voyager actress Roxanne Dawson (who directs a lot of TV currently), saying he hopes she is available:

Disco Bits

Here are a few more links to get you all caught up on Star Trek: Discovery:

CBS.com has posted individual interviews with the actors behind the lesser-known bridge crew characters Ariam, Weoseku, Rhys, Detmer, and Bryce.

Advocate cover story featuring Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz.

Attitude (UK) cover story featuring Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz.

Games Rader has Jason Isaacs and Shazad Latif reveal what would set off their ‘threat ganglia.’

TNG star Marina Sirtis talks to Ashbury Press about how it is “about time” another woman lead a Star Trek show.


Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusive in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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Levar Burton will be given an episode down the line too..

Well thank Kahless there will be less subtitles. To be honest it just got annoying. I don’t mind reading subtitles if its a real language but to read so much from a fake one started to feel tedious. And frankly they just spoke so slowly which was another problem.

As for a more ‘optimistic’ Federation, I guess that means the war will end (which we knew) and will probably see the ship explore more. I don’t mind a darker story line, we certainly got plenty of that on DS9 and later Enterprise but truthfully the war arc on this show is just not really gelling for me like those did. If they did it like it was done on DS9 I think more people would be happy with it. I don’t hate it, its just not very compelling IMO. Or maybe I’m just sick of more Klingons. But yeah I would like to just see the ship exploring like we got on the other shows. Not every episode, but at least SOME episodes. So far on Discovery we gotten none.

I’m a little confused about the All Access and Amazon prime option. I already have both, does it mean I don’t have to pay more if I use it through Amazon? If so it would be cool because I can then watch on my TV although I usually just watch it on my lap top. It would be a nice option at least.

This is a different way to subscribe to AA. In effect you can now subscribe to AA through Amazon Prime, the benefit is any device that has an Amazon app you then can get AA content. So it unifies everything under one app.

For most of us that already subscribed separately this doesn’t really help. This is for new subscriptions (or say if you drop AA and then want to resubscribe later, you now have the option to do it through Amazon).

Oh I see, thank you! Yeah it kind of sucks then if you already have both. But then again, I guess I can just cancel and subscribe again through Amazon but I pay for the commercial option. I don’t want to pay for the non-commercial one so I’ll just keep it.

ACTUALLY though I just got a brand new Samsung smart TV for Christmas and missed the part in the article that stated AA is on their models from 2015 on so I might already have it now lol. I’ll check when I get home.

I don’t mind subtitles or Klingons, but I think both work better in small doses. Reading a long speech in a made-up alien language, delivered slowly by actors struggling to get their lines out through vampire fangs, was a bit much.