Spock's signature knockout move from The Original Series makes a reappearance via Vulcan-raised Burnham, who uses the nerve pinch to knock out her superior officer (though not for very long - perhaps its ineffectiveness due to the well-known difficulty of non-Vulcans mastering the technique). Her professional relationships in the present and her personal bonds from the past are mostly fraught and complicated, and "Discovery's" handling of those aspects of her story may well determine whether it becomes must-see viewing or not. "On some level, Discovery knows both of those things, and that's why it's a show I'm eager to keep watching". Fashioning himself as the second coming of legendary Klingon leader Kahless, T'Kuvma seeks to unite the Klingon houses and begin a new and aggressive reign of conquest for his race - a plan that puts the Klingons on a direct collision course with Starfleet and the Federation.
That's the show about Michael Burnham, the first officer on the USS Shenzhou, whose drive to explore and investigate winds up putting the United Federation of Planets on the brink of war with the Klingon Empire. You've also got the After Trek aftershow in there, which we're all about just because we at CarterMatt are big fans of its host in Matt Mira from his time on the Nerdist Podcast.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday night, September 24th around the world and on several different platforms in what might be CBS's most widespread launch of a TV series. But instead of a "boldly go where no one has gone before" voiceover, we simply hear music that sounds similar to the opening, accompanied by unique graphics that show the ship, phasers, Vulcan hands, other ships in the universe, and more.
At least two characters from the original Star Trek will appear: Sarak, played by James Frain, and conman Harry Mudd, played by Rainn Wilson.
Discovery also features old-style com badges, some pretty nifty looking flip-open communicators and blue uniforms reminiscent of those featured on Enterprise, another prequel series that writers and designers of the show are clearly making sure doesn't get lost in the canon.
Even with all that, Discovery is not a poorly executed show by any stretch.
Brian and executive producer Alex Kurtzman said: "Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood". Film audiences are as likely to see an alien woman as an Asian woman.
Lt. Saru is portrayed by Doug Jones.
But that plan is looking a lot less insane now, because early reactions to Discovery are trickling in, and they're overwhelmingly positive.