It should surprise no one that Star Trek: Discovery had a huge presence at San Diego Comic-Con this past week. Discovery is, after all, the first new Trek TV series since Enterprise wrapped up way back in 2005. Since then, the franchise has spawned a pseudo-reboot and a whole new timeline thanks to the controversial J.J. Abrams films, but Discovery will mark a return to the original timeline, following events set roughly a decade before Kirk, Spock, and McCoy’s adventures in the very first Star Trek series. Discovery could be launch a new renaissance for Trek, or it could be just another source of things for the die-hard fans to complain about…but the new Comic-Con trailer, at least, definitely looks slick and intriguing.
Star Trek: Discovery stars The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a human raised on Vulcan and soon to serve as first officer aboard the titular Starfleet vessel. While plot details are still sparse, we know she won’t actually start out aboard the Discovery — she’ll initially be serving under Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Some as-yet-unidentified tragedy will land Burnham aboard a new ship (the Discovery) and under the command of a new commanding officer (Captain Lorca, played by the Harry Potter franchise’s Jason Isaacs). Unlike previous Trek shows, Discovery will tell one serialized story over the course of its first season, and while we don’t know exactly what this adventure will consist of, the trailer makes it clear that the Klingons will be front and center (and extra bumpy, apparently).
This latest trailer gives us the best look yet at Isaacs as Lorca, as well as other series regulars including Doug Jones as the mysterious alien science officer Saru and James Frain as Sarek, father of Spock. Earlier trailers hinted at some unknown connection between Burnham and Sarek, but this past week word broke that that connection was even bigger than anyone expected: Sarek actually raised Burnham on Vulcan, taking her in as an adoptive daughter and helping her become the first human to attend the legendary Vulcan Science Academy. It will be interesting to see how Discovery will explain Sarek and Spock never having mentioned Burnham over all the years…
Another highlight of the newest Discovery trailer is our first look at Rainn Wilson (The Office) as interstellar con man Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Originally played by Roger C. Carmel in The Original Series (and The Animated Series), Mudd is set to appear in several episodes of Discovery, although we don’t yet know how he’ll factor in to everything.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS on Sunday, September 24. The show will then switch exclusively to the CBS All Access streaming service. Let’s hope it’s a voyage worth taking.