CBS ain’t hanging around – after just six episodes, they’ve announced they’ve recommissioned Star Trek: Discovery for a sophomore series. Their subscription streaming service, CBS All Access must be raking it in.
The series, the brainchild of Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek reboot and ahem, The Mummy) is hugely uneven – with what I suspect a rash of rewrites and reshoots after Fuller’s departure and many rainchecks.
But Star Trek: Discovery is slowly finding its feet. It was, perhaps, too daring in its vision which proved too hard to capture. While many people are hating on it, and good friends admitting they’ve already given up, I say that the writers are emulating the ideals of Star Trek and The Federation – by trying to boldly go where no TV show has gone before.
If featuring a mutineer protagonist and a PTSD-suffering, broken, warmongering anti-hero as the ship’s captain are brave, concepts like multi-dimensional travel via tardigrades, showing Klingon adversaries as three dimensional characters are foolhardy.
And for that, they deserve our respect and a recommission.
Star Trek: Discovery continues on CBS for a few weeks before a Christmas break. It will be back in the New Year.