Star Trek and Twin Peaks are very similar in their combination of broad awareness and an intensely devoted cult following.
Being on a pay service motivated producers to create a series that would "be huge" in terms of scope, story and emotion and character, Kurtzman said last month during CBS' portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Although these credits carve out their own niche in the world of Star Trek, they also function as a reverent homage to the 51-year history of the series.
We WILL however, see Spock's father, as it was announced in January that James Frain - who played Theo Gallivan in Gotham and Ferdinand Chavalier in Orphan Black - will be playing the mysterious Vulcan who falls for a human. The show doesn't go where no man has gone before, but it's still good to be back inside the ship. As you may have heard, Star Trek: Discovery is also available to stream on Netflix but not for everybody. In a fiery, subtitled speech, T'Kuvma urges his fellow Klingons to reconcile the differences between their 24 warring houses so they can respond to the outsiders who say - and for this, T'Kuvma switches to English - "We come in peace".
We listened closely during the arrival of the Federation ships to the Binary Star battle, and we noted a few familiar names relevant to Starfleet history (though as Discovery is a prequel, they're nearly certainly not the same ships).
"With a polished production, a complex plot, and several compelling characters already introduced, Discovery is off to a good start in transforming Trek on TV for a new era".
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So much so that I'm starting to regret that Carpool Karaoke that I taped with Steve Bannon". "Feels like a mistake today". Will it help Corden in the long run? Like Jimmy Fallon, his reputation is now on the hair-ruffler side of the divide.
Meanwhile the USS Earhart (presumably named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart) is from Star Trek novel Tunnel Through the Stars, and the USS Europa turned up in some The Next Generation spin-off novels. Well... it holds up fine, but it never quite lives up to its worth.
Sadly, though, there was no sign of the original Starship Enterprise joining the fun, despite it being in action (under Captain Kirk's predecessor Christopher Pike) around this time.
After a 12-year absence, Star Trek returned to its original medium Sunday night - well, for an episode, at least.
It's worth noting that there's also a fair bit of the original "Star Trek" woven into "Discovery's" premise, given that it's set about a decade before the events of that program. That said, we're grading on a curve, since Star Trek pilots are generally pretty lousy. Whether things take a different course over the next 13 episodes remains to be seen, although by all accounts the war with the Klingons will dominate this first season.
While the space-faring trappings look fine (for the most part, anyway), it's on the bridge where "Discovery" proves somewhat second tier. But since we're supposed to empathize with her as the lead character, the show tries to have it both ways - and when your lead character commits an act of mutiny not long after you're introduced to her, it's hard to muster up any positive feelings toward her.