Set a decade before the original series, the new Star Trek show, the first since 2005, explores the legendary Federation-Klingon War.
In 15 episodes we follow Michael Burnham as she goes from one of the Federation’s most respected first officers to a reviled mutineer. When her strong-willed defiance of an order leads to all out war with the Klingons and the death of thousands of Federation officers, Michael is sentenced to life in prison. But her fate is changed when Captain Lorca of the U.S.S Discovery chooses her to join his crew and assist with the development of an experimental propulsion system that could turn the tables and win the war.
Its hard to say whether Discovery will win over die-hard Star Trek fans though. The show originally aired on the CBS All Access streaming service so it didn’t have to abide by any normal TV network standards. Because of that, it is a bit darker and more violent than previous Star Trek iterations and the occasional use of off-color language feels shocking in a way that might not in another franchise. To my mind, the tone of Discovery feels closer to that of the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot than it does to classic Star Trek.
Still, if you’re not uncompromising about Star Trek tradition and are looking for a fun new sci-fi series, Discovery could become a new favorite.